PS:355 – Office Packup

So tonight I’m going to start packing up my office down to the essentials – basically down to computers and 1 pencil, 1 pen. That’s it!

25 days and counting till we have to be fully moved out and cleaned out, etc. so going to get this side of things cleared up as much as I can tonight before crashing out to do another mad-dash weekend at the old house getting things finalized, painted, etc. still some things to do, want it to be perfect to get things moved into.

Plus we have storage being built which is handy vs. a monthly fee, so that’ll help too! But hoping this weekend proves to be very productive and having a mini-yard sale over Saturday/Sunday trying to get rid of a few things, but all in all should prove to be a productive weekend.

With the office slowly winding down – still have to map out the new space which is a little bit smaller, not sure if my desk as-is will be the final or if that’ll be a secondary desk and the fold-up will be second, but be nice to have my standing desk again!

So lots to do,  busy day, going to try and get a few extra hours in if possible work-wise, but ultimately tonight aside from packing up a bit, sleep is on the docket, as last weekend with migration I went basically from Migration to Lowes, a VERY long day.

PS:334 – Small Coding Project

While I’ve wrapped up a few things on the docket (foof) I took a little time tonight to write a small tweak for a project of my own related to crypto currency.

I replicated a Google Spreadsheet (link) from BiteSize Bitcoin (link) and while it was designed around my Litecoin investment, you can just as easily adapt it to handle Bitcoin or any other alt-coin you like, it simply helps log your transactions.

Now I have a much more complex version rolling now which is a single sheet for all my assets across alt-coins etc. and it contains things like the type of transaction (purchase, trade, mining) as well as some general profit statements across the board.

Now the one thing I wanted to have was a live updated current coin cost, and I used an importXML function someone posted on a video, however, it was slow & tended to time out with “too large” of a dataset to crunch so I wrote this small PHP app:

<?php
$url = file_get_contents("https://min-api.cryptocompare.com/data/price?fsym=".$_REQUEST['coin']."&tsyms=".$_REQUEST['curr']."");
$json = json_decode($url,true);
print $json[$_REQUEST['curr']];
?>

And that’s it. 3 lines to get exactly what I need, and I simply use the Google Sheets command: =IMPORTDATA(“http://domain.xxx/coins.php?coin=BTC&curr=USD”) – That’s it. With that in place and the coins.php made, when I load my sheet to record or review where I’m at – math is all done for me based upon the current rates in my currency! See the example? It’s a break down to BTC in USD currency, so the current USD for Bitcoin. Easy peasy.

Must say all and all, very happy with the code, of course back to the real world, as if I can wrap a few projects this week, I’ll survive back to school! (oi!)

PS:333 – Life isn’t easy. But God is Good.

I’m tired. It’s 3 AM on a Saturday, and let’s just say the amount of stress and things to do this week reached a point in which I was laid out after a dentist visit.

Now nothing happened other than a quick check, then a referral to get a CT scan on a tooth to see what’s going on with my poor teeth – but I came home, tried to work, and just finally ended up laying down and sleeping.

My life has been nuts this year so far, changes in finances, changes in temp, changes in me. I’m tired. I hurt. I’m not always cheerful, but God is still God, and that’s a big thing of what keeps me going.

Right now this very moment? I would rather be sleeping, but instead a break from work, I wish I could push it off, I wish I could disconnect and take a vacation, but sadly? Not in the cards for me. Instead of working through the night to early morning to pay the bills, I’d love to go on a walk, a drive, something not in front of a computer.

I know I’m on the verge of burn out again, things like a random ex-customer leaving a 1-star review and a complaint about a lost live chat session knock me down a bit more than they should, but lately my victory list seems small, so I take the short list and thank God for where I can find the good.

A better balance is needed. Not sure how I can make the changes to make life run smoother, but right now – I’m leaning on God and going to get back to work so that I can go to sleep before I see the sun rising.

 

PS:326 – Passive Income + Writing

As it was told to me the other day “Adulting Sucks.” It really does sometimes. Working to build passive income, and that’s not always easy but I am wanting to do so via a series of blogs and advertising – but honestly? Who has time to write.

Well that’s the plan to make the time and work toward writing at least once a day but I’m looking for something to work as a posting ground in which I can then distribute the post to other blogs, so say for instance I’m writing a something for a tech piece that would fit on this blog and maybe 2 others, simply tag where it posts and boom, everywhere.

I started a review of Thrust Networks website recently and I forgot how much leg work I did towards building the content layout, just need to write it all up and get it online, but honestly the brand name of Thrust Networks  has come on my radar as something I’m considering changing or loosing. There is another Thrust Networks in Sydney, and one in India (which seem to love my Facebook page) but the thing is honestly its always had a connection to the misconception of being a company that deals in porn.

Since the  early days I remember when talking to Ensim (a control panel I first used) the sales rep was hesitant talking to me and said “I don’t think we do business in your industry” and I asked “Shared Hosting?” Well the name set him to think “Thrust” as in Thrusting – maybe it’s time for a change, or a really clean re-brand.

