August first is my anniversary as a full-time employee with IBM. I started straight out of university in 1989 and also worked 4 months as a co-op student in 1988.
Time flies! And what an adventure it has been. I’ve changed jobs several times, worked for many managers, and met many extremely intelligent people both in and outside of IBM. I must say it has been an awesome career in many ways. I still feel “fresh” and hope that I have many more years as an IBM employee!
In addition to this milestone of 24 years with IBM, my blog has surpassed 4 million views! It passed this mark on July 26... but I thought it would be good to mention on the same day as my anniversary. As of right now, here are the details:
Apr 28 2009 | 1,046 Entries | 655 Comments | 4,027,735 Visits
I’m proud of this great accomplishment and grateful to all my readers. I’m also grateful to those who helped me through the years on this blog in many important ways: encouragement, setting it up, working through problems, recommending posts, sharing, etc.
Here are a few of my favourite or most popular blog entries.
Trying to get fired?
I subscribe to many newsletters and was reading through them this week..... the one that caught my attention the most was this: 5 surefire ways to get fired by Denise Dubie I don't want to get fired... and I'm sure most of you don't either! So, reading the article I found that one of the best ways to KEEP your job is by continually growing your skills! I can give plenty advice as to how you can grow your skills... and not all of them require a great deal of time or money! Certification I've blogged about how to get certified many times. The... [More]
New White Paper: IBM DB2 and Canonical Ubuntu
IBM DB2 and Canonical Ubuntu: Your Database Software and OS platform Solution for Enterprise Computing by Andre Albuquerque , IBM Canada Lab Boris Devouge , Canonical Ltd. Hua Lu , IBM Canada Lab You can find this white paper on the DB2 Wiki , which if you don’t visit very often, you’ll be very happy with the outstanding amount of technical information you’ll find on the site. If you want to get the IBM DB2 and Canonical Ubuntu white paper directly, click the title to go directly to the PDF. This paper will help you to get started with... [More]
New Flashbook: DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration
Just in time for IDUG, Paul Zikopoulos and his team of co-authors have created a new ebook for you to deepen your skills in regards to the latest release. Here are some details about the flashbook: Title: DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration - New Dynamic In-Memory Analytics for the Era of Big Data http:// bit.ly/DB2BLUFlashbook Authors: Paul Zikopoulos, Matthew Huras, George Baklarz, Sam Lightstone, Aamer Sachedina Technical editor: Roman B. Melnyk ... [More]
Making it Big in Software
Once I finish this blog entry about the book Making it Big in Software by Sam Lightstone, I plan to post part of it to amazon.com as my reader feedback for the book. I hope you post your comments on amazon once you've read the book... as feedback of this sort is what helps make a book successful! This book, written by Sam Lightstone shines light on the differences between the skills acquired in university versus those needed to succeed in the business world. It also shares what recruiters look for in a candidate and what preferred skills... [More]
Welcome to my Blog
It seems funny to write a “welcome to my blog” entry after blogging for so many years! I’m sure I did such an entry when I first started my blog in 2005. I know that I’ve written welcome-type entries after inviting many people at a conference to read my blog. My motivation is twofold. 1) I’ve been reading Antonio Cangiano’s book about Blogging: Technical Blogging: Turn Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence and 2) I’ve changed my blog template and following the instructions in Bob Leah’s blog: Design @... [More]
Again, thanks to all of you!