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  • Blog Post: Standoff between me, my bike, and wildlife creature captured on my Windows Phone

    Seems that whenever I bring my Windows Phone with me on a bike ride, something unusual happens. I’m doing a well-known bike loop in the area, when I realize I’ve made a wrong turn. I stop and check where I am on the “Maps” app. Sure enough, I’m at the exact center of the loop. Not half way around the...
  • Blog Post: Video: 101 Visual Studio Tips in 55 minutes!

    Last week I blogged about my challenge to do 101 Visual Studio Tips in just 55 minutes, and if I succeed, everyone in the audience gets a signed copy of my Visual Studio Tips book. Let’s just say I couldn’t have planned for better drama at the end. Thanks to Channel 9 for hosting the video at http:/...
  • Blog Post: My First Week as a Developer Evangelist

    I thought it would be fun to share what it was like my first week making the transition from Redmond to Silicon Valley in my new role. And more importantly, I thought it would be fun to explain publicly to my uncle back in Mississippi that my job isn’t to pray for the developers of the world. =D Last...
  • Blog Post: Happy Lombardi Gras!!

    “It’s like waiting 43 years for someone to tell you ‘I love you’ back.” – Superbowl Pregame Show. What a week. I flew down Saturday morning to join family in the French Quarter. A cousin booked a hotel room with a balcony on Bourbon Street for Superbowl weekend way back in October. What an incredible...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex banner does Who Dat Chant at Greater New Orleans .NET User Group

    On Wednesday night, I spoke at the Greater New Orleans .NET User Group http://www.gnonug.org/ . Thanks to George Mauer for organizing and to our sponsor Antares Technology Solutions for organizing dinner. I was very happy with the turnout, considering the construction, the Krewe of Thor parade, a fatality...
  • Blog Post: Coding is not Kata

    I promised on Twitter to write a blog post explaining why “kata” was the wrong word for the “coding kata” problems presented at CodeMash this past week in Ohio. First and foremost, I absolutely loved the idea of these coding problems. The problems were very similar to those found in computer science...
  • Blog Post: Looking for last-minute gift idea? Buy The Art of Community book by Jono Bacon

    I’m embarrassed to say just how long I’ve had Jono Bacon’s book sitting on my coffee table, as a constant reminder to myself that I haven’t written a blog entry yet on The Art of Community . In the spirit of agile, I’m going to sit here and write a review on the first chapter. Since the book starts off...
  • Blog Post: Recap from the Microsoft Women’s Conference 2009

    The bi-annual Microsoft Women’s Conference was held last week on the Microsoft Redmond Campus. I keep enjoying this conference more and more each year. In my humble opinion, the Executive Roundtable event was by leaps and bounds the most productive, most rewarding event I have ever seen offered to Women...
  • Blog Post: It’s official: A koala is not a koala “bear”

    According to the incredibly awesome Catherine Eibner , I’m going to TechEd Australia!! And I found this out on the same day that I donated the last of my advance on my book royalties, bringing the Save Waveland Scholarship Fund to $29,008.34 cents. Thank you everyone for voting to get me down to...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex - Free as in Beer

    Last week, I spoke at Microsoft DevDays 2009 in The Netherlands. After the conference, I was able to do a little sightseeing in Amsterdam on my own, which included buying a small souvenir from the Heineken Plant , a CodePlex labeled Heineken bottle. The conference was held at The Hague (which btw is...
  • Blog Post: Photos from the “Day after Mardi Gras” Geek Dinner in Mississippi

    The day after Mardi Gras, I drove up to Hattiesburg, Mississippi for a Geek Dinner. We had a good turnout of 13 people, including several from out-of-state. 2 people drove several hours from Mobile, Alabama, and 1 guy even drove 6 hours from Tennessee!! I so get bragging rights for that. And since this...
  • Blog Post: Finally had lunch with my book editors, who are blogging and tweeting now

    Last week, I finally got to meet my book editors. As I stated in the acknowledgements of my book, I never understood why book authors always profusely thank their editors. I used to think “aren’t they just doing their jobs?” until I had to go through the process. People often ask me why did I go two...
  • Blog Post: Geek Dinner w/ Me in Hattiesburg, Miss. on Feb 25, 2009

