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BUILD Keynote Notes | From Virtual Link
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2011 5:55 AM

Microsoft Windows 8 : Excited or Worried?
I am definitely on the fence on this one. I love the look and experience of Windows 8 in the video, but I am worried about all the talk about HTML 5 and not hearing anything about the WPF/Silverlight/XNA story. We have seen Microsoft pick these tools for XBox and WP7, but now will they have a cohesive story that will sell tablets and also sell App builders. The winner this battle with have to have the Apps so I can see why HTML5 is compelling, but it also does not drive loyalty and leads into one ......

Posted On Thursday, June 2, 2011 2:35 AM

Microsoft tries to give Clippy a second chance with Ribbon Hero 2
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 ......

Posted On Thursday, May 5, 2011 3:45 AM is going to TechEd Atlanta in a BIG WAY
Check out the post over on the StaffOfGeeks blog outlining our participation at TechEd 2011 Atlanta. We are so excited to see how, 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 ......

Posted On Thursday, April 21, 2011 7:08 AM

Book Review | The C# Programming Language, Fourth Edition | Addison Wesley
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 ......

Posted On Friday, November 5, 2010 6:27 AM

Book Review | Advanced .NET Debugging (Addison Wesley) by Mario Hewardt
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 2, 2010 12:36 AM

GWB | My Desk at Home
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 ......

Posted On Friday, October 29, 2010 2:22 AM

C# 4.0 How-To by Ben Watson – Sams Publishing | Book Review
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 ......

Posted On Monday, October 18, 2010 9:46 AM

Microsoft ASP.NET | IIS Express Announced
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 29, 2010 3:13 AM

MOSS 2007 – WCM Blank WebPart Page Zone ID’s
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) ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 9, 2010 6:54 AM

Learning Objective-C for iPad/iPhone/iPod Development
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 ......

Posted On Thursday, May 27, 2010 5:44 AM

Local Events | Azure Bootcamp
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2010 12:57 AM

Blogging: MacJournal & Windows Live Writer
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, ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 9, 2010 2:13 AM

TV | Samsung 6000 Series 55 in LED TV Initial Review
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 17, 2009 1:30 PM

Windows Virtual PC | Integrated Pointer Configuration
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 1:41 PM

Downloads | Microsoft SyncToy 2.1 Released
A few days ago Microsoft released an update to one of my favorite PowerToys, SyncToy. This is a must have if you are a portable user and you want to get a quick backup of your files (photos, videos, source code, etc) by folder for free. SyncToy 2.1 I have been using this for a few versions now and it is great at syncing or backing up folder to folder onto USB flash or hard drives. The scenarios I use it in are: Backup of photos pre and post processing from my D300 and D700. Backup of source code ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:20 PM

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 – RIP MOSS Acronym
In a bold move, Microsoft decided to rename SharePoint one more time to SharePoint 2010 for the next version. Check out these two articles on the change, but it looks like the detachment from Office does not mean it will be less feature rich with the integration with Office, much like portals weren’t removed when it went from SPS to MOSS. I am excited to see the name change, but we really need a new acronym as trendy as MOSS was. MSP, SPX, not sure. No name has been released for WSS, but my bet is ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 15, 2009 1:57 PM

Windows 7 | Installed on my HP Mini 1000 and loving it
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 ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 4:00 PM

12/31/2008 | The Day The Zune 30 Died!!!
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 31, 2008 8:20 AM

GWB @ #PDC08 | Today is our last day in the Expo Hall
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 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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 29, 2008 9:49 AM

HDC 2008 | Heyyyyy, We are in Omaha
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. ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 15, 2008 4:27 PM

Geekswithblogs | Silver Media Sponsor for PDC 2008!
As Chris mentioned earlier, 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 ......

Posted On Friday, August 15, 2008 8:48 PM

Coders 4 Charities | T-1 Day before the event!
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 ......

Posted On Thursday, April 24, 2008 8:21 AM

MVP Summit | I hate SPAM!
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 15, 2008 11:13 AM

KC .NET | Overview of the ASP.NET MVC Framework
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 27, 2008 7:07 AM

GWB | Servers Are Online Again
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 ......

Posted On Monday, February 18, 2008 9:05 AM

GWB | I am moving my blog ...
... 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 To test the implementation thus far, I have pointed 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 ......

