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As others whose opinions I respect a lot have said, don't do a web application. I know that there are a lot of really challenging, clever web apps out there, but the people who do the hiring aren't smart enough to tell whether you've done something clever or copied something from Facebook.
Here's my take, and believe me that it's worth all that it costs, since I'm not even a real programmer, just a guy who sometimes writes a bit of code, or hires someone to do the hard parts for him.
Pick a current technology that takes more than trivial skill to implement well; John's suggestion of WPF is a good one, but there are others. Think of some task that you, or someone you know currently has to do that requires many manual steps that should be automated. Design an app using your selected technology that will simplify that task in some way, then write your solution in C#. If you're not in a great hurry, write an article about your solution and post it here at CodeProject in the C# Forums. You will get feedback to help you to improve your product and polish your presentation, and as a byproduct, some others who are also trying to get their start in the field will gain some insight from what you have written.
Having done these things, you'll have a sample of working code programmed to solve a real world problem that you can show a potential employer, and you'll have a link to a well respected programming forum that shows your involvement in the profession, and commitment to sharing your skill with others, both hallmarks of a team player.
I may be full of sh*t, but I think that's a winning hand in the job game, and I wish you the best of luck.
I looked at them both before I selected my Christmas present to me from the wife, and decided that the Nexus was a better way to go - I think the Fire is a bit more hard-wired to Amazon than I wanted from an Android device. Now there is a 32Gb version of the Nexus, I know which I'd prefer (and it ain't a Kindle under my tree!)
Plus, there is Amazon's annoying habit of only releasing kit in the UK when it is about to be replaced in the US...if they had launched the Fire in the UK a year ago...
If you get an email telling you that you can catch Swine Flu from tinned pork then just delete it. It's Spam.
Depends - my MP3 collection won't fit into it by a long way, and if you think about it in terms of a movie collection (copied from your own DVD's of course) they work out at about 500MB per hour (or more if you are using Hi Res). It don't take many of them to fill the 32GB!
If your 5 year old gets a Nexus for Xmas, what will he/she have to look forward to in the future ?
If I had a 5 year old, they'd be lucky to get an Etch-A-Sketch [^], but, perhaps your child has your technical genes, and is: a prodigy !
"We live in a world ruled by fictions: mass merchandising, advertising, politics as advertising, instant translation of science, technology, into popular imagery, increasing blur of identity in realms of consumer goods, preempting any free, original, imaginative, response to experience by the television screen. We live in an enormous novel. For a writer it's less necessary to invent a novel's fictional content: fiction's already there. A writer's task is to invent a reality." J. G. Ballard, 1974
My dear fellow, why are you even contemplating a decision!?
Run - don't walk - to your nearest web store (do not stop at the Drones) and git yerself a shiny new Nexus 7 (the fatter the better). I've d my Nexus 7 ever since I got my grubby hands on it around four months ago. May I also recommend this[^] most excellent (and economical) case? I paid $9 (including shipping to Canada) in August.
As Aunt Agatha would say, "you've done well, Bertie!"