Camping February Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Camping February 2016 Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Took the trailer and the kids up camping at Calaveras Big Trees state park in February.  Plenty of snow on the ground and below freezing at night, but the trailer stayed nice and toasty warm around 60 degrees at night. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”3″ gal_title=”Camping February 2016″]

Donner Memorial Snow Weekend

Donner Snow Weekend February 2016

We went to the snow this weekend.  We went up to Donner Lake and stayed near the Donner Memorial State Park.  Then we played at Soda Springs for the day. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”4″ gal_title=”Donner Snow Weekend February 2016″]

Skype for Mac Crashing on Startup

I use Skype every day for work.  It is a critical application for me.  I am also a software engineer and understand how to read crash reports and tail log files, etc.  So when Skype for Mac started crashing on me – it seriously impacted my work life. This post will help share how I […]

Amazon’s WhisperSync and Immersion Reading – The Good and the Bad

Have you heard of Amazon’s immersion reading feature?  Well I have — and trust me this was a rather involved production with my wife and kids to get it to work.  I thought I would post my experience here for others. Overall Impression Great little feature if you already have Kindle.  However it’s expensive.  A […]

Engineering Open Source Tools and Code at Toptal

I stumbled upon Toptal the other day and wanted to share a valuable resource I discovered.  Toptal is a site that helps companies hire and manage freelanced engineers.  The site was very slick and well organized.  Almost made me wish I needed to hire some engineers so I could get the experience of working with them.  However […]

Creating an SSH Config file for server shortcuts

If you SSH into a lot of different servers, you may want to create an SSH Config file so that you can use shortcuts to do the commands.  This post will go over the basic steps of creating an SSH Config File. Without this file if you wanted to SSH to a server, you needed […]

Homemade Patio Table with Stone Top

Getting ready for summer, I just finished building a custom patio table.  Our neighborhood suffers from really bad wind so I wanted to build a strong sturdy table that seat 6-8 naturally and can even squish in 10 – 12 as needed (hence the wider approach on the table. Here is the table frame being built […]

WordPress and jQuery – Get by Element ID not working

I racked my brain on this one for a bit the other day.  So I figured I would make a post on it to hopefully help some others. During my development of a WordPress plugin I was having trouble with WordPress and jQuery working together.  In particular, having jQuery interact with a Form element inside of […]

PHP Script to validate a phone number

This is a fast and simple script to validate a phone number. The purpose of this script is to keep things simple.  The scripts cleans input whether it is passed as a numeric value or as a string.  It then validates it’s count of numbers found present in the value, then returns only the numbers […]