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Portfolio Viewer on Computer World

Created: September 13, 2008 / Updated: September 13, 2008

There is a great article on Computerworld and PC World called "Running on AIR: Great office apps you can get now" and lists out several great AIR applications.  You can find the article on Computerworld here and on PC World here (same article, but there are screenshots of the apps on the Computerworld article).

One reason that I like this article is because it lists my own Portfolio Viewer application as one of the "great" AIR apps.  I have to say I agree completely with the author here.  The author mentions that I am working on some new features for Portfolio Viewer and that a new release is going to come out in the next couple of months.  If you haven't tried the application yet, go to http://mentalecho.com/portViewer and give it a shot.  If you have tried it and have any feature requests, let me know what they are and I will try to get them in to the next release.  You can contact me throught he contact link at the top of this page or through the feedback feature in the Portfolio Viewer application.

Other than mentioning my application, there were several other intriguing applications mentioned.  One of them, MiniTask, I started using as soon as I read about it and am very impressed.  It is just a simple task list application but it does its job pretty well and look good too.  Another one I look forward to trying out is Klok which is used to help track time for freelancers.

Take a look at the article try out some of the AIR applications, especially Portfolio Viewer.

Tags: PortfolioViewer, AdobeAIR
Categories: General, Technology


Onwards and Upwards

Created: June 13, 2008

Today was my last day of work at my current employer. I have been there for almost three years and it was pretty hard to leave. I am really excited about my new job, which I start on Monday, and look forward to the new opportunities I will hopefully encounter.

In a way, I kind of feel like I am letting people down by leaving, but it was definitely time for me to on. The people at my current employer are great. I am going to miss the entire development team, from the more seasoned developers that I have worked with from day 1, to the newer guys that I like to think I was able to mentor a little bit. I think we all learned a lot from each other, and I hope to one day work with them again.

Around the time I started looking for a new job, I picked up The Dip by Seth Godin. I am a little torn over how I feel about this book. On one hand, there are a lot of good points about making decisions about when to quit something and when to stick it out. But on the other hand, I kind of feel like it is irresponsible. Don't get me wrong, Godin constantly provides a disclaimer that you should only quit for a good reason, but I can see how this book could possibly push someone over the edge prematurely. In my experience, people tend to extract only the information they want to hear from a book/speach/article/etc. I can easily see how someone could gloss over Godin's counterpoints and just hear "Quit Now, Quit Now, Quit Now."

I personally don't think quitting should ever be an easy decision. When I look back at what I gained from my current employer, I realize that I wouldn't be anywhere close to where I am today if I hadn't worked there. The stack of technologies that I consider myself fairly proficient with has doubled or tripled in size from my first job to this last job. Even more importantly than that, I think I have matured a lot with my soft skills and a lot of that has to do with the quality of the team I worked with. Looking back at all of that, plus the relationships I made over the last couple of years, and it is no wonder that it was so hard to leave and say goodbye today.

In the interest of wrapping this up in a logical conclusion, I think if you decide to read The Dip, make sure you read all the words, and make sure you think long and hard about whatever decision you make. I am excited for the future and a little melancholy about what I am leaving behind. I am actually really glad I feel this way. It means that the last 3 years meant something to me. And that is pretty important

Tags: Books
Categories: Books, General


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