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December 2006 - Posts

Festivus is fast approaching

Only a few hours until Festivus.  Oh, how I enjoy the airing of grievances.  I hope that your Festivus pole is up already.  Oh, the excitement is building..................

PS. Uncle Kirk called me last week and wished me a Merry Festivus.

Saint Nick comes late from Intel - mmmmm, faster is always better

Looks like Intel is going to be shipping out new processors in January

The Quad CPU, which is really two Core 2 Duos glued together: (January 7)

New Core 2 Duos: (January 21)

Cross posted some:

Posted: Dec 21 2006, 05:19 AM by Wallym | with no comments
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Lori McKinney jingle from Huntsville
Lori sent me this jingle that was published in the Huntsville .NET / VS.NET mailing list.  I wish she would sing it for the podcast.

  Oh there's no user groups quite like Huntsville has,
  VS NET, IT Pro, or Office fan,
  If you pine for geek fellowship or techno-talk,
  We get that in Rocket City, Alabam'
  We've had two speakers come from Tennessee, Ron C. and Wally M.,
  plus Greg Y., Marks B. and D. from north G-A,
  Russ F. and Joe and Blain came traveling up from Tampa's sunny shore,
  TechNet John came up from Texas, DE Doug did not neglect us.
  From the east coast, INETA Rock Stars Brian, Julie and Miguel,
  Up from Texas, Chris, and Russ from bright LA, (plus Wally M.)
  We so appreciate your insights and your coming all this way,
  From Atlantic to Pacific, thanks folks, you were all terrific.
  As for our locals, five guys stepped up, ably handling meeting chores,
  Thanks to Josh for January's launch event
  And then to Ben, Kevin and Eric and to Rodney, thanks again,
  With pride in them I'll be vocal, they're great talents right here local.
  Thanks to Todd M. who drove from Birmingham and Andrew from Mobile,
  Thanks to all who came to talk at Code Camp, too,
  The guys from CLS and Compuware and all the volunteers
  who taught folks from Valley Garden, our success, you've had a part in.
  As always, thank you goes to Intergraph for giving meeting space,
  and to Dominos and Pepsi for the nosh
  Thanks telerik, ADTran, CODE Magazine, VS Net Pro, and more
  Culminis and our INETA, your support could not be better!
  (final chorus)
  Since there's no place like home, we'll not meet this month,
  Happy Holidays, best wishes for next year
  Hope to see you all soon and together find
  that we'll all be running Vista on new gear!
Namespace change in ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Release Candidate (Atlas)

Just wanted to throw out the one major change that I have seen in the ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Release Candidate that I have seen so far.  The namespaces have changed.  What was previously Microsoft.Web has become System.Web.  I think that this was a good to change to go ahead and move the code into what will most likely be the final namespace in the Orcas timeframe.

You probably won't even notice this change unless you are programming against the actual classes themselves instead of the controls.  Note that you will also need to change the web.config of your app to match the new namepsaces.  Or you can just dump the new web.config in your app.

CodeMash is coming up on January 18 and 19, 2007

If you haven't heard of it, CodeMash is coming up.  It is a two day event in January in Sandusky, OH (right outside of Cleveland).  There will be a number of big name folks there, including Scott Guthrie.

Here is a small blurb from their site:

CodeMash is a unique event that will educate developers on current practices, methodologies and technology trends in variety of platforms and development languages such as Java, .NET, Ruby and PHP. Held January 18-19, 2007 at the lush Kalahari resort in Sandusky, Ohio, attendees will be able to attend a world-class technical conference amid Ohio's largest indoor waterpark. 

Who would have thought that you could be  right off of Lake Erie in January and go to a waterpark.  Very cool indeed.

Advanced Intellect and Dave Wanta
I wanted to give a shout out of thanks to Dave Wanta and Advanced Intellect.  Dave has written a component called AspNetEmail.  You may be asking yourself, "Email is built into .NET, so what?"  Well, getting calendaring done is kindof a pain.  I plugged in Dave's component and it just worked.  I had a few questions and Dave knew the answers before I even asked.  His components are well worth the money.
Visual Studio 2005 Service Pak 1 has gone to RTM,1895,2072587,00.asp

According to this story on eWeek, SP1 has been released to manufacturing and will be available sometime next week, maybe Monday. 

Posted: Dec 14 2006, 04:28 PM by Wallym | with no comments
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Why is Traffic to the ASP.NET Podcast up so much?

Its been an interesting last month or so.  I've been watching traffic to the ASP.NET Podcast XML feed go way up.  I've been trying to figure out why?  Is it my sparking good looks, cute smile, sterling voice, or something else?  Well, I think I have figured out why.  Here is what I have found:

  • I've been promoting the podcast fairly heavily.  I think that helps some.
  • I had been screwing up the feed previously.  As a result, Scott Allen took me off of his site.  I told Scott that I would do my best to keep things correct.  As a result, he has put me back on his site.  I am seeing an increase in referals from his site now.
  • The ASP.NET site has several podcasts aggregated together now.  They are listed at:  Personally, its an honor to be listed on the site and its an honor to be listed with Carl Franklin and Scott Hanselman.
  • I've been doing some videos here recently.  I think people like videos more than audio.
Posted: Dec 13 2006, 06:51 PM by Wallym | with no comments
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ComponentArt ASP.NET AJAX Video
I should have put this on Tuesday with my previous post.  There is also a video that ComponentArt has put out.  The video is at:
Microsoft Robotics Studio

Wow, I did not even know that this existed.  Microsoft has released a 1.0 of the Microsoft Robotics Studio.  It looks like they can connect up and program against a variety of these small robotic toys.  Hmm, wonder what I will be getting my kids for Christmas(or is that me)..................

Robotics Studio Download:

General Info: 

I noticed that Lego is one of their partners.  This is a link to some Lego products on Amazon: 


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