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Tim is a Solutions Architect for PSC Group, LLC. He has been an IT consultant since 1999 specializing in Microsoft technologies. Along with running the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group and speaking on Microsoft and architecture topics he was also contributing author on "The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library".

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Tim Murphy's .NET Software Architecture Blog Adventures in Architecting and Developing .NET blogging There are 12 entries for the tag blogging
Blogging Withdrawal
Did you know that blogging is a drug and that if you go too long without posting something you actually go into withdrawal? It turns out to be the case, at least for me. Whatever the excuse may be, when I go for a long stretch without a significant topic posted I feel anxious, almost as if I had abandoned my child. Lately the IT consulting business has been so busy it just doesn’t leave much time to blog. Working a full day at one client and then doing support work for others in the evening is seems ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:44 PM

Feed Reader For Windows Phone 8 Has Me Reading Blogs Again
While I post on a regular basis, Twitter has become my pointer to any blogs that I read. I haven’t logged into a RSS app or Google Reader in a long time. When Feed Reader was featured on a web site recently (sorry but I can’t remember which one) I decided to give it a try. It logged directly to my old Google Reader account which made getting started a breeze. That app easily shares links via Twitter or saves them to Instapaper. The wildest feature is that it will audibly read each post. I can’t say ......

Posted On Friday, February 1, 2013 11:39 AM

Blog Goals For 2013
It is the beginning of a new year. No better time to take a look what we want to accomplish over the next year. My first goal is to have more Windows 8 and Windows Phone development content. This is a technology that I really enjoy developing for and I see challenges that every developer would like answers to. Things are also evolving on a daily basis which gives us a lot to discover and discuss. I am also looking to have more architecture topics. These will be both high level concepts and integration ......

Posted On Monday, January 14, 2013 12:05 PM

Interesting Blog Stats–What Sells
Just out of curiosity I decided to find out what the most frequently post were on my blog. I knew what number one would be just from checking daily stats from time to time. The main theme that I found in the data is that either pain or humor can really bring people to find your posts. My most viewed post is on turning off Toshiba Flashcards at over 54K views (I think Toshiba should take notice of this massive fail). The second highest is on Interesting Blog titles. This was nothing more than a post ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 28, 2012 10:28 AM

Blogging After The Blog Boom
I have been blogging on Geeks With Blogs since 2005 and on other blogging sites before that. In this age of Twitter, Facebook and G+ it feels like we are in the post-blog age and yet here I continue. There are several reasons for this. The first is that I still find it to be the best place for self publishing long form thought that won’t fit well on Twitter or Facebook. Google+ allows for this type of content, but it suffers from the same scroll factor as the other social media platforms. If you ......

Posted On Friday, June 8, 2012 2:38 PM

GWB Influencer
I was pleasantly surprised to find out this week that I am now part of the Geeks With Blogs Influencers program. It is hard to believe that it has been 5 1/2 years since I started blogging here. It has always been a great community and it is great to be able to show off how much I appreciate having this soapbox here to share ideas. I look forward to being here a lot longer. Finally, thanks to Jeff and the crew for keeping the lights on and continued improvements. Tags: GWB,Geeks With ......

Posted On Thursday, November 3, 2011 1:53 AM

Eduardo Goncalves Now Blogging

Eduardo is an architect and consultant with Daugherty Business Solutions.  He recently started blogging.  Check out his post on Habbits of Effective Architects.  You can also see him give a talk on this post at this month's Chicago Architects Group meeting.

Happy blogging Eduardo.

Posted On Friday, October 10, 2008 2:17 PM

Blog Like You Would Write A Book
When you write a book you start with an idea, turn it into an outline, then write a draft which then goes through multiple edit iterations. This is the same way that I believe you should write blog posts. There are several reasons for this. The first reason is that you want your blog to represent you in a professional manner. A clean and well organized set of thoughts are the best way to accomplish this. The second is that as you read and reread your work you will find places that it could use more ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 5, 2008 9:41 PM

To Link List Or Not To Link List
In the past I have had an aversion to link list posts. I have picked up a large number of blog subscriptions and most of these lists just contain what I have already seen. Lately my opinion has changed slightly. I am trying to evangelize within the company that I work for. In order to grow awareness of what is going on in the community as a whole I have started sending out emails with a distilled list of blog links. I figure if I have already found what I think are the jewels I can save others the ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 11, 2007 10:34 PM

Be A Better Developer
I have seen posts like this floating around and then the other day I listened to Hanselminutes where Scott and Carl discussed the subject. I figured my enthusiasm has been lacking lately and maybe this would be a good way to bump it up a notch. I need to find a new way to get Microsoft products to learn on. One of the clients I used to work for had been paying for my MSDN subscription. With that gone and my current company being a miser with the developer tools I need to come up with a new plan. ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 18, 2007 10:20 PM

Wait Before Posting
A post by Tim Hibbard where he talked about how few of his posts actually got published got me thinking about my approach to posting. Often I find that I am posting because something is irritating me. In itself that is not a bad thing. The responsible thing to do would be to come up with a solution to the problem, which is where I am often falling down. Instead of writing the first thing that comes into my head, hold onto the idea and let it develop into something more complete. I think this is a ......

Posted On Monday, January 15, 2007 1:13 PM

Election Technology
I figured that today this topic was appropriate. I'm not going to try to convince you to vote for a candidate. There are just a few things I have noticed during this election season that I wanted to rant about. Anyone who says that politicians are not technically savvy is probably right. The people who work for them are another story. They make sure that the candidates are blogging and podcasting. They also inform the people who are calling your house how to block their numbers a number of ways so ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 10:49 AM

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