A lot going on, a lot happening – just finished recording an FH Update for July, need to edit it, write up a newsletter, and maybe even sneak in a nap! Not sure how clear this entire blog was, a lot of rambling in this one 😀

PS:315 – Taxes Suck

So this year taxes came together in record time. Why? I’ve really been trying to keep a better grasp on numbers, but to the reports/tools of the billing system, vendors I use who have reporting on what I spent, etc. it’s still not 100% easy/perfect, but compared to years past it has been a lot easier to put together, a lot lower stress.

Let’s be honest though it’s taxes. Taxes suck. I really wish it was a matter of “You made X, you owe Y.” in my mind at least that would be so much easier because I know how much I made all things said and done, just take a day and get back to the business part.

To that end reaching out to my aunt who did/does the CPA thing, seeing if they can suggest maybe either an online service, firm, etc. maybe even just get some suggestions from them on better structuring things because I’m needing it to be easier and easier, not harder and harder – and if I can manage somehow to keep healthy growth, then too may need to change some business funds up.

16+ years doing this stuff, I’ve put my app in places in those 16+ years, worked various things, just I’m at that point where I am trying to eliminate as much stress as possible in everything as I can because there is enough stress in life to have to worry about finances? No thanks. Need to change it up.

For this tax season? I’m done. Filed, back to the grind of it all – okay that’s a lie. I am overly exhausted, thus I’m letting the kiddo sleep in till at least 10 am and then I’m going to work to chill-out a little bit. Been a low week for hours, been a slow day thus far already (praying that doesn’t change) just need a break, maybe once the Mrs. comes home I may venture out and catch a movie? Fly the drone? Dance like no one is watching? Something just not in front of this terminal.

Happy Post-Tax Day

PS:314 – 51

When I started the Post Something (PS) idea , it was for 365 days. Straight. Well life has happened, and while best intentions of getting in a post a day, I’ve fallen short. If all had gone well, I’d of been done on 01/18/2017, however here we are 04/17/2017 (A few days late… right.)

I wish I could say there were valid reasons, and I’m sure there were – marriage, kiddo, family, work, sure sure, lots of options of why – but if it’s a must, then it should of been a must. I failed. Plain and simple. But like the Jamaican Bobsled Team in Cool Runnings (Thanks Netflix!) , I’m going to carry myself across the finish line and that’s 51 more posts. That’s it. Now from beyond that? Not sure how it’ll continue, likely just back to posting occasionally.

Been working on taxes (yes last minute) fighting fatigue and stress at the moment, just seems like I’m going upstream without a paddle, but ran very rough numbers, and I think I’m going to be okay. I have my $800 check set aside for the LLC minimum tax, just have to organize my numbers, which is pretty much some of my night while I wait on a few reboots/tweaks on servers, and hopefully not the entire day tomorrow. I’d love to get things setup with an accountant, I’d love to hand it off, but part of me is thinking of too maybe re-branding. Thrust Networks has always gotten me a lot of strange looks. Maybe time to shutter it, start a new name, and start the books off fresh with someone who can help me get it setup, help me streamline and make it all easier to manage year-to-year – two birds, one stone.

A lot of options on the horizon, taxes off that horizon helps a lot, a lot of changes, a lot of things in motion, I’d love to see more business growth, I’d love to have a simple tax system in the US of “You made $3 million dollars? You owe $1000.” lol something simple, I hate this overly complex system, and while companies like Turbo Tax do help cut through some of it, I’d just as soon not deal with it – so re-working the entire system sounds like a good plan on my side, just finding the way to do it, thats the big “How do I?” question.

Going to bed soon I hope, for now, back to work.

PS:313 – Improving Performance

I have been working on plans to really improve options for projects – in a growing world of site builders and outages in hosting, it’s harder and harder to keep customers, and keep them happy.

This week I had a lot more planned, sadly this week has not gone as I had planned at all. I mean I thought it was Tuesday yesterday, and here we are on Wednesday. Doh.

But I’ve got some work done, some improvements in performance my usual test subject (aka this blog) is already showing an improvement from a C- to an A (working on the +) 😀 So quite the improvement.

Also working on a BIG eComm upgrade for a customer, been testing a server setup to bring their database into a huge HA cluster, and I’m excited about it! While the customer may not be a long-term customer, if I can off-load MySQL – might be able to keep him longer with improved performance, really handle things like high-traffic really well, so excited about the idea, right now in testing I’ve grabbed a copy of the site for a dev server that goes live tomorrow, I’m going to map all my DNS and give it a stress test or three. I think it’s going to work amazingly! If I’m right, time to schedule a change or three 🙂

I need to get to sleep, car maintenance today, then maybe a quick run downtown for talk about another project (that can greatly benefit from these wacky improvements I’m thinking about) so much to do, taxes, work, fun, sleep, etc. lots to do, little time. Here we go.