Grrrr. Argh.

Okay, it's been a week since I blogged. Bless me readers, it's been a tough week.

Anyways, a couple of updates. The closed beta for SharePoint Builder (my visual xml tool) is launching shortly. If you're in the beta then hang on to your hats. If you're not in, please stop sending me emails asking to get in. Closed means closed. Thanks.

Beta 1 is "officialy" released for Office 12 but this really irks me. Here's the news on BetaNews which is appropriate, however the announcement also hits the front page of Slashdot. This is a closed beta not a public one so why are so many places reporting it? If you're not one of the lucky 10,000 winners of the golden ticket, then you'll have to wait until March or so when the public beta comes out. It's like a slap in the face as people say "nyah, nyah, you can't have it" but then titilate your senses with these full blown reviews. Anyways, BetaNews has a good summary of what's included and the size of all the tools (which is handy for those that are planning their downloads).

John Bristowe and co. are pretty busy with the VS2005 launch so we haven't got together for a new podcast yet, but from the 2 listeners we had we'll probably get together and give it another kick at the cat. Watch for Episode II shortly (you can totally see where this naming convention is going). Also I will be at the VS2005 launch tour in Calgary (sorry folks, it's sold out now and even Bill G. himself can't get you in) so drop by the cabana and watch as we perform live organ transplants with James Kovacs and any unwilling MVPs.

Finally I have a new site launching this weekend (or early next week) that I'll blog about shortly. It's my pet site project for hosting SharePoint oriented projects. I think it's going to be pretty slick but we'll see how things go.

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