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Extra special thanks to Jay Smith and Randy Walker. You guys rock! Also many thanks to New Horizons in Rogers, Arkansas for providing the location for the event. The community in NWA is great! If you live in the Northwest Arkansas area then make sure to visit the local .NET User Group site located here: http://www.nwadnug.org/
Join today! Really. Do it now or no presents from Santa.
One of our MVP's noted in his blog a cool place to find load/wait indicators. Check out http://ajaxload.info/ to get some coolness in your code.
Here is one of my favs (Big Flower):
In case you're wondering if I am in "acronym hell" the answer to that is unequivocally "yes". Sadly, one of the detriments to working at MS is the need to use TLA's in just about every sentence. But the good news is a bunch of us met a couple of weeks ago to discuss how to more effectively reach the community. By the way, CR = Central Region (big strip running up the middle of the US) and BCC = Broad Community Connections. You can check out some of the pics my good friend Larry Clarkin posted on Flickr. I clearly need some Rogaine or something for the massive hair loss.
But I digress. The point of the meeting was to get some feedback from the community about how we can best engage you as well as hear your thoughts on what we are doing wrong/right. We obviously couldn't get everyone with us in Austin so I would like to extend an invitation to you to get those thoughts out there. What do you think is the best way to reach you/others in the community? Let me hear your thoughts.
One of the headlines reads: "Motorcycle stuntman Robert 'Evel Knievel' died in Florida Friday at the age of 69. "
Then there is the obligatory stuff about where he was born, blah blah, blah.
None of it can convey the feeling you get when you are a kid watching this guy. There is nothing to really get across hearing about the freaking awesome Snake River Canyon Jump! I was only 5 years old when he actually did the jump and they were STILL talking about it when I actually was old enough to understand what he had done. I remember having this amazing motorcycle toy with him on it that was fun as hell. Growing up with "Evil" was just cool. That's pretty much all I have. If you lived it then you will know what I am talking about and if you didn't then you can't ever understand.
I think in the end he said is best in his own words:
"[...]Dying is a part of living and none of us is going to get out of here alive." -- Evel Knievel
L8ter man and I hope there are some good jumps up in Heaven for you :)
When you get a chance, make sure to visit his official site just to say "goodbye".
I work from home when I am not on the road. In my home I have my office downstairs and the regular living area upstairs. I also work on two computers most of the time which are my demo machine and my normal work machine. Okay so I use Remote Desktop to get from one computer to another and there is nothing that pisses me off more than having to go up(down) stairs to turn on the machine I'm trying to connect to. Arrrrrgh.
So today I decided to solve the problem by using "Wake On Lan" to turn on my systems. For those that aren't familiar with this technology check out this on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wake_on_lan. In short when this is set up correctly you can turn on pretty much any computer remotely. This isn't restricted to operating system as it is based on the hardware not software. I have used this a great deal in the past for turning on classrooms without having to go to each machine.
I did a quick Live Search and found this article on The Code Project: http://www.codeproject.com/cs/internet/cswol.asp. I just made a couple of minor changes and cleaned up the comments a little. In no time at all I had a nice little tool for waking up my systems. Sweet. I thought I would share the code with you all. Enjoy!
Congratz to Jef Newsom
of Improving Enterprises on getting his MVP Award. It is very well deserved. Rock on Jef!!!
Tuesday December 4th will mark a great day in the history of evangelism. On that day we will conduct the first "MSDN Express Event". What is an "MSDN Express Event"? It is very similar to our regular MSDN Events only it is just the MSDN part (no TechNet, Connections, or TS2) and it is usually held in a smaller city that would otherwise not have an MSDN Event coming to it. I am very proud to have the opportunity to work with the NWA .NET User Group to pull this one off. Of particular note I would like to thank Jay Smith and Randy Walker for their hard work.
You can get the details of the event at their website located here: http://www.nwadnug.org/
Looking forward to seeing you out there :)
The wait is over! We are finally having our first big event in Second Life. C# Day promises to be a great experience for those who are new to the C# Language and want to learn more about it. If you are in Second Life just hop over to the Microsoft Visual Studio Island and register at our kiosk:
If you haven't experienced Second Life yet or want to know more check out our C# Day info page at http://sldnug.net/CSharpDay.aspx
We have capped the registration at 40 people for this one so make sure to register ASAP.
Yep the rumors are true! You can get all the details here: