You are probably wondering why my blog has been stale for a week or so. Well, I have my real job I do, and I also had the Office Developer Conference last week with Envision just before that. It's been a bit crazy getting demos to firm up, being available to conference attendees, and staying on top of the hundreds of mails that pour into my inbox every day.

It is fair to say that having Bill Gates do the keynote for the show was a monumental event. I've never seen him before in person, so that was different. I had spoken on his stage just the day before, so I was able to use his setup. Let's just say it is first rate. The clicker for advancing slides was not always responsive though. Whatever.

For my part, I did two presentations: one on Visual Studio 2005 Tools For the Microsoft Office System (ridiculously long name), and one on Research Services for Office 2003. Both sessions appear to have been well-received, and the way I organized my presentations acheived the effects I had hoped for. A lot of people also asked me about the Stock Allocation Demo for VSTO 2005 (I was running Beta, of course). There is a VSTO 2003 version out there already. The 2005 version will hit the VSTO section of MSDN in the not-too-distant future.

My next few blog entries will be dedicated uniquely to VSTO 2005, so tune it. I have some good stuff in the hopper for this.

 Rock Thought for the day: My friend, Christian Buckley, lent me Sunny Day Real Estate's album from 2000, The Rising Tide. I did not know how much they are indebted to Yes. It was remarkable in that way.