How I Did It

2 months into 2015 and I’m on my third month of keeping my body weight at or under 220 pounds. Pretty sure that means I’m right on track where I need to be to maintain it, and with the weather improving, I expect to get more time on the bike to help reach my next goal.

Sub 210 by June 10th. Because my birthday is as good a goal date as any.

I keep getting questions about “how I did it”. The short version is excercise and watching what I eat, both quality and quantity. Let’s break that down. Continue reading →

Open for Business

Hello,

My name is Don Burnside. You might know me as ‘db’ from other sites like dbmini or White Roof Radio. That’s MINI Cooper stuff for those of you that might be new. And sure, those sites are awesome, but we don’t really do cars here at donburnside.com.

Here we do technology. Here we do photography. Here we do food. Or, at least we used to. You can go back through the archives to find WordPress tips, rants about things, my experiences with mobile technology and all of my recipes. It’s all there, going all the way back to November, 2003.

For 2015, we are going to get back on track. Back to using this site to tweak and play with WordPress and theme development. Back to talking about food, photography, technology and, one of your favorites, rants.

Watch for changes and more frequent updates coming in the following days. We are pretty excited to get back in the saddle!

Use What You Make

One of my current passions is hating my day job. It’s life sucking and dead end. I only tell you this for reference for the remainder of the post. I’m seeking help, don’t worry.

One of the reasons is a product that the company I work for sells, and one that I have to support. And, the pieces that tie into or make that product work that we also sell. And it’s all rubbish.

It’s geared at retail operations. Actual brick and mortar stores with cash registers and all that goes along with that. But there is a very serious disconnect between the company that I work for and it’s customers.

Nobody in the company that I work for has ever worked retail. Also, no one in the company that I work for or any of the company that I work for’s partners have had to use the product that we sell.

You see gang, in the land of POS, It Just Works isn’t just a saying. It’s one of those things that has to be true 99.5% of the time. Retail and hospitality rely heavily on the point of sales systems that are installed in their business’s to collect money, track sales and costs, historical data for projections and scheduling and many other business critical operations. It’s important stuff, usually extraordinarily time sensitive as well. Which is why It Just Works has to be true, 99.5% of the time.

The system that the company I work for does not meet this criteria. It fails, spectacularly. And when it does fail, fixes take hours of manual correction or days/weeks/months of correction by development.

I’m convinced that it is because the company that I work for employs people that don’t have any industry experience. I believe the vendors and partners that the company I work for has, also, suffers the same fate. And, once the product is created, no one that took part in it’s creation has to use it, ever, or even support it on the front lines.

The short version is, if you are going to take the time to make something, be sure to take the time to use the thing you made, talk to your intended users to find out how they plan to use what you have made. Then, try to use it the way they are. Helpful too if you have some background in the area for which your creation will be used. If not, surround yourself with those who not only have experience in that area, but have passion for that area as well.

And I Only Used an iPhone

Just finished an epic road trip for the show as most of you already know. But we aren’t talking about that here. At least, not directly. For this kind of an event, I’m usually loaded to the hilt with gear to capture as many moments of the event that I can. Cameras, computers, cables and memory cards, all loaded into my giant Swiss Army backpack.

This time was no different. I had my Panasonic point and shoot (sold the Nikon, that’s a story for another day), my iPad, iPhone 5s, GoPro camera and my MacBook Air.

And I only used my iPhone.

That’s not entirely true. I did take a few photos with the Panasonic on the first day. On the 3rd day, I used the GoPro until the battery died and I realized I did not have a charging cable. Every photo, every video that I captured during the event was with my iPhone. Continue reading →

On a Personal Note

A quick round of congratulations to my son Alex and his lovely new bride Amber! Last weekend they were married and as I type this, they are preparing to start the next chapter of their lives in paradise. Alex is station in Hawaii and will be for at least another year. Sounds like a pretty great way to start if you ask me.

Of course I took my camera. I wasn’t the photographer for the wedding (not my gig. I shoot cars, remember?), but I did take my camera and managed to sneak off a few shots. Below are my favorites of the day.

I’m excited for them. They are young and starting off on what will be a fantastic journey. Congratulations Alex and Amber!