Microsoft, .NET and Life in General
After the summer hiatus, the next meeting of the .NETBC user group is on this coming Monday. The speaker will be Joel Semeniuk, who I'm looking forward to seeing in person after hearing him on DotNET Rocks! recently. Date and Time: Monday, 2005/10/03, 7:00 PM [Welcome Time: 6:30 PM]Location: BCIT Burnaby Campus, Building SW5, Room 1840, 3700 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC Topic: Software architecture and Microsoft .NET 2.0. All the information can be found on the .NET BC site ......
This is truly amazing. A non profit group out of MIT is putting together a program to distribute a $100 laptop designed for students. The machines will be given to children in a number countries with the idea being that they can take the machines home with them and continue the learning process outside of school. Despite cost-cutting, these machines will be robust. Negroponte envisions a Linux-based, full-color, full-screen laptop that will use innovative sources of power--including wind-up--and ......
And speaking of up an coming stuff, check out the Microsoft Canada Events page. There's a few new things coming here. For the Vancouver area there are two TechNet sessions next week: Sep 26, 2005 - Vancouver IT Pro User Group Meeting: Virtual ServerSep 27, 2005 - Microsoft TechNet Innovations Tour 2005 - Making IT Happen I'll be at the Virtual Server event I think, but probably won't be able to make the Innovations tour, which looks really fun as well... Next time ......
I was checking out the videos on Channel9 and saw this awesome one for the Tablet PC Education Pack. Check it out, the equation editor looks great. It's something I wish I had back when I was in University. I used to spend hours cranking out lab reports and papers and the equations took about half my time just to get them correct. Plus the fact that you can store and search notes and include equations in those notes at about the same speed that it takes to write on paper makes this an incredible ......
I was meaning to follow up with Darren about this but his post beat me to it.
So Northern Voice 2006 is a go for next February, and this year there will be a pre-conference Moose Camp in the style of the Foo and Bar camps.
Read all about it here on the Northern Voice 2006 site.
I know these pictures of Shrubya are fake, but they're just too funny. On another note, it looks like there's a movement going to Impeach Bush not only for lying about Iraq but also about the mess regarding the response to Katrina. And finally, can Barbara Bush be any more insensitive? WTF lady ......
This is a cool application that uses Google maps to create a dynamic guest map. Very neat stuff.
Add yourself to my guest map here. You can even create your own.
I just read this announcement a little while ago but it looks like the company I work for is on the list of Microsoft ISV clients that are confirming that they will be creating new version of our software which leverage the upcoming Windows Vista framework. Very neat. I look forward to getting into the guts of Vista and WCF (even though it may not be for a while). I'm not saying which company I'm talking about though, I'll let you figure that one out. Hint: I work in the CRM industry. Read all about ......
The September 2005 blogger meetup is on this week:
When: Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 7:00 PM
375 Water Street
RSVP here if you're able to make it. I don't think I'll be able to go this month :-(. Too busy 'round here.
So it looks like there is going to be a Seattle Code Camp targeted for the weekend of October 22-23. I'm still thinking about that one. Although it's not as far as Portland I'm not sure I'll be available then. Is anyone else from Vancouver thinking of going down for it? And speaking of Vancouver and Code Camps, Rob was speculating about having a Vancouver Code Camp. Is anyone else interested in that? I would be. Maybe Rob and I need to get together and start something... Anyone else up for helping ......
I just wanted to point to these interesting pieces on the recent acquisition of Siebel by Oracle.
It's just opinion, but I've used both systems in the past and I'm not a big fan of either. It makes me wonder about the future of Oracle now.
I've been really busy lately and work has just bogged me down. I can't seem to make alot of headway lately, which explains the lack of posts.
I just wanted to link out to The Onion and these awesome bits about Hurricane Katrina. My favourite “Government Relief Workers Mosey In To Help“.
More to come when I get some time.