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Mini Flickr Cards
This is a cool web 2.0 company that. Moo.com makes mini bushiness cards which are customized using pictures from your Flickr photostream. And they're giving away free 10 pack samples for the first 10,000 Flickr Pro users. We selected ours the other night and hope to have them in a week or two, so I'll report in when I get them. The best part is that the price for 100 cards is only $20 US, which is totally reasonable. I may just have to pick up a bunch, we'll see how the samples come out ......

Posted On Friday, September 29, 2006 8:02 PM

So You Want To Learn ASP .NET?
I was having a conversation with a co-worker the other day about learning about web technologies, specifically ASP .NET. So I put together a quick list of resources for someone who is new to the whole process to be able to learn the basics and experiment with the technologies. Does anyone else have more suggestions to get someone started? I'm also looking for some good web hosting for someone to set up some ASP test projects and maybe a blog or two. Any suggestions? A Canadian company would be preferrable, ......

Posted On Friday, September 29, 2006 8:02 PM

Post Security Virtual Conference Recap

If you missed the MSDN Security conference but still want all of the juicy information, check out the Post Security Virtual Conference Recap with more details on the Security For Canadians blog here.

Posted On Friday, September 29, 2006 8:01 PM

Heroes Rules
After reading George's review of the new show Heroes, I decided to check it out when it was re-broadcast this Tuesday. It looks like a very well written and fun take on the superhero genre, I hope that they can keep it up. Most other superhero shows got cheesy really fast (ahem Smallville), but it looks like TV is finally clueing in to the fact that good writing matters so much in these types of shows. Recent shows like Lost and Battlestar Galactica have really been setting the bar very high. Anyways, ......

Posted On Friday, September 29, 2006 8:01 PM

Matt Damon on the Jimmy Kimmel Show
This is too funny. I guess it's some kind of running gag on the Jimmy Kimmel show to "bump" Matt Damon due to lack of time. So they finally get him on and guess what happens... In case you're wondering, yes, it's a set up. The redness of Damon's face had me wondering though... I guess he got himself a little worked up for it. Acting ......

Posted On Thursday, September 21, 2006 2:59 PM

Trying Out Zooomr
Update: Added the link to the free Zooomr pro accounts for bloggers. I just uploaded a bunch of new pictures to the Flickr feed last night, mostly of stuff we did this summer like the Abbotsford Air Show and the Vancouver Zoo. The cool thing is that a new photo sharing site Zooomr is giving away free one year pro accounts to bloggers, so I'm giving it a shot. I'll try to post all upcoming pictures to both our Flickr and Zooomr feeds and see what works better. So far, one thing I notice is that Zooomr ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 20, 2006 12:43 PM

MSDN Security On The Brain

Another cool upcoming event is the MSDN Security On The Brain Series.

Date: September 27, 2006 12:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time

http://msdn.microsoft.com/canada/securitylockdown/default.aspx

 

Sign up for some good (and free!) security information from MSDN.

Posted On Tuesday, September 19, 2006 4:58 PM

Developer Night In Canada
Tomorrow night is the MSDN Developer Night in Canada event here in Vancouver. See you there. Check out the details here: http://www.microsoft.com/ca... http://msevents.microsoft.c... Update: Looks like the event is all full here in Vancouver, I'm not sure about the rest of Canada though, so check it out ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 19, 2006 4:52 PM

Accessing Flickr with .NET

Here's a good guide on the MSDN Coding 4 Fun site about accessing the Flickr API using .NET.

Posted On Friday, September 8, 2006 4:04 PM

Making Yourself Easier To Find
Here's an interesting link on the JobSyntax blog pertaining to recruiters and how to fine-tune their searches for candidates. Jim Stroud has a good three part series (Parts 1, 2 and 3) on using the search engines to return better results when looking for resumes on the internets. So, being the good developers and engineers and the like that we are, are we fine tuning our online resumes in such a way as to make it easier to be found by the recruiters? Do you tweak your resume and postings in order ......

Posted On Sunday, September 3, 2006 3:56 PM

The Call Center Movie

Thanks to Maryam for this link to the Call Center Movie. It's funny because it's true...

 

OK, it's not totally true, but it's still funny.

Posted On Sunday, September 3, 2006 3:42 PM

Naming The Minor Planets
I was a bit saddened by the announcement last week that Pluto was no longer considered a planet. It's something I had heard about for a while and knew would probably happen, but still I'll miss the little guy. I never user a mnemonic to remember the names of the planets but zefrank suggests a new one... Um, yeah. Not so safe for the kids... Maybe we should have a contest for a new, elementary school friendly, one. The only mnemonic I ever really used was BB Roy Went to Great Britain Via west Germany. ......

Posted On Sunday, September 3, 2006 3:39 PM

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