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After carefully examining many domain hosting providers and listening to advice (thanks Scott Hanselman!) I have finally made a choice and joined 1&1. I wanted a cheap service just first to try out and satisfy my basic needs. It turned out 1&1 is a good provider. The interface is relatively simple, but functional, the website builder is good, so I am happy! As a result my personal web page is now online at www.zubarev.net, you are welcome to visit! Interestingly, this provider supports web ...
This post is part of a series called Ignite Your Life. For background info on the series, please refer to previous posts on introducing the series and The 5 R's. In the last two installments of this series we looked at freeing ourselves from the Cult of Personality: freeing our importance, self worth, and self image from the grip of others. We also talked about using your illusion, and creating a self portrait of who you are and who you will become (lots of great discussion in the comments section, ...
I'm taking a break from this glorious day, with nice weather and grilled meats to bring you this interview with Dana Coffey (someone many of you know as @CrazeeGeekChick on Twitter.) Dana is from a place near and dear to my heart. The South. Every time I see her take the time to actually type out the word "y'all" I get a chuckle. So without further delay, here is Dana Coffey and her NINE Questions. 1. Where are you from? Peachtree City, GA – land of the Golfcart paths. It’s just south of Atlanta ...
I was hoping to get this out earlier in the week, but real life, work and that annoying sleep habit I can't seem to kick all got in the way. Randy is a fellow VB MVP and "Carl & Gary's" alumni, but I'll let him tell you about that. Here are my NINE Questions with Randy Walker: 1. Where are you from? Born in South Korea, adopted and lived all over the U.S. While I consider myself an Arkansas Razorback by heart (Go Hogs!), I’m a Texan through and through. I currently live and work in Northwest ...
So XNA epic failed/pwned me last night. So I wrote my great Pong game and am building an installer (which is essentially an HTML page with links to the other installs) when I learn, via Creators.XNA, that since I use the GUID namespace to create new saved games the player is required to install Visual C# Express 2005 or have full VS 2005 pre-installed. This means, over the 3-4 already required redistributable packages, you also need to install 2 quite large components that basically install a whole ...
While at alt.net I had several excellent discussions about what developers should read in order to become better developers. I am sure we all have an opinion on this so I thought I would put my two cents out there. Some Starting Points on just development MITs OpenCourse Ware tryruby.hobix.com The just past basics The Gang of Four Head First OOAD The POSA Series Pragmatic Programmer Better Practices Test Driven Development by Example SQL for Smarties Object Thinking Domain Driven Design Messaging ...
This post is part of a series called Ignite Your Life. For background info on the series, please refer to previous posts on introducing the series and The 5 R's. Heroes. Idols. Role Models. Many of us have people in our lives that we look up to, that we idolize, that we'd be considered a "fan" of. Think about it: get a piece of paper out, and write down the people that you look up to, the ones that you wish to become like, the ones that hold some level of authority over who you are or what you want ...
We settle. Alot. In work, relationships, activities...we settle. We don't, for whatever reason, insist on higher standards in our life. We're more than happy to just go through the motions, living out our lives with small glimmers of intense joy happening only sporadically. We dream, we play what if, we watch movies with Cinderella plots because we can only dream of someone coming to save us from our simple, routine lives. The reality is that there is an agent that's out there sabotaging us. A being ...
Microsoft Canada did a webcast series last year called Ignite Your Career. Over the course of the podcasts different people weighed in on various topics like increasing development skills, developing resources, and becoming your own boss and starting a business. Great webcasts, great content. But there’s something missing. You can’t have a discussion about how to better your career without covering something that transcends your career: You. So often we try to separate the areas of our life into ...
They turned off the HPSIM and general management and alerting server this morning, or at least, unplugged it, cause it was causing this huge network spike at a remote site I know for a fact that no one besides myself knows what it is exactly that machine does, as its only usefull to me and what I do. That doesnt mean it isnt explained in the server list in Sharepoint that I made and painstakingly try to keep up to date, that no one bothers to ever look at. And of course no one bothered to ask during ...
