Just a guy trying to figure things out along the way.

Author Tim

Tim Voet has been in the IT industry since 1997. Tim started his career doing tech support and network administration at a large Pharma company. He then spent the next 12 years doing development, leading and managing development teams, mostly in Java, but also some PHP, and Ruby on Rails. Tim has always hands on, and loves challenges that make most people cringe.

When he isn't at work, he's spending as much time as he can with his wife and 3 boys. Life can be a busy time with that many young kids.

He is currently open to new consulting opportunities, please feel free to contact him with your project information tim - at - timvoet dot com

Canada Post and CUPW

Ok, I’m not necessarily going to pick specifically on Canada Post or their union, just unions in general. Unlike most people in the IT profession, I’ve had the “pleasure” of working for a union before.  Not in IT, but during… Continue Reading →

Scripting Layer 4 Android

Last week I wanted to try out some of the touted “customization abilities” and ease of development of the Android platform for developers.  Being a hacker at heart, I had to give it a shot. I wasn’t yet ready to… Continue Reading →

Story Points. Are they just an illusion?

I am a very strong supporter of agile development, as my teams have had very strong success in the past.  I have noticed however that point estimates have become very “uncool” in the past 6 months, give or take a… Continue Reading →

best of friends

Or maybe not. Everyone of us growing up has probably heard the expression, “fighting like cats and dogs”.  Well this comes from the idea that cats can’t get along with dogs, probably due to dogs being more playful than cats…. Continue Reading →

Shaving product reviews

I’ve been in contact recently with BlueBeard’s revenge shaving products ( http://www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk ) , about possibly doing a product review for them.  They are a newish company in the men’s shaving product arena, and their market approach for the moment… Continue Reading →

Jenkins, Rails, Code Coverage + a gotcha

I’m the type of technologist that messes around with a lot of different technologies, some for fun, some to help out friends, and sometime for profit. Recently, I came across a mix of all 3. Here is the context: Private… Continue Reading →

Napkins as an indicator for restaurants?

I started writing this post a while back, and due to time constraints, it got put on hold for a while.  This is a topic that I have been relatively vocal about in my surroundings, and finally decided to put… Continue Reading →

an IPhone, the experiment

For the last six months, I have been an IPhone user.  Yes, yes I know, anyone who knows me is saying “what? the Linux guy turning into an apple fanboi?”  Not quite,  the phone is a company phone.  The phone… Continue Reading →

anyone have a career compass?

Now as anyone who has read the earlier posts to this blog, I am in the process of seeking new employment.  Part of this whole ordeal has required me to re-evaluate what direction I would like to focus my career… Continue Reading →

In(out)-laws

We have just survived another visit. I have the pleasure of “receiving” my father-in-law every year. I use the word visit very very loosely.  I don’t want to over generalize, but most people seem to complain about their in-laws in… Continue Reading →

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