Well today is my 52nd birthday. That’s right, I’m an Old Man playing in a young man’s game.

I love what I do and I wouldn’t trade it for anything but sometimes I get feeling old and wonder if it’s time to give up the game…or not.

Staying up on what is happening with OCS and Speech Server (not to mention IVR as a whole) has become a never ending job. There are so many interesting things to investigate and experiment with that there just isn’t enough time to do it all. There is always something (work, family. sleep etc) that seems to take priority. I can’t quit work as I need the money like the rest of you. I can’t ignore the family or they get upset. That only leaves sleep and as I get older I find it harder to give up on the sleep. All this creates quite a conundrum.

But I really love Speech Server and coding and I can’t think of any thing I would rather be doing that pays money. I can think of a lot of things I would rather be doing that doesn’t pay. Until I figure out how to get paid for fishing, or setting around on the porch with my feet up or hanging out on the radio I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing now.

In case you are wondering about the title of this blog entry I’ll explain it. Not counting leap years I’ve been living now for:

18,980 days

455,520 hours

27,331,200 minutes

1,639,872,000 seconds



That’s a lot of days. Like I said – an Old Man playing a young man’s game.

Home at last

Today (5/10) is the last day of the 18th week of 2008.  Of those 18 weeks I’ve spent 10 of them on the road and 4 of the last 5 weeks were on the road. I’m tired of traveling and glad to be home for a while (I hope).

The only travel I have planned for sure is to be in Orlando for the two weeks of Tech-Ed 2008 where I’ll be working the labs for Microsoft. So if you are attending then stop by the Unified Communications area and look me up.

The Florida area .Net development community will be conducting ‘tweener‘ on the Saturday and Sunday between the two halves of Tech-Ed. I’ll be there for that and possibly teaching a Speech Server class on Sunday. I’ll blog more on this once the details are worked out. This is a free event so you should plan on attending.

One of the bad things about traveling so much is that my to-do list has really grown. This is just a short version of things I need to accomplish:

  • Blog about why you shouldn’t nest SpeechSequenceActivities
  • Blog about why TurnStarting is not your friend.
  • Work on a blog series about the different components of Speech Server. I want to take each Activity (or group of activities) and really cover them in depth. In addition to the writing that will require a lot of code experimenting and will be time consuming.
  • Work on the Speech Server Showcase – I’ve seen some interest in this but no one has actually sent me their write-ups about their applications.
  • Configure my Vonage line through my Dialogic Media Gateway.
  • Write a Speech Server app to answer the phone at GotSpeech Central. I know I could just purchase an answering machine but that wouldn’t be any fun.

There is probably a dozen other things that need doing but this is just the things that are highest on my list.


Thanks: Being on the road has limited the time I’ve been able to spend in the forums on GotSpeech. It is really awesome (but humbling) to see how well things carry on without me. I checked the site stats this morning as shown below and I was excited to see how active things have been. We have some very good speech server developers on this site and they are willing to share their experiences with others. That is what grows a community like GotSpeech as well as help grow Speech Server acceptance in the developer community. If people don’t get tehir questions answered then they won’t come back.  I’m especially proud of the new threads/posts counts. The official Microsoft forum for Speech Server doesn’t get anywhere near this much activity.

2,848 users have contributed to 3,178 threads and 3,611 posts.
In the past 24 hours, we have 4 new thread(s), 34 new post(s), and 6 new user(s).