October 2004 - Posts
This blog has moved over to http://www.davebost.com. I'm doing this for a couple of reasons. First, that is where my original blog began; right after attending the BOF session on blogging at the PDC and before I found out about http://weblogs.asp.net. Secondly, I would like to have more control on being able to customize the .Text application to fit my needs better as well as have more insight into the readership of my blog through the log files. And Thirdly, cross-posting was getting to be too much of a burden and trackbacks were becoming a mess. Just ask Rory. I seem to have polluted his comments section on a few occasions. Sorry, Rory.
It's going to be tough to find readers outside of the http://weblogs.asp.net space but hopefully I can post some useful and insightful content that will drive interest over to DaveBost.com.
I want to thank ScottW for hooking me up with http://weblogs.asp.net and I hope to see everyone over at my new (old) home.
The Chicago .NET Users Group is putting together a one day mini-con appropriately named "Day of .NET".
We've worked hard trying to pull together an agenda that will cater to all levels of .NET Developers. Whether you're a beginner or a certified guru, there's something here for you. Here is a sampling of some of the session topics:
* NUnit - Test Driven Development
* Build Management tools
* Overview of Visual Studio 2005
* Building Smart Clients with Visual Studio 2005
* Introduction to ASP.NET
* Introduction to Windows Forms
* Advanced ASP.NET
In addition, we are conjuring up two sessions (yes, two!) on ADO.NET. As well as sessions on Biz Talk 2004, Sharepoint and Yukon. I'll be giving the Build Management tools session where I plan on talking about how we utilize NAnt and Strider in our project build process.
So come join me and my close friends as we spend a whole Saturday geeking out to .NET!
[Note: The full post can be found at my permanent blog site. This is a shameless attempt to help drive all my weblogs.asp.net readers to my permanent home. Pardon me while we move.]
As any self professing geek can admit, I spend a lot of time at my computer (much to my wife's chagrin). Whether it's of the 9 to 5 variety or the late night hours feeding my brain with the latest and greatest in .NET Land. I'm one of those types of people who just can't stand sitting in silence. I've always needed some background noise to keep my sanity. 95% of the time, my noise of choice is listening to music streaming off of Rhapsody. I really enjoy my Rhapsody subscription in that it allows me to stream as much music as I want, for as long as I want, for a mere $24.95 every 3 months (or $9.95/mo). Sometimes I bounce around to all sorts of musical genre's ranging from Bluegrass to Folk to Alternative to Punk to New Age to Classical. My musical tastes are all over the board. I've never been that up on Heavy Metal or Rap but I can appreciate a few songs here and there.
Rhapsody gives me the ability to find artists that I normally wouldn't have run across. I'm really hooked on a band that I came across a couple of weeks ago called 'The Secret Machines'. I think I've listened to there latest album "Now Here Is Nowhere" about 30 times. As you can tell, I really dig it and it's nice background noise to work to. As it turns out, The Secret Machines recently had an appearance on MTV2's $2 Bill with The Killers - another group that I happened across on Rhapsody and what can I say, they're Killer. Anyhow, there's a few video clips of these 2 bands from their $2 Bill concert up on MTV2, check them out.