Ramiro Franco

Inspired to make a Move

Written on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

I've been using Fitocracy as my fitness tracking service for a very long time. I love the social aspect, and the design at the time was one of the best available. I still think UX wise it's got some improvements over others, but over time it's quality has just dropped.

I can no longer save workouts correctly, the client hasn't been updated for iPhone X screens ( which, it should have already been updated to use iOS's autolayout years ago, but that's just how long things have been declining ) workout availability is off and on, and the lack of a way to add custom exercises has always been a major flaw.

So now, I've decided to take all my data and move onto my own tracking service. I'll probably open it up to the public and I'll try to get feedback / make improvements, but since this is a solo project it'll likely be slow moving. That being said, I'm pretty excited to start this project.

I started working on a scraper this morning, once I'm all wrapped up I'll try to add a blog post on how that goes.

Warming up

Written on Monday February 8, 2016 at 7:17 p.m.

Last night I was doing a little bit of clean up before bed and I heard a loud, terrifying, gurgling sound come up from my basement. It wasn't so frightening as conjure images of lovecraftian horrors or any some such, but enough that I felt I had to investigate to make sure my house was sinking into a new hot spring.

I go downstairs, follow the sound ( all of like, ten feet away ) and quickly find that it's coming from my furnace. I did some google searching with what little I knew about what I was looking at and ended up deciding to call an expert first thing in the morning.

Next thing I know my wife wakes me up freaking out about it and even though I assured her that the internet seemed to think we were ok with the heat on for the time being, she insisted we turned it down ( to a frigid sixty-five degrees ) until we could get someone to come look at it.

Only about six hours later, and fifteen degrees colder than what I'm used to, an HVAC specialist shows up to save the day. Turns out though, that the horrific gurgling coming from my basement was actually just the sound of condensation evaporating from my furnace and wasn't at all something to be concerned about. He did find however that our filtration system was woefully neglected, and suggested (and taught me how to) I replace it.

That was a hundred and fifty dollars and a few hours ago. So now I'm just waiting for my wife to come home so I can go out and fetch said filters, but at least I have the heat back up.

Because I'm up too

Written on Monday January 25, 2016 at 2:18 a.m.

Where to start. I guess, the biggest thing that's passed since I last wrote was that I lost a couple of very special people in my life, my maternal grand parents. It was a long and sad time. I spent months in Mexico, learning not just about my family but about myself as well.

My grandmother was the kindest woman you could ever hope to meet. She was an artist, she was strong, and she had so much love. She managed to raise a whole herd of children, and then was still able to dole out more care and support for her dozens of grand children.

My grandfather was my nick-name-sake. I am the spitting image of him, and I hope that I find the strength to carve out a successful path in life the way he did. He owned a farm, a brickyard, and leased several properties. If I could just find a portion of that drive in me, I know I'll find a way to contribute to my community. He laughed often, he never neglected any of his friends or family, and he always found a way to make party more fun.

None of this was particularly recent, I just haven't really had the time to let myself think about it. To actually feel and hurt and process and what have you, and honestly I think there's still more of that I need to do.

About the Same Time as A New Beginning

Written on Sunday April 26, 2015 at 11:26 p.m.

I'm not really sure why I can't seem to consistently bring my self to write some blog posts, it's not a daunting task by any means and it's not like I'm worried about people scrutinizing what I put up here. I think for the most part my problem has just been time.

I think though, that might be starting to change. I've left CrowdCompass recently, I really can't say enough good things about my experience there with them. They helped me grow as a developer and I really felt that I had the ability to influence the direction of the company and the application.

I've started working with InQuicker though, and I think I'm going to move away from doing as much contract work as I've been committing myself to recently as part of this career transition. I really enjoy the projects and people I've gotten to work with, but I think it may be time to start focusing on my own projects.

So far, my experience at InQuicker has been great, the people are awesome and I like what the company is trying to do. I'm looking forward to delving into the projects there and really getting to know everyone.

Education Is Great.

Written on Monday May 5, 2014 at 3:57 p.m.

I recently read a book called "Smart and Gets Things Done", which was an interesting book on the hiring process for a tech company. I really enjoyed it and I thought it had a good chunk of advice that I will definitely take into account, but it has a passage on filtering resumés that I didn't particularly agree with.

The book essentially stated that ivy league candidates could outperform community college candidates, and it made absolutely no mention of candidates without the opportunity to have taken higher education.

Being a software engineer without a degree myself, I feel like I'm constantly having to fight the mentality that because I don't have a college degree I'm somehow an inferior developer, even though I have a good, long work history, I have contributed to open-source projects, and I have sample works that show an obvious passion and skill that is at least on par with that of anyone who does have a degree.

I understood the logic that having higher education means someone else has already filtered this person for "intelligence", but the smartest, most talented developers I know did not come from universities, they are people who started programming on their own to follow their passion, frequently, years before they would even be old enough to begin higher education.

I don't have a problem with people who have entered a tech career through a path of higher education, I just don't like the exclusive attitude that I frequently see in hiring guides, especially since it seems very few developers share these same prejudices.