Trello For Life!

posted on 11/15/12 at 05:24:44 pm by Joel Ross

Hi. My name is Joel and I'm addicted to Trello. I'm not afraid to admit it. I started using it just for one little thing - tracking what I was working on for Develomatic. My work with Develomatic usually only takes place after 9 or 10 at night, and rem… more »

Categories: General, Development


Acer Aspire EasyStore Home Server Review

posted on 06/25/09 at 11:07:33 pm by Joel Ross

Ever since Windows Home Server hit the streets, I've been eying them enviously. I looked at building my own, buying an OEM copy and repurposing a machine I had laying around the house (which was serving the same purpose, albeit all manually), and buying… more »

Categories: General


Steve McConnell's Software Estimation

posted on 12/08/08 at 11:45:04 pm by Joel Ross

Over the past couple of months, I've been participating in a virtual book club. We had been reading Steve McConnell's book on Software Estimation, and having weekly discussions about the chapters we've been reading. The pace has been reasonable - two or… more »

Categories: General, Development


Traffic Stats and Google Chrome

posted on 10/02/08 at 12:36:38 am by Joel Ross

Now that Google's new browser, Chrome, has been released for a month, I figured I'd take a look at my blog's statistics to see how it's affected overall browser stats. Even though it's only been a month, a few things jump out as interesting to me. Firs… more »

Categories: General


Building Your Idea Through Angel Investing

posted on 09/23/08 at 08:00:00 pm by Joel Ross

At the last GR Tech Lunch, we had Bill Klevin as our guest speaker. Bill runs DaVinci Capital, a small company in Grand Rapids focused on helping entrepreneurs secure funding to build their business. He mainly deals with Angel investors, particularly the… more »

Categories: General


Moving into the Cloud

posted on 09/09/08 at 01:17:54 am by Joel Ross

I often wonder how much I rely on my laptop. And I'm not referring to development, but for the other things I do - email, twitter, IM, IRC, and RSS feeds. Or put another way, how much of a performance hit am I taking by running those things locally? My l… more »

Categories: General, Software


Grand Rapids Tech Lunch – Monday, September 8th

posted on 09/02/08 at 04:30:06 pm by Joel Ross

The fourth Grand Rapids TechLunch is coming up quickly, and I'm excited about our guest this time around. We're going to have Bill Kleven, who is a partner at DaVinci Capital, a local firm who's goal is to help businesses develop business strategies and… more »

Categories: General


Opportunistic Advertising?

posted on 08/15/08 at 12:44:14 am by Joel Ross

I spend most of my day in an IRC chat room (##twittertribe on - stop by and say hi sometime!), just kind of lurking to see if anything interesting comes along. Every now and then, I'll find a link worth clicking on. Today was one of thos… more »

Categories: General


Grand Rapids Tech Lunch – Monday July 7th

posted on 07/01/08 at 09:26:45 am by Joel Ross

The second Grand Rapids Tech Lunch has been announced, and it'll be at the Grand Rapids Brewing Company on July 7th at 12:00 PM. We have their private room reserved, so it should be a bit quieter than last time, and maybe we'll all fit around the same ta… more »

Categories: General


The Saga of the Dell D820 and 4 Gigs of RAM

posted on 06/30/08 at 09:35:29 pm by Joel Ross

Two summers ago, I got a new laptop - the Dell Latitude D820, a nice dual core machine that works great for what I do - software development. The only issue I had with it was RAM. It came with 2 GB, but that wasn't enough for me. I do all of my developme… more »

Categories: General, Software


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