As I mentioned earlier, I was bored tonight.  Rather than visiting MySpace I decided to do a little work on the categories I use in my blog.  I didn't remove any categories, but I did add a few.  As of right now, all of my posts are tagged as either Personal, Professional or both.  I don't have any hard fast rules for how I'm going to apply these, but here is the gist of it.  If it's something my wife, parents, other family or non-techie friends may want to know, it's Pe... [More]
Categories: Personal | Blogosphere | Professional

Jul 200812

This Is The Life

I'm sitting in the living room listening to recorded music on our DVR because both tuners are recording right now, so I can't watch live TV, and of course we have nothing recorded that I want to watch.  So I am playing the recorded chunk of the music station that we record so that we can play it when both tuners are busy and we want to play music as we get our daughter ready for bed.  Yeah, I know.  That's a long description and it sounds weird, but that's what I'm doing. Oh yeah... [More]
Categories: Personal
Anyone know if there is a way to remove the Windows-Q hotkey from Office Communicator?  That is my hotkey of choice for one of my favorite utilities (SlickRun).  With Communicator "stealing" this hotkey, I've had to map SlickRun to Windows-W instead, which causes a lot of confusion for me.  I've tried to add "cmd" as a contact about a dozen times now...
Categories: Work | Technology | Professional
Today was my last day as an employee at my current (umm, previous) job.  After 18 months full-time, plus a couple months of part-time consulting and advising, I've decided it's time to move on.  I still believe the product has enormous potential, and I may be walking away from early retirement, but it's time to move on. Starting Monday, I will be a Technical Architect at Fullhouse Interactive in Milwaukee's Third Ward.  I'm excited for a number of reasons.  I'll be working d... [More]
Categories: Personal | Work | Professional

Jun 200827

Recent Trips

Over the last six weeks or so I have made three trips to California.  I grew up in northern CA and most of my family still lives there wondering why I ever left to live in frozen "Wesconson". The first of these trips was a whirlwind.  I flew in on a Thursday night and drove out on Friday afternoon with my new truck.  My parents were getting rid of their truck and I needed a new vehicle so it worked out nicely.  I had a nice quiet drive across the US from CA to WI, ... [More]
Categories: Personal | Fun | Family | Proud Dad
This is pretty exciting.  Chris Pietschmann, an MVP, a friend of mine, a committee member of the WI .NET Users Group, developer of Virtual Earth controls, and an independent consultant I have worked with in the recent past, has three MSDN Premium Subscriptions to give away, and he is having a coding contest to determine the winners.  He is building a website for this contest at www.communitycodingcontest.org, but the site is not up yet.  In the meantime you can get some basic info... [More]
Categories: Community | Technology | Software Projects | Professional
We went to the doctor the other day and found out from the ultrasound that our correct due date is January 27, 2009.  As of tomorrow (June 24) we will be 9 weeks along. We're very excited.  Unfortunately, Kelly gets very sick when she is pregnant and is on some nausea medicine that they apparently give to chemotherapy patients.
Categories: Personal | Family | Proud Dad
I'm very excited!  Kelly and I found out the other day that we will be having our second child soon.  We haven't seen the doctor yet, but we're estimating a January-ish due date for now.  Once we get the "official" word from the doctor I'll update with that date. You may have gathered from a previous post that we had a miscarriage late last year.  So this news is especially exciting to us. Woo hoo!
Categories: Personal | Family | Proud Dad
Found on xkcd.com, Geohashing looks fun. Now I just need to buy a GPS, keep up on the Dow, and right a program to do the hash, split, hex to decimal conversion, and destination calculation.
Categories: Personal | Fun | Professional

May 200819

Vacation!

I'm very excited because in a couple days I will be going with my wife and daughter to Disneyland in California.  We are meeting my parents there for Charlie's first Disney experience, and I can't wait to see how excited she will be.  She's coming up on 21 months and really shows her excitement -- she dances, stomps her feet (like those Irish tap dancers) and waves her arms.  It may sound cute, but it's even cuter to see. Also, between now and then I have a few phone calls setup.... [More]
Categories: Personal | Work | Fun | Family | Proud Dad | Professional