Tuesday, January 8, 2008, 01:54 AM - Cool Things, Places and EventsToday was a good day as Amazon delivered my Blade Runner (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) [HD DVD] (2007) today as a late Christmas present. Blade Runner is my all time favorite movie and to be able to see the original North American release (yes I like the narration as it gives it an old Bogart feel) in HD using my Xbox 360 Elite and the HD player was simply WOW!! I own the VHS original, the DVD director's cut, but when I saw this, I had to get it as I've been waiting a long time for a DVD version of the original film and to get it now in HD is exactly what I would have asked for. I'll be watching it again tomorrow night, the only question is what version but I'm thinking the Workprint version, and then the next night the International version and so on. This is going to be a great week of movie watching.
If your a Blade Runner fan like me then perhaps next time your in Seattle you should check out the original Flying Spinner and other movie props at Experience Music Project / Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle. Experience music is simply amazing, but I was hugely surprised at how good the Science Fiction Museum was. Toss in the Museum of Flight and the Seattle Underground and Seattle becomes a very cool place to visit. So I will be going mid April for the MVP Summit Conference at Microsoft, but I'll be visiting some of my favorite museums again as well.
Friday, August 31, 2007, 06:07 PM - Cool Things, Places and EventsIf your like me you love being a software developer. I love to take ideas and create and ship software which brings those idea to life. Link Logger is just another piece of software that I've created over 17 years of being a coder. While I love being a coder, sometimes I'm not to keen on where I'm a coder and I think just about every developer has felt the same at least once in their career. Right now is maybe not the best time to be a coder as work loads, expectations etc are typically unrealistic and so while you love what you do, you might be feeling a little lost or overwhelmed with coding as a career. We have talked about this a number of times and now Microsoft Canada is doing something about it. Whats really cool about this is its not about Microsoft, its about YOU , so hustle over to:
and sign up for career enabling webcasts including:
Becoming a better developer
Sept 11, 2007
Itís a great time to be a developer in Canada. But with all the opportunities available to you, itís important to plan the path ahead. In this session, our panel of experts gives you an overview of the Canadian Developer landscape, shares their own experiences, highlights some of the many different paths you can take, and answers your questions about how to keep your career on track.
Building your skill set
Sept 18, 2007
Do you have the right technical experience? Do you know what Development skills are in demand? Do you know the best way to build your resume? In this session, our goal is to help you answer these questions. Youíll learn tips on how to improve your competencies and represent your experience and skills in a way that helps people perceive the true value you offer. You will also gain a better understanding of what organizations are really looking for in a DeveloperĎs skill set.
Discovering your trusted resources
Sept 25, 2007
Building a set of information sources and connecting to the development community at large are critical to a Developerís success. This session brings successful community, technology, and information leaders together to share their experiences in building this important set of skills. Our experts will help you learn how to identify credible sources and find the right tools, links and techniques to keep you up to date in a world of constant change.
Becoming your own boss
Oct 2, 2007
Itís becoming more common for a Developer to be identified as an Independent Developer Consultant or Contractor. Some have done this to grow their skills, others to have more control over their careers, and some are entrepreneurs who want to change the world with their vision. In this session, a panel of experts will help share their experiences as well as the joys and pains of being their own boss. Plus, the experts will answer some common questions you may have about making this shift in your career.
Creating your own startup business
Oct 9, 2007
Do you have a great idea that you believe will change the world? Wondering what it takes to start up a business? This session is hosted by a panel of Developers and IT professionals who have created their own startups and become successful entrepreneurs. Our experts will share personal startup insights and experiences, answer common questions and offer guidance for building the right startup path for you.
I'm very excited about this as its not everyday that someone comes along who wants to help you up the career ladder as a coder.
Sunday, March 11, 2007, 04:51 PM - Cool Things, Places and EventsBefore I start one of the things that I hate about blogging is its a lot of work. I had this written, went to upload an image and lost what I had written, thin client interfaces suck.
OK with that off my chest, look out Seattle I'm in town again attending the Microsoft MVP 2007 Summit. In case you don't know what a MPV is visit Microsoft MVP). Lots of fun, work, and meeting people rolled up into 4 days, and after which you feel exhausted.
OK so it is overcast and raining in Seattle, surprise surprise. The flight in was rough only during the take off and especially the landing as there was lots of turbulence. Otherwise I'm lucky have no problem sleeping when I fly, so it worked out to a nice hour long nap for me. The flight crew I'm sure wanted to kill me as they have had a very long day, as they started in Dallas this morning, flew to Seattle, then flew to Calgary and then back to Seattle so they are beat but were still very pleasant. I've never had a back experience flying with Alaska Airlines or Horizon.
One thing that struck me as funny was at Boeing field there was a F-18 parked beside a Cessna. I wish I could have gotten a picture of that but I forgot my camera and only have my phone camera and we all know those suck.
Much more to follow over the next 5 days.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 11:28 PM - Cool Things, Places and EventsWow I have to mention that CACE Technologies has got to have the fastest shipping on the planet. I ordered an AirPcap on Feb 15th, and on Feb 20th UPS delivered it to me. Now considering that that CACE Technologies is located in the US and I'm in Canada, I'd have to say that is the fastest than any package has reached me from the US, congrads CACE and UPS.
I'll blog about the AirPcap more later but thus far I can say its a cool tool!!
Tuesday, October 31, 2006, 01:38 AM - Cool Things, Places and EventsI am planning to be at the The 2007 Microsoft Launch Event in Calgary on December 12, 2006. If Vista isn't on your radar screen it should be, so start learning about it now.