Running through Waterfalls.

The end of my first ever Scrum Sprint is impending. For the last three weeks (of a six week Sprint) I have been scrambling to get all the pieces of my part of the puzzle complete. Why is it a scramble instead of a nice run through the backlog? Because various pieces didn't come together well (i.e. the way I though they would) in the beginning.

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Obsolete skills

After having Outlook completely "forget" to update a couple of my feed subscriptions I decided it was time to go back to RSS Bandit. Once installed I found that RSS Bandit had added a few feeds that I had long discarded. Of course, Robert Scoble was one of the reentrants. On of the first blog entries I came across was titled "Obsolete skills".

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Thirtysomething.

On the day of the "great blog power outage", I entered my first year as a "thirtysomething". Jenny and I were off relaxing on the San Juan islands. It was a wonderful three day trip of doing basically nothing. It isn't very often that I have a time where the greatest goal for a day is reading a few more pages in a book of fiction. In this case, Pattern Recognition.

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We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming..

It hasn't been a great couple months for my uptime here. First, a couple years worth of logging data exhausted the SQL Server space allocated for my blog. The blog was still up but no new comments or posts were possible until I finally tracked down the issue. Second, mid-last week the datacenter hosting my blog went through a power upgrade. When the datacenter came back up, apparently the majority of the web servers didn't feel like talking to the rest of the world.

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