US Passport Filed

Well I've sent away for my U.S. Passport so that I can take a trip somewhere. Not sure where I'd go yet, but open to suggestions! Wold rather go where there is someone I somewhat know or met online, rather then go somewhere where I know no one.



Where did your photos go!?

Ok I’ve been asked this a few times now. Sorry my original gallery is gone. I plan to put something up, I’m just not sure what technology I’m going to use. I could manually upload images but that’s no fun. I think I’m leaning towards using my Mac’s iPhoto or account, or iWeb to handle my gallery.  Soon as I get that sorted out, I’ll create a menu link to it.

New Layout and Blog Engine

Ok here we go again. I kind of got tired of using Community Server for my blog engine, it didn't do something I wanted, and rather then invent the wheel and write my own, not that I have the time, I decided to go with BlogEngine.Net. It's an all C# blog tool, and it allows me to customize it a lot more, fully open source.

So I'll be converting over the post from the other system and then we'll see how it goes. Though I'm not converting the users from the other system so looks like people will have to sign up again. :(

So I went Mac/Apple

Ok I've been on the Windows side of things for.. since the MS-DOS days. Windows 3.1 etc...

I've always hated Macs, why? Because you couldn't run Window apps on a Mac. Because I never saw the need to have a Mac when a PC could do everything a Mac could do, even graphics wise, if you'd just buy real/decent hardware and not try and get some $800 sale computer to do your graphics.  If you had comparison apples to apples hardware then I figure you were good to go.  Also for 10 years my primary job was Windows Network Engineering, so of course I am way biased.  

Then I started to develop, on the side at first, VBA, VBScript, Classic ASP, .NET 1.1, .NET 2.0... and Visual Studio's of course doesn't run on Mac....

Until Mac went Intel.  

Now that Mac is on Intel hardware the world has opened up.  You can now run Vista, XP OS on Mac pc.  You can get VMFusion and run it in "Unity" mode which runs your Window Apps on your Mac!  Crazy Stuff.

So I heard anyway.

Then my good, online friend, Mindshadow2k, kept hounding me how good the iPhone was... blah blah blah, does this and that.  I didn't listen at first, but then I kept seeing the commercials, and would take a stroll through the Apple store...  and finally started listening.

So I got an iPhone 3G...  and wow, I was blown away and how user friends and intuitive the OS was. Way more then my Windows Mobile Phone.  

I was so impressed that I started looking at the Macs.  If the iPhone is this good, I wondered what the Macs were like.

So again with Mindshadow2k, dumping hints into my ear, and with the desire to start developing iPhone apps and try and make some side money, I finally went and got a MacBook Pro.

I've installed Vista via BootCamp and running VMFusion, and I love it!

I can run all my window apps and all my mac apps (not that I really have any mac apps other then iPhone SDK).

The Mac boots up faster then I can reach over and turn on my windows machine.  It shuts down just as fast. It's amazing!

Well there you go, I'm tired of typing, well not really, I'm distracted easily :)

Am I a good programmer?

I came across an article just the other day where this guy Daniel writes about how to recognize a good programmer. In this article he lists some bullet points on how to tell....

 Positive indicators:

  • Passionate about technology
  • Programs as a hobby
  • Will talk your ear off on a technical subject if encouraged
  • Significant (and often numerous) personal side-projects over the years
  • Learns new technologies on his/her own
  • Opinionated about which technologies are better for various usages
  • Very uncomfortable about the idea of working with a technology he doesn’t believe to be “right”
  • Clearly smart, can have great conversations on a variety of topics
  • Started programming long before university/work
  • Has some hidden “icebergs”, large personal projects under the CV radar
  • Knowledge of a large variety of unrelated technologies (may not be on CV)

Negative indicators:

  • Programming is a day job
  • Don’t really want to “talk shop”, even when encouraged to
  • Learns new technologies in company-sponsored courses
  • Happy to work with whatever technology you’ve picked, “all technologies are good”
  • Doesn’t seem too smart
  • Started programming at university
  • All programming experience is on the CV
  • Focused mainly on one or two technology stacks (e.g. everything to do with developing a java application), with no experience outside of it

... so naturally I started to see which ones apply to me.  What in this list would define where I stand? As I started to look at the list it made sense and actually I could see it applied to someone one else I know who always wants to be a better programmer but lacks some of the bullets from the first part.

As I read the bullets, everyone one of the positive bullets matched with me, only one of the negatives I felt matched as well.  The last one about technology stacks.  At first I thought that contradicted learning new technologies from the first one but it doesn't.  Example, I learned AJAX, I'm learning Silverlight, those are new technologies. I am stacking the technology because I'm using everything with VB.NET.  That's what I feel I stack.  I can read C# but slower to code in it then VB and ususaly when I want to get something done I default to VB.NET because I already know it's full sytax.

Anyway, it was an interesting read.

My Birthday Weekend

Well it's my birthday weekend and I thought about going out to party, but then I came down with a cold and now I don't feel like doing anything.  Would be nice if I had some local friends that could plan a party for myself.  However, they are all up in New Jersey or down in Miami. 

 Happy Birthday to me!

Pookie - Update

An update to my Pookie post.

Found! Yes he's been found.

I made 7 large signs with Pookie's picture, 3' x 5' and strategicaly placed them in the area.  A lady called me around 10pm and told me she had seen him in her area. This prompted me to go out and look.  I saw spotted him!! When I pulled the car over he had ran so fast into who knows where, and was lost again. This gave me hope because I knew he was ok and still kicking.  I searched for an hour or so after that with no luck and went home.

2 hours later I was about to go to bed and just had the urge to go look one more time for the night, I felt he was trying to get somewhere, maybe come home.  I drove around and around with no luck for abot 45 minutes.  Finally headed home I saw a cat on the side of the road, I got out of my car and called to him, he didn't come but he had stopped running and hid in the bushes.  Once I got close enough and kept talking he finally came out and came towards me.

So there we go, cat found at last!  I should just delete all thse mushy posts now :) Not like me,


Not sure anyone actually reads this but I guess it will be here more as a historical event of records or some type of online public diary.

On the evening of Monday, December 3rd, my first and favorite pet, Pookie, ventured off out of the screen patio through a hole made by a racoon. Which I had covered up but it seems he found a way around it.  I don't know when he left as I didn't discover he was missing until Tuesday morning.

He's an indoor only cat, but he's gotten away before. In the past though he's always come back with-in 24 hours.

It's Saturday, December 8th and no sign of Pookie anywhere. It's been 5 days. I've walked around the conservation behind my house, I've put up signs at the stop signs in my area and the developments near by.  I've put signs by houses I think he might have gone by. Nothing :(

Never thought losing him could bother me so much but when I look back on my life, I've never had a major tragedy that affected me directly.  This was my first pet and will be my first loss of someone or something close to me. So it does sadden me.

Anyway, I still have slight hope that he comes back. I'm afraid someone took him in and now he can't get back to me.  I've made large posters today at kinkos, and going to put them out after I get my oil changed in my car.


Update to this Post here