2016 in review

Education

In 2016 I completed my Computer Science, A.S. at SUNY Adirondack and was accepted into an accelerated BS/MS in Computer Science / Computer Information Systems at The College of Saint Rose in Albany NY. The program so far has been rigorous but I am pleased to report that in my undergraduate work I ¬†have a 4.0 GPA and in my graduate work I have a 3.91 after my first semester. This is astonishing to me simply because of the schedule I keep: working full-time, taking 15 credits of coursework, and commuting several hours each day. (I keep an AMAZING calendar, I’m not sure I could stay organized without Google Calendar).

134 miles round-trip for class/work days
A typical commute

When I initially went down the path of this horrendous amount of driving I had a Jeep Wrangler that got about 19 mpg. This would’ve been too costly due to gas. (Not to mention the jarring ride). I downgraded to a Hyundai Veloster which is both more comfortable and economical. The car sports a small turbo and a manual transmission making it a blast to drive and agile on the highway.

Career

The company I work for (SCI) experienced major growth. With internal staff levels increasing I’m finding that increasingly I’m becoming a more senior, and valued, employee. This comes with additional responsibility however. I am finding that I enjoy the amount of work a larger team can accomplish.

The productivity of people who specialize in a narrow aspect of the business cannot be argued either. It is amazing to me how deep some people go into a particular topic. Having been a fairly employee I had the opportunity to go wide and touch many aspects of the business whereas these new employees are shoehorned into a narrower focus.

I’m thankful to be working with the group of extremely talented and intelligent people that I do. Having a good team beside you makes all the difference. Hopefully none of you read this and inflate your egos (too much).

Personal

In late 2016 I met an incredible woman, Amanda. This may be the hardest thing to write here as the words escape me. In the few months I’ve known her I’ve fallen in love with her: her beauty, her laugh, and her quirks. Here’s to you, baby, and a great 2017 with you! <3

Man and woman
Me and my baby

Correcting Warning: mysql_connect(): No such file or directory on OS X Yosemite 10.10.5

If you’re working on setting WordPress up on your OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 and continuously getting the “Cannot connect to database error” you are probably the victim of a bad socket in OS X.

If you have debugging enabled in your wp_config.php you may be presented with a ¬†warning like this: “Warning: mysql_connect(): No such file or directory”

You can correct this by creating a symlink to the mysql.sock file.

cd /var
sudo mkdir mysql;
sudo chmod 755 mysql;
sudo ln -s /tmp/mysql.sock /var/mysql/mysql.sock

That’s it! You should be able to run through the famous five minute installer now.