Gathering Desktop App Analytics Data Using the Google Analytics Measurement Protocol

In my last post, I went over some of the tooling I’m using to develop my first software offering completely on my own. One of those tools is the Google Analytics Measurement Protocol. Like many website owners, I use Google Analytics to track hits and behavior on my site. I’ve hooked Analytics into the Google [...]

By | July 12th, 2017|Programmer|0 Comments

My First Three Months of Selling My Own Software

TLDR: I've sold 40 licenses, made some money and did it with very little monetary expense.  I announced my experiment about three months ago and shipped my first version about a month later. After feeling burnt out on my open source project, I needed something to make it exciting again. I had always considered monetizing my [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|Programmer|0 Comments

My Experiment – PowerShell Pro Tools for Visual Studio 2017

TLDR: Check out the very early beta of my new PowerShell Pro Tools for VS 2017 that contains a PowerShell form designer. Available on the Marketplace. I have been working on PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio, formerly PowerGUI VSX, for almost 7 years. My first checkin to CodePlex (RIP), was on June 12, 2010. A lot [...]

By | April 6th, 2017|Programmer|0 Comments

Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Nestled between a lush mountain range about an hour and a half north of Chiang Mai resides a 250-acre sanctuary for elephants and many of their smaller friends at the Elephant Nature Park. Several weeks before heading to Thailand we reserved a spot on a tour to the park. We were surprised to find the [...]

By | March 3rd, 2017|Programmer, Travel|0 Comments

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Monk Trail

We have been visiting Thailand for the last week. We spent a couple days in Bangkok and explored some temples around the area. We then hopped down to Phuket and took in some sunshine and lounged on the beach. Finally, we’ve arrived in Chiang Mai. It’s a historic and holy city speckled with temples connected [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|Programmer, Travel|0 Comments

What I learned from the doctor about Thailand

As Sarah and I gear up for our upcoming trip to Thailand, I made a last-minute stop at the local travel clinic to ensure I was up to date on my vaccinations. Here some things that the doctor recommended when traveling to Thailand this time of year. Vaccinations If traveling primarily in only urban areas [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|Programmer, Travel|0 Comments

Working Seven Time Zones Away

For the last three months, I worked primarily in Switzerland for a United States-based team and company. My team members were in Madison, Wisconsin. I learned a lot about how to be productive, work effectively with a very remote team and use the tools available to ensure success. Being Productive Without others around me during [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Programmer, Travel|0 Comments