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FREE Windows Azure Boot camp – Raleigh Wednesday June 23, 2010

Just want to be sure you don’t miss out on an opportunity to take advantage of some free Windows Azure training. Microsoft Developer Evangelist Brian Hitney and I will be presenting a one-day Windows Azure boot camp on June 23rd in Raleigh, NC at the Microsoft RTP offices. For more information on content, what to bring, directions, etc. just click here to go to the information and registration page for the Raleigh event. To find other dates and locations for the Windows Azure boot camps  head over to the Windows Azure Boot Camp page.

Brian and I hope to see you there!

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Monday, May 24, 2010 11:20 AM | Comments (1)
You wouldn’t drink 9 year old milk would you?

This is an absolutely brilliant campaign to urge users that its time to move on from IE 6.

ie6Milk

I like how it puts it terms that everyone can understand and has probably experienced at one time or another. How many times have you opened the milk, took a sniff, and experienced that visceral reaction that accompanies catching a whiff of milk that has turned to the dark side of the force? I call it Darth Vader milk. :-)

Of course I’m assuming that you haven’t used IE 6 for a long time now. It is our responsibility as information technology workers to communicate to our friends and family how lame using IE 6 is. Shame them into upgrading if necessary. I don’t care how you get through to them but get through. Tell them that only losers use IE 6. Tell them you’ll cut them out of the your will. Tell them they’re banned from your annual BBQ blowout. Tell them that [insert their favorite celebrity’s name here] thinks people using IE6 are losers.  :-) Seriously, IE6 sucks and blows at the same time and has got to go for a number of reasons including the security leaks that come with using it. Confidentially, I urge them to upgrade for purely selfish reasons. Because I am the first level of computer support for waaaaaay to many of my family members I always advocate they use a current browser (IE 8 or Firefox) and anti-virus software (AVG). Call me selfish but I’d rather not waste my time dealing with a virus or malware that could potentially slip through with IE6. Yes, I’m selfish with my time that way. :-)

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Friday, May 14, 2010 5:40 PM | Comments (1)
Visual Studio 2010 Keyboard Shortcut Posters Available

I’m a firm believer in the productivity gains you experience when using keyboard shortcuts in Visual Studio. If you’re not using keyboard shortcuts while coding then your productivity is suffering. Some of my favorites (omitting the obvious ones like F5 to start debugging) as are:

Ctrl+K, C – Comment section of code

Ctrl+K, U – Uncomment section of code

Ctrl+K, D – Format the current document (indentation, etc.)

Shift+Alt+C – Add new class to a project

Shift+Alt+A – Add existing item to a project

Ctrl+Shift+A – Add new item to a project

The good news is all of these and a TON of others are all documented in the Visual Studio Keyboard Shortcut Posters (available as PDFs). The only problem is there are so many you need a printer capable of printing on larger paper because while you can read them all on 8 1/2 x 11 paper in landscape mode, for them to be a valuable quick reference on your cubicle wall you’re going to need to print them on large paper. If you don’t have a printer capable of producing large sized printouts head down to Office Depot, Staples, FedEx Office, or your favorite print shop and have them print one for you.

Oh and one last thing, I’d really like Microsoft to take those people’s picture off them. Really? Do we need to look at these people when trying to improve our productivity?

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Monday, May 3, 2010 9:41 PM | Comments (0)
.NET Rocks Road Trip in Raleigh this week May 6th…

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Thursday May 6th as the .NET Rocks Road Trip comes to town!

Where:

Reynolds Theatre, Duke University, West Campus

125 Science Dr.

Durham, NC 27708

When:

Thursday, May 06, 2010 from 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Monday, May 3, 2010 9:07 PM | Comments (0)
FREE Online Azure Workshop includes a **FREE Azure Account**

My friend and all around good guy, Microsoft Developer Evangelist for the Carolinas, Brian Hitney, along with fellow Microsofties Jim O’Neil and John McClelland will be presenting a FREE Windows Azure online workshop tomorrow, Tuesday, May 4th from 7pm-9pm. What? You can’t make it Tuesday evening? Not to worry. This webcast will be repeated again a number of times over the next month or so.

Taken from Brian’s blog post about it:

“Elevate your skills with Windows Azure in this hands-on workshop! In this event we’ll guide you through the process of building and deploying a large scale Azure application. Forget about “hello world”! In less than two hours we’ll build and deploy a real cloud app that leverages the Azure data center and helps make a difference in the world. Yes, in addition to building an application that will leave you with a rock-solid understanding of the Azure platform, the solution you deploy will contribute back to Stanford’s Folding@home distributed computing project. There’s no cost to you to participate in this session; each attendee will receive a temporary, self-expiring, full-access account to work with Azure for a period of 2-weeks.”

Did you catch that last sentence??  “each attendee will receive a temporary, self-expiring, full-access account to work with Azure for a period of 2-weeks.” A FREE, full-access, Windows Azure account to experiment and learn with? Now we’re talking.

For more information check out Brian’s blog post or head here.

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Monday, May 3, 2010 4:33 PM | Comments (1)