Paul Homan recently commented on Green EA which set my mind thinking ... 'being more Green' is a strategic ambition and what is the process and practice for generating strategic change? Enterprise Architecture! When EA's are struggling to find some ROI reason to justify their existence in the economic down-turn amazingly one of the main ROI reasons is one of the biggest issues of our time as the 'Return' doesn't literally mean monetary and also doesn't necessarily mean more? ... it can also mean ...
I should note that both of these reviews are from the perspective of an seasoned and experienced technologist. Your mileage may vary based on the knowledge your background and personal experiences... Pro WPF in C# 2008: Windows Presentation Foundation with .NET 3.5 Second Edition - Matthew MacDonald This book is a fairly easy, albiet long read. Coming from a web development background this book provides a solid introduction to to all things WPF. A few of my comments: - Excellent introduction to the ...
Bill Reiss on uploading large files to Streaming and Storing an object in a Tag Property, David Anson updated SilverlightDefaultStyleBrow... Bart Czernicki with Part 2 of becoming a SL Master, Page Brooks on protecting Secrets, and Dave Relyea on Layouts. Jesse Liberty has a page up devoted to his future webcasts... there's one coming up on Wednesday on Templates and VSM, so take a look at his page, and maybe keep the bookmark handy... I'll see you in the webcasts... I'll be the little green square ...
Exactly two months ago Microsoft sent me an email introducing it's new branding called "Microsoft Advertising" (note that the page is presently erroring out). Personally I think the new branding is a step forward, as I never cared for "AdCenter". But the really interesting parts of the e-mail was the brief mention to a host of products I've never heard about. As with their ongoing issues, let us see if Microsoft can get the execution right. Atlas is their rich media advertising. I'm guessing this ...
I’ve finished reading a fantastic book by Christine Comaford-Lynch called Rules for Renegades. I cannot recommend it highly enough, especially if you’re a) Currently self employed, whether recently or have been for a while b) Frustrated in your current employment and are struggling to find peace c) Consider yourself happily employed in your current environment So basically I’m recommending it to anyone, because the book is not your typical Donald Trump style “kill them all and plunder their town” ...
improve my => 'code' On weekends, I tend to go off tangent, and this weekend is no exception. I started to read some of the works of Levi-Strauss, the structural anthropologist, and it occurred to me that many of the positive changes from Agile Development are not merely the result of greater business focus. Agile also develops culture in a field that is generally devoid of culture. This can be a stabilizing factor for companies by - Reducing turnover by empowering team members. - Creating rituals, ...
I started doing these a few years ago for Tech·Ed (2008 and 2007) and received a lot of good feedback so I decided to continue the series for PDC as well. Session Types This year PDC is offering a slightly different mix of session types with what they are calling “UnSessions”. The bottom line is that UnSessions are everything that isn’t an official breakout session. If you’re still a bit confused, keep reading to see the differences. There may be some other session types once the schedule has been ...
It has been a long time since my last post, but I have good reason. I have been terribly busy trying to complete a really cool project for one of my clients. I will post more about it in a later entry, but to say the least it has been quite an adventure. Anyway that is not the point to this blog. I thought I would put a little ditty together about a course that I am going to be teaching at AmeriTeach here in Denver coming up in September. It is the 50064 Advanced SharePoint Developer course. You ...
A quick shout out to Chad Sturtz for passing this video my way. Video: http://www.viddler.com/expl... Length: 82 minutes Date: 1 July 2008 Location: Austin Texas Presenter: Jeremy D. Miller Blog: http://codebetter.com/blogs... One of the things that I really liked about this video is that it shows the biggest value (IMHO) of a good users group is being able to be in the room when high level conversations are happening. “How do you get junior developers ...
I recently went through the exercise of reinstalling all of my developer tools on my home development system. This involved uninstalling everything, including Visual Studio and SQL and then reinstalling. While this wasn’t exactly a painless experience, it was good to get back to a relatively clean slate and re-evaluate all of the various tools and add-ins I’ve accumulated. I posted a similar list about 2 1/2 years ago, so it’s interesting to see what’s changed in that time. This time, I’m just listing ...
