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Red Gate launched the Ants Performance Profiler 7.0 product today. This application is simply amazing! SharePoint 2010 support! Decompilation without PDB using Reflector’s engine! Azure and EC2 Support! Seriously, if you need a profiler for your .NET applications this one takes the cake. They have some great videos online to show you how the product works and the team is very interactive if you have questions or concerns. There is also a 14 day trial so you can give it a go. The license fee is only ......

 

I have always been a fan of Google Reader. I have been using it since it first came out and have never tried another feed reader. Yesterday they decided to update the UI to fit their new G+ look and in my opinion, made the application almost impossible to use. I have three main machines I use on a daily basis. A Dell XPS desktop with dual 24 inch monitors, a Toshiba Protégé with a 13 inch display, and a 11 inch MacBook Air. When I am at my desk all day, the Dell is awesome for getting development ......

 

Ok, I think this is the coolest contest I have seen. Red-Gate is sending a DBA to Space! If you have mad SQL skills, you should definitely look into this contest. More Information: Red Gate, a U.K.-based software company, has launched a campaign that will reward a database administrator (DBA) with the ultimate getaway: a seat on a commercial flight into space, courtesy of Space Adventures, Ltd But first, DBAs must unravel a Gordian knot of a plot involving morphing Martians, pets in peril, alien ......

 

Demostration of Windows 8 Lots of great stuff going on with Windows 7 installs Touch First, Mouse Second – Wow, that is going to be interesting Demo of a netbook from two years ago running Windows 8 using only 380mb of RAM, nice. Steven even said it was his daily use machine for a year, Microsoft needs to buy him a nicer machine. Windows 8 Start still feels like Windows Mobile and Windows Media Center had a child We decided every time they said “SUPER”, we are drinking They are very nervous and the ......

 

To start, I love Red Gate Software’s Tools. I have loved them since the first time I started using SQL Backup and SQL Compare when I first started Geekswithblogs.net. I think they create quality products and have been a “Friend of Red Gate” for years. So know that this review is coming from a “fan boy” of sorts. What is SQL Compare? Well the name sort of says it all, this product compares SQL databases. But not just databases, but backups, snapshots, and source control using their product SQL Source ......

 

As I do almost every year, I rearranged my home office. This time I moved my desk against the wall and added a shelve to support my main monitors. This allows me to work from my two macs when I am at home, and RDP into my Windows development laptop (below the monitors). I mainly use the macs for graphics work and photography now. The MacBook Air is still goes with me each day and sometimes I bring the iPad as well. Without better pen support, the iPad is just my couch app device or car device for ......

 

It looks like the folks in Redmond are trying to bring Clippy back with Ribbon Hero 2, but due to limitation of the platform, I am unable to play. I understand because I am on a Mac, but I do find it pretty funny that the OSes that were around when Clippy was used (Windows 95/98/ME/2000) are not supported by this application. Come on Clippy, did you forget who your friends are? Sellout! Technorati Tags: Clippy,Microsoft,Redmond,Ri... Hero 2 ......

 

Check out the post over on the StaffOfGeeks blog outlining our participation at TechEd 2011 Atlanta. We are so excited to see how Geekswithblogs.net, the best Microsoft blogging community in our opinion, can change the way people blog at TechEd. We are doings so by facilitating a new area we helped design called The Blogger Hub. In this area we have dedicated areas for writing blog post with hardwire network drop and power for your laptops, an education area for learning how to create a blog and ......

 

Ahhh, the beauty of having Windows Live Writer on the mac again, I love it. So when I bought this machine, I said I would never run Boot Camp, Parallels, or Fusion on it because it only has 2GB of ram that is not upgradeable and who can run a VM with under a 1GB ram dedicated? Well the answer is Windows 7 Starter Edition. How did I come to that conclusion, trial and error. We are prepping for a big event at TechEd 2011 (the announcement will be coming soon) and I needed Windows Live Writer on my ......

 

I recently received some books to review around my favorite hobby, photography. I can't wait to get some time to go through all of them, but the first one that caught my attention was Creative Close-Ups: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques by Harold Davis. This is a book about Macro photography, which is a sub-hobby of my hobby. Macro photography is taking close-up photos of small subjects or higher detail of subjects. When most people get a camera, they love taking pictures of flowers. To be ......

 

The C# Programming Language, Fourth Edition by Anders Hejlsberg, Mads Torgersen, Scott Wiltamuth, and Peter Golde Publisher: Addison Wesley (Special Annotated Edition for C# 4.0) I can honestly say I have had a copy of this book for each edition it was published. I love this book and have always loved it. Ever since Microsoft stopped publishing the White Reference Guides we used to all have back in the day, Addison Wesley has became my reference book dealer. These White cover books with the most ......

 

So we are at almost two weeks since I purchased the 11 inch MacBook Air and the question would be asked, would you buy it again now that you had one? The answer, absolutely. I am amazed at the speed. Engadget suggested that it was slow on their podcast, but I have to disagree. I only have the 2gb and 1.4ghz model as well, the only upgrade I was able to purchase at the store was the 128gb SSD. I would say it is fast enough for what I use it for. Blogging, Word, Outlook, Excel, surfing, music, video ......

 

We I first received this book, I was not sure what to expect. When it comes to development topics on debugging the spectrum is very wide. Most developers, including myself, only use basic techniques for day-to-day debugging. These get us through our problems quickly and they work well for 80% of the bugs we encounter. We forgot to close a connection, we didn't set a variable, we forgot to exit a loop, we fat fingered a variable name. All of these are daily errors we as developers face and fix with ......

 

The GWB Staff of Geeks blog recently posted a request to see your desk, so it would only be fair if I should my workspace as well. This is my desk at home. Since my full time job is a consultant, I need a good place to work when clients allow me to work remotely. The GWB HQ is about 45 minutes from my house so I tend to do most of my work at home. Here is a photo of where I work. WARNING: Lots of partially eaten fruit products on my desk. From the left: MacBook Pro 15in with 27in monitor attached ......

 

The wonderful people of Sams Publishing were kind enough to send me a few books to review recently, and one of them was C# 4.0 How-To by Ben Watson. There were a couple things about this book that really compelled me. The format (this is a first How-To book by Sams for me so I assume it goes across the board) was very much like a focused blog. It was broken up into small posts about each topic. The other thing that compelled me was the amount of code samples. This is not a book that you can sit down ......

 

Since installing Option Pack 4 for Windows NT to get IIS running Classic ASP, we have all felt the lack of ease from Microsoft to actually create websites on a developer box. There has always been an expressed need to not need a custom configured machine to install Visual Studio and create web sites right away. Why must we open Windows Configuration and add all these pieces if a solution for our OS could be added to the development product line. My first development job was 10 years ago when I worked ......

 

Even though this week has been a bear for me dealing with AT&T support for DSL service and after 4 hours on the phone with their support team trying to get to the place where I can connect to their service again, I am still happy with the new product I introduced into our house, the 3G MicroCell. The 3G MicroCell is a mini cell-tower for your house that generates a stronger 3G signal for you while going over your DSL/Cable modem to connect back into the AT&T network. Why did we get it? After ......

 

I have been recently been doing more photography and Flickr was only allowing me to do so much with the images in displaying them. No customization of skin, no page grouping, no post like pages. So I decided to host a WordPress blog to host my images. I really wanted to try WordPress to see what features single-hosted blog products offer that our multiple-hosted blog system could take advantage of. So far the product is very cool, I can see how such a large developer network would help produce such ......

 

Here is the list of Zone ID’s for the Blank WebPart Page (BlankWebPartPage.aspx") that is part of the Publishing Portal with MOSS 2007: TitleBar Header TopLeftRow TopRightRow CenterLeftColumn CenterColumn CenterRightColumn Footer RightColumn I was in need of these and wasn’t able to find them with a simple search on Google so I wanted to share them with you. To get a list of WebPartZone objects for a page that a webpart lives on can be done with the following code: foreach (WebPartZone zone in this.WebPartManager.Zones) ......

 

I am learning how to write apps for the iPad/iPhone/iPod! Why, well several reasons. One reason, I have 5 devices in my house on the platform. I had an iPad and iPhone, Michelle has an iPhone, and each of the kids have iPod Touches. They are excellent devices for life management, entertainment, and learning. I am amazed at how well the kids pick up on it and how much it effects the way they learn. My two year old knows how to use it better than any other device we own and she is learning new words ......

 

St. Louis is definitely a cool city. I have always looked at it as Kansas City’s big brother. I love to Arch, wonder what is would be like to have pro hockey, really like the downtown area, and have some great friends who live there. The reason we left for St. Louis on Thursday evening was to get us a head start on our journey. Since we were doing a Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives tour, it made since to have the journey start there. We picked the Hyatt Downtown as our hotel because they had an Arch ......

 

Coming to Kansas City April 8th and 9th is the Microsoft Azure Bootcamp. This event looks very promising for those developers who are looking into Azure for themselves or their companies. It covers the wide range of topics required to understand what Azure really is and is not. Space is limited so if you are considering Azure, register for this event today.Agenda:Module 1: Introduction to cloud computer and AzureHow it worksKey ScenariosThe development environment and SDKModule 2: Using Web RolesBasic ......

 

This weekend, we were planning on going to Mt. Rushmore, but with the weather the way it is, we decided to head south instead. So what are we going to do? A tour of different restaurants on the show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Not very original I know since there are web sites and iPhone apps dedicated to locating the establishments, but it definitely sounds like it could be some fun. We are going to leave KC tonight and go through St. Louis, Memphis, Little Rock, Dallas, Oklahoma City, and back ......

 

We are bringing back the administrator’s blog for Geekswithblogs.net as a place to get information for what is going on with GWB. Couple reasons we are doing this. One, I post a lot of information on my blog that is not Geekswithblogs.net related. Most the time it isn’t even developer related and I know I need to work on that too, but in an effort to keep the signal much higher than the noise, we are moving the information over there. The blog URL is http://geekswithblogs.net/a... The other ......

 

One thing I have learned about using a Mac is that Apple does not produce very many free applications. The ones they do are typically not full featured and to get the full feature you need to buy their upgraded version. For example, when it comes to Photo editing and cataloging, iPhoto is not a solution for large files or RAW processing, you need Aperture which is a couple hundred dollars. I am not complaining because I like it when an application has a product team who generates revenue with it, ......

 

We want to know what you are thinking bloggers and visitors of Geekswithblogs.net. If you were able to add items to the product backlog for this site, what would they be? New skins? Better search? Organic tag system? Better twitter integration? More ways to link other social media outlets to your blog like LinkedIn, Plaxo, Flickr? …. What would you like to see? You can leave feedback on this post or email me at support@geekswithblogs.com. We love this community and want to see how we can continue ......

 

I have recently needed a screen capture tool for my Mac and remembered that TechSmith had recently launched SnagIt, the only screen capture tool for Windows in my eyes, for the Mac. SnagIt is an amazing tool and the fact that it comes with an image editor makes it that much nicer. Well needless to say, TechSmith again has out done themselves with Snagit for the Mac. The interface very much fits the Mac UX. I was seriously worried about that because the Windows version definitely fit Windows well ......

 

My Haiti trip was amazing, I learned so much from the culture and how much love they have. I can’t really express my emotions well still because it is a major adjustment to see people living with so little and going through so much while having huge hearts, and coming back here where we have so much and worry about everything. It is a little to get used too. Imagine watching a movie with 300 kids who the majority of have never seen a movie and a few days later getting on a plane with TVs in the headrest ......

 

Along with the new TV we purchased, I need a new antenna for Over-The-Air HD/DTV because I absolutely hate the Trek antenna I bought last year because of it’s bulky size and lack of a strong signal. I was strolling through Lowe’s picking up some stuff for youth group and I wandered by the home audio/video section. You will be amazed sometimes by the stuff Lowe’s carries and the prices compared to Best Buy and the chains. In this case I for the RCA Flat, non-powered antenna (see picture) for around ......

 

Christmas is coming and so are the deals. Right now Best Buy has a huge discount (and you can find them in-stock) on the Samsung LED TVs. (I think I saved $960 off of the original price) I have needed a new TV ever since we moved. The main reason is we wanted something we could mount on the wall to keep away from the kids in the new house and my wife watched enough Food Network (she bakes cakes and cookies as her hobby) that the logo started to get burnt in. The black lines were definitely burnt ......

 

Last week I deployed a small update to Geekswithblogs.net based on a blogger suggestion to get the last version of the Admin Blog Editor’s input control on the server so he could do some cool stuff he wanted to with syntax. I published that update and then fixed some of the annoying CSS issues we had on the server side to make it a little cleaner looking UI. I need to do more work for sure, but I fixed the majority of the issues. Another area I put some time into was the long standing request for ......

 

Well I have been using WVPC for Windows 7 RTM for about a week now and there are a few things I like and a few things I don’t. First off, why at the end of 2009 do we still not have a “multiple monitor” story that doesn’t require me to put quotations around the words. This RDP style of one giant monitor span across your two monitors is not a solution, it hasn’t been since it came out. Secondly, What *flicker* is *flicker* up *flicker* with *flicker* all *flicker* the *flicker* flickering? I have ......

 

I have been converting my current client’s development environment to a VPC instead of taking over my main machine as we did to get the project kicked off. I decided to go with Windows Virtual PC now that it has RTMed, but quite a bit has changed. Once I had Windows 7 installed and VS 2008 configured, I started looking for a multiple monitor solution for VPCs. In the past, I had just lived with the limitation of running virtual and not getting the benefit of dual monitors. This time I wanted something ......

 

Hello again! This is my first time to blog since July and that is a little bit long I know. So what has been going on? Well quite a bit actually. First, Addison and Brandon are getting quite a bit older and are more active. I truly enjoy spending time with them in the evenings and that takes a lot of time out of blogging. Second, my role as youth leader at my church has been taking a larger priority in my life than when we first started our youth ministry. We are now up to 40 students at our Saturday ......

 

Seriously why do new bloggers insist on placing a test post with the word “test” as the entire body? This is just a weird concept to me. Please stop. No one wants to see you introduced to a community as “test”. Rather we would like to see you say, “Hi, this is my first post. My name is [Insert Name] and I am [Insert Interests and Bio]”. This is a blog community so why not try out a blog post for a test? Anyway, I am very sorry for the number of test posts we have been receiving lately. I will add ......

 

Over the past few days you may or may not have noticed that Geekswithblogs.net was down for a few minutes here or there. I decided it was time to get rid of some of those annoying, Log filling bugs that were generated in most cases by comment spam attempts. Now you should notice the log (via admin) is much smaller and should not grow on a 5 second interval now. I also published some small changes to the comment controls used by most of the skins. If you witness commenting issues, please ping me and ......

 

With the popularity of twitter growing, we wanted to enable users to have the possibility to have a shorter URL for posting. To complete the idea, we purchased http://wblo.gs and http://geekswithblo.gs, and you can selected which ever you prefer. Once the request is made it will be redirected to the page under that http://geekswithblogs.net domain, but it will shortcut the amount of characters needed. Here are some examples: http://wblo.gs/jjulian http://geekswithblo.gs http://wblo.gs/jalexander/r... ......

 

I first need to start this post with a thank you to Lance Robinson for submit all the required work and the idea of a Geekswithblogs.net search provider. Now when you visit the Geekswithblogs.net Homepage, if you drop down your search providers list you will see a “Geekswithblogs” listing as well as a highlighted link to add the Geekswithblogs search provider to your browser. With this, you then can use the Geekswithblogs search for finding answers to the questions you have. Our search is powered ......

 

Over the next month we will be migrating the Geekswithblogs system over to new hardware with a platform upgrade to Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. This upgrade will force us to make some changes that are needed to the database and others that are just because (like ASP.NET 2.0 to ASP.NET 3.5). What does this mean if you are a blogger? Hopefully nothing. The idea is to migrate the data/code to the new servers with dummy IPs and then when we are ready, swap the IPs with the new boxes and BAM, ......

 

Over the last few days I have been plagued with a view of GMail that does not make for a “Google" experience of UX. All my buttons are vertical instead of horizontal! Features still work, but it is quite annoying. I am wondering if any one else is going through it or if it is just me. <—Click the image to see what it looks like. My resolution is 1920x1200 on both displays. Technorati Tags: Gmail,IE8,Bugs ......

 

Some thought it would be impossible to catch up with Chris Williams, but D’Arcy has done it. They are currently tied, but because D’Arcy posted last, his name is on top. This is the first time we have seen another name at the top of the list in years. D’Arcy: Congrats! Chris: I know the battle is not over yet ......

 

In the spirit of most Microsoft fan boys, I installed Windows 7 Beta on one of my machines as the primary OS and am having an excellent experience. No, it is not my TouchSmart (even though that would be awesome), but my HP Mini Netbook. As most have stated, this OS is very stable (except Lou and his BSOD) and am really looking forward to the test drive. I tried reporting some bugs I saw in the basics, but didn’t have any luck with the new Send Feedback feature. Hopefully it is due to everyone submitting ......

 

So I received a exciting email from GoDaddy this weekend stating I could “Get www.Julian.com for 25% off” and I was shocked. Not only is it a common name and most likely in high demand, but it was on sale? But of course there is fine print when you see the “**” so what did that say? Ok, so I think at this point they put this because they send out enough emails to people with the name Julian that it is “first come first serve” and I may be late to the game. So I rush over the GoDaddy and make it through ......

 

Today Doug came in with his Zune 30 and said, “Look at my screen, this is where it has been for 30 minutes.” I was shocked cause I had never seen that before, then I looked down at mine to find it synced with the exact same screen. So my question for Microsoft is “Why?”. Doug came back to the office a few minutes later saying the Zune boards are going crazy with this happening. I have my Zune 4gb right next to it and it is still working so this must be a Zune 30 only issue, but I can not completely ......

