My year in review

This year has been something else, both technically and personally and has been quite a ride. So without further ado and not in any particular order…

  • The recession really hit home, with the new year both my wife and I labelled 2008 as the year from hell and that continued through 2009. We will get somewhat of a break come Feburary 2010
  • Got my first real smart phone, the T-Mobile My Touch.

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Google Abandoning Google Gears?

In an LA Times article Google states

We are excited that much of the technology in Gears, including offline support and geolocation APIs, are being incorporated into the HTML5 spec as an open standard supported across browsers, and see that as the logical next step for developers looking to include these features in their websites

We’re continuing to support Gears so that nothing breaks for sites that use it.

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Yesterday Bruce Elgort posted a video about what to do if your idea is rejected by your boss. I thought this was an excellent video as I am guilty of some of the things mentioned in this video. So, go check it out, it’s a good watch, is informative and isn’t very long.

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Time and Materials contracts

My current positition is with a company that has a government contract that is based on time and materials. This is my first job of this type as all my other jobs were that I was paid on a salary and didn’t really have to account for my time. Since what the company is paid is based on how much time I work on each task this is monitored very closely and everything must have an estimate and once the estimate is approved you can’t go over that estimate without a very good reason,

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Annoying Spam…

Rant On…

This kinda ticks me off. I just got spammed from a vendor of VOIP products. I won’t state the name and provide them advertising, but why would I stop by their LotusPhere booth if they are already sending me spam? I get enough email after LotusPhere (when I get to attend) from vendors I authorized to send me email by allowing them to scan my badge.

I know a lot of other folks also got this email as the “To”

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Open Source: A Silver Lining in the Economic Slump

This article over on Business Week states what I’ve been preaching to small companies for quite a while now.

JasperSoft is thriving as other vendors struggle because it provides software at a lower price than competitors. In fact, JasperSoft supplies the basic software for free, making money by selling support services or additional features. Its annual fees can be as much as 85% to 90% lower than its competitors.

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Just rambling about nothing really…

I’ve recently become addicted to Boston Legal. I really like that show, I don’t think anything on TV has ever made me laugh so hard. But here’s a clip that was on last week (I think) that I thought hilarious.

On another note, I’ve been very busy of late. I’ve redesigned our flying club’s website. It was in dire need of a face lift and to be brought current with features like internet voting,

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Microsoft Photosynth

I came across a website today while browsing one of the RC Helicopter forums which I thought was pretty cool. It’s called Photosynth by Microsoft. You take a BUNCH of pictures of an object, room, area, whatever from all angles and then feed it to the Photosynth software and it creates like a 3D walkthrough of whatever it is you took pictures of. It’s pretty cool. I didn’t try to create my own or anything so I don’t know the details of creating a “Synth”,

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Changing Jobs…

Well, I only have a couple of days left at my current position until I move to another government contract with the EPA. I’m excited about the new opportunity and dread leaving my current position at the same time. I’ve spent the better part of 2 years constantly writing code, even in down time I would try new things and come up with ideas for my next project. Now with only 2 days left I find myself in a position where I’m not writing code because I leave in 2 days and I’m bored just waiting in between doing a turnover of everything that I’m currently supporting.

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Rambling on…

I was speaking with one of my co-workers Friday that has kept me thinking this weekend. Ever since I’ve got started with Lotus Notes/Domino development/administration I’ve worked for very large companies (i.e. Coca-Cola, U.S. Govt, Sprint, Etc..) and somehow I’ve always been a lone developer/administrator with no one to run my work by, no mentor. Now while the things I do seem to get the job done and I like to think that the job is done elegantly,

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