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When it ices it pours

This weekend I noticed something odd about my house, the outside didn’t look quite right.  Apparently over the past few snow storms, with the melting and icing, my rotting fascia pulled away from the house, which now requires us to get new gutters.  Now, I knew for quite some time that this was going to be an issue.  For as much work we do on the inside of the house, we tend to neglect the outside.  It seems that bad weather only hits on the free weekends or there’s just other more important family things to do.  Now is the time to regret that however, since I’m going to have to replace all the fascia boards then do the proper thing and get the soffit and fascia repaired or aluminum covered and get new gutters all the way around.  I’m certainly not looking forward to that bill, but at least it will be done.

Neglect to houses and having pieces fall off is very metaphorical for server and website maintenance as well.  As a member of the IT/Programming team, it is our job to insure our gutters aren’t falling off the house, which generally means keeping up with maintenance of the server and of our websites.  If a website is running slowly (clogged gutter) we need to figure out what the issue is that is causing the backup.  It could be the server itself, or it could just be that we needed to take a look at the site itself and find where our bottleneck is.  Perhaps there’s an error that we’re not catching (pinecone in the down spout) or maybe a query that’s taking too long to run (a clump of dirt and leaves caught in a seam).  Sometimes the website is just too old and doesn’t look contemporary enough or has outdated information (rusted through) and needs to be replaced to make your business grow (basement flooding is not pretty).

When it comes to maintaining your websites, be it medical, eCommerce, or something else entirely, DDA can make the repairs.  Whether it’s something new and interactive or informative and search engine optimization (SEO) friendly to give your business new leads, we can keep your website running smoothly.

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Programming through Slush

It is snowing outside today, quite heavily, though not yet sticking to the roads so we’re safe for now.  I don’t think it will stay that way all day, eventually the heft of it all will have to pile up.  In the meantime I’ve already accomplished task number one for the day, send off the latest flipbook and patient portal for one of our interactive medical websites.  This will free up some time to hopefully get back to finishing up the login and registration design flash buildout for one of our other clients.  There will of course be minor things to tweak still on the flipbooks, but the big chunk is done.  The majority of my time may be spent trying to figure out what’s going on with one of our servers.  It seems that things are moving a little too slowly, but the issue isn’t immediately apparent.  I know some tweaks can be made to two sites, one of which I programmed and one of which Reggie is working on and that may help, but only time will tell.

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A Storm of Productivity

There’s another storm that’s supposed to hit the area sometime tomorrow.  It’s only an 80% chance of snow in the morning, and then ups to 90% chance in the afternoon, and we’re expecting enough to close some schools.  That basically means, yes, it’s coming, and yes, our drive home tomorrow is not going to be pleasant (is it ever really though?).  Thankfully the area thawed out a little bit over this last weekend and the beginning of this week so the piles of snow won’t be quite so high when we try to shovel out again.  In any case, I’m expecting to not be alone on my Friday off.

Before the snow hits and the winds blow, there’s quite a bit of work yet for me to do.  I’m finishing up changes to one of the flipbook sites.  The second time around is much easier honestly.  The first one was difficult not only because I was out of practice using Flash, but very little of the design had been built out before I got my hands on it. That meant that I had to go through and create all the little items on the screen and make them work.  On top of that, we added pages to our interactive flipbooks which required a whole new buildout of those, where before we had one book of 12 pages, I had to create the 5 books of 14 pages.  So now that I have that under my belt, it’s been only a few hours needing to be spent on the latest one.  It’s amazing what one can do when given the right tools.  Now it’s just a matter of adding in the content placeholders (since content has not yet been provided) and notify the video team that the videos they have on the server do not have the correct backgrounds so that needs to be fixed.  Some minor tweaking to the design may be necessary, but otherwise, it’s about ready to go.

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