 

I just realized that even though other team members have mentioned the new search integration for the Geekswithblogs Community Portal, I have not. I want to thank all those on the Live Search team who have worked with us to be one of the first sites to integrate with the new Search 2.0 API. To gain access to the new search, just go to the homepage of Geekswithblogs.net and enter a search query from the blue cloud in the top right corner. It is just that simple. Next phase of this integration will ......

 

** WARNING: You can not mount this via VESA out of the box like the announcements describe, a special part must be ordered ** Now that I have my warning out of the way, Michelle purchased a HP TouchSmart IQ816 for the house so we could hang it on the wall so we could easily interact with the machine to leave notes, add calendar events, review pictures, and watch Blue-ray movies. I have to coolest wife, I know… The machine arrived yesterday and man is it big. I would see why you would not want to ......

 

I was getting caught up on my RSS feeds after PDC today and I ran across this Engadget article. I then thought, hey that photo looks familiar. Oh I know why, because I took it! Technorati Tags: PDC08,Photography ......

 

Today I am checking out the event to see what all this amazing new stuff is about. I have been stuck in the booth since Saturday with only bathroom privileges so I have not been able to see what is going on. I ran the Azure Build Service HOL with D’Arcy, but after the second machine crash, I gave up and came over to the Open Spaces area. Technorati Tags: PDC08,Geekswithblogs.net,Darcy ......

 

It has been surprising to talk to the attendees of the PDC about blogging and participation in communities. Most don’t seem to have blogs, but have lots of things to talk about. Most like the concept of Geekswithblogs.net after reading our bag insert and we have had a lot of registrations. But, there are a number of them who just want to read the blogs and we are completely ok with that. Our goal out here has been to register more bloggers who are interested in these new technologies Microsoft is ......

 

And he is very welcome here. We had a major bug left over from the “previous vendor” who owned the blogging tool we are using with the BlogML importer, putting all of Jason’s posts on the main feed instead of in the correct time they belonged. Jason, it looks like all is good and we are glad to have you back!!! Technorati Tags: Jason Olson,PDC08,Geekswithblogs.net ......

 

Our resident Canadian is present and ready to test the Surface out in the booth. Technorati Tags: Geekswithblogs.net,PDC08 ......

 

We have arrived! Like the booth? This is going to be a very busy week. John and I will be debugging the Surface table (huge thanks to Joe Olsen and Phenomblue for helping us with the Surface) and Jerod will be getting the marketing down. Can’t wait to catch up with the herd of you at this event! Time for rest… Technorati Tags: PDC08,Geekswithblogs.net,Booth ......

 

Ok, we are getting desperate here because we only have 2.5 working days before PDC left and 3 videos. I have a lot of “I will get you …” but only a few uploads, so if you are planning on participating, can you get us those videos soon? Thanks and hope you like the new site as well :D. Technorati Tags: Geekswithblogs.net,PDC08,Vi... ......

 

Wow, that took a long time but it is finally ready. This morning I released the Geekswithblogs.net 3.0 will all the new features we could finish before PDC 2008. This is definitely not the end of 3.0 features, but it needed to get out the door. The first change you will notice is the GREEN MONSTER has been replaced. This theme has been in the works since the springtime as most of you with shirts know. Keep an eye on this blog and the tutorials section of the site throughout this week so you can learn ......

 

The GWB Staff is here! We arrived at the HDC Omaha this morning after a few hours in the car. The trip was fun, but trying to take photos of the leaves changing wasn’t going to happen with the down pour we drove through the whole way. Joe Olsen, founder of Phenomblue, was gracious enough to give us a personal demo of a Microsoft Surface, big o’ table. That thing is freaking cool. If they had a version that was half the price and kid proof, I would definitely be replacing my living room table today. ......

 

We need your help! So far we have one video for the PDC commercial we are producing and I don’t think that will deliver the whole message we want. In case you don’t know what I am talking about, review Jerod’s post or the 2 GWB newsletters that were sent out over the past few weeks. The main purpose is to show that we are a diverse group from all around the world. We want to see what your world looks like. Indoors and Outside. Your a geek and this is your life, show us. If you are planning to get ......

 

Today is the official five year anniversary of the first post on Geekswithblogs.net. Happy Birthday!!! We will be celebrating our 5 years with the launch of a new version of the community portion of the site. We will also be at HDC Omaha and PDC 2008 celebrating the launch and 5th anniversary. These events will be awesome and at the PDC, we are excited that Chris and D’Arcy are able to join us. As far as the site goes, we are so close to being finished. I took off last week to dedicate my morning, ......

 

With the PDC right around the corner, my wife and I decided I needed a better place to work from home so I could get my mind focused and get the next version of the site cranked out. This meant I was able to move into the "play room" and take over the portion of the basement where the exercise equipment resided. No, that doesn't not mean I have given up on working out, I would just rather use the gym's equipment as it is nicer quality. In fact, I just took my fitness age test and am now 46 (compared ......

 

I know this is a bit off topic, or am I kidding myself by assuming I have an actual topic. Anyway, today around lunch some planes were practicing for the Air Show in Kansas City and we got some awesome shots. If you are in town and the weather is acceptable, I would suggest this event. It looks like it is going to be awesome. Here are some shots I took with the D300. Thanks to Doug for driving me to the different locations again, he is the best photo driver. Technorati Tags: Kansas City,Air Show,D300 ......

 

As Chris mentioned earlier, Geekswithblogs.net will have an official presence this year at the PDC. We will be a Silver Media Sponsor and will have a booth for registering members and teaching people about blogging. To keep the buzz going at the event while we are in the booth, we have invited Chris Williams and D'arcy Lussier to help us out. They are going to be an amazing addition to our onsite team. Thanks for taking us up on our offer guys! Jerod will be sending a newsletter out this week to ......

 

OK, I have heard you loud and clear, the comments suck in SubText and on Geekswithblogs.net. I agree, but I don't have near as many problems with people being able to comment as others do. This leads me to believe the problems lay in two places, the skins or the custom HTML code fields. Most of the time when I am debugging a blogger with comment problems they are due to some javascript they have embedded into the news section of their blog. However, this is a problem so we need to get it fixed so ......

 

During lunch today, Doug Butscher was kind enough to drive me around to take some more train pictures for Brandon's room. I can honestly say I have not had that much fun with a camera and a car in a long time. We ended up in the bottoms of Kansas City, KS near a whole lot of steel distribution plants, but most sketchy areas that made me feel like the possibility of robbery or death was in the picture. The fearless driver, Doug, was truly fearless. We were driving along side train tracks through gravel ......

 

JellyTelly, from the mind of Phil Vischer of VeggieTales, is a network for children to follow along the lines of Christian videos from the 90s/00s. The idea is to get children to visit the site daily to view wholesome Christian-based cartoons and shows. With hopes to bring this to the television, but it will launch online first due to the amount of money it takes to launch a television network. This is definitely exciting and I pray he does very well. The revenue model will be subscriptions (like ......

 

"A connection was successfully established with the server, but then an error occurred during the login process. (provider: TCP Provider, error: 0 - The specified network name is no longer available.) " This is what has been causing issues with the site this weekend. Thankfully the hospital has good WiFi and my cell's bluetooth connection to the HSDPA network from AT&T makes being able to debug the servers ok. However, we will be in the hospital the rest of the day and going home tomorrow so ......

 

Addison is finally here! I can honestly say, that is the first time I have Tweeted from the hospital in an operating room. Looks like we will be here for a few days, but our room has an awesome view so we might see some fireworks tomorrow. Geekswithblogs.net was completely down this morning with random, never seen TCP communication errors between the web box and the database. I like to call it the jealous sibling that didn't want us to leave for the hospital. I got her squared away at 5:30 and we ......

 

Got to love all the bloggers we have on this site. Today we had some database issues and I started to receive emails, blog comments, text messages, IM messages, and trouble tickets about the timeout issues we were having. Thankfully it happened today, because Addison will be joining the family tomorrow morning and I will be out of pocket. The problems should be fixed, but if they aren't ping me via one of the methods above. Well I am back to spending the last day with Brandon as the only child, later ......

 

My church, the Berean Bible Church, is one of the over 200 churches that are participating in an awesome event in September. We will be broadcasting the Focus on the Family's Truth Project training live on September 27th. The Truth Project is a small group program for Christians that goes over the biblical worldview for comparison to your worldview. I have been through the program and lead a group and I really enjoy the content. My role, along with some other guys at the church is technical maintenance ......

 

Look what I get to prepare this week! I am so excited. We are building some new internal environments and decided to spring for some new servers. Aren't they pretty. I can't wait to smell the Quad-Core 2.0ghz Xeons cooking with 8GB of RAM each machine. I will post more about what we are doing and hopefully some more pictures, wish me luck! Technorati Tags: Servers,IT Pro,Dell ......

 

Oh the joys of Fatherhood. One day a year, we get put on a pedestal that we don't deserve and get shouts of praise and love from those around us. This year I wanted to spend my day doing an activity my family could do together and it just so happened that my son's favorite toy was in town (Baldwin City is close enough to Olathe to be considered in town). Not only was Thomas the Train here, but he was live sized and you could actually take a 25 minute ride along with him. Needless to say, my son was ......

 

One of the greatest pieces of third-party software was updated today and I must say, this app is sexy! At least that is the first comment that came out of my mouth when the SnagIt Editor started up. (Oh what irony when I have to use Paint and Windows Print Screen to take a screenshot of SnagIt because it auto-hides the application to take a shot of something else. They must be bashful :D) Some of the new features you can expect are: Sequential Captures Multi-image capabilities Quick Styles Keyboard ......

 

We are making a large effort to get rid of the SPAM coming through the comments on this site. To help me out (for now) can you forward your SPAM comments to support@geekswithblogs.com. This will then let me see the spammer's style and create a blocking technique. Technorati Tags: Geekswithblogs.net,Spam,Help ......

 

D'Arcy is definitely killing the Speaker Idol presentation. Start booking your tickets for #teched09 to hear D'Arcy keynote the event. Technorati Tags: D'Arcy,Teched 2008,Geekswithblogs.net ......

 

Some of you have probably seen the new logo on our shirts that we gave out at the MVP Summit or on a few of my posts and wondered what is going on. We we are in the process of redesigning the community portal (currently just a homepage) of the site to allow readers and visitors of the site to learn more about who our bloggers are and what topics are of interest. With this redesign comes the a new look. This means we are killing the Green Monster. Sad day for me when we go live, but it had to be done. ......

 

John, Jerod, and myself are here at teched 2008 | Developer Edition in Orlando, FL, however we have no clue of who else is here from Geekswithblogs.net. Please leave a comment or come find us at the Party With Palermo event tonight. GWB is definitely a proud sponsor of that event and we want to encourage others to join us for a good time tonight. This year we arrived a day early on accident as most teched events kickoff on Monday. So to pass the time we played a roaring good game of putt-putt golf ......

 

You guys blog too much :D FullControl.net just pinged me and let me know that we have ran out of bandwidth on our account and will be filling it in with overage charges (don't worry about those). That is 1 Terabyte of traffic this month or 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. Good job and keep the content coming! Technorati Tags: Terabyte,Geekswithblogs,Hos... ......

 

Recently, we started testing SmarterTools' SmartTrack application to replace our current support system. We were definitely using a early BETA and it had issues, but we knew the product would be in full release soon enough. So if you have tried to use the web interface lately, sorry it was broken. But today is a new day and we have updated the system to the full version of SmartTrack and everything is active and ready to roll. There are tons of new features, but the big one is Online Chat. Please ......

 

My wife was kind enough to make me another cake for the office this year for my birthday (May 3rd). This year I wanted to use the new logo we had created for the new version of the site we will hopefully be releasing later this month. Here is a link to last years cake. Technorati Tags: Cakes,Geekswithblogs,Birthday ......

 

Over the past 3 months, I have really been getting into playing the guitar. This was never easy for me because to get into playing the guitar, I would first have to own a guitar. I can't just go out and borrow a buddy's guitar because I don't know any Left-Handed players. So I had to drop a couple hundred dollars to see if I could play music. The Squier Stratocaster I started with a Squier Stratocaster from Musician's Friend (warehouse located in Kansas City) and began my music career :D. Jerod was ......

 

Coders 4 Charities is kicking off and it has been far more successful than we expected. Doug and I both asked if we thought anyone would show up as we have had registration open for 2 months. We have 29 people here who have given up their weekend and 5 charities that are getting excellent software that will help them run their organizations better after the weekend The Crew Early In The Morning Rock Band Rooms (208 & 207) Tonight is the Rock Band contest at 11:00pm, I will definitely have video ......

 

I decided to clean off my Zune and resync the files with my computer. I do this from time to time as my Zune seems to keep albums on it that I don't have on my host. When clicked sync now, I received the following issues. And each item shows this message I have been listening to this album for a few months now on a regular rotation. In my high school/college years I was really big into the band Superdrag. I have however started listening to Christian music for the past 6 months and I recently found ......

 

I just wanted to send out a friendly reminder to those who registered for Coders 4 Charities that the event starts tomorrow. Doug, John, and myself are extremely excited to host this event and work with the developers are we attempt to help these charities and non-profits with applications that will benefit them immensely. If you are in the area of the weekend and want to check out the event or just help the devs with some questions, please feel free to join us. See you all tomorrow! Here is a list ......

 

D'Arcy and Chris are now closely competing for King of the Mountain on Geekswithblogs.net. Because I am interested in this fight, I created some charts to demonstrate the battle over the time these guys have been blogging. Enjoy. Total Blogging Over Time Post Frequency Per Month ......

 

Cory Smith was nice enough to give me a lift to the campus this morning. Why is he my hero? The picture says it all ......

 

As some of you may have seen from our Newsletter Announcement or from your blog that we have had a spammer loose on the site while I am travel in Seattle. Normally, I could do a better job of stopping this, but I don't have the tools I need to do more than remove the comments. Please bear with me while I try to stop these messages that some might come through, but they will be removed. Thanks. Technorati Tags: Blog Spam,Microsoft,MVP Summit ......

 

The event was a lot of fun. The audience was prepared with tons of questions and the presenters had some great topics. Clint Edmonson mentioned the idea of doing a MOSS Camp in Kansas City, and I think we will definitely look into it after Coders 4 Charities. Technorati Tags: MOSS Camp,St. Louis,SharePoint ......

 

Just wanted to chime in a to say Jerod and I are on the road, had to stop to get some gas, Taco Bell, and surf the web with my bluetooth and MacBook. I love technology. We will be in St. Louis in about 2 hours. Technorati Tags: MOSS Camp,Driving,Taco Bell ......

 

Looks like I will have the pleasure of speaking at the St. Louis MOSS Camp in April. The event looks awesome, and I wish we could draw a large enough crowd of speakers and attendees in Kansas City, but I don't think we are there yet. I will hopefully be presenting on WCM, but I left to options open to the organizers. If you are in the area, I would highly suggest this event. List of Current Topics: MOSS UX Customization Best Practices SharePoint 2007 Custom Workflow SharePoint 2007 Custom Web Parts ......

 

Due to some issues with the ISP of Community-Credit, we turned off the integration for a few days. This morning I received an IM from David stating the issues had been resolved so the CC integration is back online. If you are in the running for a prize, please manually post the entries that didn't make it up over the past two days. Technorati Tags: Community-Credit,Geekswithb... ......

 

I want to first off thank the 45 members of the Kansas City .NET User Group who attended the presentation held last night. Myself, John, and Doug appreciate the dialog and questions about the topic of ASP.NET MVC Framework and hope to see more interest in the topic as it furthers in development at Microsoft. For those of you who couldn't make it or just want to see what the MVC Framework is all about, check out the samples and presentation located at the end of this post. Recap of A Model View Controller ......

 

Tonight, the minds will gather at AJI Software HQ and discuss the death of the "Green Monster". We have found someone we like that might work on the graphics side of the site, but tonight we are mapping out the layouts and features that will be in Geekswithblogs.net 3.0, the Wrath of Khan. If you have any pressing thoughts or needs for the Geekswithblogs.net Community Portal, please voice them here or forever hold your peace. Also, congrats to Chris Williams on 900 posts. Technorati Tags: Geekswithblogs,Green ......

 

When is Microsoft going to fix the loneliness bug in Windows Server? If you haven't heard of this bug, it is when you leave town on vacation and your server gets lonely and starts acting up. Then in uncontrollable emotion the server goes crazy the first minute you log into it. Anyway, the servers should be back up again and sorry for any issues that it may have caused. Technorati Tags: Geekswithblogs ......

 

This is the first vacation we have had in 3 years and 9 months. Our last vacation was our honeymoon. Brandon just celebrated his 3rd birthday on Monday, so you can do the math on why we haven't had a vacation. Not only the math, but after Brandon turned one, John and I started working for AJI Software full-time and once you are your own boss, it is hard to give yourself time off. This week, we traveled to Newport Beach, CA with my parents where we are taking a break. My dad had a conference out here ......

 

Today is Brandon's 3rd birthday and one of the gifts he received was the Leap Frog ClickStart My First Computer. Now I have to figure out how to get this thing online so he can blog from it. Technorati Tags: Happy Birthday,Brandon ......

 

I would like to thank David Silverlight for inducting me into the Community-Credit Hall of Fame. I love this site and I think what David is doing is awesome for the community. Also, want to give a shout out to Lou Vega for being a inducted as well! Technorati Tags: Community-Credit,Geekswithb... ......

 

I feel like Mater from Cars yelling, "It's done!" The first time I attempted this task, I was completely unsuccessful and undid all the code changes I made. I gave it a few weeks and tried again using a different approach, this time it was successful! Adding additional logic for host records to SubText is not an easy feat. Not only do you have to worry about the virtualization aspects of the site and ensureing the domains requested will still load the data, but with many open-source projects, everyone ......

