Nov 201130

My Ideal Job

Eighteen months ago, I sat down and wrote out a description in bullet points of what my ideal job would be like.  I described my position, the company, and my co-workers.  My previous job had many of those qualities.  It was a good job at a good company, but it wasn't everything I wanted.  I wanted to change things, but they weren't mine to change.


I've been at SafeNet for about 7 weeks now.  I realize that's not that long, but so far it seems like every single bullet point on my description of an ideal job has been satisfied.  Here's my list from June 2010.

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Categories: Professional | Work
I'm rebuilding my computer after a hard drive failure, and I keep running into issues where things I've taken for granted are missing – things such as the "VS Command Prompt Here" Windows Explorer context menu items. Years ago, Scott Hanselman posted INF files to add VS 2005 to the context menu. Using that as inspiration, I've created a version of the file for VS 2008 and another for VS 2010. For what it's worth, I tweaked his VS 2005 file because my copy of VS is installed in "P... [More]
Categories: Development | Work | Technology | Software Projects | Code | Professional
Have you ever been in one of those meetings where it seems that everyone in the company is there, even though they don’t need to be?  I think everyone has and it is especially frustrating when you are one of the ones that doesn’t really need to be there. Well, based on a web site I saw a few weeks ago (the link escapes me at the moment), I wrote a little Windows Mobile app that will calculate just how much any given meeting is costing you and your clients. It’s a pretty simple application... [More]
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June is just a week away.  That’s insane.  It’s cliché to say it, but time goes so fast.  My son is already four months old, and my daughter is getting hilariouser by the moment.  (I know some of you may not consider hilariouser a word, but as I mentioned before, I make up words and add them to my dictionary to get rid of the red squiggles.) So anyway, I went to Tech-Ed a couple weeks ago and it was great.  I had a lot of fun, met a lot of people, caught up with a lot o... [More]
Categories: Development | Personal | Business | Community | Work | Technology | TechEd | Family | Professional
At work, we are having a fundraiser for Diabetes Research Institute.  To try to get more sponsors, one of my coworkers decided to turn himself into Mr. T, step by step.  He's skinny.  He's white.  But so far he's raised $1400. Read his story after you take a peek at this video of him getting the haircut.  Share this link with your family and friends: MrTDiabetesChallenge.com.
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As of sometime yesterday afternoon, my boss' boss has subscribed to my blog.  I guess it's time clean things up around here.  :)
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I've been writing code with curly braces for a dozen years or so, starting with C++ in college, then JavaScript for many, many years, and for the last few years, C#.  In all that time, I have been a fan of putting the opening curly brace on the same line as the declaration or control statement.  For example: private void DoSomething() { // ... if (somecondition) { myval = true; } // ... } At work, though, I have been working on someone else's code, and... [More]
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Jul 200821

Which Is Better?

I can't decide if I get more pleasure from solving a big problem, or from the process of breaking it into a series of smaller problems and solving each of them.  Does anyone else ever think of stuff like this?  Or is it just me?
Categories: Work | Professional

Jul 200815

Working From Home

As part of my new job, I will be working from home one day per week.  Now that I've been there for a couple weeks, my first work from home day will be tomorrow. Over the next several weeks, I'll be trying to make improvements to my home office, including deciding which room to use.  We built a den/office in the house, but I'm thinking it might not be ideal.  It's in the main area of the house, and the doors have windows, making it very easy for Charlize to see Daddy and want to c... [More]
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Jul 200814

Work Soundtrack

This happens to me on a regular basis -- probably every other month or so.  I get tired of the music I have on my iPod.  So I'm looking for suggestions.  What music helps you get your job done?  Sometimes I need something nice and mellow to get myself into the right frame of mind, and sometimes I need something I can turn the volume up to drown out the background noise.  Sometimes vocals are good, sometimes they are distracting.  Unfortunately, streaming sites don't... [More]
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