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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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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