August 2008 Entries

AT&T Tilt - Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade

It's finally released for the Tilt. While AT&T as a company pretty much sucks IMHO, the Tilt is still a pretty cool phone and now you can update to Windows Mobile 6.1

I've downloaded the update and will probably apply it tonight or tomorrow.

Posted On Tuesday, August 26, 2008 9:42 PM | Comments (1)

AT&T Customer Service is horrible
<rant> AT&T Customer Service sucks. AT&T Customer Service is horrible. AT&T Customer Service is nearly the worst I've ever experienced. If you have AT&T consider dropping them before you run into the unfortunate event of having to deal with their horrible customer service. If you're shopping for a cell phone provider, wireless provider, etc., don't consider AT&T because it's just not worth it. I'll explain more later. Right now just trust me on this. That is all. </rant> ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 26, 2008 5:34 PM | Comments (23)

Follow up: This geek is asking for help
Little did I realize when I posted a blog entry asking for help on August 12th asking for help that the response would be so awesome! There were so many folks both local and quite far away who one way or another found that entry and helped in some way shape or form whether it was a donation of cash, school supplies, or clothing, thank you so much for everything everyone donated. One of the huge hurdles we faced with the kids is over for now. Getting them geared up for school with clothes, shoes, ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 26, 2008 6:48 AM | Comments (0)

Jacksonville Code Camp - Fay did not stop it!
Friend and fellow SC UG leader Chris Eargle and I headed down to Jacksonville Code Camp on Friday night wondering what might be in store for us since Fay had dumped so much rain over the past few days. We were assured by the JAX CC folks that Fay wouldn't stop them. Even with a venue change, Fay didn't stop them so huge props to the folks in Jacksonville for pulling this together and managing it through the changes dictated by that storm blowing through. Getting down there was a small adventure. ......

Posted On Monday, August 25, 2008 6:15 AM | Comments (0)

Charity Fragathon!
For those who hadn't already heard, my good friend Chris Williams has put together an awesome event to raise money for Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. He calls it the "Charity Fragathon" and if you have the opportunity to attend I would totally recommend it. You can find out more at their website (clicking on the logos below) or if you *know* you're going to go, register now ......

Posted On Thursday, August 14, 2008 7:55 PM | Comments (0)

MSDN & TechNet in Columbia August 21st
Murray Gordon (who recently left Charleston to join Microsoft in Atlanta!) told me about an MSDN and TechNet event going on next week in Columbia. See the links below for more info and to register! TechNet: Vista, PowerShell, Group Policy MSDN: WPF, Vista (for Developers), Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Enjoy ......

Posted On Thursday, August 14, 2008 6:50 AM | Comments (0)

GCNUG Meeting tomorrow night!
Be sure to join us tomorrow night when we host Page Brook's talking about Silverlight! Not registered yet? Register here: http://gcnug-august.eventbr... This month’s meeting will start off with Pizza and then break into "Creating Custom Templatable Controls in Silverlight". Creating reusable controls is an important aspect of productive software development. When you can supplement this reusability with customizability, you have the power to rapidly deliver seamless and compelling user experiences ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 13, 2008 7:38 AM | Comments (0)

You all rock! Thanks so much!
The response to my plea for assistance yesterday has been pretty overwhelming so far...with inquiries and donations coming in from around the U.S. and even other countries, so thank you, all of you. I had a number of inquiries about other ways people might help and I'll address them here so as to not have a ton of e-mails, phone calls, etc. to make :) Q1) What ages are the kids and what clothing sizes are they? A1) My nieces and nephews that we took in are a 16 year old girl, a 14 year old girl, ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 13, 2008 7:30 AM | Comments (0)

This geek is asking for help...
As some of you may already know this has been a roller-coaster year for me starting with the hospitalization and near death of my son in February. Between the subsequent hospitalizations, (July marked the first calendar month he didn't get admitted to the hospital at all!), a pretty bad car wreck that left me with a concussion and associated post-concussion problems, and then additional extended family issues (one sister-in-law nearly died of a mix-up with prescriptions she was given at the ER, another ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 12, 2008 7:20 PM | Comments (11)

Installing VS 2008 SP1
After my experiences with installing VS 2005 SP1, I decided I wasn't going to get worked up over a long install for this one. So I actually started the install process before I left the office yesterday and then (gasp!) left the laptop there to go home and enjoy the evening. Came in this morning, checked the install log (it went well) rebooted and I now how an updated VS 2008 with less stress :) On looking at the logfile it did take nearly over an hour and a half to install so I'm glad I didn't try ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 12, 2008 7:38 AM | Comments (0)

I'm an INETA Community Champion :)
So this is a step up I suppose from getting "Stupid Prizes" from Community-Credit in the past...how about winning an MSDN Subscription or an XBox for your participation in the developer and user group community? I plugged in my points and ended up one of ten winners this quarter for the INETA Community Champion program. I found out yesterday after getting home from an exhaustive day of memory and cognitive tests related to my brain-aches when I opened up the latest INETA newsletter. Congratulations ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 6, 2008 7:50 AM | Comments (1)

I won a stupid prize!
I won 12th place in last month's Community-Credit contest and will soon add a 7" Commander Deanna Troi to my shelf to stand beside my Albert Einstein action figure, Boba Fett bobblehead and USB SnowBot. Today marks the first day of a brand new contest so get credit for what you're doing in the developer community and start winning some prizes! :) ......

Posted On Friday, August 1, 2008 7:02 AM | Comments (0)