I just finished reading Crush It!by Gary Vaynerchuk. It was well worth the time reading. The reward leans more towards the inspirational side than the informational, but that is probably because I’ve spent way to much time reading about internet marketing already.
I guess it is a narrow path to walk. To cater to both those who don’t know about the power of Twitter, Facebook et al. and those that already know who @garyvee is.
I have been forced to learn what Scrum is due to two independent assignments.
So in the spirit of learning stuff by myself I just read Agile Software Development with Scrum and I’ve got Agile Project Management with Scrum in the pipe.
It struck me that Scrum is a little like it has turned out when I, and the good developers around me, have had some saying in the organization of software development.
I think that I’m not sold to anyone next week, so I will probably spend the week reading Developer’s guide to Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0My intent is to get through it all, including some coding to get to know the product.
I think WSS is a good base to start with when the client wants a web based internal solution. I’ve read somewhere that it works better for extranets now, so it might be a good starting point for those solutions also.
This week I had the opportunity to introduce a recently employed colleague. He came out of school when there were almost no programming work available. Being a smart guy he has nurtured his programing skills while doing other things to pay the bills.
I really like spreading the little knowledge I still have. It feels like I have forgotten a lot more than I remember. This week I worked on a couple of Visual Basic 6 applications.
Today I added the Linux radio show lugradio to my ever growing feed list in jsiPodFetch. Since I am very close to filling all available time now I think it will take quite long for me to catch up, but I’ll give it a try.
Today I added Rubiverse, a podcast about Ruby, to my jsiPodFetch feed list.
I’ve recently learned some Ruby and I like it a lot. I will definitively install IronRuby when it is properly released. Currently I’m using ‘real’ Ruby for my jsiPodFetch build scripts and for aggregating data from my weblogs. It feels a bit awkward to install something like Ruby just to do some scripting in Windows though, maybe I should look at Powershell instead.
My list of new shows in jsiPodFetch is getting very short. It will be empty before the weekend. So I need to find some new podcasts to subscribe to.
Currently I subscribe only to software related podcasts, but I might try to find something else now. I listen to podcasts mainly on my commute to/from work so it doesn’t really bother me that the current selection is a bit single minded.
I’m almost done reading The Long Tailby Chris Anderson. It is the kind of book where I feel I’ve thought of the basic ideas presented before. Not that I could have written it myself though. Far from. Chris describes the long tail as all the small niches that doesn’t get any shelf space at Best Buy, but are very lucrative when exposed on the web. This is because web sites like Goggle and iTunes helps bringing niche consumers and niche producers together.
I’m just about done reading Professional Team Foundation Serverand at the end I found this little gem:
This tip needs the Team Foundation Power Tool (tfpt.exe) to work.
When you are working offline you just clear the read-only attribute on the files you want to edit. Later, when you are online, you open the command line, navigate to your workspace and run:
Now the power tool will find all those writable files and create a change set from them.
Instead of reading to occupy the time when I do my commute I have started to listen to some podcasts. It took of last fall when I set out to listen to all the DotNetRocks episodes. When I had almost cached up I started looking for other podcasts worthy of my time and here is my current list:
Next Generation User Group(Feed)