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More of Chris

In case you weren’t aware, I actually spend more more time blogging in other locations. I recently took a position with Headspring in Austin, TX. Our blogger team has invited me to write some content with them, and I have a few posts already published.

Additionally, I have started to slow pick up the pace again on Los Techies. You can find my blog there as well.

Conferences & Camels, Dancing & Deer

I just finished up a really, really great weekend! I figured I should share my experiences with the public and so I don’t forget that all these things happened within the span of a few days.

Dallas Day of .Net and CTXDNUG (3/8/12 – 3/10/12)

There were nine Headspringers that attended Dallas Day of .Net and I was one of them. The conference went pretty well, I was able to see Scott Hanselman present for the first time and he did not disappoint. Even if you’re not a techie, you would still probably enjoy one of his talks. I was also lucky enough to have some good conversation and add some faces to their twitter handles. On the way to Dallas, a few of us stopped in Temple to see Brandon Satrom present some thoughts on CoffeeScript. We had a good discussion as well as a good time.

After the first day of DDODN many of us went out for food and drinks. Our attempt to go to a restaurant that doesn’t take reservations, on a Friday night, with about 15 people… didn’t go so well. We ended up wandering about until finally visiting Chik-fil-a, a Chinese Buffet Sports Bar with karaoke (that’s right) and Applebee’s.

Tom+Gary’s Decentralized Dance Party (3/10/12 – 3/11/12)

As soon as I was back in Austin, I headed south to meet friends to hit up a Decentralized Dance Party. If you don’t know what this is, be sure to check it out. The photos you’ll see below DDP were taken by Joe Lee.

Also, here is some video from the Austin DDP:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/21026159/highlight/248713
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vvhds75pvo

A Rooster Breakfast Guest (3/11/12)

After a long night, Sunday morning called for some delicious breakfast. Five of headed to two restaurants before finding a really amazing spot for. The first place we stopped were able to seat us right away, but after about 10 minutes and nobody acknowledging us, we opted to leave. We were hungry and didn’t have time to mess around! Our second stop didn’t offer their special until 3pm, so that was out of the question. We stumbled upon El Alma. Everything about that place was fantastic! The staff was polite, friendly and knowledgeable, the Mimosas had a hint of mango, food was crazy delicious and there were awesome paintings of roosters on the walls from local artist Benito Lopez.

Our trip away from El Alma put us straight in the path of couple of Spartans (from Halo), an awesome camel that just took a trip through the car wash and a speeding car in our lane that almost totally killed us all. It was wild.

After some of that crazy, almost getting killed nonsense, the next best thing to do was hang out in the gorgeous weather with a pool and hot tub. The pool was slightly cold, but the hot tub was great!

The Not-Free Free Concert, Beer and Deer (3/11/12)

Later that evening a few of us attempted to hit up a concert that was free, but only free in the sense that you need to have a not-free SXSW badge. It turned out alright because we bar-hopped for the remainder of the night. I enjoyed a few drinks and consumed some pork sliders from The Seedling Truck. They were hella-good!

After being away from my apartment for almost 90 straight hours, it was time to head back. I had some friendly woodland creatures hanging out next to the driveway in. I decided to hop out and take their picture since they were all posing for me.

The Important Information

Here you will find information about my work and involvement in the community. You may also find some blog posts about topics ranging from software to comics. I hope you find what you’re looking for and feel free to contact me about anything.

Common Computer Time-Savers

As a geek and a software developer, I spend a lot of time in front of a computer and there are things I do that I take for granted. I’d like to compile a list of things that speed things up, make things easier, or are just helpful. We can all share this list with our friends and family members that might not know them. Here’s a few that pop into my mind right away:

  • When entering a username and password, you should be able to just press ‘Enter’ after you type your password. There’s no need to go back to the mouse, move it to the button and click it. Once you get used to this, you’ll use it all the time. When you run into  a page that has you enter information that doesn’t “go” when Enter is pressed, you’ll start to get annoyed. (2009-10-18)
  • If you are browsing the web in a browser that isn’t very old, you should be able to just type a search in the address bar at the top. This will save you the loading of Google your favorite search engine. Some browsers still might have the search bar attached near the address bar, but these seem to be going away with newer versions. (2009-10-18)
  • Google searches that appear inside a lightly shaded box, or in a sidebar are listed as “Sponsored links”. These are paid for by individuals or companies to promote their link to the top. The page that it takes you to might not be the most relevant, it’s just the one that won the bidding war. (2009-10-18)

Leave a comment with your own tips and I’ll add it to the list!

Number One on Google

So this site is finally number one on Google searches for “chris missal”. I wasn’t actively trying to get the number one spot with this domain, but I was kind of surprised that it took as long as it did. All my other sites are still ranking very high, which is good. So now when I forget which web sites I run and maintain, I can just do a search to find the most important one at the top. ;)

Also, my book reading is going alright, but not great. I’m halfway through another tech book that I’ll be reviewing here when I’m finished and the other week I completed my first fiction book in about 12 years.

Adding a GOTO

The other day on LosTechies, I posted about how I fix defects. Today, while looking back at some old xkcd comics, I found something that made me think of that post and laugh really loud.

Neal Stephenson thinks it's cute to name his labels 'dengo'