Let’s try this again

I started the blog and a couple others in early 2017.  My thought was that I would write posts about IT and Vanlife and keep them separate.  That was way too ambitious for me.  At the time I wasn’t very interested in the IT world and the Vanlife posts seemed to take too much effort.

I ended up settling on using Instagram to post Vanlife pictures.  It had a simple interface and made it easy to crosspost to Facebook.  The icing on the cake was using an Instagram plugin for my WordPress site that automatically pulled Instagram content and integrated it.  It worked pretty well.  For a while.

One day the Instagram integration stopped working because they made their API more restrictive.  Pretty irritating, but I got it back up and working.  Then Twitter began shutting developer API’s and it got me thinking more seriously.  Then Facebook shut down the ability to do cross posting through its API.  Twitter did it to try to make more money and Facebook needed to do it to stop the Russian troll bot farms.  Regardless it got me thinking.

It is just a matter of time before Instagram shuts down the API I am using to integrate it with my site completely.  They don’t make any money off of it and it doesn’t drive much traffic to their site.  When that happens, all my content is locked up there.

So to clean everything up, I merged all the content from my different blogs and Instagram into this one blog.  My strategy from here on out is to only post content to my own server and then crosspost links back here from Facebook, Twitter, and/or Linkedin so that people can find what I have been posting.

I also am using a pretty nice piece of blog posting software, MarsEdit 4.  Now with the right tools and the right strategy, you’ll start hearing more out of me.

Site Kickoff

Hi.  My name is Maurice C. Parker and I am the sole founder, President, and head janitor of Vincode.  Vincode is the new trade name for Vineyard Enterprise Software, Inc.  Welcome to my company rebranding and rebooting.

I started Vineyard as a company for me to develop that did staff augmentation for Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies.  Since that time, my career has had many twists and turns.  In short, I never did grow the company into a staff augmentation company and used it over the years for mostly tax purposes.  The new plan is to use it is a vehicle to release mobile apps and do freelance consulting.

Back in the 90’s the name Vineyard Enterprise Software, Inc was pretty good.  There were lots of three word company names that got shortened to their acronyms.  Domain names weren’t a primary concern when naming your company back then either.  If so, I wouldn’t have spent the last 20 years typing (or spelling over the phone) a 30 character email address, maurice@vineyardenterprise.com.  The old name doesn’t represent what I do now or the industry that I work in.  Vincode is shorter, more contemporary, and my new email address is only 13 characters now, mo@vincode.io.

In the interests of self-promotion, I will be writing regular articles for this site.  I have over 20 years of industry experience as a consultant and many of those experiences are very unique.  I think sharing them will help enlighten others out there that don’t have the same number of battle scars that I do.  I will be cross-posting them to both Medium and Linkedin, so if you already like those platforms, you can find them there as well.  The topics will be about Software Architecture, SDLC, Project Management, Change Management, Quality Assurance, Ops/DevOps and other IT disciplines.  More importantly, I will write about the interactions between these disciplines and how that can impact overall project productivity.

I hope you’ll stick around.