Thomas R Alexander

Manager, Developer, and professional problem solver

A New Year, No Reservations.

Last year, I made several New Years resolutions. Heck, I even partially achieved some of them. While it was motivating to have resolutions, I’ve come to the conclusion that they are really just large-scale goals that we try to cram into one year. This creates unintended pressure that actually works against us. For example, in

Android Reset: The problem with the app model and why it’s not so bad to start over

Force Close. Force Close. Force Close. GAHHHHHHH! That’s the frustration I’ve been dealing with over the past few days. I have an Epic 4G Android with Froyo (Android 2.2) installed and have recently been victim of Force Close messages popping up and closing the Gmail, Phone, and Calendar apps. After several attempts to resolve the

What Twitter is and what Twitter isn’t. It may surprise you.

Twitter is a very powerful tool for businesses,  co-workers, and friends. It is a place for you to produce content and for you to consume content.  However, Twitter is not necessarily a place for you to interact on a normal occasion.  The media wants us to believe that Twitter is a social media tool and seems

Resolutions: A Check-In

It has been nearly five months since I created my New Years Resolutions and I am here today to reflect upon my goals. I think it is important. 1) Weight-loss (PASSING) I have lost 13 pounds since I first started trying to lose weight in January. The waist is getting smaller and I am feeling

Bracketology with Tom

So I just finished my bracket and wanted to share it with everyone. Who wins it all? UCONN Why? Cause they’re awesome…that’s why; seriously, but I said this from the day that they played MSU in the Maui Invitational. Kemba Walker is a beast and will be the gem of the tournament. This team is young,

This is Why the NBA Sucks


Laughing Out Loud lol

What does “lol” mean to you? Does one REALLY laugh out loud when they type “lol” during a conversation? I don’t. Sorry! In fact, I only laugh out loud when I say something to the effect of, “haha I literally just laughed out loud.” I personally think “lol” is a bit overused and has lost

Search for and highlight text on a page with JQuery

Recently, I developed a webpage for an internal website and was asked to come up with an inline-search solution that would help people quickly discover whether a search term existed on a particular page. My first thought…CONTROL + F…duhhh….but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that many people don’t even know

HTML 5…CSS3…does it really matter? There are other issues that need addressing first…

Why should we actually care about the new HTML 5 “standard” and the new CSS3 spec? It’s not like browsers are going to stop rendering CCS2 or HTML4 for that matter. The W3C has all of these standards to help “standarize” the web, but there are no consequences if they are not followed. For instance,

2011 New Year’s Resolutions

I know what you’re thinking. Haha Tom, you’re not going to keep your resolutions (just like the rest of us). Gyms will be filled up on Monday and emptied by February. I get it. But these are more than just resolutions for me; they’re life-changers. I want to be a better person. So… here they