New Year Update

Okay, so I’ve been on another hiatus. Work has been killer while trying to maintain and manage an application in AWS and handling four different database migrations. Combine this with my team having been trimmed down to bare bones last year. It has been fun. I’ll leave it at that.

So after having to decom my own personal AWS infrastructure due to cost (aka, my free services were no longer free) and moving everything over to WordPress, I haven’t been up to much until recently.

First off, I finally have a project for my Raspberry Pi I’ve had on my desk for over a year. I just finished setting it up as a local WordPress server. Basically a WordPress playground I can mess around with to better understand how WordPress works so if I ever get back to setting up my own server, I’ll actually have an idea of what I’m doing. Ideally from scratch as well. Used a custom AMI from the market to setup in AWS last time. Wasn’t bad for getting started, but was a little to much for me to properly manage. Won’t likely expose this little guy to the world; but figured it this will be nice.

I’m also planning on finally starting to work on some of the example projects in Unity. Finally get my feet wet with some game development. I kept on getting stuck on wanting to try coding basic app first, but haven’t had much interest in anything. So instead of holding off on just playing around with Unity until I’m “ready”, I’m finally going to just give it a go.

Here’s to a new year and new projects (a month and a half after the year started).

Adjusting to the Unexpected

Well, originally thinking I was going to keep my site setup on my own EC2 in AWS didn’t quite work out as planned. Unfortunately, the cost caught up with me and I just don’t have the flexibility to maintain it. Very different when at work where I don’t have to be as worried about cost (also helps that what I’m setting up in AWS at work is one of the lowest cost applications at this time).

Instead of just shutting down the site, I migrated it back into my WordPress account. Honestly, that move when much smother then I expected. Even spent a little extra so I can bring my domain name over. Now, I just need to work on my site tweaks and refocusing on what it is I ultimately want to do. I have a unfortunate tendency to want to do more then I can feasibly do. Time to re-evaluate to see what I can effectively do.

Preparing to Open the Gates

Okay, so between work and school, I haven’t had much energy to work on my side projects. Just enough to unwind. Fortunately, after next week, I’m done with school for the rest of the year and I have plenty of tasks to work on project wise. I have some aesthetic ideas for both this site and my gaming blog. Also going to finally start playing around with Unity more. I keep updating it and staring at at it going “I really need to go through some of these new tutorials”.

Another shift that I’ll be working on is trying to put myself on a consistent schedule to work on my projects throughout the week. Just need to figure out a consistent schedule I can stick to without burning myself out.

Work Overload

I’ve always had something to do at work; but due to recent project, I can’t say I’ve had much drive to do even more “work”. Granted, I don’t necessarily feel my personal projects are work; but I can’t say it is easy to focus on coding and troubleshooting logic more than 8 hours a day. Not to mention trying to switch my brain from work coding to personal coding.

Fortunately, part of my current workload is to retire three out of the four systems I’m custodian of. Retired one within the last month and another slated for this month. Albeit, the other two applications have picked up quite a bit, so that has been offsetting what I’ve been retiring. However, only having to focus on two applications verses four is much easier. Can’t say how many times I kept forgetting what components were part of what applications.

Now to see about getting back into some of my personal projects again more so. I’ve been tweaking the back-end of my journal site; but really need to start picking up other projects I keep thinking about.