Poor Bungie, getting put down by 'the man'. I'm not 100% convinced this whole stunt is over though with Luke Smith's postings on NeoGaf I'm about 99% sure this all really sucks. Considering E3 has pretty much been dead so far, a nice Bungie announcement could have brought things back to life a bit. Microsoft == Killjoy. There could be hundreds of reasons why the 'publisher' (aka Microsoft) decided to hold Bungie back so I won't go into them, I'm only hoping it's something legitimate and not something ...
Job Description: As a member of the IT Applications Development and Support team, the successful candidate will: · Work with a team to develop modules, reports and processes within SolArc’s RightAngle architecture · The candidate should have a good working knowledge of Right Angle IV · Interact with accounting and back office personnel to define and document their system and information requirements · Perform business and technical analysis and design of business requirements and generate functional ...
I stumbled upon this cool new tool called PhoneVite today. I went ahead and signed up for the free account. I am hoping that I can use this to help with the organization of the Bartlesville .NET User Group. I am thinking that I can setup multiple phone calls under the free account (the free account only allows 25 contacts). I can then setup phone reminders for the day of the meetings to remind people to attend. I also plan on trying to use this tool to see if I can drive participation in the websites ...
To the readers of Vitamin CH: Larry Pond sits behind some very good friends of mine at Phoenix Mercury games. Over the last week, I have gotten the joy of attending two games thanks to those same friends. Now, I love the Mercury. They are a great team and they work well together. I also love women’s sports of all kinds. But, I don’t like when women’s sports teams are put at a disadvantage because of a problem outside of their control. Right now, the officiating in the WNBA is causing disadvantages ...
PACT (Professional Association for Computer Training), located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is one of the oldest professional computer training associations in the United States. We meet the second Friday of every month to provide information, discuss options, and discover answers regarding issues and technologies facing today's ever-changing organizations. PACT is your opportunity to take three hours a month to focus on your professional growth and development. At monthly meetings you will hear your ...
It's amazing how incredibly geeky you may not think you are but when it comes to certain things you just find yourself reacting to geeky thing0. Sit down young children and let 0me tell you about a boy and his Halo wikia... So I'm browsing through the Halo wikia yesterday and I'm reading about Gravemind, the Brutes, the Arbiter, etc... As I'm doing this, I'm listening to the Halo 3 soundtrack on repeat on the song Black Tower (great song, listening to it now). I'm reading and learning more about ...
This is in response to a post by my fellow blogger & INETA guy, Randy Walker. Randy has a theory on how to make Twitter more performant (or profitable.) You can read it here or just see below for the relevant part: "charge anyone with a follow to follower ratio greater than 2 to 1. This would immediately eliminate 99% of spammers, drastically cut the system resource issues (thus reducing downtime), and create an income for company. While I doubt this will completely resolve it's lack of income ...
If you've ever been a programmer in a bureaucratic environment, you've surely thought of yourself as the spawn of the red-headed step child and the family mule. Performing heroic acts in a bureacracy is patently a bad idea. Why? Because if you've jumped the Grand Canyon on a motorcylce once, surely you can do it again or anything else for that matter. The bureaucrats are only half the problem here folks. Our damnable need to please (or to not rock the boat) is the other half of the issue. You're ...
I first met Rachel at TechEd 2008 and have been following her Twitter feed ever since. She's a newly awarded ASP.NET MVP, ASPInsider, Microsoft Certified Trainer and one seriously cool geeky chick. You can find her blog at www.RachelAppel.com. Fortunately for you, dear reader, she was able to squeeze these NINE Questions into her busy schedule. Enjoy... 1. Where are you from? I’m from Northeastern Pennsylvania. I was born, raised and remain here, only to escape during my frequent travels. 2. Who ...
Life (professional and personal) has been insanely hectic the past 10 weeks or so, and the has not been any time to update this blog. But that is all about to change. For the next 12 days, I will be at Disney World with the family (including the three grandkids) and am looking forward to the time away from the business. Of course, by the end of that time, the children will have run me ragged and I will probably be lookig forward to getting back to work. There are a couple of things on the horizon ...
