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Like Podcasting?  Go get the latest version of Apple's iTunes (4.9) and start listening.  There is also an update for the iPod to get the Podcast category added.  Today will be written down in the syndication calendars (Hopefully they uses ESS) as a milestone for moving us closer to mass adoption.

BTW.. Even my local news station is running a piece on Podcasting tonight in Kansas City.


 

Here she is, my latest toy.  Actually John and I both picked one up last week and I have been converted to the Tablet Side of the Force.  Ink is amazing.  The day you get your Tablet, note taking becomes fun and organized for once.  With paper, it lands on your desk, gets rinkled, and if your like me, without a proper folder, you can't remeber what the notes were actually for.  OneNote solves all those problems. 

Unlike other Tablets (1st and 2nd Gen), this one screen is actually the size of a piece of paper, so its not to small.  The built in DVD/CDRW will be nice for DVDs in flight because if the person sitting in front of me decides to lean back, I don't have to put the base of the Tablet on my stomach, just flip and I have a flat LCD.  The default RAM is lacking, but its $139 on crucial.com for a stick of 1GB.  This has definitely been my best Laptop purchase thus far.


 

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

 

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

 

There was a typo in the Session Handout for TechEd saying the MCP testing would be open until 6pm on Friday, however, they were closing at 4pm.  John and I went in at 3:20 to take our testing for half off, since if we failed, we had this summer to retake it.  They told us we couldn't take it cause they were closing down, but gave us each a FREE TEST because of the issue.  That was very cool of them, so I wanted to thank them. 

 

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

 

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

http://strategery.geekswithblogs.net/TechEdPodcast.aspx


 

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

P.S.  Jason Olson, you are invited :D 


 

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

 

Make sure you watch TechEd bloggers for packing tips.  Usually I tend to overpack, then get swag and have to pay a $50 surcharge to get my “HEAVY” luggage back to Kansas City. 

Another quick item you might want to pick up if you are a Diet beverage drinker.  Crystal Light has single packages that you can add to a bottle of water to make their drink.  John Alexander got me started and now I am hooked on the concept.  Usually at these events, the first thing they run out of is Diet Coke, and there is always plenty of bottled water.  This is a simple subsitute that you can leaving in your conference bag for those moments when there is no Diet Coke!  Also, check out Diet Coke with Splenda, that is some good stuff.