Where have the years gone

Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 6:01 pm
William Barnes

It has been just over five years since my last post. It barely counted as a post. My last post of any substance was six and half years ago in April 2012. As a 33 year-old who has been practicing law for five years, the description in the sidebar of my current theme still says I’m a 25 year-old law student. So where have the years gone?

In 2011 and 2012, when I was last regularly updating, I was between law school and articling and actively developing my other website LawOfCanada.net. That project was put on hold while I was articling with the Crown Law Office. While I was articling, I got a call asking me to remove the CanLII integration from LawOfCanada.net (Lexum soon after released Lexbox with similar functionality to what I was providing).

The defunct Divorces.ca is the cause of my only two posts in 2013 as I was learning Angular and developing the website for my semi-automated family law business.

For the last five years, I have been working as an assistant crown attorney in various jurisdictions around Ontario. Programming (the usual topic for this website) has been not quite on the back burner but certainly rear of the middle. I have rewritten LawOfCanada.net without CanLII integration from scratch in Node.js and React (replacing Symfony and Dojo). I have privately been working on a wiki that will eventually serve as the source for an annotated Criminal Code. However, the day-to-day of prosecution and the frequent moves for work have kept me quiet on the blogging front.

I’ve been blogging since it was called blogging. My first website was a Goosebumps fan page in the mid-1990s followed by a Star Wars fansite which was in operation from 1997 until around 2001 when Geocities deleted it without warning. My first blog ran from 2003 until 2008 when I decided to build up my web presence under my own name and started this site. With this little recap, I’m hoping to kickstart a return to the Internet proper. I will focus on technology and dabble in the law.

My first project will be a re-introduction to Linux. I’ve been a Linux user slightly longer than I’ve been blogging. However, I made the move from Slackware to Ubuntu in 2005 and to Ubuntu LTS in 2014. But when I tried to install Ubuntu 18.04 on my new laptop, I had a challenge for the first time in a while: the laptop would not boot into my encrypted system. The answer to my problem turned out to be simple (mkinitcpio) and reminded me that I used to know things like that. It is time to dive back in.