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I found out yesterday when I was in bed sick with the flu (not Xbox 360 Flu, but the real one) that I have been awarded MVP again in 2006. My area is XML and I am glad I am still part of that team.

I got it!!  Woot!

The email came today, just a few minutes ago in fact... I got the Microsoft MVP award!!

Go me!!

Toronto SharePoint Users Group - January 11 Small Business Server and Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) Demonstration and discussion about installation and use of Microsoft Small Business Server 2003: SBS contains Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003, Windows Sharepoint Services, and other great components. The CompanyWeb site installed by default on the SBS server has great potential - but low utilization in most small businesses. Help those businesses understand the power and potential of ...
Here’s a great article from Jesper Johansson on assessing security risks with Small Business Server. It dispels the myth that many people have (including myself until I started actually using it and researching it) that SBS (along with the integrated ISA Server) is security-light. And of course, it breaks all of the long held best practices of not putting all of this on the same box … If you work with SBS or are interested in learning more here are some excellent blogs: E-Bitz - SBS ...
Somasegar, Corp. Vice President, Developer Division, Microsoft, keenly listening to one of our MVPs' query Myself, Sudhakar (Microsoft) and Anjana (SQL Server MVP)Keenly into a Serious DiscussionMy Fellow MVP 'Anil', Community Member Sasi, Arun - XML WebServices MVP, and Community Member Venkata MurthyThanks to Rayappa, MVP for sharing the snaps ...
Last week I had a chance to meet Somasegar (fondly called as "Soma"), Corp. Vice President, Developer Division, Microsoft.Soma heads the Developer Division and had been heading the release of several exciting products including the recently launched Visual Studio 2005.What I admire in him is his excitement and openness in discussing issues with MVPs. Indeed, it was a round table with MVPs in Microsoft Hyderabad Campus, Gachibowli.Along with him, were Paramesh, Sriram and quite a few Microsoft Employees.There ...
I came to know that Mr Jim Ross, the MVP passed away. This came as a shock to me as I always learned from Jim Ross posts of asp.net. This is a great loss for his family and also for the development community. God gives patience to his family. :( powered by IMHO ...
This was an announcement up on the website for my local SQL Server user group [via Australian SQL Server User Group] From Lubor Kollar in the SQL MVP forum this morning: Scalable Shared Database (SSD) is ability of SQL Server Enterprise edition to access the same database hosted on SAN from several server instances. It enables scaling read-only workloads by adding additional servers accessing the same database. This feature is available in the currently shipped RTM version of SQL Server 2005. The ...
Fellow MVP Ron Martell shared this moving song video with us. Here's the back-story from Terry Kelly's website: On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store’s PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us. Terry was impressed with the store’s leadership role in adopting the Legion’s ...
I recently attended the MVP Summit 2005 at Delhi, India. It’s a 3 days of rigorous training, seminar, team activities, grand lunch and dinner and also a lot of fun filled activities. Everyday we used to get to seminars at 9 AM, get nutrition to our brains till 7 PM and then go out for some heavy dinner, parties, fun filled activities.MVPs are inspired personalities. All of them share the same passion for technologies and a great desire to share it with others without expecting any return. MVPs ...
Tuesday 25th October 2005 Off to the Business Process Integration and Workflow workshop at Microsoft in North Ryde tomorrow for 3 days where I'll have a great opportunity to get a look at BT2006, WF and WCF (Indigo). Looking forward to some hands-on practicals and some insite in to these new products. I'll post some feedback on the session at he weekend. I beleive these workshops are also running in Melbourne and Bribane over then next few weeks. Tomorrow night is also the Sydney Biztalk User Group ...
