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Ok, so my announcement is 6 days late. I'm proud to announce that I received the coveted Microsoft MVP award for Visual Basic (currently the only MVP in Arkansas). I'd first like to thank the Academy ... oh wait wrong speech again. Actually I would like to thank the following people for their help and encouragement. My apologies in advance if I neglected to mention you. Northwest Arkansas .Net User Group - a great bunch that has been an exciting group to get to know and share with Travis Doyle - ...
Congratulations to the Winners of the We Are Microsoft Charity Challenge Weekend! First Place - Texas Cares - mission and proposal here Second Place - North Park Missionary Baptist Church - mission and proposal here Third Place - Texas Response Unit Search & Rescue - mission and proposal here Technorati Tags: We Are Microsoft,Charity Challenge Weekend,Texas CARES,North Park Missionary Baptist Church,Texas Response Unit Search & Rescue ...
We've finally launched all of the podcasts we recorded this weekend at the We Are Microsoft Charity Challenge Event in Dallas, Texas. Many thanks go out to Jeff Julian, Chris Koenig, Toi Wright, Amber Weiss and the folks at BravoTech, the huge team of developers that volunteered their time, and of course, all of the charities, who do the hard work day in and day out. To take a look at all of the podcasts, have a peek at Jeff Julian's blog. Technorati Tags: We Are Microsoft,Charity Challenge Weekend ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Jeff Julian from GeeksWithBlogs interviewed myself and Zach Young about our efforts in the We Are Microsoft - Charity Challenge Weekend. Our project was to help the Texas Discovery Garden 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 ...
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 ...
This past weekend seems like a dream. That's probably because it was a sleep deprived coding marathon of epic proportions. Some getting more sleep than others. Of course it didn't help that I didn't get much sleep the night before we left. The We Are Microsoft event was to help non profits with their development and website needs. To hear some of the podcasts given by the GeeksWithBlogs.net crew, visit http://geekswithblogs.net/j... You can view pictures of the event at http://www.flickr.com/photo... ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

We are at mile marker 229 on I35 North, coming home from We Are Microsoft in Dallas, TX.

I am using Jeff Julian's MacBook pro via bluetooth, to his SmartPhone, which is connected to the internet.

Thought you should know.

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 ...
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 ...
I had a chance to run around for a little while yesterday and snap some photos of the developers in action at the We Are Microsoft - Charity Challenge Weekend event in Dallas this weekend. Take a look at the photos here. Technorati Tags: We Are Microsoft,Charity Challege Weekend,Dallas,Flickr ...
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 ...
This weekend, Jeff Julian and I have been given the privilege of recording podcasts at Microsoft's We Are Microsoft event, called the Charity Challenge Weekend. We are in Dallas, TX, the location of many wonderful things (light bulbs and elevators), most notably the extremely delicious Baja Burrito at Baja Fresh Mexican Cantina. I have to admit that I was not too aware of what this event was all about, but after learning, I quickly jumped in with both feet. The Charity Challenge Weekend is all about ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
I was talking to a few guys that I work with at RamSafe today and they did not know that Yukon would allow you to write stored procedures in C# or VB.NET. I felt that this was common knowledge but I guess not! We are Microsoft Partners and they did not know... I know that at this point the information is there for people who seek it but at what point will Microsoft start marketing this? I see parts of our business that could be made better with BizTalk, also, but it is too soon for me to start making ...