In the Agile thought-space, Big Up Front Design (BFUD) is a four letter word. There is a reason for this. Many times people who envision projects (usually the guy with the biggest wallet unfortunately) don't realize that they don't know everything. More to the point, they don't know how little they actually know about the end user. So they envision the initial requirements for the system, and they boil them down into finer and finer grained detail, until they have something that is implementable. ...
Page Brooks has been getting lots of email about the contest from tool vendors! Check out the prize list ... very cool -- and trust me, it's not up-to-date :)... and a personal thanks goes out to all the vendors from me!! I know if I were going to be entering this contest, I'd probably not submit until the last possible moment, but as you can imagine, that is a tad nerve-wracking on those of us involved I don't know a solution to this unless you that are hard at work want to drop either Page or me ...
I found this great article that tells you how to do testing for WCF services exposed as web services, especially REST services (like the ones we create in my company for the project I work on now). What’s the problem ? Typically, for HTTP GET services, you can just put a URL that matches the URI template of the service (the template of the URLs that call the service) in the browser, and simply see what comes back in the browser itself However, when you want to test a service with other HTTP verbs ...
Well I guess I should be satisfied that I sustained a company for 10 years. But it is a bit anti-climactic. I've screwed up a lot, learned a lot and accomplished a lot since 1998. I like to think of it as a long MBA program based in real world experience. I wouldn't trade anything for the experiences I have gained over the past 10 years. Nothing is more "real world" than being your own boss and running your own company. Nothing is more real world than not getting paid by a client for more than 90 ...
I went to see WALL-E earlier this week (Yes, I know it's supposed to be a dot and not a dash. Call it a hardware limitation.) I wasn't in a big hurry to see this movie. The sense of urgency that I felt for Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Hancock, The Dark Knight, etc this summer so far, just wasn't there. It was more like "oh look, WALL-E is playing. Well, I've seen everything else TWICE, so why not?" My daughters are in from Atlanta for most of the summer, so we're seeing a lot of movies. They wanted ...
Often I've wanted to automate something, just to avoid some clicks and survive the tedium. Never was it really worth the effort of learning some crazy scripting tool. There is nothing like a job assignment to get you in the mode to explore new ways to accomplish a goal. I'm sure everyone is familiar with the awesomeness that is AutoIT. It is certainly simpler to understand than VBScript, but if you're wanting to learn VBScripting I would highly recommend you start with AutoIT. It helped me better ...

Thanks for visiting my blog.  As the URL implies, I'm a geek with a blog.

From time to time, I'll post things which interest me.  Some may be technology related, some may be personal.  To keep a healthy seperation, none will be work related (to avoid any weird conflict of interest issues).

I've worked with Laurel for a few months on a number of different projects and had the good fortune of finally meeting her face to face (that would be her face on the right, and yours truly on the left) during TechEd Developers 2008. She was gracious enough to indulge me in a few drinks at Howl At The Moon and to answer these NINE Questions, so here we go... 1. Where are you from? I grew up in a small town in southern Maine. I now live in Medford, Massachusetts, less than two miles from O'Reilly's ...
This Sunday, I went to dotNETwork 5th gathering to see how interesting it would be to have some Silverlight fun followed by SOA and Patterns and Anti-Patterns goodness. It was a really fun day, and here comes its writing as I saw it. Starting Out (No tech – you can skip) The day started by meeting Mohamed Samy (the SOA guy, and my friend!) at 10 AM, getting some sandwiches (and coffee for me as I didn’t have sleep the night before), then, going to the buses place in El-Sekka club (as neither of us ...
Jaime Rodriguez on DeepZoom, Pete Brown on on Publish/Subscribe pattern in SL, Shawn Wildermuth on XAML Controls, Tim Heuer on new Videos, Bill Reiss on SLStreaming, Philip Beadle on File Uploader, Adam Kinney with updated GamerCard, Brad Abrams focused on Data, Scott Barnes on DeepZoom, SilverlightSDK on MSDN Searching, Mike Snow on SL Transparency and SL Policy Server. From SilverlightCream.com: Working with Collections in Deep Zoom. Jaime Rodriguez almost snuck this one by me, but I caught it ...
