My New Life

Hola Amigos!

I’ve been quiet for a long time again, which isn’t normal for me, so I thought I should calm you all down and let you know I’m all right. In fact, I’m much more than all right, I’m in paradise.

This is Costa Rica Calling. Hello?

As some of you may know, after USPJA effectively closed down in November, I had a bit of a down period. My wife and I decided that some change of scenery would be good for us so we started looking at opportunities abroad. Initially, the US looked like an interesting choice. However, I got a job offer and signed a contract in the Cayman Islands in February, and tried for three months to get the paperwork through immigration to get the work permits.

That didn’t turn out the way we had hoped, so in early May, we decided to stop pursuing the Cayman Islands and move to Costa Rica. Costa Rica has a more healthy attitude about people trying to make new ideas come to life, so within a week of deciding, I was on the plane to San Jose to start setting everything up. My wife came down a couple of weeks later after doing an awesome job at wrapping up everything in Norway.

So now, we’re in Costa Rica. San Jose, to be exact, or rather a bit north of San Jose in a place called Cariari. Nice little suburb, easy access to what we need, and a life style that is just orders of magnitude more relaxed than it was back in Norway.

In Costa Rica, I’ve joined up with a local company to provide training and consulting for their people and clients. It’s a great bunch of people, so I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to follow my passion.

In addition, I’ve also continued my relationship with my two new mistresses.

No, that doesn’t mean what you think it means; my two new mistresses are Bitcoin and Litecoin. They’re not even my first mistresses, that will still be SharePoint for a long time 🙂

Bitcoin and Litecoin

I’ve fallen completely in love with cryptocurrencies and spend considerable time exploring and learning as much as possible. In fact, I’ve built a Litecoin mining rig which is still back in Norway, and I’ve now also just started the IPO for another mining contract, called BFMines.

In short, BFMines is a mining contract that allows anyone to get a piece of Bitcoin mining without the hassle of buying, running, and maintaining your own hardware. You buy contracts from me for around 0.004BTC per contract and I’ll host the equipment to mine for you and send you the profits from the mining every day.

It’s a bit more complex to explain in just a brief blog post, but you can read up on the new contracts on the home page or head over to the stock market BTCT if you would like to get involved.

I’ve also started, although not certain whether I’ll continue, on a book on Bitcoin and Litecoin mining. The idea may have been good, but I’m not sure the market will be there yet, and I’d need some way of financing the effort. As such, that book is currently on hold, pending… Well, me figuring out what to do.

But What About Me? I Need my SharePoint Fix!

Don’t worry, I haven’t left SharePoint for a second. Due to the limbo state of my work and living situation, I haven’t been as active in the community or client work as I would have liked, but I’m still passionate about SharePoint like never before.

Like I’ve mentioned, I’ve started working with a company down here to train their SharePoint people (and even some non-SharePoint people). I’m currently working with two teams to bring them up to speed on development and architecture. Because I love teaching, it’s a perfect project for me.

The company with whom I work also does client work, and I’ve been called in to help them assist with their projects, which is a thrill to say the least.

However, and this is a bit of a cool announcement for me, I’ve been keeping up with USP Journal writing, and I have been thinking carefully about this for a few months: How can I reach a wider audience and especially people who may struggle to afford even the $19.95 that the books cost?

So, I’ve come up with an idea, which I think is pretty cool.

How about getting the journal issues completely free, but sponsored by advertisers that get a full-page ad inside the journal issue? That way, you get to read my content absolutely free, advertisers get a bit of your attention (and hopefully your gratitude), and I can put in the same man-hours and cost in writing, researching, copy-editing, and so on without worrying about whether the books will be a sellable issue.

To test this model, I’ve reached out to a few advertisers who have graciously agreed to help me test. I’ll post the formal announcement in the next few days, but if you haven’t already, it would be a good time to sign up for the USP Journal mailing list, and I’ll send you the special issue free of charge very soon.

Note: If you’re reading this later, well, you can stop by the USP Journal home page and find the issue for free there.

That’s not all, though. I’ve been working on and off on a second edition of the Developing SharePoint Content Types issue as well, with some updated content, screenshots from SP2010, and some valuable resources to help you figure out what inheritance settings you need to accomplish a certain result.

Not entirely sure when I’ll have time to complete that issue, but it’s progress even though it’s slow.

So, you’ll keep getting your SharePoint fix. If you’re interested in crypto currencies, you can get a fix of that as well, and beyond that, well, thanks I’m doing much better now 🙂

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