Self review, October 2014


Note 11/16/2016: This is 2 years old now sitting in my draft bin. I figure it’s ok to publish. It marks a time of about 6 months into my time at (Ancestry acquisition) from Hotwire. It was me jumping from Designer to Developer which seemed a big change at the time. Now… not quite as much. Maybe I’ll write a followup this year.

(Originally written Sep 26, 2014)

Process and project management
You don’t know the true value of something until it’s gone. I happy about my experience with scrum agile. I can finally see the formal training process is paying off. I do miss having a scrum Master- it’s really important for aligning the different types of team members into common goals that they need to work on beyond the daily stories.

Taking an actual jump into being a developer galvanized a lot of new leaning. I really wonder how much I would have learned on my own without the pressure and exposure via work.
Git and sass are now in my All Time Favorite list. That’s high praise given a year ago I barely knew they existed. Require js and module patterns have finally started to make sense but I’m still having difficulty since different frameworks implement them with slight differences (angular).

With Eduardo’s evangelization, I’ve fully transitioned to designing in Sketch. I love the art boards and accurate effects though I do miss Photoshop’s smart objects.

Writing files from Mac to NTFS hard drive


I’m at work needing to transfer files from my Mac to my NTFS hard drive. The file system normally allows the drive to be read but unable to write to. There’s too many complicated tutorials/forum posts so I’m making it simple for myself and hopefully others here. 2 downloads and no funky terminal stuff.

  1. Download MacFUSE on Google Code – Install & restart
  2. Download the MacOSX NTFS-3G plugin – Install & restart
Now the NTFS drive should be writable. 
If you get an error like:
$LogFile indicates unclean shutdown (0,0)
Failed to mount…

You need to plug in the drive into a windows pc and then “Safely remove hardware” by right-clicking on the lower right-hand green arrow that says “Safely remove hardware”. There’s other ways, but this is the easiest I’ve seen.

Most helpful forum link by jo7ker on Sat, Mar 3 2007 at 9:12AM PST