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Last night I went to the Glen Phillips concert. He is my all-time favorite musician. I first heard his music when he was the lead singer for Toad the Wet Sprocket. He was great then and he is having a good solo career.

Take a look at his MySpace page. He’s got some music and other stuff to take a look at.

I have seen Toad the Wet Sprocket twice. This was the first time I had seen him solo. It was awesome. He talked a lot more and was way more personable with the crowd. He’s a pretty funny guy. And he had shoes on this time!

The concert was at The Triple Door, a club in downtown Seattle. We got to sit right on the front row. It think this was the best one of his concert’s that I have been to.

I would post some pictures but I can’t. I actually brought my camera and after the first picture, it told me that the batteries needed to be recharged. Nice. I was on the front row of the Glen Phillips concert and had a dead camera battery. Just my luck! I quickly left and bought a disposable camera with a flash. Needless to say, I was embarrassed taking picture with it. I got some but I have to get them developed. Grrr.

Being in the front row, we were at the end of the line to get out of the building. As we were walking out, we noticed Glen Phillips was talking to fans over by where they were selling CDs. We went over and bought a few of his CDs (the one’s we didn’t have) and we then talked to him for a minute or two. I thought that was cool that he was doing that. I asked him why he was wearing shoes this time. He apparently got sick of people asking him about that so he has to mix it up now. He also signed the CDs. I also got a picture with him (with the disposable camera. embarrassing!).

He also mentioned that he will be coming out with a new album in the fall. This one will not be a solo. Apparently, he will have a new band. They are still trying to decide on a band name. He played some of the music from it. Good stuff. I’m excited.

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I’ve decided to finally stop my stint of not posting to my blog. I have been busy with moving and starting a new job, but there are so many ideas and thoughts in my that need to be put somewhere. I’m excited to get posting again.

For those of you that are still reading this blog, I thank you. Please give me feedback on what you would like to hear about in the future.

I’ll be posting some things regarding what I’m doing at work. What’s going on in the industry. Some ideas that I think should happen. Side projects that I’m working on in my spare time. And random thoughts on everything else.

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My last post I mentioned getting a job at Etelos. Things have been going well since starting. I like the people I work with and what I am doing as a web developer.

I thought it would be useful for others to know how I ended up getting the job. By the way, if you are in the Seattle area and interested, Etelos is hiring. Send my your resume and I’ll make sure it gets to the right people.

Now to the details…

I had been unemployed for a few months and looking for opportunities to meet people, find new companies to apply at, anything to find a job. As most of you know, meeting people and using your network is the single most effective way to find a job.

As I was searching for events to network, I saw that Gnomedex 2007 was just starting to allow people to register. As far as conferences go, Gnomedex is cheap ($500) and after doing some research, I found that the best part of the conference is meeting people and exchanging ideas with the other participants. I also had never been to a conference.

After a little nudge from my family, I decided to take a chance and register for Gnomedex. Chris Pirillo made it very easy to see who was also attending the conference. This helped me big time. I was able to find out who was going and concentrate on meeting people from local companies. I did my research and made a list of people I needed to talk to.

On that list was Eric Berto, the Corporate Communications Specialist at Etelos. I decided to email him prior to the event and he replied that I just needed to look for the big tall guy.

Eric was easy to find. I spoke with him at the first meetup of the conference. He explained what Etelos did. It sounded interesting. So I gave him one of my business cards. He ended up giving it to the people that needed it. I got the interview and the rest is history.

In a future post(hopefully in the near future), I want to get into more detail about what happened after giving my business card to Eric. It’s an interesting story…

During my job search, networking was by far the best way to get an interview. I quickly learned the importance of maintaining a network even if you have a great job.

Speaking of networking. A while back, I read some posts from an awesome blog on business networking. Unfortunately, I didn’t subscribe to the blog and now I can’t find it. If any of you know of any blogs on the subject, let me know. I did a search and couldn’t find anything worthwhile.

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Etelos Logo I just realized I have not posted for an entire month. Although I have lots of excuses, I am not going to make any. But I do have good news to report.

