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One of the great things about 2012 is that I am not in our office nearly 100% of the time during business hours. This is the first time I have been able to work from our office this much in about 4 years. In fact, we have moved three times during that four years and I have only averaged about 10-25% of my time in the office. This means I can actually setup my desk for development instead of business related tasks only. That means THREE MONITORS! My first reaction after a week with this setup: I never ......

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 ......

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 ......

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 ......

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Use this page to message me when I am Online with Windows Live Messenger ......

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 & ......

 

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

 

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 ......

 

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 ......

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

With the help of this post, I am now listening, downloading, and syncing my Zune and the Zune Marketplace on Vista. Amazing to see these two products working together. I have the following apps running at the same time with no performance issues I used to have on XP: Word 2007 open (writing my portion of a book) Couple IE windows Virtual PC 2007 with 1024MB allocated to a running machine (Windows 2003 and SharePoint 2007) Outlook 2007 Zune player listening to Blue October (amazing CD!) Windows Live ......

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


 

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


 

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

 

Once you write a blog post, it is good to have your editor ping a few of your favorite blog post repositories to help drive traffic to you blog. Windows Live Writer (Beta) allows you to setup a list of sites you want to ping once you posted. Here are the steps to make that possible: Open Windows Live Writer (Beta) Click Tools...Preferences Click on the Ping Servers link on the left side of the Preferences window Add the list of sites you would like to ping once your post is published. Here is my ......

 

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 ......

 

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 ......

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


 

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

 

I am finally finished building my new machine. Last application, Source Gear Vault. One annoyance I have with the application is the fact that if you move it out of the “Programs” folder of the start menu, it will popup Windows Installer, and put another folder there. Annoying! The only way to remove it from showing, is to open the folder and mark it hidden. This is not a big deal to normal Windows developers, but I am anal. Here is a picture of my final start menu. ......

 

Seems like every week a new version of iTunes for Windows is released. I don't mind downloading it, but what a complete nuisance to install Quicktime, iTunes, and iPodService each time. After the installation, the original Quicktime settings are completely lost. So you restart and all the services that were disabled and startup applications are there again. Kind of annoying. The Time magazine Invention of the year was Apple's iTunes Music Store. That is awesome! I couldn't agree more. This is a way ......