Don’t Get a Job

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It’s been at least an year since I found Steve Pavlina’s excellent blog and read his post on why you should never get a job. I totally agreed with Steve’s assessment of how it was more risky to depend upon a certain person for your lively hood and quite a few other points that I could not do justice so if you want the rest then read his blog post.

Even though I agreed with Steve, I did not really think it was all the pertinent to me. After all I had already gotten a job so it was definitely too late for me not to get one. I’ve been working since I was fourteen and working on Hollace Carter’s farm in the afternoon. For the past eight years or so I’ve been employed in a state position and I’m safe, right? No wrong.

I’ve seen the current trend of outsourcing tech jobs to other countries, but this would never affect me because after all I work for the state and even bad employees get to keep their jobs in the state. I’m a good employee. I’m good at my job and I do everything that is asked. Well I’ve been living in a fantasy world, because I have not been safe either. This came home to me earlier this week when the Governor announced a new initiative to outsource all the tech positions within Georgia within ten months. This will mean approximately 1100 workers will lose their current position and either retire, move to the outsourcing company, or be eliminated. Guess what I’m one of those 1100. I could go into all the reasons why I think this would be a mistake, but to dispute the logic behind the move would be a futile exercise.

I’m not old enough to retire and I’m not crazy about working for an outsourcing company. If I move then I lose the retirement and seniority I have built up over the years. I have turned down many jobs over the years, just because I wanted to vest in the retirement plan. I turned down an interview one day before this announcement that could have meant a position with a hundred thousand yearly salary( I’m not making $100K currently), but I thought it may not be a good move. Hindsight would tell me that I probably should have taken the interview.

Steve Pavlina would say this is all a result of the manifestation of my desire to quit my day job. Thinking about it then Steve may be on to something. I do not really want to work for anyone any longer and I could view this announcement as a motivator to accomplish my goals. I have a few sites in my portfolio that have some potential for growth and higher earning power. I also have several domain names registered for ideas that I’ve never gotten off the ground. I can use the next ten months building up those sites to a point where they would allow me to support my family utilizing only the web. In my previous post I never posted a timeline, but I had a timeline of one year to realize my goals. Its Ironic that the Governor announced this would be in place by October of next year. If you read the date on my previous post then I made that post in November. Perhaps this is divine intervention setting the date for me.

 

What Happened to DynamicVb.Net

If you are a previous reader of DynamicVb.Net you may be wondering what is going on around here. Well here is the scoop. I started this website as a tutorial type site for the popular Asp.Net open source project DotNetNuke and rand it for a number of years offering tutorials and tips for that platform. At the time I was one of the first core team members for DNN and I spent a lot of my spare time working on the project.

Well as time went along I lost interest in volunteering all my time on the project, plus my day job changed from one of developer to a manager, so my interests changed. As a result when I did update DynamicVB.net it was to provide some information on technology and the posts moved further and further from being related to anything DotNetNuke.

Since I had basically turned the site into a technology blog, it just makes sense for me to utilize a real blog platform for this task. Which is the reason you now see this site using WordPress on Lamp, rather than Asp.Net on a Windows platform. I considered just selling the name ( I own all three of the main variants: DynamicVB.com, DynamicVB.Net, and DynamicVB.org), but I do like the name so  I’m not sure if I would want to do that.

I would just utilize DynamicVB.com for this endeavor, but since most of my web links and page rank are pointed towards DynamicVB.net then I decided to just keep  using it. I’ll probably build out the other two into something else. The .com variant would probably rank better in the SE’s, but then I would lose the PR on this domain. I’m not sure if Google will transfer PR if you do a 301 redirect or not, so that is something I will need to research.

As part of this move, I’ll be transferring some of the articles from the old DNN database here and hopefully I will have time in the next few weeks to make that happen. I’ll probably start to move this site away from DotNetNuke type information into other technology areas such as Silverlight. I still utilize DotNetNuke in quite a few sites I manage, but this will no longer be one of those sites.

I always have a decent amount of time off from the day job around Christmas so I’ll try to use some of that time for that task.

Anyway I’m not dead, just changing direction.

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Google Pages

I saw Google Pages a few days back so I decided to open an account and see what functionality was available in this Google endeavor. Well there is a waiting list, but I finally got approved today. The app is fairly easy to manage and they provide several built in templates to apply to your site. The app is full of Ajax type functionality and you can edit the majority of the content in place. I looked at this first thing this morning and I was able to make some changes, but something seems to be wrong with the application right now because I can’t save a page and it keeps throwing JavaScript errors at me. I’ll see if I can figure out what is wrong so I can post some pages and screen shots for you.

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