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My Career Bucket List

When I reflect back on 2013, I think “Lucky me”. A year that started off with uncertainty had turned into one filled with achieving some significant career milestones. These were goals I had set for myself as part of a bucket list years ago, and in 2013 I managed to cross a few off that list. Writing a Book My first book proposal was accepted by Apress. I was over the moon, but knew the hard work was just beginning. My friend/colleague, David Totzke, and I spent the next 7 months working evenings ......

Nokia Lumia 920–The Unlocking

When a really cool piece of technology becomes available on the market, and people get their hands on it for the first time, they may follow it up with an official “unboxing” blog or video post. However, for your sake and mine, I opted against providing such a video. Mainly because I behave like a little kid at Christmas when I get my hands on anything remotely cool. After all, when I finally got my hands on a Lumia 920, I was in the middle of the local area mall, and despite being in an open and ......

Top 10 Reasons Why I Like Dating A Programmer

I’ve dated men that fall into various categories, from musicians to jocks to the average “Joe”. But my current beau falls under a new category for me: the self-proclaimed geek. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to handle it at first… dealing with someone who is just like me. After all, I’ve been told that I can sometimes be demanding, maybe even a bit overbearing. Surprisingly enough, I’ve really come to enjoy spending time with someone I can relate to. Someone just like me. And so I decided to list out ......

The Importance of Training and Investing in Yourself

Yes, we all know that the IT field is ever-changing. Yes, we all know the importance of keeping up to date on emerging technologies. Yes, we all know that you may never have the opportunity to use a lot of those technologies in your day-to-day role. So here is where the great divide comes… Those that are believers that the responsibility lies with their employer to provide ongoing training, and those that inherently take on the responsibility for themselves. The difference between the two views is ......

The Benefits of Volunteering

I sent out an email newsletter to my local user group members recently to discuss the benefits of putting their IT skills to use. I felt it was important to reiterate that message here, just in case someone happens to actually read it and finds value in the message. So here’s the excerpt from that newsletter: The holiday season is approaching, which means it’s the season for giving! Why don’t you consider volunteering your time and your super mad .NET skills to a good cause? Visit getvolunteering.ca ......

The Sick Day

A friend of mine sent me an interesting blog post by Nadyne Richmond speaking about being female in the tech industry. The points in that post relate to being harassed when you put yourself in the spotlight in this industry. However, harrassment arises behind closed doors as well, right within a company. ***Side Note: I just want to make a quick point to say that not all companies are like this, but there have been a small handful that I have experienced negative behaviour within. In the same respect, ......

Because I Care To Share

I was supposed to be a lawyer. At least that's what my mom used to tell me. And here I am, many years later, a lowly software developer. How boring, right? For the past 15 years, my life has resembled a Dilbert comic. Every single day. Sometimes I was almost sure that Scott Adams was stalking me and that Dilbert was really me. After all, so many of those comics were bang on. Even my daily horoscopes weren't that accurate. However, I soon came to realize that working in the IT field, the same scenarios ......