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  • Blog Post: You can take the developer out of the technology company, but you can't take the technology out of the developer

    Despite the title, I'm not a cyborg. For those of you who missed that implication, I'll give you a moment... Seriously though, even though I've been a non-MSer for a little over 3 months now, I'm still passionate about technology. You can witness the evidence of this in the article I wrote for the...
  • Blog Post: Figured out how to keep this blog active a little bit longer...

    That's going to remain a secret, but those of you who make your way to my blog and want to stay in touch, the "Contact Me" functionality should now work properly. Cheers (and Happy Coding), Jacob
  • Blog Post: Farewell to Microsoft

    During my three-year tenure at Microsoft, I have met many wonderful people. For those of you I have worked with along the way, I wanted to share my bittersweet news. After three amazing years at Microsoft, I will be leaving to start a new chapter in my life. While I am not writing out the possibility...
  • Blog Post: Stay tuned: upcoming webcast series pilots in September

    Howdy loyal blog readers, We don't have all of the details worked out yet, but I wanted to let you all know about an experimental webcast series that my friend Glen Gordon and I are putting together. Basically, we're going to be interviewing experts on various .NET and developer technologies, while...
  • Blog Post: Omaha beats out Boston!

    So I was in Omaha yesterday for the MSDN Event this quarter, and I was overwhelmed by the tremendous enthusiasm that poured forth from the developer community. We usually average about 45% drop-off, meaning that 55 % of the registered customers actually attend. Well, we saw only 30% drop off, so that...
  • Blog Post: Should everyone go to college?

    In 9 Money Rules to Live By [sic] , Liz Pulliam Weston stated, "The average graduate makes 70% more over his or her lifetime than someone who stops with a high school diploma." Without elaborating on the details of the survey or research, this statement implies that going to college will bump up your...
  • Blog Post: For everyone who loathes interviews, corporate bureaucracy, and yes-men (and women)

    I saw this video at 2:25 AM on Wednesday morning and it spoke to me on so many levels, so I knew I had to share it with my small piece of the world http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HS7D3LRDYw After-blog mint: Unfortunately, as Jim points out, it appears that this video is no longer available to...
  • Blog Post: Batman could whoop any other superhero's behind, except for Wesley Willis (may he rest in peace)

    At the end of my webcast on Data Access in Visual Basic 2005 , the conversation turned from DataSets and ADO.NET to Batman (and all of the lesser superheroes). I feel the need to reiterate that Batman is the ultimate superhero. Despite his deep psychological issues, which I will admit he has, he is a...
  • Blog Post: Batman Beyond DVD set doesn't really go "beyond" the original Batman: The Animated Series DVD sets

    I was on the road this week and was super-pumped when I received notice from Amazon.com that they had shipped my latest order: the entire first season* of Batman Beyond , the neo-futuristic rebirth of the Batman: The Animated Series (BtAS) television show. I had already seen most of the series' episodes...
  • Blog Post: "Good news, everyone!" - Professor Hubert Farnsworth

    Those of you who know just about anything about me are likely to know that I am a huge cartoon fan. I own all 4 volumes of Batman: The Animated Series, 2 volumes of Samurai Jack, 2 Miyazaki films, 2 volumes of Sealab 2021, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, The Batman Beyond...
  • Blog Post: Because there is an engineer with too much time on his hands (and too many spare LEDs)

    And I remember when ASCII Pr0n was the big thing for an adolescent male to enjoy on his terminal - Naughty fun with LEDs Update: For the less astute in my audience, it seems that the censor engine in this blogging tool does not like the word 'P'-'r'-'0'-'n', as indicated by the asterisks above. ...
  • Blog Post: No good walk is spoiled: Why Mario Golf is better than the real thing

    Mark Twain once said, "Golf is a good walk spoiled." For anyone who is not a die-hard enthusiast, it's easy to understand why. If you're playing with a good-sized party, there's lots of standing around and waiting. If it's a hot day, it can quickly get unbearable. If it's a cold or rainy day, ditto....
  • Blog Post: Who are you?

