Open plan offices are a BAD idea

I am about to start a job that has an open office plan and I am really dreading this part of the job.

Why do you say? 3 reasons:

  1. I have been spoiled by having a private office in my last job. It was one of the best experiences working that I have ever had. I was devastated when I was laid off for many reasons, and losing a private office was one of them.
  2. I have an issue when other people crunch around me. I am in a semi-open office right now and when my co-workers crunch, I have to put on some headphones, and usually, I don’t have anything playing, I just use them to cancel the crunching sound.
  3. I have recently seen articles that prove that this is a bad idea.

Here are a couple of recent articles to prove my last point. If you have something that will calm my nerves about the open office, comment below.

Hire Remotely

As I wrote in my post Working From Home, I loved working remotely and I wish more companies would hire remote workers.  I felt I was much more productive, I felt I was healthier and I just read an article from one of my favorite programmers called “Hire Remotely“.

If you have a company, please read these articles and hire a remote worker.  You can use technology like Skype or Google Hangouts, or HipChat to overcome communication barriers that might exist with remote workers.

Ability to Sync is a great reason to use Lastpass to save your passwords

I am a user of Lastpass and I am working with a large multi national company on a contract.   They had a new employee start and they were trying to use KeePass, which I hear is a great password manager, but he couldn’t access his passwords because it is trying to use a port that is blocked by the corporate network.

So, Lastpass seems to only use https (Port 443), and all the data (passwords) is also encrypted locally before it is sent to the web site.

So, that means that i can get to my passwords from any corporate network I have ever used, and Lastpass has an app so I can get to all my passsword information from my phone, or iPad as well.   I don’t have an android phone, but I know they have apps for that as well.

If you want to sign up for Lastpass, please use this link and you will get a free month when you sign up for the premium services. 

Ninject – Dependency Injection

I wanted to learn about Inversion of Control and Dependency Injection.  I found a few good videos on YouTube and a nice tutorial on a blog.  The Blog Post was in two parts:

Part 1:
Part 2:

Here are the links to the YouTube videos that I found that were helpful:

Tekpub Concepts: Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control
Setup Ninject for ASP.NET MVC – .NET In 60 Seconds  – This is a good example of how you would use it when doing MVC programming.

I was so excited after this, that I found some old code and used Ninject on it.  I had to re-factor the  code and extract some  interfaces, then I set up a simple bind statement and everything just worked!  VERY COOL!

Have fun and I hope these links will help you learn Ninject dependency injection.

Lyndsey and Cale’s Wedding

Well, my daughter got married in November and here are some links to  some of the fantastic pictures that Jessica Nadine Photography did .

A few of the engagement photos.

Some from the wedding.


Today is 12/12/12.  The last of a series of cool dates this year.  If you are close to me, you might know that I like these kinds of numbers for some very odd reason.  It probably has something to do with me being a computer programmer.

Have a great rest of your day.  What are you going to do with it?



Hello, if you have come here, you are probably wondering what this site is all about.  Well, I don’t do much here, except to use this  for our email.    Hopefully soon, I will start blogging about my photography hobby or to promote some software that I have in my mind to create.