So You Want To Live on an Island

As you may have read in Living the Dream, I live half-time in North Caicos, a small island in the Caribbean. When finding this out, fellow developers want to know how I managed to make it happen. I’ll talk about some technical considerations later, but the question is really about how you can position yourself to work in paradise. “You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?”1 Lots of folks work, as an old co-worker of mine once said, their ordinary job in their ordinary way for their ordinary pay. It is the seemingly safe thing to do, and I fell into that pattern as well. Often, however, people want more, and when presented with proof that it is actually possible, the wheels start turning.

When I was growing up, I wasn’t ambitious. My family didn’t come from money, and most everyone I knew worked their ordinary jobs. I grew up thinking you went to college, and then you worked in a profession until you retired. The idea of starting a company never occurred to me. Why, I’m not sure, because a close friend of the family was an engineer who owned his own company. Yep, I had a mentor right there in front of me, and yet didn’t see it. I was constrained by my ideas of a normal life. Continue reading

Is This Another Developer Blog?

Um, yes, er, no, on occasion, but not really. Is that clear? No? OK, so let’s talk about what this is. I am indeed a developer, and there will be some tutorials, tricks and insights about developing software, but that won’t be the only focus. I’m also a business owner, have had a long and varied career, and live on a tropical island, so I think there’s more to life than code. I also have opinions, and am absolutely willing to voice them. So, hopefully, this will be entertaining, interesting and/or educational in a number of different areas.

Joel on Inspiration

Once upon a time, there was an interesting site called Joel on Software. Oh, that’s right, it’s still there. Well, Joel used to write all sorts of interesting articles about developing software and the business of selling it. His company grew, and I suppose he doesn’t have time to write like he used to, but I enjoyed reading him, and miss those articles. They were perfect for in between code runs, where you want to let your mind relax for a bit, but you were still learning something. I hope this will provide you those kinds of experiences. Continue reading