Kevin Rose is the man!

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What a fantastic resource:

I’ve been watching Foundation lately and it’s got me fired up about entrepreneurship.  I find myself watching these videos and thinking about what I’ve done thus far with my career.  I feel like I have the skills and the big picture product vision necessary for being just as successful as some of these great people.  I’ve just never stepped up to those opportunities.

I’ll be changing that over the next 18 months….

Holy Crap, my website was just featured on!!!!

This picture shows  a screenshot of my Google Reader account when I saw this posting.

I’ve had a crazy week.  About a week ago I got sick and because of that I got behind at work… I got even more behind at work afterThis picture shows a screenshot of the lifehacker article pointing to my website attending training for the last three days.  Because of this I’ve been spending all my free time catching up on work stuff instead of doing fun or relaxing things… like catching up on Google Reader.  Finally tonight I had a chance to catch up on my reading a bit and as I was scrolling through my RSS Feed Reader I came across a picture that looked really familiar!  As it turns out the picture was of a template that I feature on my landlord website!  When I clicked on the article it opened up and sure enough Lifehacker featured an article on a topic I cover on the landlord site and a template I have posted out there for free for folks to use.  They pointed everyone to my site.  Here’s a view of the impact it had on my site:

This image shows a trend chart of Google Analytics Impact From 1 article on lifehacker pointing to
In a single day I received the same number of hits I do in a month!


Virtual Machines

So i’m trying to get back into development of Microsoft solutions and sharpen my skills a bit.  Per my earlier post I’m looking to get back into Visual Studio Development.  I’ve got VMWare Fusion installed on my iMac and I’ve got a volume license MSDN subscription.  I don’t really want to spend the time to build my virtual machine.  I’m trying to figure out if I can purchase a pre-built virtual machine with Windows 7, Visual Studio and I provide my license codes for the software (so I use my license for Windows 7 and Visual Studio for instance).  This would be a great bootstrap for me and save me lots of time installing the software.  Anyone have any ideas of where I could download pre-configured virtual machines?

Thanks for any advice!


Getting back into coding….

sql azure logo

So I’ve been reading a lot on happiness lately and I seem to see signs everywhere pointing me towards doing something more motivating, more enjoyable, something that makes the day go by a lot faster.  One of the things I used to do all the time and thought I was really good at was problem solving using MIcrosoft SQL – writing code.  The days would fly by and I was super energized.  I don’t feel that way anymore and it’s sad.  I want to get back into it.  Life is too short to be spending time doing something you don’t enjoy.

So, too my point.  I’m thinking about spinning up on Microsoft SQL Azure.  Re-learning my old skill with a new twist (Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing offering).  So over the next few week’s I’ll be putting together a plan to sharpen my skills a bit and get back in the technical groove as time permits.  At least that’s the plan for now.  🙂

Sand Volley – Week 3

Photo of a volleyball net.
Photo courtesy of Jessica.Diamond

We suffered a loss tonight… we played the best team we’ve faced yet and it was a really close one.

  • Game one: We came back from being down 2-11 and managed to win 19 to 21.
  • Game two:We were up 11-2 and let that game slide 18 – 21
  • Game three: We lost by a landslide after we switched up the rotation.

There were some epic digs in the match tonight and some fantastic hustle by all of the popsicles.  Nice job gang we’ll get em next time!