The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On
My contribution to the 31 Tips for Des Moines in 2012!
My favorite city to visit is Washington, DC. My wife and I try to travel there at least yearly and love to see friends, family and the unique sites that make our nation’s capitol such a special place. Every time we go, we make sure to do the trolley tour and make a point to visit at least one…
Mondamin, Iowa, USA — Michele Bachmann staff member Whitney Clark holds cue cards for Bachmann at King’s Crossing Cafe in Mondamin, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. Bachmann’s campaign is producing short videos from all of the stops during her bus tour. (MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson)
Just like Aerosmith on the Simpsons:
Steven Tyler: HELLLOOOOOOO, ST LOUIIIIIS!
Joe Perry: Um, that’s Springfield, Steven.
photo credit: Anna Jones
Minority shareholder, NotifyWorks
Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m Brian Hemesath, a self-taught developer who enjoys sales and business development. Can’t really say if I like any one thing more than the other. I love being busy and having more on my plate than I should. I’ve been called a serial entrepreneur, but I’d call myself more of an accidental entrepreneur. I see opportunities and leverage them to build cool stuff and bring people together.
What hardware are you using?
I’m overdue for new hardware. I have a 5 year old Dell XPS at home with 2x 23” monitors. My buddy was the CEO of BFG, so I got a kick-ass deal on 2 8800 GTS graphics cards, which I can run in SLI mode to play games when I procrastinate. At the office I’m on a 4 year old Dell Vostro laptop, running Windows Vista. I believe I am the only person who actually liked Vista. I have a Lenovo U400 all picked out as soon as I can convince myself I need the upgrade. I bought a Galaxy Tab 10.1 the day they came out and absolutely love it. I have a rooted Samsung Conquer on Sprint.
And what software?
I’m pretty old school about my software. I hand code in a program called EditPad Pro, which is Notepad on steriods. I use 3D-FTP for file transfers, but recently tried FileZilla. I do a lot of command line stuff for both the OS and database, so AbsoluteTelnet is an important part of my day. I don’t do much with graphics, but I use a 13-year old version of Paint Shop Pro for basic slicing and editing. It works great, but I do break out Photoshop for more serious stuff. This isn’t software, but Stack Overflow is my go-to for JQuery questions. I develop on the LAMP stack.
What would be your dream setup?
It is hard to call this a “dream” setup, but I suppose that Lenovo U400 with a device to support dual monitors. We’re talking less than $1K, here, so I realize I’m dreaming pretty small. If I had money to burn, I’d like to have a tablet that ran on 3G/4G vs. just WiFi. I like to keep things simple.