Chris just mentioned this so I thought I'd write a follow up post. Several months ago I created a Facebook group for the WI .NET Users Group, although I never really publicized it, and had actually forgotten about it until today.  Well, today, Chris created a LinkedIn group for the UG, and that prompted me to create a Twitter account for the UG. If you are a member of the WI .NET Users Group and are on any of these networks, please feel free to join the groups (or follow us on Twitter). ... [More]
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Mar 200822

Happy Easter

Whether you think of it as just another holiday for the kids, or if you, like me, are celebrating something much more important, have a Happy Easter.
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Tomorrow (Saturday) is the first ever Fox Valley Day of .NET in Appleton, WI.  I'm planning to attend, and if you're anywhere in the area, and are a software developer, I'd recommend you go as well.  They have a good looking lineup of speakers and sessions, and I'm looking forward to it. Best of all, it's free. Their automatic registration process is closed now, but you can still show up and register on site.  If you're planning to go, I'll see you there.
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Gerry recently posted an interesting article about the mindsets of software developers and software companies.  We had talked about this same topic on the phone for a while a couple days ago.  The same phrase that jumped out at me then also jumped out at me while reading his post: Stop Thinking Like A Programmer.  Of course, it's the bolded opening statement of his post, so of course it jumps out at me. But there I go, thinking like a programmer. Analyzing why something happened... [More]
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I've recently found a new online comic strip: Garfield Minus Garfield.  (Source) From the site: Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness in a ... [More]
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Mar 200814

Happy Pi Day

Today, 3/14, is Pi Day.  I hope you were enjoying mathematics at 1:59 in your local time zone. But it's not all fun and games: Beware the Ides of March. Does anyone else celebrate Square Root of 10 Day, or is it just me?
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I don't remember how I found it in the first place anymore, but I recently started listening to a new podcast called PC Load Letter.  It's two guys that used to work together on Subversion (and now work together at Google) talking about open source software and related topics.  So far, there have only been three episodes, each fairly short, and I've enjoyed them.  Especially the banjo in the intro/exit music.  If you like open source software and banjo picking, this might jus... [More]
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