Year in review 2015


Site redesign

I've had my own site since 2008 where I have been blogging and posting my images, thoughts and various software programs I create. There's been a lot of talk in recent years about the worth of a personal blog as opposed to simply using LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook. The inherent problem with these platforms is that none of the content on them is owned by users, but by the company. Of course the big benefit of these platforms is the social aspect, people are far more likely to read something on Facebook than on some personal blog. Still, I believe a balance is needed. So when I decided to redo my site this week I weighted these issues, and decided to go ahead anyways. I believe having your own home on the net is still as important as it used to be.

Dendory.net is fully functional again, with a brand new custom-made PHP backend and a frontend design based on Bootstrap, because I like the modern look and ease of use of this framework. Some of the changes I wanted to implement include a stronger emphasis on my profile and Twitter, less on the blog, along with more visible categories for downloads and papers. If you find anything broken let me know, but everything should be in place, albeit individual URLs had to be broken from the old site. While my old site had a very unique and personal look, hopefully the one looks more professional than it used to.

Gaming

I played a lot of games this year:

  • Battlefront beta
  • Prison Architect
  • Back to the Future
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • KOTOR 2
  • Fallout 4
  • WoW
  • SWTOR
  • Tales from the Borderlands

..and more.

Desktop upgrade

It's time for my January desktop upgrade, but since my current system is only 2 years old, I'm only changing a few pieces this time. I ordered a SSD to replace my primary drive, as I/O speed is always a big bottleneck. I used to have a Kingston SSD a few years back before it died, and this time I'm going with a Samsung EVO 250GB drive.

The other part I changed was the graphics card. When I built this system a year ago I kept a card from a previous system, so it was getting slightly old. I got an Asus GTX 760 to replace it which runs faster and much cooler.

NodePoint and coding

I've been working a lot on NodePoint versions and other open source code.

Decorations

Started ordering figures and statues for room decoration.



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