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Computer Visionaries 2014 Kinect Hackathon
A big thank you to Computer Vision Dallas and Microsoft for putting together the Computer Visionaries 2014 Kinect Hackathon that took place July 18th and 19th 2014. Our team had a great time and learned a lot from the Kinect MVP's and Microsoft team. The Dallas Entrepreneur Center was a fantastic venue. In total, 114 people showed up to form 15 teams. Burger ITS & Friends team members with Ben Lower: Shawn Weisfeld, Teresa Burger, Robert Burger, Harold Pulcher, Taylor Woolley, Cori Drew (not ......

Posted On Friday, August 8, 2014 11:06 AM | Comments (0)

Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award Given to Manager at Professional Services Firm Rand Group

Each year, Microsoft awards an elite group of technical professionals who have demonstrated leadership in the community with the Most Valuable Professional Award. Recently Teresa Burger, Manager at Rand Group, received this prestigious award for her ongoing contributions to the technical community, and her acumen with the Expression Blend product.

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Posted On Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:35 AM | Comments (0)

Dallas Day of .NET
RIA Consulting, LLC is hosting the third annual Dallas Day of .NET at the Las Colinas Country Club in Irving Texas on February 8th and 9th 2013. This year brings several highlighted speakers including Scott Hunter and Richard Campbell. See the full list of speakers at http://www.dallasdayofdotne... I enjoy the Dallas Day of .NET for the great networking opportunities. I meet more local IT and Development managers at this event than I do at our other local events. It is great to be ......

Posted On Sunday, January 13, 2013 4:57 PM | Comments (0)

Dallas First Robotics Competition (FRC) 2012
Wow! That is all I have to say after three fun filled days in a world that fed the geek, sparked the competitor, inspired the humanitarian, encouraged the inventor, and continuously warmed the heart in me. First Robotics FRC 2012 First Robotics is an amazing program that strives to inspire young people to get involved with science and technology. To accomplish this goal, they team up young people with engineering minded mentors to create machines with a goal of competing both on the field and by ......

Posted On Sunday, April 1, 2012 1:39 AM | Comments (0)

Introducing North Texas Silverlight User Group
I can comfortably say that Caleb Jenkins is my favorite mentor in DFW and has been a key influencer in my .net career. Please come out to see him talk about Silverlight at the first meeting of the North Texas Silverlight User Group at the Microsoft offices in Irving, TX on October 11th. A Blendable Note – The Noth Texas Silverlight User Group (http://www.ntsilverlight.c... is going to dedicate 20-30 minute block for a “Blend tip of the month”. You don’t want to miss this!! ......

Posted On Monday, September 27, 2010 9:40 PM | Comments (0)

Dallas GiveCamp Oct 2011
74 Developers, 13 Charities helped, 0 slices of pizza served. GiveCamp is a national organization to help people organize development events for charity. Dallas GiveCamp is one of those events where Developers give back by building websites or solutions for charity. This years Dallas GiveCamp was held at CTRECH Hilton. With classrooms and whiteboards available to each charity group individually, we had the most hours worked on site that I have seen in past years. Many people where here all night ......

Posted On Sunday, October 23, 2011 12:28 PM | Comments (0)

Using the MVVM design pattern and Blend
Update!!! Sorry but I have some work priorities that need to take precedence. I will not be able to give this presentation. Michael Perry has graciously agreed to give an MVVM talk in my place. I plan to still be there with laptop and Blend in hand so if you had some specific Blend questions, look me up. I will also be posting my MVVM with NAV WebServices project to this blog soon. Join us October 19th at the Forth Worth .NET UG ( where I will lead a discussion about using the ......

Posted On Monday, September 27, 2010 10:27 PM | Comments (0)

Dallas GiveCamp Jan 14th-16th 2011
A big Thank You to everyone who showed up for and sponsored Dallas GiveCamp 2011. As did many others, I had a great time and made some lasting new relationships as well as bonded with old friends. I owe a special thanks to Shawn Weisfeld and Chris Koenig for asking me to help with this project. It was a great weekend of hard work and community. Attendees over came some kinks and issues to produce some great work for Charity. I have gotten a lot of fantastic feedback from both developers and charities. ......

Posted On Saturday, January 22, 2011 3:39 AM | Comments (1)

What is happening to our IT workforce?
During the course of my experiences as a parent and as an active tech community member, I have had opportunities to observe students-- both mentored and not mentored--who have worked on websites and who use technology at various skill levels. I have also heard a LOT of talk from the IT community about the value of diversity in the work force and the lack of diversity in IT. Concern that minority students are not looking at IT positions as likely possibilities for their career choices is a "hot" topic, ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 9, 2010 7:23 PM | Comments (1)

Anatomy of a Silverlight Media Player
Come to Dallas .NET ( on September 9th to see Shawn Weisfeld ( and myself talk about Expression Blend, Silverlight, and OData. In this talk Teresa and Shawn will cover how to skin a media player for your company and how to bind it to an OData Service for data retrieval. The talk will begin with Teresa showing how to use Expression Blend to skin a Silverlight Media Player. Then Shawn will show you how to expose your video library using an OData service and consume ......

Posted On Thursday, September 2, 2010 10:26 PM | Comments (0)

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