I was talking with David Berry when we both heard the news about MSDN Magazine shutting down after the November issue. I'm really saddened by it.
The reality is that MSDN Magazine had a dramatic impact on my career, both as a reader and an author. I'd like to share my memories of it.
A lot has changed both personally and in our industry in that amount of time. I’m going to look back in wonder at the last fifteen years if I can.
It’s been a tough couple of months here at Wildermuth central. I’m finally feeling good enough to get back on my proverbial feet. The hair is longer, the beard grayer, and hopefully a little more wise.
You should hear a lot more of me now that I’m back home in Atlanta. I have a lot of web development experience to share with the blog. I hope you will enjoy what is coming.
I love what I do. The consulting, the software development, the courses…I really love it all. It keeps me in a constant state of learning and I am overjoyed and extremely lucky for this to be my life’s passion.
This year a lot has changed in my life and I am finally married for the first time. I met the amazing woman 2 1/2 years ago and I am lucky she agreed to be my life. Sappy…I know, but the experience has been transformative.
I’m happy to announce that I will be working with the Humanitarian Toolbox to both help publicize this important project as well as work on some of the projects. This is an important open source project that is trying to do some real good for the world out there.
If you’re anything like me, you like to make a difference. The Humanitarian Toolbox is a place to make a difference. They are helping people during disaster response by using technology.
I recently released my new writing project: “The Opinionated Software Developer”. This short book (about 35 pages according to Kindle) is a quick look at my experience in software development. It includes a history of my experience in the field as well as a look at the software developer psyche. The hope was to share my opinions about being a developer in the industry including how to deal with co-workers, how to avoid being a brat developer and how to motivate developers in larger organizations.
I just got back from SDP13 in Israel and spent 10 days in that lovely country. With this trip planned, I thought it a perfect time to ask my girlfriend to marry me. I'm 44 and I've never been married so it's about time, right? Unfortunately we had a minor argument and in my haste I texted "Maybe I'm not getting married…" This text was meant for a friend of mine who I'd been confiding in about the whole diamond buying experience. But this text went to my lovely girlfriend instead. Foiled by technology again. So the cat was out of the bag and I didn't think I could surprise her with the ring in Israel.
On the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I am reflective of a difficult time for my country, the world and my own life. I had recently been laid off for the first time in my career...so when the attacks happened, I had all the time in the world to watch all the coverage I could. I was in Portland (Oregon) so I was not close, but it felt close. Watching this news happen in real-time was profound event for me. If I was closer, I hope that I would have jumped in to help. My heart sank for the victims and their families. I tried to make sense of this violent act...and it was simply senseless. At that Twin Towers; at the Pentagon and in that tragic field in Pennsylvania - the bravery and heroism that I have to believe I am not capable of.
I kept thinking of this quote that had touched me as a teenager:
As many of you have known for a while, I've been running my AgiliTrain training company focusing on technologies like Silverlight, WPF and the Web. My interest in training isn't going away, but I've yearned to work with a small group of thought leaders to help companies in more innovative ways. With this goal in mind, I am launching Wilder Minds.
The vision for Wilder Minds is to be a complete solution for companies who are trying to move to new technologies (like Windows 8, HTML5/JS, Mobile Development, node.js, etc.) Instead of just doing training, we're expanding to help in three primary ways:
I buy a lot of music. I am not a hoarder like some, but I have 100GB’ish of MP3s. I don’t go around and ‘borrow’ friends collections just to up my count. What I do is buy music…just not at brick and mortar stores.
While I could go on about how iTunes on Windows is a bad piece of software, that’s not what I care about. It’s the DRM. I pave my machines constantly and I have my music on a lot of devices at once. Music Match sounds like a good idea, but Apple has burned that bridge with me a long time ago so I won’t harp on it. But as a consumer of music (and someone who wants to support the artists), what do I do?
I don't blog about my personal passions outside of software development very often, but today's announcement of my absolutely favorite baseball player requires a moment.
I am humbled by a recent post from Arcane Code's only Robert Cain. In explaining how to make your self more useful (especially in this market), he used me an example of someone who moves with the technology. I am not sure how right he is, but I am certainly humbed by the gesture. On his blog is a list of "Arcane Lessons" that is not to be missed. He hits on a wide variety of subjects from WPF to SQL Server Compact Edition to Visual Studio Addins. Well worth a click-through!
I was approached to answer nine questions for the ninequestions.net site. I was happy to get asked. Hopefully there is some info that you haven't heard already.
Pete Brown called me out to answer the next round of "what about you" questionnaires floating around the blog-o-sphere. So here's my take:
Arthur C. Clarke had an astounding impact on my life as a young boy. His magical mix of hard science and science fiction kept me rapt with wonder of the world. Rendezvous with Rama and Childhood's End profoundly impacted my vision of what is possible.
I was reading Clemens Vasters' blog this morning when I read about something called Blog Tag started by Jeff Pulver. The idea is to tell five things no one knows about you and tag five other people to do the same. No one has tagged me, but I'll start it up here with some of my favorite bloggers:
I headed out from Atlanta to Redmond yesterday. I've made this trip enough times that I thought I knew what to expect. I didn't expect a snowstorm.
I have a problem. When I (or my customers) are being taken advantage of it makes me so very angry...probably angrier that it should. I am in Hartford, CT this week to teach a course for a corporate client. One of the recommended hotels is a Crown Plaza Hotel at $199/night. It was the cheapest of the three hotels they selected. While I find expensive hotel rooms ostentacious, usually I can figure out why they are so expensive: excelent service, nice rooms, etc. The room I am in right now is actually about 1/2 the size of the $75/night hotel I stayed in a couple of weeks ago. Not just the size, but its a bit shabby actually.
For those of you who do not know by much better half, Tricia is a sculptor that has just started doing shows and exhibitions. To go with that new step, we have created a new site to show off some of her pieces. Right now there are only a couple of her pieces there and a way to send her comments, but it should grow in the coming months. If you are interested in art, please visit her new site at http://www.sculpturesbytricia.com.
I've been having trouble with my laptop shutting down unexpectedly. After some searching online, I found out that this is a common problem with my laptop (HP ZD8000) that the fins that cool down my desktop CPU get dirty. So I got a can of air and screwdriver and went to work. OMFG!
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