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The best kind of geek toy
I've been a gadget junkie for quite a few years now and last night I found a SmartPhone with the greatest feature ever, it was free. While attending the .Net Mobility Road Show event last night in Overland Park, my name was picked first in the prize drawing and I won a Voq Professional Phone. This SmartPhone has a pretty cool fold out key board built into it. The phone recognizes when you open the keyboard and opens up a special application to immediately search for contacts or send an SMS message. ......

Posted On Friday, October 29, 2004 7:57 AM

Mobile Coding

The .Net Mobility Road Show is going on in Overland Park, KS. this evening. Is anyone else in the K.C. area planning on attending?

Posted On Thursday, October 28, 2004 10:46 AM

Thank you, K.C. Royals
As everyone knows by now, the Red Sox finally did it. As a transplanted member of the Red Sox nation, living in Kansas City, I want to thank the Royals management. In the previous two years, I had a partial season ticket (20 some odd games) to the Royals. Two years ago, the Royals were terrible (almost as bad as this year). Then last year they had a good year. This prompted the management to hike the ticket prices by over 30%. This led me to purchase the MLB extra innings cable tv package rather ......

Posted On Thursday, October 28, 2004 9:05 AM

Welcome to the family

Welcome to William Aidan, son of my brother Steve, born Oct. 19th at 4:53 am. Several of the hospital staff believe they heard the muffled words “Yankees Suck!” at the time of the delivery, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Posted On Thursday, October 21, 2004 10:34 AM

Don't kill your design efforts
Kim Goodwin of Cooper  gives some great advice in her new article, “Ten Ways to Kill Design”. While this article is about successfully implementing interaction design in your company, the advice applies equally well to any new initiative or culture change you may want to implement in your company.

Posted On Thursday, October 21, 2004 8:36 AM

Evil Empire Spanked
Last night the Red Sox won the ALCS in one, if not the, best playoff series ever. One more step to go, tonight's final in the National League should be a good one. I have said from the beginning that we didn't need A-Rod, and he showed he belongs with the Empire with his cheating glove swatting and then lying about it.

Posted On Thursday, October 21, 2004 8:29 AM

Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004
This in not advice (etc, etc.), just my notes on the tax bill. There are other provisions related to this bill that I did not include here. You can download a copy of a more complete summary from the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants. The President signed the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 on October 4th, 2004. Provisions of the act that apply to individuals include: A single definition of a child. Previously, there were several definitions of a qualifying child, depending upon ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 19, 2004 1:29 PM

Tom Peters on managing lunch
I'm a big Tom Peters fan. He's one of those guys that when I read his stuff I think, “ya, that's what I think too, I wish I could have said it as well”. Today Tom has a great blog entry about taking advantage of your lunch opportunities.

Posted On Tuesday, October 19, 2004 11:28 AM

Networking Magic - Book Review & Notes
Networking Magic authors Rick Frishman & Jill Lublin & Mark Steisel Copyright 2004 Paperback 252 pages ISBN 1593370202 Summary The authors' stated purpose for the book is "to teach you how to build and maintain networks that will help you get the BEST, where the best is the best doctor, auto mechanic, partner, client, opportunities, solutions, etc. The beginning of the book starts out with your basic, common sense advice about networking. At first, I was afraid that this book was going to ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 19, 2004 11:05 AM

Oo,oo, oo, oo, Stayin' Alive
Never was a Bee Gees fan, but love them Red Sox!

Posted On Tuesday, October 19, 2004 10:55 AM

2 KC area user group meetings tonight
There are two local user group meeting in the Kansas City area this evening. Shashank Date will be speaking about CodeSmith at the Kansas City SQL Server Users Group. Here is a map to the event. At the Midwest FoxPro User Group meeting, Chris Bohling will be presenting “Beef up the Security of VFP Connections to SQL Server” and “Could an Installation Utility Blow Your Mind”. More information on Chris' topics here. Find the map here ......

Posted On Thursday, October 14, 2004 3:05 PM

Iron Speed 2.0 released
Iron Speed has released version 2.0 of Iron Speed Designer. Iron Speed is a code generator for building Web (ASP.Net) applications. The new version supports C# and MS Access.

Posted On Thursday, October 14, 2004 11:09 AM

Google SMS
Learned about Google's new SMS service via Scott Hanselman's blog. This service allows you to do things like search Google using your phone by sending a text message. The results will be sent back to you as one or more text messages. I haven't been a big "texter" but this seems like it could be a pretty useful service. I experienced very acceptable response times when playing around with it this afternoon. For instance, I'm getting pretty thirsty and need to know where to find some beer in my neighborhood. ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 12, 2004 1:43 PM

Been a slacker
Well, it looks like I've been slacking off on my blogging. I'm not sure too many people (if anyone) read this yet so maybe it's not a big deal. Being a re-located Red Sox fan, I have been able to catch quite a number of games this year, so with the play-offs going on I have been watching more t.v. than I should. Actually, I got the baseball package on cable this year, so I have seen almost every Red Sox game this year. I have also been able to see the Patriots a couple of times already (I didn't ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 12, 2004 1:19 PM

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