Remembering My Mentor: Alex King

I was very sad to hear that Alex King died a few days ago and have been trying to think about what to say. If you do not know Alex or who he is – he was many things to many people – but to me – he was my mentor. I was an early adopter of WordPress (back before themes and plugins). I started following him (RSS) back in 2002 because he was always creating/sharing snippets and eventually themes/plugins that made WordPress better. I also was one of the first users of his Tasks software which I used religiously – so much so that I would email him with questions/suggestions, and would partake in beta testing new versions. He was also an avid golfer who enjoyed his PING irons like me.

After one email in which I mentioned I wanted to start my own company – much like he did, he offered his support, advice, and even started sending me referrals. I am sure I would not be where I am today without him. He was meticulous with his code and kind with his words. He was always very approachable and always made time for me. He consistently put a lot of thought into his work – so much so that he one time asked for my feedback on possible change options for his email signature. He made sure things were not just done, but done right. He provided guidance to me on many levels – everything from code reviews to business advice.

To me – Alex King will always be the one person in my life that pushed me to get out of my comfort zone, put myself out there, and to do great things. He also taught me that not all ideas/projects will be a success – but to keep trying and never give up. While I am very sad Alex King is no longer on this earth – I am so happy to have made the connection with him 13+ years ago. I will be forever grateful for everything he has done for me and other developers like me. Thank you Alex – for your code, your time, and your inspiration.

Internet Arcade

When I was a kid in the 1980s/1990s – there was not too many things I wanted to do more than go to an arcade to play my favorite games (Afterburner/Space Harrier to name a few). Recently I came across the “Internet Arcade” and love it! Finally I can play Qbert again too!

The Internet Arcade is a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s, emulated in JSMAME, part of the JSMESS software package.

If you are an old school gamer like me – check it out!

My Apple Collection

Yesterday I finally got a book shelf to hold the majority of my Apple hardware/software collection. Amongst the collection – I have some eMates, Newtons, Cube, QuickTake camera, original Apple floppy disks, Apple II GS, ImageWriter, original iPod, iPhone, etc. I am still missing a 20th Anniversary Mac, but that is still on the list of things to get.


Find Large Files in *NIX

I recently ran into an issue where backups for a project were taking much more space than I thought they should. I figured there was a large error log somewhere – and sure enough I was able to easily find it with the following command:

du -sh *

That command du (disk usage) along with the options -sh (s = summarize, h = human readable) will then output something like this:

7.9M	admin
700K	api
1.4G	delivery
4.0K	error_log
44K	images
4.0K	index.php
4.0K	robots.txt

From there I can then see that the big disk space hog is in the “delivery” directory. Running the command then within that directory then showed there was a huge 1.4G error log which needed addressed.

This command is very useful and will save a lot of time if you run into a similar situation as I did.

Retro NES Games Online

Don’t get me wrong – I love playing new games like Call of Duty where everything is dynamic, you play with friends, and nothing is quite the same each game. There is something to say about the old NES games though where you’ve made the same jump at the same time each game. Perfecting a game meant learning and practicing timing vs. anticipating change like the games now. Regardless – I ran across this site: where you can play some of your old favorites. For me – it is all about Contra!

My Quote for the Day…

“Don’t worry about those who talk behind your back, they’re behind you for a reason.”

I like it!