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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 ......

 

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 ......

 

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 ......

 

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, ......

 

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 ......

 

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 ......

 

... 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... ......

 

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 ......

 

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 ......

 

While the recent trends in the Tech Community of dieting, I have decided to lose my weight again. Randy Holloway of Microsoft St. Louis has been documenting his weight loss on his blog for some time now and I have enjoyed watching his success. Instead of blogging purely about my weight loss, I will place my current weight at the bottom of my posts in the tag section so you can see if I am making any progress and if I am not, kick me in the butt to continue. My current weight is 264.4 as of this morning. ......

 

Take a look, Microsoft has created a public SharePoint site and one of the MSDN/TechNet Bloggers has moved over there. I wonder how long before the others start porting their blogs over? It really makes sense to me to have Microsoft bloggers using the SharePoint 2007 blogging functionality. Microsoft.com was the first part to show that SharePoint can scale and moving their blogs over will just prove the point even more. Congrats on the move! Technorati tags: SharePoint, Blogs, Microsoft, Move ......

 

Now that editing a post is possible with Third-Party blogging tools, I thought I would write my views on editing a post. If you don't use and aggregator, then you probably aren't aware of what happens when you update a post. The majority of aggregators will add that item as a new post and if you don't highlight the updated portion, it may irritate readers. I know it irritates me. If you must edit, do it as quick as possible from the time you publish. If you think you will update a post when writing, ......

 

Running a consulting practice and maintaining this site is very difficult to do even with two people. We need new skins, some features, and a new blogging engine to be coded based on what I have designed for the next generation GWB, but I just don't have the time. So what are we going to do? Sell the site to another large publisher? I think not! Instead, we are adding employee #2 (I like to claim I am #0 like Jobs) to work on these tasks as well as some others. Today we will be sending our offer ......

 

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 ......

 

For those of you who want to see what the Word 2007 Blogging UI looks like, here is a snapshot: (Click to enlarge)


 

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... ......

 

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 ......

 

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 ......

 

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 ......

 

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 ......

 

Yeah, thats right, the BIG box!!! John and I just finished a webcast with Robert Scoble talking about an introduction to blogging for the IT Professional. Next week we are doing one with the Developer Prospective. Should be lots of fun. I also have a screen shot if you don't believe me and read this late ......

 

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.

 

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 ......

 

GO! GO! GO! GO! GO! Sells Out Fast! Get your Training Time together and get your seat. Every year it gets harder to pick speakers for the DevCon. This year, I had 4x the number of submissions for which I had available slots. So, while it's hard for me to pick, it makes for a fabulous line up for attendees: For speakers, we've got keynotes from Tim Bray (co-inventor of XML) and Tim Ewald. We've also got Don Box, Sam Ruby, Jeff Barr (of Amazon.com), Keith Brown, Scott Hanselman, Chris Anderson, Doug ......

 

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 ......

 

A lot of buzz has been generated by the Imagine Cup in the past week, and it is getting exciting. I hope all the teams are well prepared and will give it their all to win this. I (along with Jason Beres) am lucky enough to be invited as a judge during this year's festivities, so I am really looking forward to the adventure. Hopefully, on a grand scale, Jason and I can mingle with the participants, after the judging, to discuss how our group (INETA Academic) can help them with next year's competition ......

 

I am probably one of the last, but I am blogging from Longhorn.  I love it!!!!  I have to week to play (Michelle is in CA).   Feels like christmas.

 

In between my wild adventures with XP/Longhorn/VirtualPC, I decided to install OS X Panther on my Mac. I just picked it up after work and was really excited to get it going since I have been running 10.1 after my harddrive fiasco. Anyway, the installation was great and my machine is running 3 times better than before. So I decided I wanted to blog from IE using .Text web admin. Right when I started typing, POW!, the browser crashed. I thought it was a fluke so I tried again, same result. 10.3 comes ......

 

Discover Blogging with iBlog Software You've heard about blogging—here's your chance to get started with your own online journal or web log ("blog"). iBlog software (US$19.95 value), free until November 25, 2003 to .Mac members, lets you focus on what you want to say without worrying about formatting, archiving, or site maintenance. iBlog publishes your weblog right to .Mac, and integration with iLife makes it easy to add photos and movies, too. Looks like .Mac users will be blogging now, when will ......

 

Looks like we are off to a good start.  If you know anyone who wants a blog without the hassles of blogging about a particular topic, please send them my way.  The future plans will have a Main Feed that will be monitored by the administration before putting it up so you can blog about whatever without making people frustrated that are looking for geeky developer entries only.