Goodbye to Brinkster?

For the last 15+ years, I have used Brinkster as my web hosting company. Unfortunately, they are not keeping up with technology upgrades and my WordPress site is under-powered. The MySQL version required by WordPress is not available on their servers, nor is the PHP version required. Thus my site sort of “limps” along – working, but not nearly as well as it should.

I am considering Blue Host or another provider. Does anyone have recommendations? I’m not going to continue to pay for hosting that is frequently down, or that won’t keep up with required technology upgrades.

Mulato Isleno Hot Pepper

Passion projects

One of the things I like to do most in this world is write computer software. I tell interviewers that when I’m seeking a job. I spend a lot of time writing software both on the job (it’s a large part of my job after all) and off the job. Not too long ago I read some advice for job seekers about  having a “passion project”. It wasn’t the first time I’ve seen that advice. Read more

Screen Shot of Electromechanical Computer Simulation

Don’t Worry, It’s Only Ones and Zeros

As you’re reading this, the chances are pretty good that you’re doing so with the help of a computer. You might be using a personal computer, a tablet computer, or a smart-phone. Today computers are all around us, in things most of us probably don’t even think about. Our entertainment depends on computers. We listen to music through digital recordings and digital playback. We watch movies and programs on television recorded and transmitted digitally. Even some of what we watch in movies and television programs was created digitally, never having existed in the real world. Read more