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[31 Jan 2008 | One Comment | ]

Addison Wesley is shipping me a free copy of "Understanding Windows Cardspace" by Vittorio, Garret and Caleb. What could be better than THAT???
Really looking forward to this one and hoping it will answer some of the more obscure questions I’ve encountered in my Cardspace Explorations.
In related news, my Cardspace STS and Managed Card Test Harness [LINK] is in the mix of RPs and IdPs currently being tested as part of the latest OSIS interop. Many thanks to Mike Jones [LINK] for including me on this. The list of …

Electronics, What I Read »

[29 Jan 2008 | No Comment | ]

Today I bought an Arduino [LINK]

 and "The Black Swan" [LINK]

I am wrapping up Eric Clapton’s Autobiography [LINK], an overall enlightening and good read.

I am now on the lookout for about 100 diffuse (not water clear) RGB LEDs and some 8bit shift register chips.
 
I guess you’d say my interests are fairly random.

Weird Wide World, What I Read »

[1 Feb 2007 | No Comment | ]

You could never say that I’m a HUGE fan of comic books. I definitely don’t hang out in the comic book stores or obsess about them in any way. There are some that I’ve collected over the years simply because the art or story is just so good as to transcend the comic-book genre.
Growing up in Ireland, my brother used to buy a little known comic book known as 2000AD. It sold for about 8 irish pence, well within reach of a schoolboy.  My brother was very protective of …

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[29 Jan 2007 | No Comment | ]

Last year I attended a training session on WCF given by world renown trainer Juval Lowy [LINK]. A really informative week as far as training sessions go.
Today I learned that my good friend Marc Mercuri’s book "Windows Communication Foundation Unleashed" has been released for pre-order [LINK]. Congratulations Marc!
This is one I’ve been looking forward to for some time as the WCF is so deep in terms of what you can do with it. Definitely an area where you need more than just the typical online references for learning. …

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[11 Jan 2007 | No Comment | ]

"The thorniest scientific problem of the eighteenth century was how to determine longitude. Many thousands of lives had been lost at sea over the centuries due to the inability to determine an east-west position. This is the engrossing story of the clockmaker, John "Longitude" Harrison, who solved the problem that Newton and Galileo had failed to conquer, yet claimed only half the promised rich reward."

I’m currently reading this book by Dava Sobel about Longitude (you know those lines that run around the earth from north to south).
Back in the …

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[27 Nov 2006 | No Comment | ]

Whilst stuck in LAX yesterday I picked up a copy of Richard Feynman’s final book: "What Do You Care What Other People Think?".
I bought this copy for retail of $13.95 but Amazon has it for $11.16. Of course I knew this by checking the price on my BlackBerry using Baebo’s Amazon search interface [LINK]. (which you can learn how to build in my upcoming book [LINK].
It’s such an easy read. I went through the first 100 pages like butter. Feynman and I would share the same line of thinking …

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[30 Aug 2005 | No Comment | ]

Three magazines I’m currently receiving for free (and reading):
http://consultingmagazine.com/ – not a bad read but mostly brochure-ware. Covers the IT consulting industry and frequently mentions my old employer (Sapient) along with the usual suspects Bain and Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, Boston Consulting Group, DiamondCluster International, Kurt Salmon Associates, McKinsey and Company and Mercer Management Consulting. I mostly read this for the surveys (salary) and industry trends(e.g. offshoring) but not terribly useful and I wouldn’t pay for it.
Software Developement Magazine. This one is exactly what it says. I’d pay …

What I Read, What I Watch »

[25 Jul 2005 | No Comment | ]

A quick bloggy blog: I’m currently reading “Be Dangerous on Rock Guitar”. Not a bad book, considering I’ve never had any lessons this is the sort of thing that gives me just enough theory without turning me off entirely.
Folks laud over The Guitar Grimoire series and they are an excellent and complete resource but for my purposes they’re just too much.
The latest DVDs I’ve watched are The Godfather II which in my opinion is better than the first one. It also features Joe Spinell as Willy Cicci. You’d never …

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[14 Feb 2005 | One Comment | ]

Last night the Grammys awarded a lifetime achievement award to Led Zeppelin. Kathy Griffin(?) floundered in her interview of John Paul Jones on the red carpet. I was slightly embarrassed for her as she clearly had no inkling as to who she was talking to. She quickly moved on to interview the lesser band: “Blind Boys from Alabama”(?).
The actual presentation of the award took a total of 30secs during which none of the band actually made it on stage. It was a real joke to think more time was …

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[9 Jan 2005 | One Comment | ]

I’m currently reading this “Think and Grow Rich” book by Napolean Hill. It was written way back in the early 1900s by Napolean Hill who has since been credited with being the founder of the study of success.
The book is small, relatively short and not that bad a read. Some of the language is a little “dated” but that’s ok. Overall it’s a good read, covering mostly power of positive thinking type topics and outlining different ways to conduct introspection and self discovery. This book is also one of …