ATLAS finally RTMs

Old news in the blogger scene, but it's nice that ATLAS ASP.NET AJAX Framework has finally RTM'd.  It's a day late, IMHO, but better late than never.  I've been pleased with the progress when comparing this to the earlier versions.  It started off a bit slow and clunky (again, just IMHO) when compared to some of our partner's solutions, but it's nice to see it completed and polished.I've been asked a few times about when to use the ASP.NET AJAX framework versus other tools, like Telerik's AJA... [More]

Cool BI Conference

Microsoft is hosting what looks to be a cool BI conference in Seattle in early May.  I won't likely be there, but I find BI to be one of the more interesting fields as it is becoming more ubiquitous as software evolves and the need for data analysis increases.The info site is here, so be sure to check it out.

Microsoft Moonlighting Policy

A lot of prospective Microsoft employees have been hesitant to join the company due to policies about outside work (moonlighting).  Many large companies (particular tech companies) have specific policies about engaging in outside work, and until recently, Microsoft had a similar policy. From a policy point of view, it was reasonable (or at least, expected).  Work completely outside the core business, for the most part, was allowed without any prior permission.  Work that may be questionable r... [More]

Upcoming Events

There are quite a few great events coming up!  The key events are, of course, the Vista and Office launches that are starting now.  To find one nearby, check out this site: a glance, here are the dates in the Carolinas:1/16 Greenville, SC1/18 Charlotte, NC2/13 Greensboro, NC2/15 Durham, NCAlso, it looks like the Triad .NET User Group is revitalizing!  If you're in the area, please stop by the first meeting on 1/18 (6pm at RMIC ... [More]

Mix Registration Open

Registration is now open for MIX '07 in Las Vegas. Geared toward Web developers, designers, online advertising professionals and a broad set of partners and customers, MIX will continue to explore how to build more interactive and responsive experiences that take full advantage of the capabilities of the Web. MIX will also be an opportunity to dive deeper into Microsoft’s Web technology offerings and discover ways to create more dynamic customer connections that take user experience to the next level. ... [More]

PS3 Freeze Problems?

I haven't googled this yet to see if the problem is profound, but I just noticed something today about Sony's PS3.  First, any time there's a Best Buy, Circuit City, or other similar store, I wander in.  99% of the time I don't buy anything, but I just enjoy being around the gadgetry.  You understand.So, I've made it a point to look/try the PS3 demos that each store has.  And you know what I've noticed?  All except once, the PS3 was locked up.  I'm not saying there's a design f... [More]

DB Pro Launch Event in Raleigh

Don't forget -- this coming Thursday (12/14/06) is the launch event for the Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals.  This product is really cool because until now, there was no easy way to manage, deploy, and test databases and database objects.  It's at the Durham Marriott ... check out for more info!

Networking For Introverts

As an evangelist, networking is obviously an important part of the job.  I'd like to think, though, that it's a little bit like going to college.  Most people don't know anyone else, so the scene is already set for effective networking.In a recent special on PBS (I think it was PBS, anyway) Warren Buffet and Bill Gates spoke to a bunch of graduating students.  One student asked Warren for a piece of advice for students entering the job market and what he thought would be the most valuable ski... [More]

December Outlook

December will come and go real quick with the holidays fast approaching, but here are a few of the places you can catch me (or avoid me :)) this month:Tuesday, December 5th:  .NET University, Atlanta.  Presenting Windows Workflow Foundation.Thursday, December 7th:  .NET University, Charlotte.  Presenting Windows Workflow Foundation.Wednesday, December 13th: .NET University, Raleigh.  Presenting Windows Workflow Foundation.Wednesday, December 13th: TRINUG .NET User Group meeting, Ral... [More]

Warranty Fine Print

So, as Tom has heard endlessly from me, I've been looking in HDTVs for about 2 years now.  I've pretty much narrowed in on DLP for a rec room (LCD for a living room at some future point); I've heard many people say that it's worthwhile to get the extended warranty on DLP TV's, as a replacement lamp is typically included in the price (and the lamp typically costs about the same as the warranty).  It's too bad that DLP lamps tend to go somewhat quickly compared to other technologies, however, they a... [More]

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