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I'm Ryan Lowe, a Software Engineering graduate living in Ottawa, Canada. I like agile software development and Ruby on Rails.
I write this blog in Canadian English and don't use a spell checker. Typos happen.
» Full-time Ruby on Rails freelancer
» Full-time with Rails since May 2005
» Former committer for RadRails (now Aptana)
» I also have a few Rails side-projects in development:
1. wheretogoinTO.com Toronto nightlife
2. Hey Heads Up! TODO list and sharing
3. Layered Genealogy family history research
4. foos for foosball scoring
5. fanconcert for music fans (on hold)
Hiring Rails developers? I can telecommute by the hour from Ottawa, Canada
»» Email: rails AT ryanlowe DOT ca
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After resigning last week, today is my last day at Agnovi. I don't think my blog is the place to talk about why I resigned, so I won't.
What does the future hold? I'm not sure. I have a few half-baked ideas, no debt and few responsibilities (no mortgage, car lease, alimony or child support payments).
It may be a good time to take a big risk or at the very least take stock of the current situation. I've realized I'm physically not very good at sitting in one place and hacking on code for more than eight hours a day, so that kind of limits my options on that front. I was always more interested in process anyway, but I'm not sure being in meetings all day is the solution that problem is looking for either.
Unfortunately the ideas I'm working on will have to stay out of the public eye for at least a little while. I won't be able to blog about the software and process problems I run into, which I really enjoyed doing with AudioMan/Durham. So I may not have much to blog about at all! I guess you can't have everything.
Right now I'd rather do something I love for a decent salary (if possible) than get rich. The most important thing though, was that I realized I'm in control of what I do with my own life and what options I explore -- and where I spent eight+ hours a day. I'm in the driver's seat. I have a choice.
Here's to the future!Posted at May 20, 2005 at 09:36 AM EST
Last updated May 20, 2005 at 09:36 AM EST