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How Did I Become An IT Consultant Curmudgeon?

I have been accused of being a curmudgeon by more than one co-worker. The short, pithy answers to the question of I got to this point would be “experience” or “it comes with age”. But what is the real reason and does it have any benefit? Firstly, I was raised in an Irish-German family which by default makes me surly and sarcastic. At almost half a century of this habit I don’t see any change coming there. I also find that most developers have similar traits along with a dry sense of humor. The main ......

Windows 10 – Going Backwards

I’m not sure how, but I seem to be an outlier in this point of view. I am finding that almost everything they are doing to Windows 10 to make it more acceptable to the masses is taking away features that I preferred in Windows 8. It isn’t that I thought everything was great and didn’t need to be improved, but these are features that I found at the very least useful and in most cases efficient. I’m just going to hit on the big ones here. Let’s start with the left swipe gesture. In Windows 8 this gave ......

Why Does Bing Not Have Blog Search

This is more of a short rant than anything. For the most part I like Bing. Once in a while I still find I get better results from Google. The main thing I find myself missing that I had with Google is the blog search feature. All to often I can filter out a lot of garbage just by using that option. So my request is “when will Bing implement blogsearch”? del.icio.us Tags: Bing,Google,blogsearch ......

An Adventure Not To Be Repeated

Last weekend I had to travel out of town for a funeral and the flight out was one I don't want experience again. So what happened? I got to the airport early, but evidently that isn't a requirement for the flight crew. We were told they were coming in on another flight and hadn't arrived yet. Oh, and by the way the maintenance crew is looking at the breaks of our plane. Great! The crew finally arrived, but they decided it would be better if we didn't fly this particular aircraft. So an hour later ......

Why Is Windows Phone The Best Camera Phone

I recently went on vacation and over the week was switching back and forth between taking pictures with my Lumia 920 and my wife’s iPhone 5. It really got me to thinking how much better the Windows Phone is as a camera. The images in this post were taken using my Lumia 920. The main issue that got my attention was the faster shutter, or at least the perception of a faster shutter. I think it is the fact that Windows Phone has a dedicated camera that I can prefocus in order capture action images where ......

Microsoft Is Not Open Source And Therefore Irrelevant?

I saw a YouTube video that when you boiled it down said that since Microsoft isn’t predominantly an open source company that they are irrelevant. The speaker strikes me as someone who doesn’t live in the real world. I rarely see a client that is exclusively Microsoft technology especially after a number of mergers. I have worked often on projects that used Web Sphere long side IIS, DB2 and Oracle along with SQL Server, and open source tools along with purchased frameworks. Of course we can always ......

IT: The Next Generation

I was talking with a neighbor who is going to DePaul University for software engineering. Things have definitely changed since I was in college. He was working on a Java PDA app and a traffic light controller application. That is a long way from encryption programs and inventory reports. One thing that is a little scary is that he says his focus is on project management. Now maybe my thinking is outdated, but I don't believe that you can effectively manage developers without knowing how to develop ......

Is It Time To Specialize?

Over my career I have made a living as a generalist. I have been a jack of all trades and a master of none. It has served me well in that I am able to move from one technology to the other quickly and make myself productive. Where it becomes a problem is deep knowledge. I am constantly digging for the things that aren’t basic knowledge. How do you make a product like WCF or Windows RT do more than just “Hello World”? As an architect I need to be a jack of all trades. This is what helps me to bring ......

Cookie Cutter Versus Custom Development

I recently had a potential client ask for an estimate of some work they wanted done. They already had a price in mind which I was pretty sure I couldn’t come close to. The reason for this is because they were comparing off the shelf, commodity type development to the custom development that it would require for my team to do the work. So does this mean that custom development can’t be the right answer if a subject area has commoditized? Not in the least. In many cases (but not all) these quick solutions ......

Pay It Forward

One of my hobbies is photography (webshots, zooomr) and I was listening to The Digital Photography Show podcast where the guest was Kevin Kubota. He presents photography seminars and is offering scholarships to his seminars. The interesting part of the application is that you have to describe what charity work you do. He said that he figures if he is doing something for you then you should be doing something for your community to show that you are serious. So how does this relate to architecture ......

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