This week I’ve been getting back into action full time after what has been a trying time as we moved home and had to sort out our internet connection; actually that second thing remains an ongoing thing, grateful that I am to be able to work with a solid working connection.
To cut a long story short we’ve it took one week to get BT out to our home to connect us to the internet at all; another week to fix that botched connection and another few weeks to get some good connectivity for downloading of the programs and files I need to run my business and develop my skills.
It was a while before I could
- Get MS Office installed on my computer so I could to my admin and accounting work.
- Get the Adobe Suite installed so I could do run Photoshop and other web design software
- Install FileZilla, Notepad++ Keepass and Evernote onto my system, 4 of my most important software packages I use on a daily basis that I can’t do without.
But I’ve now come through the worst of it and I’m really excited to get going again. It’s a fresh start for many exciting reasons.
A few months ago it became clear the hardware on my old computer (which is still sitting beside me tucked away by my desk) was failing badly. Getting slower, blue screening me every few hours, getting screen hangs and getting more and more unresponsive. This was quite worrying as I didn’t know how much money I had to spend on a replacement machine, especially as I need a new laptop too.
My Birthday came a few months ago and a fabulous new machine was arranged for me as a gift.
Which offers a significant upgrade on my previous computer in terms of RAM and CPU allowing me to do more without compromising speed as I was finding myself increasingly doing in recent times.
Which is why I wanted to look at getting Ruby downloaded to my machine for working with SASS, mySQL as an opensource database solution and XAMPP for local server php developing which should speed up my work flow instead of posting minute changes on a php file to my server.
It’s been quite fun turning this machine into a development environment and having the means to do it. Especially with SQL. Structured Query Language is fun. I first got into it about 10 years ago for my HND in Bishop Auckland. Anyone can get into it with it’s easy to learn Syntax, anyone can generate a simply script that creates a database that you can use to create dynamic web applications. That’s the next step and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can achieve.
I’m making up for lost time with this. Over the next few months I intend to continue my php and SQL development before turning my attention back to WordPress Development, one of my goals for 2015 that I started earlier in the year.
Time is of the essence with this though. I have some exciting projects on the way including a mobile redevelopment that is almost complete for Auto Cleanse North East. Responsive Web Design has been a real theme in my work this year and this is no less reflected in my next projects.
The Elim Church have commissioned me to create a new responsive design in which I’ll take a given design and build it up using CSS and HTML5. I’ve also been working with my web host company in the past couple of weeks to take over another website.
There are plenty of potential for more work happening behind the scenes that I’m waiting to hear further on. So although I’ve had a difficult time with technology in recent weeks I’m happy to say I’ve not suffered for it. Life is busy and life is good. In fact I feel more powered and more able than ever to make professional websites for you.