Food Blog Forum: Atlanta

September 12th, 2010 Justin Holzer Comments off

I’m obviously not a food blogger. I’m about as much of a blogger, food or otherwise, as Shaquille O’Neal is an actor. So when my wife mentioned going to a blogging seminar several months back, and food blogging at that, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. For one, I figured there’d be a big contingent from the food snob/wine and cheese crowd. Secondly, and far more important, college football is in full swing now, and the allure of watching football and drinking “adult beverages” on a sunny Saturday afternoon is quite strong. However, my skepticism could not have been more unwarranted. Everyone that I had the pleasure to meet over the 2 days of events could not have been nicer or friendlier. As for the football, lets just say that I am very grateful for the invention of the DVR. The Food Blog Forum turned out to be a great event, with a ton of great people, that I’m certainly glad I got “dragged” to.

The presentations ranged from paneled discussions on developing and marketing your “brand”, to the basics of photography and food styling. The primary presenters were Jaden Hair (Steamy Kitchen), her husband Scott Hair, and Diane Cu and Tood Porter (White on Rice Couple), all of who have been extremely successful within the food blog community. All of the presentations were engaging and easy to understand. The presentations contained useful information for blogging and photography veterans and rookies alike.  It also doesn’t hurt when the presenters are incredibly friendly and go out of their way to try and spend time with everyone, which is no easy task when you have a room of 100+ people. It is obvious that Jaden, Scott, Diane, and Todd are not only extremely passionate about their own work, but also about helping others in the food blog community attain the same level of success that they themselves have experienced.

If you, or your significant other, have any interest whatsoever in food blogging or photography, and the Food Blog Forum rolls in to your town, do yourself a favor and go. You’ll be glad you did.

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Version 1.3.1 of the NAnt Plugin for Hudson now available

March 1st, 2010 Justin Holzer Comments off

Version 1.3.1 is a minor release that bumped the dependent version of Hudson up to 1.347 (was previously 1.319). The plugin should still work on the same Hudson versions that it did before. This change was primarily made so that the NAnt plugin could support new POM features inherited from the Hudson parent POM.

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Version 1.3 of the NAnt Plugin for Hudson now available

March 1st, 2010 Justin Holzer Comments off

I just recently became a user of the Hudson continuous integration system. Immediately, I noticed how intuitive it was to use, and how easy the UI makes configuring and running builds. Currently, I’m doing primarily .NET projects, and am using NAnt for my project builds. One of the first things I noticed was that the NAnt plugin for Hudson didn’t support passing properties to a NAnt build. My builds tend to rely on properties for defining things like the build configuration or the deployment environment.

Last week, I decided I’d try my hand at updating the plugin, and was able to release version 1.3. Version 1.3 allows properties to be passed to the NAnt build and also addresses an issue related to the execution of the NAnt executable on Windows that caused some command line arguments to improperly cause the command to fail. You can find more information on the plugin here.

More releases will be coming in the near future. The next release will target fixing bugs related to executing NAnt on a non-Windows environment (Linux, Mac, etc).

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Windows 7: NIC could not connect to local network after reboot

January 31st, 2010 Justin Holzer Comments off

This one is a heads up for any Windows 7 users out there… After installing the most recent round of Windows 7 updates and rebooting, my network card could no longer connect to my home network.

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Did I Seriously Just Pay $10 for a Bud Light?

September 9th, 2009 Justin Holzer Comments off

We’ve all been there. You go to a concert, or sporting event, a movie, etc, etc, and you buy the concessions, knowing they’re going to be outrageously overpriced. At this point, most of us have just accepted this as a fact and we can only hope that the entertainment will make the expenditures seem worthwhile.

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Web – JavaScript = 1/good

August 23rd, 2009 Justin Holzer Comments off

Over the years, in my journeys through the world of web development, I have cursed JavaScript many times. It can be a downright cold-hearted bitch to work with. Granted, things have gotten better in recent years with the advent of tools like Firebug, but there is still plenty of pain, misery, and suffering to go around. As a user however, I celebrate the very existence of JavaScript and the innovation that it has enabled to make our overall experience as users more rich and more enjoyable (DOM Manipulation, AJAX/XmlHttpRequest, and all of the wonderful libraries out there).
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Welcome to The Nation

August 17th, 2009 Justin Holzer Comments off

To great fanfare and potential critical acclaim, The Holzerian Nation makes a triumphant entrance in to the blogosphere. Anything and everything will be fair game, but seeing as this is my little slice o’ the Internet, expect to see a lot of ramblings about programming, music, eating, drinking, sports, movies, TV, a small dose of politics (gotta do something to piss people off), literature, and perhaps the occasional tale of ribaldry.

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