 

If you are a member of Geekswithblogs.net and have a domain you are currently redirecting to your blog, or just want to participate in this beta, please contact me via this blog and I will get you setup in the system. I want to ensure I do not have any bugs as this took a decent sized overhaul to the page handling model of SubText to make this happen. Review this post if you are not sure what I mean by custom domains and join in on the fun. Technorati Tags: Geekswithblogs,Custom Domains ......

 

... due to all the other moves I am going to ... I can't write that and keep a straight face. No I do not want to have a Microsoft domain attached to my blog or give up my copyright. Instead, I am in the process of implementing the "Custom Domain" portion to Geekswithblogs.net. To test the implementation thus far, I have pointed JeffJulian.net at the site and registered the domain to my blog (portion that isn't finished or you could do the same). Notice it isn't http://www.jeffjulian.net/j... ......

 

After popular demand, we finally implemented "Read More" on the Geekswithblogs.net homepage.  If you have concerns or thanks, please let me know via comments.  I think the homepage is definitely easier to navigate now.

 

Doug has been hard at work with Graffiti CMS to get the data entry form ready for registration to Coders 4 Charities. If you are interested in the event, please fill out the form and let your friends know. Ping us if you have questions about forming a team of the event itself. Developer / Designer / DBA - Registration Charity / Non-Profit - Registration Technorati Tags: C4C,Coders 4 Charities,Kansas City,Giving Back ......

 

Thanks to the Marketing with Microsoft for Partners... blog for letting me know about this one. John and I were both said, "There are others like us!!!" Technorati Tags: Microsoft,Conference Call,Humor ......

 

In the spirit of posts about joining the different communities, I wanted to chime in. So the question is should I blog? My answer is absolutely. Even if you only contribute a post ever month, I still feel it is a worthwhile activity to participate in. I see a lot of registrations from individuals on Geekswithblogs.net where they state that they read blogs all the time and feel it is time to give back and I think that is excellent. You don't have to aim to be the best blogger in the sphere, nor do ......

 

On the way home from We Are Microsoft, Doug and I determined we had to create an event in Kansas City modeled after the Dallas event. We ran the idea by John and he was 100% on board. One week later, we have started the site, thanks to Telligent for letting us use the Graffiti CMS product. The name of the event is Coders 4 Charities, with the corresponding domain coders4charities.org. What do we need? Everything thus far, except a web site, but we are not quite ready. First thing we need to do is ......

 

What a great event! I want to thank everyone involved and wish all the charities good luck with their new software. If you haven't listened to the shows yet, I highly suggest it. You will be compelled to look at your work with the community and see different ways you can help charities with your development skills. Here is a list of all the shows we recorded during the event, please help spread the word about these so others can get involved in their local areas either by themselves, as a user group, ......

 

In our final podcast, Doug and I speak with the Executive Director of Texas Response Unit Search & Rescue, Shannon Blackwell. This organization assists local, state and federal agencies in the recovery of lost, missing and abducted persons in urban and wilderness or natural and man-made disasters while proactively educating response agencies and the community. They were looking into implementing a testing module that will certify individuals such an volunteers and police officers. This module ......

 

This was a very interesting interview, because we had the ability to talk to two developers who were helping out this weekend, not to talk about a specific charity, but more to speak about their experience this weekend, and what motivated them to come help. Tim Rayburn and Jason Duncan are both with Sogeti and were working on the CITY House team. Jason Duncan was performing two roles this weekend, one as developer for CITY House, and the other as the charity representative for Spina Bifida. This ......

 

Doug Butscher and I spoke with the guys from Telligent Systems, the development team that was helping the Spina Bifida Association of North Texas. in this interview, we speak with Jim Martin and Kevin Harder to discuss the needs of their charity. This charity would like to re-platform to Community Server and Graffiti CMS to allow them to support a number of additional features such as groups, blogs, forums, site search, photo/movie galleries, etc. Listen to the Spina Bifida Association of North Texas ......

 

The Volunteer Center of North Texas is an organization that provides a link between volunteers and volunteer agencies. They network with about 1,800 agencies in the Dallas and neighboring northeast Texas area. Doug Butscher and I spoke with Dana Riley, the Associate Executive Director of the VCNT, and Bruce Harlan, the Director of I.T. The organization needed to improve user access to their information, and they were assigned several developers to help accomplish this task. Listen to the Volunteer ......

 

This was my first attempt to produce a video at an event, but Doug and I had tons of fun with this. Let me know if did a good job. Jerod is still producing the remaining shows we recorded and they should be out tonight or tomorrow. Technorati Tags: We Are Microsoft,Charity Challenge Event,Microsoft ......

 

Texas CARES provides for abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, as well as educating the public about the humane treatment of all animals and the responsibility of pet ownership. After overcoming a hardware issue with our recording equipment, we spoke with Carol Benassi, President of Texas CARES, and Brian about their needs and implementation efforts this weekend. Texas CARES has been running primarily off of Excel spreadsheets to manage their organization, after losing ......

 

This was a really fun interview, because we had the chance to talk to Toi Wright and Amber Weiss, the two people who coordinated the event, and who we worked with closely during the event. Toi coordinated this event by contacting charities in the Dallas area, gathering their requirements and defining a selection process. She was looking for charities who were in need of a software solution, but something that could be completed over the course of a weekend. She also sent out the call to local developers ......

 

Doug Butscher and I spoke with Rick (our Rock Band drummer) to discuss his charity, Trinity Christian Academy. They would like to update their web site so that they can update school calendars, athletic scores, fund-raising activities, mission trips, family needs, etc., without having to send mass emails or letters to families. Trinity does not have the I.T. resources to manage the content on their web site, so they needed an easy way to upload their content. In lieu of a CMS, they chose to use Microsoft ......

 

Doug Butscher and I had a chance to speak with Tim Mitchell and Ryan Magnusson to discuss their implementation of SER Child Development Center's web site. Their existing web site was over 8 years old and was so out-of-date that they needed to remove it. They needed a new web site to inform parents and their community about current and new programs, while taking advantage of the latest development technologies available. The implementation team is using SubSonic as the CMS to manage the content on ......

 

In this interview, Doug and I speak with Zach Young and Jay Smith from the Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group, who are part of the team helping Texas Discovery Gardens build a brand new web site to teach people effective ways to restore, conserve and preserve nature in the urban environment through the use of native and adapted plants that illustrate the interrelationship of Butterflies, Bugs and Botany. Texas Discovery Gardens had a web site in the past that was approximately 10 years old, but it ......

 

We had a chance to talk to Dorothy, the General Manager, and C.C., the Outreach Coordinator, from St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, who help out their community by providing low priced goods and services for their neighbors in need, so that they may live in dignity. Dorothy was a little nervous to speak with us, but as you can tell in the interview, they both did an excellent job at conveying their mission and passion for what they believe so much in. They are by far the most technologically innovative ......

 

North Park Missionary Baptist Church mission is to seek the lost, strengthen the saved and meet the needs of the people through the teaching and preaching of the word of God. The site will be dedicated to informing individuals and families about the services and assistance we offer through our facility. One of the amazing facts about this project is that this organization's is first presence on the Internet. The team didn't just want to build the standard site, they wanted to build them something ......

 

Our first podcast of the event was with a great organization named City House and the development team from Sogeti. The mission of City House is to strengthen the community by helping children, youth and families resolve physical and emotional crises. They provide a complementary suite of intervention and prevention services at no cost to their clients. To find out more about how this project was designed, review the proposal here. Listen to the Interview with City House Technorati Tags: City House,Sogeti,We ......

 

Welcome to Dallas! Doug and I are down here at We Are Microsoft podcasting the different development teams and charities about the application they are building at the event. If you haven't check out the details of the event, please do and stay tuned for podcasts being released at the event from this blog. After the event, we will move these shows over to Podcast Studio. The first show we will be releasing is with City House and Team Sogeti. Technorati Tags: We Are Microsoft,Charity,Sogeti,City House,Dallas,Podcasting ......

 

This weekend, our team will be down in Dallas podcasting those who are involved in this unique event. We Are Microsoft is a charity challenge where developers will be matched with a charity to develop an application based on their needs. At the end of the 3 day event, all of the participants will vote of the apps and proclaim the champion. Check out their site and if you meet their sponsors, thank them for helping out with this awesome event. Keep an eye on my blog for the shows. We will start publishing ......

 

We track statistics and demographics for Geekswithblogs.net using Google Analytics and I am very impressed with this product. However, due to the nature of our blog system, several bloggers want to track their information independently as well. To make this happen, I used a modification to the original Urchin code Google offered, but that recently quit working as they upgraded the codes they offer. So the upgrade of codes will most likely cause you to upgrade your code. Here are the steps to do it: ......

 

I created a new skin for Geekswithblogs.net called DKSkin. Well, I didn't really create it as much as I found the template being used by another system that borrowed it from a free template site (while giving the appropriate credit) and just ported it myself, but none the less, we have a new skin. If others in the community like a skin they see out there and if they can get rights to that template, download SubText and implement the skin and I will publish it for you if it works well. To try this ......

 

I stumbled on this feature in Windows Live Writer that will help some of our bloggers, and other bloggers,who want to load previous posts (that might not have been authored with Live Writer) and make changes to them. In my case, I wanted to add some tags now that Geekswithblogs.net supports them. Check out this quick screencast that explains how to open posts and add tags. Tagging Previous Post with Windows Live Writer Technorati Tags: Windows Live Writer,WLW,Tagging,Tags ......

 

I was configuring the server and did not notice I accidentally took the site down for a few minutes. Please forgive me... Technorati Tags: Geekswithblogs,Servers,Outage ......

 

As part of an effort we are doing at AJI Software to better instruct our bloggers on how to use the software, we will be launching a series of Screencasts, using Camtasia Studio from TechSmith, to help with a few areas of site. The first screencast is on Tagging using Windows Live Writer and Geekswithblogs.net. If you experience difficulty with the audio making weird blips and beeps, check out this post from TechSmith. On my MacBook Pro, running Vista Business, I had to go back to revision 39 of ......

 

This is the first month I have been involved with submitting credits to Community-Credit as it is so easy with Geekswithblogs and I actually won something! Butt/Face Soap! This month, the grand prize is podcasting equipment and I am hoping one of our members will win! Thank David Silverlight! You know they named that Flash-killer after him... Technorati Tags: Community-Credit,Geekswithb... Face Soap ......

 

I have been re-awarded the MVP status for the 4th year. This year is different as I am now a SharePoint MVP where in the past I was an XML MVP. The transfer process was not as difficult as I thought it would be and I would like to thank Rafael Munoz, my previous lead, and April Spence, my new lead, for all the help when I asked to move to another designation. It wasn't a straight move like I asked and it was done, I had to go through the qualification tests again, but I knew what to expect. If you ......

 

(click to larger view) Oh Zune, I want to love you, but you make it so difficult some times. Well most of the time my Zune is great. The device is solid (now that my battery isn't draining even when I turn it off with the firmware from 2 days ago) and the marketplace has a great selection. The podcast features are getting there (it would be nice to mark as played from the device) but I have been having some major problems for the past few days. When I got my MacBook Pro, one of the first applications ......

 

Doug Butscher and I were outside at the EOB today and we saw the coolest contrail (new word for me) from a jet I have seen. It steadily progressed to get more squiggly as we watched it. Check it out! It looks like someone was using a pen in the sky. Technorati Tags: Contail,Jet Vapor,Vapor Trail,Airplane,Kansas City ......

 

Wow! Tariq had a huge lead not that long ago and then when he decided Cross-Posting was the route for him, Chris Williams jumped on it and aimed for the goal. Last night, after months and months of labor, Chris Williams was final able to reach that goal. I am sure if Jason Olson still blogged on Geekswithblogs.net, I am sure he thank him too :D. Always happens to the Microsoft hires... Technorati Tags: Top Post,Geekswithblogs,Chris Williams,Tariq,Jason Olson ......

 

My favorite Regular Expression resource, RegExLib.com, received a very nice face lift and enhancement recently and I thought you would like to know. For sometime now, the site was sort of broken, search features were not working, paging through the expressions were flaky and it looked like it was on the verge of going away. However, it looks like Steve Smith and the team were making some major enhancements and I am really excited to run into my next RegEx issue and being able to use this resource. ......

 

No the world is not ending, well I don't know if it is or isn't, but John and myself switched to MacBook Pros from our Toshibas. These machines are amazing. I have never been so excited to work with Vista. Don't worry, I am not a switcher. While I downloaded Vista Business from MSDN, I used OS X Leopard and I had the same reaction that I did with my original Apple PowerBook, "What can I do?" I was literally bored on a computer and that takes a lot. Those awesome applications they talk about on the ......

 

Today I had the honor of going to the Vice President's speech with the VFW (thanks to Doug Butscher) and it was awesome. I have never seen a public official of this caliber in person before and at 50 feet away is was definitely an experience. He spoke about the Iraq war, war funds, and other pressing topics of today. On a side note, the speech was at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City. This memorial is also the National World War I Museum and I am really looking forward to visiting it in the future ......

 

I released another version of Geekswithblogs.net today that added a small MVP icon for those who responded to the email sent yesterday to the members. If you did not receive an email or junk filters ate it up, send Jerod Crump a comment on his blog to get you added to the list. Send your MVP ID as well for verification. The icons will appear in the blogger list on the right side and in the Posted By: section of the entries. I am sure we will do more with this information soon, but I wanted to get ......

 

I wanted to let all the Geekswithblogs.net members who read my site (and readers as well) of some of the new features we have on our skins for the Twitter and Tag features released last week. If you integrate your Twitter account with your Geekswithblogs account, not only will you be part of a new Main Feed for Twitters, but your blog will show your 10 latest Twitters on the skin. Here is a view of what this looks like. Additionally, when you use the Tagging feature, a new Tag Cloud will show up ......

 


 

When creating a post on your Geekswithblogs.net blog, to take advantage of the tagging feature, insert Technorati tags at the end of the post. If you are unfamiliar with tagging or how to create Technorati tags, visit this help page and learn more about what to do. If you are using Windows Live Writer as your post editor, use the link on the right side to easily add these tags. Windows Live Writer Example Technorati tags: Tagging, Technorati, SubText, Geekswithblogs.net ......

 

With the SubText 1.9.5 update, the team fixed the Community-Credit integration that may of our members have been dying to get their hands on. This is awesome. At the HDC, me and David talked a lot of CC and GWB and I promised I would get the site working better with his in the near future. Well it looks like I was able to come through with that promise thanks to the SubText team. Let me know if you create a post and Community-Credit doesn't recognize it by default via the comments of this post. Technorati ......

 

I just published the latest version of Geekswithblogs.net (including SubText 1.9.5) and I hope you like it. One of the features I added was Twitter integration. Twitter is a micro-blogging service that members use to let their followers know what they are doing at any given moment. This service is excellent so there was no reason to recreate the wheel, and with their API, i could easily grab the information from Twitter and publish it on Geekswithblogs.net. These are the steps to configure your blog ......

 

John and I have been working hard to get Geekswithblogs.net updated to SubText 1.9.5 and also take an opportunity to add some additional features and put some framework items in place. SubText 1.9.5 made one major change and a few minor one and bug fixes. The major change is Tagging. If you use Live Writer, make sure you are using the Technorati tagging feature in the tool as SubText will review your posts for Technorati tags and add them to your site. One of the new features that you will not see ......

 

Just a friendly reminder to plug in your Zunes today and get the latest and greatest in Zune software. If you don't have a Zune, today you can go get one of the 2nd generation Zunes at your local retailer and join the fun. Technorati tags: Zune ......

 

Recently Geekswithblogs.net turned 4 years of age and around the same time we reached 30,000 posts! This is awesome! Soon we will be at 1600 bloggers and the community keeps getting bigger and better. I look at the feed (constantly) and I am just amazed by the source code and information each blogger is adding to the community. I wonder if we could estimate the amount of hours and days that Geekswithblogs.net members have put into producing content. I am sure the number would scare us. On another ......

 

Seems like everyone is getting FeedBurner accounts and I can't blame them, the statistics are awesome. In fact I have been using FeedBurner for about 6 months. One of the nice additions to SubText when we converted was easy integration with FeedBurner so once you configure, GWB will redirect your feed request to FeedBurner. No more need for a post to tell people to change their feeds. So Jeff, how do we do this? I don't know figure it out yourself like I did... jk Here are the steps to configuring ......

 

Well there were 4 brave individuals of over 500 that were willing to record their own podcast show for PodcaStars.com. Please take the time and listen to these guys and give them your rating. The winner will get their own show on PodcastStudio.net and some really nice recording equipment. However, you might find issues with the site as it was put together with speed in mind to get these shows out. If you have problems or comments, please let me know here. Jerod Crump talks more about what PodcaStars ......

 

Well John and I are back in the swing of things. We have reorganized the equipment to make it easier and faster to record podcasts. Watch this blog for our next move as it should happen fast. Here is a recap of the HDC podcasts we recorded: Joe Olsen and Phil Wolfe, HDC coverage and our last podcast from the event Don XML - LINQ, VB Literals, New XML Technologies Chris Williams - XNA and Game Development Adam Esterline & Chris Ortman - Ruby, Agile, Testing Kent Tegels - SQL Adoption and features ......

 

Joe Olsen and Phil Wolfe, the guys behind the HDC, talk with us about the HDC 07 and also what is in store for the HDC 08. These guys are definitely the best in Omaha and I really look forward to seeing them every year. Also, if you are in the MVP program and enjoyed what Phil and Joe do, recommend them as MVPs! Listen to Joe and Phil discuss the HDC! Technorati tags: HDC, Joe Olsen, Phil Wolfe ......

 

DonXML starts this conversation with a recap of ALT.NET, then breaks into the new technologies Microsoft is releasing in the area of XML. Don has been an XML MVP for the past 4 years and is definitely one of the brightest in this space. Read his blog here. Listen to DonXML talk about XML! Technorati tags: HDC, DonXML, LINQ, ALT.NET, VB, XML ......

