Saturday, January 31, 2009

Coming Up With Titles Sucks!!!

Today was a good day. Didn't get much done, but spent all day with my daughter and a good portion of it with my wife.
I had so many things I wanted to blog about, but now that I'm at the computer, I don't remember any of them.
It's so easy to get distracted. Probably part of the reason I don't do more coding at home.
Time to let the dog back in, so I'll sign off for now

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Post A Week

You heard it right here. I am going to commit to posting at least once a week. Even if it is a nothing to report this week.

eSmartTax got approved for e-file in all states that accept e-files about ten days ago. I personally finished the last of the pdfs for printing user data yesterday. Now it is just bug fixes and what ever else might come up. Now is the first peak, but I don't have all that much to do. It's real strange after spending so much time at work the last couple of months.

So, I will try and post again before the week is up, but I commit to posting at least once a week from here on out.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Just a Little About Me

I am a software developer for Liberty Tax Service's online product, so this has been a busy time of year. We are past the major hurdles for this year, but a few hurdles remain, so I am still working seven days a week. Hopefully, I will get next weekend off.

I just want to say that I love my wife very much. She has put up with a lot the last few weeks (months, years).

Don't forget to file your taxes.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Let Your Computer Save The World In It's Spare Time.

Okay, maybe that's a little grandiose.

As promised earlier, this is an advertisement for one of my favorite sites and products.


BOINC stands for Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing. It is a distributed computing platform that allows a given user to connect to as many different projects as he may like.

I am sure you have all heard of SETI or Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. UC Berkley is strongly associated with SETI due to on going SETI research at their Space Sciences Laboratory. Several years back UC Berkley launched a distributed computing project known as SETI@home.

After several versions of SETI@home, they decided to create a server framework that was divorced from the project that it was serving, and a end user client that did no science of it's own, but managed the science applications that were on the computer and handled the network communications. The end goal was to enable anybody who desired to create a distributed computing project and allow the end user to connect to which ever projects that they desired and to as many projects as they desired.

There are many projects out there to "crunch" as it is called, SETI@home is just one of them.

Also there are sites that collect the information from many or all the projects and display them in many fun ways. My favorite is BOINCStats, which is also runs an account manager called BAM. An account manager makes it easier for a user to manage multiple projects and multiple machines by centralizing most of the management at the account manager. Again there are many account managers out there.

This is enough to get you started. Links to all the important parts are above and in the right column (as soon as I get them there).

I will tell you more about SETI@home and many other projects in future posts.

If you do decide to install BOINC on your machines (make sure you have permission to do so before you do), please feel free to join my team Stephenson Clan, available on most projects.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

What This Blog Is About

Short answer, I don't know.

I have the grand delusions about what a blog by me could be. But, I have to be realistic. I mean, a blog isn't popular because the author says it is, it is popular because enough people say it is. Right now I have a grand total readership of one, and that's only because I tell my wife to go read it. Or, at least that's what I did with the first one.

I would like, when I get a chance, to pontificate on subjects of science and philosophy. That, however, is a discussion for another day.

Now is a time for work, and a lot of it. I work as a software developer for a tax preparation company, doing programming for state returns. I have one week to complete most of my work for the year. As a note to those who might say, "But this is just the eighth day of the year. That must be pretty slack." In the tax industry the year begins in May.

I will try and post on a regular basis, at least after April 15th. :)

I am going to try and get some posts done in the next couple of weeks, dedicated to advertising some of the links that I hope to soon have up on the side of my page.

I hope that I am able to entertain the people that do happen to read this.

Thank you for reading.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Being as this is the first post to my Blog, you might think that the title is in reference to the begining of this blog, but it is not.
Instead it is a reference to the birthday of my beloved wife. She loves her birthday and it is now her birthday.

Sweetheart, I love you.

P.S. This was posted originally after midnight on the East Coast, but the time was recorded as if I was on the West Coast. Probably a setup issue, that has hopefully been solved.