Archive for the ‘Work’ Category

What’s so awesome about Sublime Text?

Everything! Sublime Text lives up to its name — working in this editor truly is sublime. Far better for me than Notepad++. Jeffrey Way of Nettuts+ has put together a great series of video tutorials that show you how to use all the power of this amazing application. But here’s the highlights from my perspective. […]

Posted by Curtis Gibby on February 18th, 2013

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Like using a shotgun to kill a fly

For years, I’ve been using programs to replace small snippets of text in my programming. I type `z and the program outputs cd /var/replicate/Replicate/trunk/app and hits enter for me. This is much faster than typing out the whole path (even with Bash tab completion), or password, or chunk of code (whatever I happen to have […]

Posted by Curtis Gibby on November 15th, 2012

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HTML5 form inputs in CakePHP 1.2

At work, we’re building out a mobile version of our replicated sites.  As anyone who’s used an iPhone or Android browser to fill out a web form knows… using an iPhone or Android browser to fill out a web form is really annoying, and it’s best to make things as user-friendly as possible.  That’s why […]

Posted by Curtis Gibby on July 28th, 2011

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Maximizing font size in FPDF

At work, I use the excellent FPDF library to write PDF files.  But I couldn’t find any way to automatically make the text as large as possible to fit into a given space.  So I wrote the following function to stick into the FPDF class.  It’ll take a given text string and a width, incrementally […]

Posted by Curtis Gibby on June 22nd, 2010

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Workin’ for a Livin’

In my almost-30 years on this planet, my father has worked for two companies:   Browning Arms all while I was growing up, then the LDS Church since about the time I went on my mission.   I’d call that a commendable track record, especially in today’s labor marketplace. I mention this because, this morning, […]

Posted by Curtis Gibby on February 17th, 2010

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New beginnings

Today is a big day for me and my family.   Today I start my new job with E-Harbor — doing PHP programming for an e-commerce company.   A little bit different from what I have been doing at RM Plus, but not too much of a change. My other exciting news is that I’m […]

Posted by Curtis Gibby on November 30th, 2009

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UPS WorldShip crashes caused by new version of MySQL ODBC driver

At work, I’m in charge of getting information into and out of a big database of orders.   That includes linking the shipping information to the UPS WorldShip program that our fulfillment team uses to automatically buy UPS service. When the computer they’d been using out there for years just got too terribly slow, we […]

Posted by Curtis Gibby on June 11th, 2009

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My work (for most of the last year) – Utah news 2008

Like last year, I’m posting ABC 4’s year in review video. Unlike last year, I wasn’t involved in the behind-the-scenes planning of the recap, since I no longer work there. But when I watched the events of Utah news from 2008, it brought back a lot of memories for me — with the notable exception […]

Posted by Curtis Gibby on January 3rd, 2009

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A Change Would Do Me Good

After more than 5 years working graveyards and weekends in news, I decided that I was ready for a more family-friendly schedule.   I started looking for a new job, either in or out of the journalism industry, and last week I found it through a Craigslist ad.   It was for a PHP/MySQL developer […]

Posted by Curtis Gibby on September 20th, 2008

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What I did this year (Utah news 2007)

Today on ABC 4 News, we’re running a fantastic year-ender piece that our editor Kirk Colton put together. I gave him a few suggestions on what important stories to put into the story, then turned him loose — and it turned out really well. Kirk is that kind of guy — very creative, very dependable. […]

Posted by Curtis Gibby on January 1st, 2008

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