Creating pet projects and the Constant Reminder

Now I’ve got into the Azure platform I’ve decided to start making the most of the MSDN voucher I get for free credits. , I am a serial “new project” creator, some of these projects make it as far as being interesting to look at and some don’t. Rather than hosting them on a hugely underutilised and time/effort intensive 1&1 VPS, I’ve decided to host them under Azure. This is not least because I can deploy pretty much anything I would want to without the overhead of configuring it.

So, to start with… there is constant reminder…

Constant Reminder

Overview

Constant reminder is a Chrome only web application to leverage the notification functionality provided in the Chrome browser.

Once notifications have been activated using the link at the top of the page, you can create time specific or interval based reminders. For example Drink some water every 45mins

Link: constantreminder.pet-projects.co.uk


New blog, new platform

An interesting chain of events happened last week; @thecodejunkie relaunched his blog, I happen to follow his twitter feed and he happened to mention it.

The chain continued, I followed the link to his blog for a look and read the post there, I am back and this time I am taking control, the content struck a chord about claiming back a blog.

My interest was further piqued by my new found use of Azure and the static generation method discussed in the article.

I forked Sandra.Snow on github and plugged away deploying the sample solution and asking questions till I got it working… thanks to @PhillipHaydon for quickly helping me out.

Interestingly enough, the thing I’ve found most enjoyable about the whole process is learning about Markdown… Other than the odd stackoverflow post, I had not had any use for it. Now, I’m sitting on the train with Sublime Text 2 open and I can quickly write my post in relatively clear text, which is awesome!