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Work Journal for March 20th, 2014

Not sure what my mental block is this morning. The only thing that keeps popping up is my profound dislike for this product. It's a clumsy way of managing integrations that could just as easily be done with a proper programming language and a well tuned application server. I suppose the same could be said about WebSphere Message Broker, but that tied in to MQ so easily and so well that it simply seemed easier to use. Orchestrator just...bothers me. 

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Work Journal for March 19th, 2014

It's hard to keep working when your laptop can't manage to type a single sentence without hanging for minutes on end. 

On my bad days (which have been increasingly often given stress, fatigue, and disinterest), I can barely manage to write more than a sentence at a time myself. When I want to work, and can't because my system is acting up, it's very frustrating. Worse, I cannot transfer the documents to any other system I have because they require such a specifically licensed toolkit that there's nothing else I can do. So instead I sit here being unproductive. 

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Drupal 8 Cookbook: Creating an Empty Module

While there are many changes in Drupal 8, Drupal still relies on modules. Drupal 8 needs modules -- and you! -- to provide additional functionality not provided by core. Creating a module in Drupal 8 isn’t very different from earlier versions, although some of the names and places have changed.

Read more on the cookbook page!

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Work Journal for 2014.1.16

With the custom course for Customer H on hold, I'm back to working on AO. 

AO is a product that has earned a particular amount of ire from me. It's poorly maintained, buggy, and outright weird when it comes to what it is trying to accomplish. I could go on a long tirade about it (and have, but I accidentally closed the editor without saving), but there's little point. In the end, it's a product I care very little about. 

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The Unconventional Mac

Wednesday morning I was expecting to get in my next paycheck as well as some extra from cashed company stocks. The company I work for, like so many in the tech field lately, went from public to private. This resulted in all my remaining shares being cashed out in two payments. I was expecting the last of those this morning. I already had a number in mind, and planned out my finances accordingly.

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The New Laptop Game -- Late 2013 Edition

Since my last post, I still have yet to buy a new laptop.  I'm still relying on the one provided to my through work. Since then, the Dell E6410 has developed a habit of overheating, and the battery that came with the unit had seriously degraded in running time. I've since bought a new battery, and replaced the thermal paste throughout the motherboard. The system is due to be replaced sometime in the first half of the year. When it is, I'm certain work will have locked it down in both OS and BIOS.

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