My personal laptop is a Dell Inspiron XPS (It’s a first generation and pretty much a piece of crap by the way) with a 60 gig hard-drive which is almost completely full (less than 10%). The Windows defrag tool was useless because the drive was so full. Being a MVP has some perks. One of those is that I get lots of software for free. I remembered that I had seen a product called Diskeeper on the private MVP newsgroups and thought I would give it a try. I was amazed! First, the limited space did not ...
People ask me why I blog so much. You know, why I turn a 9 word sentence into War and Peace? Maybe I'm a comment whore. When I blog about semi-personal stuff, I do so in part because I enjoy the feedback and comments I receive. Some posts receive more than others. Some post receive none at all. My technical posts tend to fall in that last category. I've found that my somewhat funny, somewhat rambling blog posts usually get more of a response than my terse ones. For example: I installed a new router ...
Well, we're back again, this time with Trisha Cardell (formerly Lacey) of INETA/CodeZone fame. Trisha is also an occasional blogger at GeeksWithBlogs and plays a rather wicked Night Elf in World of Warcraft. Yes guys, really. So without further ado, here are NINE Questions with Trisha Cardell. 1. Where are you from? Gainesville, GA. A smallish town NE of Atlanta. http://www.gainesville.org/. To be more specific, I actually grew up in Flowery Branch, GA on a street called Quiet Meadow Lane. 2. We ...
Well as far as I am aware, XPe as it stands to day will be available through till sometime in 2010, but it seems more news is getting out about is’s possible Vista based replacement? My personal view is that MS should take a deep hard look at the *LACK* of take up and interest in Vista before heading down this path anytime soon – but that doesn’t mean they won’t try regardless. Now of particular note from the details below from Mary Jo Foley is the indication of the size of the OS? XPe may have a ...
Chad Campbell (no relation) called me out in his Meme blog post. I saw his post earlier this week, and have been waiting until I had some time, so here goes... How old were you when you first started programming? I turned my first line of code when I was a Sophomore in college in the fall of 1967, so that would make me 19 at the time. I think I got a C in the Fortran IV class because I just couldn't "get it". This was a large class and programs were done on punch cards batched overnight to some huge ...
About a year ago, I think I personally wrote off estimation as a dead waterfall practice and a pipe dream (not to mention a waste of time). To me, estimation stunk of something to keep the lawyers at bay. You lost me right there, but now I am back. Estimation is important to keep the customer happy, not the lawyers. My boss kept telling us to estimate stuff, but we kept on shirking his task. We had adequate enought time pressure to allow us to not think about how long the tasks at hand were going ...
Since Rocky and I happen to both be at the Magenic Technology Summit in Chicago this week, I managed to find some time to corner him and ask him NINE Questions. This means you, dear reader, get a bonus interview this week. This is my gift to you. 1. Where are you from? Aitkin, Minnesota. A small town with one stoplight and surrounded by a lot of great fishing lakes. 2. Who do you work for? Give me the 10 second pitch on them. Why would I want to buy their product? Magenic, probably the largest Microsoft-only ...
My church, the Berean Bible Church, is one of the over 200 churches that are participating in an awesome event in September. We will be broadcasting the Focus on the Family's Truth Project training live on September 27th. The Truth Project is a small group program for Christians that goes over the biblical worldview for comparison to your worldview. I have been through the program and lead a group and I really enjoy the content. My role, along with some other guys at the church is technical maintenance ...
Read this on foxnews today. I had to laugh. Having been a system admin, all I can think is duh? Have they never read BOFH? If you don't know what it is, read it here and here. Several notes: 1. We don't need to change our passwords as often. We don't write them down on sticky notes and post them on our desks. We don't give them out over the phone in restaurants (I overheard a bank teller's username and password once in a restaurant while she was on lunch break . . .), and we practice safe computing. ...
This is more for personal reference, but also just in case anyone else sees the error from the event log below. This appears to be a catch all exception for a variety of different problems that might occur in a .NET app running on Server 2003. The application in question is a .NET 3.5 application, and would just not start when copied to 2003. The running exe would disappear from Taskman and be replaced by DW20.exe (Dr. Watson), which would place the following error into the event log. Event Type: ...