Hello readers. My name is Michael and I am a proud employee of Mi4 Corporation. January 16th of this year marks my 6 year anniversary of working at this company and I am proud to say that within this time frame I have drastically improved as both a software developer and a human being.
The pen is mightier than the sword they say, but for programmers, the keyboard is our tool of choice.
Using the keyboard is the main method we put our thoughts/ideas/code into being. One can even say that the keyboard is an extension of a programmer. With the vast array of keyboard choices, programmers can find the best fit keyboard for their workflow.
Keyboards come in various sizes that can accommodate your desk space, typing preference or aesthetic. Many are familiar with the standard or full-size ANSI OR ISO keyboards but there are other “compact” formats available. Some examples of compact keyboards:
- Tenkeyless – keyboard without numpad
- 60% keyboard – generally a keyboard without numpad and F row
- 40% keyboard – minimalist keyboard with letters and some modifiers
These compact keyboards may have programmable layers where the numeric row or F row functionality can be accessed. On some, you can create macros that can easily run scripts or simplify hotkey combos with less key presses. EFFICIENCY! Continue reading “Tools of the Trade: Keyboards”
A new history-popup feature in Productioneer allows the users to see the previous 7 days on the fly while entering field data. The new Productioneer version is scheduled to be released in mid January.
I had a previous post about Bitnami’s virtual machine offerings. What I failed to mention is that those VM images are available in VirtualBox or VMWare formats. I am partial to Hyper-V; so what’s an Mi4 developer on a Saturday night supposed to do?
Well after some searching a found a process using Powershell to convert VMWare hard drive images (vhdk files) to Hyper-v virtual hard disks (vhdx files). Continue reading “More VM Tips: vhdk to vhdx”
Coffee is still a developer’s best friend, but Bitnami is definitely in my circle of friends.
Over at Bitnami they have preconfigured virtual machines for software development. If you want to get up and running on a different software stack quickly it’s a good place to go. It’s not a bad place to spend a Saturday night either (if you’re the kind of person who lists websites in your circle of friends).
Their offerings are comprehensive, convenient, and free: WordPress, Joomla!, Elk, Rails, Tomcat, etc. And if you don’t want to spin up an entire VM, Bitnami can install the stack into an existing environment.
If you use sparkling water in your coffee or espresso machine would you make a St. Pellegrespresso or a Perrierccino?
FWIW, Frederick the Great used champagne to make his coffee.
Just a couple of random thoughts here at Mi4.
Virtual Machines are great. Free stuff is great. Free Virtual Machines are awesome.
Many people are unaware that Microsoft offers Windows virtual machines (VMs) for free. In fact they offer Windows VMs with the latest updated versions of Visual Studio installed on them. This is super useful for software development and testing.
Microsoft also provides virtual machines from Windows 7 to present with various preinstalled browser configurations. These VMs are intended for web developers to use for compatibility testing, but they can be freely used by anyone for other purposes as well.
At Mi4, we constantly work to improve our software and our solutions services. The latest version of Productioneer includes several expanded or improved features, plus a few entirely new features. Continue reading “Productioneer 188.8.131.52 Update”
We hope you all are safe from the storm. Luckily all of us at Mi4 made it through dry and safe. We will resume normal operations on Monday September 4.
Whew! MI4 has moved! No one likes the chaos and stress of moving offices, but we are meeting new neighbors and enjoying new views. Check out a view from our office. What a great way to get a fresh perspective on Houston and on developing custom solutions for our clients.
We settled into our new offices just in time to release the latest update to Productioneer. Keep your eyes peeled for the next Productioneer update.