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    Another Successful Second Life DNUG Meeting



    If you haven't joined us, you need to, just go to


    Good times :)


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    What Should I Do With This Blog?



    So, in between vacuuming to make the wife happy, petting one of four dogs that we have, and working on my commitments for the year--something occurred to me:

    Anyone who knows me knows that I try to be open and honest about stuff and today is no exception.  I was looking at my posts and thinking that I have never really asked what the folks reading this thing would like to see.  I have always taken the approach that I do the "technical stuff" on the road and in my webcasts then use this as a vehicle to drive awareness of those things.  Is that what you want to see?  Should I put technical articles on the blog as well?  Let me know your thoughts.  So many blogs that I see (except for the rockstars like ScottGu) really don't have people saying anything on them.  I dig interaction and certainly welcome any thoughts.  I try to post something at least once or twice a week but sometimes fall shot (June is a stellar example).  So get those opinions in and let me know what you would like to see out of this blog.



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    So, we get these "customer ready" thingys and I have found that some people like them.  I dig MIX a lot, I have watched some of the sessions and they really rock!  If you have a chance definitely get your butt out to Boston if for no other reason than it's the name of one of the coolest band ever :)



    ==================MS MARKETING ALERT============================

    ReMIX07 Boston - Monday-Tuesday, October 8-9, 2007                                                                          Brought to you by Microsoft®

    Whoever said that what happens in Vegas has to stay in Vegas? Due to the SOLD OUT status of MIX07 in May, Microsoft is serving up 'ReMIX' with a twist right here on the East Coast! ReMIX07 Boston will feature a keynote from Brad Abrams, who is the Group Product Manager for the .Net Framework Product Group, as well as multi-track sessions for designers and developers covering Silverlight, AJAX, Virtual Earth, .Net 3.0/3.5, Expression and Visual Studio. Innovate the Web.

    Get a jump start on registration as this event promises to sell out too!  To register, click here. As a valued colleague, I invite you to attend at $100 off (retail: $299); when registering use RSVP Code: RM07INTB

    What to expect at ReMIX07 Boston .

    If you're in the web business, learn about:

    • Building a better user experience to unlock new revenue opportunities
    • Forging tighter, stickier customer connections
    • Building innovative media experiences into your site

    If you're a web developer, build:

    • Silverlight applications quickly and easily
    • Sites and applications that consume Windows Live services
    • Rich, interactive sites made for the next web

    If you're a web designer, learn about:

    • Using Silverlight to design gorgeous and highly functional user interfaces
    • How a real-world application is built and the best practices associated with it
    • The suite of Expression tools that revolutionize the way designers work with developers

    If you attend, regardless of your job role, check out:

    • XBOX Gaming Area where you can test your skills at Halo 3 and Guitar Hero among others
    • Express Yourself Design Contest where key design agencies compete to solve a real-world design problem
    • Stay tuned: We may feature some cool products and demos around XNA, Popfly, Robotics Studio and Surface

    It's Happening Here

    Monday-Tuesday, October 8-9, 2007

    October 8:             Registration & Breakfast from 7:00-9:00 am
    Keynote & Breakouts from 9:00 a.m.-5:45 pm
    Welcome Reception from 6:00-9:00 pm

    October 9:             Registration & Breakfast from 8:00-9:00 am

                                    Keynote & Breakouts from 9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Hyatt Regency Cambridge

    575 Memorial Drive,
    Cambridge, MA 02139

    For directions click here.


    ======================== END ALERT=====================================


    you may now resume normal programming :P


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    Halo 3 Party



    So, I'm in charge of a Halo 3 Event and wanted to do a little "before and after" action.   Below is the "before" pic of the MPR (Microsoft speak for "big room") where the event will be held.  I just hope everything fits.  The event isn't until the end of this month but i'm still stressing over crap like catering, booze, and other stuff that goes into one of these suckers.  Party on!!!!  :)




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    Regular Expressions 9 of 10 is history


    Yep.  We are almost at the end of the series!  In addition to having one hell of a good time doing the sessions and can't say enough good things about my audience.  This is my first series at MS for the webcast stuff and have had an absolute blast doing it all.  Many thanks to everyone who has or will check out the sessions and looking forward to seeing you for the final session. :)




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    You Say Gatineau, I Say Gati-new :P


    Gatineau Beta is Microsoft's new web analytics service.

    Scope it at where you can get an understanding of Gatineau as well as sign up for the free beta service.

    Do it, love it, use it...


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    Get Funky and Free with IIS 7




     If you want to take IIS7 for a spin, this is a really, really good (well, free!!) offer:

    From the info on the site:

    "Want to Go Live but don't want to set up a server? These great Hosting partners have the answer and the best part is, it's FREE! IIS7 Beta Hosting is an excellent way for developers & designers to take the sites they've played with on IIS7 in Windows Vista and test them early on IIS7 in Windows Server Codename "Longhorn" Beta 3 today. Furthermore, for PHP developers, this is a great opportunity to check out the new FastCGI component that enables scalable PHP hosting on Windows."


    good times :)


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    Scene From A Tire Store




    Ahhhhh, the smell of time being wasted while my flat tire is fixed...

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    DevCares in Dallas on Friday 8/31



    Yes!!  If you want to go deep on a technology then DevCares is for you! 

    Check out the latest at and get the tech juices flowing...or...just learn some stuff




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    Houston TechFest Post-Trip


    WOW!  What a great time!  Many thanks to the great folks that put on the Houston TechFest and of course the Houston DNUG is rocking the house for all their hard work on this one!


    I met some great folks (Mike, Anthony, Steve, Michelle, et al) and just can't say enough good things about the great folks in Houston (my original home town).  Keep up the great job guys!



    Here are some pics from the road (literally):


    At the TechFest...



    On the road...



    The Avis rental car return at DFW...



    Good times :)



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