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Backup Verifier

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I spent some time over the last few months writing an application that I’ve always wanted: a backup verifier. I store backups of my data both on-site and in the cloud. But unless I do a “restore” of everything now and then, how do I know that the backup is actually good? That’s where the backup verifier helps… The backup …

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How I Got My Job at Microsoft

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It was my last year of college. I needed to find a job. Many big companies came to my college to interview people. I prepared for the interviews as best as I could. I read about the companies that I’d be interviewing with. But many of them also had an “information session” in the evening before the interviews. The night …

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Announcing BrickUtilities

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I’ve been writing a bunch of code recently for one of Galden Studio’s sibling businesses: Knockout Nerd. Software can help streamline business processes and/or help businesses gain an advantage — and Knockout Nerd is no exception. We’ve started selling custom LEGO® brick decorations through Knockout Nerd. I wrote some software that helps us decide which bricks to order, gets us …

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“Sybil”

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Over 20 years ago, I worked on some software named “Sybil”. It was real-time MIDI performance software for musicians. It allowed someone with just a drum pad to sound like a whole orchestra. There were multiple people on the team: several musicians that designed the software and a few programmers that wrote the code. I single-handedly wrote the IBM PC …

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“Do Not Disturb”

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I work from home. My wife does too. Her office has a door. She closes when she needs to concentrate. A closed door means “do not disturb”. But my office does not have a door. And sometimes I need to concentrate too! We solved this with a Blynclight. It’s a small light connected via USB that can change colors. I …

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Why the name “Galden Studios”?

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Why did we choose “Galden Studios” as our name? Well… I used to watch a TV show named “Crusade” (a spin-off of “Babylon 5“). One of the characters in that show was named “Galen.” He was a technomage.  Technomages use science to create the appearance of magic. I thought that idea was cool. Some time later, I started playing the …

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The Man Behind the Scenes

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Galden Studios currently consists of one person: Paul Kollmorgen. Coincidently, he’s also the person writing these blog posts. Here’s some information about me: Paul is a software architect/developer with extensive experience. He got an Apple ][+ computer when he was 10 years old and has been programming ever since. In grade school, two of his favorite books were “Beyond Apple …

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Hello World!

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Welcome to the Galden Studios blog! Why does this blog exist? What is its purpose? Great questions! We’re glad you asked! 🙂 This blog will help you know us a little better. At Galden Studios, we write software. But not just any software. We program dreams into reality. We have our own dreams, and we’re developing some applications, plug-ins, tools, …