Monday, January 11, 2016

One technique to efficiently craft your annual review

Caveat: A broader career direction discussion should talk about a 5 year Development Plan. 

The focus here is on the yearly focal/review and how to get it done efficiently.

The Focal algorithm:
  1. Open your monthly/weekly/whatever status reports and merge them into a single document. Close the monthly docs. this gives you a compression opportunity, often you will find some redundancies or things that don't matter as much as you thought they did. use a smaller font, clean things up so they are easy for you to read/work through. 
  2. Read through/think about this collection of activity, what are the 2,3,or 4 buckets they can fit in to tell your end of year narrative of your key accomplishments. what really are probably better suited to go into the section on strengths?
  3. Take a break and go do something else for awhile.
  4. Think about your proposed buckets after you've had a you like them? how do they align with your group and corporate charter? If you like them start to build out your focal sheet based on these buckets, cutting/pasting from your list created in [1] into the main Focal worksheet(s). Spend some time thinking about these buckets, the titles will provide the anchor for the most important part of the document. 
  5. Now you have a list that is too big and not coherent, but all of your work is in the appropriate buckets and you've made some hard decisions about where things go.
  6. Compress each bucket to fit into your corporate format. it is usually some form of  ~3 accomplishments, 3 strengths, 3 areas of development
I am writing this down because each year i seem to reinvent the same process forgetting what i did the year before until about 30-40% through the process then i remember 'Wait, I did it this way last year?'. :)

This is just the practical part of getting your review complete. One should also use this time to take a 'big think' about your 5 year plan and how the work you've done in those years aligns with what is in that list. What needs changed? What would you do different? What rathole did you go down that you want out of? Take some time to really think about where your career is going and how to course correct where needed as topics with your manager. Use the section of 'Areas of Improvement' as a way to drive that into your development for the next year and your development plan.

Good luck!


Friday, January 08, 2016

how do i get a price refund on amazon?

if you order something and the price changes within 7 days you can get a refund of the difference. go to this link and fill in the info at the bottom of the page. at that point you can do phone, email, or chat session.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

where is the direct3d12 SDK?

download the windows 10 sdk at:
it drops its action here: c:\program files(x86)\windows kits\10\

and you can find the d3d12 sdk as a separate download in that directory. you can just point to the headers and libs in this directory for your dev work.

i'll pretend that was easy to figure out.

where do i get the direct3d (d3d12) samples?

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Enumerating a specific devices capabilities with D3D12

IDXGIAdapter2 *pAdapter;
LUID luid;
luid = mDevice->GetAdapterLuid();
pFactory->EnumAdapterByLuid(luid, IID_PPV_ARGS(&pAdapter));
//check pDesc in the debugger, it has all you want, exercise for reader to print it out

MBP auto-brightness problems windows 8.1

have had a problem for some time when my MBP would dim and not come out of 'dim' even with brightness turned all the way up. found this fix and expect it to work. will pull the post if i find it not to do the trick.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

working directory, project or solution directory?

From here:

"When developing a C++ program using Visual Studio, you typically compile and run it from the Visual Studio IDE. By default, when you do this, the executable is run with the working directory being the directory containing the Visual C++ project (.vcxproj). That is, this is the directory which acts as the current directory for your executable, when it run from within Visual Studio. Note that if you ran the executable from a commandline, then the working directory would be the current directory of your command prompt."

See the referred to page for how to change, etc.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Changing color of text in a console

Haven't used this yet but would like to so putting it down so i don't lose it:

Key is SetConsoleTextAttribute()

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

console window moved off the display

move with arrow keys
hit enter at end