Shot down…

Update – 2:30 PM
One of my old college roommates, Matt, wrote me this afternoon to cheer me up. Thanks Dood!

Original post:
You know, I never thought, after getting a Bachelors of Science in Information Systems, with a concentration in Technical Communications, and working in industry for over three years, doing usability and quality evaluations, programming and interaction design, that I’d be in a position where I can’t get the job I want because I don’t have enough experience and I can’t get experience because I can’t get the job I want.

This is so foreign to me. I’ve never tried so hard for something and not gotten it.

E-mail me. I need some inspiration.

The big day…

Well, a couple months of work all comes down to today.

You see, I’ve been interviewing for this job that I REALLY want and today I should find out whether or not I actually get it.

Wish me luck!

Minor site updates…

(Note from Dec. 2001: Some of the links in this post were no longer valid, so I removed them and italicized the words that used to be linked, for reference.)

Added a couple things to the site today:
I put together some of my bookmarks and created, what I call, my start page.

I’ve also created an ad, because I’m selling my car.

Check this out! Selena (my girlfriend), registered a couple domain names last week. You can check out her site at either imwatching.tv or imwatchingtv.com. By the way, her dream set is the Phillips Flat TV.

Pressing on: web log standards

So, my search for web log standards turned up nothing! Plus, no one e-mailed me either…most likely because no one reads my site.

I’ve thought it over and I hate the idea of doing something that’s been done before, so I will press on with the search.

In the meantime, consider this:
Web logs are a dime a dozen these days. On any given day, you can usually find the same or similar post on loads of sites. So why do we continue to visit these sites day after day? It’s because we crave the humanity, the personality…and what better a way to learn about someone’s personality than to have some unique insight into the path they took to find the thing they found interesting. Sort of like their mental model for that information.

For example:

In my search for web log standards today, I read Weblogs: A History and Perspective, written by Rebecca Blood. Here’s how I found it:

bradlauster.competerme.comScripting NewsRebecca’s Pocket

Like I said before, I’m not big on doing things that have been done before, so I’m going to try to resist the temptation to post things that I’ve pilfered from other web logs, but if I do, I’m going to post the path I took to find it. Now I need a good name for the path…got any ideas?

Still a bit green…

(Note from Dec. 2001: The links in this post were no longer valid, so I removed them and italicized the words that used to be linked, for reference.)

I am woefully green when it comes to writing my web log.

I’ve noticed that most people never seem to change what they’ve written – despite sometimes glaring inaccuracies. I follow a few ‘blogs pretty closely, but probably wouldn’t notice if someone changed a previous post.

My question is this: Are there generally accepted standards of practice for personal web logs?

Since web logs are about publication without rules, I doubt that such a thing exists. I also doubt anyone would follow them if they did exist.

The only mention of web log standards I’ve found so far, is from Array: 02/11/2000. If my search turns up nothing else, maybe I’ll just write my own.

My nightmare (a result of bad software)…

I’m back from oblivion (or rather, my domain is)!

Five weeks ago, I moved bradlauster.com to a new host and in the process, consolidated all my domains with one registrar.
Two weeks ago, NameZero, the company through whom I originally registered bradlauster.com, decided to mass move all their domains over to a new registrar. Unfortunately, the program they used to transfer those domains didn’t look to see whether or not NameZero actually owned the domains it was transferring. As a result, my domain was transferred to Network Solutions, with a completely incorrect set of name servers attached to it.

The problem was further exacerbated by the fact that the program that accepted the incoming transfers on Network Solutions’ end, didn’t check to see if transferee was actually authorized to do so.

To top it all off…Network Solutions has a policy of rejecting transfers on domains that they have held for less that sixty days. So, after NameZero incorrectly transferred control of my domain to Network Solutions, they couldn’t transfer it back!

Frankly, I’m flabbergasted that this could have happened in the first place. Imagine if I had been running a store on my domain. I would have lost two weeks of business!
To put this in perspective: two weeks of sales for Amazon.com is about $62,900,000*. Yep, that’s 62.9 MILLION!

If nothing else, this experience has fueled my fire to improve peoples’ lives through better software design. Look out world!

* Source: Amazon.com 1999 annual report

Technically speaking…

I’ve received a few questions about how I built this site. So, here’s the skinny:

I did the HTML in a text editor (TextPad to be exact).

The domain is hosted by Hurrah.

The pages are served by Apache, on a box running Zope (though the current site has static pages only).

The little picture of my head was inspired by DeepLeap’s web site. I made it with Photoshop (be sure to check out the image roll-over).

Greetings!

(Note from Dec. 2001: The links in this post were no longer valid, so I removed them and italicized the words that used to be linked, for reference.)

I’ve put together this little web site to showcase some of the work I’ve done.

There are currently only two areas of the site. The resumé area and the work samples area.