On unpaid overtime …

From TheCodist.com …. Why I Don’t Do Unpaid Overtime and Neither Should You From the article … “In many countries working overtime is unusual and unpaid overtime is rare or may even be illegal. People value having a life outside of work and the thought of slaving away for...

Surviving the Job Interview: Asking the Right Questions

“Do you have any questions for us?” For some people, that’s the most challenging question in a job interview. They’ll spend time preparing a resume and anticipating the interviewer’s questions but thinking of questions to ask in return gets the least attention. Some people don’t even see the point...

Should I become a computer programmer?

So, I was glancing at Reddit first thing this morning and saw the following question ... I'm exploring the possibility of being a programmer, wondering what there is to it, and why you enjoy your job. A very articulate high-school student was thinking about career choices and wanted to know what...

On software design …

In my upcoming book, Your First Guide to Database Design, my goal is to provide a clear guide for users at all  levels of experience on how to organize their data into an efficient database, regardless of whether they’re using a desktop database like Microsoft Access or a network software...

Data Analysis with Microsoft Access

Tackling the Data One of the strengths of Microsoft Access is its ability to import and link to data from different sources.  With Access you can also query and report on the data in ways that a spreadsheet program like Excel doesn’t readily provide.  This can come in handy...

Focus …

Browsing the bookstore today, I came across an interesting selection called “The Startup Playbook” by David Kidder and Reid Hoffman. It’s a collection of success stories from prominent startups today including AOL, Flickr and LinkedIn. Reading the Kindle sample later (I use the physical bookstore just to see what’s...

Listening to MP3s on my TracFone … and a warning.

I remember my first MP3 player back in 2004. I don’t remember the brand but it was an off-brand made in Japan with an liquid crystal display, a manual that had been badly translated into English and a high price tag that did as much as the rest of...

Back to basics … my first TracFone

A couple of years ago, I was dazzled by the new HTC EVO 4G smartphone that a supervisor had gotten himself.  I was about ready to change out phones, anyway and when I saw all the things the Android phone could do that my old phone couldn’t, I was...

Using Typed Datasets in Visual Studio

If you’ve worked with Visual Studio or .NET for long, you’re probably familiar with the System.Data.DataSet class which enables you to create a collection of data in memory, often retrieved from an SQL database. Within a dataset object, you can have a series of related DataTables that categorize the data....