Category Archives: Life

Welcome Back

It’s been a loooong time since I have posted here. Well, time to change that. The experiment is over. Always been toying with other things. Twitter, Google+, Facebook, svbtle, medium, blogger, whatever. But I guess this is where I belong. Hell, I’m getting requests from this guy.

I focused on some other things.. stevenovoselac.com, which still is an experiment. Orignally it was a lifestream, on a few different services, then Posterous, which Twitter bought, so I moved it to WordPress, then Squarespace (which locks you in HARD btw) – and now decided to take some of the posts and move to svbtle. We will see what I do with it. Like I said, still an experiment.

In all reality I haven’t posted here since 11/2012.

What’s changed since then?

steve and olive

  • Life: Olive is almost a year old, our house is coming along
  • Work: I’ve promoted some awesome people and I have many less direct reports. I am getting into other technologies and projects.
  • Health: I started cycling. I’ve lost 65 lbs since 11/2012.
  • Tech: Chromebook? Macbook? Android? WP8? iOS development? Chromecast? Everything else? check. And more.
  • Music: Still rockin
  • Homebrewing: Yep, still doing that too. Need to do it more. I plan on it.

steve novoselac

I’ve cleaned up the theme a bit. Cleaned up some links etc. Still some categorization to here. Oh yeah, still have ads too. It pays for the hosting, and a beer every few months. :)

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Looking at my Google Analytics, I can tell you exactly when Google Reader shut down…

Not even sure if anyone still reads blogs… do they? I know I do. Feedly is my drug of choice for a reader.

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What do people want to read about? Let me know in the comments.. which I guess I might see one or two. Otherwise I will just make up stuff as I go, which is pretty much how I operate anyways.

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Oh yeah, I love that Mase song – listen to the YouTube, it’s awesome.

Reflecting on 1000 Posts

First, I want to give an update on what’s up recently. First off, work is busy as ever. SQL 2012 RTM’d, so that is cool on the Business Intelligence side, and on the Dev side, working on moving a desktop app to the cloud, Azure specifically. Many things going on, as well as keeping on the SharePoint and Yammer trains. Enterprise Social is just “starting” and there is much more happening. Windows 8 is still good. Some quirks but very good, excited for the RC and RTM versions.

It has been a while since I have posted, for good reason, but of course it usually boils down to “just time”. This is my 1000th post on this blog. Well, not really, I had some that I probably removed over the years. Back since 2004, I have moved this blog from blogger.com, to wordpress, to my own wordpress (on windows!) to different providers and hosters and what not. It has been a road. And more to come. I have a few drafts queued up, but was waiting to have something good for post 1000.

So what else? Other things are keeping me busy. Since last October, Homebrewing has become a big hobby of mine.

We have done 8 batches so far, and it keeps getting better and more fun. We are now past kits and we now are picking our ingredients, which is cool. The beer is good too :)

MADPASS (www.madpass.org) – I am on the board with MADPASS, we hit our 1 year mark in Feb, which was cool.

We keep doing cool new things, the speakers are good, and the “community” is growing. SQL Saturday 118 is coming up on April 21st as well in Madison (at MATC) – and I am helping out with that as well.

Besides that? Always the same old tech things I do every day. Finally consolidated my Google life to my Google Apps (more on that in a future post). No, no iPad 3/Next for me yet. Maybe though. Thinking about my next tech gadget. Chromebook? New TV? Not sure yet. Nothing really pressing there.

What else could there be? Well… a couple of things :)

I have been in the Madison area since November 2007. Been at Trek since Sept 2008. I have lived in Madison (apts), Sun Prairie (condo) and now in an apartment downtown Sun Prairie. It is a cool place. Nice view. Right in the thick of everything that goes on downtown (parades, festivals, etc). But.. the apt life wears on you. We have been “looking” for a house for a while now. Not ready to just go pick one out that is on the market, but wait for the right one. Right area, right price, right look, etc. Well, we found one. In less than 2 weeks, I will be moving to a house in Sun Prairie. It is about 6 blocks away from downtown, so within walking distance of everything (cough cough – Eddies), but yeah, nice little place. In a semi-secluded street. 3 bed, 1.5 Bath, Nice fenced in yard. Should be a nice house.

But wait, there’s more!

Now, I would say that I have everything I need to be happy, and that is true. But sometimes things happen and you get things in your life that will even make you *more* happy. Well, it is a good thing the new house is a 3 bedroom, because come fall there will be another baby Novoselac running around. Yes! We are expecting. Ella will be a big sister and of course our lives will change for the better once again. I am excited but will be even more excited around October!

So until then, and even after, we will keep watching the movie that we call life and having fun.

Ok. 1000 down. couple more thousand to go. Keep rockin’ everyone.

Cool Things I Have Been Doing On the Computer Lately

In the past couple of months, weeks, whatever (time flies) I have been doing some pretty cool things on the computer, in a wide range of areas. Just want to get them down on paper (you know what I mean)…

1. Yammer – working hard on growing Yammer community, external networks, just getting engagement and showing the benefits. It’s fun.

2. Kinect – did some Kinect hacking. On my own then with the group, got some cool stuff to show. It is crazy how easy it is to get something up and running with Kinect and the SDK. I see this stuff taking off in the coming months/years.

3. Azure – dorking around with Azure, looking at what it can and can’t do, what it could do well, how it would fit in with everything.

4. SQL 2012/Power View – been playing around with SQL 2012 since “Denali”, but now its got an official launch date (March 7th) and things are getting real. Power View demos online, trying to figure out how SQL 2012 is going to fit into our infrastructure and just learning as much as I can about it.

