through sewell's eyes

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Workspace 2.0

I upgraded my workspace at work yesterday. I got two 20"-wide monitors and running them in dual view mode. It is really great. I know, I know, people have been doing to quite a while. Well now, I'm finally one of them! And for those on 2+ monitors are not using UltraMon, then you aren't taking advantage of your setup.

It has taken a little bit of time to get use to, but I love it. It will make development a lot easier now that I don't have to Alt-Tab all the time. These are a couple of things I see that will be helpful right away.
Examples:
  • Reading the API guide on one monitor while having my IDE on the monitor.
  • Viewing the same website using IE and Firefox side by side.
  • Debugging windows on one side and the program on the other.
  • IDE on one, Outlook/Trillian on the other.
  • Pretend I'm at the beach.. =)


There are probably other ways that will help be in being efficient while working. Now, the question is if I should get another one? Hmmm....


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Friday, March 09, 2007

New Position

In Jan, I took a senior new position after finishing grad school. I have been quite busy at work. The company is planning on rolling out a couple new services and upgrade existing product lines in the coming months. Since most of it falls on me, I guess I have been focused on that making sure we are hitting our deadlines for beta testing to our customers and final releases. It has been rough couple of months and will be for foreseeable future. But I have found it enjoyable. Actually one of the major reasons (getting a grad degree was just the kicker to the whole thing) I left my previous company was that I was doing things that I found enjoyable like coding. I like building things and seeing them run. I get to do that in my new job. I get to define, refine and implement IT strategies and services for the company. It is a great job. Now only if I could figure out how to avoid doing the administrative tasks, then I would be all set. Hated doing that stuff at Sybase as well.. =)

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For the last couple of weeks, I have wanted to write another entry. I have been debating if that I want continue blogging. I find that blog is place for me to a place to vent, collect my thoughts and practice writing. However, sometimes I don't have the patience to sit down and write an article. It takes me quite some time to collect my thoughts and write them down in a organized manner. Probably will try to be regular. Maybe I'll take Fi-blogg-er. Bad joke..... =)

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