For those of you that know anything about me or have been following this blog know that I have been looking for work in the Seattle area. My family and I moved up here from Utah for various reasons. We have enjoyed our time here so far, but I have not had a full time job since moving here.

This week, I began working for Etelos as a web developer. I received an offer during my last week of contract work so it worked out almost perfectly. Last week I didn’t do much of anything, especially with blogging, programming, etc. I had to have a week where I wasn’t looking for a job, and it was nice to have.

So what does Etelos do? Etelos provides a platform that “brings on demand applications to businesses, new service offerings to ISPs and hosting companies, and a new distribution channel for application developers.” I have been spending my first week on the job familiarizing myself with the platform and hope to post some info in the future about what I will be doing.

Here are some links if you would like to know more about the company in general:

There is one downside to the my new job. It is located in Renton. That means I have a commute very similar to what I had in Utah. I’m hoping in the near future to use public transportation to be able to do some projects I have going or get a car pool going.

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Last week I was debugging a website that had already been developed. I moved the site to a test server but nothing was working correctly. I had no clue what was happening.

Enter the base tag. Never seen it. Never heard of it. Didn’t even know about it. If you are interested, read the official documentation. In a nutshell, it “specifies an absolute URI that acts as the base URI for resolving relative URIs”.

I will never use it. It seems to be handy if you are manually editing your site and you happen to move everything to a new server. In this case, all you would have to do is modify the base tag. Simple. Your links would still work as expected. But in anything that I have ever worked on, I simply update a database field or a config file and everything is good. Links are updated.

Here are some good links with some additional info regarding the base tag:

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A local Seattle company launched today. I was excited to hear about it. SportsUltra.com promises to deliver sports news to you that you care about. I have been waiting for a site like this for a while now, especially since I moved to the Seattle area. It’s a lot more difficult to follow the Utah Jazz outside of Utah. The site is missing some key features. But it did just go live today, so hopefully they will keep on improving.

One great thing about SportsUltra.com is that you can try it out without signing up for an account. You just add all of the teams, players, and sports writers that you want to follow. The site will then pull then show you a list of sources across the web that are saying stuff about what you want to know about. If you register for the site, you can receive updates via email. Filters are provided at the top to filter by team, player, video, etc. A widget can be added to your web site based on a filter as well that will list news on your blog/web page.

This will be great to follow BYU and the Utah Jazz.

There are a few features that I was expecting to see but couldn’t find anywhere.

Where is the blog? I know you’ll can send site news and info but I want to read about how you guys work. Get a blog.

I want to subscribe to my news via an RSS feed. This was key for me. And do you guys just search news sites or do you search blogs as well?

They could also add some other features such as adding images to your customized news page. It is not necessary to be a social network, but the site could use some networking features.

For the most part, when customizing my content, everything was there. A few reporters weren’t listed that I was hoping for. There were a few things that I found odd when adding college alumni.

After reading around a little, I noticed that there are some other sites that offer similar services. I need to take a look at those to do some comparing. SportsUltra fell a little short for me. I’d like to see some improvements in the next few months. I’ll definitely keep my eye on them.

Here are some other reviews:

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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For a while now, I have wanted to learn Ruby on Rails to build some web apps. I have heard so much about it. So, as a web developer, I thought I had better just do it if I were to ever learn it.

I finally got started last night. I decided to get first get Ruby working on my box. It just so happened that it just took a few extra steps after that to install Rails. It was very easy once I found the right information.

It turned out to be a very easy process to install Ruby/Rails on Windows.

Doing some searches on the web for information showed me very quickly that there is a wealth of information available just on the web. I am going to try to find the most useful web sites and blogs on the subject to be able to use for reference when I need it. Please let me know of any that I should know about.

Initially, Rubyonrails.org seems like the best place to go for information and documentation. I subscribed to the mailing list as well. I’ll read that for a while to help me get a hag of what is happening in the Rails community.

