February, 2008

  • DaveDev

    MIX08 is sold out!



    Mix08 is sold out!  Official announcement here.  I am lucky enough this year to be attending in person (and it is also my first time to Vegas).  Shoot me an e-mail if you will be out there as well and would like to meet up.

    For those of you who cannot attend in person most of the sessions will be posted online like at previous Mix events.  This is one of the best resources on the web and I highly encourage you to check it out.  There are some really great ones on Silverlight, WPF and Expression.

    The search is pretty good too, typing in "Silverlight" will give you a bunch of good sessions.

    Check it out here.

    See you at MIX!

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  • DaveDev

    Lessons learned from a father of two...



    Well, I am back to work today.  =) One of the great things about working for Microsoft is that they give fathers a month off paid leave for having a new baby.  I was nervous about doing this - how I was going to handle a 3 year old all day long let alone a newborn? It has been a month since my second daughter was born - and I have no regrets taking off the time, although I could have used a little more sleep.

    Lessons Learned:

    · My wife is amazing, I truly understand what she will have to deal with now on a daily basis and am in awe.

    · I could never be a full time mom

    · My 3 yr old does not have an off switch

    · I thought I would be able to get some work done - e-mail, blogging, Silverlight videos, etc. over the leave.  I was wrong - my kids consumed every moment I had unless they were asleep and then I was too tired to do anything anyway. =)


    · My daughter asked if she could have her own computer.  I hooked up an old laptop and put windows on it.  She was on NickJr and clicking away with the mouse on games, videos, you name it.  I was so impressed – expect a video on Facebook soon.  She is definitely daddy’s girl!

    · Being able to calm my newborn every night at 3am without any bottle (my wife is breastfeeding so no bottles for dad yet)

    · My oldest holding the baby and telling me how happy she is to finally have a sister

    I have a photoset on Flickr here and you can view some videos I took on my Facebook profile here.

    I'll be catching up on e-mails and such over the next few days and posting here as I found stuff I think would be interesting.  There should be some really exciting news coming out of Redmond soon as we move into Mix08 in just 2 weeks as well!


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