 

Chris Williams discusses with us what XNA is and how to get started with it. We tried getting Chris to discuss the C# vs. VB.NET in XNA issues, but he would not go there (but he would here). George, you have to listen as we give you a shout out. Chris recently started, with Jason Bock and Michael Dunn, a new XNA User Group in Minnesota at the Magenic offices. Check out the site here. Listen to Chris discuss XNA and Game Development! Technorati tags: HDC, XNA, Geekswithblogs.net, Chris Williams ......

 

In this show, we talk to Adam Esterline and Chris Ortman about Ruby technologies, testing, and Agile/XP. Check it out to learn more about these guys and a few of their favorite projects. Listen to Adam and Chris talk about Testing! Technorati tags: HDC, Agile, Testing, XP, Ruby ......

 

Kent Tegels, of Enjoy Another Sandwich, joined us yesterday to talk about SQL Server and adoption amongst developers and DBAs. During this podcast, Steve Loethen, Microsoft Partner Evangelist, takes on the role as co-host. In this show we talk a lot about CLR Stored Procedures and where they really fit. Kent is really excited about Spatial support in SQL Server 2008 and it definitely comes through when you talk to him. Listen to Kent discuss SQL Server! Technorati tags: SQL Server, HDC, Kent Tegels ......

 

The former Ohio Developer Evangelist and now IIS Evangelist in Redmond, Drew Robbins, discusses what changes are coming out in IIS 7 and how it is different than IIS 6 and IIS 5. Drew is one of my favorite Microsoft employees and is a very sharp guy. Click here to find out more about IIS 7. Definitely check out the shared configuration logic. Listen to Drew talk about IIS 7! Technorati tags: HDC, Drew Robbins, IIS ......

 

We had a great show yesterday with Bill Vaughn, author and former VB project manager, talking about SQL Server and how developers should look at later versions of SQL Server. Read more about Bill here and BetaV Corporation. If you haven't made the move to SQL Server 2005, Bill discusses with us what is good and bad about the product as a developer and talks through some of the issues you might have during the migration Listen to Bill Vaughn discuss SQL Server! Technorati tags: HDC, Bill Vaughn, SQL ......

 

This afternoon we had the opportunity to talk with Ron Jacobs about his keynote and what he calls the Perfect Pattern Storm. This show is definitely enlightening if you are a developer or architect and wondering how TDD is changing the way we architect software. Check out Ron on his blog and through his show ARCast. Listen to Ron discuss the Perfect Pattern Storm! Technorati tags: Ron Jacobs, Patterns, HDC ......

 

This morning we had the opportunity to talk with Steve Loethen, Microsoft Partner Evangelist, about the new brain child CodeToLive.net. Steve talks about why the site was formed, what the target audience is, and how you can get involved. One of the really cool aspects of this site is it is one of the first Channel 9 shows that is developer driven and not Microsoft driven. Definitely check out the show and the site. On a side note, check out the latest show with myself, John Alexander, and Rob Foster ......

 

Get it while it is hot!!! Today Microsoft announced that Popfly, a mashup tool built on SilverLight 1.0, has been released for pubic beta consumption. During the HDC event that kicked off today, we recorded a show with Denny Boynton and Javier Lozano about the technology. Listen to the show and learn more about Popfly Here are some very useful links to use during the announcement to find out more information about Popfly and learn how you can interact with the product: http://slickthought.net http://blog.lozanotek.com ......

 

Thanks to the wonderful support team at FullControl.net, we are back up with all the missing images. Not sure what happened, but we resolved it with restoring backups of the images. Only 10 minutes lapsed from the time I alerted them to the problem to the time everything was back up. On a related note, if you need dedicated hosting with great uptime and very responsive hosting, check out FullControl.net. Chuck and the team are the best hosting providers I have worked with, and I have dealt with several. ......

 

Here is an update of our Podcast Equipment that we will be using at the HDC 07. This "Gig Rig" is so cool, it is like a transformer. Come by at the event and I will give you are demo if you are interested Technorati tags: Podcast, Podcast Equipment, Gig Rig, Podcast Studio, Heartland Developer Conference, HDC ......

 

DarthNode. If you would like to play Halo 3 with me sometime, and hopefully other GWB members, add me to your Friend List and I will see what we can get scheduled. Technorati tags: Geekswithblogs.net, Halo 3 ......

 

If you are in the area of NE and you don't have your seat for the HDC 07, they just added 25 more seats. These seats are first come first serve and will only be available until Wednesday, so act fast if you want to go. Not only is this my favorite conference (3rd year in a row), but John, Jerod, and I will be there doing a lot of podcasting and you will have an opportunity to record your own show while you are there. Not an interview with John and I, but your very own show! Technorati tags: Heartland ......

 

One of my best friends since childhood, Justin Hall, has recently become famous with his build your own diet plan. He calls it the Chipotle Diet and he detail the plan here on Geekswithblogs.net. Check out his post and make sure you watch the video on FOX 4 in Kansas City. He has lost 43lbs to date so it is interesting to see what geeks can do when they put their mind to it. Technorati tags: Chipotle, Dieting, Justin Hall, Fox 4, Kansas City ......

 

46,732 Days and 15 Hours later I should have a 50mb file transferred, according to Vista. Does anyone else think there should be a condition in the time remaining procedure that says: if(timeRemaining.Days > 100){ throw new SomethingIsMessedUpBigTimeW... "Developers Name Here");} Technorati tags: Vista, Messages ......

 

Tonight, John and I will be presenting on SharePoint 2007 at the .NET User Group in Kansas City. Along with this presentation we will be launching the Office Developer User Group of Kansas City to add an additional focus on Office and SharePoint development in the area. If you are around tonight, please stop by and have some free food and good conversation. TriCom Technical Services will be the food sponsor this evening so be sure and thank them while you are there. The meeting starts at 6:00pm, ......

 

Dru Sellers recently tagged me on what I would do to become a better developer so here it goes: Get Geekswithblogs.net on SubText 1.9.5 - Running a growing software consulting firm is hard. Even with John at the helm with me, it takes a lot of time. This is one of the first acts I need to become a better developer due to the fact that is will require a high level of involvement with reviewing the code changes and merging the differences. Plus there will be an additional need to really get the most ......

 

March 2-6, 2008, I should be in Seattle at the Microsoft Office SharePoint Conference 2008 event. I don't know if they heard me when I mentioned the php/mySql driven site (probably not), but now the site is actually a SharePoint 2007 site. Hopefully more information will come out about the event, but you can register to get more information here. Technorati tags: SharePoint, MOSS, SharePoint Conference, Conference, Seattle ......

 

I am kind of late to announce this, but our book is out...and selling quite well. One problem with the first print was that Wrox accidentally left out the acknowledgments. They have stated that it will make it in the next print later this summer. Since we actually will have more than one print, I am excited. Jim Minatel from Wrox stated, "This book was one of two or three HOT SharePoint titles too hot for the Tech Ed bookstore to keep in stock last week. It's not surprising to see the Amazon rank ......

 

I have to say I am excited to see Microsoft release a new process template named eScrum. After installing it I must say I am pretty happy thus far. Steve Loethen goes into more detail about what the template offers. One issue I have with these new Microsoft project that use other downloadable Microsoft project to build their solutions are the constant list of separate download and moving dll. Just push the version you used with the download. In eScrum's case, they have you download ASP.NET AJAX, ......

 

The Zune and XBox 360 are amazing pieces of hardware and software working together to make an amazing media experience. Recently, I introduced Microsoft IPTV technology into my home and have loved every minute of that experience as well. But now, Microsoft announces the next level of media experience with Surface (every blogger will mention it today). It is definitely the most amazing machine and technology I have ever seen for the home and entertaining industries. I have already been passing my ......

 

With Windows Live Writer, there is no more need for Flickr, or hand rolling galleries to get pictures in your posts. If you have a post and you want to add a picture from your hard drive to it, just drag it on and publish. Metablogger and SubText will take care of the rest. Don't believe me? Check it out below: Brandon can't get away from computers ......

 

Tonight I had to do a few fixes to the performance of SubText and Geekswithblogs.net. The big fix is an addition of 6 skins and David Douglass can have his blog back (issue with .NetOnMyMind name) Thanks to SubtextSkins.com for keeping a list of the SubText skins and location to download. Here is a list of them. Back in Black Day Dreaming Dirtylicious Informatif Minty Terrafirma Some of them still need tweaking, but they have promise for the custom CSS guys out there. Technorati tags: Geekswithblogs.net, ......

 

This post will update my original post of configuring Geekswithblogs.net with Windows Live Writer (previously using .Text). In this version, I will discuss how to a SubText blog with Windows Live Writer to get the most out of writing blog posts. I can't emphasis enough that external blogging tools are important to your day-to-day blogging activity. Unlike browsers, these tools allow you to write, stop, and come back and write some more. You can leave the window open all day and just come back when ......

 

If you use Windows Live Writer on Geekswithblogs.net, you will need to update your settings. If you edit the settings on your blog, it will run through the wizard and should find that we are using SubText and autoconfigure your blog. That should be it. I will update the knowledge base article on how to set up your blog from scratch using Windows Live Writer soon. Technorati tags: Windows Live Writer, Geekswithblogs.net | Current Weight: 261.0 ......

 

We did it! It only took us 6 hours too. Dru, John, and Myself have been busting some tail to get this migration completed before everyone wakes up. However, we do know of some bugs, including the skin needing some tweaking. Those will get fixed in due time. Here are some pictures from tonight, enjoy. I am in the top right corner. If you think I need to shave, that is because I spent 3 hours sleeping on the floor of our office last night and have been here working since Thursday morning at 6:00am. ......

 

Take a good last look at Geekswithblogs.net on .Text because tomorrow night, we are doing a major upgrade to SubText 1.9.4. This upgrade will most likely take 4 to 5 hours to ensure the software is converted and stable. I really want to thank Dru and the SubText team for all their work with us during this process. After quite a bit of testing, we have very high confidence in this product and the migration should be seamless. ** IMPORTANT ** If you find any issues with the site after the upgrade, ......

 

Well, Rob Foster, Murray Gordon, John Alexander, and Myself have all been working on competitive SharePoint 2007 books this past Fall/Winter and they are all being published around the same time. Personally I would suggest purchasing MINE first, but then definitely support the other guys. Honestly, these guys are my friends and I communicate with them frequently so I hope their books sell well. Rob and I have vented to each other via IM about SharePoint when we ran into issues serveral times. Hopefully ......

 

Wrox, publisher of the upcoming Professional SharePoint 2007 Development book John and I worked on, has published an excerpt from the book covering Creating Content Type Metadata for SharePoint 2007 Document Management Solutions. I am very excited to see this book hit the shelves. It has been in the works (from conversation all the way up to printing) since TechEd 2006 Boston when John and I started talking to Jim Minatel about the title. Technorati tags: SharePoint, Wrox, Book, MOSS, Jeff Julian, ......

 

Steve Loethen, one of the Microsoft Developer Evangelist, has fixed the E-Learning code he had for free training. I would highly recommend you check it out to... There are a few WSS and a bunch of ASP.NET courses out there to pick from. Technorati tags: E-Learning, Free, Training, Microsoft ......

 

*** Request For Participation *** As we are pushing the next version of Geekswithblogs.net closer to the door, I was wondering what features you would like to see on the main page of a community blog site? I have some ideas (including the removal of the green monster) but I would like to get your opinions on the topic. What I would like to see is a "portal"-style homepage that would allow readers to register with the site and customize what they would like to see. Also, since ASP.NET 2.0 has a great ......

 

Dru Sellers, one of our faithful bloggers, is working for AJI Software on the conversion to SubText again. We had to pull him away for a few months as he was working on a client project, but he is now dedicated to adding the features we need to SubText for a smooth migration with current functionality. Everyone wish Dru luck during the long days and nights he is pulling to get this site updated as soon as we can. One of the items I would like to change near the launch of the site is a new look and ......

 

What else have I been up to lately? Well we are in the process of moving to Lee's Summit, MO, where our offices are located. Currently I drive 45 minutes each way every day to work and its starting to drain on me. Also, all our friends live on the Missouri side of Kansas City, so it just makes sense. If you want to move to KC or just around in KC, take a look at the property. For you GWB members, this room is where Geekswithblogs.net was founded. Technorati tags: Real Estate, Kansas City, Olathe, ......

 

Last night at 3 AM, CST, I published my final chapter for the upcoming Wrox SharePoint 2007 Development title John and I have working on recently. Writing is definitely an interesting process. Thats all I will say about that. After reviewing the other chapters in the book, I am really looking forward to this title being printed. It is available via Pre-Order on Amazon right now if you want to grab your copy as soon as it comes out. Now that this is behind be, I plan to start publishing more posts ......

 

I can not attend CodeMash myself this year, but when I got wind that Josh Holmes will shave his head if they receive 500 posts about CodeMash, I had to participate. The reason is simple, Josh would look funny with a shaved head. Not just funny, but hilarious (and it is a good event). Why do I want Josh to look funny you might ask? We at TechEd 2005 in Orlando, Drew Robbins (Microsoft's Dancing DE) and I decided to have a private competition of Dance Dance Revolution. Well Josh and his video camera ......

 

John and I are in Atlanta (sorry D'Arcy) for a class John is training on Team System (I am observing for my class coming up in a couple weeks) and we decided to drive up the Greenville to visit Chris, Jason, and George while they are busy at work on their latest game. These guys were very hard at work and I can't believe they have the energy to work on something of this size on their own time. We had a blast meeting George and hanging out with Jason and Chris. Chris' Store, Reality Check, has come ......

 

...here are my answers anyway. I think it is a fun topic. [Update: Or maybe I just can't read well...Chris Haaker (can't believe he isn't an MVP yet) tagged me last year and I just didn't see it.] Geekswithblogs.net was created because I was kicked off of dotnetweblogs.com (A.K.A weblogs.asp.net). The back story was, a few of us were discussing the differences between VB and C# and we can just say the conversation started to get heated. Toward the end of the conversation, Cory Smith and I were the ......

 

I have found a great new hobby, disc golf. Here are my Top 5 Reasons why more geeks should start playing: Disc are only $10-$15 and can be found at your local sporting goods stores or Disc Golf Online Stores. Courses are FREE!!! You just walk on and start playing Shorter courses, like Executive Golf Courses, can be found offering a great lunch break. Wow, what a workout! (hint hint D'Arcy) I am in pain from playing yesterday. Great sport that everyone on your team can enjoy. Maybe if we can start ......

 

Man I need some accessories. Last night I downloaded so much music that I have been meaning to listen to (well over $249.99 in CDs), but I don't have anything for playback in my car. Here is my review of features: Radio - Robert's friends say it isn't good, but I am in the middle of a large brick building (center office, middle floor) and it comes in perfectly. It is nice to just flip from CDs to FM, too bad I mostly listen to AM and there are no talk radio stations on FM in KC. Buttons - Yeah this ......

 

One of my friends Scott Cate has just released some really cool Knowledge Base Server for Community Server. If you are running CS on the side or at work and want a place to start a KB of your own, this is a great product for you. Check out his post with how-to videos about the product. Technorati tags: Knowledge Base Software, KB, Community Server, CS ......

 

With John and my contribution to an upcoming book (more detail later) and client load for Alexander & Julian Inc., we have been very busy lately. Tonight, I am hoping with the hosting update we will be doing will help stabilize the site and get us back into high performance. The new support system we launched on Geekswithblogs.net has been pretty successful, but not everyone is using it yet. If you have any problems with the site or content of the site, please email support@geekswithblogs.com ......

 

Sorry for the delay, with the servers moving and writing a book, I have been swamped with work. I will get these out again, along with the recordings from HDC as soon as possible. Murray Gordon, Geekswithblogs.net member, recorded this show with us talking about his presentation and what he does on a daily basis. This is a great interview if you are working with legacy systems and using .NET as the client. Listen Now ......

 

Whenever you guys need support, typically you dig around for my email or using the Alexander & Julian Inc. site to contact us. Well this is hard for you and hard for us to manage. For that we now have support@geekswithblogs.com and a support tool suite to help us manage this process. Please use this email for any issues or questions you may have about the site. support@geekswithblogs.com ......

 

The new servers will be hosted at FullControl Networks here in Kansas City. Currently they are being setup by their staff and should be available for me to configure soon. Yesterday I visited their facility here in KC and I must say I am very impressed. They have everything you would want in a hosting company and they are local for us. Something comforting about knowing your sites are hosted just a few miles from where you are. If you are in the market for dedicated hosting, I would highly suggest ......

 

DiscountASP.NET has been amazing to us. The hosting is excellent and we can't be happier with their service. That said, our site has outgrown what they have offered us as the original solution. Since they do not provide dedicated services, we will be moving the site to another hosting firm that does. This means more power and more control for us. I haven't finalized the server configuration and purchase yet, but it should happen within the next 48-60 hours. We will then announce a date and time the ......

 

After a machine of mine became consumed by a project, I have been building a new set of disks latest for my use during new projects. I always build my VPCs using differencing disk. For those of you new to this concept, it allows you to build a disk off of a parent disk and all changes at that point will go to the new disk. With the environment changing on us constantly with different releases of products, it is critical for you to get your project up quick. Here is my example: As you can see, I am ......

 

We have been asking for a better way of testing these CTP that Microsoft has been pushing for the past few years (that we asked for) so we can just get in, test away. About a year ago, many people started asking for virtual environments that are setup with the IDE changes or .NET changes in the CTP. I just noticed last week, MSDN Subscriptions now has disks available for September CTP of Orcas. This is awesome. Now I can start playing with the tools without installing on a side laptop or creating ......

