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2013 Goals

Ok, so it has been a while. I’m working on my list of Goals for 2013. I don’t have a complete list but here’s some ideas I have been kicking around:

  • Learn a new programming language
  • Learn to play one song on guitar
  • Buy a mac of some sort
  • Reorganize my digital home media content system
  • Lose 30 lbs

I wanted to get this list out there. I’m sure it will change before the final product.


immersion theory

So it seems like whatever I read about/take in primarily is what I am interested in doing.  So the theory goes that if I immerse myself in something healthy like books and tweets and websites and what have you on exercise and healthy eating  then that’s what I will want to do.  I am finding twitter people, sites, blogs, books, music, tv shows, and whatever else on exercise and healthy lifestyle and I will see if I become healthy by proxy.  This is also the alleged garbage in garbage out theory at work.

Ray Lewis Inspirational Speech : Stanford Basketball @ NIT – YouTube

Ray Lewis Inspirational Speech : Stanford Basketball @ NIT – YouTube.

via Ray Lewis Inspirational Speech : Stanford Basketball @ NIT – YouTube.

weeks 2 and 3

Not much of the new stuff going on.  The project I am working on has some Visual Foxpro work to be done so that is what I was working on primarily.  My stuff seems to be working so that is good.  I did get some SQL Server 2008 time in.   Created a table with an xml data type and had to load some test data in it.  That was not as hard as I had anticipated.  Still need to get some more test data created but overall the project is moving along.

This week I will be getting back into some ASP.NET (3.5) work.  The challenge with this is I’m working in Visual Studio 2008 and 2010 for these projects so going back and forth is no fun.  I need to create a shelveset for my old work and then rebranch the production version of the site before I can begin making my changes.  Fun process, no?  TFS (team foundation server) is not quite as stable as I’d like so the key is making lots of backups.  Still getting used to working with a larger team and reporting my time and tracking my tasks which I had not had to do for like 8 years.  It’s coming along though.

Unable to load solution in VS2008

So I was having an issue with Visual Studio 2008 on a Windows 7 machine.  I was trying to load an solution and it just would not come up.  Thought it might have something to do with TFS so I disconnected and tried to load from my local copy.  No luck.  Searched on some of the message boards for the error I was getting in the event log – .NET Runtime version 2.0.50727.4952 – Fatal Execution Engine Error.  I was seeing that Resharper could be a problem so I disabled that and still no dice.  The solution came with deleting the temp files from the  C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\Temporary ASP.NET Files directory.  After that, the solution loaded just fine.

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Week 1

Well, the first week of 2011 didn’t bring a lot of new tech for me to be using at work. With the project I’m working on I’m using some Visual FoxPro and SQL Server backend and some XML thrown in as well. An easy way to start the new year, I suppose.  Should be getting into some Entity Framework for week 2 so I should have more to report then.

the year 2011

This year I want to try something new. I feel the need to return to blogging and the new part is to track what I am learning in my career each week. So I hope to have at least 52 posts in 2011 that detail the technologies or procedures that I am using and what I may have learned that week. I feel like 2010 was a great year of learning but it was like a shotgun approach so hopefully this will narrow the focus a bit. I look forward to learning more about WCF and entity framework to start the year off, for example. So the first step is done. Next up is a post within the first couple of days of the new year.