    I haven't received a lot of comments or feedback to my blog in the past couple months, so I'm curious to know who my regular blog readers are. I find blogging is a lot like webcasting - on the surface, it seems like a one-way stream of data, but there are always means of turning the tool into a 2-way...
  • Blog Post: Pulled the old switcheroo

    Those of you who know me well know that I'm very close with my family. My brothers both live in Chicago and my sister lives in Cleveland. I like to see all of them often, but it's a bit tough with my sister and her family quite a bit farther from me than my brothers are. Well, I saw an opportunity...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk, I hardly knew ye!

    Me and my big mouth. Gosh, I say that an awful lot. This time it's because of what shall probably go down in the history books as "The BizTalk Incident". Flashback - Chicago Day of .NET (several months ago) - I spoke at the event and had the opportunity to watch another speaker present a session on...
  • Blog Post: Next on reality TV: Jacob Cynamon chooses a formal mentor

    I got back from my events this week to find an email in my Inbox. I had signed up to be a 'mentee' in a formal mentorship and the system found several potential matches. I logged in and began reviewing profiles of my mentors-to-be and quickly felt like The Bachelor or Joe Millionaire. Faced with 7 quality...
  • Blog Post: Funniest thing I've seen in a while

    Click here --> http://www.escapeyesterworld.com/ <-- and enjoy this marketing campaign in all of its humorous corniness. I'm not sure how well it gets across the value of our SQL Server 2005/Visual Studio 2005 pairing, but I had a blast Escaping to/from Yesterworld. PS Watch out for the creepy...
  • Blog Post: What are the odds?

    I went to see Mr and Mrs Smith yesterday night - it was very entertaining and a lot of the dialogue had double meaning, which I enjoyed. However, due to the somewhat inconsistent mass transit system we know as the CTA, I had about 15 minutes to kill before the movie. After buying my ticket, I purchase...
  • Blog Post: Maybe mobile phone ringtones aren't that bad

    I have the privilege of working from home sometimes (obviously not when I'm on the road) and those who know me well are aware that I speak out vehemently regarding mobile phone ringtones. In particular, I find them often irritatingly loud and obnoxious. Well, I may have second thoughts. I am working...
  • Blog Post: Getting rid of spam

    I hate spam* Whether I get an unsolicited credit card offer by mail or an email advertising a new herbal treatment for male "vigor", I find that it's a big waste of my time. The only thing I respect about these unsolicited offers is that the tend to be self-conscious about what they are - for example...
  • Blog Post: Coming back from NYC

    So last week, I was flying back from a vacation to New York City and had a mildly humorous experience. While readying my laptop, shoes, pocket change and WMDs prior to walking through the "scanning gate" at LaGuardia, I happened to notice the name of my friendly, neighborhood TSA representative: Yasar...
  • Blog Post: Get Perpendicular!

    Hitachi has created a humorous animation that explains in easy to understand terms, with music and dancing of course, how their new technology is going to allow for an exponential increase in the size of storage media - http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/research/recording_head/pr/PerpendicularAnimation.html...
  • Blog Post: Finally found a use for the 'blackout' function in Powerpoint

    Here's a quick one: I never previously saw a whole lot of value in the "blackout" and "whiteout" functions in Powerpoint. For those of you not familiar, pressing "B" or "W" while in presentation mode in Powerpoint will turn the screen black or white, respectively. During my MSDN Event in Appleton...
  • Blog Post: Follow-up to 2/10 IndyNDA Presentation

    First, a blast from the past: remember those Rold Gold pretzels about which I waxed poetic when I discovered that they maintained their crunch 2 months later. Well, I had a 3 hour drive to Indianapolis this afternoon for the UG presentation and I saw them once again in the cabinet. Not having much else...
  • Blog Post: I'm no arsonist, but...

    I'm sure that some of the recipients of the email with the following subject may interpret it differently than intended, especially given the current frustration around spam: Participate in InternetOpinionGroup now and get gasoline on us You would think that with all the money these spammers make, they...
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