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Homer and Sussman at TechEd
Dave announced it here.  Alex Homer and Dave Sussman will be at TechEd - we are even working on some fun stuff for our booth (Sams).  We all hope to see you there.

Posted On Wednesday, March 31, 2004 8:05 PM

.NET Book Club!
We all know Jeff is amazing, but he got this site up and running in something like 3 days with content from some of us in the publishing world and everything. The .NET Book Club promises to be a great place for discussion of various books and even a place to catch a cool preview of new books. I gave Jeff a couple of raw format chapters from Alex Homer's upcoming ASP.NET 1.1 Insider Solutions. They are up there and Alex is also a member of the book club and I am sure would love to here your feedback. ......

Posted On Monday, March 29, 2004 6:32 AM

Que and Sams Websites - New and Improved
The latest version of our Websites went live a few hours ago! Please feel free to check out the new Que and Sams sites and tell me what you think. I'll pass the technical stuff along since I didn't actually build them but any general feedback would be great since we are going to work on improving the content over the next few weeks ......

Posted On Friday, March 26, 2004 12:03 PM

Gates VSLive Keynote
You can watch it here.

Posted On Thursday, March 25, 2004 8:05 AM

Que/Sams User Group Newsletter
The March 2004 edition was just sent out to my list of user group leaders.  If you don't get it and want it - let me know. Email me here.  If you are part of a user group - make sure your president/leader passes it along. There is some good stuff in there from Steve Walther, Scott Mitchell and Mark Schmidt. 

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2004 11:47 AM

DevDays Wind Down
My visits to DevDays are over and the events are coming down to the last week. From what I have heard the attendance ebbed and flowed but no matter where I was I saw lots of people attacking (well, not literally) the speakers with questions afterward. I think the events helped to continue to spread the word of .NET and the fact that I could understand most of what was being shown continues to amaze me! I think Doug sums up the comments/questions on the content level well - here. Hopefully, we will ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2004 9:34 AM

Josh Joplin
Good news - It looks like Josh has an album in the works scheduled to come out next fall.  And a new site is coming soon - he promises.  http://www.joshjoplin.com/

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2004 9:05 AM

NEWS: Stephen Walther Named a Software Legend
Stephen Walther was named a Software Legend by Microsoft today in recognition of his contribution to the Microsoft developer community as an author, trainer and developer. Microsoft selected Walther to join the Legends because of his best selling title, ASP.NET Unleashed, which many developers cite as one of the most comprehensive and accessible resources on ASP.NET available. With this honor, Walther joins an impressive class of other Software Legends, including Billy Hollis, Jeffrey Richter, David ......

Posted On Thursday, March 18, 2004 2:57 PM

Seattle Bound

My home away from home for the rest of the week.  I will be visiting with some folks on campus, checking in on DevDays in Seattle on Thursday, seeing some old friends and enjoying the spring rain.  At least it won't be snowing like it is suppose to here tonight! 

If anyone is in Seattle and wants to grab a coffee - let me know!

Posted On Monday, March 15, 2004 11:24 AM

My New Phone - Samsung i500
I finally got it!  So far I really like it.  It is a clamshell design that is only a tiny bit bigger than my old phone, but it is also a Palm.  It is really a big step for me who never even owned a PDA.  I am learning all about syncing and beaming.  It is so much easier to deal with all the phone numbers that people have. Now I just need to really clean up my Outlook!  I will report back after using it for a couple weeks, but so far, so good.

Posted On Sunday, March 14, 2004 2:50 PM

Analogies
Because just about every Friday afternoon something really funny (at least to me) comes across my desk. This week it is a list of analogies and metaphors - claiming to be actual examples from high school students' work. Now, whether they were written by high schoolers really doesn't matter, they were pretty funny. Here are my three favorites. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was ......

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2004 10:23 AM

Security Roadshow

This one is a little hard to find, but if you want a day dedicated to learning about security - for the IT pro or the developer - here it is!  And it is FREE in a city hopefully near you. 

Posted On Thursday, March 11, 2004 12:55 PM

ASP.NET Roadshow - Part 2
Looks like Rob and Scott are ready to commit to the continuation of the raodshow! DC, Philly, Atlanta, Cincy, Phoenix and the Motor City!

Posted On Wednesday, March 10, 2004 6:14 AM

Samsung i500
I have Sprint and I am looking at upgrading my phone.  I am very interested in the Samsung i500 - anyone have any experience with this phone? It is looking good to me after some research but I thought I would also throw it out here. 

Posted On Sunday, March 7, 2004 6:43 PM

The Pixies
Now here is something I am looking forward to! The Pixies are planning their reunion tour and it looks like it is getting close. Today, they announced that the new retrospective will be out on May 4th. You can read more here. The Pixies are probably my all time most favorite band. I did see them in the early 90's at a small college gym in Ohio - it was excellent! Despite almost being crushed - literally - it was one of the best shows I have ever seen. I can't wait to see them again soon ......

Posted On Friday, March 5, 2004 6:12 AM

Orkut So Far
Because it has been requested and seems to be a popular topic right now...here is a bit on my orkut experience. It is interesting to see who is out there, who ends up finding you and all that. I actually found my old friend Mitch out there and got caught up with him and his new e-mail address. So that made it worth it. Other than that for now it is sort of a plaxo with photos and a bit of personal information. Unless you are looking for love - then it is a good networking way to find a date. It does ......

Posted On Friday, March 5, 2004 6:08 AM

Orkut
I got invited into the world of orkut today.  It is interesting and I see a lot of my fellow geeks out there.  I wonder if it will persevere or if it is just a fad...

Posted On Tuesday, March 2, 2004 1:30 PM

Certification Resource
We just launched the new website for Exam Cram books - http://www.examcram.com.  You can find all kinds of great certification resources there. 

Posted On Tuesday, March 2, 2004 1:28 PM

On the Road to St. Louis
Tomorrow the crew from Sams is heading to St. Louis for DevDays on Wednesday!  It is a classic roadtrip - gas up the van, pack the cooler and away we go. Anyone want to meet us in STL for beverages tomorrow night? I'll report on DevDays activities later this week.

Posted On Monday, March 1, 2004 4:03 PM

A Contest for User Groups! Win Time with Leo Laporte
We tried to come up with something fun, something creative, and something with a great prize. Do you know Leo Laporte? Widely recognized as a "geek guru" to tech enthusiasts around the country, Leo is the host of TechTV's "The Screen Savers" and a best-selling author. He regularly appears on "Live with Regis and Kelly," "ABC's World News Now," and "CNN's American Morning" as a technology expert. We want to bring Leo to your User Group! I had the pleasure of getting to meet Leo when I was in San Francisco ......

Posted On Monday, March 1, 2004 1:18 PM

Speaking of Alex Homer
Jeff just pointed out Alex's new blog. Alex is also working on a new book coming out in April 2004 from Sams Publishing. Alex also has a bit of preview available from the upcoming Sams book, ASP.NET 1.1 Insider Solutions (ISBN: 0-672-32674-4). The book promises to to take developers already familiar with ASP.NET deeper into more advanced topics including the DataGrid control, creating re-usable content as both user and server controls, building secure applications, validating user input, integrating ......

Posted On Monday, March 1, 2004 1:03 PM

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