    I’m going to be in town after Mardi Gras, so I thought it would be fun to do geek dinner that Wednesday. Keith Elder, the Hub City .NET User Group leader, has the details : Who can attend : Anyone that wants to talk about open source software, codeplex, programming, etc Where : Crescent City Grill, Hattiesburg...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex in Denmark and Sweden

    Last week, I spoke at the Engineering Excellence / Trustworthy Computing Forum to Microsoft employees at the Microsoft Development Center Copenhagen about CodePlex. I also attempted to do 101 Visual Studio Tips in 50 minutes, but only got through 85 tips. I lost track of time thinking I had the full...
  • Blog Post: PDC Day 0 Pictures

    told myself as soon as i finished uploading these pictures, i can grab breakfast. Hopefully i have just enough energy to make this understandable. =D I attended the WomenBuild event and sat next to Frank Arrigo . I had to take pictures of the people taking pictures. The picture below is my Lego representation...
  • Blog Post: Me, My Editor and My Book (and Book Signing at PDC Monday, Oct 27 from 12-12:30. 20% off)

    I just got the first two copies hot of the press , a phrase I’ve never used in its original context before. Below is a picture of my editor Melissa von Tschudi-Sutton and me with the very first two copies in the last day of sunlight in Seattle. Yes, I look completely exhausted. This is what writing a...
  • Blog Post: ReMix Sessions (CodePlex, Visual Studio Tips) now available online

    My 2 talks, plus my 20 Visual Studio Tips in 7 minutes micro-talk, are available at http://www.microsoft.com/uk/remix08/agenda.aspx I highly recommend checking out the 7 minute presentation, but don’t take my word for it. Thanks to Guy Smith-Ferrier for these kind words, “You should take 6 minutes 40...
  • Blog Post: Scholarship officially announced at Miss Gulf Coast Community College

    Finally, at long last, the Save Waveland Scholarship Fund was announced today at the local college. Here’s the official press release: http://www.mgccc.edu/news/book_raises_scholarship_money_for_MGCCC_students.php And some pictures:
  • Blog Post: Matt’s Snippet Designer finally sees the light of day!

    Sara Aside: Matt and I were IM’ing each other this morning, and he congratulated me for the book being sent to printing yesterday. He asked me if I planned to sleep with it like a stuff animal. I said of course I was going to.. One of the hardest things about working at Microsoft is to see the cool applications...
  • Blog Post: Remembering ReMix08 UK – 3 talks in Brighton, England last week

    Last week, my career-long dream of becoming an international speaker came true. I had the opportunity to speak at ReMix08 UK in Brighton, England. Thanks to Dave Sussman and Phil Winstanley, who ran the Community Track session, for inviting me out to speak. Also thanks to Mike Ormond for fitting me into...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow coming to the Mississippi this week

    It’s times like these i wish i lived closer to home to help promote local events and activities. But for now, blogging will have to do, even if it is from a speaker room in England The MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow is coming to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on Friday, Sept 19. For those in the area, you can...
  • Blog Post: Speaking at ReMix on Thursday – first international flight in nearly 15 years…

    I’m speaking at ReMix on Thursday in England, where I will demo the new Subversion client support for CodePlex .  I will also present the Visual Studio IDE Tips and Tricks. http://www.microsoft.com/uk/remix08/ Well, i’m off to catch my flight. i’ve only looked at the date and time about 100 times...
  • Blog Post: Southern United States Speaking Tour – 7 cities in 6 days

    Back in late April, before I started on the book, before I started on the TechEd breakout session, and way before I even thought to start on the OSCON talk (in other words, before I realized I would not be sleeping this summer) I wanted to do something special for the 3 year anniversary of Hurricane...
  • Blog Post: Speaking at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention this Friday

    If there ever were a “Sara needs a hug” moment… I’m doing a talk on Friday called Towards a Stronger Open Source Ecosystem .  It’s a story about what I’ve seen and ideas I have for the future.  I actually put together this abstract 2 years ago, so it isn’t necessarily a talk about the future...
  • Blog Post: 21 signs a geek girl is into you

    This cracked me up this morning.  http://on365.co.uk/data-centre-content/ My personal favorites (because i’ve been known to do this) are She stops blogging in front of the TV and talks to you. The first time you used the Command Prompt in front of her, she screamed in excitement. She devotes an...
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