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'tis a Strange Thing, and thank you all.
I was talking with one of the people I am currently contracting with about the weird nature of our profession. I taught myself most of what I know, reading books, watching demos and tutorials, attending free Microsoft events like the upcoming Code CampII, and taken a few community college classes here and there. How many other respectable professions can you do that with? Can you teach yourself accounting or veterinary medicine at home? Come here Willis, I want to try to neuter you!(Willis is one ......

Posted On Friday, July 30, 2004 10:57 PM

You down with VWD? Yeah you know me!
Installed the beta of Visual Web Developer Express thing this evening. I got caught on the little problem where the installer progress bar is at 100% and it looks as if the installation has hung, I waited what I thought was a good while and then clicked “Cancel” like I know I shouldn't have, and the install exited gracefully. I figured, um OK beta, whatever, and let it finish. I thought the install went bad, so I ran the install again, and got prompted something like “yeah this ......

Posted On Friday, July 30, 2004 10:38 PM

Que up the theme from Jaws - Code Camp II The Return
It's baaaccckkkk! I just noticed that the crazy geek fest called Code Camp is back for the fall 04. So far according to the MS Events Page Code Camp II The Return is official as well. I can hardly contain myself. First Windows Mobile Developer Day is getting closer, now this? Thom Robbins has a little more info up on his blog, so keep your eyes here or there for more info as it develops. Also it looks like he is looking for speakers for this shin dig, so if you have something you want to say, and ......

Posted On Friday, July 23, 2004 7:05 AM

Hit The Road Jack - Windows Mobile Developer Day
OK, the email in my in box this morning makes it even more official. Windows Mobile Developer Day is coming to Microsoft New England. If you're anywhere near Waltham MA or New England in general, get your mobile butt out to this event. So far the agenda looks great : 8:30 – 9:00 – Registration9:00 – 10:30 - .NET Compact Framework Overview 10:30 – 10:45 – Break10:45 – 12:00 – Occasionally-Connected Application Development12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch1:00 ......

Posted On Friday, July 23, 2004 6:42 AM

Foaming at the Mouth
Wow, I am in 7th heaven, foaming at the mouth. My friendly UPS guy brought me the best present today, Code Complete 2. Sweet, I am delightfully cruising through Coder to Developer, kinda like a delicious dish that you don't want to eat too quickly, savoring the pages, and now next in the que will be CC2. Can things get any better? I am definitely impressed with Coder to Developer so far, but not at all surprised. Mike Gunderloy is pretty much awesome. I have a couple MCAD books with his name on the ......

Posted On Thursday, July 22, 2004 11:42 AM

Got It!
I almost forgot with all my XM excitement, but I also got Mike Gunderloy's Coder to Developer for my birthday! Sweet. I am a little torn; we're going on vacation in a couple weeks, and I want to do some reading then, but CtD might be too much like work, so maybe I'll get it read before we go. Did anyone read this yet? Like it? Love it? Skip it? Let me know ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 20, 2004 5:17 AM

Kickin' Ass and Takin' Names
Holy Crap, Carl's starting to lose it. He lets a little loose, and it's about time. I know I'm a little late, but better late than never. We all know he's been a fan of VB since version .0001, but this takes the cake. Classic Carl. A much needed rebuttal and a great addition to the VB vs. C# “debate”. I happen to use and like both, but for no particular reasson. I do have a few minor complaints about C#, but can use it anyways. Being stuck at a shop that still writes brand new projects ......

Posted On Monday, July 19, 2004 6:38 PM

woo hoo!
I *finally* got DSL at home. I've been doing a lot of after work consulting and needed it. The packages offered in our area were pretty limited, and I held out as long as I could for a package with a bigger pipe up, but finally had to give in. I got a package a few steps above basic, and I can thankfully say it's better than I expected. I am already 100% more productive, no more saying “I'll have to look this up at work tomorrow”. Unfortunately it came with the thinking 'ok, now I should ......

Posted On Monday, July 19, 2004 6:30 PM

XM
Well, still no more gmail invites, as soon as I get them, I'll post. Got a great birthday present Saturday, the XM Roady. I pretty much picked it out, but my wife took care of getting it here. So far I am loving it, there's a few sections in my very wooded drive to work where it craps out for a second, but all in all the service is great, the equipment was pretty reasonable, and the channel line up is great. If you're looking for satellite radio, I think XM's the way to go if you live in New England. ......

Posted On Monday, July 19, 2004 5:57 PM

g m a i l f o r u
I have two more g m a i l   i n v t i t e s, first 2 to ask shall receive. 

Posted On Thursday, July 1, 2004 6:16 PM

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