Dealing with People


Vancouver, You Have Been A Living Hell To Me

Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:04:50 am by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Fun, General, Household, a little about life

In October 2006, I moved to this country’s mediocre city of Vancouver, WA. To this day, I still tell people when asked how I like it – “It is a nice place to sleep”. Until this last October, I had a great 1.5 mile commute to work, so living there made some sense. I never really liked it though.

This past weekend, that all changed. I am now (half) living in Portland again. Thus far, it rocks. My commute this morning as a three mile bike ride down hill into the city. Not a bad way to start summer.

My goal for the weekend was to move my day-to-day things, making sure I could begin living at the new place by the end of the weekend. Strong friends were busy this weekend, so, at times, that seemed like a challenge. After seven car loads and no truck, we got it. I am now living at the new place minus my bed, couch, dining table, and desk.

Planning a move around a holiday is less than ideal. Tomorrow I leave for Wisconsin.


Where Have I Been All My Life

Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:33:14 am by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Fun, General, Health, Household, a little about life

There are a few events in life which stop you in your tracks. Literally. The Packers winning the Super Duper Bowl. Hearing one of your best friends is no longer around. Your big sissy calling saying she is engaged.

I had just a moment a couple weeks back. This time a song caused it. When it came on my Pandora station, I literally stopped working and could not focus again for about a half hour. Since this day, I have had the song on repeat.

The song: Where have I been all my Life from George Strait.

You can listen below:

God bless.


Hitting The Flavour Shot

Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:33:18 am by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Fun, General, Health, a little about life

I had a spiritual moment this morning. The Buddists call it Nirvana. Christians might call it this side of Heaven. What you ask? There is now a Flavour Spot at SW 3rd and Ash (red trailer).

If you are uneducated in this realm of spirituallity, they sell Dutch Tacos. Imagine all your breakfast rolled up in a waffle taco.

Today, I had the ham & cheese. Ham, cheese, and, well, waffle.

If that is not Heavenly, there is no hope for you.


Defining Enterprise Software

Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:16:05 pm by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, General, Payroll, Software, a little about life

For the last several days, I have been trying to find an explanation for what ‘enterprise’ software really is. I have not found one yet. This is troublesome for me since I consider myself an orchestrator of enterprise-level software. When there is no proper definition of what one does for a living, it can create some true value in life. No fun times.

Perusing the Internets, I found a couple opinions of its definition. Generally, they fall into one of two categories:

The former is basically saying enterprise software is just software. The latter is just annoying.

Unless you are lazy, you would probably not find these definitions representative of your career.

Without getting into too much flowery marketing mumbo jumbo, there needs to be another answer. Here is mine:

Software architected to support the breath and depth of its users needs while producing a minimalistic footprint on its own and neighboring systems. This system should not only be easily created but, more importantly, well maintained.

Well that is the definition I have come up with today. This might change over time but will a good start.

I am curious what you all think.


PJUG: WebSockets

Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:02:03 pm by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Fun, General, Software, a little about life

I just got out of a PJUG talking about WebSockets. I am now standing in the windy night waiting for the train and thought I would let you all know.

I have not found a good way to copy and paste on this phone, so you will need to do your own searching today.

WebSockets are a new-ish way for web clients and servers to communicate. This is bi-directional though. Unlike the typical AJAX (client to server) method used today.

PJUG was your typical nerd-alert affair but free pizza and knowledge of new techologies for people more smarter than I was worth it.

This phone warms the hands nicely!