# Sunday, 14 November 2010

This weekend, I experienced something that most people never will. My son Nick played in a Division 1 basketball game. He wore #40 for the Michigan State University Spartans and played 2 minutes in a 96-66 win over Eastern Michigan. The Spartans have an excellent team this year – they are currently ranked #2 in the nation after coming off 2 straight Final Fours – yet Nick made the roster as a walk-on.

The most important thing in my life is the success and well-being of my two sons. Most of my life the last couple decades has revolved around them and I often take more joy in their successes than in my own.

I have followed Michigan State sports for even longer. MSU is my alma mater and I have supported and defended her athletic teams through good times and bad the past 30 years.

Friday night in East Lansing with 2 minutes to go in the game, two of my favorite things were mystically combined into a new ultra-super-awesome-mega-favorite thing, that was greater than the sum of its parts. It was like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups times 1,000 – It was my son and my favorite team.

I will never forget the moment my son’s name was announced and he ran onto the Breslin Center court. What he did during those 2 minutes was unremarkable and unimportant. The fact that he was out there, wearing the Green and White and 15,000 fans were cheering for him (none more than this one) is important and remarkable.

I am enormously proud of Nick for the hard work he put into getting here. And I am grateful for this gift he has given me.


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Sunday, 14 November 2010 19:00:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Tuesday, 09 November 2010
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 01:20:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 07 November 2010

Do you like computers and other technology?

Do you have the time, talent and desire to create a quality video or screencast about technology?

Would you like to win an MSDN Universal subscription (approximate value: $12,000)?

If so, read on.

I am hosting a contest and the first prize is an MSDN Universal license.

Send me a 1-10 minute video showing off some aspect of computer software, hardware, other technology, or technologists. This video can be a tutorial, an interview, a screencast – anything that gets the point. For ideas, you may look at past episodes of my Technology and Friends show  at http://TechnologyAndFriends.com. But you need not stick to the same format that I use.

This contest will run until December 1 2010, at which time I will select a winner.

Here are the rules

  • Contest closes at 5PM EST on December 1 2010.
  • The submitter must own the rights to all material in the video. No video or audio from another source to which another owns the copyright, unless explicit permission is obtained. No reading aloud someone else’s blog or book without permission.
  • The topic must be related to software development, computers, or the people who work in the computer industry. If you are unsure about a topic, send me an e-mail. My address is below.
  • No nudity, violence, pornography or profanity (visually or verbally) . I am the judge of what falls into these categories.
  • No racism or sexism or hating against any group. Criticism of technology is OK, but slander of people is not. Please keep your message positive. I am the judge of what falls into these categories.
  • The video must be between 1 and 10 minutes in length
  • The winner will be chosen by me and I am permitted to use whatever criteria I want to determine which one is “best”. This might be the most educational, the most entertaining, the best production, or a random draw if I can’t decide.
  • You retain copyrights to the video, but you give me permission to republish it with attribution. I plan to show the top videos in an upcoming episode of Technology And Friends. This show airs on the web at http://TechnologyAndFriends.com and on channel 17 of my local cable TV network. I have no plans to make money directly off the submitted video. I will not sell them or charge viewers to see them.
  • First prize is a not-for-resale MSDN Universal subscription. The retail value of this subscription is $11,899.
  • Acceptable video formats are WMV, MPG, FLV, MOV, AVI, and MP4. If you have another video format, please e-mail me. My e-mail address is below.
  • To enter, e-mail to me (e-mail address is below) a link to the video. You may make the video available in any of the following ways
    • Upload a video file to an FTP site and provide me with download information
    • Upload a video file to a file sharing site, such as box.net, RapidShare, Drop.io, FileDropper, FileSavr, or Driveway. and provide me with download information.
    • Publish the video to a video hosting site, such as YouTube, Vimeo or Viddler. I may follow up with you and ask for the original, if I am unable to download from this site.

To enter or to request more information, contact me at DavidGiard@DavidGiard.com.

Good luck.

Sunday, 07 November 2010 17:02:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Monday, 01 November 2010

Episode 123

Joe Ross on Ford Sync

Monday, 01 November 2010 18:21:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 21:14:31 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 01:12:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 18 October 2010
Monday, 18 October 2010 19:18:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 11 October 2010
Monday, 11 October 2010 09:09:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 04 October 2010
Monday, 04 October 2010 16:59:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Friday, 01 October 2010

On October 12, I will present "An Introduction to the Entity Framework" at the West Michigan .Net User Group in Grand Rapids, MI. More information is available at http://www.wmdotnet.org/

On October October 23, I will present "An Introduction to jQuery" at the Grand Rapids Day of .Net in Grand Rapids, MI. More information is available at http://www.dayofdotnet.org/GrandRapids/Fall2010/Default.aspx

Friday, 01 October 2010 18:16:38 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)