I am the president of the WI .NET Users Group, and we held our 4th annual Deeper in .NET conference on April 22, 2006 (our first since I became president last year).  The event was a great success, and people keep talking to me about wonderful they thought it was.  I've just posted a summary of the work that went into that, as well as our results. Deeper in .NET 2006 was a great success with about 400 people in total attendance.  We had five incredible speakers – Michele Ler... [More]
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Apr 200627

Site Stats

Wow.  I just checked my site stats, which I normally get around to about once a month.  I'm surprised to see that I've had three days with over 5,000 hits in the last 7 days, one of them being nearly 7,000 hits.  I know those numbers aren't huge, but I'm happy to see them given my typical volume and content of posts.  Normally, I average around 3,000 hits/day on this site, so I was a little suprised to see those numbers given that I haven't posted much recently until today. ... [More]
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Apr 200627

What the F#?!?

Now that I have your attention, I should clarify in case my mother happens upon this and makes me wash out my mouth with SOAP. [;)]  (Sorry.  For some reason I can't seem to resist the silly geek puns...) In case you aren't aware, F# is a new .NET language from Microsoft Research, and a new community site just launched last night in support of that.  "The Hub" (or more completely, "hubFS: THE Place for F#") is a site that I've been privileged to be involved with for a few weeks o... [More]
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I used to have quite a collection of domain names.  At one point, I had nearly thirty.  It was an addiction, and I needed help.  Now I'm a recovering domain-name-aholic, letting unnecessary registrations lapse as the expiration date approaches.  I'm currently down to 17.  (The road to recovery is long and lonely.) Well, I have three that I am planning to "let go" very soon, putting them into an indefinite "domain name purgatory" until my registrar decides to release the... [More]
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I've been putting off writing this post because I didn't know where to start.  I still don't know where to start...  Thank God It's Friday ... While it wasn't all fun and games, Deeper in .NET was a lot of fun.  What many people may not know is that Deeper in .NET 2006 actually kicked off on Friday night, April 21.  On Friday we had a little get together with the speakers, some of the local bloggers, and other "friends of the community".  It was very casual,... [More]
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In my last post, I mentioned how many registrants and prizes we had for Deeper in .NET.  Well, both of those numbers are wrong. We now have over 475 people registered for Deeper in .NET. And we have over $70,000 in prizes to give away!  We may come close to $80,000 before all is said and done.  I don't know about you, but that amazes me.  The way our sponsors have risen to the occasion is incredible.  This event would not exist without them -- thank you. If you have... [More]
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Over 350 400 425 people have already signed up for Deeper in .NET 2006!  If you haven't yet, you should too. Of course, the main reason for planning an event like this is to give as many people as possible the opportunity to learn more about new and interesting topics in .NET, and give you a chance to learn from some of the most qualified, experienced, professional and entertaining speakers around.  That's why we've chosen this year's roster (see here and here). Maybe you alread... [More]
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