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Time-Out ,3D Printing Stuff, Web Stuff and More

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I’ve been off of work since just before Thanksgiving and for the month December. After a really hard year of work I finally have time off. It is wonderfully strange!

  • Extruder on my Makerbot 2 3D printer got totally messed up (I may do a post on this going into more detail later).
  • Started watching more videos on Lynda.com on modeling in Sketchup. Also on YouTube.
  • My 3D Printer was out of commission for awhile.
  • I joined the 3D Printing Group over on Facebook. You have to submit a request for membership in order to join since it is a closed group.
    • This is an awesome group!
    • There are a lot of members here who know a lot and are passionate about 3D Printing!
  • I subscribed to the 3D Printing Nerd YouTube channel run by Joel Telling.
    • One thing I saw on his channel was his review of the pre-release version of Lulzbot TAZ 6 3D Printer. I was intrigued. I could buy it on Amazon if I wanted to.  $2,500.00  … a Lot of money… hmmm…
  • I started learning more about how to code a PhP web site. I set up several different internal sites to do useful stuff for me and my family.
  • I started looking into writing my own blogging software again. We’ll see where THAT goes!
  • Saw on the 3D Printing Group a contest to design a printable Nerf dart gun. Got in on the contest rather late… I did submit an entry… basically all I had time to do was an air piston that shoots a single Nerf dart out of it’s barrel that is powered by two rubber bands.
  • Also saw on the 3D Printing Group someone asked about what anyone thought about the Lulzbot TAZ 6 3D Printer.
    • There was a bunch of responses of users who had the printer, loved it, loved the service, and were showing pictures of things that they printed on their new printer.
    • This pushed me over the edge. My Makerbot still was not working at that time, and I just did it!
  • I really like my new TAZ 6 printer!  I like that it auto-levels!  I like how many different kinds of filament I can use with it.  More on the TAZ in another post.
  • I bought some parts to fix my Makerbot from Fargo 3D Printing.
  • Eventually I fixed my Makerbot and got it working again. Yay!
  • Upgraded my version of WordPress here to the latest version today (its about time)!

Time Off and Some Progress on my Own Blog Software

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Yay! I am off until the end of the year! When it comes to vacation where I work its “use it or lose it!”

Blog Software
Its on Apache, using PHP, mySQL, and a .htaccess  file. After futsing about I got the .htaccess file doing what I want for my new blog software (I am no expert on this file by any means though).

The development environment is my iMac using MAMP. I’ve got it reading a site table in my mySQL database. This software will support multiple sites on one server!

Next I’ve got to look up how to use sub-string functions in PHP. I need to take the rootPath field value from my sites table and compare it with the beginning of the URI that the user typed in in their browser. If it matches, I will set the site id, if not, I want to have some sort of fall-out page.

I Began working on new Blogging Software

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For all the benefits of using WordPress for my blog, there are many more draw-backs. Sometimes I wonder if I would have been better hand-coding my blog! Writing a post like this that only contains your basic text, its fine. You start wanting to embed pictures or perhaps videos and it behaves very badly. I lost a whole long post recently 🙁 .

So, over vacation I started filling out a notebook with designs for my own blogging software. I’ve been doing a lot of content management software at work so doing content management type stuff is fresh in my mind. My goal is to get off of WordPress and get off soon. I want to be able to put together posts efficiently. I want to spend my time writing and refining my posts, not struggling with the technical problems of the platform I am using.

The database I am using is mySQL. I was going to write the blog software in Coldfusion (since that is what I am most comfortable with). But I have decided to use PHP. All nice and open source! 🙂 I’m developing it in a web instance running on my iMac using MAMP.

Goal: That I have a local instance working with basic functionality by this Saturday.

Getting Back in Practice

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It has been a very long time since I have posted anything to my blog. This is due to a number of reasons:

  • Work. There have been some grueling schedules to meet. And since this work involves web development even when I do have time for my blog there is a good chance I may be really sick of sitting in front of a computer typing stuff in!
  • Just changes what I am working on… some due to discouragement. I was doing a lot of work learning how to do iOS programming and I was writing posts on the subject. You should see how many unfinished draft posts I have on iOS programming!
  • Issues I have with WordPress. As much as WordPress is a powerful way to blog. Sometimes getting anything beyond a really simple post to display like I want it to is possible but is really a pain. And, again, I just don’t want to deal!

Somehow, I am not sure how, I’ve been beginning to think about my blog again. What should I do with it? At very least I should post to it to practice and improve my writing. Writing I have found can be a great catharsis. Somehow I forget these things! Writing a how-to is a bit different than just writing as an expression. It is harder. It takes more planning. But my mind is always going. There is always something to say.

