You don't realize how painful Windows is until you own a Mac. Then, you're ruined for life.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Out of Hell, into the Unknown.
My last day in Corporate Hell is ... TODAY! Monday, I start at a small, more-laid-back gig in York. I'll save EIGHT HOURS a week in driving time. I can dress more casually. I can listen to Pandora at my desk. My desk in an office with a window, NOT A CUBICLE.
I am being paid 25 percent more, and I'll have an opportunity to earn equity in a growing company.
I feel good. This is a relief.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
"I have three things I'd like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don't give a shit. What's worse is that you're more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night."
-- Tony Campolo
Monday, September 20, 2010
I have a really nice -- REALLY nice -- office in my home. I can work there very efficiently, much more so than in a Corporate Hell-Cubible setting.
I want to find work where I can work at my office, with trips to The Site as needed. I can do .NET development -- tons of experience -- or Ruby on Rails.
I'm not expecting a lot of money; $50/hour would be fantastic.
HOW can I advertise my services? What do you suggest? I thought about placing Craigslist ads in, say, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltmore, DC, etc. ... places within three hours by car or train.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
In no particular order:
Food. Specifically, cooking.
Music. I'm way more into music than you are. WAY more. You. Have. No. Idea.
H.O. scale slot cars. Yeah.
Good scotch, good bourbon, good wine.
People. Everyone has a story. Everyone has a dream. Take an interest and you, yourself, will grow tremendously.
Surfing. Not the Internet, I mean actual paddle-and-catch-a-wave-in-the-ocean surfing. Once you catch your first wave, you are hooked. For life.
Driving a sports car. Don't even have to go fast, but accelerating, braking and corner are a blast.
Watching dirt track sprint cars.
Lifting weights. I especially like doing squats, mostly because I've always had strong legs.
Creating software. Yeah, I love doing that. It's the "working for other people" stuff I can't stand. I REALLY need to get off my assets and get Jazzr.com up and running. Then, on to DraZING.com.
Anything -- movies, mostly -- related to time travel.
When my wife hugs me.
When my children are around me. They bring out the best in me, they always encourage me. They believe in me, even though they know I'm mostly flawed. That's cool.
Pandora.com. Thank G-d for Pandora.com. I often listen to it while driving; a poor man's XM radio.
Solar energy stuff. Don't listen to the naysayers, it's real, it works, and I'm doing it. I'll post pictures of my solar water heater when I remember.
Sitting around a fire with a really good cigar, an adult beverage, and friends. I don't think there's much better in life.
The fact that I know how to throw a knuckle ball. Thank you, Mark Wolfgang, for teaching me that. It's just the coolest pitch ever.
Baseball on a summer evening. Baseball in October, too.
Finally; I remodeled our master bath a few years ago, and I have two lights. One is a slower-starting florescent light over the sinks. The other is a light over the shower. When I enter the bathroom, I'll turn on the florescent light first, then hit the switch for the incandescent light about a half second later. I hit the one switch first, but the second light comes on first. Kind of like backwards time. I love that.
All The Best,
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
How do I store elapsed time?
I'm thinking lowest needed increment, i.e. "minutes" in this case.
I can transform minutes to hh:mm or 99.9 hours at the GUI level, right?
The application, by the way, is a timesheet application, where the largest entry would be 23:59 and the smallest could -- I guess -- be one minute (probably 15 minutes).
Sound right to you?
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Holy SHIT, this has me NAILED!:
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
I can create software for the web. I can create software for Windows. For the Mac. For Linux. For the Windows phone. For the iPhone. For the iPad. For any other phone.
Technology isn't the challenge. The challenge is in The Idea. You -- *I* -- will never "make it big" because we're able to write an application for, say, the iPad. The degree to which we "hit the big time" is directly related to coming up with A Great Idea.
Give me an idea, and I'll make my millions. Until then, I might as well throw mashmallows at a brick wall.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
I will never be convinced that a software developer must be on site every day.
I waste -- not "spend", but WASTE -- at least ten hours a week commuting to a client site. If I'm awake 112 hours a week, that means I'm wasting nine percent of my life.
Wow. Now that I put it that way, I'm REALLY hating my commute.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Went to a York Revolution minor league baseball game last night with three buddies from high school.
Had a great time. Minor league baseball is really fun, yet the talent level is still high enough to see some good competition. Even saw a former New York Yankee pitching for York.
York won, by the way, 7-5 over the Long Island Ducks.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
What do you do when a client is designing a system incorrectly, you point out the incorrectness, and they ignore your CORRECT analysis?
"Make it work" doesn't apply when, in fact, it WILL NOT work. Primary Key violations aren't something you can just IGNORE.