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Ok, time to start trying to revive this blog (yeah, how many times have you heard that before from bloggers). Seriously though, most of my blogging takes place over at Team System Rocks!, where I blog about Team System. At the advice of John Alexander (one of the co-founders of Geeks With Blogs), I'm going to start cross-posting information to this blog as well. We'll see how that goes. In other news, I have a new job. I now work for Notion Solutions, a software consulting firm specialing in Visual ...
So yesterday we went to see Click, the new Adam Sandler movie. Don't let the previews fool you, this isn't a side-splitting comedy in the least. At its heart, its a “It's a Wonderful Life” meets “A Christmas Carol“. It has some really funny moments, and in a switch from alot of current comedies out there, all the funny parts aren't shown in the preview (seriously...you'll feel sorry for stuffed-animal ducks for the rest of your life). But this movie isn't really meant to be ...
When looking back on the last two weeks, I'm still in disbelief that the process of getting a job at Microsoft passed so quickly. I believe the amount of time that expired from being contacted by the recruiter (Hello Steph :D) to getting an offer was less than two weeks. For me, this is all the more impressive with how big of a company Microsoft is. I almost don't want to be making this post as I'm still going through the process of Microsoft performing a background check. I keep having this nagging ...
17:30 (Cairo Time) Day 47 – So Aaron started blogging here on GWB and just show you what we went to see last night here. you can go here to view more. There is only one word to describe the pyramids... Grandiose! I wish you were here… Egypt is …. Special!... and hot, did I mention that before ;-) Here is a glimpse.. Cheers, ET ...

I’m always keen to try new things. I’m creating this blog entry with the new Blogging support in Microsoft Office Word 2007. My buddy ET (see him in my links) has been using it for awhile and is quite happy with it.

So, if you are reading this…. Let’s assume it worked !!

Aaron

Message to Robert Scoble: Can you please do me a favor? As a fellow TabletPC fan, employee (for the moment) of Microsoft and all-around blogging pro – please go over to the TabletPC team, program manager, whomever and whack them in the head for me. When it was launched I was very happy to see the TabletPC team start blogging. The thought of news and views from the horse’s mouth really had me excited. Then – nothing. Three posts in six months? Wow. I know they are busy – so ...

Greetings,

I am back from my vacation. It was awesome. I will be blogging about that later this evening. Now, switching my cap to the programming mode.

Take care,  

 

 

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“Don't start me to talkin, I'll tell everything I know” -Sonny Boy Williamson So this past week at TechEd, while hanging out and doing my thing (whatever that is), I met the fabulous Jeff Julian. After arguing about some random stuff (those of you that know him will not be surprised that our first conversation started with arguing (just kidding) (well, ok, maybe I am not kidding, but see this is the exact reason I didn’t want to blog to begin with. I will get to that later though)), ...
Well have been a little busy over the last few weeks, and must apologize for not blogging for a while. I have Moved office Twice in the last 3 weeks!!! From Lavington to Wodonga, and then withing the same building in Wodonga :S Have installed Vista Beta 2 on my Toshiba Tecra M5 (CoreDuo 2.0GHz, 1GB DDR-2, 256MB Nvidia Quadro, 100GB HDD) and i must say I'm quite impressed! It works extremely well, the only problem i have had so far is in relation to full screen video (But I'm expecting that the cause ...
When I went to TechEd, I though I would do a bit of blogging every day, but I had forgotten just how busy you can get here. There's just so much to see. While you do get the DVD's containing all the sessions (except Chalk-Talk ones), it takes at least 8 weeks and nothing beats being there. Have got a copy of Visual Studio for Database professionals, which will be installed as soon as possible. While I'm not sure about using in production environment yet (if nothing else, it's not the finished version), ...
1. To start, my first observation about TechEd Day 0 and the evening keynotes is not very many people are blogging about their experience. This leads me to think we have an issue with Wireless in the keynote room, you guys aren't blogging, or you didn't attend. In our case, we didn't attend. Every year in the past the Keynote has been the biggest event for bloggers, but that was when it was scheduled in the morning and people were excited about the day. Maybe we will see more session coverage this ...

Yawn.......awakened from a looooong hibernation to attend teched06....will the blogging begin again??

Here's my plan for the next 30 minutes or so.....Looking forward to the Party W/ Palermo tonite.

