Mindless Blather



I don’t know if my attention span is getting shorter or if blog posts are getting longer. Perhaps it’s Facebook’s short status updates, Twitter’s 140 character limit, or the fact that I’m finally realizing that I have better things to do than read everything written on the internet that day. Whatever the case, I find that I don’t read nearly as much as I used to. Let me be specific, though. I read more articles per day now than normal, but I read less words per day.
Moving Away from Android

Moving Away from Android

Near the beginning of my freshmen year of college, I decided to get an Android Dev Phone 1 — the unlocked, developer version of the HTC Dream. It was super-expensive, it couldn’t use 3G on AT&T bands, it was slow and had no touch-screen keyboard (which was unusable even when it was added), but it was mine. I loved the phone. I never really developed for it, because I didn’t know nearly as much about Java as I thought I did. I eventually decided to put a custom ROM on it, which was more difficult than I had hoped. There was a bug in the phone that “unrooted” my developer phone. I don’t quite recall the reasons, but it was annoying.

Moving on from Posterous

This is my first post using Jekyll as my blogging engine. With posterous shutting down, I felt like I had to find a new alternative. I don’t blog often, but I wanted a system that I felt like would last, in case the next site I chose shut down, too. That means that my system should be self-hosted, if necessary.

The Internet Sucks

I realize that title probably seems like link-bait. Maybe it is. After all, without the internet, I wouldn’t have a job. You wouldn’t be reading this post. I wouldn’t be sharing this post on TweetBook+. Let me be a little more specific about what I’m trying to say here:

Love Your Terminal

Like most developers (I assume), I spend the majority of my workspace staring at a terminal window. You know, like this:

A fresh start.

I’ve never been very good about blogging. And now that I’ve got a full-time job, it will probably be even harder. I’m going to try to commit to at least one blog post, a week, though. I think if I keep with a theme, things will be a bit easier. I’m calling this theme “Programming and Productivity” until I come up with a better name. There are two basic ideas, though (as illustrated in the title).

It's been a while...

I haven't made a blog post in a really long time, and there's a lot to talk about.  However, I don't really have the time right now either, but I intend to write within the week.  For now, I'm just going to say that I know a lot of things on the blog are broken, but that's because I'm currently in the process of rewriting the layout for the website.  In fact, the layout is going to match my website's new layout, which is nearly complete. So many exciting things are happening, and I soon I'll share about everything that's going on! 
a photo of me

Andrew Hays

I'm an SDE at Amazon.com, writing services and user interfaces for third-party merchants. When I'm not working, I'm probably redesigning my blog for the thousandth time. I like UI design more than service design.

I'm happily married to Ashley Hays. I was born and raised in Arkansas and attended UALR earning a BS in Mathematics and a BS in Computer Science.

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