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Going to TechEd

Posted in General | Avanade at Thursday, March 31, 2005 6:01 AM Pacific Standard Time

My request to attend TechEd just got approved!

Mmmmm... Kool Aid! :)


Posted in Avanade at Friday, March 25, 2005 9:01 AM Pacific Standard Time

One of the Avanade requirements is that I get my MCSD certification. I'm planning on taking the 70-300 exam tomorrow afternoon, so I've spent some time today working through some resources I have. One of them is a SkillSoft test exam which I was viewing online. I got through the whole exam and when I clicked the last button I got the notification bar telling me a pop-up had been blocked. So I clicked it to allow the pop-up and it reset the exam. *sigh*

I guess I didn't need to know my score on the practice exam.... thanks IE!

The New Guy

Posted in Avanade at Sunday, March 20, 2005 8:40 AM Pacific Standard Time

Well, tomorrow I get to be “the new guy”. :)

I'm excited to start on my first project at Avanade. I've spent most of my day today doing some basic training, reading, and browsing Avanade's resources. There is lots to do. I'm very impressed with my new employer.

New Skin

Posted in General at Thursday, March 17, 2005 4:49 AM Pacific Standard Time

There's nothing like a fresh coat of paint.

I've been wanting to change the skin for this blog for some time, but creating your own takes some time. So instead I found one that I really like and modified it a little. I also adding in search thanks to Ryan Farley.

Update: I should also mention that I found the cool skin via Roudy Bob. He has a big list of .Text skins.

Update 2: I guess some of my search code was causing the view post code to error out. So I've disabled the search until I can look into the problems.

No New Windows

Posted in General at Wednesday, March 16, 2005 1:28 AM Pacific Standard Time
I'm not sure which program did it to me, but after uninstalling a bunch of stuff from my computer Internet Explorer can no longer open new windows. After a little googling I came across this thread which pointed me to this KB. After running regsrv32 for all the DLLs listed I can now open new windows.

Moblogging with Textamerica

Posted in General at Wednesday, March 16, 2005 12:56 AM Pacific Standard Time
Since my new phone is a camera phone I decided to start a moblog after reading this post. I have a few photos on my phone that I thought would be fun to post somewhere and Textamerica makes it easy. They even provide the javascript to put your latest image on a webiste (now on my sidebar). This should be fun.

Things to Install

Posted in General | Avanade at Tuesday, March 15, 2005 8:57 AM Pacific Standard Time

Another note to myself on some misc programs that I found to be useful and might not remember the name or url of:

My (new?) laptop is supposed to arrive on Friday and I start my job on Monday, so I'll probably wait to install these until I get a feel for how things work at Avanade.

Update: How could I forget these two from ThunderMain:

Things to Read and Watch

Posted in Sql and Xml | SharePoint | General | Avanade at Tuesday, March 15, 2005 6:33 AM Pacific Standard Time

Since I'm starting at Avanade on Monday, I've been doing some reading and watching to prepare myself a little for the job. Namely, I've been watching all the Enterprise Library webcasts.

I also wanted to make sure I find time in the near future to read and watch:

So this is a reminder for myself so that I can find all these later on...

Update: There are also hands-on labs for that go with the Enterprise Library webcasts here [via Scott Densmore]. After watching the Logging Application Block webcast I decided to add it into an existing application so that some of the other developers could get emails when the processed failed. It took me about five minutes to add it. Watching the webcast made the job easy for me.

Tech-Ed Promotion

Posted in General at Monday, March 14, 2005 1:57 AM Pacific Standard Time
This is great: Rory and Scott go to TechEd - a love story. I wonder if the GotDotNet people can laugh about that one...


Posted in General at Tuesday, March 8, 2005 6:51 AM Pacific Standard Time

One of the main things I am doing as I transition out of my current job to my new one is to document a lot of the work I have done or am working on. One of the tools that makes this task much easier for me is Brian Scott's  Cropper. I love this little tool and it makes life much easier. No more print screen, open [insert image editor here], crop image, copy, paste. Now you just position cropper where you want it, set it to clipboard, hit enter, and paste directly into word.

Everything was going great with this until I accidentally resized Cropper's height to 1 px. Oopps. Once I did this Cropper was too small to get the resize arrows to show up. So what's a guy to do? Well since Cropper is a .Net based utility I simply fired up Lutz Roeder's Reflector. In Reflector I poked around the code for the form and looked into what it did when it shut down. Sure enough it wrote its settings to a config file in the Cropper folder in the Application Data folder. So I simply opened up the config file and resized it manually. Now I'm back to documenting. :)

So go check out Cropper, it is a very cool tool. And while your at it look at Reflector if you don't already use it.

New Job

Posted in General | Avanade at Monday, March 7, 2005 7:10 AM Pacific Standard Time

Well I am excited to announce that I accepted an offer to work for Avanade. Thanks to everyone who answered my questions in the last few days about the company and about SharePoint work in general. I think the job is going to be very exciting and I'm really looking forward to starting (I start March 21st). I'm pretty sure this blog will remain as it is and I think they are even a little excited about having a SoCal blogger working for them.

I think this is as close as I'll get to working for Microsoft since I really don't want to move to Seattle. :)

My Neigh-bloggers

Posted in General at Thursday, March 3, 2005 3:10 AM Pacific Standard Time

Chandu Thota has been busy [via Angus Logan]:

I have added a couple of new features to BlogMap:

1. Accepts geo meta tags such as ICBM

2. Added a new feature  ("Neigh BlogMap"), using which you can find your neigh-bloggers

See my .