All anyone seems to be blogging about is Tech Ed, and how they're going down to Tech Ed, and how many more days until they leave for Tech Ed, and won't it be fun to meet up with so and so at Tech Ed. Phooey I say! Overrated! Media Hyped! Why would I want to be in Boston with a bunch of geeks getting fed awesome food, hearing awesome sessions, networking with great people, and enjoying all things Microsoft when I could be here in Winnipeg enjoying our warm weather, mosquito swarms, our...uh...half-price ...
Have you guys tried Zoundry? Its a good blog Editor, untill now my main blog editor has been BlogJet. BlogJet is awesome. It was a big step forward from having to use w.blogger. But blogjet doesnt have crossposting. Enter Zoundry a blog editor that has compatibility with all the greatest, and accomodates for crossposting. The software is free to download and use, but there is an interesting twist (can I call it that). Well twist as not in a bad way but this. Interesting eh? Gripes about Zoundry? ...
I was recently contacted by Allan Hoffman (the "tech jobs expert" for Monster.com) about some quick thoughts and tips I had on how to have a successful technical blog (which alone is a shock to me as I wouldn't even start to think of my blog as "successful", but to each his own I suppose :)). I thought I would reprint my response here (with permission, of course). I hope you enjoy :). Obviously, these are just my opinions so you can take them with a grain of salt if you wish (at your own peril, I ...
I haven't done any coding recently as I've been getting ready for the gig I just had tonight in Seattle. I'm now checked in to the (crappy) hotel (the room is about as big as my left thigh). Luckily, they have wireless, so I'm able to at least give this update. I realized yesterday that to take this game where I want to take it, I really need to upgrade to Managed DirectX to leverage the hardware acceleration (especially once I get into implementing my particle engine/system). So, as soon as I get ...
Hi All, I joined geeks with blogs because I want to be in the game design contest....I only have 30 days to complete my game as Im starting late. Ive choosen to use: Visual C# express SDL.net http://cs-sdl.sourceforge.n... OpenAl bindings if there are any...haven checked.. As far as what the game is about?....Im not real sure yet, just started working on it last night and only have a real basic game loop in place that rotates a fps counter around the screen...I was real interested ...
[via Mosha] Edward is Program Manager for Analysis Services and is very active on the Analysis Services forum and he has just started a blog at http://www.sqljunkies.com/W... He has a great first post on connectivity problems which is a recurring theme in the forum and newsgroup. Welcome to blogging Edward ...

For those of you who want to see what the Word 2007 Blogging UI looks like, here is a snapshot: (Click to enlarge)

You can do magic:

Big thanks to Jeff Julian for his guidance on how to setup Word 2007 for blogging. As proof of the success I’m blogging from Word for this article!

Jeff points out that for Geekswithblogs.net members, the Metablog API service URL is located at http://www.geekswithblogs.net/[YOUR USER NAME]/services/metablogapi.aspx so set this up with ‘Other’.

Thanks Jeff!

 

Several people have tried out blogging from Word 2007 (as I am now) and are having problems with .Text. This issue is in the CookComputing.XmlRpc.dll and a dateTime error they fixed. This is used in the Post struct which blows up the newPost method. If you update the dll to a later version (http://www.xml-rpc.net) then you should have no problem posting after that using the Metablog API. For Geekswithblogs.net members, the Metablog API service URL is located at http://www.geekswithblogs.n... ...
Ok, it has nothing to do with MS CRM ... but it seems that everyone is blogging about this great tool today : SQL Prompt. And there is a reason for it. It is sooooooo cool. Everyone in my company is excited about this tool. And the best thing about it: it's for free ... at least until Sept. 1, 2006. If you are a database developer, I think this is a must-have: http://www.red-gate.com/pro... Hf ;-) ...
My aspiring anime artist daughter, who will be doing the art for my character cards, now has her blog set up. She will be blogging her progress with the creation of the art. I have given her a list of the characters, with descriptions, and a rough idea of how I want them to look. It will be interesting to see what she comes up with. She also makes a surprising point here. Apparently she had given up on blogging after getting out of High School, thinking that blogging was just for kids to talk about ...
I just started my dream job. I'm working for a company that does agile coaching and training. What that means for me right now is that we are in the process of designing course work for the XP portion of the series. It also means that I am going to be putting together some examples using technologies that I'm not all that familiar with (i.e. CVS, subversion, and mySQL to name a few off the top of my head) What this means to you is that I will be posting my thoughts and observations about what goes ...
I am probably crazy, but I am entering the GWB Game Design Contest The rest of you guys are doing sprite games. And you are talking trash to each other. My game will be an RPG card game. I will probably use another blog here on GWB just for the game, but this is good enough to start off. The game is called The Bloodletting. It will be similar to a Magic or Pokemon card game, but with different rules and sequences because I technically don't play Magic and also so that I don't get in trouble. There ...
Well, it looks like Tattoo-Boy is back to his old tricks. With all the time he is spending on writing comics (don't quit your day job, buddy), it's obvious that he needs some help to get going in this project. In that vein, I have put together this project plan that he can use to help him "compete" in this contest (and by "compete", I mean write useless code while thinking that you stand any chance to beat the Almighty George of the Jungle): Day 1: Buy book "Learn to Program VB in 21 Days" Day 2-25: ...
Visual Studio Express is installed, and at first glance it appears to be the usual VS tool I am familiar with. I need to fix a problem I am encountering when attempting to debug though. An error about an invalid handle is thrown when any attempt to debug is made. I might be at a slight handicap here. Some quick google and it appears the service Terminal Services must be enabled. A strange thing, on My Toshibia, given its age and limited resources, I originaly installed a strange MSDN Media Center ...
I have heard this question a lot since announcing the contest so I thought I would clear up the reasons. Here is a list of reasons why we are picking Express: We are working with Microsoft to promote Express (Big one) The contest is about the game, but also blogging your experiences with .NET 2.0 and Express (Bigger One) Everyone who wants to see the code and compile the game entries can download Express for Free!!!! (Biggest One) Does.... Express run side-by-side with other versions of Visual Studio ...
Well, it turns out that someone is wanting to make a go of this game programming challenge for GWB. If I recall, the contest rules dictate that part of the winning total also comes from blogging your progress. I have one thing to say to Mr. Maximus in that regards: "You're In Deep Horsey Doo-Doo!!". I fully expect that Chris will be able to "step away from the methodology buffet and actually produce something that works" as he puts it (speaking of producing, how's that next release of HA! coming, ...
Kyle Archer has been blogging up a storm. 3 posts in 2 days...Go Kyle! He doesn't really hate Depeche Mode, but he was disappointed in their stage walk off the other night (so was Doug Butscher). He also found a cool product called Camtasia Studio that is going to allow us to quickly publish our PowerPoint presentations to the web. [EnGraph] [Kyle Archer] ...
As normal service has resumed and I’m blogging again (admittedly I’m not going to blog about absolutely everything) here is a wonderful little utility I found on my travels for adding Intellisense to editor in SQL Server. It’s called promptSQL from Red Gate. I really love how Intellisense makes me more productive (i.e. lazy) in Visual Studio and I was wondering about its rather obvious admission from SQL Server 2005 Management Studio, missing a trick strings to mind. Anyway for ...

