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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 (or close to) SD channels (range 0 - 800) and about 25 HD channels (range 1000+). 

One thing the rep who came to the house after the installer had the DVR hooked up let us know is that even though the service seems full featured, there are more features that will be coming out this year.  Features like integration with My.yahoo.com for pictures, whole house DVR, and much more.  Currently the package will get you 2 standard units (with HD support) and one DVR box (with HD support/recording).  Using the DVR, you can record 3 SD channels, or 1 HD and 2 SD, and watch another channel at the same time.  This is very nice, but I hope more HD recordings at the same time will be a future feature as I am addicted to 720p/1080i. 

The best feature about the whole package is with phone/internet/tv, I am saving $20/mn vs my old AT&T DSL and Dish Network setup.  Got to love more channels, more features, and less money.  You have to check out this package!


 

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!


 

Tonight I had to do a few fixes to the performance of SubText and Geekswithblogs.net.  The big fix is an addition of 6 skins and David Douglass can have his blog back (issue with .NetOnMyMind name)  Thanks to SubtextSkins.com for keeping a list of the SubText skins and location to download.  Here is a list of them.

  • Back in Black
  • Day Dreaming
  • Dirtylicious
  • Informatif
  • Minty
  • Terrafirma

Some of them still need tweaking, but they have promise for the custom CSS guys out there.

 

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It looks like we have an issue with community-credit.com 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.


 

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 you get a chance.  They also let you load up recent posts quickly and make any changes you need to.  And a product like Windows Live Writer has all these features and more and I have to highly suggest you give it a try, even it you have another tool.  Enough of the sales talk, lets get into the configuration.

 

Step One - Choose Blog Type

  • Select the "Another weblog service" option

Step Two - Weblog Homepage and Login

Step Three - Detecting Weblog Settings

  • Get up and get some water, this should take about a minute.

Step Four - Weblog Configuration Complete

  • You are finished!!!!  Start writing!!!

That is it, all you have to do this time around.  If you notice in Step Four, the weblog provider is SubText. If you already have your weblog configured, instead of adding a weblog, edit your existing one and the steps should be pretty much the same.  If not, take some screenshots of the process and email them to support@geekswithblogs.com and I will create another post.

Remember to review my post on Pings and Windows Live Writer if this is the first time you have configured Pings. 

 

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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.

 

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We did it!  It only took us 6 hours too.  Dru, John, and Myself have been busting some tail to get this migration completed before everyone wakes up.  However, we do know of some bugs, including the skin needing some tweaking.  Those will get fixed in due time.

Here are some pictures from tonight, enjoy.

AJI Camera 005   AJI Camera 010

AJI Camera 012   AJI Camera 016

I am in the top right corner.  If you think I need to shave, that is because I spent 3 hours sleeping on the floor of our office last night and have been here working since Thursday morning at 6:00am.  Not all GWB time, but after business hours have been spent getting this done.  If you find bugs, be kind and email them to support@geekswithblogs.com.  We definitely will appreciate any help you can give us.  Small or Large bugs!  Now that it is 1:30am on Saturday, I think I will drive 45 minutes home.  Caffeinated of course.


 

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Wow, why did I decide to deploy on Friday the 13th?

Anyway, do you want a sneak peak at Geekswithblogs under SubText?  Here it is!!! 

Check it out.  The emails are wired up so if you test comments, do it amongst friends or your own blog.  Let me know if you find any issues at support@geekswithblogs.com.

We are really excited to get this project launched tonight at 7PM CST.


 

Hard HatTake a good last look at Geekswithblogs.net on .Text because tomorrow night, we are doing a major upgrade to SubText 1.9.4.  This upgrade will most likely take 4 to 5 hours to ensure the software is converted and stable. 

I really want to thank Dru and the SubText team for all their work with us during this process.  After quite a bit of testing, we have very high confidence in this product and the migration should be seamless.

 

** IMPORTANT **

If you find any issues with the site after the upgrade, please email support@geekswithblogs.com and report it immediately.  If you can attach a screenshot of the error, that will help extensively.  One big difference that might affect the way your blog looks is a group of different skins.  Some skins in .Text will not be supported and replaced with other skins.  If this is a big issue with you, report the skin to us that you had and we will look into a conversion if it is possible.

 

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Nutrition factsWhile 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.  Saturday when we started our diet, I weighed 268.8 so progress has begun.  I have only really packed on the pounds since 2004 when we found out my wife was pregnant with Brandon.  That led us to quit smoking (have to do that again) and me to start eating for 2 as well.  When my wife got weird cravings, they seemed good to me as well.  So at that point I went from 210 to the 270ish I am now. 

210 is still pretty good size you are probably saying for someone who is 6'2".  Well two years before that I weighed 165 and three years before that I weight 270.  Since I have lost the weight before, I know I can do it again.  My goal is to be 245 by my birthday on May 3rd.  Wish me luck!!!

 

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Just a way to brighten one's day.  I was leaving for work at 5:00am and not 3 blocks away from my house I get pulled over.  Why you may ask?  Cause I failed to make a COMPLETE stop at a stop sign. 

So, I thought I would write a post reminding you to stop at all stop signs COMPLETELY and make sure your wheels are not moving at all, even if there is no traffic at all and it is 5:00 am.

 

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SharePoint2007DevelopmentCoverWell, Rob Foster, Murray Gordon, John Alexander, and Myself have all been working on competitive SharePoint 2007 books this past Fall/Winter and they are all being published around the same time.  Personally I would suggest purchasing MINE first, but then definitely support the other guys.

 

Honestly, these guys are my friends and I communicate with them frequently so I hope their books sell well.  Rob and I have vented to each other via IM about SharePoint when we ran into issues serveral times.  Hopefully we will each trade a copy of our books when they are published.

 

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SharePoint2007DevelopmentCoverWrox, publisher of the upcoming Professional SharePoint 2007 Development book John and I worked on, has published an excerpt from the book covering Creating Content Type Metadata for SharePoint 2007 Document Management Solutions

I am very excited to see this book hit the shelves.  It has been in the works (from conversation all the way up to printing) since TechEd 2006 Boston when John and I started talking to Jim Minatel about the title.