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A new job and some new focuses

Over the past few months, I have greatly neglected this blog. I know and I admit it, I have failed miserably at this. However there are some good excuses for this. One of them is a fairly major career change on my part.

In just under 2 weeks, I will begin working at Dynamic Network Services as a Customer Support Technician. They are best known for their free DynDNS service that lets you dynamically updated your DNS entries for your domain name as your ISP changes your IP Address. They are also a domain registrar, have a bunch of enterprise solutions to meet you DNS needs, and so on. I had an interview with them about a month ago and well, I apparently made quite an impression.

It was a very difficult decision for me to give my notice where I currently work, but I have several sound reasons:

  • The new job is just a 7 minute car drive away from where I live, where my current job is about 20-30 minutes depending on traffic. In the winter during a storm I can easily take a hour to a hour and 1/2 to get to work. So your talking about gaining several hours per week of extra time that I can use for other activities.
  • Saving big time on gas (probably close to a $1000 a year based on current prices). If gas goes back up to $4 a gallon, your talking over $2000 in savings.
  • No more tolls (saving roughly $30 a month). Even better, I will avoid entirely a toll increase that NH is almost certainly going to pass to close a budget shortfall, so I will end up saving more then $30 a month.
  • While I get a great deal on health insurance now, the new job offers it for free for my wife and I plus any kids we eventually have. Savings of at least $100 per month right now, far more in the future when the family expands.
  • A nice solid bump in my income on top of all of these savings.
  • The great opportunity to learn about a whole new area of computers and IT that I do not know much about at all and offers lots of room for growth.
  • I have always wanted to work with a company who’s focus is the Internet. Here is my chance.

The tough parts of this decision?

  • Leaving a company that has been absolutely fantastic to my wife and I over the past 3 years. I literally do not have a bad thing to say about them.
  • Saying goodbye to lots of co-workers who I genuine care about and who care about me. Telling them I was leaving was one of the toughest things I have had to do.
  • Leaving my comfort zone. I have been working on Help Desk / Network Administration for about 9 years when you count my internships while in college. DNS tech support is a big change from what I have been doing and will require at least a month or two to get comfortable with. As with many companies, I have a 90 day introductory period to prove to the new employer that hiring me was the correct decision. I cannot afford to mess this up.

In the end, the positives far outweighed the negatives. In this economy, to get the income bump I will be getting plus saving a ton of money in the process is absolutely amazing and is worth the small risk. Also the growth opportunities here should be plentiful if I apply myself and work hard.

I hope this turns out as well as it looks on paper.

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Fantasy Baseball 2009

It has been quite awhile since I have written. Yesterday was my yearly fantasy baseball draft and I think I put together a nice club that has potential to be very good.

My draft position was 13th due to winning my division last year and going deep into the playoffs. This meant I was going to miss out on some really fantastic star players who weren’t keepers for whatever reason. So I had to adjust my strategy quite a bit, as I would lose out on lots of good players in between turns. I took some risks with younger players who haven’t lived up to their potential yet or haven’t proven their performances haven’t been flukes. I also took some considerable risks with older veterans, although I will not be relying on them to carry my team. With the way the league I am in is designed, I have to take risks like this to stay in the playoffs 2 seasons in a row, else if I play it too safe, I do not think I will make it past .500.

Why no closers on my list? Simple, two of the teams were on autopick and as a result, they got 7 closers apiece! While some other teams picked up closers during the draft, several teams including mine decided to go without a closer and hope that these two teams either drop or trade their surplus closers.

Below are the results of my draft:

  1. 1B Albert Pujols (Keeper)
  2. 2B Dustin Pedroia (Keeper)
  3. SP Dan Haren
  4. SP Cliff Lee
  5. OF Ryan Ledwick
  6. OF Delmon Young
  7. SS J.J. Hardy
  8. SP Adam Wainwright
  9. SP Zack Greinke
  10. 3B Hank Blalock
  11. OF Jayson Werth
  12. 1B Jason Giambi
  13. 2B Aaron Hill
  14. C Jorge Posada
  15. OF Brian Giles
  16. SP Mark Buehrle
  17. DH Travis Hafner
  18. OF Mike Cameron
  19. RP Scot Shields
  20. RP Rafael Soriano
  21. 1B Nick Johnson
  22. 2B Mark Ellis
  23. RP Manny Delcarmen
  24. SP Pedro Martinez
  25. OF Gary Sheffield

Immediately after the draft, I did do some free agent signings and cut some players. Sheffield and Delcarmen are gone.

I think my team will be above .500, which in my division almost always results in a playoff spot and sometimes even the division title.