Just wanted to share a great resource I use everyday: Undernet. IRC is usually linked in the press to crackers and juarez but a lot of developers chat in real time using IRC and I find it very usefule to be able to ask questions and get an immediate response or bounce new ideas off of others in real-time.
Since I'm currently developing in C# I find myself hanging out on Undernet in #C#, #dotnet, and #asp.net. All of these channels are filled with experienced developers and are a great tool to keep in the tool box. C# channel FAQ mIRC client
Another network I like to lurk on is irc.gnome.org, you can find tons of mono help in is #mono and even the original authors themselves. There is no better resource for Mono development IMO.
Just a FYI - whatever you do, DO NOT got into #asp on undernet unless you want to see what America would be like if the Nazis had won the war..Circus Maximus
Eventually I want to start up my own one man development shop similiar to those who have done so before, for instance Nick Bradbury
. The idea is to eventually free myself from one particular metro area, allowing me to get into the back country to hike, ski, bike, whatever.. and not do the typical 9-5 thing.
The site microisv.com
is a place where like minds meet, I'm glad to see this come to life. It's a good place to discuss such crazy ideas such as the one man shop.
Erick Sink has posted some good articles such as this
one on MSDN relating to the one man shop also.