These days I am conducting trainings as a part of "Microsoft Touchdown " for VS 2005 (Whidbey) and SQL Server 2005 (Yukon) Launch program. These trainings are being conducted by Microsoft Pakistan at a training fascility provided by Kalsoft's KalAcademy. Participants have been invited from Microsoft ISV partners. I am conducting these sessions on the behalf of Kalsoft which happens to be employer and Microsoft's Gold Certified Partner.Yesterday I conducted two sessions. One on SQL Server 2005's Web ...
Recently I recieved an e-mail asking about "How to become an MVP?" on one of the technical groups that I am subscribed on. I felt obliged to respond to these questions and following is my response. (Feel free to comment!)You are not the first one to ask these question and definately not the last one either. I believe its natural ask these questions and i will be really happy if my answers can help you understand things better.So here goes my response to your queries .. but ...one be one!1) First ...
John and I have been in and out of town (PDC, MVP Summit, BizTalk Conference) this and last month so our podcasting has been lacking. To make it up, Thursday we will be recording the speakers of the Heartland Developers Conference onsite and will have them published as soon as we can (day or so). I will blog about who we are recording and if you are attending and have something to say, let me know and we will try to get you on our schedule ...
Well, it's official I'm now a Microsoft MVP... VSTS MVP to be exact! You can view my profile here, I'm super excited about this recognition, I've spent countless hours with VSTS last year giving Microsoft feedback and studying how my company will adopt it in the next year. This is an awesome entry in the field of configuration management for Microsoft and I predict a ton of adoption when it ships early next year. I have done many talks both internally and externally about VSTS and a lot of people ...
Well, I am rather late on this topic. Microsoft Corporation has completed 30 years on September 23, 2005.It has been a fabulous growth from a company which started with 2 inspiring men Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975, the company has grown from a crumb to a champion in the Computer World.I remember hearing about Microsoft as early as my 4th or 5th grade when I was roughly around 9 years. But, I seriously started working on Microsoft Technologies from 1994 that was during my school finals.From then, ...
During the MVP Summit I tried to take advantage of the opportunity to ask Steve Balmer a question during the Q & A session. Unfortunately he had run out of time for questions before I got a chance to ask him when Microsoft was going to get into the anti-virus business since their anti-spyware product has become very popular. Well it appears they've decided now is the time... :-) I noticed this article in the USA Today this morning ...
Well I just returned from the MVP Summit in Redmond. Man I had a great time. This is my second year as an MVP, but my first summit. I really enjoyed the time with the product teams and my fellow MVPs. Seattle was great! It was nice to see some old faces and to meet a bunch of new folks. I was just trying to take it all in and just enjoy myself, which I did. Hopefully I will get nominated again and will be able to be a part of the event next year.
Just got back from the MVP Summit yesterday - had a great time. I think the best thing about it is seeing everyone I talk to often but don't very often get to see. And of course it's always a thrill meeting new people, some of who I have been following (their work not stalking) for many many years. Got a chance to chat extensively with Bill Vaughn this year which was a great thrill considering his SQL books were my primary form of reference on that topic. Meeting the lady that taught me to “do ...
Just got back from a great MVP Summit... Gotta give some props to the VB.NET team for all their hard work and willingness to listen to and reply to our feedback. I don't know about the rest of the VB MVPs but I'm getting the distinct feeling that VB's mojo is starting to return. This is based on talking to other VB MVPs, checking out all the features of VS 2005, and comments made by the VB team about what to watch for in the future. I'll be honest, I've thought about switching to the dark side (C#) ...
I had the opportunity to catch up with DNN creator Shaun Walker while attending the Microsoft MVP Summit in Redmond. We discussed the plan to move forward with migrating DNN to ASP.NET 2.0. Check out his latest blog entry on the subject for more information.