As much as I've enjoyed MSN spaces over the last month, I've decided to slowly get this blog ready and eventually move everything here.  I'll be testing and changing a few things around here, but I thought it would be good to join a “techy” blogging site rather than a general site like MSN Spaces.

Check back every once in a while, I plan to post a few articles on this site shortly.

Chris

[Crosspost from Managed World] Now, for my first update. Let's get started shall we :). This time around this project, I made one big change. Last time, the game was written in homegrown Managed DirectX code which required me to write a lot of the "engine" code that powered the game under the hood. To be able to focus on the game this time instead of the engine, I have decided to use an existing engine to power Tanks. Though this may come as a shock to some of you, I have decided to use the .NET ...

hey people I'm moving back to my old blog, I've got alot of features there than any blogging engine I know.

yalla see you there.

http://bander.blogspirit.com/

 

 

Okay, so I know that I have been gone for a long time, but I am back. I have been deep in learning the ins and outs of SharePoint Portal and working with a really great client (how many times have you heard that before?). First I will talk a bit about the new project. I would say that the client is definitely unique. They are a company that processes human donors bone and tissue. Yes, by process I mean cut up clean up and make ready to ship to hospitals for use in other people that need the parts. ...
My excuses for not blogging in awhileHas it really been almost a month since my last post? Time really flies with work keeping me quite busy, along with preparations for the Desert Code Camp, which is now only 3 weeks away. Big thanks to the all 50 people who have signed up to present sessions. We have 350 registered attendees, and it looks like we could reach our goal of 600 by the time of the camp. If you are from the Phoenix area then please sign up and join us on May 6th! More fun than cow tipping, ...
Yahoo! has introduced Health Expert Blogs on Yahoo! Health. I'm not sure if this is part of the “social Web” model Yahoo! is gambling their future on, a symptom of what happens when 1 out of 5 Americans has no health insurance, or merely an outgrowth of the blogging phenomenon. Whatever the company's motivation, Yahoo! has really delivered. There are fourteen blogs covering twelve topics: Aging & Caregiving Asthma & Allergies Breast Cancer Child & Family Health Cholesterol ...
Now that the site has been live for a month now, we are really starting to see some compelling posts about topics that will be covered at TechEd. One thing to keep in mind, this site is not just for attendees, it is for anyone interested in what Microsoft will be announcing and talking about during the event. The hot topics include Office 2007, SharePoint, .NET 2.0, Atlas, Exchange Server, etc. If you haven't checked out the site, I highly suggest you do and start aggregating the feed to get the ...
Well Mobile Monday has been and gone... I did sit on the panel and we did discuss Mobile Web 2.0. In the second part of this Mobile Web 2.0 discussion I'm going to just make a few points that I think got lost in the discussions on the panel and give a bit of reasoning behind them. As I said before I believe in mobi-web 2.0 which is new innovative mobile solutions that break through the boundaries of the mobile issues such as multiple operating systems, multiple devices, languages etc. I also have ...
Mosha has done it, as has Chris and Marco, so even though I should join in too. There is an official press release here http://www.microsoft.com/pr... Proclarity has always been highly regarded and I think it will round out Microsoft's BI stable very nicely. It was interesting to read Chris's post and some of the comments on people have posted under Mosha's entry. Ok, so I'm a little slow this time, but I don't want to be the only one not to blog about ...
I have just seen that Manuel Foerster has started blogging about Windows Workflow Foundation. He has written an article about custom persistence services for windows workflow foundation. (As the default persistence service only works with SQL Server, you might consider writing your own persistence service, if you have to support some other persistence medium and/or database.) You can read his article about custom persistence services for WWF here. [1] Custom Workflow Persistence Service[2] http://www.manuelfoerster.net ...
