After more than 8 years at Kentor the time as come to move on. I’m leaving Kentor and starting my own business. I will continue to work with identity and access management, especially SAML2 on .NET. I will do consulting, open source development and training, both on site and remotely. The Kentor.AuthServices project will be transferred to my new company, Sustainsys
I live in Sweden and one of the great things with that is that as a dad you can get months off for being with your kids while they are small. My youngest turned one in the end of May and a few days later I did my last day at the office for 2016. Since then I’ve been spending my days at home, seeing him learning new things every day. But now that period of my life is over and I’m back to work and he’s started at daycare.
As a dad, saying good bye to him and leaving him is of course hard. He on the other hand couldn’t care less. He’s at a new exciting place with a lot of new interesting things to explore.
I have interesting things to explore too. The world of software development moves fast and 6 months absence from active work means things have changed. .NET Core has been released and the tooling is quickly maturing. It’s time to look deeper into it and create an ASP.NET Core version Kentor.AuthServices to bring SAML2 to ASP.NET Core. But first there’s the SweTugg conference where I’ll do two talks. The first is a new one about real life TDD experiences with live coding real features in real projects. The second is an overview of security in ASP.NET Core.
Then there’s a ton of e-mails that I’ve not answered to in a timely manner. I’ll go through them but answering all of them will take time. There’s also a queue of Pull Requests in AuthServices that need to be handled. First in line are of course those from paying customers with valid support agreements. The rest will be reviewed when I have time.
Last, but not least this also means I’m available for consulting again, so if you need some services within my areas of expertise, please get in touch.
I’m not only a computer geek, I also spend considerable time renovating our home. Doing things yourself means there’s plenty of opportunities to make geek-friendly adaptions, such as preparing for a good home network.
Renovating a house is a major strain for the family economy, so keeping an eye on the cost has been a priority. I’m also a bit reluctant to invest too much in today’s state of the art technology, only to find out I need something else in just a few years. Considering that we’ve had the house for nearly 10 years things have indeed changed. Back then wired networking for computers was the main concern – now it is proper wifi coverage for all the phones and tablets that didn’t even exist back then.
My take on a future proof investment is to install a lot of empty cable hose. Then I’ve pulled CAT-5e cables to those places where I actually need it. Everything converges in the cupboard under the stairs (no, it’s not used as someone’s bedroom) where I have a small 19″ rack. In the rack, I have my home server (more about it below) and the central switch. The white box on the wall above the patch panel is the incoming fiber.
I’m grateful, humbled and proud to receive the Microsoft MVP Award.
Ever since I first heard of the MVP program nearly 15 years ago I’ve had a great respect for those receiving the award. The MVPs I’ve met and got to know have all possessed that rare combination of deep technical knowledge and the social skills needed to communicated them. I’ve read blog posts, attended talks, watched videos, used open source and read open source by MVPs and learnt so much from them. And now I’m also an MVP. As much as I’m grateful and proud I’m also humbled (and a bit horrified) about being invited to be one of them.
Thanks for giving me the chance, now it’s up to me to prove that I’m worthy of a renewal next year.
We share pictures of nearly every moment of our lives (and our kids’ lives) through social media. That’s great for distant relatives that can handle a smart phone, but what about those that can’t? I recently setup a cheap Android tablet as a remote controlled digital photo frame.
I wanted a setup where the user wouldn’t have to do anything at all. The photo frame should start automatically in the morning, show photos during the day and shut down in the evening. No user interaction should be required at all. I also had to make everything remote controlled as it would be located about 500km away, without anyone nearby that could handle any tech support. Last, but not least, it’s important that it’s as easy to share to the photo frame as to any other social media from a mobile phone.