Monday, August 29, 2016

21

So much has been going on! I've got some catching up to do.

First off, Sturgis Bike Week 2016 was a great success, but I don't say so for many of the common reasons. I go up to help my Dad at the Kidz Zone, which keeps me very busy for the whole week. Not how most people would celebrate turning 21, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I also got to spend a lot of time with fellow geeks Gordo and John, who both have IT jobs and work from home at least part of the time. I picked their brains for quite a while.

Just signed up for the 2nd Annual Rocky Mountain Hackathon! Man am I excited for that. Last year was so much hectic fun, and I got to have a taste of working on a real project on a real team! It's been too long, and I look forward to meeting friends and working on another project. Maybe this time my JQuery skills will be a little more up-to-par, though I admit most of my work has been on Python 3 and QT.

Speaking of which, I have a little game I'm making public. It's nowhere near a complete or even very usable, but it showcases the use of QT in a 2D game engine loop (let's not get ahead of ourselves). I really should have done this months ago (like, in March) because I've hardly changed it since then. It's really more of a proof-of-concept than anything, but it was fun making it, and if I ever need to pick it up again, I've got a huge head start. Head over to my page on GitLab (by the way, I love GitLab!!!) to check it out. You won't find anything else there, though--I mostly use GitLab for my private projects. I feel like moving it to GitHub would bring it a little more traffic, but, really, it's so basic, I'm not sure I want it to get much.

How basic? Well, you'd best have Python 3 installed and PyQt (including SIP) before you try to run it. I know, any program worth its salt should at least be able to check those basic dependencies--perhaps in an update. I've been working on a dependency checker for Python3/QT. Anyway, you can try to get it to work on your machine if you really want...

Work continues on the ATCjet.net website. Today I finalized a nifty little map that turns on and off transparent layers of a map. Check it out here!

I also purchased a static IP, I'm hoping to host OwnCloud on a virtual machine at home. I'll have some fun experimenting, and if I'm determined enough, I just might score a sweet media server/cloud replacement/PIM manager accessible from anywhere! Yeah, it's going to take some work...

Oh, and, by the way, thanks to John giving me a tip while at Sturgis, you can now also access this website by going to zacharyhubbell.com. As it turns out, I'm incredibly lucky to own my name as a domain for less than $2,000, and when I found it cheap, I jumped. Perhaps this way I'll be scaring off less arachnaphobes...you never know!