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March 31, 2009  9:10 PM

Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Programmer

Posted by: SJC
Development, Ergonomics, Programming Career, work-life balance

Historically over the last 20 years I have spent the greatest part of my days in front of a computer and keyboard -- sitting.  Of course I was sitting, how else would I be able to type and produce the works for which I was being paid?  It's an occupational necessity to be able to sit!  Well,...

February 17, 2009  2:05 PM

The Wonders of the Technology

Posted by: SJC
Technology, work-life balance

When it all works -- it's great.  I can't help but continually be amazed at the changes I've seen in the technology over the span of time that I've been involved.  For me it all started in the U.S. Navy - communications.  I remember thinking during my Navy training how much there was to learn....

February 15, 2009  12:26 PM

Fighting Shutdown during Slowdown

Posted by: SJC
Application Value, Economic Slowdown, Independent software developer, work-life balance

Certainly these are trying economic times for us!  We're all seemingly "trying" to keep our heads above water economically, or at least minimize our losses.  We're "trying" to make sense of an economy gone into a spiral, and "trying" to maintain balance during all the turmoil.  These "trying"...

February 9, 2009  11:36 AM

The IT Worker Telecommuting

Posted by: SJC
Consulting, IT careers, IT Management, self employment, Telecommuting, work-life balance

Somehow or another in spite of my best efforts to escape computer-speak when I'm not actively at work :-) it seems that even my personal "life" is laced with computer and IT geeks.  Of course, as I've blogged about previously, I don't really try to separate my "life" into a "work-life" and...

December 31, 2008  10:45 AM

Goodbye to 2008

Posted by: SJC
Independent software developer, Single person business, work-life balance

I don't know about you, but this year has simply flown by for me!  It has been a year of challenges personally as well as professionally, I guess that means I'm "normal" after all :-) At the close of each year I truly like to take a look back at where I was at the start of the year, and where I...

December 15, 2008  11:44 AM

End of Year Squeeze

Posted by: SJC
IT Business, IT careers, work-life balance

I've never really established what phenomenon is at work come December but it seems that throughout my time as a software developer and IT manager, December has always been a particularly busy month.  This December has been no exception, although not all of the "busy-ness" has been due to...

November 30, 2008  8:46 PM

Weekends and the Independent Developer

Posted by: SJC
Independent software developer, work-life balance

There's an old saying that goes something like "There is no rest for the weary!" to which I have been known to rephrase to "There is no rest for the independent developer!".  The intro to my blog states "This blog deals with the questions and challenges of providing users with quality “custom”...

November 29, 2008  3:22 PM

Buried in Paper

Posted by: SJC
document management, IT Management, work-life balance

I seem to go through this on a regular basis -- feeling as though I am buried in paper.  Even though I am an independent software development consultant by trade, in trying to keep up with various requirements for accounting, tech articles which apply to my professional needs or personal items...

November 29, 2008  12:50 PM

Not Fun? Why Do IT?

Posted by: SJC
Independent software developer, IT careers, IT Management, work-life balance

While doing some cleanup yesterday I ran across my "spare" bumper sticker which I purchased at a Ben & Jerry's a few summers ago.  At the time I purchased 2 of the stickers because I loved the message so much - 1 for the car I was driving then, and 1 for my next car.  The time has come - next...

November 25, 2008  3:54 PM

Reflections from an IT Guy

Posted by: SJC
CIO, IT administration, IT Management, work-life balance

Somewhere around this time of year I always find myself reflecting upon where I am in forwarding my goals for the year, what I have accomplished professionally, and what I have accomplished personally.  I find myself also looking at the relationships built over the past year, and how I have or...

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