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GWB | Homepage "Read More" Implemented
After popular demand, we finally implemented "Read More" on the Geekswithblogs.net homepage.  If you have concerns or thanks, please let me know via comments.  I think the homepage is definitely easier to navigate now.

Posted On Thursday, January 31, 2008 10:38 PM

C4C | Registration is Open!
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 ......

Posted On Thursday, January 31, 2008 10:41 AM

Microsoft | Is this how you handle Microsoft conference calls?
Thanks to the Marketing with Microsoft for Partners... blog for letting me know about this one. John and I were both said, "There are others like us!!!" Technorati Tags: Microsoft,Conference Call,Humor ......

Posted On Thursday, January 31, 2008 7:22 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 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 ......

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 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 ......

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 | Volunteer Center 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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 22, 2008 9:17 AM

We Are Microsoft | Road Trip Home
Sorry for the loud recording, but I was trying to be busy with driving while recording. Using a Bluetooth connection to my cell, we connected to the EV-slow-O network and downloaded the episodes Jerod was publishing in KC to write the post announcing them. I really have to get some software written for podcasting again to make it easier (and get a feed going). Have Fun Technorati Tags: Road Trip,We Are Microsoft ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 22, 2008 7:26 AM

We Are Microsoft | Rock Band!!!!!!!!!!
I was amazed that we could staff an entire band for several hours on Saturday night. One of the easiest positions to fill was singer and that is NOT normal. Anyway, Doug and I had a blast rocking out with the Dallas crew. Watch the video and you will LOL when you see what Fernando on bass does. Technorati Tags: We Are Microsoft,Rock Band,Dallas,Charity Challenge Event ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 22, 2008 7:17 AM

We Are Microsoft | Video Walk Through as the Developers Work
This was my first attempt to produce a video at an event, but Doug and I had tons of fun with this. Let me know if did a good job. Jerod is still producing the remaining shows we recorded and they should be out tonight or tomorrow. Technorati Tags: We Are Microsoft,Charity Challenge Event,Microsoft ......

Posted On Monday, January 21, 2008 3:54 PM

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 | Trinity Christian Academy
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 ......

Posted On Sunday, January 20, 2008 9:38 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 | Texas Discovery Gardens
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 ......

Posted On Sunday, January 20, 2008 11:57 AM

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 | North Park Missionary Baptist Church
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 ......

Posted On Saturday, January 19, 2008 10:55 PM

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

We Are Microsoft | We Are Here
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 ......

Posted On Saturday, January 19, 2008 9:52 AM

Podcast Studio | We Are Microsoft!!!!!
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 ......

Posted On Thursday, January 17, 2008 7:57 AM

Geekswithblogs | Google Analytics for Members
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: ......

Posted On Monday, January 14, 2008 10:21 AM

GWB | New Skin called DKSkin
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 ......

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

Windows Live Writer | Tagging Previous Post Screencast
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 ......

Posted On Saturday, January 5, 2008 8:41 PM

GWB | Short Site Outage
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 ......

Posted On Thursday, January 3, 2008 9:38 AM

Tutorial One | How to Tag with Geekswithblogs
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 2, 2008 10:48 AM

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

MVP | I have been redesignated to SharePoint MVP!!! Awesome
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 2, 2008 9:20 AM

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