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upcoming user group / conference visits
The next 6 months are going to be pretty fun (and by fun, I mean hectic.) In addition to a couple of interesting side projects (writing & video), I'm also going back on the speaker circuit. Fortunately, I'll be able to tie a few of these stops to some "vacation" destinations. 3/18: GSP Developers (Greenville, SC) 4/22: Enterprise Developers Guild (Charlotte, NC) 5/15: WNC.NET (Asheville, NC) 7/11: Codestock (Knoxville, TN) TENTATIVE 8/07: RV.NUG (Roanoke, VA) 8/28: DevLink (Chattanooga, TN) TENTATIVE ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 9:41 AM

ch ch ch changes...

After a mostly great 6 years and 3 months, I'm leaving Magenic. My last day is officially 9/14/12.

I'm going to be taking a much needed break from consulting, to focus on parts of my life that have been, well... rather unfocused lately.

Posted On Thursday, September 6, 2012 9:34 AM

Travelling at Magenic
I occasionally get asked if we travel "a lot" at Magenic. Sometimes the question comes from job candidates. Other times it's clients, recruiters or friends. To give a simple yes or no answer would be a disservice to the person asking the question. So here is my standard answer:It depends.(That was the short version. Here's the long version...)We do have some guys that are more "national" in focus, and they can travel a fair amount. They also receive a little extra in compensation for doing so. It's ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2012 2:57 PM

You've got questions? These guys have answers...
I'm sure most of you reading this have heard of, seen or actively used Stack Overflow. If you're like me, you probably thought to yourself... this would be such a great resource for other stuff... like games. Fortunately, that's exactly what is. Quite literally, it's StackOverflow for gamers. It doesn't matter if you're into board games, video games, card games, minis games or those weird games you used to play with your older cousin when your mom wasn't home (ok, maybe not THOSE ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 8, 2009 9:47 PM

UGSS / INETA .net user group support kits have arrived
After a lengthy break, the user group support kits from Microsoft have resumed. FedEx dropped off a big white box this morning, so if you are still awaiting yours... it should be there when you get home from work (or maybe in the next couple days.) User Group leaders didn't have the option of picking and choosing the contents for this cycle (or any future cycles, I would assume...) but don't fret, the contents are quite good. Assuming all the "Dev Group" kits are identical, this is what you can expect: ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 2, 2009 3:07 PM

Developer Groups in the Twin Cities
This month is kind of a big deal (to me) here in the Twin Cities. We're launching not one, but TWO developer related groups. The first one is my own project, the Twin Cities Developers Guild. (www.twincitiesdevelopersgu... Our kickoff meeting is on Tuesday, July 8 at 6pm (with our Kickoff Cookout starting at 5pm) at New Horizons of Minnesota (in Edina) and features Jason Bock (Magenic) speaking on "Writing Better Code." Later in the week, on Thursday, July 10 at 5:30pm, the Twin Cities Languages ......

Posted On Friday, July 4, 2008 8:57 AM

NINE Questions with Laurel Ruma
I've worked with Laurel for a few months on a number of different projects and had the good fortune of finally meeting her face to face (that would be her face on the right, and yours truly on the left) during TechEd Developers 2008. She was gracious enough to indulge me in a few drinks at Howl At The Moon and to answer these NINE Questions, so here we go... 1. Where are you from? I grew up in a small town in southern Maine. I now live in Medford, Massachusetts, less than two miles from O'Reilly's ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 2, 2008 12:41 AM

I just got back from the 9:30 showing of Hancock. Let me start off by saying this is a great superhero movie, but it's NOT a comic book movie. (Well... until Dark Horse starts cranking out comic movies anyway.) The point is, you can't really compare it to Iron Man or Spiderman. If you do, you'll be disappointed. There's no canon, no established history. This is something fresh and new and unlike anything you've seen before. I really REALLY enjoyed this movie. Imagine drunk and dirty Superman from ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 2, 2008 12:17 AM

MS Mafia
As a special treat for you, dear reader, I have 3 MS Mafia guitar picks to give away. The first 3 people to contact me through this blog with their mailing address will each get one.  Enjoy.

Posted On Tuesday, July 1, 2008 8:24 PM

Bluetooth Rearview Mirror
I (relatively) recently received a handsfree bluetooth rearview mirror kit as my prize from This weekend, I finally got around to hooking it up. First impressions are good. The mirror just clips right on top of the existing mirror and is held in place by some spring loaded clips. I like the fact that this mirror is about 25% wider than my original mirror, giving me a better field of vision. The mirror does seem darker though, but not so much to be a problem. Pairing the bluetooth ......