 

Wow, it is hard to believe it has been three years as a real community. Sunday marks the three year anniversary of the site as a community, not just my blog. I had written a blog engine that worked for my own, but after a few months of trying to build the admin tooling, I contacted Scott and got this site working with .Text. Hard to believe it is still running the same engine, with a few tweaks. That said, we really need to move into the future. We have started designing the strategy of GWB 2.0, ......

 

I added OPML this morning to My.Geekswithblogs.net Alpha I have been working on. http://my.geekswithblogs.ne... Next step, I want to add a few of you to this testing, if you are interested, send me a quick email with the bloggers you want in your feed and will try to get you setup for testing. ......

 

If you visit the main page of Geekswithblogs.net, you will notice the del.icio.us, digg, and reddit link at the bottom of each post.  This is a quick feature I added and plan to add to the feeds and blogger sites.  Do everyone like this?  What other sites do you use like this?


 

We are still under development, so this is not a beta release to the public, but I thought I would let you in on what we are coming up with. http://my.geekswithblogs.ne... This is a sample of the first piece we are adding to Geekswithblogs 2.0, Customizable Feeds. We will have a tool that will allow you to search through all the bloggers on the site and pick the ones you would like to aggregate. Also, the site will have the ability to create several of these feeds so you can ......

 

At the South Carolina Code Camp, John and Dru interviewed Chris Williams and Doug Turnure and discussed what it took to organize the event.  If you are thinking of doing a Code Camp in your area, or want to learn from the experience of any tech events, this is a good listen for you.

MP3:  http://download.podcaststudio.net/18.mp3


 

Tomorrow I am giving a presentation on WCF for the St. Louis DevCares event. I decided to come early so I could get away from the office and focus on getting my demos ready for tomorrow. Once I arrived, I remembered the STL .Net User Group meets on the day before ours, so I stopped by and chatted with Scott Spradlin, who runs the group. This however was not an uneventful day. Due to some database server issues, GWB was running like crap to be blunt. That and with an abnormal amount of traffic for ......

 

Geekswithblogs.net starts going Deadlock crazy.  Sorry guys, I am working on the problem now and I hope this will fix these issues permanently.  Bare with me this morning if you see the site go up and down.


 

When I heard D'Arcy received the ubur Mac today, I just kept thinking of this video. This video does have some bad language so be warned: Today I was suppose to take out my old macs to a gun range (field) and go to town with a shotgun and glock, but bad weather stopped that. Maybe next time I am at my inlaws we can do it again and I will have a nice video for the mac users to cry about ......

 

I have been brainstorming with other community members lately to find what the next compelling features of Geekswithblogs would be. We have lots of ideas but the two that stuck out in my head are: Tagging System Feed Generation System What do you think? I hear often that people want a smaller communities that have a focus (Don was nice enough not to mention us as a bloated community). These sites are starting to pop up and are getting lots of traffic. Even though the content is similar on our site, ......

 

Greg Young, a "part-time" member of this wonderful community, was nice enough to record a show talking about Debugging in .NET 2.0 and X10 gadgets. Greg is definitely one of the brightest guys I have met in a long time and we had lots of good conversations throughout code camp. I will publish more podcasts next week from the event and continue until we leave for HDC! Download: http://download.podcaststud... http://feeds.geekswithblogs... ......

 

If you want to recap our trip and see what we did, visit http://roadtrip.podcaststudio.net.


 

Here is the list of all the podcasts were recorded in the car on the way to and from the South Carolina Code Camp: Day 4: Thank you for your messages (Sun, 17 Sep 2006 19:41:09 GMT) Day 4: The Casualty (Sun, 17 Sep 2006 19:02:40 GMT) Day 4: A Stop at Dave Ramsey's offices (Sun, 17 Sep 2006 12:55:13 GMT) Day 4: Saying Goodbye to John (Sun, 17 Sep 2006 12:40:40 GMT) Day 4: Back Back Seat Podcast (Sun, 17 Sep 2006 10:32:56 GMT) Post Code Camp Interview (Sun, 17 Sep 2006 09:26:15 GMT) Reality Check Podcast ......

 

Joe Olsen, who is the most interviewed person by Podcast Studio, delighted us again with an update on the HDC 2006 event in October. This event is going to be awesome, and if you are attending or thinking about attending, this is a must listening to podcast for you. The Podcast Download Heartland Developers Conference Website ......

 

On the way back from Code Camp, we stopped in Nashville to drop John off at the airport and get lunch. Well being only a few miles from Financial Peace Plaza, where Dave Ramsey records his radio show, and driving the car, I took us by the building. It was very exciting to see where the show and program I have been listening to everyday for 2 years is recorded and produced. This picture we took was from the back of the parking lot because there was something going on upfront and this was as close ......

 

We are 1/3 of the way through our trip so watch and listen to us as we travel to SC.

 

Watch us here!


 

Today, John and I will interview Joe Olsen of the Heartland Developer Conference to kick off the PodcastStudio.net Road Trip. Joe has been organizing the HDC for a few years now and the event is awesome! Last year, John and I traveled to Iowa to attend and record from the event and it was my favorite event of last year. I am very excited about the HDC06 event in Nebraska and if you are considering attending, think fast, they are almost sold out. We will release this show via the PodcastStudio.net ......

 

Tomorrow morning at 11 am, Joseph, Dru, Tim, and I will be leaving Kansas City to head to the South Carolina Code Camp. Why is John not going? He is, but he is speaking in Birmingham for INETA and will be driving to Nashville to meet us around midnight. The trip is estimated at 16 hours and since we have 5 drivers, we are going all the way through. Tim and I have been working franticly to get Where's Tim and PodcastStudio.net ready for the road trip podcasts. Tim has been adding Podcasts and Photos ......

 

I recently upgraded my DSL line when I called AT&T to remove CallNotes (so annoying). The sales rep asked my if I wanted to review the rest of my account and see what is now available. As this usually means you can save money, I agreed. When we got to the DSL portion, the Pro line I was paying for was $39.99/mn at 3 mb/s which doesn't seem that bad. She asked my if I wanted to upgrade to the Elite DSL Line Plan and I started drooling. I asked, "What is an Elite Plan?". She said, "It is our 6 ......

 

John, Joseph, Dru, Tim, and I now have shirts for our PodcastStudio.net road trip to the South Carolina Code Camp! Our corporate model - John Alexander - was nice enough to show off the shirts for those of you not attending: Front of the Shirt (unless John is wearing it backwards) Sleeve with Geekswithblogs.net Logo Back of the Shirt ......

 

Well I guess it is time to finally try Internet Explorer 7 again. With this release being a release candidate, I feel more comfortable installing it ON A VPC! Beta 3 destroyed my machine! During the installation of Beta 3, something messed up seriously. I tried reinstalling but no go. I tried uninstalling, but no go. I tried installing 6.0 again, but no go. So then I had to try rebuilding the machine, and that worked. I will be evaluating the Geekswithblogs.net templates and administration utility ......

 

I created a new wiki topic today for publishing events your are hosting, speaking at, or attending.  This will let other members know who will be at these events from this site. 

If you haven't checked out the wiki yet, I would highly suggest it.

[Update] - This is post number 400 for me!


 

I noticed the other day that weblogs.asp.net is running ads now. I am glad to see this because it is hard to run ads on these sites, because most bloggers don't like them. The dilemma is you have to pay for the site and work on the site somehow. After 3 years of this site being launched, we are quite large are have a very large following. These hits cost money and to do the work on the site cost money. I believe running ads is the best solution, because charging for blogs adds more cost to the blogger ......

 

Well I did get the updates made as promised. These updates include post editing using third-party tools that use the MetaBlog API (such as Windows Live Writer) and a more responsive Main Feed for the site. However, due to the link change in the feed, they will republish in your aggregator. I wish I could do something about that, but there isn't any way around that ......

 

We have two major problems with Geekswithblogs.net, well more but these are short time development problems I can fix quick. Here are the problems I hope to have fixed tomorrow. MainFeed flakes with Pheedo link Casting error when editing using MetaBlog API (Live Writer) These problems should be easy to fix and I should have them ready for tomorrow morning. If you have other site issues, use the Site Problems wiki page to publish your issues. [Update] Edit with MetaBlog API (Live Writer) will work ......

 

John and I have decided it is time to get back into podcasting. To do so, we needed more equipment. Our major focus this time around will be live events and interviews with speakers and committee influncers. We will be traveling to South Carolina in September for Code Camp and then in October we will be heading to the Heartland Developers Conference in Omaha. Yesterday we visited Musician's Friend and Guitar Center to pick up the equipment we needed. Here is a list of what we got: Marantz PMD670 ......

 

We are considering writing a plugin for Geekswithblogs.net using the Live Writer API and want to get your feedback on what you would like to see.  To view and add to the list of features requested, visit the Wiki Page for this topic.


 

After the event Tuesday at the .NET User Group of Kansas City, Tim and I convinced Dru Sellers to attend the drive to the South Carolina Code Camp. He will be attending sessions and helping us with PodcastStudio.net and a soon to be added feature I hope you all will enjoy. We are picking up some new equipment today to help us along with these features we are adding and are recommiting to the project now that Alexander & Julian Inc. is running full speed and we have Joseph to help with recording ......

 

Dru Sellers will be presenting "Patterns are for Software too, not just Quilts" at the Kansas City .NET User Group tonight. Our meetings start at 6pm, but if you show up around 5:30pm, we typically have some good conversations before the meeting starts. If you are in the area and have never attended, or it has been awhile, here is the address for Centriq Foss, who lets us host the meeting in their facilities: Centriq Foss Training (Map)Leawood Facility8700 State Line Road, Suite 200Leawood, KS 66206Phone: ......

 

Since Live Writer (Beta) was published, I have noticed the main feed is more colorful and full of images.  I definitely love the new step-by-step approach many of us have started to take in our posts, so keep it up!


 

After driving to St. Louis for DevCares, the attendance of 4 people was a bit disappointing due to the travel (4 hours each way). On Thursday, I was hoping Kansas City would come through and have a packed room for me to present to. Well my prayers came true. We had a completely packed room yesterday during Ron Hostetter and my presentations over Windows Workflow Foundation. My presentation covered designed Custom Activities, including the designers and validators. I was a bit worried showing the ......

 

Ok, so we all know that this site used .Text still. We haven't converted to CS and we are now looking into the design of the next version (I know you have heard that before, but we have our developer now). This may cause you guys some headaches when it comes to publishing photos using Microsoft Live Writer (Beta), but here is the solution. Flickr4Writer! As I did yesterday, let's walk through the steps needed to setup and use this tool with Live Writer. I would like to thank the authors of this project ......

 

Live Writer is another great tool for posting blogs offline. I used to use w.bloggar, but the site is down and who knows what is going on with the writer. Configuring Live Writer is very easy to do, here are the steps you need to take to configure it with Geekswithblogs.net. (Sorry for the long post, but people are asking for this). Start the Installation File: Agree to the terms (or don't install and stop reading): Decide if you want the toolbar, you can see my decision here: Go to Start, Programs, ......

 

Today is the first day of employment for Joseph Calhoon, who will be dedicated to working on Geekswithblogs.net. His first task with be designing some new skins for the site, since the ones we have a pretty old and bad. After that, he starts working with us on the new blog engine we will use for GWB 2.0. I am sure he will blog today so join me in welcoming him to the community ......

 

Another big mile marker on Geekswithblogs.net with 18,000 posts! Thanks to everyone who helped make this community successful!


 

We still have a bunch of stickers left so send your address to us if you want one (or two) (don't worry we don't sell it to spammers) and we will flip you a sticker as quick as possible. If you are not in America, don't worry, send your address as well. John and I ordered some 3 footers for our cars, seen here in horrible camera phone photo, but we only have 8in white ones left for your cars if you want one of those too ......

 

TodayIStartedTheGwbWiki.... Oops! Today I started the GWB Wiki several of you asked about a few weeks ago. This wiki is almost straight out of the box so we can work with it to find what direction you guys would like to take it. I plan to add some help pages on getting started with GeeksWithBlogs and some history of the site, but you guys can go where you want with it. http://wiki.geekswithblogs.... ......

 

...and the evals are there to prove it. About 90% of the attendees gave him all 5s and there were several comments like "best user group presenter I have seen". This isn't good for me since I have spoken several times for the UG, but Miguel is a very polished presenter and he knows how to relate the materials he has produced to all types in the audience. The presentation covered Server Controls and even with 4 people in the audience of 40 raising their hands when Miguel asked the question of who ......

 

Hey everyone, long time since I have posted, but things have been a little crazy. The good news is the stickers are back!!! We ordered a 100 this time to cover demand so if you want to get one of these let me know what color (black or white) and your address. Send them to this address, and I will get them mailed shortly.


 

This is from the anonymous "El Stevo" via my blog post about the game contest results. Er, I don't get it. Is this some kind of joke? Bob The Fish is just bad. I don't care what the code is like, the finished product is very very amateurish. It's just a collection of poorly made clones of old games that have been done (better) a million times before. How on earth could you say it had great gameplay? I've only played one other of the entries, but it was far superior to Bob. If I were one of the other ......

 

Congratulations is in order for George Clingerman who produced Bob The Fish and ultimately winning the Geekswithblogs.net Game Design Contest. George's game had great game play and the code is of very high quality. Congrats George and your XBox will be sent out shortly. However, this was the hardest contest I have ever judged. John and I split the judging up into different categories we were both having a tough time picking a winner. These games are awesome! Aside from George, John and I want to ......

 

As John Stated.... Midnight Tonight CST is the deadline for the GeeksWithBlogs Game Design Challenge. Who will win?? Time is ticking... CONTESTANTS: Make sure if you haven't already done so, send an email to gamecontest@geekswithblogs.net so we can get you a ftp site to up load your entries! Good luck to all ......

 

Last August I blogged about Brandon's head size growing off the charts and having to go through test after test to see what the problem is. Today we met with the Neurologist after an MRI three weeks ago to talk about the results. He said Brandon is fine and that he will just have a larger head than most, but we shouldn't need to worry about the fluid around his brain anymore. This is a major relief for us and I am glad we can finally move past this. To give you background on his condition, he has ......

 

I just wanted to post a friendly reminder that the game contest ends next Friday! All submissions must be received by 11:59pm on Friday Evening Central Standard Time. Email your game in a zip file to gamecontest@geekswithblogs.net and we will start judging the next week. Good Luck!


 

After TechEd we have 13 stickers left for you guys to have. If you want a sticker, send me your mailing address and blog url to jeff@techliteracy.net and I will get them mailed out. Here is the current list of bloggers I have stickers mailing to, so if you aren't on the list, email me your mailing address quickly. We plan to print more soon, but this first batch will go quickly. Chris Haaker Tim Hibbard Jason Olson David Christiansen Chris Williams ......

 

Tim Hibbard is coming into the GWB HQ today to talk about our usage of Team System and hopefully to tag his laptop and car with GWB stickers. He should be leaving soon so if you want to track his progress, watch the Where's Tim site. Tim will be the first visitor of our office after the move a few weeks back. We were in a 12x14 room with 10 machines booted up, so the average temperature was 78F. Not to comfortable. Since we had everything on wheels, we upgraded our lease and moved everything down ......

 

For those of you who haven't seen the FolderShare for TechEd that Jeffrey Palermo created, I have started an RSS Feed for those photos. It was pretty easy to do, I just have a folder that syncs with FolderShare and then build the RSS feed off of those. Check it out. http://techedphotos.geekswi... ......

 

The Geekswithblogs.net stickers have arrived!!!! Thanks for Howard and Ci Hawkins of ColorXpress Graphic and Copy Center (my in-laws) for producing these for us. (turn your head upside down to read) These stickers are custom vinyl stickers where every letter is cut out of the word (like you see on car windows), but due to our crazy font, they are a little difficult to put on your laptop. I have been trained and will be able to help everyone at TechEd who wants to participate. Oh yeah, did I mention ......

 

With the rumor that MS is releasing information about ADO.NET v.Next at TechEd, I plan to attend the ADO.NET meetup Jonathan Bruce is hosting on Tuesday. He has details on who is attending and since it is in my hotel, I can't complain about distance. Check out details here...


 

TechEd 2006 Boston is NEXT WEEK!!! John and I will be arriving Saturday afternoon for a week of TechEdBloggers.net Aggregation, which means we will read over 1000 posts each in one day and pick out quotes from the ones relevent to the event. We have started a blog called Editors' Thoughts to let everyone in on what it takes to maintain the TechEdBloggers.net site during the week of TechEd. We will also post helpful tips to get your post on the site fastest and to help drive readership based on those ......

 

Moving to Community Server is the next step we need to make for this community, but since our community is so large, it is a dramatic step. John and I plan to start a parallel migration process and launch a community server site that will contain the current GWB data and we would be able to test in both worlds while keeping each data source in sync. We want to work out all the kinks we find to see if we just want to stay with what we have or take the plunge. This parallel migration will take some ......

 

Several people have tried out blogging from Word 2007 (as I am now) and are having problems with .Text. This issue is in the CookComputing.XmlRpc.dll and a dateTime error they fixed. This is used in the Post struct which blows up the newPost method. If you update the dll to a later version (http://www.xml-rpc.net) then you should have no problem posting after that using the Metablog API. For Geekswithblogs.net members, the Metablog API service URL is located at http://www.geekswithblogs.n... ......

 

Scott Miller, one of our GWB bloggers since August of 2005, has joined the competition with the graphics help of his daughter. This is definitely one of the coolest events of this contest because I really think for us software developers, designing code with our kids involved let them know more about what we do and how the process works. My son is only 15 months so I have not been able to put my theory into practice, but John and his son Nathaniel write software together and he seems to love it! ......

 

Jason starts his game and talks about the Express Products: "My renewed impressions of Visual C# Express? After being used to using Visual Studio 2005, it is truly striking just how much of the same functionality the Express Editions truly have. So far, I have yet to truly miss a single feature. With the work that Jamie Cansdale has done getting the TestDriven.NET add-in working with the Express Editions, I have nearly everything I need." Now that we have started the contest, here is a list of the ......

