Quote of the Week

When you talk, you're only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new. - Dalai Lama

I'm back...

So, while playing around with some settings I inadvertently hosed my blog installation. Well, it's back and I think all the posts were recovered. I know I'm missing some code updates I made, but that's ok.

I've had a problem with posting entries. It just doesn't occur to me to post things. Hopefully, this will not be the last post of the year.

Sublime Text 2

I had been using Dreamweaver for development as long as I can remember; 10 years at least. When I started my new job 6 months ago I was told that nearly all the ColdFusion developers used it and it was no big deal to get a license. However, not too much later I got the itch to try a new editor. I saw some tweets concerning Package Control – once you have this installed, you have a resource within ST2 to install and manage a vast array of plugins.

From with the package manager I installed: ColdFusion for CF syntax functionality.

Automatic Backups. This is awesome. When you save a file, a backup will be saved to a local folder. It's almost like having a built in versioning system. This works great for me at work because all our development files are stored on the network. Recently a snafu occurred and an important folder was deleted. Backups were restored from the night before, but because of automatic backups I had a backup of all my work from up to a few minutes ago.

BracketHighlighter can be good for keeping your sanity. When you highlight an opening brace, bracket or parenthesis, it will highlight the closing match for it. If you do work in javascript or jquery, I would consider this a must have!

TrailingSpaces is something small with a big impact, for me. All it does is highlight any time a line ends in a space. This may seem like nothing, but we have a standard that specifically addresses this. If a line of code ends with a space, you will fail your code review. So this is a great frustation saver.

If you are frustrated with your current IDE/editor or just looking for something different give Sublime Text 2 a shot. I don't think you will be disappointed.

Resolutions for 2013

2012 certainly flew by. After reviewing my resolutions and seeing that I was pretty successful I have decided to write down a few for the coming year. In no particular order I give you: Scott's 2013 New Year's Resolutions.

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Furniture Shopping

We went furniture shopping this weekend. It started out as more of a lark than a planned excursion. For the last several years the only real furniture I had to sit on was a couch left over from a living room suite I bought 10 years ago. Sure, I had an office chair for my desk and after my Dad gave us a kitchen table, we had a couple more chairs. But for the most part, when Ashley and I sat down for the evening, we sat side-by-side with the 3 dogs taking up the remaining 1/3 of the couch. Although this is cozy, it gets annoying too. For example, if one of us wants to take a nap, the other has nowhere to sit! So we really needed to expand our seating options.

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New Years 2013

As 2012 winds down, I'm sitting here thinking about last year's resolutions. I honestly can't remember what a single one was! Thankfully, I wrote them down on this very site. I thought it would be a good exercise to list them here and comment on whether or not I was successful. Given that I don't even remember what they are, I am not feeling too optimistic. Maybe at the end, I will have some thoughts on the coming year.

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New Server

If you are seeing this entry, then this site has successfully moved to its new server! Woohoo!

Just an idea

I have an "out of the box" idea for economic recovery:

Raise the tax rate on anyone making over $2 million a year to 30%. This is only a 2% increase over the current rate. Then make any person with income under $30K (for single filers, $50K for couples) pursuing a first college degree, with a 8 hours minimum class load, exempt from federal taxes.

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New favorite breakfast

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Still, I used to skip it regularly. Until I started making my ultimate breakfast sandwich. It's basically an egg mcmuffin, only healthier. It takes less than 5 minutes to make and I can even get it going and walk away for a couple of minutes without worrying.

What's in it: English muffin, split and toasted 1 egg 1 slice Swiss cheese 2 slices Canadian bacon

How simple is this? Fry the egg over medium heat to your personal preference of wellness. I usually prefer my yolks firm. While the egg is frying, slip the Canadian bacon into the same pan to heat. When you are ready to flip your egg, flip the meat.

Assemble by placing 1 slice of Canadian bacon on the bottom of the English muffin. Place the cheese slice on top, then the egg, then the other bacon slice and finally the toasted top. By sandwiching (pun intended) the cheese between the warm bacon and egg, it should start to melt on its own.

This version is healthier than the McVersion because the ingredients are fresh and contain no fillers or by-products. But also Swiss cheese is a healthier alternative to processed American cheese. A leaner version could use a turkey-based alternative like turkey-bacon in place of the Canadian bacon.

Here are a couple of alternative versions that would be just as delicious: -instead of Canadian bacon, use regular bacon or sausage -instead of a fried egg, use scrambled -add veggies to the scrambled egg, like an omelet -experiment with various cheeses

If you don't care about "healthier" double the meat and add a helping of Hollandaise sauce or gravy!

Whatever the variation, this breakfast will hit the spot. Oh, and the cost per sandwich is less than hitting the drive-thru.

Beef Tips and Noodles

Last night I cooked a delicious meal: Beef Tips and Noodles. It was so good, I have to write about it!

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