I've spent the last three days filling in my performance management review form. Not sure I'll ever get the hang of all the corporate jargon.
I wrote 1507 words in total, which is probably a little overkill but self-analysis is what I'm good at it. It is kind of ironic that I gave myself a low rating on communication but spent 429 words explaining why I thought that I'd done badly communicating ideas this year.
So much going on means I'm having to juggle several things at once and it is a difficult job to keep all the balls in the air,
I have my end of year accounts to sort
One final piece of software to install for a client before I close my company
My full-time job to do (which adds several extra balls of its own to the juggling act)
The WDevs server to sort as bits keep falling over
Get up-to-date with all the latest web-tech for my full-time job
Get to grips with VS2005
Hopefully by the end of Easter, I'll have myself back on an even keel and get myself back on-course and start moving forward again
I've made the decision to give up working for myself. I started thinking about it about a year ago, but thought I'd give it one more year.
Well the main one being it is getting harder for a single developer company to compete with bigger developers and that old bug-bear of Indian outsourcing has cost me work too. (Not that I mind the competition, but even I can't get my costs down enough to compete)
Secondly, I never enjoyed the sales and marketing side. I'm just too much of a geek to really do well at that.
Thirdly, I want a change of focus. I want to be more involved in managing multi-peerson projects, architecting larger solutions. I want to find somewhere I can get experience of the above. To see if my own experiences and skills will scale well in a more enterprise environment.
Finally, I've really enjoyed the past few months, working along side other IT people daily. I've said before how much I missed being part of a team. Having the shared experience of working together to develop solutions.
It'll probably take me a while to find just the right position to suit my new career path but I'm looking forward to the new challenges.
Since my graphics card died in my main desktop PC, I've been toying with the idea of buying myself a brand new PC.
I fancy the Dell XPS 600[^] as I want a state-of-the-art machine.
I originally intended to wait until Vista was released, then I could have been sure that the machine was able to cope with the new OS. It's been 4 years since I last bought a new desktop PC and it is awfully tempting to buy one now.
I think I'll sleep on it though... for a couple of nights. I want to avoid buying a new PC just for the coolness factor.
Some pretty nice stuff there, the books list with Amazon integration is very cool. My own MSN space has laid dormant for a while now. It was originally created to keep people in my MSN contact list up-to-date with cool bits of news and technology or my own personal thoughts on subjects. Most of the contacts (not being blog people) never read it, so I lost interest.
The feature list and general coolness of MSN Spaces has certainly given me food for thought about the direction of WDevs.
* Finish the WDevs open-source hosting code and get it tested
* Refresh the WDevs look and feel
* Find a web-designer who can build CSS for use with ASP.NET applications at a reasonable cost
* Rebuild the littlecatdevelopment.com site to match the new focus of the company
* Work on the Lx Framework
* Learn about Analysis Services and Cubes
* Look at replacing the current WDevs blogging engine
* Open source the Littlecat TAPI libraries
* Build the SQL / Web / Desktop app documenter tool
That should keep me busy this year in the few non-working moments.
My littlecatdevelopment domain has been down for the last 36 hours... but it is back now and the email has started flowing in.
206 of the messages were spam to the email address I used in the Industry contacts here at CP. I've known for a while this address had be farmed from the CP page, but just let the spam get filtered into the junk-mail folder of Outlook.
Most of the emails are complete garbage, unreadable rubbish. 206 in 36 hours is a little excessive though, so I guess it is time to expire the email address. I didn't use it for a lot anyway, I just need to change my website's backend to use a different address in the email script.
All the presents are bought and wrapped. The tree is up... even if it only has the lights on at the moment. I wasn't in the mood for adding the other decorations.
I've got a busy week ahead. Lots of work to be done before I take a Christmas break. My contract has been extended till the end of Jan now. (Or at least that was what I was told in a drunken conversation last Thursday night)
I'm looking forward to having a break from going out to work. I've got some ideas I want to add to my LxFramework (workflow/state machine driven input forms). Plus I've got a lot of WDevs coding to catch up on.