Good Bloggers…Bad Bloggers…

It was amazing to see how within minutes of Microsoft releasing the new versions of
Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 to MSDN Subscribers on MSDN.COM, blog posts
were appearing everywhere announcing the event. In the day of the blog, it’s great
how fast news can spread!

Now with that said, the MSDN subscriber download site appears to have been brought
to it’s knees. If news didn’t spread so fast, a much more gradual number of visitors
to their site would have likely occurred. In the day of the blog, it’s terrible how
fast news can spread! UPDATE: I now see that downloads
have resumed!

Personally, I’m happy to say that rather than be the first to post about it, I made
sure my transfers were well on their way before making mention of it to others. (Sorry)
I’m happily exploring my new install of VS2005 outside of a VPC!

For those wanting to confirm release build numbers, that are in fact 8.0.50727.42
for Visual Studio and 2.0.50727.42 for the .Net 2.0 Framework.


Finally! VS2005 RTM

Afer much anticipation I’m very happy to be installing the final, release to market
(RTM) version of Visual Studio 2005 and the Microsoft .NET 2.0 Framework. It’s been
a long journey since I was first introduced to the product at PDC03. Congratulations
to all of those that invested time and effort in getting this product to market!

Now to complete all of those projects I’ve started in beta2 and have been holding
back on…… (So much for sleep)

For those without access to MSDN, be sure to attend a Visual Studio 2005 launch event
near you!


You Know You’re A Geek When……

You know you’re a geek when you use your wireless cell phone, which just happens to
have a built in GPS, to update a web site via a web service, that allows your loved
ones to keep an eye on your where abouts. Yup, I’m a geek and you too can take a look
to see where I’m at, or at least where I’ve been.

[This was last weekend in Charlotte watching the Carolina
  Panthers win over Green Bay]

This site is maps are created using Microsoft
Virtual Earth
. I’m working on created a history of memorable locations that I
can update through the device and list on the web site for viewing later. For privacy,
I don’t actually display the exact time of the update in the public version.

.Net Rocks! and MSDN Event Reminder

Just a reminder that pod caster, internet talk show host star, developer trainer,
and all’round great guy, Carl Franklin and the
DNR gang
are going to be in Raleigh at a live event as part of their cross
country road trip
sponsored by TRINUG (And
others) talking about the upcoming VS2005 launch. It should be a blast! Mark it down,
and go register as space is limited. You can
signup at . NOTE – YOU
I hear they might even let Jim
near a mic, and you don’t want to miss that!!! Oh, and there’s free pizza. FREE
How can you resist that?

Did I mention you must sign up?

Also, while you’re signing up for that, Microsoft Developer Champion Glen
[With a title like that, what more can I say?!] will be hosting a MSDN Training
Event in Raleigh on Nov 8, the day after the VS2005 Launch, showing off the new Visual
Studio 2005. There is also a SQL 2005 event in the morning as well. To sign up or
for more info visit . Glen’s
says they might even be working on a Pub Club after the event. What
free training and more free food???
How’d we get to be so lucky!


I just want to take a moment and say congratulations to a few folks out there or a
couple recent achievements.

First of all, I’d like to say congrats to Caleb
for his new job as Microsoft Developer Evangelist for the South Central

Secondly and thirdly I’d like to congratulate Matt
and Brendon
from the .Net Regular Guys out
in Atlanta on their recent appointment as co-VP’s of Technology for INETA.
These two have done great things for the developer community in the South East, and
I can’t wait to see what their energy and ambition does for INETA in
this more active role. (Although some how I have a feeling this will mean more work
for me, but oh well)

Lastly, I’d like to thank the academy… Oh wait wrong speech, I guess that that’s it.
Great job gents!

Oh, and congrats to D’Arcy for
being Canadian!

Welcome Back Hockey!

[First of all, to anybody living in suspense from my last post about having lost power
in LA and not being heard from since; I had a great conference, had power for the
rest of the week, and as usual ended up having a very eventful time in LA. More on
that later! ANyways]

I hate both sides for the strike and think there were no winners, and that the game
will never be the same. I was tempted to stay away from hockey in protest, but in
the end could not. I’m glad to see it back in action, and hope the new rules make
the game as exciting as I remember it used to be before the league sell out management
ruined it.