Project Vermont (And Back)


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12 Sep
September 12, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to go to my cousins wedding in Vermont. For a variety of reasons, I had only three days in which to drive to Vermont, attend the wedding, and drive home. I had never driven for more than several hours solo, so I was a little nervous about the twenty-five or so round trip hours. Because of some strategic choices I made, the trip was (spoiler) a huge success, and all of that time gave me the chance to wax philosophical about solo project management, Findaway style. Here are a few of my observations…

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Insert Spine Labeling


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07 Sep
September 7, 2012

A few weeks ago I finished a project that would allow our printing on demand process to print out information directly on inserts instead of having to manually create labels and stick them on the inserts by hand. My last blog post was actually all about that. After the completion of that project our sales department wanted to add more to the project. The goal was to allow for the spine labeling portion of the program to become fully automated and read the information for the spine right out of Marc records. Marc records are a type of file our company uses that contain information about audio and video titles we have. To accomplish this task I would need to create another program and adding to the existing program. Read more →

Viewing Differences Between Images with Github


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31 Aug
August 31, 2012

GitHub is great for coding and development work, but what about design work? For designers who aren’t yet sold on the idea of using GitHub for version controlling projects, I’d recommend checking out this tool that helps point out differences between versions of images. Read their post on the feature (revealed over a year ago) for a full overview, and check out the Demo to see it in action.

Showing before and after of changes in an image

Swipe Mode

Be sure to try out “Swipe” mode, which is my favorite. What a great way to see small differences between versions of illustrations/photos/logos/buttons when collaborating with others!

A Groovy way to customize Boomi


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20 Aug
August 20, 2012

My latest travels in the world of Boomi were to find a way to take an order from our local SQL database and put it in Netsuite.  This seems like a simple job since Boomi’s job is to integrate systems by mapping data of one type to another type.  However, there is a bit of a roadblock in the data format on the SQL side.  Our orders come from one table where the items in the order are in a single field, separated by commas.  Boomi does not like to take things from a comma separated string and put them in a list.  This is where Groovy comes in.
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NetSuite’s Answer to Platform 9¾


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16 Aug
August 16, 2012

One of my favorite pieces of creative writing has been the outrageously popular Harry Potter series. In particular, I’ve always appreciated how J. K. Rowling has managed to weave little pieces of realism into the story by referencing common elements of modern society to offset the wild and wonderful world of wizardry. Take for example the concept of taking a train to Hogwarts, and only being able to access that train from a special platform —

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Subway vs. Which Wich: Dealing with Network Latency in Mobile Applications


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08 Aug
August 8, 2012

Everything I do at work bleeds. Now I’m not talking about the cuts and scrapes I’ve gotten from crashing RC helicopters into myself at work, but when projects I’ve worked on start affecting the way I look at things outside of work. Recently, it’s been getting me thinking about sandwiches.

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You did what with your free time?


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07 Aug
August 7, 2012

On any given day when you enter “Building 2″ at Findaway World, you’re likely to find a couple of people playing FIFA on the Xbox that is hooked up to a projector in our common area. There may be a few others watching the game and providing play by play, color commentary, and tactical advice. It looks a bit like a college dormitory on the surface, but dig a little deeper and there’s more going on. Read more →

IT and Teamwork


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06 Aug
August 6, 2012

IT and Teamwork.

It’s a Win-Win for This Department!

Just a few guys with some crazy enthusiasm for playing FIFA. That’s all it was to start. Blow off some steam. Clear your head. And then back to work. Just a fun distraction. But then it got serious. Tournaments. Brackets. The whole 110 yards, or pitch, as it’s called.

Everyone loved it on the big screen regardless if they ever put a cleat to a ball. We worked together as a team and it spilled over to our camaraderie in our work. Could it get any better than this? Yes it could. What if we combined all our gaming skills and our team spirit and took it to the pitch?? A real football (soccer) club.

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My SSIS success story


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03 Aug
August 3, 2012

Recently I was given a very cool project, cool in the fact that it wasn’t reporting for a change. Our distributor for Catalist Digital Retail, B&T, needed us to build an automated data flow process that will provide them excel and text files on a daily basis of our content. We need to make sure that all of the content updates we receive from publishers makes it to B&T within the day.  Being a SQL dude, I immediately thought of SSIS, which stands for SQL Server Integration Services. SSIS is SQL Server’s toolset for ETL, which stands for Extract, Transform and Load. Using this toolset, I can pull the data from our database into whatever format I need.  All of our company data is initially hosted in a cloud ERP called Netsuite, and we use a product called Boomi to pull that data into our local SQL environment to do reporting and manipulations like this. But that whole ball of oil is for another day.

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Findaway Time


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03 Aug
August 3, 2012

Dilbert's take on Google Time

In an effort to spice up the daily work life of my team, give them freedom to develop something new, and provide added value to the business, I decided to create “Findaway Time,” inspired by Google’s 20% time.

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