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October 2005 Entries
Hurricane Wilma Update
Some of you may know my roots are in South Florida, Hollywood to be exact. The good news is that many of the friends and family members I have down there (Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Pembroke Pines, Boca Raton, and Fort Lauderdale) have their power restored already. Fortunately damage to any of their homes was minor, if any, and for that I'm thankful. I think it is unbelievable how resilient and prepared for this type of thing Florida is. Case in point, less than a week after Wilma comes through, the University of Miami Hurricanes football team played and defeated the University of North Carolina Tarheels in the Orange Bowl this past Saturday. Go 'CANES!!! Though I miss my friends and family down there, I'm sure I won't be moving back down there anytime soon!
Posted On Monday, October 31, 2005 1:39 PM | Comments (1)
Computers 2K5 - 10/30/2005 Available for download
Had a good show this weekend on Computers 2K5 on 850 The Buzz (AM 850). It is available for download here.
Posted On Monday, October 31, 2005 1:28 PM | Comments (0)
VS 2005 is DONE and will be available TODAY!!
Big news in the .NET world today... VS 2005 is done and will be available for MSDN subscribers to download today! Check out more information Somasegar's blog.
Posted On Thursday, October 27, 2005 9:57 AM | Comments (0)
Thanks to Paul Yuknewicz!!!
Just had a chance to watch one of the latest Channel 9 interviews featuring Paul Yuknewicz. Near the very end of the interview he references my "VB's Mojo is Back!" blog entry. While I'd like to say that I was surprised to hear my name mentioned, I must admit I got a heads up from YAG to go check out the video. Ok, ok, quit reading and go check out Paul's Channel9 interview.

Posted On Thursday, October 20, 2005 5:40 AM | Comments (0)
INETA Speaker Kathleen Dollard Wows Us at TRINUG Meeting!
Wow, what a great presentation!!

I was fortunate enough be meet and attend Kathleen's presentation this evening on Code Generation, XSLT, & VS 2005 Generics at the monthly TRINUG user group meeting. She did a fantastic job explaining some involved and difficult topics all the while making it VERY understandable and applicable to daily coding cores. I walked away having learned something and glad I attended. I really enjoyed her presentation style as well, lively, energetic, and engaging. I look forward to seeing her present in the future.

Great job Kathleen!

Posted On Wednesday, October 12, 2005 7:20 PM | Comments (0)
What's New in ASP.NET 2.0 INETA presentation
Just a calendar note here... I'll be presenting a What's New in ASP.NET 2.0 INETA session to the Capital Area .NET User Group on Tuesday, October 25th. If you're in the area please stop by the meeting and say hello.
Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2005 4:28 PM | Comments (0)
Congratulations and Welcome to the Microsoft® MVP Program!
Yep, it's official, I've been re-upped as a Microsoft MVP. This is a good thing. :-)
Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2005 4:24 PM | Comments (0)
Travel Back in Time
Contrary to what you may have been told, yes, time travel is possible! Well, virtual time travel. Check out the Way Back Machine to check out what any website has looked like in the past. Very interesting stuff...
Posted On Sunday, October 9, 2005 6:18 AM | Comments (0)
Protect your laptop in a pizza box!
Of course you do realize that that laptop bag you're currently using is just screaming to those unscupulous types who would like to take it from you "THERE'S A LAPTOP COMPUTER IN HERE!". Well worry no more... now you can carry your shiny new laptop around in an anti-theft, anti-shock, anti-stlye Pizza Box!! It is suitable for 14" & 15" laptops and is made from genuine italian-style pizza boxes!

mmmmmmm, smells like lunch time to me!!!

Posted On Saturday, October 8, 2005 7:11 PM | Comments (0)
Article on Backing up and Restoring SQL Server 2000
Just came across this SQL Server 2000 Backup and Restore article from Microsoft and thought it might be of some interest to some of you.
Posted On Saturday, October 8, 2005 3:16 PM | Comments (0)
It's all about the food chain baby!
Though I live in Raleigh, NC currently, I grew up in South Florida, Hollywood to be exact. Yes, that makes me a yankee (a northerner). How can I be a yankee when I grew up so far south? Simple, a large portion of the non-hispanic South Florida population has moved there from the north, including my parents who moved there in 1968, but I digress. I always keep an eye on the news and pay attention when I see stories relating to South Florida.

This one is quite interesting.... Gator vs. Burmese python, who you got???

Posted On Friday, October 7, 2005 6:41 AM | Comments (1)
Plug for the radio show I co-host
For those of you who don't know, I'm one of the co-hosts of Computers 2K5, a computer oriented radio call in show. We're on the air every Sunday morning from 8am - 10am on WRBZ, 850am in Raleigh, NC. Each week we discuss computer related topics and take calls from people who have questions about their PCs, setting up wireless routers, which anti-virus software we reccommend, etc. Each week's show is available for download off of the Computers 2K5 webpage.

Yes I know I need to get a new picture up on that page! :-)

Posted On Thursday, October 6, 2005 12:52 PM | Comments (0)
My anti-virus question for Steve Balmer answered
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.
Posted On Thursday, October 6, 2005 12:48 PM | Comments (0)
VB's mojo is back!
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#) but this summit has sent those thoughts packing. VB.NET is the obvious .NET development choice when it comes to developer productivity and getting the job done now. IMO, C# is geared more toward the language purist who focuses more on language issues and VB is concerned more with helping the developer get things done with a focus on efficiency and quality. The MY feature, which is a speed-dial into the .NET framework, is a perfect example of the VB team's commitment to helping VB developer's get the job done with greater efficiency. Oh I know I can accomplish the same things using direct calls to .NET framework classes but it sure seems a lot simpler to me to take advantage of using something like the following:

Dim PhysicalMemory As ULong = My.Computer.Info.TotalPhysicalMemory
Dim OnNetwork As Boolean = My.Computer.Network.IsAvailable
Dim MyComputer As String = My.Computer.Name

Another observation I've made is that you could do C# development in notepad and though it may not be the best development environment, it is an option. I wouldn't dream of trying to do any development with VB outside the Visual Studio environment and that's just my point. VB.NET is more directly tied to the VS IDE and is geared toward providing "shortcuts" through the IDE in order to speed up the development process. I don't know about you, but I'm in favor of using a language that caters to my productivity at the expense of language purity.

Yep, I'm feeling the mojo!

Posted On Sunday, October 2, 2005 9:35 PM | Comments (4)
DotNetNuke and ASP.NET 2.0
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.
Posted On Saturday, October 1, 2005 7:46 PM | Comments (0)