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Restarting Windows Phone 7

After owning a Windows Mobile 5/6 device since 2006, I was anxious to get my hands on a Windows Phone 7 device. I purchased a Samsung Focus on November 8th from a local authorized AT&T reseller (who had one device in stock, lucky me). Being busy with work and family, I haven't had much time to tinker around with the phone.

While I've encountered some minor limitations of the new operating system (i.e. lacking copy/paste, no multi-tasking, etc), I ran into my first significant challenge with the new phone today. I downloaded a few free apps from the Marketplace this morning and hit the Start Menu button to exit. A few minutes later when I launched the Marketplace again, it said "loading..." for several seconds then popped back to the Start Menu. I tried several times to launch it, but with the same results. Apparently, the Marketplace was crashing every time I tried to launch it.

I remembered seeing a Reset button on the About screen, but figured that would Hard R…

The Business of Software

I haven't had a lot of time to sit down and read it straight through, but I really like the chapters I've jumped between in Eric Sink on the Business of Software. His writing style is very accessible and I have no trouble sprinting through a dozen pages or more when I do get a chance. I even think I see some of Joel Spolsky's influence in how the book is organized.

I've been dreaming of my own business for quite a while now, and this book has revealed topics I hadn't before considered. I'm not going to be hiring employees just yet, but I did take a hard look in the mirror after reading about what to look for in a good developer. Being the sole developer is even harder as I must continue to set and meet my own deadlines.

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About Me

My name is Michael Farias. I live in the United States, with my wife, two kids, a cat, and a handful of computers. I am a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer on Microsoft .NET and studying to upgrade to a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer.

I work as a web developer for an e-commerce site by day. I spend evenings and weekends trying out new technologies and working on various entrepreneurial projects. I have spent the past few months developing a small application for Windows Mobile.

I was first introduced to computers when my father brought a TRS-80 Color Computer home from Radio Shack in the early 1980's. I made some early attempts at programming in BASIC at home and in school, but I didn't really start writing software until after college. I began with minimal classroom training and learned the rest "in the trenches".