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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. December 2008 Entries
Retail Bastardosity revisited
A long time ago, I posted this. (click the link, go on... you know you want to.) Today, it came back to bite me in the proverbial ass. Ok not, really... I actually don't care much one way or the other, but I digress... any excuse for a blog post, right? I'm going to be passing through Greenville, SC this weekend (and next weekend) and I figured I'd extend an olive branch to the Command Post and see what happened. Instead of just strolling in unannounced and watching the fur fly, I emailed Kevin (the ......

Posted On Thursday, December 18, 2008 9:07 PM

NINE Questions with Scott Hanselman
Talk about a guy who needs no introduction… if you’re in the technology industry, or *gasp* a software developer in the Microsoft space, but haven’t heard of Scott Hanselman before now, then crawl out from under your rock and go check out his blog and podcast, but first read these NINE Questions: 1. Where are you from? I am in South Africa right now. I am from Oregon. 2. Who do you work for? Give me the 10 second pitch on them. Why would I want to buy their product? I work for Microsoft...use their ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 17, 2008 1:32 PM

Video NINE Questions with Jennifer Marsman
While at PDC08, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Microsoft Developer Evangelist Extraordinaire, Jennifer Marsman. I'd love to lie to you and tell you we're old friends, because she's such a cool geeky chick, but we actually just met at PDC08. Still, she is hella awesome and has plenty to say about all the cool stuff that's going on in the tech community. So check out these NINE Questions with Jennifer Marsman: ......

Posted On Monday, December 15, 2008 4:21 PM

score one for VB (and MSDN Magazine)
Starting in January, MSDN Magazine will provide code downloads for all online articles in both VB and C#! Stay tuned for an Editor’s Note about this in next month’s issue. (Speaking of which, A BIG BIG thank you to Editor in Chief Howard Dierking, for making this happen!) The ultimate plan is… drum roll, please :-) … to have both VB and C# code snippets inline in all article bodies as well! (This is still in process) Big Awesome Yay!!! :) For those of you wondering what the BFD is, trust me... it's ......

Posted On Friday, December 12, 2008 6:00 PM

I <3 Gmail even more
It's true, I'm a Gmail junkie. I've been using Gmail pretty much since the first week it was available. I don't know what I'd do without it. In addition to email, I use it as a massive filing cabinet for all kinds of stuff I just never know if I might need or not... it's always accessible and whatever I stuck in it, I can find with just a quick search term or two. Lately, they added a couple of new features worth mentioning. 1) SMS chat in gTalk is pretty cool, though I don't text nearly as much ......

Posted On Thursday, December 11, 2008 1:25 PM

Geek Cruise - Floating Tech Conference
I'm throwing this post out here for you folks to think about and provide me some input/feedback. I'm considering putting together another event: A Geek Cruise... Somewhere between Code Camp and Conference, on a big ship, with large fruity drinks and foreign port visits. Here's what I have so far: Duration: 3 days Location: Caribbean Depart From: Miami, FL (probably) Date: TBD (probably fall... these things take time to plan) Speakers: TBD (but I have a few volunteers so far) Cost: TBD (hopefully ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 9, 2008 4:04 PM

Video NINE Questions with Jason Mauer at PDC08
Sorry for the delay in getting these videos out. I have been busier than ever over the last few months, including a travel gig to South Dakota and lots of events. Not that I'm making excuses of course. Anyway, you're not here to listen to me whine, you want interviews and plenty of them... so you're in luck. I've got Jason Mauer for your 9Q fix. Jason is a great guy and quite the Chatty Cathy if you catch him at the right time. So with no further delay, I give you NINE Questions with Jason Mauer: ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 9, 2008 10:40 AM

John's Surface talk at KCDODN
After lunch, I managed to sit in on John Alexander's Surface talk. John didn't have a surface machine handy, but he did have an emulator, the sdk and some video clips. Looking forward to this talk, I managed to grab a seat front row center while John set up his laptop. I have to say, John did a fantastic job in his talk, especially not having an actual Surface machine there. The video snippets he showed were relevant, and the stuff he showed us via emulation was very cool. Some great questions, which ......

Posted On Saturday, December 6, 2008 5:19 PM

my XNA talk at KCDODN
My XNA talk went really well today. I had a full room, no equipment malfunctions and quite possibly the most questions in a session yet. I almost ran out of time with all the questions, and continued answering them into lunch (which was right after my session.) I also met a couple folks interested in starting another XNA user group, right in Kansas City. Very cool. Everyone I've met and interacted with has been super nice. It's a really good event (around 100 people... just right) and a nice venue ......

Posted On Saturday, December 6, 2008 5:14 PM

KCDODN Road Trip
This weekend I'm heading to Kansas City for the first time. Why? I'm speaking at KCDODN (aka Kansas City Day of .Net) (Un)fortunately the event registration is full, but I hear there is a waiting list available. To see the schedule, and get on the wait list(?), you can visit I'm pretty stoked about it. This is my first Day of .NET talk. I've spoken at User Groups, Code Camps, the MVP Summit, CodeStock, Codeapalooza and even a couple of HDCs, but no "Day Of" yet. It's ......

Posted On Friday, December 5, 2008 10:03 AM

Dear Zune It's Over
Dear Zune, I want you to know I've tried, I mean really really tried, but I give up. It's over, we're done. I put up with your crappy software as long as I possibly could. I overlooked the clunky interface and pathetic battery life. I was initially enamored with your wifi, but since I could never find anyone else who had a zune... much less someone willing to share music, your "social" was pretty lonely. So this is it. I can't take it any more. Today was the final straw. Not only does your software ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:25 PM

Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy review revisited
I may have been a little harsh in my initial criticism of Chinese Democracy. (I stand by my statement that this is not (nor should it be confused with) Guns N' Roses... more like Axl's solo project.) On my most recent drive to South Dakota (6 hours) I forced myself to listen to Chinese Democracy the entire way. Nice and Loud. Around the 4 1/2 hour mark, something happened. I started to catch myself singing along (even with the really bad songs, which I maintain there are a couple.) Maybe it's not ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:16 PM

more snow
oh look it's snowing in South Dakota. yay.

Makes driving to work fun. Nice and slippy slidey.

Some of it has melted into slosh by now, which means driving around tonight when it refreezes should be fun.

Posted On Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:06 PM

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