Eric Maino

Moving My Blog
Well since I have joined Microsoft I thought it was only reasonable to move my blog over to so from now on you will be able to find my posts at
Day 1 - Microsoft NEO
Well today was my first day as a Microsoft employee and overall it went pretty well. The day was full of power point presentations explaining the handbook you recived in the morning. I think Tim did a great job trying to get people involved and talking thoughout the day. I will write a bit more about my experience as it gets more exciting :-)
Josh Holmes, Microsoft MVP!
It's my great pleasure to announce that Josh Holmes has been named a Microsoft Visual C# MVP. Congratulations!
NewsGator Plug-in for Community Server

I developed a plug-in last night really quick so that I could post to community server blogs.

Currently it supports:

  • Multiple Community Server Sites
  • All blogs you have access too on the CS site
  • Posts and Articles
  • Categories

I am going to post the project to GotDotNet or SourceForge later today, before I post the project and submit it to NewsGator are there any other necessary features you can think of before it's out the door?

A present for your system administrator

 A friend (Brian Desmond) just pointed this shirt out to me and I thought of many system administrators I know. If your system administrator has a birthday or some other special event coming up chip in and make their day!

Multilple Blog NewsGator Plugin

On Tuesday I decided I would try NewsGator again as my blog reader. I was noticing that I already spend most of my time in Outlook during the day so why not read my feeds in there too. I tried NewsGator really early on, but decided that it just wasn’t for me at the time. This time was different. I have fell in love with NewsGator and it has been making my blog reading much easier over the past two days.


I started looking at how I could post to my blog from within Outlook as well, since NewsGator happened to have the posting option. I looked at the plugins that are provided on the NewsGator site and found one that works with .Text. This was great, but didn’t solve all of my problems. I actually tend to post to a few .Text blogs during the day and I wanted to have this option from within Outlook. I began searching, but didn’t find anything… so I decided to write my own plugin. I have wrapped the current .Text plugin within my own which allows you to configure and post to various .Text blogs very easily. It doesn’t support posting the same thing to multiple blogs though this would be possible.


I had thought about releasing the plugin, but figured there probably aren’t too many people out there that would find this too useful. If I am wrong and you would like to see such a plugin let me know, I will wrap it with an installer and distribute it.

Hockey Moments...

A friend just showed this to me and all I have to say is wow! I have seen quite a few hockey videos, hot shots, etc.. This one is deffinetly at the top:


Local Bands In Michigan
A friend of mine just launched a site that helps discover new and upcoming bands in Michigan. If you get a chance and are looking for local bands in or around the area check out Blow The Gaff.
Becoming the C# Blogger

While I haven't sat down with my PM yet to discuss my goals over the next year or so at Microsoft, one of my own personal goals over the 12 months is to become known as the C# Blog or C# Blogger (or at least one of the top 10). I am currently in a very unique position as a C# MVP moving to the C# team, I know what community is all about and I also know what MVPs and others are looking for from us internally.

Many of the people that have heard I am going to Microsoft are bummed, because they feel they are going to be losing a great community advocate. Let me make this statement in public that my view of the community and my aspirations to be involved will not change. I would expect to see a slump this summer with the move, new job, and wedding, but let me assure you that my evangelic passion will rise to the challenge and continue to drive forward.

Anyhow begin to look for lots of great C# posts from me in the future. Please also feel free to ask lots of questions as I would be more then happy to follow these up with some form of a write up.

It was a tough decision...

This morning I finally made the decision on whether or not I would accept the offer from Microsoft. Catie and I talked about this for a long time, we discussed the pros and con and really both areas are great but it came down to a few little things.We just wanted to be sure that we were making the right decision for the both of us and not one just one of us. The trip out to this area was great for Catie she really loves the area and was happy to get to meet with some of the people I may have been working with, overall she had a great time but part of her was still really sad about making this move... anyhow after we talked about it she agreed Redmond would be the best place. I have accepted the offer and will be moving to the area shortly after I graduate. :-D

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