During my lunch break today, I took a trip down to Barnes & Noble to find a good book on the subject. I ended up buying Agile Web Development With Rails.

This week I would like to install a Rails open-source app so I can see how it all works.

So this means that I am learning both Ruby/Rails and Flex. Anything else I should be learning?

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It’s been a while since I last posted anything. Sometimes I need a break from blogging. I have lots of stuff that I want to blog about after some time away.

The other day I was cleaning up my email inbox. Last week I heard a wonderful talk while I was working and listening to some podcasts. Merlin Mann gave a great presentation at Google on July 23rd. He called it Inbox Zero. I admit I don’t have a huge email problem but it gets annoying to keep your email organized. He gave some great pointers on what you need to do. The main point I took away from it is to keep you inbox clean at all times. Thus, the cleanup of my email.

I use Gmail as my mail client but have many email addresses going into the same inbox. That has been the best thing about Gmail for me.

While I was cleaning up my inbox, I noticed I had not received a Google Alert email in a while. I subscribe to some alerts to find out when anything is said on the internet on a few topics. After doing some research, I noticed that Gmail (a Google product) was marking the Google Alert emails as spam. I found that quite funny. Now that my alerts are fixed, I can find out once again when somebody says something about me. Did you know that there is a Josh Harrison that is a freshman offensive lineman for San Jose St? I wouldn’t have ever known that without those emails.

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Since virtually everybody was blogging at Gnomedex, I decided to just enjoy my time there and not do any blogging during the conference. I’m glad I did. Everybody posted a lot of great opinions and summaries of what happened.

Here I will post what I thought of the conference. I need to remember the things that happened and my thoughts on the people and what was said by both the speakers and fellow Gnomedexers.

Before I post summaries of the speakers and what they shared, I want to share my feelings on the conference in general.

This was my first Gnomedex and my first conference. I thought it was fun and informative. There were lots of great people that I had the chance to meet and to chat with. The food was excellent. The venues for the parties and the conference were excellent and the wifi sucked on Friday but was pretty good on Saturday. And I can’t forget to mention that Chris and Ponzi Pirillo did an excellent job. Thank you.

I liked the main theme (at least how I interpreted it): We have the technology to do a lot of good. We need to take notice of what we are doing and make a difference. We need to try to these new make technologies more accessible and help others adopt them.

Take a look at the photos that everybody has uploaded to Flickr.

The highlights on Friday for me were Darren Barefoot on building something so others can do good, hearing Guy Kawasaki speaking on the art of evanglism, and Vanessa Fox on managing your online identity. I can’t summarize the day without mentioning my thoughts on Jason Calacanis getting “Winered” by Dave Winer. It seems they have finally apologized for what happened. I must say that I agree with what Dave Winer did and appreciate what he did for everybody who was thinking the same thing. Something needed to be said and he was the one to do it. I was very disappointed when Calacanis gave us all something to look forward to in his blog and then dropped a new product on us from his new startup Mahalo.

Saturday had a different feeling to it. Mainly because of the time spent listening to Derek Miller. Derek attended the las few Gnomedexes but fell ill with cancer last year. They did an awesome job of video-conferencing him in so that he could share his story. It was one of those times that makes you stop and think… I’ll for sure be keeping up with Derek and wish him the best of luck.

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Tonight Gnomedex 7 starts. I’m excited. Not only to hear what each of the speakers have to say but to meet and converse with people that think like me. Let me put that another way-with people that I would like to think like someday. Just take a look at the people that are going.

I’m especially excited to meet the people that live and work here in Seattle, since I am somewhat new to the area.

And how can somebody not look forward Jason Calacanis dropping something on us tomorrow. It better be good.

This will be a new experience for me. My first conference. It’s nice to know exactly who will be there. I have spent some time the last few days finding out more about some of the people attending. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of people.

Anybody that is going (or not), make sure you let me know if I can help you with any ideas or miscellaneous projects. Besides working on a few projects, I’m still looking for a job in Seattle. And in the meantime, I would love to help anybody out. Just ask.

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