# Wednesday, 20 February 2008

My son's high school basketball team won again tonight.  In the first half, they were thoroughly outplayed and trailed by as many as 24 points.  But they chipped away at the lead and ended up winning by 4.  It was a big win, not because they beat a good team (they did) but becuase it was the last game of the year and they finished the season 20-0.  It was the first undefeated team at his school in 35 years.

The state tournament starts Monday in Dexter. 

Nick and Dave

You can view photos of the final game (along with a kick-ass soundtrack) below.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 03:27:42 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 17 February 2008

The DevCares event went pretty well.  Over 40 people attended.  I didn't have a decent laptop to use and I ended up borrowing one from a friend but it was not nearly powerful enough to run all the demos on the Virtual PC.  This detracted from the presentation.

I will be delivering this same presentation for my customer next Friday and I have already requested better hardware.     

I got some help from Mike Wood, who delivered this presentation the week before in Cincinnati.

You can view the materials at www.davidgiard.com/DevCares.

 

Sunday, 17 February 2008 16:47:16 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Thursday, 14 February 2008

I'll be speaking at the Microsoft DevCares even tomorrow afternoon in Southfiled, MI.

The topics are:

  • Securing your web site from hackers
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office.

There is still time to register at http://www.devcares.com

 

Thursday, 14 February 2008 16:45:15 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 13 January 2008
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I spent Thursday and Friday at CodeMash in Sandusky, OH.  Quick Solutions (my employer) is a major sponsor of this event that features speakers and developers from both the .Net and the Java community.  Quick strongly encouraged me to attend but I didn't need any convincing. 

The sessions were great.  Jeff Blankenburg's demos on Silverlight and Scot Hanselman's Friday keynote address stand out in particular for me.

But I think I got more benefit from the fact that I was able to meet so many other people in the developer community here in the midwest.  I've been traveling so much the last few years that I don't really know that many local people.  I met more developers from Michigan these 2 days than I met during the 4 years I've lived here. 

I also had a chance to mingle with the other folks from Quick Solutions, which is a rare treat.  Although I work for Quick, I live a couple hundred miles from their office in Columbus, so my interaction with them is limited.

The conference was held at the Kalahari Resort, which features a huge indoor water park.  There wasn't much time to enjoy the park during the conference, but some attendees brought their families who splashed around while their spouse did the geek thing.  I promised my 13-year-old son that he could meet me on Friday night with a friend and go to the park.  Unfortunately his ride fell through so I ended up driving back to Michigan Friday night and returning to Ohio Saturday morning to take the boys to the park for the day.  We had a blast!

You can view photos of the conferece here and see a musical slideshow of the photos below

Sunday, 13 January 2008 20:56:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)