New Job and a New House

July 29, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

I am pleased to say that two very awesome and exciting life-changing things have happened in the past month:

  1. I have accepted a position with Human Element as a Senior Magento Developer effective August 3rd. After 12.5 years at one company, I am forever grateful for my time at EBSCO and I look forward to stretching my legs at a new company.
  2. Oh... and if that wasn't awesome enough: I just bought a house! My hand is still stuck in the 'pen holding' pose from all the paperwork I had to sign for a mortgage!

So, moving and prepping for a new job has eaten up my free time as of late. I'll be back to my usual shenanigans soon enough!

Stay tuned.

Creating A Media Source Animation

June 23, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Time to spice things up a bit with the camera frame on my Twitch channel. In my drive to learn Adobe After Effects, I created a subtle 'line snake' effect that traces itself along the inner border of the video frame.

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Building a StreamDeck on a Budget

June 22, 2020 - Reading time: 2 minutes

I have been watching for the Elgato Stream Deck 15 to go on sale for ages. At $150, it's an expensive piece of hardware, but the utility it provides helps out a lot when you're streaming. Say you don't want to either assign keybinds to your keyboard or remember them between games. And what if those keybinds are in use by the game itself? A stream deck gives you a centralized location to execute scene transitions, special stingers and audio/video actions with the touch of a button.

Alternatives on a budget? Sure! Enter UP Deck.

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Creating Stream Transitions

June 22, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Scene transitions, otherwise known as stingers, are something that has existed in video media for longer than most of us have been alive. Appropriately, streamers use stingers to transition between streams. It's something that adds professional branding appeal without being obtrusive and further sets a stream away from being a canned experience.

I tried my hand at creating one for my stream using a tutorial and the results were great!

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Rebranding

June 19, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Since beginning this blog, I've seen my focus on the web change. I've seen less interest in sharing my focus with web development and more toward what makes me happy lately, which is streaming PC gameplay on Twitch. That said, it seems most appropriate to rebrand my tag line to be more all-encompassing representation of my activity right now.

Without further ado, 'Web Development by Kevin Earl Gardner' will become 'All Things Web with Kevin Earl Gardner'.

This change seems to make the most sense. I plan on repurposing this blog in the future to serve as a sounding board for my target activities.

Thanks for reading!

Magento on Windows using Hyper-V

July 9, 2019 - Reading time: 8 minutes

I have been hard at work on a way to effectively work on Magento within Windows 10. Microsoft has come a long way in their quest to be more linux/unix-friendly, however nothing beats the ease of installing linux/unix-native applications in a native environment. My quest brought me to Hyper-V, a Windows 10 Professional Virtual machine application I have used with all manner of Windows virtual machines. This article covers how you can have Magento up and running on Ubuntu within your Windows 10 desktop in roughly an hour.

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Hi there! My name is Kevin Earl Gardner. I am a Web Developer and (very) Amateur Content Creator based out of Birmingham, Alabama. I like to blog about coding and streaming.