Should you buy an extended warranty?

Not surprisingly, I'm on the road quite a bit and for fun, often stop and browse the electronics stores when I need to kill a few minutes.  (That's what geeks do.)  I'm not usually shopping, but I tinker around with stuff, see how items are placed in the store, that kind of thing.  It seems that every time I'm in a store, I hear a salesman trying to sell an extended warranty to anyone buying a computer, TV, game system, component, etc.  Using words like, "protect," "accident," and "peace... [More]

WorldMaps Update

As some of you may know, I recently shut off WorldMaps registrations temporarily while I worked on a few items on the punchlist -- they were:1)  Moderate new registrations.  Previously, registrations were open without moderation.  What ended up happening is that a few high-volume, commercial sites started using the service.  While I'm grateful the service is interesting enough for them to use, WorldMaps isn't designed to handle that kind of volume right now.  2)  Work on separa... [More]

MSDN Roadshow -- coming soon!

We're back!In a few weeks, we'll be bringing the MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow to NC and SC!  Now, I just had a sneak peak at the registration lists and we're hoping to meet a lot of new folks in Wilmington, NC.  Registrations are looking a little low there, so if you are out in Wilmington or know folks who are, please come on out or encourage those you know to!   It's a free, almost full day event ... this is the session lineup: Take a tour of Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and the se... [More]

Microsoft Developer Conference, 12/16

PDC is a thing of the past, and we realized that many folks weren't able to attend.   We've decided to host a few events to bring the best of PDC locally!  Come to the Atlanta, GA MSDN Developer Conference on December 16th at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. You can catch some great sessions from awesome speakers illustrating some of the amazing tools and technologies that were announced at PDC.  (For those in the Raleigh area, we also have the event in Washington DC, coming Jan 16.  ... [More]

Raleigh Code Camp Nov 15th!

In less than two weeks, the Raleigh .NET User Group ( will be hosting another code camp!  Even if you were lucky enough to be at PDC, this is a great event to be at to keep your skills sharp, and network with other industry professionals.  And if you weren't at PDC, this is a must-attend event.  I haven't seen the full speaker lineup yet, but from what I've heard already, the session and speaker lineup is impressive.  We'll also have plenty of swag, an Xbox gaming a... [More]

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