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One Week on New Servers and Everything is Great
It has been a week since we moved our System to a new set of load balanced servers and everything has been going great. I am so amazed at the performance of the new hardware. On average, we only use less than 5% of the CPU at any given moments or the database and web servers. I have seen a performance boost in page load as well, but I will have to confirm that with the statistics as they roll in. This is all in preparation for a new community we are launching with some friends ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 3, 2012 10:47 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

GWB | What is the next feature you want to see?
We want to know what you are thinking bloggers and visitors of 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 We love this community and want to see how we can continue ......

Posted On Monday, March 8, 2010 7:21 AM

GWB | Minor Site Update
Last week I deployed a small update to 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 ......

Posted On Monday, November 16, 2009 10:11 AM

GWB | Numerous Test Post Annoyances
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 ......

Posted On Monday, November 2, 2009 8:10 AM

GWB | Better Community Twitter Tools
Well that title may be a little misleading, but I fixed several issues with the community twitter tools we have on Geekswithblogs including integrating the Follower counts for each member into a new twitter cloud. The link to the community twitter portal is: I also fixed a few linking errors: Underscores are supported for those who link to … ummmm… D’Arcy is the only one I know who uses underscores so him. @darcy_lussier #Hashtags will not turn into links for search Thanks ......

Posted On Friday, June 26, 2009 3:46 PM

GWB 3.0.1 | Live Search Integration
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 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 ......

Posted On Saturday, December 13, 2008 12:12 PM 3.0 is now available!
Wow, that took a long time but it is finally ready. This morning I released the 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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 22, 2008 7:37 AM

GWB | Happy 5th Birthday!!!!
Today is the official five year anniversary of the first post on 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, ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 8, 2008 9:41 AM

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

Geekswithblogs | A Preview Of What Is To Come
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. ......

Posted On Monday, June 2, 2008 3:39 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

GWB | Community-Credit Integration Is Back Online
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... ......

Posted On Thursday, March 13, 2008 9:53 AM

GWB | We need your input - Death of the "Green Monster"
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 3.0, the Wrath of Khan. If you have any pressing thoughts or needs for the Community Portal, please voice them here or forever hold your peace. Also, congrats to Chris Williams on 900 posts. Technorati Tags: Geekswithblogs,Green ......

Posted On Thursday, February 21, 2008 7:36 AM

Community-Credit | Hall of Fame Member
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... ......

Posted On Thursday, February 7, 2008 12:53 PM

GWB | Custom Domains Have Been Released!
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 ......

Posted On Thursday, February 7, 2008 7:59 AM

GWB | Should I Blog?
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 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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 29, 2008 10:52 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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

GWB | New Skin called DKSkin
I created a new skin for 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 ......

Posted On Thursday, January 10, 2008 3:24 PM

Community-Credit | I won the Butt/Face Soap!
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 2, 2008 9:47 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

Geekswithblogs | Community-Credit Integration Works!
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 28, 2007 8:25 PM

GWB | 30,000+ Posts, 4 Years, Congrats!
Recently 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 members have put into producing content. I am sure the number would scare us. On another ......

Posted On Thursday, November 8, 2007 8:08 AM

SharePoint Content Request | What would you like to see?
I love SharePoint and after the book was published and I started reading the competitive books, I love it even more.. With that, I am going to start focusing this blog on SharePoint related data, and of course Geekswithblogs news as well. With that, I definitely want to stick to the development side of the house and wanted to know what you would like to see extending in SharePoint 2007? More Blogs and Wiki features than the community is already offering? Tutorials on Features, Web Parts, etc? Let ......

Posted On Friday, June 22, 2007 9:39 AM

Community Credit Integration
It looks like we have an issue with integration using Third-Party Metablog API tools. For now if you are a hard core CC blogger, try using the old approach of adding the post separately and using WLW or create your post from the admin section of your blog. As we really like the service CC offers, we will get a fix out for this issue in the next round of upgrades ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 18, 2007 9:02 PM

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

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

Posted On Thursday, March 29, 2007 9:21 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

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

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 2:30 PM Turns Three This Weekend! Happy Birthday!
Wow, it is hard to believe it has been three years as a real community. Sunday marks the three year anniversary of the site as a community, not just my blog. I had written a blog engine that worked for my own, but after a few months of trying to build the admin tooling, I contacted Scott and got this site working with .Text. Hard to believe it is still running the same engine, with a few tweaks. That said, we really need to move into the future. We have started designing the strategy of GWB 2.0, ......

