My name is Tim White, and I’m an electrical engineer. I have this website because I find it important to create proper documentation for my projects, and I also find it fun to share my day-to-day activities, travels, and personal hobbies with anyone that’s interested enough to read about them. With that in mind, I've created this site to practice my skills programming while showcasing my electronics and various other projects.
I host TimWhite.io on an Ubuntu 18 server through the cloud-computing platform Digital Ocean (Google App Engine was a close runner-up for cost!). I’m using the common LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP), with an entry-level HTML5/CSS3/PHP7 approach for the front-end design. My current goal for improvement is to implement the new CSS3 grid methods that are becoming the new standard. No more Flexbox for me! I much prefer to see the grid while programming it and to be able to control the positioning of my content without leaving my CSS files.
I use Emmet, SASS, and Twig to lessen the amount of time it takes for me to make content and design changes. I have experimented with front-end frameworks like Angular, but they tend to be a bit overkill for my static content. Alongside making the coding easier, I also try to follow the Google web design fundamentals, enabling a more enjoyable and accessible experience for you, the reader!
Design & Content
The original design of the site was focused around a responsive layout, allowing users on all devices to have a stable viewing experience; however, after a few years I have decided that it’s more important to have meaningful content with a simple design. My new focus will be on just that.
Most of the content here revolves around information about myself including my work experience, education, research, music, life lessons, and some of my hobby projects. I have created a feed for any updates to the site that you can find here.
To share with you a little more about myself – I tend to value the little things in life, and as such I like to keep things simple. I would say that I’m a minimalist at heart and only slightly a consumerist in the real world. I tend to spend a lot of time minimizing and optimizing my work. I love to learn, and to teach. I live with my better half, our two cats, a bearded dragon, and a corn snake in Raleigh, North Carolina, and I am a huge fan of all outdoor recreation.
As much as I love electronics, sending information at (almost) light-speed, and progressing science, I also love to unplug and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us.
Unconventional and innovative, I tend to be a goal-oriented, strategic thinker. As an efficient problem solver with deductive reasoning skills, I believe in working my hardest to surpass any expectations set forth by my peers. When working as an engineer, I always strive to use my engineering mindset and skills in design evaluation to complete any task, while maintaining high ethical and professional standards.
One validated method of expressing an individual’s personality is by standardized personality tests. A few examples of this are the RAPM, NEO-PI-R and other general lexical questionnaires.
One of these questionnaires that I have taken is the Big Five personality test, which results in rankings in the following five categories: Openness to experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism. More information on the Big Five test and its categories can be found here. The scores range from zero, being the least similar to five, being most similar.
Another questionnaire is the Myers-Briggs personality test, which gives a good description of how we make decisions in real life situations. The Myers-Briggs test is broken into sixteen total groups, four variables each with two states – Extraversion vs. Introversion, Intuition vs. Sensing, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Judging vs. Perceiving.
BIG FIVE PERSONALITY TEST
The results of my Big Five personality test can be seen below:
- Openness to Experience: 3.5 (Avg 4.0)
- Conscientiousness: 3.1 (Avg 3.4)
- Extraversion: 3.9 (Avg 3.1)
- Agreeableness: 3.9 (Avg 3.6)
- Neuroticism: 2.4 (Avg 2.9)
MYERS-BRIGGS PERSONALITY TEST
The results of my Myers-Briggs test were ENFJ as described below:
- Extraversion: 79%
- Intuitive: 60%
- Feeling: 54%
- Judging: 56%