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Jeff Julian's Blog CEO of Enterprise Marketer August 2006 Entries
Hi, my name is Jeff and I am addicted to News Radio
A year ago, if you told me I would listen to only News Radio from 5am to 5pm, I would tell you that you are smoking crack. I couldn't comprehend how in the 00's, people would still listen to AM radio. Well then I started listening to the Dave Ramsey Show on XM because on a project with 5 people in one room, it is hard to compromise on music, so it worked. Well early this year, John insisted we listen to Laura Ingraham, who I personally don't like but I started getting into the concepts of news radio. ......

Posted On Thursday, August 31, 2006 5:57 AM

Breaking down and downloading Internet Explorer 7 RC1
Well I guess it is time to finally try Internet Explorer 7 again. With this release being a release candidate, I feel more comfortable installing it ON A VPC! Beta 3 destroyed my machine! During the installation of Beta 3, something messed up seriously. I tried reinstalling but no go. I tried uninstalling, but no go. I tried installing 6.0 again, but no go. So then I had to try rebuilding the machine, and that worked. I will be evaluating the templates and administration utility ......

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

Add to the Geekswithblogs Wiki - GWB Events

I created a new wiki topic today for publishing events your are hosting, speaking at, or attending.  This will let other members know who will be at these events from this site. 

If you haven't checked out the wiki yet, I would highly suggest it.

[Update] - This is post number 400 for me!

Posted On Thursday, August 31, 2006 4:40 AM

Using World of Warcraft as a Development Tool!
Today, I was having a thread lock issue with an application I am working on and to debug where the application was occurring, I had to wait 15 minutes until it produced itself. Well since I knew it was a lock issue somewhere and the exception was being caused by an object being changed by a second thread before another call was made by the first thread, if I could raise the resource level on the machine, it would be likely to recreate it quicker. So, what is the most resource intensive application ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 30, 2006 12:49 PM

Weblogs.Asp.Net starts running ads
I noticed the other day that is running ads now. I am glad to see this because it is hard to run ads on these sites, because most bloggers don't like them. The dilemma is you have to pay for the site and work on the site somehow. After 3 years of this site being launched, we are quite large are have a very large following. These hits cost money and to do the work on the site cost money. I believe running ads is the best solution, because charging for blogs adds more cost to the blogger ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 30, 2006 5:28 AM

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

Posted On Wednesday, August 30, 2006 5:16 AM

Today's updates were successful - Main Feed will republish content though
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 30, 2006 4:57 AM

Next Update
We have two major problems with, well more but these are short time development problems I can fix quick. Here are the problems I hope to have fixed tomorrow. MainFeed flakes with Pheedo link Casting error when editing using MetaBlog API (Live Writer) These problems should be easy to fix and I should have them ready for tomorrow morning. If you have other site issues, use the Site Problems wiki page to publish your issues. [Update] Edit with MetaBlog API (Live Writer) will work ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 29, 2006 10:55 AM

Preparing for 2.0 Re-launch - Podcast Equipment Purchase
John and I have decided it is time to get back into podcasting. To do so, we needed more equipment. Our major focus this time around will be live events and interviews with speakers and committee influncers. We will be traveling to South Carolina in September for Code Camp and then in October we will be heading to the Heartland Developers Conference in Omaha. Yesterday we visited Musician's Friend and Guitar Center to pick up the equipment we needed. Here is a list of what we got: Marantz PMD670 ......

Posted On Friday, August 25, 2006 5:08 AM Guild on World Of Warcraft - Duskwood - Sign the charter tonight

I am getting signitures for the guild tonight so if you are online, ping Darthnode and I will get to you somehow.  Please be in a level 25 safe place.

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 5:09 PM

Live Writer Plugin for

We are considering writing a plugin for 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.

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 5:00 AM

Where's Tim, Jeff, John, Joseph, and now Dru Sellers!
After the event Tuesday at the .NET User Group of Kansas City, Tim and I convinced Dru Sellers to attend the drive to the South Carolina Code Camp. He will be attending sessions and helping us with and a soon to be added feature I hope you all will enjoy. We are picking up some new equipment today to help us along with these features we are adding and are recommiting to the project now that Alexander & Julian Inc. is running full speed and we have Joseph to help with recording ......

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 4:54 AM

Dru Sellers presenting at the Kansas City .NET User Group Tonight
Dru Sellers will be presenting "Patterns are for Software too, not just Quilts" at the Kansas City .NET User Group tonight. Our meetings start at 6pm, but if you show up around 5:30pm, we typically have some good conversations before the meeting starts. If you are in the area and have never attended, or it has been awhile, here is the address for Centriq Foss, who lets us host the meeting in their facilities: Centriq Foss Training (Map)Leawood Facility8700 State Line Road, Suite 200Leawood, KS 66206Phone: ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 22, 2006 5:12 AM

Observation of

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!

Posted On Friday, August 18, 2006 12:03 PM

Introducing Darthnode, Level 24 Warrior on World of Warcraft
Last night I leveled up to 24 on the Duskwood server of World of Warcraft. Shortly after I realized I haven't introduced Darthnode to everyone here. Well here he is. Add me to your social list if you are on Duskwood ......

Posted On Friday, August 18, 2006 4:04 AM

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

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

Adding Pings to Windows Live Writer (Beta)
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 ......

Posted On Friday, August 18, 2006 3:46 AM

Posting Photos to Using Live Writer and Flickr
Ok, so we all know that this site used .Text still. We haven't converted to CS and we are now looking into the design of the next version (I know you have heard that before, but we have our developer now). This may cause you guys some headaches when it comes to publishing photos using Microsoft Live Writer (Beta), but here is the solution. Flickr4Writer! As I did yesterday, let's walk through the steps needed to setup and use this tool with Live Writer. I would like to thank the authors of this project ......

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

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

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

Using Live Writer Beta on
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 (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, ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 16, 2006 11:16 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

Sorry for the outage
Looks like we had some outages last night due to traffic, we are looking at the logs to determine if this is a one off or if we need to start throwing servers are the site.

Posted On Tuesday, August 8, 2006 5:08 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

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

Posted On Tuesday, August 1, 2006 3:13 AM

Got Tagged?
We still have a bunch of stickers left so send your address to us if you want one (or two) (don't worry we don't sell it to spammers) and we will flip you a sticker as quick as possible. If you are not in America, don't worry, send your address as well. John and I ordered some 3 footers for our cars, seen here in horrible camera phone photo, but we only have 8in white ones left for your cars if you want one of those too ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 1, 2006 3:06 AM

Is there something in the water here in Olathe?

I am not sure what is the cause of this, but Michelle's friend, who's lives a mile away from us, her daughter had the same high fever and seizures that Brandon had during the weekend. She is doing fine and rebounded just like Brandon, but I am really wondering what virus is causing this and if it is happening to others or just a coincidence. Brandon still remains in full recovery and I pray the same for Sophia.

Posted On Tuesday, August 1, 2006 3:00 AM

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