Posted On Monday, February 4, 2008 9:22 AM

Microsoft | Is this how you handle Microsoft conference calls?
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 ......

Posted On Thursday, January 31, 2008 7:22 AM

C4C | Coders 4 Charities - Kansas City Event
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 What do we need? Everything thus far, except a web site, but we are not quite ready. First thing we need to do is ......

Posted On Monday, January 28, 2008 8:43 AM

We Are Microsoft | Final Thoughts
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, ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 22, 2008 10:14 AM

We Are Microsoft | Texas Response Unit Search & Rescue
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 22, 2008 9:54 AM

We Are Microsoft | Community Folks
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 22, 2008 9:47 AM

We Are Microsoft | Spina Bifida Association of North Texas
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 22, 2008 9:37 AM

We Are Microsoft | Volunteer Center 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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 22, 2008 9:17 AM

We Are Microsoft | Road Trip Home
Sorry for the loud recording, but I was trying to be busy with driving while recording. Using a Bluetooth connection to my cell, we connected to the EV-slow-O network and downloaded the episodes Jerod was publishing in KC to write the post announcing them. I really have to get some software written for podcasting again to make it easier (and get a feed going). Have Fun Technorati Tags: Road Trip,We Are Microsoft ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 22, 2008 7:26 AM

We Are Microsoft | Rock Band!!!!!!!!!!
I was amazed that we could staff an entire band for several hours on Saturday night. One of the easiest positions to fill was singer and that is NOT normal. Anyway, Doug and I had a blast rocking out with the Dallas crew. Watch the video and you will LOL when you see what Fernando on bass does. Technorati Tags: We Are Microsoft,Rock Band,Dallas,Charity Challenge Event ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 22, 2008 7:17 AM

We Are Microsoft | Video Walk Through as the Developers Work
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 ......

Posted On Monday, January 21, 2008 3:54 PM

We Are Microsoft | Texas CARES
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 ......

Posted On Sunday, January 20, 2008 10:50 PM

We Are Microsoft | We Are Microsoft Staff
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 ......

Posted On Sunday, January 20, 2008 10:03 PM

We Are Microsoft | Trinity Christian Academy
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 ......

Posted On Sunday, January 20, 2008 9:38 PM

We Are Microsoft | SER Child Development Center
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 ......

Posted On Sunday, January 20, 2008 8:26 PM

We Are Microsoft | Texas Discovery Gardens
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 ......

Posted On Sunday, January 20, 2008 11:57 AM

We Are Microsoft | St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store of Dallas
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 ......

Posted On Sunday, January 20, 2008 9:19 AM

We Are Microsoft | North Park Missionary Baptist Church
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 ......

Posted On Saturday, January 19, 2008 10:55 PM

We Are Microsoft | City House Interview
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 ......

Posted On Saturday, January 19, 2008 10:35 PM

We Are Microsoft | We Are Here
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 ......

Posted On Saturday, January 19, 2008 9:52 AM

Podcast Studio | We Are Microsoft!!!!!
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 ......

Posted On Thursday, January 17, 2008 7:57 AM

Geekswithblogs | Welcome the New King of the Hill, Chris Williams
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, I am sure he thank him too :D. Always happens to the Microsoft hires... Technorati Tags: Top Post,Geekswithblogs,Chris Williams,Tariq,Jason Olson ......

Posted On Friday, December 14, 2007 8:26 AM

Community | gets an great update
My favorite Regular Expression resource,, 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. ......

Posted On Thursday, December 13, 2007 11:07 AM

News | Jeff Julian has purchased an Apple Laptop!
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 11, 2007 12:43 PM 2.1 | MVP Icons on Main Feed
I released another version of 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 ......

Posted On Thursday, December 6, 2007 2:20 PM

HDC | Podcast Recap
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 ......

Posted On Monday, October 22, 2007 9:51 AM

HDC | Joe Olsen and Phil Wolfe, HDC coverage and our last podcast from the event
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 ......

Posted On Monday, October 22, 2007 9:43 AM

HDC | Don XML - LINQ, VB Literals, New XML Technologies
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 ......

Posted On Monday, October 22, 2007 9:31 AM

HDC | Kent Tegels - SQL Adoption and features of later versions of SQL Server
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 ......

