Yesterday was my last day of work with CWIE. It felt a little unreal as I said my goodbyes. I only worked for CWIE for the past 20 months. However, it seemed more like 20 years. I sincerely appreciated the job. It was the only thing I could find in the first quarter of 2002. The development job market in Phoenix is dead. Seems like all the work is being outsourced to cheap labor in India. There have been many articles in various IT periodicals discussing this development. Each advises that developers now need to become business savvy. Seems like now we need to work with the business to design applications for others to develop. We will be the integrators. To this end, next Monday I start my new job with Allied Waste. The new position is titled Web Systems Analyst.
I purchased an Apple wireless mouse today. It’s a Bluetooth device. I found that like all Apple products it just works. I literally took just a few seconds to open the box, insert the batteries, link to my iBook and start using it. I have a D-Link Bluetooth key stuck in the USB port on my iBook. Now the ports are on the left side of the iBook and being right handed the mouse is used on the right side. No problem… The mouse works just as if there was a wire connecting it with my iBook. I am impressed. I have the Microsoft Bluetooth mouse and keyboard for my PC. It’s great when connected. Have had to uninstall and reinstall its software several times. Seems that sometimes when it loses connection it won’t reconnect. Also noticed that when not in use for a few seconds, it seems to go to sleep. Then when you start typing or move the mouse nothing happens. Once it wakes up, all your moves are executed. So far I have not experience this with the Apple mouse. I plan on giving it a few days. If no problems then I will invest in the keyboard.
I couldn’t stand it another day. Just had to have a Mac. I tried to live with an HP laptop. For a PC it’s a pretty good laptop. But, like all PC’s nothing every works right. You have to fiddle with the system every time you want to do something. With the Mac, things just work. You can concentrate on the task at hand instead of fiddling with the system. Guess I am not a fiddler.
My new Mac is a 12” G4 iBook. There is just something about this form factor that I really like. The system is full featured, yet small enough to take anywhere. The battery life is great. With the HP I got a full 30 to 45 minutes. While on the iBook its 4 to 5 hours. This iBook sports a new keyboard, 802.11g wireless card, slot loading CD-R/W DVD-R, and two USB 2 slots. When I installed additional memory and wireless card, I noticed that the Internals seemed to have changed. The chaise seems much more rigid and substantial. This is really a great system.
I still maintain a PC. I replaced the HP laptop with a Compaq Presario desktop. Since I primarily code in a Microsoft environment, C# and ASP.NET, this box supports my work needs at home.