The biggest downside to switching away from Chrome, is that you effectively lose access to Google Hangouts, because of how it is built into Chrome. Enter YakYak: an open-source standalone desktop app for Google Hangouts.
I have been a long-time Google Chrome user, but have been wanting to switch to Firefox for the past several months, but could not get myself to do it full-time. The interface was a bit dated, and the browser in general didn’t feel faster. I used Firefox Developer Edition for a while which had the newer UI now available in Quantum, but the lack of plugin/add-on support killed my web surfing experience, and I ultimately went back to Chrome.
Then everything changed when the Firefox team announced Firefox Quantum. I downloaded it to try it out, and was off to the add-on site. The team did a good job ensuring most of the popular add-ons were up-to-date and working with the new changes in Quantum. I was able to quickly find and install the add-ons I needed, and have been using Firefox full-time ever since. It’s a joy to use, and consistently uses significantly less memory than Chrome. It’s my new go-to. Congrats, Firefox team – thanks for the hard work and the great release!
Now that 2017 has come to a close, I can safely say that my single biggest regret of 2017 was selling my Bitcoin in mid-January.
For those not following Bitcoin, it means that I missed out on the huge upside – over 1,000% increase in price. D’oh!
My $202.84 worth of BTC would now be worth nearly $4,000. Oof.
My board term for Techlahoma – a non-profit I co-founded along with Jesse and Amanda Harlin – was up at the end of 2017, and I am proud to have been re-elected for another two-year term. I love serving the local Oklahoma tech community, and hope to continue doing so for a long time into the future.
ThunderPlains is coming up fast – just two days away! This is the fifth year of co-organizing the conference, and we always have a great time with the local community.
Grab some tickets to ThunderPlains 2017 if you have not done so already – it will be a lot of fun to meet everyone else in tech working along side you in your own community. There is a lot more tech activity than you think – right under your nose here in Oklahoma!
Over the past few months, my own outlook on the wide use of social media has grown dim. I have gotten to the point where I believe the saturation and over-use of social media is actually bad for your mental health. It’s impossible to have a real conversation. People automatically assume the worse intentions and read meaning into your text that isn’t there. Jealousy and bitterness of fake picture-perfect lives takes root in innocent hearts. There are still some upsides, but the list of downsides keeps growing longer.
This is a big milestone for my main side project. After over half a year of hard work leading up to this, the ChurchMint mobile apps are finally live. The apps are not where most of the work is, but they will most likely be the main entry point and main interaction point with the ChurchMint service for congregation members to receive push notifications, etc. Continue reading
This is old news at this point, but I now officially work for Oracle since Oracle acquired NetSuite. The employment transition for all US employees was Jan. 1, 2017. NetSuite will continue to be run as an “independent business unit”, and my work has stayed the same. So far.