Moving to Windows Phone Engineering

It has been 3 months since my last post. Mostly this is due to TB and I moving to less frequent Owen updates—which reminds me we still need to post a 2 1/4 year photo. We have also fallen victim to the Facebook craze which most our family and friends use to keep up with our latest goings-on.

However, it is also due to my recent move to the Windows Phone Division from the Developer Division. Good thing I began my switch to Windows Phone when it debuted last year, eh?

I spent my entire 13 years at Microsoft in DevDiv working on a litany of platforms and tools developers have used to build consumer and enterprise applications for mostly desktop computers and servers. Now, I am off doing pretty much the same thing, building application platforms, but this time targeting mobile devices. Phones are obviously an exciting place to be with all the buzz and tremendous growth surrounding iOS and Android. Having worked on several seminal products—including Visual J++, ASP.NET 1.0 and Silverlight 1.0—I am accustomed to being the underdog in the highly-charged race to woo developers to nascent technology. Perhaps I will start a series on what I think makes Windows Phone special having spent the last few years as an iPhone devotee. Stay tuned…

In other news, Owen started playing soccer in Arena Sports Lil’ Kickers. He’s in the Thumpers (2-3 year old) group where they mostly run around, kick stuff, and learn to follow the coach’s instructions. It is really funny watching him develop and a good way to get the family outdoors each Saturday morning.

Owen’s First Soccer Practice

Winner: A picture is worth 300 albums

The winner of the “A picture is worth 300 albums” contest is: No one. 🙁

Nichole is the only person who submitted an entry. Notably, all four of her answers were correct. However, she missed two of the four Anita Baker albums. As a consolation prize, she has won her choice of one of the six albums involved in the contest. Congrats, Nichole!

The answers are below for anyone who is curious. I hope to have a better showing in future contests.

Contest Answers - Wall

Anita Baker

  • The Songstress (1983)
  • Rapture (1986)
  • Giving You the Best that I Got (1988)
  • My Everything (2004)

Coldplay

  • Parachutes (2000)
  • X&Y (2005)
Contest Answers - Covers

Rocking and rolling in Arizona for MLK Day

In January, TB and I are heading to Phoenix for the annual P. F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona race. It will be my second half-marathon and a race that seems popular with our family: TB ran the full marathon in 2006 and returned with her mom and sister in 2007 for the half. The course map below.

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I’m looking forward to experiencing the adrenaline of race day again. This time there will be a lot more runners on a much warmer and flatter course. This being only my second race, I am not quite ready to set a time goal although I am still ecstatic about finishing my first half in 1:56:56.

Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Course MapThe short spurts of daylight are at the top of the list for worst parts about training this time of year. The cold and rain are manageable but running long distances in the dark is generally bad news, particularly when sharing the road with Seattle drivers. Endurance isn’t as much a problem as when I began training for the Bellingham Bay half so now I’m working on getting stronger and running more efficiently.

Off to the races…

We are having a baby!

Stork and baby I am unable to find the right words to capture the excitement and nervousness I feel as TB and I head down this fork in the road of the journey we began together almost 14 years ago. As crazy and unbelievable as it sounds, we are nearing the midpoint at 19 weeks as of yesterday.

These first 19 weeks have undoubtedly been so much longer for TB than me and she is certainly proving why she is The Boss by how together and on top of it she is. My wife is already amazing and now she’s having our baby. Wow.

Below are ultrasound pictures from various stages of early pregnancy.

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8 weeks, 5 days
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9 weeks, 3 days 
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11 weeks, 5 days
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13 weeks

Now is a good time to tell you about the new www.keithandtosha.com. It will eventually serve as the one-stop-shop for the personal pictures and videos we want to share with family and friends.

Finally, some particulars:

  1. The baby is due March 27, 2009.
  2. The baby was conceived on my birthday. TB got caught slipping. 🙂
  3. We are not finding out the sex, it will be a surprise.
  4. The chances of us naming our first child after you are pretty slim. However, do share your favorite names by posting a comment. The portmanteau, Keisha, has already been suggested by our friends Bus Chick and Bus Nerd.

I’m going to be somebody’s father. How real is that? Obama really needs to win.

Site updated for Silverlight 2 release

Silverlight 2 officially released today and included several breaking changes that required me to update my blog. Unfortunately, that also means you will need to update your installation which should just be a matter of clicking on the “Install Silverlight” badge like the one below. Future releases should auto-magically update without requiring you to do so manually.

Get Microsoft Silverlight 

I’ve scoured my site and updated all the Silverlight 2 content so things should just work. Of course, I would really like to know if you encounter any problems. If you can watch this video you should be all set.