Thursday, May 30, 2013

I'm sharing photos through Google+

If you didn't know already, when it comes to on line services, I'm a Google customer.  I don't really do much with Facebook, Yahoo, etc. etc.  All my stuff is done using services provided by Google.  I use Gmail for my web based email.  I use Blogger (A Google owned product) for this blog.  I use Picasa (another Google owned product) for managing photos.  I could go on for quite a while listing Google products I use, but it's kind of boring.  Let's get to the point.

The point is that since Google+ has become the focus of most of Google's energy as of late, I'm using it too.  It has allowed me to share photos in a protected fashion (That means only people that I want to see them get to see them).  I could have used other services in the past to accomplish this, but it was too much of a chore to do so.  Google+ has made is extremely easy for me to share photos with just my family, or with my family and friends with very little effort.

Therefore, if you are used to seeing a family album with all of my photos on it that are shared with anyone that has a link, those days are coming to an end.  From here on, I'll be sharing photos using Google+.  If you want to see them, just sign up for a Google account, and you'll be on your way.  Just get on there and then search for my name, and you will find me.  From that point, I'll help you get your Google+ to a point where you just might like it more than Facebook.   The only issue that I see that keeps Google+ less viable than Facebook is the fact that all your friends are on Facebook, and not on Google+.  Which is kind of a bummer. :(

Anyway... here's a sample of the pictures I've recently shared on G+

Brett at his "Field Day" event at his school.  He had a blast.

The first ripe tomatoes in the garden out back.

Of course, there are a ton more images to see, but you need to get on Google+ to see them.  Go for it.  It won't hurt at all, I promise.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Grandma Russell's 86th Birthday Party

We went down to Houston to celebrate with Grandma Russell because she turned 86 years young. It was great to see everyone there.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Big News!

As Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth would say... "Good news everyone!!!"

I have accepted a new opportunity with Halliburton.  I start on Feb 18th, and I am very excited about it.  At the same time I am very sad to leave my current company, AMX.  AMX has been a wonderful place to work, and I am  going to miss my team very much.  We have accomplished quite a bit in the two years I've been there.  The application we have been working on is quite polished and will release to the customer within a few months.  

The new opportunity at Halliburton comes with some exciting new challenges, and some very impressive teammates.  I can't wait to dig in with these guys and sling some code around.   

Changing jobs is a scary thing for me.  I have good and bad experiences doing it in the past, as I'm sure a lot of people have.  In my experience, my new jobs have been either super duper awesome, or a complete nightmare.

I have a feeling that Halliburton won't be a nightmare. 

If you're reading this, and you're family, please take this time to give some hugs to all my other family members for me.  


Thursday, January 17, 2013

The old blogger site is back

Over the last two years, I haven't blogged at all.  I used to be pretty active in blogging my family activities before there was Facebook and Google+.  I resisted moving to these platforms, but when people like my mom and aunt got a Facebook account, I realized I was being pretty stubborn by having my own blog that duplicated what I could be doing on Facebook.

I never really like using Facebook.  Not sure why.  I just didn't get into it.  Then Google+ came along, and I got into that right away.  

Today I learned that Google is adding integration points between Google+ and their old Blogger service.  I used to use Blogger several years ago, but it gave way to my own WordPress site sometime during 2006.  Then after a few years using WordPress, I just lost interest in keeping up with a blog all together.

Anyway.  Long story short.  I'm gonna use Blogger again for a while and see if it holds my interest.  

We'll see how it goes.