Tuesday, May 17, 2005

New Job!

In an earlier post, I mentioned a change that was coming up. Well, the cat is out of the bag -- I'm changing jobs. This is the first move I've made since graduating from college, so it's been quite a big deal. I'm going to be working for WebMD in down-town Portland. Much closer to my home than my old job out in Beaverton.

Additionally, it's going to be almost entirely ASP.NET development, as opposed to the MFC/COM/VB6 client application stuff I've been doing for the past few years. It will also be an opportunity to grow in my database knowledge, since previously I've had only limited exposure to a full database system like SQL Server.

Anyway, not sure exactly what it'll be like or where it'll lead, but it should provide some interesting material to write about. I'm planning to jot down my experiences making the transition from desktop to web, with an emphasis on interesting tidbits I learn along the way.

Friday, May 13, 2005

ClearType

Running on Windows XP? Have you turned on ClearType? Don't know what that is... well, it's an amazing feature that smooths out that appearance of text on the screen. I heard about it via Channel9, and decided to give it a shot. I've recently gotten glasses, and so have been much more acutely aware of what I'm seeing and the strain computer monitors put on your eyes.

At first it looked weird -- the fonts just didn't look right to me. I thought, "I'm never going to get used to this," but I decided to stick it out. It was a good choice. After about half an hour, I didn't even notice anymore.

The real turning point came a couple weeks later when I recommended turning ClearType on to my dad. While I was at the page, I decided to toggle it off and see the difference. Night and day. At this point I'm sold.

Anyway, the link: http://www.microsoft.com/typography/ClearType/tuner/Step1.aspx

It'll prompt to install an ActiveX control... your eyes will thank you if you do!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Tools I can't live without

In preparation for moving machines (more on that later) here's a list of the tools that I'm going to setup before I can really get any work done.

Other useful bits

Pretty sweet how I'll only have to pay for one of them (Beyond Compare... and I'm happy to pay it, I love that app!)