I have been tagged!

Bob German tagged me on his blog.  This seems to be the equivalent of a chain letter or some multi-level marketing scheme.  Just kidding Bob!  This seems to be a great way for people to get to know other people.  So I guess the purpose of the tag is for me to write about 5 things you might not know about me.  Here it goes…

1) The Book -> I am writing a book on WCF with a friend and colleague of mine, Steve Resnick.  In fact, as I am writing this I am finishing up chapter on the book.  This seems to be a great way for me to take a quick break.

2)  Technical -> Performance, Performance, Performance!  I love to help developers optimize for performance.  It doesn’t matter what it is.  I have helped customers optimize performance for their applications built on top of .NET, ASP.NET, BizTalk, SQL Server, SharePoint, and more.  Actually, this should be restated as I like to be challenged.  If someone says it can’t be done, I usually want to find if that is really true or not.  I usually prove that it can be done.  This usually takes the form of performance and capacity analysis of an application and then providing the architecture and implementation to fix the performance bottleneck.

3) Historical -> Prior to my Microsoft career, I have built many different types of applications including Internet scalability contextual messaging systems, legal case management systems, vehicle tracking system including call center and mapping technologies, and simulations for testing air traffic control systems.  I also had a very good run as an independent consultant.

4) Personal -> I love to do water sports like boating, fishing, and water skiing.  I also like to go rock climbing at rock climbing gyms.  It is a great way to get exercise.  Unfortunately I have let life get in my way too many times and haven’t done any of these in a while.  Fortunately I can now do these with my kids.

5) Movies and TV -> Most Science Fiction!  I love to watch Battlestar Gallactica, Stargate Atlantis, and Stargate SG1.  I am in love with my Media Center PC and now my XBOX 360 that connects to it.

Everyone I tried to tag right away was already tagged.  I will try and tag some people that I haven’t kept in touch with.

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