 

Yeeeehaaaaaaaaa(thanks Howard Dean)..... GeeksWithBlogs has reached the 1,000 blogger mark! This is great news. I know most of these guys have stop posting regularly, but to know that we have over 15,000 post here is amazing. For you members, thanks for being part of this community and I can't wait til we can announce 2,000 bloggers.


 

I have heard this question a lot since announcing the contest so I thought I would clear up the reasons. Here is a list of reasons why we are picking Express: We are working with Microsoft to promote Express (Big one) The contest is about the game, but also blogging your experiences with .NET 2.0 and Express (Bigger One) Everyone who wants to see the code and compile the game entries can download Express for Free!!!! (Biggest One) Does.... Express run side-by-side with other versions of Visual Studio ......

 

I forgot to tell everyone when the contest ends! June 30th will be the last submission date for the game contest. On a side note, if you are like me and think a game is going to take forever to write and you just don't have the time, I have to let you know that it is easier than you think. With the huge amounts of resources available, it is very easy to find solutions to your problems. When I .NETified Escapa, definitely an addictive game, it took me 6 hours to port the logic and most of that time ......

 

Ever wanted to try your hand at Game Development? Been itching to play with .NET 2.0 but needed motivation to get started? Then you need to take the Exclusive GeeksWithBlogs Game Design Challenge!!! *** Only open to GeeksWithBlogs members!!! *** (Note: It's really easy to become a GWB member... Click Here) What do I need to do? Check out the game we recreated using Visual Studio Express called Escapa Download the free Visual Studio Express HERE (Doing this also gets you signed up for the Upgrade ......

 

Last year we had an adhoc GWB meeting at TechEd that was a little less than successful. This year I want to organize a meetup before the event and try to get everyone together in Boston for a meet-n-greet. Many of us know each other through our blogs, IM, and email but very few of us have ever met in person. Let's change that and try to make it a reoccuring event at major Microsoft events. If you are going to be at TechEd 2006 in Boston and are a member of Geekswithblogs.net, then send a email to ......

 

I love it when these shows sell out! You know at this point there are a lot of interested attendees and there won't be a shortage of conversations. If you were planning to attend, but haven't registered yet, there is a WAITLIST for you to hurry and get your name on.


 

One thing we noticed this year, and other years, is that people who are watching the news from TechEd and plan to talk about the topics of TechEd but are NOT attending don't register themselves on TechEdBloggers.net. When you register on TechEdBloggers.net, there is a category for Community. This is for the people that I described above. So if this is you, register yourself on the site ......

 

After the bad news about Scoble's mother, we postponed his podcast for a later time. However, we will have a show this week that will be recorded tomorrow night covering code camps!!!! We have a panel set up of Thom Robbins, Chris Williams, Don XML, Robin Edwards, and Brian Button. All these individuals have organized a code camp and with the recent amount of code camps popping up, I thought this would be a good topic to cover to assist other organizers and attendees. We will record tomorrow evening ......

 

Now that John and I have Alexander & Julian Inc. up and running, we are ready to get back into the community mode we were in before launching our company. That said, tomorrow we will be recording the 16th show of Podcast Studio with Robert Scoble. Robert is a very entertaining person to speak with so I am really looking forward to the interview. We will be recording tomorrow evening and I will edit and publish the show a few hours later. Thanks to everyone who stuck with us during our building time ......

 

This conference is definitely worth attending!! Not only can you see John and I podcasting again like last year, but they always have great speakers and excellent rates. This year Alexander & Julian Inc. is a Silver Sponsor and we hope to work with other KC firms to get a bus going to Omaha this year to save everyone some gas money. Last year this conference sold out fast, so don't delay if you are thinking about attending. We will have more details about the conference as it gets closer, but here ......

 

Last night I presented "The Provider Model" at the .NET User Group of Kansas City and it seemed to go over pretty well. Presenting a topic like the Provider Model is difficult in a user group scenerio because everyone comes from different backgrounds and for some, it might be their first presentation focused on architecture. If you want the presentation and samples, you can download here ......

 

After my post announcing my Provider Model presentation in Kansas City, ScottGu commented about the ASP.NET Developer Center's Provider Toolkit available on MSDN. This is an excellent resource to get more information about Providers and examples for ASP.NET. If you are dabbling in ASP.NET 2.0, this is definitely a page to bookmark. Two great articles on Extending Providers: Understanding and Extending the Site Navigation System in ASP.NET 2.0 Custom Site Map Providers in ASP.NET 2.0 ......

 

On April 25th, I will be presenting "The Provider Model and You" at the Kansas City .NET User Group. This has been one of my favorite topics to discuss since Microsoft annouced they would have built-in provider logic in .NET 2.0. This presentation will cover the use of Providers in ASP.NET 2.0, show examples of how to extend the ASP.NET providers, and how to build your own providers by leveraging the new provider and configuration classes. If your in the area, I hope you can make it ......

 

Now that the site has been live for a month now, we are really starting to see some compelling posts about topics that will be covered at TechEd. One thing to keep in mind, this site is not just for attendees, it is for anyone interested in what Microsoft will be announcing and talking about during the event. The hot topics include Office 2007, SharePoint, .NET 2.0, Atlas, Exchange Server, etc. If you haven't checked out the site, I highly suggest you do and start aggregating the feed to get the ......

 

We are going to try something new with the .NET User Group in Kansas City. We want to see how the local community will be assisted with a local-only newsgroup for members. With this, I have started a newsgroup @ Google Groups for the User Group. If you are local to Kansas City, come join and help us test this theory out.


 

Fellow Geekswithblogs.net member Chris Williams joins John and I over on Entrepreneurswithblogs.com. His first post is very insightful on what mistakes you can make starting a business. I have a feeling this is going to be a great blog to watch. Tomorrow will be the one month anniversary of being fulltime for Alexander & Julian Inc. which is really great. We have a few clients already and are following several leads. When we first started, I thought it would be forever before we had clients and that ......

 

As you have probably seen on the news, both Missouri and Kansas were hit pretty hard by tornados this weekend. One big location they are talking about is the city of Sedalia. This weekend, my family decided to go visit my parents in Clinton, about 45 minutes from Sedalia. My wife and I decided to get away for a little bit and went to Warrensburg, 30 minutes from Sedalia, and left Brandon with his grandparents. After we had went through Lowes, a home improvement store, we got out to the car and the ......

 

Wow, 900+ members! We are so close to the 1000 marker. I want to thank all our members and encourage you to bring your friends into the blogging world and have them join our community. As we keep growing, the content is getting better and better. I love the mix of IT Pro and Developer we are getting because we all wear different hats and it is great to keep up on both sides of the wall. Entrepreneurs with blogs is taking off pretty slowly like Geeks with blogs did, but I can see a benefit to that ......

 

Today I have some exciting news. For several years now, TechEdBloggers.net has been a huge success by letting attendees and non-attendees know what is going on at TechEd. Last year, John and I had the luxury of being the aggregating editors for the site. This means over 50% of our time at the event was spent reading about what was going on through the voice of the bloggers. It was my favorite Microsoft conference because I had a big part in letting others know about the fun everyone was having. Well ......

 

Inside of my consulting firm announcement yesterday, I discussed us launching Entrepreneurs With Blogs. As a small business owner myself now, I know there is a definite need for a site like Geeks With Blogs in this area. Running a business is hard. If you have done it before, I am sure you can agree. One of the big issues is an understanding of what you have to do to make sure you are paying your taxes correctly. Another issue is marketing your firm. All of these problems can be discussed in a forum ......

 

Architecture. Custom Development. Mentoring. Training. Development Methodology. Launching and expanding your enterprise systems requires more than just installing the software and turning it on. That’s why at AJI Software we offer a full spectrum of expert development and consulting services for your organization. While these words may be tossed about nearly to the point of being cliché, to us they represent a firm commitment to reaching your business goals through the effective use of technology. ......

 

One thing I have been seeing more of on Geekswithblogs.net is a number of extremely large posts. By extremely large, I am talking 2 pages or more. This does frustrate community readers and your own blog readers because you can't always get the description without reading too much. There is hope however. Inside the system, we have entry types called Articles. This is where I like to send people after large post because they are technically articles at that time. So the preferred method of posting ......

 

During a current project, I needed a tool for generating PDF documents for reporting on pre-printed forms. The majority of reports in the system use this form. I wanted to find a solution that fit my needs and nothing more. Other systems do so much and very well, but for just developer needs, they are a bit much. I found a utility call Siberix PDF Library and it's counterpart Siberix Report Writer. If you need a tool for PDF generation, I highly suggest these products. At the current time, the price ......

 

Tonight we will have Tim Hibbard, from the "Where's Tim" fame, on the show talking about GPS software and where he sees his technology going. Tim has been a Geekswithblogs member for awhile as well as a great local resource to the Kansas City .NET User Group. I hope to have the show editted and published tonight ......

 

Episode 14 finds us in a great discussion with Billy Hollis on smart clients and Visual Studio 2005!! We talk about some simple and complex scenarios, the state of data binding and some useful tips and patterns. This wouldn't be complete without ending with some thoughts on how WinFx (Windows Presentation Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation) fits in moving forward. MP3: http://www.podcaststudio.ne... ......

 

If you are subscribed to this feed, you have probably noticed the duplicate post in your aggregator when it updates (but not every time). This was a problem with .Text caching the host and since we have more than one (www.geekswithblogs.net, geekswithblogs.net, and blogs.ineta.org), it became a problem. I have placed a correction to this on the server, but need you to let me know if it solved on your machine. This will probably take a few days to funnel up, but I hope what I have done fixes the issue. ......

 

I found DotNetSlacker.com through the referrals of Podcast Studio and thought I would share the site with you. It is a great resource to anyone who doesn't want to dig around on all the communities for content, they do the work for you. If you scroll to the bottom, you will find categories so you can limit your search based on need. Here is the Podcast category where we are listed ......

 

We reached the 700 member mark on Geeks With Blogs. That is awesome!!! Thanks to everyone who has joined and made this community so successful.


 

My wife's computer blue screened about a week ago, and being it was 2 years old and a laptop, it was correct timing for a replacement. With most blue screens, you can remove the hard drive and place them in an enclosure and USB them to another machine to pull the data off. Well not with this drive. Once the drive was mounted in Windows, XP would freeze up. Once you unmounted it, XP would start running like a champ. This occurred on 4 different machines. Crap!!! So I tell a coworker, Jim Erwin, about ......

 

Tonight I am giving my XML Serialization talk at the Kansas City .NET User Group. If you are in the area, we would love to have you show up. The demos will be in .NET 2.0, but should be portable to 1.1 in most cases. We are at a new location if you haven't attended in a few meetings. Instead of Centriq University, we are at the Foss Training Center on State Line ......

 

I have been doing announcements for Geekswithblogs.net on my personal blog and I have decided to create a separate blog for this information. The blog is at http://www.geekswithblogs.net/administrator.

 

I must say, the HDC was the most interesting conference I have attended. Most conferences are unorganized with big problems and the staff are always running around like chickens with their heads cut off. At the HDC, everything was managed perfectly! Joe and the guys never showed any problems and were just a grins throughout the first day. The weirdest thing for me was the attendees reaction to sessions. Most conferences have at least 5-10% of the attendees outside of sessions talking, but not at ......

 

Wow, this is really cool. I don't know how long it will be there, but when you go to the technology search on Yahoo Podcasts, Podcast Studio is number 1!!!!!

 

Hey everyone, we are 2 years old!!! Check out what we looked like when we started: Internet Archive

 

It has been some time since this was posted, but I have to say this is one of the coolest wallpapers I have ever seen. If you are a Geekswithblogs member, you should definitely place this as your wallpaper! Thanks a lot David! Links to the available full resolutions: 800x600 1024x768 1280x1024 ......

 

John and I will be podcasting from the Heartland Developers Conference on Thursday. We are both very excited because remote podcasts are always fun. If you are planning to attend, look us up on Wednesday night during the reception and we can have a chat. I wish we had Tim's application because we are driving up and that is just a cool application! Here is a picture of John and I if you are at the event, I am on the left (no goatie anymore) and John is on the right ......

 

Wow, all I can say is that event was amazing. I missed the PDC to aggregate PDCBloggers due to the amount of registered bloggers we had this year, so I was hoping to get some of that information at the Summit. Luckily I did and a bit more. I can't go into too much detail, but I can say one day the XML MVPs had a private meeting with Anders in a small conference room with 6 MVPs and a few product team members. That was very cool. Technorati Profile ......

 

Last week we did the Introduction to Blogging - IT Pro Perspective on TechNet Webcast and it went over very well. Today we are doing the Introduction to Blogging - Developer Perspective for MSDN Webcasts at 11AM PST. Go register and join in the fun. The session is very interactive and is driven by a conversation between John, Robert, and myself covering topics like What is Blogging?, Aggregation 101, Communities, and Corporate blogging. If you have any questions during the presentation, feel free ......

 

Well I have grown tired of the way the main page looks on Geekswithblogs.net. So over the weekend, I have been working on a new design and I like what I have came up with. Green is my favorite color, and after you look at the site, you will probably realize that. Let me know what you think, because the design is definitely not RTM, consider this a CTP. Might be too much green though, let me know if you think the items should be white like the advertisement in the left corner. Update... I went ahead ......

 

Just like TechEd, John and I will be the aggregators for PDCBloggers this time around. The numbers of registered bloggers is outstanding this year, over 500 and climbing. To let you in on what it takes to run the site, during the event, John and I have split the list in half by name and will have about 200 - 300 posts to read every 2 hours. Much over these post will be about the PDC, so we will be going through a process of elimination to decide what has been covered and then finding qoutes to pull ......

 

Well I haven't used a Macintosh for about 2 years now so I decided to move away from the .Mac service I was using. This account cost over $100 a year and you only get 250mb of email storage. Kind of crappy for Apple to only offer this much space for paying members. This space is used by many of their services so it is easy to run out. If you still use my jjulian2@mac.com email address, contact me here and I will give you my new email. ......

 

Wow, I must say I haven't had this much fun recording a podcast. Last week, the Indigo Road Show came to Kansas City and we had the pleasure of interviewing Richard Turner and Payam Shodjai of the Indigo team to discuss what the Indigo Road Show is, as well as answer many of the questions developers have about Indigo. MP3: http://www.podcaststudio.ne... ......

 

Wednesday, John and I will be interviewing the Indigo Team that is part of the Road Show to discuss the event and what you can expect to learn when it comes to a city near you.  We will be recording from the event, so it should put a different spin on our podcast.  Stay tuned on http://www.podcaststudio.net.


 

This week we have Mike Amundsen on Tuesday at the .NET User Group and Indigo Road Show on Wednesday. This is going to be a great week of .NET and if you are in the area, you should definitely attend both sessions ......

 

We just finished Podcast Studio Show #3 with Steve Loethen and also release a new blog for the show. With the telephone hybrid we are using, we don't have the ability to adjust the volume of the caller directly, so John and I will be working with the Mackie recording setup using independent channels instead the full stream out of the mixer. Along with that, we will be rewiring the connections to place the caller inline with the microphones to give them a separate channel. If levels are lower than ......

 

If you are interested in being interviewed for PodcastStudio.net, don't forget to email podcast@geekswithblogs.net. However, to make the show audio quality go up, we do suggest you get a good headset phone, like this Plantronics one, or a good computer headset and we can use Skype for the show. This will give you the ability to adjust your volume and free your hands from holding the phone for 30 minutes. There are also several phone systems that have headset jacks if you don't like the all-in-one ......

 

Well if you listened to Podcast Studio Show #2, you might have noticed the poor audio quality. Chris takes some credit with the phone he was using, but a lot of it was due to the setup we had with the Yamaha Mixer and Sound Blaster Input Device. First, for a sub-$100 mixer, the Yahama is great for only studio recording. So if you want to start podcasting, or need a small mixer to travel with to events, this is a good choice. On the other hand, the Sound Blaster Extigy we were using said it was 24bit, ......

 

In this episode, we talk with Jason Olson and Chris Williams about the Portland Code Camp, Microsoft Meltdown, and Game Development. The sound from the phone is quite low, but we are replacing the problem immediately. Headphones or iTunes should be used to get the best sound. File: http://www.podcaststudio.ne... Feed: http://feeds.geekswithblogs... ......

 

John and I have launched the PodcastStudio.net Show!! To find out more about the show, listen to the first episode. Our next two episode will be coming soon. http://www.podcaststudio.ne... ......

 

Well you have probably guessed by the title that DiscountASP.NET is our hosting sponsor for the site. They have been very generous to John and I with the equipment we have dedicated to the site and are now offering a great deal for our members and readers. If you sign up for a annual hosting plan with them, THEY WILL GIVE YOU 6 MONTHS FREE. Visit the site for more details, but this is a great deal. Also, look into their ASP.NET 2.0 Beta 2 hosting details for those of you interested in jumping into ......

 

We recorded out first show yesterday and will be releasing it very soon. I am putting the final touches on out new feed system for the podcast show. We are using ASP.NET 2.0 and I am loving it. Here are some photos of our equipment and setup. Welcome to our podcast studio for PodcastStudio.net. John Alexander's view where he does the recording and editing of the shows. Jeff Julian's view where he makes sure all the levels are ok, plays the intro and outro music, and connects the callers. JK Audio ......

 

More information is on the way, but watch out for http://www.podcaststudio.net.


 

We have successfully moved the web site to our dedicated server, but we have one more thing to move. If you notice some issues with logging in or other quirky things, please email me at jjulian@geekswithblogs.net and let me know. Thanks and man, we are getting a lot of hits. I will share the data with you as soon and I compile it. UPDATE: We are moving one more this tonight at 8PM CST to 8:30PM CST. The site will be down during this time and this should be the last thing ......

