Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta. developer.okta.com

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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Upgrading Roller and Happiness

I've been meaning to upgrade this site to use the latest Roller CVS source for quite some time (about a month), but haven't got around to it. However, Dave and Lance have been checking in enhancements like mad lately, so I don't know if it's such a good idea. It would be nice to push out a 0.9.7 release in order to add comments to freeroller.net. Things I would like to see in the comments feature are: 1) remembering a user's information, 2) the ability for the site owner to receive comments as e-mails (I currently have this hacked into this site), and 3) the ability for commenters to receive comment replies (if they entered an e-mail address). A super slick feature would be to allow sending of e-mails to an address (i.e. comments@raibledesigns.com) with something that indicates the post - and whalla, it shows up as a comment! That would be cool (so would posting via e-mail eh?). This will be wanted as users start replying to e-mails, rather than posting comments. Of course, this feature might just be too much work. BTW - what do we need to do to push out a 1.0 Release?

Secondly, I'd like to discuss how I intend on fulfilling my New Years Resolution (To Be Happy). I plan on doing some of the following things:

  • Spending more time with my family - both immediate (Julie and Abbie) and distant (my parents, Julie's parents, aunts/uncles, grandparents). These people are the most important in my life, and why wouldn't you spend more time with folks that love you?
  • Learn more about Java so I feel more confident in my job. This happens no matter what I do - it comes from working with the technology.
  • Being a good Dad - both in Julie's eyes and Abbie's. I'm doing good so far - but I know I can do better. The rewards are endless from doing this.
  • Getting a new laptop. I have a business philosophy that fast machines == fast development. Of course, it depends on the developer, but it certainly can't hurt. I hope to get a new PowerBook, and I really hope they put out a 2 GHz version so I can quit bitching about how slow Macs are. I'll compliment this with a 23" Apple Cinema Display just for kicks - if my checkbook can rationalize the purchase. This is sure to keep me happy for a week or two.
  • Smiling more - this does wonders for your mood. Having a cheerful attitude and a positive perspective on the world makes things much better.
  • Hitting the gym. I haven't been to the gym in months, and I really do need to go as my pants are getting painful to wear. I used to go 4-5 times a week, so I need to get back in the groove. I prefer competition-related exercise such as basketball and raquetball - so I'll definitely try to play those more. It's much more fun to go to the gym and kick a friend's ass at raquetball than to just go and lift weights. Hopefully, I'll begin this next week.
  • Worrying less. Not that I do it much right now - that's Julie's job and she does it well ;-). I do worry about work-related stuff a lot though, and do have trouble sleeping some nights because I'm debugging code in my head.
  • Get off the computer and get outside more. It's amazing how much more I enjoy the days that I never touch the computer. Also, camping and hiking can do wonders for the soul.

Posted in Java at Jan 04 2003, 08:10:07 PM MST Add a Comment
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