Monday, March 31, 2008

Opening Day of baseball

Today is the third opening day of baseball. The first being between Oakland and Boston in Japan. I didn't really follow it. I wasn't at all interested in the game that was half way around the world.

Despite having had two games already played baseball decided to have only 1 game on Sunday again in order to give it prime time ESPN coverage on the 2nd opening day of baseball.

Then finally today the rest of the teams get to play baseball.

My Sox lost 9 to 7 but came back to make it at least interesting, as far as I could tell by tracking it online. I don't expect much this year. The AL Central is going to be very tough. I expect Detroit to win with Cleveland in a close second, pretty much like everyone else. Then I expect Minnesota to surprise everyone and come in 3rd while the Sox and Royals fight for the cellar. Although honestly, I expect the Royals to win that battle.

Without cable this year, I don't expect to follow baseball much more than checking the scores and seeing how bad it is. For me it's already wait til next year, or probably the year after that. C'mon 2010.

Overheard at the dining table...

Ady had food in her mouth yesterday and called her applesauce "asshole sauce". I almost peed my pants.

Tonight Erin was going through our 56 workbooks and saw a page and blurted out...

"Surely Ady did this cause it's wrong."

Not at all what she meant, but it gave us a lot of laughter.

What a crazy wind on the drive home

On my way home from work tonight the wind was insane. It was gusting up to 60 mph according to the newspaper. It blew over semis, pushed my car over almost a full lane, and scared the crap out of me.

After I got home Erin looked out the back window and said, "Our privacy fence blew over".

Jaden came sprinting over from the kitchen to look out the dinning room window then turned around with a very serious look on his face and said "Oh man!"

Priceless, for everything else, there's Master Card.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Listen to Bottle of Justus

By a fortuitous turn of events I happened to stumble into a local band with huge potential. Bottle of Justus has a great rock sound. I'm not into the music scene enough to know exactly what category they fall into, but they are a great middle of the road kind of sound that just about anyone can really love.

Amazingly they have been around for quite a while. I've listened to 3 of their albums already and they are great. Stop by their MySpace page and listen to their most recent songs. You'll probably love it.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Running again

I'm off an running again. Yesterday I was able to run my first mile this year. My legs are paying for it and I'm sore today, but whoa, it feels great!

Tonight however, was even better. My run tonight had to be one of the best feelings I've ever had running. All winter I've been listening to Ady tell me how she was going to run with me. Tonight when I got home from work, with the weather nice and dinner not yet ready, I asked her if she wanted to go for a run with me. Thankfully her Dora movie ended or she may have said no.

We got in our running clothes and our "the same shoes, they both tie", and headed out the door. Erin took a picture as we started our father daughter running tradition. We headed west and ran around the outside of 2 blocks to end up back home. Ady was awesome. I never once pushed her to run more or faster, she just ran, and every now and then she'd say, I'm fast like Dash and would burst ahead with more speed. It was awesome running and talking with her. She never stopped talking, even when her breathing started getting heavy, it was the running that took a break so she could keep talking. In just over 8 minutes we made it around the outside of our 2 blocks. According to it was half a mile.

It was an amazing run, and I look forward to many more father daughter runs.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Studying for a certification.

I've been working in Java now for a year. It's long enough that I plan on earning the certification SCJP (Sun Certified Java Programmer). Today I had a long conversation with some friends about certifications in general and our thoughts for why we want them. We all agree that certifications are about what we can already do. We earn them to prove that we are capable at our positions. It proves that we are ready to move on to the next level with what we are working on.

Me I plan to continue to improve my skills, keep learning to develop faster better higher quality applications, and to work towards an architect type of position. I love developing.

What is the next step for me? I love developing, but I also love leading. Is the next step for me a hybrid type of position where I both lead a team and develop? I don't know. I'm hoping by that time I'll know. But as of now, I want to do both. Since that's the case, all I can do is keep working towards both.

At least with my studying I've been able to fly through the book so far. In 2 weeks I've been able to read 1/3 of the 800 page book. But only because the book is telling me things that I already know and use on a daily basis, and not because I'm having to study it to learn new things.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Is Microsoft wrong for going after Yahoo?

I've been reading about Microsoft trying to buy Yahoo. But I've also read that they are not really interested in incorporating Yahoo's technologies. Basically it's almost 50 billion for potential advertising.

I think Microsoft would do better to just make better products. I don't think Yahoo's search engine is any better than Microsoft's, I think they both lag far behind Google with search engines. Microsoft has some great assets, they do some things really great. They have great office applications and really good Enterprise level backend systems. However, they lose out on a lot of the free or cheap market that other companies are using to take business away from them.

MySQL is stealing small business and even getting into medium and a few really large businesses. This is a huge hit against SQL Server. They counter by increasing the price in SQL Server. It drives people away from using their database system.

Office is great, but it's really expensive, especially when it comes to a medium sized business, or a business that's just getting started. OpenOffice and Google Docs both can do almost everything that office can do, and they are free. How does Microsoft counter? By raising their prices. Instead of offering an add based version of software that's free they raise the price and make it harder to get to.

I'm writing code in Java right now, but I've used Visual Basic 5, 6, and Visual Studio and Visual Studio 2005. I think that Microsoft's development tools are hands down better than Eclipse for Java, however, Eclipse is free, Visual Studio is more than a thousand dollars. I do like that they offer an express version, but they have an opportunity to offer more cheap tools.

Users want a cheap way into a company, they want good cheap or free tools. And when they get into harry situations they want someone they can call for support. Microsoft is going after Yahoo for customers and advertisers. If someone is using Yahoo now, it's because Yahoo offers something Microsoft doesn't, if Microsoft purchases Yahoo and doesn't keep doing what Yahoo is doing then they will lose those customers. Those customers have already decided, Microsoft isn't for them.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Book Review: Artemis Fowl The Eternity Code

Artemis Fowl The Eternity Code is another good book in the Artemis Fowl series. This time Artemis unwittingly points the most vicious man on the planet in the direction of the fairies. They must work with him to keep their world hidden.

Even as an adult I love reading the Artemis Fowl books. I love imaging being a genius child who has invented more advanced gadgets than all of the worlds companies combined, and yet he prefers to use his abilities for evil. With all the good that could be done with his ability and all the money he could make for his family honestly it's a bit of a shame that he does things for evil, but that appears to be changing. I look forward to the twists in the next several books.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Moment of Truth

I like this new show. The questions dig into people's lives. They talk to their friends and family to find really personal things to ask people. It's kind of funny watching the things that people have done knowing they were going to get away with, until this show comes along and makes them tell the truth not only in front of their family, but in front of the country.

The questions bring up another interesting topic. How honest are you in your life? Can you watch the show and answer the same questions honestly in front of your family? Think about these things while you watch the show. And remember that you may one day be asked these questions.

Watching it tonight the host summed up the show simply. "All you have to do here is be honest, it's a pretty easy game."