Author Archives: Eric Webb

Newport Aquarium

On a whim, the wife and I decided to check out the Newport Aquarium yesterday. We were already at the Levee (enjoying Dim Sum at Pacific Moon) and really didn’t have anything else going on, so we headed over. I was a little shocked at the ticket price ($18.95) but after spending an hour there, we decided that it was worth it. They have some really cool exhibits like a “live flight” bird sanctuary and the requisite shark tank. Definitely check it out if you’ve got a free afternoon.

Database design – Primary Keys

This is an interesting article on the selection of a primary key during database design: http://rapidapplicationdevelopment.blogspot.com/2007/08/in-case-youre-new-to-series-ive.html.

I’ve always wondered what the best primary key was and while there are pros and cons for both natural and surrogate keys, it seems that surrogate keys are the way to go.

First Week

Well, I’ve completed my first full week at my new job and everything has been going well so far. Even after only one week, it’s obvious that there are some very smart people here and I look forward to working with them in the future.

I’ve also started to work on my first two projects. The first is a simple addition to a web application, but it looks really cool so far. The second is constructing an intranet using Sharepoint 2007. I had experience with Sharepoint before, but there are so many things that I’ve had to learn about it for this project. I was a little uneasy at first, but I think that I’ll be able to get it done.

Jump to Ubuntu

I finally did it. After years of dual-booting various flavors of Linux, I’ve made the leap to using Ubuntu Linux as the primary OS on my home computer.

I’ve been saying for years that Linux’s biggest flaw is it’s dreadful configuration tools and lack of documentation. I can remember spending a whole week trying to get my wireless card set up in Mandrake only to give up and remove it from my system (and I’m an IT guy!).  Previous version of Ubuntu weren’t much better, either.  While they provided more configuration options, it still wasn’t as easy as setting up a Windows installation.

However, in my opinion, Ubuntu 7.10 is the closest any version of Linux has ever come to being an actual Windows desktop replacement.  I can actually configure and use it without pulling my hair out.  I even got the super cool Compiz Fusion effects to work without too much trouble.

There are a few things that still need to be ironed out (I still had to manually install ndiswrapper and install wireless drivers from a CD) but overall, I believe that Linux on the desktop is finally starting to become a reality.

New job

After 3 and half years as a consultant, I’ve accepted an offer to work for Barefoot, a local advertising agency. I will be the sole .Net developer in the interactive design department, so wish me luck. The other guys there seem to like Ruby on Rails, but that’s not my problem. 😉

I’ll see if I can show them the merits of .Net and bring them over to the dark side.

Prototypical First Blog Post

Hello all. This is your typical “first post” post. I hope to use this blog to convey my experiences in both my work and my life.

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