Monday, November 19, 2007

About London and Copenhagen

I was saying in my previous posts that I will come back with details about Convergence 2007 at Copenhagen and about couple of days in London, but never took the time to write about it, and now things are not so fresh in my memory. What remained about Copenhagen: - Dynamics AX is a powerful business solutions suite; it's impressive the work it's done for developing the platform for building solutions, building solutions and making them work together; also migrating from a version to another it's a challenge - I got to see how the software should show you the perspective of your business (dashboards, KPI, action not only reaction) - Windows Server 2008 is overrated; I am annoyed that it's built on the same platform as Vista, has stuff fixed and no public SP released yet (file copying issues) - Copenhagen it's a great city to work in; clean, less traffic, bicycles, nice peoples, healthy way of life - it's an expensive city compared to Rome, Paris, Madrid, even London in some aspects - the underground it's great, you can have a front-window seat About London I classified London as a great place to work/have your office. It's not a city to spend your holidays and you should take a trip for 2 weeks once, and that's it... So: - great place to work - very nice parks - crowded underground at some hours of the day - weather is not friendly - the sky is amazing when it's clear, very nice blue - quite an expensive city It's a good idea to work in London during the week (and stay there) and live in France (where you spent your weekends); work week should have at most 4 days :). I hope I'll have the change to visit Switzerland soon...

5 reasons for delaying a blog post

I sometimes ignore the fact that blogging means communication. It's a way to expose your thoughts, things you've achieved - brag :), narrate or just post articles...  
Interact with your 2 visitors (one of them got there by mistake mistyping a keyword while searching on Google). On my business related blog that's in Romanian (this supposed to be a personal blog and I hope it makes sense at least in Engrish) I have about a dozen drafts, and for some of them I've spent like hours composing/processing images for tutorials, criticism, sharing visions about how things should be, complaining about stuff (time, software, weather, mood, whatever)... So, you take a break and start to write a blog post... Then you realize that is gonna take you a lot more than 11 minutes to write it so you postpone it... If you don't publish it on the same day, you ain't gonna publish it...  

1. Estimate too less time to write a blog post  

2. You get interrupted Interruption leads to postponing / saving as a draft which will seat there for a long time.. There are some periods of time when you are overwhelmed with your daily tasks, projects, work and so on, so you don't take 5 minutes off to say how you feel... Looking back at some of my blog posts I remember how things were than; so that blog post is like a window to past.  

3. Overwhelmed with things to do, ignore blog posting Have you ever taken a picture with your phone/camera and said: "This is for my blog..." and never actually publish it; things happened: you don't have an usb cable at-hand, transferred the pictures to another computer. Time passes and you never post that on your blog... If it's important to you, then do it asap. So 4 is:  

4. Delayed action I don't have anything interesting to say... Well, there are no bloggers that write 100% high quality articles... And second, who cares? Your public/audience? It's a blog and the expect from you to say things. So I would say that this is:  


5. Lack of interest There are many other reasons that can be similar to the ones above, but for me these are the main reasons for not writing a blog post. In the last 3 months I had a really hard time... Overwhelmed with work, got sick couple of times, had to go to Copenhagen for a week and delayed some projects, now I somehow back on a rescheduled plan... But I am tired and so I am not as productive as I can be and my moral isn't so great. It's a good thing I have found my limits, but not very happy about finding them in the way I did... So, this years goes towards and end and 2008 is coming up fast... Hopefully what I've achieved in the last months will count for a 2007 balance, for me and my company. Will get back on that later...