Posted On Friday, October 19, 2007 10:23 AM

HDC | Drew Robbins - Microsoft IIS Evangelist
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 ......

Posted On Friday, October 19, 2007 10:11 AM

HDC | Steve Loethen, Microsoft Partner Evangelist - Code To Live
This morning we had the opportunity to talk with Steve Loethen, Microsoft Partner Evangelist, about the new brain child 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 ......

Posted On Thursday, October 18, 2007 3:37 PM

Microsoft Announcement | PopFly is now Public Beta
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: ......

Posted On Thursday, October 18, 2007 10:50 AM

Office Developer User Group Meeting Announcement | XBox 360 Raffle!
Thursday night we will be holding a meeting for the Office Developer User Group of Kansas City covering Web Content Management in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and I would like to invite anyone in the area to attend. As we are a new user group, AJI Software is donating an XBox 360 as the raffle prize of this month. Anyone who attended last month's meeting will get an extra ticket in the raffle, however, you must attend to win. To register, visit the Office Developer User Group's website ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 3, 2007 10:28 AM

Announcement: Office Developer User Group of Kansas City
This month, John and I are launching the Office Developer User Group of Kansas City on August 9th at 6:00pm. The site still need a little work (ok, a lot of work), but that won't stop us from having some great meetings. Here is the details for this month's meeting: Topic: Introduction to SharePoint Workflow Speakers: Jeff Julian, John Alexander of AJI Software Date: Thursday, August 9th (Each meeting will be on the 2nd Thursday of the month) Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm Location: Centriq Foss, 87th & ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 1, 2007 11:00 AM

Google Reader | Using IE Search Providers to Subscribe to Feed
Lately, I have started using Google Reader for my feeds when Outlook 2007 decided it didn't want to read my feeds anymore and I started missing valuable content. I absolutely love the interface of Google Reader, it is very fast a with the HotKeys, it feels like a desktop application. However, the add subscriptions functionality is less than desirable. Inside IE it will freeze up quite often and just sit there bubbling green goo out of the beaker. To get around this issue, I created a IE Search Provider ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 9:41 AM

SharePoint Conference 2008 Dates Announced | March 2-6, 2008...
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 ......

Posted On Friday, June 22, 2007 9:22 AM

eScrum Process Template 1.0 | List of Team System Required Assemblies
While installing the eScrum template I ran into some pretty cryptic issues with the project management site working. This is the site that installer ask you what virtual directory you would like to associated it with. The app was returning me the error: Failed to retrieve WorkItemStore Service on server: SERVERNAME or there is no project found with name: PROJECT NAME. The unfortunate problem with this issue is that it has nothing to do with the actual project not being found on the server, but what ......

Posted On Thursday, June 14, 2007 10:05 AM

eScrum Has Potential | Extra Steps for AJAX Control Toolkit 1.0.10301.0
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, ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 13, 2007 2:39 PM

This is funny - SharePoint Conference Announced in March 2008
Microsoft announced a SharePoint Conference in March of 2008 and when you visit the site, the only link is to register for updates. On the page URL for the registration confirmation page is http://www.mssharepointconf... Not only are they using mySQL, but the page is built using PHP!!!! Don't let this detour you from going to the conference however, I am sure it will be a great event and I plan to attend. Technorati tags: SharePoint, Conference, Microsoft, PHP, mySQL ......

Posted On Thursday, June 7, 2007 2:54 PM

See what Microsoft is Surfacing
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 8:14 AM

IPTV - You Rock My House!
In a word...WOW. Yesterday I had AT&T U-Verse installed at my house. My installation was the U-400 TV and Elite High-Speed Internet package. This product is amazing. I must say when the installer said, "I am running the Coax cable to the office for the gateway, then CAT- 5 to the TV", I was gitty. Microsoft has done a great job to make this service feel like Windows Media Center as the UI is the same blue bubble look. It is a little harder to get used to the channel structure as you get a million ......

Posted On Thursday, April 26, 2007 8:17 AM

Jeff is going on a diet
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. ......

Posted On Friday, April 6, 2007 7:29 AM

Free Microsoft E-Learning
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 ......

Posted On Friday, March 30, 2007 2:26 PM

Microsoft takes the first step in the move to SharePoint blogs
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. 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 ......

