Best and Worst moments of 2004
Worst moments of 2004:
- The company my wife worked for was bought by other company. They took over the most important projects and clients and filed for bankruptcy for the company they just bought. The trials still going on.
- The company I work for was bought by another company. In a way it was sad but I hope it all turns out for the best. I came from Microsoft in 1996 when there was only 15 people working in the company. They stopped development projects due to some bad experiences with small clients just before I started so I ended up doing NT 4.0 migration projects and training. Little by little I got a chance to do some development again, mostly NT services in C++ for the migration projects. Over the years development grew from nothing to a corner stone of a company that passed 300+ employees.
- Went to the doctor in for a health checkup as I didn't feel too well. The result were bad. I had high blood pressure and the doctor said I had a 'strange sound' in my left lung. It scared the crap out of me, as it would of any ex smoker.
- Misunderstanding between myself, my wife and the baby sitter about who should pick up the oldest kid from school. Thanks to the teacher for staying 30 min extra!
Best moments of 2004:
- All OK on the health front. Blood pressure is normal, x-rays of lungs, heart and arteries are perfect and so are all blood tests!
- I posted a wish that The Religion War would be made available as an e-book. Scott Adams contacted me via the contact form to let me know the e-book was out. The mail is currently backed up on CD, HD and a SD card! (P.S. If someone faked his mails: please don't tell me :-)
- The Vodafonelive infrastructure has gone through a lot of changes in 2004. I ported the core from ASP to .NET 1.0 in January and since we have migrated to .NET 1.1 on Win2k3 with all core components in .NET 1.1 as well. I have learned a lot of stuff. Some have been shared already; .NET SQL client connection pool, Asynchronous vs synchronous XML 4.0 call, EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION in SQL Server 2000 (SP3) on multiple CPU system, Using the ASP.NET cache from anywhere and Selecting a random record from SQL Server. Others are on the way, including some undocumented COM+ features
- I can finally synchronize my work mail in Outlook 2k3 via https!