I guess it's finally about time for me to start getting in on this whole blogging thing.

First order of business is to mention Sam Gentile, CLR God. I told Sam the other evening here at the MVP Summit that when I start blogging I'd mention him in my first post.... ok, Sam I mentioned you. :-)

Today I had the pleasure of hosting the MSN Search booth at the MVP Global Summit's product expo here in Redmond. A dev on my team and I got there around 3:30 and demo'd MSN Search and the next releases of the MSN Search Toolbar and Windows Desktop Search. We were more keen to demo the WDS stuff, since that's what we both work on =) It was great to meet so many enthusiastic members of the community. What I really mean by that is: it's fun to talk with other geeks. Oh, and I noticed Scoble showing ...
The Microsoft Most Valulable Professionals Summit (MVP Summit) for the year 2005 is happening now !!!MVP Summit is organized every year to provide an opportunity for MVPs to interact with Microsoft Product Groups, High Officials and other top notch people (including Steve Ballmer). Its a great opportunity for sharing and gaining knowledge on Microsoft Products. Its now happening at Redmond, Washington at the corporate headquarters of Microsoft. The Summit would be for 4 days providing ample opportunity ...
What is .NET Pakistan.Net Pakistan will initially be a blogging site that will evolve as a .NET Portal and a discussion forum. At .NET Pakistan you will be getting daily dose of technology updates, code snippets, tutorials, best practices, and solutions for their posted problems.Blogging at .Net Pakistan will be done by experienced .Net Professionals from around the globe. The list of bloggers will increase with time. If you are interested in blogging for us then do write us at (dotnetpakistan@yahoo.com) ...
Good news for Technology Experts and Community Crackers. The Nomination Cycle for MVP Program for this quarter is now open.Check Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for more information.For those who are new to MVP Program, Each year, Microsoft gives out an award called the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Award to outstanding members of a Microsoft online Developer Forum. The MVP Award is given in recognition of a recipient's technical expertise, spirit of community, and their willingness ...
I was able to attend the CAB training session at Redmond earlier this week. It was a very informative couple of days. We were able to meet and talk with the dev team of CAB. We went through a series of Hands On Labs that will be available soon. I am still trying to get my head around the how CAB works at a detail level. I have a good understanding of things at at a higher level. If you are building a larger client application (non ASP) then you would be doing yourself a favor by looking at it. It ...
The Philly talk went great - I love introducing people to the world of custom webcontrol development. Got over 100 people to show up; many were repeats from my talk at CodeCamp. Part 1 of my WebControl article will be in next month's issue of CoDe Magazine so check it out. I'm gonna start putting a couple of nw talks together for next year with more VS2005 stuff. I've been tryingto keep my user group talks to technology and techniques that developers can leave and use right away to solve their problems. ...
I have uploaded some of the Tech Ed 2005 Photos, thanks to Abhishek, my MVP Program Manager. The first snap is me (left), Subashini, my MVP Lead (center) and GG Arun, an MVP and a best friend of mine. The second snap (below) is taken during the MVP Dinner at the Taj Residency, where there are lots of MS Folks sitting along with MVPs . The Dinner was exclusively for MVPs and comprised of more than 15 participants. Cheers and Happy Viewing ...
I will be speaking at Tamp Code Camp on July 16th, this is a one day free developer event for developers by developers. if you are in the area I highly encourage you to attend. you can find out more about it here. http://www.tampacodecamp.com/ here is a list of the speakers Jeff Barnes Architect Evangelist - Microsoft Jeff Barnes, MCSD, MCDBA, MCSE – Microsoft Architect Evangelist for the Gulf States District. BizTalk 2004 for Developers Kevin Barnhill Web Architect - Wilson Miller [ www.naplesdot.net] ...
Funny thing is... I'm pretty much on top of my game right now. I know that sounds arrogant, but it's true. I have a kick-ass job, good friends, awesome professional contacts and a book deal in the works. I'm in the best health I've been in over 10 years and I'm happy. I've got my MCAD, MCSD.NET & MCT certs, and I'm being considered for MVP (no guarantees). The user group is going well, we have a code camp coming up and I'm speaking all over the southeast US at code camps and user groups. Not bad ...
I had to fly to Islamabad the very next day PDC 2005 ended so I couldn't blog about this earlier. I am back in Karachi now, so here goes. The Pakistan Developer Conference this year, as in 2003 and 2004, was a roaring success. In addition to the great speakers including Rafal Lukawiecki, Stephen Forte, Clemens Vesters, Arvindra Sehmi, and Goksin Bakir (who also happens to be the Regional Head for INETA MEA region), the major difference at PDC 2005 was the Community Lounge, providing delegates with ...
This is a great article by a security MVP on the Business Value of Security. It is written by Martin Kiaer, a principal consultant for WM-data in Denmark. It discusses the process involved in turning security from a cost to a business enabler. I wont rehash the whole article here, it is short and well-written.
Friday was kind of a day for goodbyes and wrapping up. I didn't make it to any of the sessions, instead choosing to hang out with some of my new friends for a bit before heading back to the airport. There were a few folks I wanted to hookup with before leaving, but I know we'll all catch up eventually. I did get to hang out some more with J Rapp (that should totally be her rapper name) for a bit, along with my INETA gang. Jessica Rapp - it was extremely cool meeting & hanging with you. Good luck ...

After talking to Laura (www.shutuplaura.com) Hunter at the MVP party last night, I figured www.blogusmaximus.com was surely taken. Well... lo and behold, it is now... by yours truly!

Lovin' it!