Posted On Saturday, February 17, 2007 12:00 PM

CodeMash : Help Us Shave Josh Holmes' Head
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 ......

Posted On Friday, January 19, 2007 6:31 AM

No one likes me enough to tag me (Chris, Jason, ...), but.. 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.] was created because I was kicked off of (A.K.A 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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 3, 2007 7:35 PM

Microsoft knows how to ring in the New Year

This morning while working on the book John and I have been working on for a few months now I got a nice email from Microsoft welcoming me to the MVP program.  I really enjoy being part of this program and having another year is in it is awesome.  Happy New Year!!!

Posted On Monday, January 1, 2007 9:50 AM

SharePoint 2007 on MSDN
Subscribers, you can now go to MSDN and download SharePoint 2007 Standard and Enterprise.

Posted On Tuesday, November 28, 2006 8:11 AM

Zune Update - Monster CarPlay for the Zune
Well not from Microsoft, but a Zune branded accessory. An FM transmitter by Monster Cable. I found this at a local Target store (after walking around the campers) along with an actual Microsoft Home Kit (I don't want that $100 dock, remote, and cables). Read more about this device. Technorati tags: Zune Review, Zune, Zune Accessories, Monster Cable, Target ......

Posted On Friday, November 17, 2006 5:57 PM

Zune Accessories - No Where To Be Found
Unless you are just looking for a case to protect your Zune, all other accessories were not shipped. I would hope Microsoft would know that portable devices are nothing without car/home attachments. You need to ship chargers and transmitters with the devices to the stores. This was a lesson Apple needs to learn as well. Every iPod I have purchased (1G, 4G, Nano) have not had adequate accessories at launch. At least Microsoft announced what the accessories were, but with the delivery date set on most ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 15, 2006 8:07 AM

Zune Day 2 - Still Loving It - Zune Review
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 15, 2006 6:31 AM

Welcome to the social - The Zune has Arrived
Once I popped the top off my Zune box today, this is the phrase I saw, Welcome to the social. I love this device. I have iPods (4 to be exact), so all my music that I have previously purchased can stay on them. My Zune is for the Zune Marketplace and a Zune pass. I wanted this device solely for pulling music from the service (unlimited downloads) and sync only those to the Zune. First thoughts about the device is this is what an iPod should have been. Big screen, more advanced UI, etc. It is hard ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 14, 2006 9:18 PM

We yelled! MSDN Subscriptions Listened
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 ......

Posted On Monday, October 9, 2006 10:02 AM

Geekswithblogs Guild on Duskwood is almost formed!

We just need a few more signatures on the charter and we will have the guild ready to go.  A few Microsoft people are joining as well, this is what helped us get over the hump.  If you want to join, I will be online tonight after 7pm CST and whisper me with your location and we will find a place to get your signature.


[Update: My characters name on Duskwood is Darthnode]

Posted On Wednesday, September 20, 2006 12:54 PM

Breaking down and downloading Internet Explorer 7 RC1
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 templates and administration utility ......

Posted On Thursday, August 31, 2006 5:36 AM

DevCares Kansas City was a success
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 ......

Posted On Friday, August 18, 2006 3:55 AM

Posting Photos to Using Live Writer and Flickr
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 ......

Posted On Thursday, August 17, 2006 11:11 AM

DevCares St. Louis and my Garmin Nuvi 350 Rocks
Monday I presented at the DevCares event at the Microsoft St. Louis office. The presentation I did covered Windows Workflow - Designing Custom Activities. I am presenting the same session tomorrow morning at the Kansas City DevCares event, so it should be fun to see how the attendees react to WF. On the way to St. Louis, after I stopped in our office, I set the destination of the hotel in my Garmin Nuvi 350 and it said arrival time would be 11:34pm. Now most the time it recalculates the arrival time ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 16, 2006 11:55 AM

My Latest Purchases to Continue the Geekdom of Jeff
Now that the game contest judging and discussion has died down, I can announce my latest purchases to continue the Geekdom of Jeff: Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 Toshiba P105-S6084 These two purchases are amazing. Dual Core!!!! I have wanted one so bad since they announced it and with 2gb out of the box for $1,349 at Best Buy, how the hell do you turn the offer down? As far as the keyboard goes, I have bad habits. I know carpal tunnel is coming if I continue typing the way I do. Also, I have a ......

