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This Happened….

Posted by on Jul 4, 2015

This Happened….

  So, this happened. My Apple Watch arrived. Not the sport, so it has the stainless and the sapphire glass. That’s the black leather loop band, the only one that fits my wrist, which measures out at 220mm. For those of you with huge wrists, this is a solid option, and in practice, I have easily another inch of slack on the band, so if you’ve held off thinking about a watch because the sizing guide says it won’t fit, get down to an Apple Store and try out this band. I find the band quite comfy. There’s a bit of...

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That looks like a rabbit hole. I should be careful where I wal

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015
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That looks like a rabbit hole. I should be careful where I wal

So about ten days ago I get The Call. Mom. Paramedics. Ambulance. Hospital. I was in San Diego waking up for my final day at Cisco Live. Suddenly I’m notifying the team I need to get on the road, check out, find food, find the freeway, and boogie my butt an hour north. Where things get real. For the last few months, I’ve expected this. Mom’s health has been waning and in the last year or so the speed of that change has increased. At Christmas it was clear that was continuing and  afterward I told Laurie I felt that was...

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Mom, Rest in Peace

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015
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My mom passed away tonight about 9PM, age not-quite-92, ending a long fight against cancer. A breast cancer survivor almost a decade ago, the cancer had returned into the bones and elsewhere, and when I got the phone call Thursday, I had a feeling it was probably That Call. After consulting with the doctors we were arranging to bring her home in hospice when she declined rapidly and ended up passing this evening. I’m incredibly sad to have lost her, she was a good friend as well as my mother, and my moral compass through the years. I...

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Where’s Chuq?

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015
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Where’s Chuq?

This last week I’ve been at Cisco Live in San Diego doing whatever it is I do for a living in our DevNet Zone. By all accounts and feedback the week was a whopping success and thanks to all of you that tracked me down to say high at the show and thanks and apologies to those that tried but didn’t find me. Unfortunately Thursday I got a call to tell me that mom had taken ill and was being taken to the emergency room, and I had to leave the show early and make a mad dash north. I’ve spent the last day and a half being with...

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Off to Cisco Live…

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015
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This has been an incredibly busy time the last few months. I’m not joking when I say my camera hasn’t left the house since my Refuge run in February, and I’ve come close to doing the same — the joy of mostly working from home these days. But my pieces of Cisco Live seem to be done except for a few details, and Saturday I’ll hop on the road and get down to San Diego for the show. Much of my team is on their way down there already, and for the next week, my home will be in the DevNet Zone in the Sails Pavilion...

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Working Notes: Project Checklists and Post-Mortems

Posted by on May 30, 2015
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Working Notes: Project Checklists and Post-Mortems

This project is done. Or more correctly, this phase is done, since I already have a list of things I want to do now that I’ve gotten to this point, which finally lets me do things I couldn’t do until now — like install HTTPS on the sites, which will happen after Cisco Live San Diego. One reality of these things is they’re never done, and if you act like they are, you’re fooling yourself. There are always tweaks and improvements to think about. Almost six months — and I can hear people thinking loudly...

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Welcome to the new WWW.CHUQUI.COM

Posted by on May 28, 2015
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Welcome to the new WWW.CHUQUI.COM

Welcome to the new WWW.CHUQUI.COM. Overnight the DNS updated to point to the new site, and it looks like everything is live and working well. Please let me know if you run into a problem or a typo (we’ve found one so far). The switchover went pretty much as planned, which is nice. that’s how it’s supposed to work. I’ll go into more detail on some of the changes and why I made those decisions starting tonight. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

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Working Notes: Almost done

Posted by on May 18, 2015
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Working Notes: Almost done

At some point you come to realize it’s all over but the shouting. The last week or so has seen a lot of little things dealt with. My punch list, which started the weekend at over 30 items, is down to six, and they fall into two groups: one around things that need to be done with the mailing lists and the other things I need to do with the ad generator plug-in. The latter is probably one evening of work, the former — not sure yet. I need to design the look and feel and do a few other kinds of edits on things like the unsubscribe...

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Working Notes: Seems simple in theory….

Posted by on May 7, 2015
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Working Notes: Seems simple in theory….

Two and a half weeks since the last update on the redesign project. In that time, I ticked one item off the To Do list. That item, however, was building out the picture galleries. This has taken me two and a half weeks of multiple hours per night work. It seems simple in theory, but the end result is almost 8,000 images in about 220 separate galleries. Each gallery has to be created and configured and populated separately. Each gallery also needs a wordpress page for it to display on, images curated and exported from Lightroom, and...

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Working Notes: I wrote a plug-in. Alert the media

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015
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Working Notes: I wrote a plug-in. Alert the media

The question I’ve been grappling with is how to handle the advertising blocks on the site, which are primarily amazon affiliate links with some supporting info — but may not be exclusively that down the road. So I need a nice look with flexible functionality, and I need it easy to manage and add or change within the listings. On the existing system, I liked the look (for the most part), but it was built around some funky HTML/CSS and it was maintained by hand, and each and every place I placed something I had to do it by hand....

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