Experiences and Experiments in Programming

 Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Here we are, December 31, 2008.  Trying to get ready to start a new year, a new adventure, and what happens...technology bites us in the rear!  Or is it more?  Is there more going on here than meets the eye?

If you have a Zune 30Gb then you, no doubt, have felt the sting of Z2k8.  Truly, noone has been spared.  Apparently at 2AM CST this morning technology gremlins mounted a globally coordinated attack.  Zunes all over the globe reset, froze, and became little more than expensive paper weights.  Now many of you may snicker and say "yeah, all 15 of them", but being a victim of this dreaded assault, let me tell you it is very real and affects many people all over the world.

Many theories exist as to why something so devastating could have happened.  Everything from a secret plot by Microsoft to force V1 device owners to upgrade to a newer V2 device, to a software glitch that caused mass neural net failure when trying to decipher the 366th day of the year!  But I believe it is a sign.  A warning that we are becoming too reliant on small audio devices for pleasure.  What happened to the days of sitting around the radio as a family listening to episodes of The Shadow?

I tell you....this could be just the beginning of a global audio device epidemic!  Beware the oncoming silence!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 2:11:12 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)

Wow...I know I am not the best poster...ok, I am a horrible poster, but it has been a whirlwind while since my last post.  There has been so much I wanted to post about and have not had the time.  For those that might be reading this, and are interested, you might ask why.

For those of you that know me personally, you know that I have been the CISO at Softech Development for many years.  The CEO and I have been friends since we worked together in the mid 90s and had talked back then about starting a company and venturing out on our own.  It has been a great ride with lots of ups and downs, but overall rewarding, and at times, down right exciting!

As of December 12, I decided to get off the roller coaster and begin a new adventure.  I am now working for DAXKO, in Birmingham, AL.  I am the .NET Development Manager and have a great set of challenges ahead of me, challenges that I think will make for a wonderful adventure.

This move is bitter sweet!  I leave behind great friends and much blood, sweat, and tears.  Softech, and all of its employees, has been a second family to me.  A big part of my decision was to allow me to focus more on my family.  My beautiful wife and wonderful children (not that my wife is not wonderful :)) have often times been neglected and placed lower on the priority totem pole than they should be.

Of course this change has meant many other changes like transitioning email, new machine setups, etc.  So over the few weeks I have been trying to get these transitions completed (or at least far enough along to get by day to day).  I also decided to take a technology vacation over the Christmas holidays.  I didn't crack the laptop for over a week.  It actually felt good!!!  I would recommend it to anyone!

So I am now pretty much back to being "connected" everywhere and look forward to getting caught up on all the changes and updates that I have missed over the last month or so!  As we all start a new year, I also start a new chapter in the book of life.  I hope it is a good read!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 1:54:12 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Who Am I - Todd Miranda
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