I promised a number and here it is.  There are 990 machines of one kind or another in the Hands-On Lab area.  This was according to the MVP manning the main entrance this evening.
Spent the morning hustling for INETA... had a good time. It's funny, you can tell the difference in who controls the various groups. INETA is run by developers, CodeZone is run by marketing. While we definitely had more personality at our booth, the CodeZone team hired the Tech*Ed equivalent of (I'll be nice) *exotic dancers* to pass out CodeZone flyers. I feel the dark side calling me... it's scary. Planning on hitting lots of cool sessions this afternoon including a MSDN focus group. That should ...
Oh hell, it's my first TechEd- period! Just got in yesterday and after waiting almost 2 hours for an airport bus we finally made it to the hotel. Jeff Palermo arranged a get-together at the Peabody last night so we headed over to that. Among the attendees were my buddies Scott Greenberger, Frank LaVigne, Don [XML] Demsak, and Brian Noyes, but I also got to finally meet Carl Franklin, Michelle Bustamante, and Richard Campbell - always great meeting people in person after so many years of practially ...
The day started off well. Sara picked me up at home around 11:30 and took me to the airport. Being the AR type, I always try to get there about 2 hours early. As usual, I was glad I did. There aren't many things in this world more entertaining than folks who are running late for a flight, blaming everyone but themselves and trying to take it out on folks who just do not give a damn. I show up two hours early, check in, let them search my checked luggage, get in line... no hurry. Open my backpack, ...
Tons of video from the mobile and embedded developer's conference:Mike Hall has lots of videos from the mobile and embedded developer's conference that was held this week in Las Vegas. If you missed MEDC and didn't sign up to the MEDC 2005 Podcast Feed then here's what you missed - we recorded over 80 video segments on site at MEDC 2005 - here's the first batch, more to come next week when we finish editing and transcoding the content - start voting for your favorite video ! Welcome to MEDC 2005 ...
The event went very well with ~ 250 participants covering many technologies. More General info at: http://www.techgalaxy.org and they posted some photos at: http://www.techgalaxy.org/i... Booth traffic for www.fladotnet.com was good although the Microsoft and Unix camps don't mix too much. Joe Healy our Microsoft Developer Evangalist from Tampa gave a 0 to .Net talk, Shervin Shakibi, Florida .NET founder and local celeb covered new features in ADO.Net, David Silverlight, ...
One of my old posts has generated some interesting requests in the form of comments. In most cases, here was the latest, though I think it's a prank from my local MVP, Miguel Castro...Congrats on the MVP award, dude....and here's my suggestion Recieved via comments... “Can you tell me how I can display a bitmap image inside the actual checkbox, change the color through a transition effect when the checkbox state changes, and make the image automatically dim or brighten according to the lunar ...

Although I'm still recovering from an earlier *shock* (from when I received the totally awesome MVD award), I'm proud to announce that as of this month I'm a genuine, fully-fledged Microsoft MVP for BizTalk Server. This is really fantastic!

UPDATE!! The session was not accepted as it in late and did not get enough votes. There will still be various gatherings during the week, if you are a User Group Leader in Florida, please stop by the INETA booth in the Community Lounge. I've submitted a session for voting at the Teched BOF site: http://www.msteched.com/cfp... (vote early, vote often!). This session will provide a forum for user group leaders, mvp's, developers, regional speakers and others interested in the Florida developer ...
[Update note: I screwed up the resource centre link. Should be good now.] Rockford Lhotka pointed me to this place. The Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Resource Centre. What a fantastic idea. Jay Roxe posted a letter on his blog that he sent to every MVP that signed The Petition. Do yourself a favour; don't bother reading the comments. It's just more of the same tired old rhetoric. edjez whoever the hell he is, is even hard at work on this issue in the p&p group. Billy Hollis loves it; Rockford Lhotka ...
I am very happy today. I receieved an email from Microsoft that mentioned that I have been declared MVP by Microsoft for Windows Server System - XML Web Services.For more details on this please check out my profile available at MVP web site:https://mvp.support.mi... am thankful to Allah Almighty for granting me this success. Last but not the least i am grateful to INETA and Microsoft Pakistan who backed me up and nominated me for this position, ...
My response to Scott Bellware is posted...
Microsoft MVP Casey Chesnut blogs about writing aiCaptcha, an application designed to comment spam blogs that use CAPTCHA images which are supposed to foil spam bots. It's a very interesting read for anyone who's into image processing and neural networks. Casey comment spammed the blogs of 94 fellow MVP's in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of his AI tool and pissed off at least three people. Thanks to Julia Lerman for the link. Currently listening to: Left to my own devices - (04:48)Pet Shop ...
SWEET This is Jessi Knapp's famous shout as those who knew her stated. Jessi has recently become a cool host in MSDN TV performing her first show in the 1st episode of The Code Room. The Code Room is a secret, little, dark, and cold place where talk meets the reality, the one that would take the heart of any developer. Just watch it yourself if you wish to know why Just imagine this with me. Take 3 developers (A guy, woman and a man); give them a crash course about ASP.NET. 2.0 membership and authentication ...
My New About Content: (Trial) Hi, I'm Mohamed Ahmed Meligy, a senior software engineer at SilverKey Tech Egypt. I'm one youngest guy here and maybe one of the least knowledgeable geeks too! However, I think I know a little bit about ASP.NET and AJAX more than many other things in life that people might believe are more important... Maybe ;) I started working at SilverKey Tech in August 2006, but my web development experience started 3.5 years before that with PHP (and later ASP.NET). 1.5 of those ...