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29Dec/06Off

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Charles Chen

Yeah, it's been a looooong time.

First of all, happy holidays to anyone reading this (hi Mom!).

Second, I know, no one likes to read excuses on blogs :P but I swear, I've been super busy and that fractured finger made extracurricular typing difficult.

One of the more exciting things that happened this week is that we switched the whole family to Sprint.  It's one of those weird things...no one I know aside from my boss has Sprint.  No one my sister knows has Sprint.  So it was kind of scary to switch; when you think about it, it's really a huge commitment!  But the allure of Sprint is in their rock bottom prices compared to the other major carriers and also the $15 for unlimited data access (I didn't believe my boss when he mentioned this, but it's true!).

Yeah, it's been a pretty freakin' long time since I've switched carriers, but for the price I was paying, Cingular just wasn't cutting it with the services provided.  For less than what we were paying for three phones (well, we did have 900 more minutes), we now have four phones with unlimited data access on two phones.

So yeah, speaking of phones, I think we may have gone overboard in that regards.  We ended up getting two Treos, one 700p and one 700wx (taking advantage of the 30 day exchange period so that we could figure out which one is better). I've read that the wx has some issues, but so far so good.  While I'm happy with the features I'm getting for my price, one thing that has me second guessing is that there seem to be pockets of my house where I'm roaming (as weird as that sounds).  Well, we'll see how it goes, but I'm loving the download speeds on the Sprint Vision network.

I've also been trying to get back to the gym...man holidays.  I always end up gaining like 6-7 pounds.  This year, it was compounded by my still healing fractured finger.  One good resource I came across is the Mayo Clinic's guide to core exercises.  I'm going to put some of these to good use.

On the professional front, I've been doing a lot of work with WF, WSS3, and Office 2007.  I wrote a great review on Amazon for Essential Windows Workflow Foundation by Dharma Shukla and Bob Schmidt, but it seems like it never made it to the product page :-(  It's a 4-star book for those that want to understand what's under the hood and the internals of WF (from a high level).  It's not a good "cook-book" type of book and it doesn't have lots of pictures, but I think it has some great info.

Well, that about wraps this up.  Happy New Year folks!

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