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LACK OF UPDATES

Updates have been few and far between lately. I have had a lot going on in the past couple of months. I've been dealing with the crazy amount of snow and ice that the storms brought us.

I started a new job last month and that's going really well. I have been working with VBA and PowerShell there. Two technologies I never would have guessed I'd ever work with. It's been a weird transition working with Microsoft products. But I am enjoying it.

I'm also working on a large personal project that is coming together. Artwork is done and most of the coding is ready. I'll discuss that later when I launch it.

I'll try to get better at posting more regularly but I'm not going to make any promises. I'm slammed with projects and work right now.


WHEN BOREDOM HITS

Saturday morning I woke up and wanted to write something in Python. I wasn't exactly sure what to write. After some thought I decided to write a Tic Tac Toe game that could be played within a terminal window. I came up with the logic while taking a shower and luckily had it wrapped up by mid afternoon. I'm not currently happy with the output so as soon as I polish that up I'll post the code. Here's a peak of what the output currently looks like after you choose whether you're X or O...

Tic Tac Toe Game


I'll admit that I would have had it ready to share if it weren't for Fester's Quest. I forgot just how fun that game is. I also forgot just how difficult it is. So yes... I may have been a little distracted. I was bored! What do you expect?

NES Fester's Quest ROM


RETRO GAMING ON LINUX

Today I glanced over at a pile of NES games that I have. I thought it'd be fun to play a few of them. Instead of hooking up the NES I installed NEStopia for Linux. NEStopia is a free emulator that I have enjoyed using in the past. Once installed, I then downloaded a few free ROMs from The NES Files. I may have opened a can of worms because there are a lot of games I want to play again. Games such as Battle Toads, Bubble Bobble, Friday the 13th, Fester's Quest, Donkey Kong, RBI Baseball, the list goes on and on.

Friday the 13th NES

A screenshot from Friday the 13th


Remote Control Game Show NES

A screenshot from MTV's Remote Control Game Show


VELOY TECHNOLOGIES

Around 2001 a friend (Pete Lindeman) and I started a web hosting and development company called, Veloy Technologies. We had an amazing store front office on Walnut Street in Mankato, Minnesota. We were up and running for a few years until our largest client acquired us. I believe we were ahead of our time back then. I only wish that I had been mature enough eighteen years ago to handle the stress and responsibilities of owning a business. I think we could have done bigger and better things with a sales team and proper management.

Below is a screen shot of our company's website in 2001. We also had a separate site for technical support for our web hosting clients, our very own IRC server running for live help, as well as our own web-based email client that we developed specifically for our customers' use.

Veloy Technologies


DOMHESS.COM IN 2008

I some times find myself looking through backups of photos, websites, code, etc. for fun. I stumbled across this website mock-up from 2008 by my old friend Ken Adams. I ran with this for a couple of years. He has always created fun graphics for me to work with and I always enjoy working with him.

It's been eleven years now. I look at this and I just can't believe how far web development has come in such a short time. It continues to change rapidly and I do believe that it has to be one of the most exciting fields to be involved in.

Dom Hess.com in 2008


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