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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 March 2008 Entries
RAW file CODECs for Vista
Here is a software suggestion for those of you out there that enjoy doing digital photography and save to RAW format. I am using Photoshop Elements and was getting annoyed having to open all of my files individually in the editor to weed out the unacceptable ones. The Windows Image viewer wouldn't read the RAW files, so what do you do? The answer, as always, is Google for a free solution. It turns out that most of the major manufacturers of digital cameras are now putting out CODEC files so that ......

Posted On Friday, March 28, 2008 5:59 AM

An Architect's Life As A Consultant
As with any career, consulting has a number of benefits and challenges. As a consultant architect you get to experience more environments than a in house architect. On the other hand you aren't assured that you will be doing architecture on every assignment. One day you may be working as a developer and the next as a project manager. So how do you keep your skills sharp and your resume viable? Your resume is going to be littered with jobs other than the title of architect. Within a project look for ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 12, 2008 9:59 PM

Do Companies Really Want To Ship Software
I was reading a blog post the other day about motivating software developers to be motivated to ship code. While I agree this is a problem I have to ask the question "do IT departments really want to ship code"? Here is where I am coming from. I have seen enough IT departments where they stack release on top of release at such a frenzied pace that it causes them to split their resources. When you have multiple versions of an application that have to be tested you need more environment that all have ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 4, 2008 11:52 AM

You Mean There's Lakes Under That Snow
It seems like years since we have had a lack of snow cover in the Chicago area. It isn't that we got dumped on all at one time, but we seem to have had snow fall at least once a week since around Christmas. This week I think is the first time since about the same period that we have had more than one day in a row above freezing. Today many open areas are finally without snow. Of course with the melting and the fact that it is raining we now have lakes where the snow once was. I am longing for summer. ......

Posted On Monday, March 3, 2008 7:01 AM

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