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The promised update (part 1)

Posted by chrisgwinn on February 24, 2009

People keep asking me “Chris, where are you working now?”  And I realize that I never actually posted my follow-up about the new job.

I’m at Intertech now.  Intertech is a consulting and training company in the Twin Cities that does both .NET and Java work.  I’m (probably obviously) on the .NET side of house, doing consulting work.

Being part of a company with such a strong emphasis on training is exciting – they’re serious about providing training to their employees.  I’ll be taking their WPF training this year, finally breaking out of the server-side and web focus I’ve been in for nearly a decade now.  There may also be a chance for me to be on the other side of the classroom occasionally – Intertech has a program where their consultants do guest presentations in the classroom.  And the instructors here are good – I’ve taken classes from Intertech before, and Andrew Troelsen’s book helped me when I was first learning C#.

So far, I’m liking it.  The people are great, and there’s a good variety of work.  There are, however, some problems with baked goods.  Since there are always snacks for the students, there aren’t a lot of good opportunities for me to bring in donuts or bagels.  There are worse problems to have.

The whole job search thing has also changed my mind about the value of networking.  Rick McGuire put me in touch with Tom Salonek fairly early in my job search, and I ended up in a good opportunity I likely would not have found on my own.


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Where’s Chris?

Posted by chrisgwinn on January 13, 2009

In Minnesota, where it is very cold and he is very busy.

Not like I ever updated this blog much, but I’m really updating rarely now.  And I’ve largely stopped visiting many of the various internet communities I spent time in.  No real reason, I think I just burned out on being engaged with people on the internet during the election and now I need to take a break.

But let’s say you actually want to know what’s up with me or interact with me in some way…  Which you might,  since you’re reading my blog.

I’m on facebook.  Farily regularly, actually, since it’s a nice way for me to get my socialization in very lazy ways. I’ll pretty much accept friend invites from anyone, but if I can’t figure out who you are from the name, I might not.

I’m on LinkedIn, mostly for work/job things.  So if you’ve worked with me before, drop my an invite.

When I’m actually reading things on the internet, you can see what I find interesting by looking at my google reader shared items.

I’m on XBox Live as MNGwinn.  Sometimes, anyway.  On the PC, I’m on Steam.

Now, hopefully my facebook integration works and sucks this post into there as well.

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