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Upcoming March speaking events - SQL Server Reporting Services
For those interested in hearing me speak (or avoiding me altogether ;) I will be speaking at the Tulsa SQL Server Group on March 17th, 2008 and at the Little Rock TechExpo on March 27th, 2008. Tulsa SQL Server Group March 17th, 2008 Location: Oklahoma State University( OSU - Tulsa ) 6:30 - 6:45 Announcements 6:45 - 7:30 Presentation - Peers & Special Guests! 7:30 - 7:45 Drawings and Door Prizes 8:30 - ? Club Pub Little Rock TechExpo 2008 March 27th, 2008 Location: University of Arkansas at Little ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 27, 2008 11:13 PM

Heroes Happen Here Official Launch boasts Silverlight website
Participate in Live, Virtual, or Hosted Events I received this today via e-mail. You will eventually be able to watch the keynote and other speakers at the official west coast launch. The Silverlight app is definitely more feature rich than many of the other Silverlight websites I've seen so far. It's extremely interesting that you can create a "backpack" of videos. Technorati Tags: Microsoft,Silverlight ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 27, 2008 9:54 PM

MSDN access changed for Microsoft Partners
As of March 1st, 2008 Microsoft will force you to use the new way to access your MSDN subscription. This is terrific news! Since I have 3 people access MSDN from remote locations (out of my 5 user license), we've all had to sign into MSDN from a common Live id. Microsoft is now requiring you to setup in the Partner management website 3 different technical contacts. Once you setup those 3 different technical contacts (https://partners.microsoft... they can ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 27, 2008 9:45 PM

MSN released I.T. Top Jobs - Software Application Developers ranked 2nd
MSN and CareerBuilder released an article titled "Where the Jobs Are: Top Jobs in 10 Industries". I found it interesting that Information Technology was the first industry listed. Below are the top 5 jobs listed for IT. I also found it interesting that the growth for "computer applications software engineers" was a whopping 45% by 2016, a mere 8 years from now. That's 5% per year. So what exactly is a computer applications software engineer? I'm guessing that it's a software developer / programmer ......

Posted On Monday, February 25, 2008 11:21 PM

Microsoft kills off adCenter Affiliate program (paid referrals to their advertising engine)
I received an e-mail (copied below) about Microsoft ending the paid referrals to new subscribers of adCenter. I find this extremely perplexing because of Google's dominance in this area, plus Microsoft's bid for Yahoo!. The number one reason for Microsoft to buy Yahoo! is so it can merge the two online advertising programs. So why kill the one program that helps encourage people to use their online advertising? At least this program encouraged me to list it and recommend it, whereas I never would ......

Posted On Thursday, February 21, 2008 4:32 PM

When Wal-Mart speaks, everyone listens - the final destruction of HD-DVD
I live just miles from the Wal-Mart headquarters. Half the people I know live and breathe Wal-Mart. I sell software to the vendors that hawk their wares at Wally World. So it's not a surprise to me that Wal-Mart dealt the final destructive blow to HD-DVD and Toshiba. Today Toshiba announced the disbandment of HD-DVD, marking a close to the format wars. http://www.reuters.com/arti... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id... An "I toldja so" may be in poor taste, but months ago I ......

Posted On Saturday, February 16, 2008 9:13 PM

Power of social computing, new school viral vs old school
Social computing, while not a new phenomenon, has had a huge push in the past couple years. Gone is the day of MySpace, and the new kid on the block is Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn (Honorable mention to Plaxo, who needs to find their niche a bit better other than contact synching). Here are three different stories that have impacted me in the last week concerning social computing. Today David O'Hara brought up the subject of why he had more Twitter followers than RSS followers. My theory is Twitter ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 13, 2008 6:02 PM

Why Asian Guys can't get White Girls
A bit long, but extremely funny. At least I'm not Indian! I'm wondering what's up with the references to DDR, is it that popular amongst Asians? Ok the kimchi reference is pretty hilarious. "Just cause I'm note the white guy, doesn't mean I'm not the right guy." Song ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 12, 2008 1:54 AM

Securely Sending XML Messages via Digital Signing in .Net
Great video by Will DePalo on how to securely communicate by digitally signing xml messages. Originally found on MSDN. How Do I: Add Security to Visual Basic and Visual C# Applications with Digital Signatures? Join Will DePalo as he shows you how to tighten security on your XML documents built with Visual Basic .NET and Visual C# by verifying digital signatures. Presented by Will DePalo on January 29, 2008 Length: 20 minutes 19 seconds Video Downloads: ZIP | WMV | iPod | MP4 | 3GP | Zune| PSP Audio ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 12, 2008 12:00 AM

Video of adding Microsoft Silverlight to an existing website
This video will show you how to add Silverlight capabilities to your website. It first shows you via notepad and then via Microsoft Expression Blend software, which was explicitly developed to make Silverlight applications. Video: Introduction to Silverlight ......

Posted On Monday, February 11, 2008 11:39 PM

Free Source Code Outliner PowerToy for Visual Studio 2008
Source Code Outliner PowerToy for Visual Studio 2008 Microsoft released a free PowerToy for VS2008. The Source Outliner PowerToy is a Visual Studio 2008 extension that provides a tree view of your source code's types and members and lets you quickly navigate to them with filtering inside the editor. Technorati Tags: .Net,Visual Studio 2008 ......

Posted On Sunday, February 3, 2008 11:33 PM

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