Posted On Monday, June 30, 2008 8:04 PM

writing sample
The following is an excerpt from a story I'm working on. Writing fiction is a lot harder than blogging. Writing interesting fiction even harder still... so take this for what it is. A rough, first attempt. enjoy (or avoid... your choice.) Lathan swung his axe for what felt like the thousandth time that day, turning, ducking and swinging as blood and gore flew past his head. For every orc the warrior took down, it seemed as though another stepped in to continue the fight. “Where the hell is Shawna?” ......

Posted On Sunday, June 29, 2008 10:30 PM

Announcing the Twin Cities Developers Guild
Do the Twin Cities really need ANOTHER .Net User Group? There are two answers to that question. The first is YES, we think so. The second is that we aren't a typical .net user group, even though we focus on Microsoft Technologies. We use the term Developers Guild to imply more than just a roomful of folks sitting around listening to someone talk. Our objective is to bring the various special interest groups of the Twin Cities together and also provide our own events. We think you'll be pretty happy ......

Posted On Sunday, June 29, 2008 1:40 PM

NINE Questions with Aaron Erickson
...and we're back. This time with Aaron Erickson, a Technical Sales Specialist with Magenic's Chicago office. Aaron was nice enough to sit down with me while I was in Chicago and answer these NINE Questions. 1. Where are you from? Born in El Cajon, CA, grew up in Troutdale, OR. 2. Obviously, I know where you work since I work there as well, but give our readers the 10 second pitch on them anyway. Why would I want to buy the product? We are a firm that effectively converts IQ points into business ......

Posted On Friday, June 27, 2008 1:23 PM

I'm looking for a sign...
How would you like to win a prize that doesn't suck? A really big, expensive prize... I mean it. This prize doesn't suck at all. In fact, it's the opposite of suck. This prize rocks. Totally rocks. I've got a 1 Year MSDN Premium Subscription sitting on my desk, staring at me... just daring me to give it away. (I actually have more than one of them, cause that's how I roll, but I'm only giving one away right now.) Take a moment, catch your breath... yes it's true. I am giving you a magnificent* gift ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 25, 2008 8:05 PM

Verbosity Animosity
People ask me why I blog so much. You know, why I turn a 9 word sentence into War and Peace? Maybe I'm a comment whore. When I blog about semi-personal stuff, I do so in part because I enjoy the feedback and comments I receive. Some posts receive more than others. Some post receive none at all. My technical posts tend to fall in that last category. I've found that my somewhat funny, somewhat rambling blog posts usually get more of a response than my terse ones. For example: I installed a new router ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 25, 2008 12:43 PM

NINE Questions with Trisha Cardell
Well, we're back again, this time with Trisha Cardell (formerly Lacey) of INETA/CodeZone fame. Trisha is also an occasional blogger at GeeksWithBlogs and plays a rather wicked Night Elf in World of Warcraft. Yes guys, really. So without further ado, here are NINE Questions with Trisha Cardell. 1. Where are you from? Gainesville, GA. A smallish town NE of Atlanta. To be more specific, I actually grew up in Flowery Branch, GA on a street called Quiet Meadow Lane. 2. We ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 25, 2008 1:41 AM

Announcing the Twin Cities Languages Group
Twin Cities Languages User Group My colleague, language geek and Twin Cities Code Camp leader, Jason Bock has recently formed a new Dev Languages focused user group. As leader of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, I have already extended him an invitation to join as one of our first affiliate groups. Here is Jason's description of the group: As developers, we use a number of languages throughout the lifecycle of a project and our careers in general. Learning core aspects and features from other langauges ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 25, 2008 1:16 AM

my new router (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love MSN.COM)
Recently I bought a new router. My existing Linksys Wireless B router (a nearly vintage BEFW11S4 v.4) was up to 4 reboots a day. Those of you who have experienced this fun little ritual know what I'm referring to: One minute you're working just fine and then all of a sudden, no internet connection. Doesn't matter if you're wired or wireless. So, being the thrifty (cheap bastard) type, I put off replacing it as long as possible. I also hate hate hate dealing with networking stuff, so that was another ......

Posted On Monday, June 23, 2008 11:34 AM

my thoughts on SlickEdit
I got a review copy of SlickEdit recently and over the last couple weeks, I fired it up to check it out. These are my thoughts... Overall, it's a lightweight alternative to Visual Studio .NET. I can customize the look and feel and can build from it, and the memory footprint seems pretty small, so it's not all bad. It's not all good either. I don't know if I'm just spoiled on Visual Studio, but a lot of the "not entirely necessary, but nice to have" features that I've come to rely on just aren't there. ......

Posted On Friday, June 20, 2008 11:04 AM

Japan invents robotic girlfriend

Well, we all knew it was coming... but when I read a headline like that, I expect a bit more than this:

Come on guys... you can do better than that.

Epic Fail. 

Posted On Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:01 AM

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