Just getting started on this post was hard. Like, what’s the point? But once I had a few words typed in everything was ok. And here we are!

I just want to wish anyone reading this a Happy New Year!

I Have Been Spiffing Up the Site

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If you have ever been to Chomer.com before, and now have come back, you will notice that things look a lot different. I’m not done with this spiff-up by any means, but it is well along the way. I think that visually it is a big improvement. Also I am using a Like button for Facebook on posts, and a Retweet button for Twitter. So I’m beginning to get some of the social aspects covered too. Why the social aspects? Its a good way for people to spread the word about content on this site if they find it useful. Read more

iPhone Cookbook

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I got one of my books on iPhone programming from Amazon.com. The iPhone Developer’s Cookbook by Erica Sadun. It’s been about two days now. I’ve been pouring over it at home and riding the train to and from work. I am finding it helpful. Will I realize my dream of getting an app in the iPhone App Store?

A Little Update

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Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted to my blog here. There have been a few storms in my life I’ve had to work through. Things have relatively settled down now and there are various projects that I am working on, some having to do with this site!

One thing of note is that due to certain changes in my life now, I am free to move out of the area I’m in (if I so choose). If I wanted to interview for a new job would I be prepared? I’ve had a little site:  http://orville.chomer.com/ which contained information about me and included my resume to download. When I checked, the site was down! I had been messing around months ago with it and forgot all about it! Read more

June 27, 2008

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There’s so many things rattling around in my brain right now (as usual) and its hard to know what to pick out to talk about. And I want to write. Many times during these brain log-jams, I just throw in the towel and I don’t write a thing.

I think the best thing to do is start typing. Just start typing into the blog.

My attempts at programming the iPhone are kinda so so. I have fits of programming attempts. My main road-block seems to be learning how to use XCode properly.

I’ve talked to people who work in the Oakbrook Apple store and the big Michigan Avenue Apple store in downtown Chicago. Not suprisingly, beyond knowing how to use the iPhone, they don’t have any info/help on how to program the thing. Gosh, I wish I had gone to the developer conference Apple just had in San Fran!

I didfind out about a programmer’s group in the Chicagoland area that meets once a month at the Michigan Avenue Apple Store. The Cocoaheads. I saw some stuff out there about iPhone programming. I am planning on going to their July meeting. Wish me luck!

I finally took my first 1to1 course at the Apple store on Finalcut Express. Pretty good! Sadly, I’ve had the membership for a while now and have wasted several weeks. I am all signed up for another 1to1 though.

Are you an iPhone developer? Do you know XCode pretty well? Do you mind if I bother you with questions? Let me know.

“Cree cree creee creee…”   sound of crickets…

I got to come up with a written list of my current iPhone questions to:

  • Bring to that meeting in July.
  • To give via email addresses shown at the end of the Apple “how-to” videos.

Am I babbling? Probably.

My health (panic attack and anxiety issues) has been gradually improving as I have been:

  • Staying away from caffiene
  • Taking GABA (An amino acid)
  • Taking 5-HTP.
  • Taking B Vitamins & Magnesium.
  • Trying to eat right.
  • Taking a multiple vitamin.
  • Trying to recollect what I did right for the day not what I did wrong.
  • Trying to recollect what I completed, as opposed to what I didn’t complete.
  • Not only let my body rest, but my thoughts rest too.

One thing that has been therapeutic, has been gardening.  I’ve created this whole new garden bed in my back yard. It’s got this nice edging, cedar mulch, and I’ve planted 3 new bushes! I hope that they survive.

The bushes have some new holes in allot of the leaves. I looked on the underside of the leaves… no bugs were found. I’ve now added flowers and garden lights to my garden bed (some flowers have not been planted yet). Oh, and I have one tomato plant.

I still have dreams of living in Hawaii some day (on the beach). Okay, I don’t want much do I? 😛

Visited my dad at the nursing home. He was quite lucid. Haven’t seen him that lucid in quite some time. I know its not something I can expect regularly. If I had my druthers, I would live by the ocean in Hawaii and my dad would live with us and we would have in-home healthcare for him. I don’t know if my dad would live long enough for this to happen. I can dream.

Issue When Editing WordPress Posts on Mac

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I have noticed something recently (it may be a WordPress problem, it may be a Mac Safari problem):

When publishing/saving a post on my blog using Safari on my Mac, it removes the paragraph separations. Everything looks fine while I’m editing the post, but when I look at the post in the blog all the text just runs together.

When returning to edit the post, the paragraphs continue to be missing.

If I go into edit the posts, or creat a new post on my Windows XP box using IE7, the paragraphs work properly.

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