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  • Blog Post: The Magician of the Wii-mote

    I wrote about this guy a while back and the amazing stuff he was doing with the WII remotes .  Now you can hear him talk IN PERSON at the upcoming MIX 09 conference.  Here’s the info on his session: Interaction Techniques Using the Wii Remote (and Other HCI Projects) Johnny Lee The Wii remote...
  • Blog Post: Get Fit in February Contest

    Interested in getting your own Visual Studio Team Suite MSDN Subscription?  Don’t have the dough to shell out for it?  Then you need to check out Caleb Jenkins' latest blog post .  He’s been on a weight-loss tear recently and decided to turn that into a contest!  Full details to be...
  • Blog Post: I’m Back!

    Sorry things have been so quiet on this blog, but I just got back from my first 2-week vacation since I’ve been at Microsoft and it’s been GREAT!  I (almost) totally unplugged from everything related to my job, and tried to enjoy just *being*.  I spent time with the family down in Houston for...
  • Blog Post: Happy Holidays!

     
  • Blog Post: Come to MDC Dallas and See Me Shave My Head!

    That’s right – you heard right!  I’m issuing a challenge to all the architects, DBAs, enthusiasts, and professional software developers in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas… If we can get 750 people registered to attend the MSDN Developer Conference on January 26th here in the lovely city...
  • Blog Post: PDC Day 2 – Windows 7, Windows Live, Mesh and Office Online

    Today’s big announcements at PDC were around Windows 7, .NET 4/VS2010, Windows Live Mesh and Microsoft Office futures. Windows 7 Both Windows Server 2008 R@ and Windows 7 will have the ability to boot from a VHD as well as mount a VHD like a normal drive or create a VHD on the fly – all from the built...
  • Blog Post: More than you care to know about me…

    I don’t usually go in for these things, but since it was Dave O’Hara that tagged me, I have to respond: What I was doing ten years ago I was working as a Senior Microsoft Development Consultant at Step Consulting in Greensboro, NC.  I had been working at USAA Insurance in San Antonio, and was looking...
  • Blog Post: Tools List

    Someone at the Launch event a few weeks ago asked me what tools I use when presenting as well as any cool developer tools that I use when developing. I figured that with Hanselman’s List, having another list didn’t make a lot of sense since I get a lot of value out of what he’s already put together,...
  • Blog Post: All Hail the High Nerd!

    I don't normally take these kinds of tests , and almost NEVER post my results, but my friend Todd posted his results , and I just had to try my hand at it.  I never thought I was *that*nerdy, but I figured I'd find out.  I'm not as Nerdy as Todd, but I'm still pretty nerdy... Technorati Tags...
  • Blog Post: Happy 12th Birthday David!

    It's hard to believe it's already been 12 years - WOW :-)
  • Blog Post: DDNUG Casino Party - Smashing Success!

    Last Thursday night was the first ever DDNUG Casino Party, held at the Microsoft offices in Las Colinas.  As expected, the party was a smashing success!  Casino tables, food and fun were everywhere.  Omar - you totally outdid yourself!  A big thanks also goes to Improving Enterprises...
  • Blog Post: Free HD DVDs for buying an Xbox 360 HD DVD Player

    A few months ago, I gave into the pressue to get into the high definition DVD market and purchased a Microsoft HD DVD player for my Xbox 360. Part of what tipped me over the edge was a promotion stating that everyone purchasing the player would get a free copy of King Kong in the box, and 5 more movies...
  • Blog Post: Santa's Blog | Santa.com

    I had no idea, but thanks to my good friend Wade Wright of NDDNUG , and soon to be HHH fame,  I now know where Santa hosts his blog: http://www.santa.com/users/santa/blog   Santa's Blog | Santa.com
  • Blog Post: Iconic daredevil Evel Knievel dies at 69 - Yahoo! News

    What a sad, sad day... I remember as a kid watching Evel on TV.  We were always amazed at what he could do, and what he attempted to do.  For Christmas one year, I received an Evel Knievel motorcycle toy and van - the motorcycle fit in the back, and you could make him travel from place to place...
  • Blog Post: Computer Randomly Plays Classical Music

    Although I never actually encountered the problem described in this KB article, a friend of mine sent this to me to remind me how important it is to have a good sense of humor when developing software... Computer Randomly Plays Classical Music Technorati Tags: Fun , KB , Microsoft
  • Blog Post: Texas vs. A&M - Big 12 Football

    As a graduate of The University , we always look forward to the Texas vs. Texas A&M game on Thanksgiving.  This year, I was a little surprised to find out that the game is actually not on Thanksgiving, like it was when I was in school, but is now (at least this year) the day after. SO... I expect...
  • Blog Post: Expression Video Contest

    My good friend, and Expression Web MVP Cheryl Wise has launched an Expression Video Contest over on her blog.  The basic premise is this - you create a tutorial video for one of the products in Expression Suite, and enter it in her contest for a chance to win a full version of Expression Studio...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest Updates

    Quick update for those of you interested in attending the Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest parties in SCD - we now have registration links available for you - Dec 3rd in Tulsa - Registration Link | User Group Web Site Dec 5th in Dallas - Registration Link | User Group Web Site Dec 13th in Houston...
  • Blog Post: Who's your Evangelist?

    No sooner had I started talking about building an app to help people find their local evangelists, than someone at Microsoft beat me to the punch: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/events/bb905078.aspx Now you can find the Evangelists in your area quickly and easily. I personally think that they...
  • Blog Post: The Water Hobo

    Come one, come all, to the greatest show on earth!  If you ever wanted to know what the life of a Microsoft Evangelist was like, this is definitely it... Video: Weird Code: The Water Hobo Technorati Tags: Fun , Codetolive
  • Blog Post: Seadragon and Photosynth

    If you haven't already seen Seadragon or Photosynth , then you need to watch this video from TED 07 . The speaker, Blaise Aguera y Arcas , is an Architect at Microsoft, and responsible for the Seadragon product. This is AMAZING technology - absolutely unbelievable what they've been able to...
  • Blog Post: Tablet PC Fun

    Everyone always tells me how great the mac is for doing music. Here's a video of Hugh Sung, a concert pianist, using his Tablet PC for doing his music. Hugh Sung Website I'd like to see a mac do this :-)
  • Blog Post: Blog Series - ASP.NET Futures

    I spoke last week at the Dallas ASP.NET User Group meeting about IIS 7.0 . The talk ended a little earlier than I expected, so we opened things up to general questions, and just started discussing whatever came up. One question I asked the group was "have any of you played with the ASP.NET Futures release...
  • Blog Post: Community Guy - Jake McKee » Community Contest 2007: Learning to Share

    You guys care about community, right?  So does Jake McKee, a.k.a. "The Community Guy".  Located here in Dallas, Jake is all about Community - and not just the developer community...  If you're interested in learning more about how to tap into your community, grow it and make...
  • Blog Post: Live Search Maps

    Have you seen the new Live Search Maps ?  Launched today, the new interface is a LOT simpler to use, and a lot faster (it seems) to load and find results.  The Windows Live Search team has really been busy getting and incorporating all the feedback they've received into a much more solid and...
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