July 2007 - Posts

31 July 2007
MSDN Event In Charlotte – Silverlight, LINQ and WCF
Microsoft is having an MSDN event here in Charlotte on the 16th of August with topics on Silverlight, LINQ and WCF, all of which are pretty exciting technologies coming down the pipe for the Visual Studio 2008/.Net Framework 3.5 release later this year. I know I'm pretty excited about them! Our group at Skanska has been given the thumbs up to attend, so if any readers will be in attendance feel free to drop me a line and perhaps we can meet up for some lunch beforehand. In other news... The first couple weeks at the new gig have gone quite well...to say I work with some bright guys would be an understatement. The group synergy is amazing, which is one of the most important aspects when it comes to building software. I've got some pretty cool stuff I'm working on, all of which will make for some interesting posts down the line at some point. The nature of Skanska's business makes for a very interesting enterprise architecture which I'm still getting my head wrapped around... Read More...
14 July 2007
Starting A New Job On Monday (7/16)
It has been a very interesting 2 months since my last job related post ; in a nutshell I am not in Seattle and I was not able to take the position with Microsoft that I've been talking about. I have an entirely separate post that I'm working on which goes into more detail as to exactly what happened as it's a story that needs to be told, however I'd like to get settled into my new role before I post it. Did he say new role? I think he did!...so what's this new role? After Microsoft and I decided to go our separate ways about a month ago, I was contacted about a position here in Charlotte for a company that (to be honest) I'd never heard of: Skanska USA , which is the American arm of Skanska AB which is based out of Sweden. They are the 3rd largest building company in the world, and are #433 on the Fortune World 500 this year. Their IT group also made the 2007 CIO 100 list , and they've been named to the Information Week 500 on a regular basis over the past few... Read More...
06 July 2007
Pownce: Quite A Disappointment (And Other Thoughts)
Pownce was recently launched (I'm here for anyone wanting to 'friend' me, though I don't see myself being too active in the near future, plus good luck getting the site to actually come up) as a so-called ' Twitter killer'...I'll sum the Pownce experience up in a nutshell: "If you thought Twitter was unreliable, you'll be pining for Twitter's level of uptime after just a couple of hours using Pownce™." For any readers who don't know what Twitter is, I'll give you a few minutes to Google it. Go ahead, take your time... My biggest beefs with Pownce at this point are: A complete lack of any type of public API (it may exist, but there is zero documentation on it). We might not even need that if... Pownce's native client was worth a damn. It is written on top of Adobe's new AIR platform , which is based almost entirely on web technologies (HTML, Javascript, Flash, etc) which DO NOT lend themselves well to the desktop experience. It... Read More...
01 July 2007
For All The Massive Attack Fans Out There
I'm sure there has to be a couple of Massive Attack fans who visit this site, and if you're not (or have never heard of them) it's never too late to give them a shot. They helped pioneer the trip hop movement which set the stage for many later bands to follow ( Portishead comes to mind, among many others). It's nice and dark, soothing, dubby , and just an all around bad ass style of music. A 5 hour mixed set of nonstop Massive Attack tunes has been making the playlist rounds over on the DI.fm Lounge channel for several months now; recently the author of the compilation has finally made it available for download: " This Is Massive Attack (mp3)" compiled by DJ Finny . Snag the download, queue it up in your media player of choice, and enjoy the nonstop sounds of Massive Attack. Read More...