Been spending a lot of time with family, work and other personal projects.  After three years, very happy to announce our son Adam Louis Goldenstein was born on March 31, 2014 at 5:59pm.  He was 8lbs 10oz and 21″.  Izzy is an awesome big sister!

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Haven’t blogged in a while but certainly been keeping myself busy.  I’m finally a dad to Isabella Maria Goldenstein – born March 28 20:10 weighing 8lbs 1oz and 20 3/4″.  Wow! :)

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First the good news:
I started a new job as a UNIX System Administrator at one of the largest financial companies in Canada on Monday.  It’s a big change and it was hard to leave my previous position.  However, I feel this is a good move for my career and exposes me to a lot of enterprise systems that I would not be able to experience otherwise.

The first day was pretty hard – talk about information overload!  However, day two was much better.  It will take a while to settle in and be comfortable in the environment but I’m looking forward to it and I’m ready for the challenges along the way.

The bad news:
My little beagle, Roman, chased a squirrel a little too hard and Roman ended up blowing out his knee.  Unfortunately the only treatment is surgery to repair the damaged ligaments.  Roman went for his surgery yesterday and came home today.  It will take a few weeks before Roman is back to his normal doggy-self and about three months until he is fully recovered.  I look forward to walks in the park with Roman again.  Don’t worry, he hasn’t been wearing the satellite cone very much.

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Wordpress is once again up to date.  Nice to keep things current.  Of course, I should make a post to test that everything works as expected.  I’m also treated myself to a late Christmas present and bought a Logitech G110 keyboard.  It’s a great keyboard and I love the features but I just can’t seem to get the proper feel for it!  It’s actually a bit frustrating going from a 12 year old keyboard (yeah, old, huh) to something new and not being able to hit the keys with proper accuracy.  Practice, practice, practice said the Zen-master to his student.

Aside from the keyboard, I’ve been playing with some twitter integration on the blog – since I seem to update twitter more often lately in short rapid bursts.  The only problem is it won’t be much of a blog if the only content is a history of twitter posts.  I do try though!  I need some interesting content to post…

iPhone development is going fairly well.  I did try to submit an application to the Apple App Store but unfortunately it was rejected due to possibly copyright/intellectual property infringement on Fox’s defunct TV series Arrested Development.  The app featured one image and two sound bites from the show and yet somehow this could infringe – what ever happened to fair use?  Well, the app was a bit of a novelty and didn’t serve a real function.  However, it has been a good experience in learning iPhone development and finding some common problems and solutions.  I’m continuing to work on a more functional and useful app that I hope can be submitted and approved shortly.

Hope everyone has a great 2010!

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  • Slow morning for Twitter so here's a picture of a hawk eating a small bird outside my window http://twitpic.com/xja6s #
  • not quite 8pm and i'm pretty zonked. you know you are old when…. #
  • yay, app is "in review" again. let's hope the apple reviewer likes arrested development. #
  • eagerly awaiting the results of app #1 submission #2… #
  • F, rejected again. #
  • damn, all the extra macs at work are non-intel. #
  • RT: @uwinnipegDCE_IT: UWinnipeg Press Release: University of Winnipeg DCE Hides Easter Egg Game For Students http://ow.ly/VimQ #
  • I still have the high score ;) #
  • seems like every bad driver in winnipeg woke up and hit the road at the same time this morning. #
  • VMware standalone converter for coverting a physical Linux system to a VM works very well! #
  • @uwinnipegDCE_IT we discuss the topic of customizing error (and other) http status codes with ErrorDocument in Apache Intro! in reply to uwinnipegDCE_IT #
  • @uwinnipegDCE_IT let's hope people play DCE-IT man and Reg4 the courses! Can the students top the instructor's high score…? in reply to uwinnipegDCE_IT #
  • @sourstud iPhone dev is fun. App store approval process, however, is not. in reply to sourstud #
  • UIViewControllers make little puppies cry. #
  • RT: @EAmobile: With the release of the Weezer pack for ROCK BAND we're giving away 4 ROCK BAND T-Shirts. RT this to be entered to win one! #
  • @sourstud be proud of the mac. It's a very sophisticated UNIX workstation. in reply to sourstud #
  • @nfortlage Call of Duty is great but have you played Left 4 Dead 1 or 2 yet? in reply to nfortlage #
  • a perspective on how old and obsolete Internet Explorer 6 really is http://mezzoblue.com/archives/2010/01/12/older_than/ #
  • UWinnipeg hides arcade game on website | Academica Group Inc: Marketing Insight for Higher Education http://tinyurl.com/ydbynqb #
  • RT: @uwinnipegDCE_IT: University of #Winnipeg Course: Web Development Level 5: PHP Advanced http://tinyurl.com/yklsr9g #
  • Annyong app in review for nearly 24 hours – maybe a good sign? hoping 3rd time is the charm. #
  • no Annyong in the app store any time soon. Fox objects to apps that "infringe on its rights". #
  • any recommendations for APC UPS repairs in Winnipeg? #
  • Winnipeg Code Camp site is live! Check out the speakers, sessions, and register for the event! http://www.winnipegcodecamp.com (via @darcy_lussier) #
  • just about time for poker night. tonight is going be "off the hook". #
  • Back home a little after 5:30. Poker night is the best and even turned a massive $15 profit! #
  • woken up by door to door morons #
  • @wpcanada hah i'm just amazed that this happens the one time i go to bed at 6am in reply to wpcanada #
  • +4c today. wow! #
  • great day to go take the boys to the doggy park. #
  • Great afternoon at the dog park. http://twitpic.com/ydc5z #
  • 4 hours sleep starting to catch up with me – and was invited to see sherlock holmes tonight too, d'amn! #

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Waiting for Avatar 3D to start. This is my first digital 3D movie so something new for me. It’s also been a little time since the last blog entry so figured I’d tap something out while sitting in the theatre. I sure love this iPhone! My iPhone development is coming along nicely too with PortableACNerd. I’m hoping to have a good app underway for the new year. Happy 2010 everyone!

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I hope everyone had a good Halloween.  This year, the dark side of the force was strong in the pumpkin.

Darth Pumpkin

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