Here's the new blog from the BizTalk Product Team. Seems that BizTalk 2006 RTM is right around the corner here. Cannot wait for that as I am in the middle of the design phase at a large client and we are designing around 2006 and I was getting nervous that come May (start of construction phase) it still wasn't released. But I can finally sleep at night. We are also looking at using SQL Server 2005 Service Broker with BizTalk 2006 to replace an older MSMQ solution between two systems, and I'll be ...
Last year I had hoped to cover so much, but then real life entered the picture and intruded on my time. Two years ago, I started blogging on GWB, and continue, in the hobbyist mode. I support the family via my military job, but I still try to find the time to keep the updates to the EDR. It is a modest income to put against the credit card, but nothing to live by. I hope to get going on VS2005, EntLib, GAT and other neat stuff from Microsoft. We will see how the time is taken up through this coming ...
Last week I got an email from Microsoft inviting me to a meeting in Redmond (same as Rob), apparently due to the fact that I was 'high performing beta examinee'. Rob make the cut, but unfortunately I missed out :(. I thought I responded fairly quickly, but I would not have been suprised if there were only a limited number of overseas people that MS were prepared to fly in. I held off on blogging on this until now, as I did not want to “jinx” myself - I was half expecting to get a “sorry, ...
Wow, 900+ members! We are so close to the 1000 marker. I want to thank all our members and encourage you to bring your friends into the blogging world and have them join our community. As we keep growing, the content is getting better and better. I love the mix of IT Pro and Developer we are getting because we all wear different hats and it is great to keep up on both sides of the wall. Entrepreneurs with blogs is taking off pretty slowly like Geeks with blogs did, but I can see a benefit to that ...
It has been a long time since I posted. But I just discovered that it is much easier to resume blogging than to resume exercising. The Roanoke Valley .NET User Group Community Launch was a sweet success, it far exceeded my greatest hopes for the event. Talk about fallout from success - Roanoke now has a SQL User Group, there have been 20 new members join the RV.NUG. People are actually approaching me ASKING what they can do to help - and then doing it. Not only was the launch super, the month after ...
So today is March 2nd and the new ultra mobile PC codename Origami from Microsoft is suppose to be announced but according to their official/unofficial site at http://www.origamiproject.c... more information is coming on Thursday, March 9th. It's always nice to anticipate something that's geeky and the competition is heating up for this type of device. According to different sites, these devices can play back music, connect to WiFi networks (and possibly Bluetooth devices), and has enough power ...
[Crosspost from Entrepreneurswithblogs.com] Is a blog right for your business? Of course! Even if you are in a top secret industry, there is enough to cover about business that isn't part of giving out intellectual property. Running a consulting firm, I would NOT reveal any of my clients or any information that is under NDA. However, I will talk about what it is like running a consulting firm, how to deal with marketing, and resources that I have found informative during my education of running a ...
I've got to admit that I am one of life's individuals who considers email to be something of a pain in the backside. Okay, it's great if you want to get a message to someone quickly, it's cheaper than a second class stamp, but within the enterprise I think it can prove to be one of the biggest barriers to effective communication since the Berlin Wall. I listened with interest to Robert Scoble's comments in a recent Technet Radio piece where he is extolling the virtues of blogging within the enterprise. ...
I just came across this video which apparently was aired on nerd.tv Anina who is a model (can i say top international model?) talks about the use of mobile technology when travelling. Its very interesting to see how technology is being put to use, and this is one good testimony of its use. You should read her blog, she seems very passionate about technology in fashion. She also speak about how as usual ISP/Telecom providers tend to muck up the entire thing. She also has started a project about blogging ...