So how important do you think correct grammar, punctuation and spelling are in the following situations? Business e-mails Personal e-mails Instant messages Blog posts Twitter tweets Online forum posts Text messages Writing code I used to be terrible at punctuation and grammar when online.  Not because I didn't know the rules, but because it took too much effort.  I started back in the last half of the 1990s when I started instant messaging and e-mailing lots of people (fri... [More]
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So Charlize and I were out Christmas shopping for Kelly a couple months ago.  We went to Barnes and Noble to see if there were any good books for Mommy.  We entered the store on the second floor through the kids section, so I grabbed a book for Charlie to read while I was shopping. While walking through the store, we got lots of looks.  I guess people have never seen a (then) 15 month old reading in her stroller.  What do they expect her to do in a bookstore?  Just sit... [More]
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Over the last 18 months or so, Microsoft has been releasing things faster than I am able to keep up.  Work keeps me really busy, and when I get home, I really haven't been in the mood to write any code or really learn anything.  That said, there are a number of new things that I would like to get my head around.  The things I am most interested in at the moment are: ASP.NET MVC Silverlight 2.0 ASP.NET AJAX -- I expect this one to be relatively easy once I get to it. Ad... [More]
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So I've been writing on this site for just over three years now, and this post is #230.  I really enjoy it and wish that I had more things to say and more time to say them.  That said, I've got a few goals for the blog for the upcoming year.  In order: Write more technical posts Write more community-focused posts Write more personal posts Less blogging about blogging I'd really like to get up to around a dozen posts per month, but I won't be too disappointed it stay... [More]
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If you attended a VS2008 InstallFest in the last couple months and registered your trial copy of VS2008, you have probably received the final media in the mail in the last day or two (or probably will in the next day or two).  Someone sent me a note today asking about activated the installed trial version with the "real" software key.  He (and I) thought that it would be done from within the VS2008 IDE. We were wrong.  In case anyone else is missing it like we were, thi... [More]
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For two unrelated projects I am looking into server virtualization.  Both are for production systems and are not developer or consumer focused.  Most of the conversations I've had about VMs so far have been in the context of software development and software testing, but I know there are many people out there that have successfully virtualized their production server environment.  In talking about this with the people I'd be working on these projects with, here is a list of pros a... [More]
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Feb 200818

My Secret Recipe

Tonight, I had Charlie* to myself while Mommy is at work.  I made her dinner around 6PM or so, and then let her go play while I was making myself something to eat.  She's almost 18 months now, and she plays really well by herself.  It's neat to see her start to play with little dolls and her doll house.  I even saw her take a "sip" from her little tea set tonight. Anyway, as I was saying, after feeding her, I made myself some dinner: Kraft Macaroni and Cheese with ... [More]
Categories: Personal | Family | Proud Dad | Food
If you were at the last WI .NET Users Group meeting, you already know, but for those that weren't, there is a Milwaukee chapter of the ALT.NET User Group forming.  Dan Miser is heading things up and the first meeting is Weds, March 5.  Details are here. If you've been following the movement, and are interested, you should definitely try to make it to the meeting and get involved.  The format of the meetings will probably be different than our normal WI .NET UG meetings.  Fro... [More]
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Who uses Twitter?  Please send me suggestions for what clients you use and what you like and don't like.  There's lots of info out there, but would prefer to hear from people I know. I've tried Twitter a couple times, and have posted a total of three tweets, one of which was today.  If I can make it easy enough for my lazy butt to do it, I'm planning to be more active. Same as always, leave a comment on this page or contact me with your suggestions and/or thoughts.
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I'm very happy to announce that registration for Deeper in .NET 2008 is now open.  You can visit the site now to get the latest info and register to attend. Lots of the info is still in the works, but there is definitely some good info out there now.  In addition to all of the info about our sponsors (we have six so far!) we've announced three of the speakers that will be coming to Milwaukee on April 5 for Deeper in .NET 2008 (DiDN). We're very happy to have Jason Beres from Infragis... [More]
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