Posted On Thursday, July 13, 2006 6:49 AM

Contest Controversy
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 12, 2006 4:03 AM

Next steps in migration of GWB to CS
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 ......

Posted On Saturday, May 27, 2006 11:50 AM

Why do we have to use Express if we already have VS 2005 in the contest?
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 ......

Posted On Thursday, May 18, 2006 4:23 PM

Geeks With Blogs at TechEd 2006 Boston
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, then send a email to ......

Posted On Monday, May 15, 2006 11:36 AM

TechEd 2006 - Boston is sold out!

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.

Posted On Monday, May 15, 2006 5:28 AM

Train to perform at TechEd 2006
According to the TechEd Site, Train will be performing this year. This year’s attendee party will feature a live concert by the band, Train, performing just for Tech·Ed 2006 attendees into the stands of historic Fenway Park! Fenway is perhaps the most storied ballpark in the country and is home to the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox ......

Posted On Monday, May 8, 2006 5:19 PM

Great Resource - Provider Toolkit
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 ......

Posted On Thursday, April 13, 2006 12:05 PM

TechEd 2006 Early Bird Pricing is over Friday!!!!

For those of you who haven't registered for TechEd 2006 in Boston but are planning to go, the early bird pricing is over Friday April 14th. You get 10% off ($200) so it is definitely worthwhile to register now.

Posted On Wednesday, April 12, 2006 2:55 PM

Kansas City .NET User Group - April 2006 - The Provider Model and You
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 12, 2006 10:59 AM

TechEd Bloggers for 2006 is really moving
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 12, 2006 10:12 AM

FrontPage is dead at the end of 2006

It looks like Microsoft will discontinue FrontPage at the end of the year with the release of other tools for SharePoint 2007 development/maintenance. It has been a pain to need this tool installed to edit SharePoint so I am glad to hear this news.

Posted On Friday, April 7, 2006 4:45 PM Is Live for TechEd 2006!
Today I have some exciting news. For several years now, 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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 1, 2006 7:15 PM

Software Consulting in Kansas City
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. ......

Posted On Friday, February 24, 2006 12:02 PM

MVP Again in 2006

I found out yesterday when I was in bed sick with the flu (not Xbox 360 Flu, but the real one) that I have been awarded MVP again in 2006. My area is XML and I am glad I am still part of that team.

Posted On Thursday, January 5, 2006 5:15 AM

MSDN Webcast - Introduction to Blogging With Jeff, John, and Scoble Today!
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 ......

Posted On Monday, September 26, 2005 4:26 AM

Our Webcast Linked in the Big Box on
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 21, 2005 1:12 PM

Power out at PDC

John reported to me that the convention center has only backup power right now.  Anybody know why?  Microsoft must be draining some big power for something cool.

Update: CBS Channel KCBS offers more news

Posted On Monday, September 12, 2005 12:29 PM

Press Release for Windows Vista
Here is the press release and video for Windows Vista Announcement.

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2005 5:03 AM Show #2 - Chris Williams & Jason Olson
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: Feed: http://feeds.geekswithblogs... ......

Posted On Thursday, July 21, 2005 5:15 AM

Did you know about MSDN and TechNet Events Bloggers?
Now that TechEd is over, the blogger team is focusing more on and 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 ......

Posted On Monday, June 20, 2005 8:09 PM

TechEd Podcast List Found Here
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... ......

Posted On Thursday, June 9, 2005 8:50 AM

What applications are you converting to 2.0?
John and I are finalizing the requirements for the next version of the Developer Book Club site and starting to layout the base using Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2. Thus far, I love the experience. The tools suite is amazing and ObjectDataSource is going to change the way we create UIs and business logic. In my demos for Visual Studio DevCon, I extended the base to support a custom object library to bind to the UI instead of DataSets. The IDE makes it so much easier and definitely better APIs for creating ......

Posted On Monday, May 30, 2005 6:01 PM

Hosting issues last night and this morning 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.

Posted On Saturday, May 21, 2005 9:13 AM

Next Piece of Strategery - Re-visited
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 11, 2005 7:28 PM

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 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. ......