 

Now that TechEd is over, the blogger team is focusing more on MSDNEventsBloggers.net and TechNetEventsBloggers.net. These sites are a great place to get news about Microsoft related topics, Webcasts, and Events. If you blog about Microsoft technologies and attend either Webcasts or local events, go sign up for your flavor (IT Pro or Dev) and we will get you on the aggregation list. Also, if you speak at these Events and Webcast, please sign up as well ......

 

Due to traffic and load, Geekswithblogs.net will be moving to a dedicated server for the site. We have truely enjoyed the experience with INETA and are very thankful for them hosting us during our initial growth period. This move will take place later this month, but I wanted to give you a heads up. A formal announcement will be made before the move letting you know more details. Also, shortly after the move we will launch some new components for the system ......

 

If you are at TechEd and a Geekswithblogs.net member, please join us in front of Registration at 2:45 today for a quick hello to the members of this site.

 

After John and I recorded a Podcast yesterday with the Podcast Team at TechEd, we found out they only have an RSS feed for their videos, no site. As many of us bloggers know, people like to view post outside of an aggregator as well. So I created a list of the Podcast that you can view from your Media Player without using a Podcast Aggregator. So check it out and watch for John and my Podcast soon. http://strategery.geekswith... ......

 

Thursday June 9th, at 2:45pm, John and I will be holding a quick meetup of Geekswithblogs.net members outside the Registration Booth. If you are at the event, please join us so we can meet each other and talk through some of the direction Strategery will be taking us this summer. We want to get your feedback on our ideas as well as meet each of you and thank you for your contribution. P.S. Jason Olson, you are invited :D ......

 

When blogging from TechEd about sessions, to better your chances of making the post on TechEdBloggers.net, be sure to include a blurb about the event that we can quote you on and not just the play-by-play.  So far, I have been reading some amazing post, and even though I am at the event, I haven't been able to attend any sessions due to the amount of post which is ok in my book.  Keep up the good work everyone.

 

Make sure you watch TechEd bloggers for packing tips. Usually I tend to overpack, then get swag and have to pay a $50 surcharge to get my “HEAVY” luggage back to Kansas City. Another quick item you might want to pick up if you are a Diet beverage drinker. Crystal Light has single packages that you can add to a bottle of water to make their drink. John Alexander got me started and now I am hooked on the concept. Usually at these events, the first thing they run out of is Diet Coke, and ......

 

Our community reached 300+ bloggers which is extremely exciting. During TechEd, we will be making a big push to bring more on, but I want to thank all the new and old members for the quality of content we have had on the site lately. If you have some friends that want to get started, please invite them to join or if you are attending TechEd and are reading this, but don't have a blog, join today and sign up for TechEd Bloggers once you have been approved ......

 

What's New in ASP.NET? How can I Leverage Data in ASP.NET 2.0? These are the questions I will be answering in St. Louis on Thursday. I have finish configuring the presentation and demos and am excited about the content. This event should be outstanding and I am speaking with some top notch speakers. John Alexander and I will be driving out in the morning and spending the evening hanging with friends so if you are around, send me an email and hook up for an geek dinner or just for fun. ......

 

Geekswithblogs.net was down for some amount of time due to network issues at our hosting provider last night, than after they rebooted the machine, the date was set to 2002 and threw caching issues this morning.  These errors should be fixed and everything is back to normal.  Sorry for the inconvenience.


 

First off, I am sorry I pulled Jason to the front of the class with my previous entry; I was just trying to make a point. As far as the main feed goes, this has been under review for some time because we know a lot of good information comes out of this site and feel it could be filtered better than we have done with one feed. We still want to offer the non-”Greatest Hits” feed, so you will still be able to get all the content from this community, but with our growth into other realms ......

 

Jason so graciously demonstrated yesterday why a main feed like ours must be monitored before users can view it. We all have great post, but every once in awhile, bloggers go off on a tangent or “test in production”. These post cause us to lose readers. Because of this, my next tool for Strategery is to redesign the mainfeed by monitoring post before they reach the global user. This will not effect your individual readers, so you don't have to worry about that. With registration going ......

 

Before, as many .Text community owners know, to add users to .Text you could either use a Console application or Query Analyzer. The Console application was just a pain for me to use so every time a blogger made a request to become part of the community, I was in SQL then manually creating an email welcoming them with their username and password. This process was very time consuming and frustrating. However, with the new Strategery application we are working on, I have released the registration module ......

 

As some of the bloggers mentioned (thank you very much guys), today is my birthday. Above is a picture of the cake my wife made for me. I had on simular to it when I was little and she found the cake pan online. Thanks Michelle! This year, my present was an XM Skybox, which is amazing. For $99 at Best Buy, you get a boombox with XM, FM, CD-MP3, AM, and Inputs. The sound quality is good and it has a built-in XM antenna as well as a corded external. Thanks for all the birthday wishes, and just think, ......

 

As this community keeps growing as rapidly as it has been, we decided to create an blogger registration form and an administration process for creating new users. Before it was a completely manual process and I generated all the welcome emails. This new system will allow us to add users more rapidly and spells out the guidelines of become a “Geek with a blog”. So tell your friends and co-workers to visit the site and register ......

 

Lately Geekswithblogs.net has been getting more comment spam than normal.  If you go to “Advanced Options” on the posts that are getting a lot of spam and uncheck Allow Comments, this will solve some of the problem.  Lately, spam has been come through trackbacks so I am fighting it on the data end to help lighten the load.  Please be patient with us and keep your ear to the ground for something new coming later this summer.


 

With both Drew and Kevin getting situated with their new roles at Microsoft, InDepth Technology asked John Alexander and I to become the new managers of the Techedbloggers.net site. We are both extremely excited to be offered this opportunity and thank Drew and Kevin for their hard work to make this community possible. If you are going to TechEd 2005 Orlando this year, but haven’t registered your blog on the site yet, please do here. ......

 

The Visual Studio 2005 Developer Conference by Microsoft is coming to Kansas City and St. Louis in late May/early June and I will be presenting two sessions at each. The sessions are Leveraging Data in ASP.NET 2.0 and What’s New in ASP.NET 2.0. The events should be lots of fun and they have some great speakers in each city. If you are new to .NET or have been a seasoned veteran, this event is right for you. Registration is low (Only $99) and you will also walk away with the precious beta discs ......

 

Since Geekswithblogs uses .Text, it is only proper that if we want to upgrade, we have to use Community Server. I don't like the idea of forums for this site, but Galleries and Blogs are a good fit. Since we have a lot of changes to worry about, I aim working on our version on a separate site, http://www.julian-family.com. This site for my family where I will have blogs and galleries. Once I make all the changes to Community Server we need, I hope to release it to GWB. This is going to take time ......

 

Last week/weekend John and I were in Redmond for a summit. There, we met up with fellow Geekswithblogs blogger, Jay Glynn. We did several Podcast and are now editing them and preparing for the launch of our system. Here is a picture of Neil, Jay, John, and Jeff of Geekswithblogs.net. On Saturday we decided to jump in our Expedition we rented and drive down to see Mount Rainier. Little did we know, the largest mountain in the continental United States would be the hardest thing to see from up close. ......

 

John Alexander and I will be podcasting from the Microsoft Publishers Summit next week for Microsoftbookclubs.com. If you are interested in being interviewed and will be at the summit, give me a buzz and I will get you a time for the interview. Please include the books you have written so we can do some quick research on questions we might ask you. We have a pretty open schedule of events that John and I will be presenting so time shouldn't be an issue. Here are some pictures of the latest mobile ......

 

Today, XML is 7 years old.

Irwin asked what we were doing at this time 7 years ago.  Well I was a Junior at Clinton High School in Clinton, Missouri taking PASCAL and BASIC.  I really hope they upgraded their development classes, maybe I should check.

What were you doing when XML was born?


 

The baby is coming....the baby is coming. As a first time dad, it is time to freak out and make sure everything is done. I am sure we have forgot something but at least the two main rooms are finished. The bedroom and bathroom. Check out these pictures, but realize I had nothing to do with the design, it was all my wife and mother. If I had more to do with it, there would be motherboards on the way and a baby desk with a baby laptop. At least I got the baby Microsoft outfits for 6 and 12 months. ......

 

Microsoftbookclubs.com is here. This will be the core for all the book clubs we create with the Microsoftbookstore.com partnership. During the next month, TechLiteracy, LLC, the company that runs to clubs, will be working on relaunching the .NET Book Club as the Developer Book Club and launching the IT Pro Book Club. More exciting news like this will be announced in the near future. The new logos will be: ......

 

The team is back! The team is back! And with a blog. Mike Champion, who was a recent MS hire, started the XML Team blog along with his own blog on MSDN. Very cool, and thanks for listening. He also has a cool title, "Program Manager - XML Standards". Good job Mike, and we look forward to hearing from you and the team. Is Arpan back? Hopefully ......

 


I hope other teams don't follow this trend.

 

Special Kansas City .NET User Group Meeting - December 16thLocation: Microsoft Kansas City OfficeTime: 6:00PM - 7:30PMTopic: Software in a Service-Oriented WorldIf services are the next big thing—and they are—what impact will this change have on software development? David Chappell will give a perspective on this question, focusing on the impact this move will have on .NET. Drawing from his forthcoming book on Indigo, David will describe how this new technology fits and what it does, ......

 

Well it's announcement time. We are in the process of partnering with Microsoftbookstore.com to form the Developer Book Club, formerly known as .NET Book Club. With this name change comes a reformation of the club itself. An online forum community for books is a utopia, but only brings advantages to participants, and they were few and far between. Instead, we are focusing on the message. We want to have the authors interact with the community about the book. We will have a monthly webcast for the ......

 

Dear Jemimus, Not so easy! Since this is one of the largest .Text multi-blog site, it is pretty well assumed I have a very customized version of .Text to fit the needs of a site that gets 4.5 million hits a month. This includes HTTP compression on your feeds, subdomain access to your domain (http://jemimus.geekswithbl... and blogs.ineta.org. You solution assumes I have not made a single change to an open source project that hasn't seen an updated drop since January. Well that would be incorrect ......

 

Derek Hatchard tells us about the new Atom feature of GMail. It seems that https://gmail.google.com/gm... is a way to aggregate to your email. If you are like me and got a few GMail names with your invites, then you probably know the pain in the butt that it is to check multiple GMail accounts. If you use an aggregator like RSSBandit, they protect you from subscribing to the same feed more than once, but if you concatenate a querystring on the https://gmail.google.com/gm... url ......

 

INETA Academic is forming a K-12 Committee because of the recent jump in pre-college developers using .NET and other Microsoft Technologies. This committee will be ran by Eric Maino and you can watch for news here. Hopefully we don't keep him too busy with his recent engagement announcement.


 

I added the Lux-Dark and Lux-Light .Text Skins today for members of Geekswithblogs.net.  Enjoy.

 

INETA has giving the Kansas City .NET User Group the luxury of having Jeff Prosise speak at our group tomorrow. Unfortunately, I will be out of town during the presentation. If you are in the area, this event is highly suggested. I'm leaving for the airport in a few minutes to catch a ride to Kansas City. Tomorrow night I speak to the Kansas City .NET SIG. Join the fun if you're in the area. I have a new prop to try out in tomorrow night's talk. I won't say what it is so I won't ruin the surprise. ......

 

If you would like to support ESS in your systems, you might need a icon. This one follows the typical RSS layout.

This one is follows the XP icons


 

Wow, I was the Community Who's Who in ASP.NET Pro this month. That is so awesome! First time I have had my mug shot printed in a magazine.

 

Here is an article about the idea of syndicating events via ESS, take a look at it and let me know what you think.

 

ESS, Event Share Specification, is currently in it's 0.91 version and will be where it will stay until something major is needed for future usage. It is drafted format, it was sampled for usage inside an RSS container element. We took this approach because at the time, RSS was the most popular source of syndication, but wouldn't always be. Now that Atom is gaining popularity, I have decided to add an appedix to the specification with a sample usage of ESS inside an Atom container element. The sample ......

 

I met Jason Olson last night at the Portland .Nerd Dinner. This was the first time I have met a GWB.net blogger that I didn't know before they started blogging. It's definitely weird to see a personality in a blog and this put a real-time conversation in-person with blogger. I am going to name this concept "Handshakecasting", where you actually meet in person and then syndicate thoughts. Any takers?

 

Geekswithblogs.net's member and all around great guy, Drew Robbins has been named Regional Director and ASP.NET MVP in one week. This is well deserved for the creator of *Bloggers.com during major conferences.


 

Georgeo from MSDN Webcast just announced the ASP.NET Webcast series in October. I am extremely pumped about this event because of the amount of great presenters and presentations. This site is not active today, but you can take a look at what is to come with this query. My session, "Designing Flexible Applications Using the Provider Model in ASP.NET 2.0", should be lots of fun. After my 2 days of Test-Driven Development in St. Louis and Kansas City with John, I plan to spend all extra time coming ......

 

Wow. This morning while checking email and getting ready for the day I see a message from Bill blinking in the corner. The message said whats your number, I have to call you. So I get a call not 5 seconds later and Bill is laughing on the other end. He points me to an Bush is the Anti-Christ site and starts talking about what it is about. For a second, I thought something was wrong with Bill because of his topic of conversation. But then he wops one on me. The creator has used a photo of me giving ......

 

Looks like ::ScottW pushed a new Default.aspx/MainFeed.aspx for Weblogs.asp.net. From what I can tell, they got shortened display (max characters), bloggers.aspx, and the removal of the list of bloggers. I really like the new display and hope to get my hands on a quick fix soon ......

 

Go download this episode. Definitely one of the best .NET Rocks shows I have heard and they mention the .NET Book Club in the news (Thanks Carl and Rory).


 

This coming Tuesday, I will be give a "Introduction to System.Xml and Web Services" talk for the Kansas City .NET User Group. If you are in the area and want to coming, please feel free and register. The presentation will cover the basics of System.Xml and the different APIs you can choose from when processing XML in the .NET Framework. The second half will go over what all the buzz is about with Web Services. After the meeting we will meet as a .NET Book Club Chapter and confirm everyone is on path ......

 

Wow, Chill Out Guys! After all this, the whole community needs to give ::Scott (formerly .Scott) a big thank you for supporting this project. About my post the other day, don't worry about it Scott, take your time ......

 

I started Geekswithblogs.net as an alternative to weblogs.asp.net. We would promote Geekiness which is 50% technical / 50% personal. The service is free and has been pretty successful. However, lately the blog request I have been getting are rude and demanding. An example from ONE REQUEST is "Hence I request you to provide me a blog here" and "expecting a fast and positive reply". Now come on. This is a free service, but I am not your bitch. I suggest to individuals who want to request something ......

 

Scott Watermasysk pushed a new version of Community Server :: Blogs to weblogs.asp.net/blogs.msdn.com tonight giving them comment moderation. The only problem is this quote, "This build is not ready for mass consumption yet, so I am not sure if/when it will be released to the public". I hope this will not be a length process to package up into a new build. I know it would have to be a major pain since the .Text source has most likely changes since the last release in January, but we definitely would ......

 


 

One of the problems Kzu points out is the massive code blocks bloggers add to their feeds which here are added to a mainfeed that you mainly see. This can get very annoying and is mostly unnecessarily because the blogger ripped it out of a sample or a book that all of us own anyway. That is a whole other topic though. If you want to add a code block to you blog entry, I suggest this post to hide the code for most browsers/aggregators and the reader can toggle its visibility. Check it out and jump ......

 

Looks like Rob Howard has release Community Server :: Forums or ASP.NET Forums 2.0. Pretty cool, but I like InstantASP still. http://forums.asp.net/Forums/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=457530#457530

 

Back when geekswithblogs.net was my own personal blogging system :D, I used jjulian.geekswithblogs.net as my blog's home. Well when I decided to move over to .Text I lost this sub-domain functionally but have always wanted it back. Well now we do. If you are a blogger on geekswithblogs.net, you can now reference your blog with "your-blog-name.geekswithbl... and it will redirect it to "geekswithblogs.net/your-bl... Pretty cool, eh? So now all the old links that pointed to my original RSS ......

 

It is my pleasure to announce the latest .NET blog community, blogs.ineta.org. This community is driven off of the INETA bloggers from this site. If you are on geekswithblogs.net and are an INETA volunteer but don't see your name on the list, please contact me and I will get your added. I will need your committee, region, and other INETA related information before I can add you though ......

 

I think I have all the kinks figured out with Geekswithblogs, but if you notice anything else weird, please contact me.

 

We seem to be having some issues today with the redundant servers and this site. It will be fixed real soon, but I wanted to announce this before Colin does.

Update:  We should be GO again, moves us back to DEFCON 4.


 

Today, Devin Rader and I are moving this beloved site to the INETA.org servers.  Cross your fingers and hope everything goes successfully.

 

If your like me and frustrated with your Samsung Smartphone because you spend way to much money to have 2002 software loaded and no access to write .NET apps for it (the original purpose of purchasing the phone), then keep your eye on site. They say it will be available (for an extra $15) tomorrow, but they have said this for quite some time and moved it back each week. However, this is the first time I have seen a link so I thought I would share. http://vzw.smithmicro.com/s... UPDATE: The download ......

 

For all you students out there, you now have your own Dev Center on MSDN. Not much content here now, but I would like to know what they are actually planning to do with this since it actually replaces MSDNAA.net.  One bad thing is those of us who had articles published on MSDNAA.net no longer have those published there.

 


 

Thanks to Steve and Michelle Smith of DevAdvice.com, the .NET Book Club will now have a new home to discuss the books we are reading at forums.devadvice.com. I am betting on the rich experience that ASP.NET forums gives will boost interaction from the members (compared to the lacking .NET Nuke discussion module). Please join in on the first few threads covering this summer's book, Test-Driven Development in Microsoft .NET. http://forums.devadvice.com... ......