Posted On Friday, October 6, 2006 6:34 PM

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

Posted On Friday, September 22, 2006 6:43 AM

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

Posted On Thursday, September 21, 2006 5:42 AM

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

Posted On Thursday, August 10, 2006 6:37 AM

18000 Posts!!!

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

Posted On Tuesday, August 1, 2006 6:14 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

1000 Bloggers!!!!!!!!

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

Posted On Thursday, May 18, 2006 6:40 PM

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

Posted On Thursday, May 18, 2006 5:21 AM is not just for attendees!
One thing we noticed this year, and other years, is that people who are watching the news from TechEd and plan to talk about the topics of TechEd but are NOT attending don't register themselves on When you register on, there is a category for Community. This is for the people that I described above. So if this is you, register yourself on the site ......

Posted On Monday, May 15, 2006 5:24 AM

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

Posted On Monday, May 8, 2006 7:02 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

Newsgroup for Kansas City .NET User Group Members

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

Posted On Sunday, April 2, 2006 6:01 PM

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

Posted On Saturday, March 11, 2006 11:16 AM

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

Posted On Saturday, February 25, 2006 9:27 AM

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

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 9:39 AM

700 Bloggers On Geeks With Blogs!

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

Posted On Thursday, December 1, 2005 6:44 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

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

Posted On Saturday, September 10, 2005 8:39 PM

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

Posted On Tuesday, May 24, 2005 9:11 PM

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

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

Posted On Friday, May 6, 2005 10:39 AM

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

Posted On Monday, May 2, 2005 9:42 AM

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

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

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

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

Posted On Monday, November 22, 2004 10:23 PM

First Dare, now Mark, why is everyone leaving System.Xml?
Wow, Mark Fussell is leaving System.Xml team for the WSE team! Congrats Mark! So now that Dare and Mark are gone, where are the System.Xml team bloggers? No I am not talking about the "Have-to-blog-bloggers", but the real bloggers that want to help the community understand System.Xml and it's power. Mark points us to Arpan Desai, but with a total of 9 post, I don't think he is going to be a valuable source. Pretty much looks like we are going into the dark with feature announcements for System.Xml ......

Posted On Friday, November 12, 2004 9:04 AM

For Expecting Fathers
Seems like a lot of bloggers in our community are expecting to be fathers soon. This list includes me so I thought I would share a book I have found useful during the prenancy. The book is titled The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be and thus far (5th month) the book is very good. It is a month-by-month guide that lets you know what your child's mother is going through. Along with these tips and facts, it covers financial advice to prepare you for the birth and other helpful ......

Posted On Saturday, October 23, 2004 11:52 PM

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

Posted On Friday, October 22, 2004 8:52 PM

RE: Register Now: Applied XML Dev.Conf. 10/20-21
GO! GO! GO! GO! GO! Sells Out Fast! Get your Training Time together and get your seat. Every year it gets harder to pick speakers for the DevCon. This year, I had 4x the number of submissions for which I had available slots. So, while it's hard for me to pick, it makes for a fabulous line up for attendees: For speakers, we've got keynotes from Tim Bray (co-inventor of XML) and Tim Ewald. We've also got Don Box, Sam Ruby, Jeff Barr (of, Keith Brown, Scott Hanselman, Chris Anderson, Doug ......

Posted On Friday, August 13, 2004 6:23 PM

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

Posted On Thursday, August 12, 2004 7:40 AM

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

Posted On Saturday, August 7, 2004 10:37 PM

Community Server :: Forums Release
Looks like Rob Howard has release Community Server :: Forums or ASP.NET Forums 2.0. Pretty cool, but I like InstantASP still.

Posted On Thursday, July 29, 2004 1:45 PM

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

Posted On Tuesday, July 27, 2004 10:05 AM

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

Posted On Saturday, April 24, 2004 8:04 PM

INETA Academic Recruit - Andrew Flick
One of my roles in the community is Co-Leader of INETA Academic. This week I had several pleasures to meet Andrew Flick, from Bradley University. Jason Beres and I saw much potential in this young man (well one year younger than me) and are welcoming him to INETA Academic as our student liaison. His job will be very instrumental with the communication with INETA to the students and their groups. We all have many hopes for him, but I wanted to let you all in on the new addition. Watch out for this ......

Posted On Thursday, April 8, 2004 1:34 AM

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

Posted On Saturday, April 3, 2004 6:53 AM

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

Posted On Tuesday, February 10, 2004 5:18 AM

More ShadowFax documentation is available
Ron Jacobs and team have pushed some more information of ShadowFax, check it out.

Posted On Wednesday, November 5, 2003 6:50 PM

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