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2005 12:12 PM

March of Dimes Sponsorship
My wife is walking in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica this year to bring support to premature babies. The research conducted with our support is very important because the statistics are astonishing as you will see below. If you would like to help sponsor my wife during her walk, click this link and add your support. Did you know that premature birth is the leading cause of new born death in the first month of life? It affects 1,305 babies a day in the United States. Those who survive may have lifelong ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 20, 2005 7:49 AM

Upcoming Midwest Events
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 12, 2005 8:40 AM

Trying out Community Server
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, 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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 29, 2005 1:57 PM

Podcasting at the Microsoft Publishers Summit
John Alexander and I will be podcasting from the Microsoft Publishers Summit next week for 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 ......

Posted On Sunday, March 6, 2005 5:21 PM

Baby is coming! Rooms are finished.
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. ......

Posted On Thursday, February 3, 2005 1:13 PM

Podcasting Equipment Collected
I have the Podcasting equipment ready, now we record! The will be hosting a podcast show in the format of book reviews and author interviews. John Alexander and I will be the show's personalities. I hope to be launching the Podcast site in the near future. We have been preparing for awhile and are excited to get started. Here are some pictures of the studio (a.k.a. my office). Update.... Our equipment has changed substantially over the past few months, but the biggest change ......

Posted On Monday, January 17, 2005 7:48 PM The new source for Microsoft related book clubs is here. This will be the core for all the book clubs we create with the 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: ......

Posted On Monday, December 20, 2004 5:22 PM

Dave Chappell in Kansas City - December 16th
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, ......

Posted On Monday, December 13, 2004 9:54 AM

First Developer Book Club Webcast
Well it's announcement time. We are in the process of partnering with 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 ......

Posted On Friday, December 10, 2004 9:05 PM

FWD: Is it a mirage, or is that PDC '05 ahead?

[Via Tales from the Doghouse]

Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2004 3:35 PM

XML Developer Center News?
Irwin Dolobowsky has recently taken over the XML Developer Center at MSDN with many promises of a new center for XML developers. During his self admitting 2 or 3 "first post" entry, he states a few items he is going to do to make the dev center better. This post took place a month ago, and here are some results. Bring out the MVP's - Being one of the few MVP's in the area of XML, I can say that I have not been contacted on this front. I am guessing the functionality is there for this, since the other ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2004 7:12 AM

Wow, bad timing on MSDN TV
In this episode of MSDN TV Mark Fussell, former Lead Program Manager of the WebData XML Team, talks about XML features of Visual Studio 2005. Inside of which he talks about the XPathDocument being editable and XQuery support and we know that is not going to happen. The show is basically based on his article that needs to be updated, but that is doubtful since everyone on the WebData XML Team either left or has went back into an unknown hole to not be found. That is another problem for another day ......

Posted On Thursday, December 2, 2004 7:27 PM

INETA Academic K-12 Committee Formation

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.

Posted On Monday, November 15, 2004 8:42 PM

XML Dev Con Wrap up
All I can say is WOW! What a wonderful event. This is the first conference I have ever attended where I didn't skip a single session. Each was packed with information, some better than others, but none were irrelevant. The best part of every conference is the one-on-one networking. How many opportunities does a simple XML developer get to ride from the airport to the hotel with Tim Bray? Not many, in fact probably only once. The infamous Rory Blyth was amazing to watch, because he could ink photos ......

Posted On Friday, October 22, 2004 11:31 PM

Geek Dinner in Redmond!
I'm there!

There's a geek dinner tomorrow night. 6:30 p.m. at the Crossroads in Bellevue.

[Via Scobleizer: Microsoft Geek Blogger]

Posted On Tuesday, October 5, 2004 2:05 AM

ASP.NET Webcast Week
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 ......

Posted On Saturday, September 25, 2004 10:20 PM

RSS in FoxPro

Ted Roche has written an article on the FoxPro developer center about how to create RSS feeds from FoxPro. Definitely interesting seeing the creation from another system.

Posted On Tuesday, September 14, 2004 1:11 PM

Scoble Photoshop Contest Entry
Well here is my entry :D (Click for full image) Oh, God, I'm now a Photoshop contest! Thanks Darren. Heh. Unfortunately the picture isn't correct. I don't own any stock right now in any company (got some vested options in Microsoft, though). [Via Scobleizer: Microsoft Geek Blogger] ......

Posted On Sunday, August 15, 2004 10:24 PM

MSDN AA Developer Center
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  One bad thing is those of us who had articles published on no longer have those published there.