5. Ruby – been getting into Ruby and Ruby on Rails on my Mac, git, sqlite3, heroku, etc. Trying to learn more things that just the .NET ecosystem.

6. Ubuntu – same here, set up a VM, been trying to use it consistently, trying to get the other viewpoints from Windows and Mac and where things are at. Keep up with the joneses so to speak.

7. Android – I picked up a Samsung Galaxy (Verizon 4G) a few weeks ago and have been using it. I still love my iPhone, but getting more into Android. Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is a pretty good OS, there are still quirks, but its better. Verizon sucks around where I live btw.

8. Google+/Picasa Web Albums – been getting this into my photo workflow, for sharing and backup. Liking it so far.

9. SharePoint 2010/FAST – been researching and reading FAST server like crazy trying to see how it will fit in with a potential project. I think it could be amazing. more to come.

10. SMS – been playing around with different frameworks, and seeing how they compare, trying things out. Using Voice and SMS is all the rage these days. (Hall and Oates thing anyone?)

Bonus: Nothing with computers, but I have been really getting into brewing beer/homebrewing. I think we have made 5 batches now, and the ones I have tasted so far are really good. It is a fun hobby and breaks up the constant technology I am involved in. More to come here too.

And much much more. Time is limited, time to post is limited. Getting out there and doing cool things is fun, and sharing them is fun too. Gotta find the right balance. I hope everyone is having a cool 2012 so far.

2012

Not huge on “year end” or “goal” posts.. or is that goalposts? but last year I did a 2011 and Beyond post, so I figured I would do one this year. Of course it is 2 days late, as I was on the road and kind of disconnected from Dec 23rd until Jan 1st. But here goes.

First…How did I do from last year .. I did some of the things, tried to do some of the things, and failed at some of things, expected.

This year? Well..

  • Spend more time with Emily and Ella
  • Lose weight! Failed at this. I used Fitbit (that is another post) and I want to try to do 10k steps a day this year
  • Brew at least 1 batch of beer a month (And try a Secondary, and our own recipe)
  • Utilize social networks and sites more.
  • Learn to cook (tried last year but the class was cancelled?!?)
  • Complete a few awesome projects at work
  • Hit 1000 blog posts (should be easy, I’m at 991 right now)
  • Hit 3+ conferences and network like crazy
  • Keep adding value to MADPASS
  • Get home to Pierz and Chisholm 3+ times
  • Buy a house
  • Get rid of Windows in my house

And there is so much more. So much to do, it never ends. But we can try, and still have fun. To everyone, have a great year and do things you want to do and have fun doing it!

Thoughts

Try to do right thing.

Lead by example.

Show capabilities of what’s out there.

Get people to think different.

Be open and transparent.

Work as a team.

Help and discuss things like a family.

Always keep learning and changing.

Be the best.

Lose mediocrity.

See wide and deep.

Details are more important than major things.

Always be creating, coming up with ideas.

Always be trying to improve.

Have fun.

1st Quarter Goal Update – 2011

Holding myself accountable here..

where are we at from the Jan 1st goal list?

  • Blog More – have been trying to! Could do more here. (14 in March, 2 in Feb, 3 in Jan)
  • Complain Less – same here.
  • Lose Weight – down 10 lbs, was down 15, want to keep going.
  • Spend more Time with Ella and Emily – been trying to do this, need to do more
  • Learn to Cook (more) – signed up for a class through MATC was supposed to be in March, was cancelled, going to have to look into this one more..
  • Develop a cool application/site/thing and ship it – got a wp7, now just need to “build” something
  • Drink less coffee, and beer – failing at this one :)
  • Purge things I don’t use – spring cleaning is coming up, sold stuff on ebay too.
  • Organize things physical and digital – need help on this one, or time
  • Consolidate Services I use – working on it
  • Take more pictures – failing at this one
  • Ride my bike more, maybe start running again – did some running in Jan/Feb (lost weight remember) but have been slacking. Bike riding season is right around the corner.
  • Go camping often – camping season is coming up, hopefully will get out more.

Operating a Computer is like Operating a Car

Old people. Yeah, well, older than me. Not part of the “Nintendo” generation. Computers are “hard”. They didn’t grow up with them. They need to learn how to use them. Now don’t get me wrong, many people in that older generation are actually the pioneers of the computer age (Bill Gates? Steve Jobs?, etc), many are very good and know how to use. But I am talking about.. parents, your average joe’s, etc. They have no clue.

Analogy: Owning the computer, and operating is, is like owning and operating your car.

Giving a computer, especially a Windows machine, to a baby boomer and saying “have fun”, is tantamount to giving the keys for your car to a seven year old, and showing them how to shift and hit the gas. Yea, they will be able to drive it for a little bit, but they are going to crash.

And then you hear “well, I am only checking email and surfing the web”.. and I would say, ok, well just give your seven year old the car and have them drive around your yard. They are still going to crash, just into the tree in your yard instead of the ditch.

You just don’t jump into a car and know how to operate and drive it, you actually need to get training and get a license. Same thing should go for computers. Simple things like, “go to this address” or “run this program”, etc. Knowing how to type in a URL and hit should be like unlocking your car and buckling up. Just common knowledge. If it isn’t, you need training. One other problem? Most boomers that need the training (and probably “want” it) don’t really want to take the time to learn. They just want it to work. They want to get email, surf the web, do eBay, see pictures, and not worry. So, go to days of training, have family members or the geek squad fix your computer over and over and over.

Or just get an iPad.