Desktop Help Request Client

My Windows desktop application (formerly known as Info Gatherer) is now on GitHub!

Direct link to the GitHub project: Desktop Help Request Client repository

Prior to today, I had only used the version control system Subversion, so Git was completely new to me. The GitHub tutorial made it easy to get started. Learning about git status was helpful, too. 😛 I still have a lot to learn about Git, but it’s fun to learn something new. 🙂

A slightly customized version of Desktop Help Request Client (DHRC) was installed on the University of Washington Information School lab computers this week. I’m pretty geeked that people are going to be using it. :geek:

Info Gatherer

Project Scope

My husband, Nick West, works at the Information School at the University of Washington. Yesterday, Nick told me that the team he works with could use my help. They needed a desktop application that would run on Windows (specifically, Windows 7). The application would gather some basic system information about the computer, along with information from the user, and then post the data (in JSON format) to a given URL.

Info Gatherer
My Info Gatherer application

The information they wanted was:

  • Machine name
  • Username of logged-in user
  • Local IP address
  • List of running processes
  • Timestamp
  • Name (submitted by user)
  • Email (submitted by user)
  • Comments (submitted by user)

The application itself would be a form with name, email, and comment fields and a submit button for submitting the data (the system information would be hidden from the user).

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I Moved to Seattle!

Wow! It has been a crazy month and a half!

In the middle of June, Nick was offered a job at the University of Washington Information School as a web developer, which gave us only two weeks to coordinate our move out to Seattle. We somehow managed to do it, though! We’ve been documenting our move on our blog, Wests Go West.


Nick and I have been living in our apartment for two weeks now. Nick loves living so close to work. He takes a bus three miles to and from work everyday, which is much better than the 30-mile each way drive we were doing before! The weather has been great. While the rest of the country is suffering from a massive heat wave, temperatures are staying in the 70’s here in Seattle. 🙂 Nick and I have been busy, too! Now that we’re back in Seattle, we’ve been going on adventures and spending a lot of time with friends and family.

I updated my resume earlier this week, so now it’s time for me to start looking for a job!