Posted On Thursday, July 15, 2004 6:00 PM

Take a look at the XML MVPs
Microsoft launched their MVP profile pages and I have to say I like it. Take a look at my <friends />.

Posted On Sunday, July 11, 2004 4:00 PM

Discuss the Book of the Month!
Thanks to Steve and Michelle Smith of, the .NET Book Club will now have a new home to discuss the books we are reading at 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. ......

Posted On Thursday, July 8, 2004 7:23 PM

INETA Academic - VISA Status
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. ......

Posted On Monday, June 28, 2004 5:01 PM

Book Club again!
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 9, 2004 6:06 PM

Sitting at DevEssentials in Kansas City
Very cool stuff here.  Lots of good speakers, great sessions, and good attendance for a conference in Kansas City.  I have a Microsoft Technology Panel that I will be on tonight if you are here and 2 sessions tomorrow.  Now I need to go find some more new co-workers to introduce myself too.

Posted On Sunday, June 6, 2004 10:24 AM

It's Official
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. ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 2, 2004 4:24 AM

Imagine Cup - What happened in MidAmerica
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 ......

Posted On Saturday, April 24, 2004 9:54 AM

Pitfalls of Previews
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 20, 2004 7:02 AM

BizTalk 2004 - Accelerators are ready and downloadable with Universal Subscription
BizTalk 2004 - Accelerators are ready and downloadable with Universal Subscription! We have been waiting for these for sometime. They are about $5000/per proc with the standard version of BizTalk. BizTalk Accelerator for HL7BizTalk Accelerator for Financial ServicesBizTalk Accelerator for HIPAABizTalk Accelerator for RosettaNet ......

Posted On Thursday, April 15, 2004 7:00 AM

Imagine Cup - Round One competition is dying down
Thanks for all the professionals who came through this year assisting with the Microsoft Imagine Cup Competitions. If you could do us a favor at INETA Academic, by writing up a few paragraphs about your experiences with the students, organization, and whatever else you experienced so we can forward your thoughts to Microsoft Academic for future competitions. This would help us and them out tremendously. This year was our first attempt to reach out with help, and we hope to have more time and organization ......

Posted On Friday, April 9, 2004 8:54 PM

What's New in System.Xml for Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 Release
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 ......

Posted On Monday, March 29, 2004 1:09 PM

Excellent XML and .NET article
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. ......

Posted On Monday, March 22, 2004 12:25 PM

BizTalk 2004 HL7 Accelerator coming soon

This is going to be awesome!

Posted On Wednesday, March 3, 2004 6:18 AM

Columbus is great!
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 ......

Posted On Friday, February 27, 2004 9:11 AM

Wireless Optical Desktop Elite Review
Wow... This set actually rocks! I have never owned a wireless keyboard or mouse that I actually liked. The design was always flawed in some way. This one is almost perfect. I really like the soft wrist rest (yeah yeah, you aren't suppose to use one when you type, whateva). Also, it gives you the comfort of the Microsoft Office keyboards, without as much bulk. The mouse is completely amazing. One of the features the site actually talks about it the comfort for both right and left handed people. I ......

Posted On Saturday, February 14, 2004 5:12 PM

DevDays 2004 Site is up for the US

Posted On Thursday, January 8, 2004 6:21 AM

Great UG Meeting
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 26, 2003 6:11 AM

Road Trip to the RoadShow (KC to STL)
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. ......

Posted On Monday, November 24, 2003 4:34 PM

MSDN RSS, where did you go?
On my site,, I used the MSDN RSS feed on the front page to show latest and greatest from MSDN. Well today, they are all gone, what happened? Check it out for yourself.

Posted On Monday, November 17, 2003 5:55 PM

10000 page hits today for the site
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 ......

Posted On Thursday, November 13, 2003 6:43 PM

My (MSDN Academic Alliance) Articles are now available
Here are the links to my republished articles on Microsoft Academic Site. ToString() or not ToString()? ToString() or not ToString()? That is the question. One of the many misconceptions of the .NET Framework occurs when a developer adds characters to the end of a string after the string is created and expects the same concatenation to occur in memory. In reality, it doesn't happen this way. Check Your Email With Style ......

Posted On Thursday, October 16, 2003 7:11 AM

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