 

Yesterday, the XML Coverpages pushed a story on EventML. This is the first I have heard of it, but didn't get time to read it when I first saw it, so no worries. Tonight, Kzu pops in and says, “Hey look at this”. After reading the RSS module portion of the draft, it looks a lot like ESS. Because it is so close to the ESS 0.91 specification, I don't think we will get the adoption we need to compete against this one. I still hope to promote ESS, but this looks like the fly swatter that ......

 

I just pushed a new skin for Geekswithblogs so tell me what you think.  This is about the extent of my graphics skills so don't be too harsh.

 

Check out this video of Jason and I at the MVP summit talking about Imagine Cup! Looks like I have been declined for a tourist VISA to Brazil and will most likely not have enough time to get a business VISA. Kind of sucks, but I will survive if I can't make it. They want a letter from a senior executive by tomorrow. I replied, “Yeah, that's going to happen, have you heard of Microsoft? They aren't small.” She said, “Well isn't there and executive in Kansas?” More laughter. ......

 

One night only!  Join Kent Tegels for a spectacular display for SQL Reporting Services at the Kansas City .NET User Group

 

http://www.franklins.net/ca... John, my new boss, will be on .NET Rocks tonight talking about Test-Driven Development. This topic is also the topic of this months book for the book club, so get a head start with this show. Lets see how many GWB.net bloggers we can have listening live in the chat tonight ......

 

I am finally at a point to where I can re-org the book club again. The multiple books at one time idea, not so good. I can't possibly read that many books in a month, and I must be part of the interaction to get people started (since it's my club). So my latest choice of books is “Test-Driven Development in Microsoft .NET” by James W. Newkirk and Alexei A. Vorontsov. This will be the topic of this weeks .NET Rocks Show as well when my manager is interviewed. How does this book sound ......

 

After the show, I have a new respect for the passion of FoxPro developers. During a panel discussion, they show us .NET panelist that they have had features in their tools, that we are so excited about, for years. Most of the FoxPros took lots of shoots at us .NETers, but we just giggled with them (no one attacked back). My sessions were small, but fun. I was finally able to interact with the attendees at a personal level (yeah, really not many people in my session). Next year I hope they invite ......

 

Recently, John Alexander, from Vision Data Solutions has been recruiting me for his .NET Practice team. Well this past weekend I accepted the offer and will be starting on June 21st. This is great news for me, even though I will miss the individuals at PRL. It was a great team to work on, but the excitement generated by the VDSI team is too much to pass up. Being the only development-oriented MVP in the Kansas City area working with the RD for this area, I can see great things coming out of the building. ......

 

Not doing proper subsite research, I purchased a smartphone thinking 2003 would be the OS, nahhhhhhhh we still load 2002 on all the smartphones in the US.  Yeah, that means no .NET CF on these phones.  Grrrrrrrrrrr........ But the phone is pretty cool, and Verizon has plans to release a ROM update for these phones in the near future.  I will let you know when I find out more, but for now, I will play Solitaire.


 

DonXML is on .NET Rocks right now.

http://www.franklins.net/dotnetrocks


 

More chapters from Apress. Here are the additional chapters Chapters 2 and 3 - Expert C# Business ObjectsChapters 2 and 3 - Professional .NET Network ProgrammingChapters 1 and 2 - Beginning C# Objects: From Concept to Code Also, let me know what other books you would like to preview and I will see if I can get some content for you ......

 

Well the book club isn't going off as planned, but I will keep trying. This idea is definitely hard to complete, because it is asking a lot out of the members. Even though reading books is part of our profession, it is hard to get developers to read. It is too much of a chore for most of us. How can we change that? What would make a group like this better? I hear a lot of people complaining about time. I have no time, blah blah blah. I don't know how many people I have seen from the lab portion of ......

 

Jason Beres and Andrew Flick have been discussing their feeling on the Imagine Cup and I agree with everything they are saying. I would like to say that I agree from personal experience, but I didn't have the luxury of judging at a competition. The Kansas City area had 3 competitions canceled because of lack of contestants. Yeah thats right, not enough student interested in winning $25,000. Crazy! I think it is the lack of .NET course ware in the area though, because .NET to most schools in this ......

 

In the article by Mark Fussell named What's New in System.Xml for Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 Release, he shows us tons of new features coming into System.Xml. Well in my excitement, I figured public article released a week prior to the public preview, this stuff is in there. Wrong! About 75% of this articles content (which is great) is not available in the bits we have today. This makes it real hard on me because I am preparing a presentation for DevEssentials in June about the ......

 

I was contacted by Apress today because they were interested in the .NET Book Club. I am still working out a discount, but for now we have some Preview Chapters from two upcoming books! Professional .NET Network ProgrammingBy: Andrew Krowczyk, Vinod Kumar, Nauman Laghari, Ajit Mungale, Christian Nagel, Tim Parker, Srinivasa SivakumarExpert C# Business Objects By: Rocky LhotkaCheck them out and let us know what you think. You must be a member before viewing, but IT'S FREE so just sign up ......

 

New .NET Community project idea. I would like to design an airport scheduling system (ASS) that would tracking the maintenance of an airplane and the flight plan to see what city will need a plane ready to go when an aircraft needs maintenance, ahead of time. I am guessing this procedure is pretty calculable and could lower delay times dramatically. If you were waiting for me at the airport, sorry, but I am guessing with the brain power in Redmond this week, we could prevent this from happening again. ......

 

.NET Book Club now has an affiliation with SAMS and Addison Wesley Publishing to get the selected books of the month and reviewed books at 30% to members. First Look at ADO.NET and System.Xml v. 2.0 (30% off)SAMS Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 24 Hours (30% off) ......

 

While talking to Amy about the promotion of the .NET Book Club, I thought of printing up bookmarks. Well Michelle, my wife in 5 weeks, is doing web design for a custom printing shop. So the order is in and I will have 1000 of them before the MVP Summit. I will also be giving Amy some for the Connections conference. Here is what they look like. ......

 

Another brilliant article was published on MSDN XML Dev Center (which is new today as well) by Mark Fussell named What's New in System.Xml for Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 Release. I highly recommend reading this after reading Dare's previous article. Mark's book is the first book of the month at the .NET Book Club ......

 

Sign up now at dotnetbookclub.org and you can preview chapters from Alex Homer's book ASP.NET 1.1 Insider Solutions, due out in June, in its raw format. There are discussions attached to each chapter for you to give your feedback of the work. Thanks to Amy and SAMS publishing for providing the content. One of the issues I have heard from people and the idea of having a "Book Club" is the lack of time to actually read the books, or the lack of interest in the books themselves. Well the "Book of the ......

 

Based on Kent Tegels idea and blessing, I created http://www.dotnetbookclub.org. This site is still under construction, but uses the .NET Nuke 2.0 portal. I love this thing. It had to be the easiest site I have ever setup. If you haven't looked at this thing, I highly suggest it. http://www.dotnetnuke.com is the site and 2.0 rocks. If you have any ideas for the .NET book club, please feel free to email me or write a comment. The site should fully be ready by the end of the weekend along with more ......

 

Philip Rieck of Omaha graciously presented at the Kansas City .NET Users Group last night (with only 6 days notice). His topic was over SOA, but from an architecture standpoint, not code. The presentation went over wonderfully. The audience was top notch for the area and we had some great discussions during and after the presentation about SOA and the techniques presented. If you can get Philip to come to your group, I highly suggest you go for it. Also, if you are an XBox Live player, his gamertag ......

 

Dare has done it again. Best Practices for Representing XML in the .NET Framework explains the way you should use or manipulate XML inside the .NET Framework (well the title says it all). If you are getting into XML in .NET or are already use it today, I totally suggest you read this and save a hard copy as well. http://msdn.microsoft.com/l... ......

 

I finally got around to fixing the issue with the SMTP server used on Geekswithblogs.net.  Sorry about the delay, but it should be fine now. 

 

It ended up being a great show. We had 261 in the audience which was the largest for our district. All the demos went perfectly (well almost) but the audience seemed to enjoy our presentations. Afterwords we went out to dinner and had a great time. We were there for almost 4 hours so today I am dragging. Thanks to all the organizers and speakers for such a great show in KC. http://geekswithblogs.net/j... ......

 

At first I thought XBox live was alright, but all I had was MechAssult that I could play online. Well today I went out and purchased Rainbow Six 3 and a RF/VGA convertor to hook the XBox to my computer monitor. Very very cool mod and I suggest you try it. There is nothing like coming home, checking your email, playing a first person shooter, dying, and IM in ghost mode. Below is a shot of my new setup. ......

 

Wow, this is an awesome tool. If you are like me and HATE using Outlook Express as your default newsreader, check this out. The custom skins and extensions make this tool what it is. Another plus is you can use the same application on Mac and Windows. This was a key selling point for me and Apple iTunes. Click here for a screenshot ......

 

My presentation went off with a bang. We landed at the Microsoft office exactly at 6pm because of a wreck that closed the road we were suppose to take. The group was very energetic and asked lots of questions. I want to thank them for coming and listen to me babble about syndication. Afterwards a few of us went off for some dinner at a Chicken wing join across the street. If you are in the Columbus area tonight, Drew, Jeff, me, and a few more people are getting together for some fun. Post a comment ......

 

Hell yeah "people", I am going to Columbus! Got my bags packed, my friend formerly from Ohio driving, and the slide deck and examples. This is going to be a blast. I want to thank Greg Reinacker for donating a copy of Newsgator and 2 months of Online Services for the presentation. It is the perfect prize. If you are in the area, Drew has suggested a get together afterward, so you know it will be fun if Drew brings the camera ......

 

INETA Academic, a committee that Jason Beres and I run, are currently looking for volunteers for the Imagine Cup local competitions around the US. If you are interested in some volunteering opportunities, like judging and speaking, please go to the site and fill out the information. At this point we will try and match you with schools in your area and make the connection for you. After this point it will be up to you and the student to work out the logistics. This is an exciting program and I hope ......

 

Thanks to the excellent people at INETA, we are moving Geekswithblogs.net to a better place, not that Webhost4life is bad.  Tonight we are doing the db, then the site.  If I lose a post or a comment, I am sorry.  I will keep you up-to-date will more details.

 

Tonight I used the iTextSharp libraries to transform RSS into the iTextSharp XML dialect, then transform it into PDF. This library is awesome and open source. If you haven't checked it out, I suggest you do. It is a .NET implementation of a Java library set called iText so some of the method names might bug you :D. I forgot how clean (and dirty) C# can actually be until I opened the source to make it support stream as input to the XmlParser instead of the filepath string it supports today ......

 

Lately I have been working on some samples for my presentation in Columbus (Drew) and Austin (Scott Belleware). Tonight I came up with a new sample idea. With iTunes 4.2 being one of my favorite applications and one of the only ones, outside of VS.NET, I have open all day, I thought it would be cool to build a transform from the playlist to RSS, based on the songs I have recently played. It isn't a very real world example, unless you are the RIAA :D, but is a good sample on how do convert an existing ......

 

Ouch, since when did the Hotmail mentality of advertising host at the bottom of an email reach blogs? I have recently seen “This Blog is hosted by:” around blogdom and didn't like it much. I don't know why communities much reach out this way. Doesn't the domain name kind of give that away? Anyway, I just want to reassure the bloggers here that this won't happen. I don't feel this sort of marketing will make our community grow anymore than it has. You kind of have to go to Geekswithblogs.net ......

 

Brian Tinkler, of Wisconsin .NET User Group, has decided to join the ranks of Geekswithblogs.net.  Hopefully we will see some great post coming our way.

 

Check it out!  Drew and Kevin have done it again.  Thanks guys!

 

When running VS.NET 2002 or 2003, using multiple monitors, I get this little annoying extra window that popups up in the second monitor. You can't get rid of it unless you minimize VS.NET and use another window to repaint on top of it. Freaking annoying. Here is a photo of the culprit. ......

 

Drew.Robbins, one of the masterminds behind PDCBloggers, has blessed us with his presence on Geekswithblogs.net

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After some testing (thanks DonXML), I feel the syndication compression for .Text is ready. However, if you have any issues, please email me at jjulian2@mac.com. I have included the source, binaries, and compiled changes from the latest release of .Text. I have been very impressed with the HttpCompressionModule integrated into .Text. My bandwidth is down even though the hits are up. As always, please backup your binaries and config before upgrading. With out further ado, here it is. http://www.geekswithblogs.n... ......

 

Dude, I'm getting a Dell :D Actually a Dell Insprion 8600, and it's about time. Some of you may remember my run in with my backpack and laptop with the wireless card hanging off the side. Running in and out of sessions, I just put it in the wrong way and crack, no more wireless card. Since then I have went through another with the same results. This one has integrated wireless (centrino rules!) and a pretty hefty processor to boot. I ordered it originally online, but for some reason it considered ......

 

After my previous post, I decided to take the approach I took with Geekswithblogs.net HTTP compression for the syndication feeds and re arch it a little bit. Originally, I changed the HttpCompressionModule's source to get it to work. This time, I used the downloaded binaries so it would have better compatiblity with the great tool. This should work with .94 and .95 but I have only tried it with .95. If you would like to check it out, please let me know. I want to have a few more people play with ......

 

After reading Scott's post on the HttpCompressionModule, I decided to check it out. The MainFeed of this site is about 65k. With the compression tool, the compressed file size is about 15k. Not bad! The compression has also been added to the individual RSS feeds as well. Let me know if you see any issues ......

 

Updated: Sold the Lexus after horrible service from Local Lexus Dealership and bought a new Pathfinder! Podcast Studio! Looks like the new model of my car will be released in 2006 (right in time for Longhorn). Check it out ......

 

This weekend was all about .Text.  I have been working on the NewsGator plug-in for .Text and upgrading GWB.net.  I fixed a few issues with .Text services for the plug-in to support categories and I will submit the change soon, once I have a few testers. 


 

Finally got around to upgrading Geekswithblogs.net.  If you have any issues, please let me know ASAP.

 

Laura John, one of the GDN bloggers, has graciously allowed us to be in her presence.  Thanks for joining Laura, it's great to have you here.


 

Tonight, I decided to go hunting in the front yard. The neighborhood is full of reindeer and I felt it was time to take one out. It took awhile to clean it and it wasn't very good to eat. I made a mounting plate and opened my Taxidermy 101 book. Here is the final product, I hope you like it. The reality: Our company has a door decoration contest. I picked one of these up at Home Depot, chopped its head off, rewired it, cut out a headboard, and mounted it. Michelle helped me out with the routing and ......

 

Randy Holloway ask if .Text has the ability to upload OPML. Well I was wanting that same functionality the other day because I read way to many blogs to update it by hand. So I built one! It works pretty well, but I have to build a page for uploading and extend the Newsgator plugin. Should be fun! If anyone wants to use it now, I can give the source to build a console application to do it ......

 

Last night Hector Correa went over Wikis! It was a very interesting meeting. He has a .NET Wiki project for you to download and check out. The response for the Bus ride to St. Louis was great. A lot of people asked for the handouts so I hope I can fill the bus ......

 

We have a bus, 54 seats, and an XBox to giveaway. What else could you ask for? If you are in Kansas City and want to go to the “ASP.NET Roadshow” in St. Louis, please contact me and I will get you of the list. This is going to be fun! The date is 12/4/2003 and we will be leaving around 1:30. Update: Microsoft has actually set up an event for us. http://msevents.microsoft.c... ......

 

Check it out here.  Because his comments do not work, you can decide here :). 

 

Geekswithblogs.net was mentioned in the INETA newsletter this month. Because of this, we are (and hopefully will be) signing up new members that attend user groups. If you are a leader, please tell your members about this site. We have plenty of room to grow and any promotion you can do will help make this site better and better. Update: To see the newsletter I mentioned, click here ......

 

My co-worker, Matt Watson, just picked up a Toshiba Tablet.  As he was chatting *bragging* via MSN Messenger, he sent the picture below, a Longhorn Salute via ink.  Pretty cool.



 

Well, 10503 to be exact. This is great, with the site being live for a month now. I just want to thank all the great bloggers on this site. We have 28 blogs, and more are welcome. I would like to ask you to find a friend and get them into blogging. With all the Post-PDC buzz around the future of development with Microsoft tools, now is the best time to get involved. Also, bring that friend to your next local .NET user group meeting. Technorati Tags: Geekswithblogs ......

 

I added the INETA Speaker events on the left side bar for INETA user groups of the Main Page.  If you see one of these in your town, I would highly suggest going. 

 

After work, I went home and realized I was bored (10 mins). With Michelle out of town, no kids just cats, not much to do. With all my spare time, I decided to do some INETA Infrastructure work. Luckily Devin was online and had plenty of work. Well five hours later, I can finally blog. Devin and I made tons of progress on the DB and DAL. This framework is going to be solid. Hopefully I can keep up the energy on this project ......

 

Now that I have a Longhorn Machine, Yukon Machine, Whidbey Machine, MP3 Machine (G4 Powerbook), and Everything else Machine (XP and .Net 1.0 - 1.1), it was time to rearrange and start the installation process.  Michelle will be out of town this week for some FNIS work in Santa Ana.  This will allow me to play into the late hours (yeah I'm a geek!).  Below is a picture of my new cave.


 

Looks like I will be presenting RSS and transformation techniques to the Austin .NET User Group in March. This is going to be awesome, lots of time to prepare. If your in the area in March, please come by. I am sure I will remind you when it gets closer to the event.

 

The Main Feed was down for a few days, actually most of PDC.  I am sorry for the inconvience if you were aggregating it.  It should be working perfectly now.  If you are still having issues, please contact me.

 

My fiance, Michelle Hawkins, now has a weblog here on geekswithblogs.net.  Now if I can teach my cats to type, the whole family will be blogging.
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