Being respective of your time, as well as others

One of the biggest challenges I’ve run into in being a “remotee” is the daily interaction with other team members. When you are just a cube, an office, or a desk away, there’s always that common water cooler or coffee pot that provides a natural place to interact with others. Or, if you have a question, you can always just stop and ask. Being able to physically get together without having to make much effort is a real bonus for people working in the same office, but can be a bit more challenging if you are remote team member. But this can also be a blessing in disguise, allowing you to concentrate on projects more and be interrupted less often.

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Want to save the US economy? Hire remote!

I was talking to my boss the other day on his drive into work. He was complaining about how bad the traffic was getting in the South Bay area over the past few weeks during rush hour, and corolating this to how much ecomonic growth is going on in the valley right now. People are hiring like crazy, and as a result it’s becoming harder and harder to find talented developers. I contrast this to the rest of the country, especially where I live in Ohio, where the slowdown in the ecomony and the impending recession are hot button issues and very noticeable.

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"Hey, didn't you use to blog?"

I imagine the title of this post is probably on the minds of all three of the regular readers of this blog ( or probably not, since you probably figured this was on the slow road to just another abandoned Wordpress blog ). Well, as often in the case, life gets in the way, and in this case more so my professional life than anything ( though having an additional little one in the picture certainly didn’t help ). Let me recap my last few months:

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