In case you haven’t heard, I am ALL OVER social networking.  If you follow my personal account, it’s full of cooking stories and food pics, DIY and crafting advice, My Fluevog shoe obsession, cute pictures of my dog, cute pictures of OTHER people’s dogs and tech stuff.  Maybe not your cup of tea, cause you just want the tech stuff.  Well, I have another Twitter account that I occasionally allude to, and it’s strictly business. Microsoft business that is, in the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin). So check it out if you haven’t already.  I’m on both Facebook and Twitter.  Rather than spam you, you can self serve your events and news. Cause really, who needs more freaking email these days?  Below are the things I’ve been talking about in pretty heavy rotation on those channels lately, take a peek in case you missed something good (and then follow me on Twitter or FB to keep up to date!):

Conferences/User Groups

  • The Global QAI Quest Conference is Coming Back to Chicago in 2012: http://bit.ly/cXk5u6 #SoftwareQuality #softwaretesting #QualityAssurance
  • What do YOU want the experts to talk about? Add topics, vote on existing ones at #ALM Summit 2011 Open Space site: http://bit.ly/r3UpEr
  • Are you running a tech user group? If so, be sure to register and take advantage of the benefits (SWAG!): http://bit.ly/qUxwmg
  • #IndyGiveCamp 2011 is scheduled for October 14th to 16th. Volunteers, sponsors, and charities now being collected! www.indygivecamp.org
  • BarCampMilwaukee6 is an "unconference" on October 1st-2nd. Great networking, food, fun, tech sessions & more http://bit.ly/q21ObN #Milwaukee
  • @DaveFancher talks about web performance/load testing w/#VisualStudio 2010 #TFS2010 in #Indianapolis on October 5th: http://bit.ly/r5TeHm
  • Check out Chicago’s #SQL Server User Group. Some great, fresh content coming up in October! http://bit.ly/oZqQ3h
  • Be sure to check out the "The Chicago #Agile Methodology Group" site, lots of great upcoming meetup events! http://bit.ly/fMxUdM
  • @rhundhausen at the Chicago #VS2010 #ALM User Group in Chicago in October! "Using #TFS11 and #Scrum to Plan a Project" http://bit.ly/p3l8rz
  • I'm going, are you?  #ALM Summit 2011 in Redmond – Nov 14-18. Read Brian Harry's blog: http://cot.ag/puBlzg #TFS2010 #VS2010 #agile

 

FREE Training – who doesn’t like free stuff?!

  • Blogged: A Day with Microsoft #Virtualization, #HyperV, #SCVMM 2012 and #SCOM 2012…Coming to a City Near You Soon http://bit.ly/pN6fzf
  • FREE Software Process & #Scrum On-line Event Series by Northwest Cadence in October and November! http://bit.ly/ne6dTV
  • Blogged: FREE Workshops on #VisualStudio 2010 #ALM tools in Oct, Nov, Dec. They full up fast, register today! http://bit.ly/pp6NzR #TFS2010
  • Tech.Days Online Event Coming October 27th, 2011. Sign up today! http://bit.ly/qSGDGd #ALM #Azure #SQL

 

Other Stuff

  • Are you REALLY leveraging all of your #MSDN benefits like training, support, #Azure hours? This will help you do it: http://bit.ly/iGa7KM
  • Have any suggestions for our product teams on improving #VisualStudio, #LightSwitch, #TFS, etc? Tell us, please! http://bit.ly/pp09h4
  • TERRIFIC blog post: #VS11 #ALM Developer Preview: Virtual Machine with Hands-on-Labs + Demo Scripts http://bit.ly/oTT4WS

 

clip_image002Resources and local events on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/mwd_devevents

clip_image004 Resources and local events on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/gV5plT