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No, really... this one's for real... you watch the Office 2008 Charity Demo and Microsoft coughs up a buck for the charity... Watch the demo Gosh, you'd think the Mac fan-boys would jump on this to try to break Microsoft :) Looks like it's capped at $100,000AU ... so I've done my 35 seconds worth, and we've now all watched it $2790AU worth according to the counter. The entire site is Silverlight, so it's cool to see the UI and how it all works. Check out the links in the lower left... very cool :) ...
So... To challenge myself and to make good on all those times I said, "I'd like to give back.", I joined other local developers for the C4C (Coders 4 Charities) http://coders4charities.org event last weekend. What a Blast!!! I can't say I was expecting the experience I had, but I can say that I'm glad I participated. I teamed up with some outstanding developers and wish I could work with these guys (and gal) everyday. Not only were there great personalities on my team, but Tim, the charity representative ...
Well, it was a great weekend! 25 developers showed up to help out 5 charities, and each charity ended up with an awesome implementation. I've already written the main C4C Event Wrap-Up on the C4C site, as well as wrap-ups for each of the charities. The event write-up, as well as the write-ups for each charity can be found on the news page of the C4C site. The 5 charities who were helped this weekend are: Boy Scouts Troop 813 Event Write-up Berean Bible Church Event write-up Metropolitan Organization ...
This post from Theo reminds me of some mandatory fun I've had at previous companies over the years. My current employer hasn't done this to us, although one gig I was on did try it... nobody participated though. One previous employer had a mandatory company dinner, spouses included, where they spent 45 minutes reading the vision statement to us and then presented us with our "special gift wrapped present" which was a mousepad that had the vision statement printed on it. All 6 sentences. (Yes, they ...
First off it rocked...Special thanks to Lee Brandt, Blake Thiess, Joe Loux, Timothy Wright, and John Alexander. These guys were my teammates and what I would consider some of my new friends. They are some of the best band-mates a girl could ask for in Rockband also. So here is a little bit of my experience in general: I was looking forward to this event for a month. I was incredibly excited, because I love helping a good cause and felt like I had not done enough to give back to the community. I love ...
Software developers! Graphic designers! Database developers! We need you! There is one month left until Coders 4 Charities happens! We've got the charities, we've got the sponsors... we need more developers! We had an excellent turnout at the Microsoft Heroes Happen Here event yesterday, March 25, 2008, and we hope that we reached a lot of developers during the day. If we spoke to you, and you want to accept the challenge, register now for the event!! What is Coders4Charities? It is a 3-day charity ...
We're looking for non-profit organizations in the Kansas City area that we can help during an upcoming event called Coders 4 Charities. This will be a 48-hour coding event (from Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27, 2008) that will benefit non-profit and charity organizations in the greater Kansas City area. If you are a non-profit organization looking for a better way to: increase your presence on the internet through a rich website help your volunteers and employees stay in touch and organized ...
After a good amount of work (and hurling the laptop across the room several times), the Registration Pages for Developers and Charities are up! It's late. I'm tired. Go look! And sign up!! Coders 4 Charities Technorati Tags: Coders 4 Charities,Developers,Charity ...
We're using Graffiti CMS as our CMS for Coders 4 Charities, a site that we built to spread the word about our charity event coming late April 2008. We needed to implement a registration page, so that developers and charities can register for the event. Graffiti is obviously very powerful and easy to use, but I had a hard time figuring out how to get user entry to work. Here is my fundamental understanding of how things kinda work: When you create a post, Graffiti will create a folder for your post, ...
On the way home from We Are Microsoft, Doug and I determined we had to create an event in Kansas City modeled after the Dallas event. We ran the idea by John and he was 100% on board. One week later, we have started the site, thanks to Telligent for letting us use the Graffiti CMS product. The name of the event is Coders 4 Charities, with the corresponding domain coders4charities.org. What do we need? Everything thus far, except a web site, but we are not quite ready. First thing we need to do is ...
Congratulations to the Winners of the We Are Microsoft Charity Challenge Weekend! First Place - Texas Cares - mission and proposal here Second Place - North Park Missionary Baptist Church - mission and proposal here Third Place - Texas Response Unit Search & Rescue - mission and proposal here Technorati Tags: We Are Microsoft,Charity Challenge Weekend,Texas CARES,North Park Missionary Baptist Church,Texas Response Unit Search & Rescue ...
We've finally launched all of the podcasts we recorded this weekend at the We Are Microsoft Charity Challenge Event in Dallas, Texas. Many thanks go out to Jeff Julian, Chris Koenig, Toi Wright, Amber Weiss and the folks at BravoTech, the huge team of developers that volunteered their time, and of course, all of the charities, who do the hard work day in and day out. To take a look at all of the podcasts, have a peek at Jeff Julian's blog. Technorati Tags: We Are Microsoft,Charity Challenge Weekend ...
What a great event! I want to thank everyone involved and wish all the charities good luck with their new software. If you haven't listened to the shows yet, I highly suggest it. You will be compelled to look at your work with the community and see different ways you can help charities with your development skills. Here is a list of all the shows we recorded during the event, please help spread the word about these so others can get involved in their local areas either by themselves, as a user group, ...
This was a very interesting interview, because we had the ability to talk to two developers who were helping out this weekend, not to talk about a specific charity, but more to speak about their experience this weekend, and what motivated them to come help. Tim Rayburn and Jason Duncan are both with Sogeti and were working on the CITY House team. Jason Duncan was performing two roles this weekend, one as developer for CITY House, and the other as the charity representative for Spina Bifida. This ...
Doug Butscher and I spoke with the guys from Telligent Systems, the development team that was helping the Spina Bifida Association of North Texas. in this interview, we speak with Jim Martin and Kevin Harder to discuss the needs of their charity. This charity would like to re-platform to Community Server and Graffiti CMS to allow them to support a number of additional features such as groups, blogs, forums, site search, photo/movie galleries, etc. Listen to the Spina Bifida Association of North Texas ...
Jeff Julian from GeeksWithBlogs interviewed myself and Zach Young about our efforts in the We Are Microsoft - Charity Challenge Weekend. Our project was to help the Texas Discovery Garden build a brand new web site to teach people effective ways to restore, conserve and preserve nature in the urban environment through the use of native and adapted plants that illustrate the interrelationship of Butterflies, Bugs and Botany. Texas Discovery Gardens had a web site in the past that was approximately ...
This past weekend seems like a dream. That's probably because it was a sleep deprived coding marathon of epic proportions. Some getting more sleep than others. Of course it didn't help that I didn't get much sleep the night before we left. The We Are Microsoft event was to help non profits with their development and website needs. To hear some of the podcasts given by the GeeksWithBlogs.net crew, visit http://geekswithblogs.net/j... You can view pictures of the event at http://www.flickr.com/photo... ...
In this interview, Doug and I speak with Zach Young and Jay Smith from the Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group, who are part of the team helping Texas Discovery Gardens build a brand new web site to teach people effective ways to restore, conserve and preserve nature in the urban environment through the use of native and adapted plants that illustrate the interrelationship of Butterflies, Bugs and Botany. Texas Discovery Gardens had a web site in the past that was approximately 10 years old, but it ...
I had a chance to run around for a little while yesterday and snap some photos of the developers in action at the We Are Microsoft - Charity Challenge Weekend event in Dallas this weekend. Take a look at the photos here. Technorati Tags: We Are Microsoft,Charity Challege Weekend,Dallas,Flickr ...
This weekend, Jeff Julian and I have been given the privilege of recording podcasts at Microsoft's We Are Microsoft event, called the Charity Challenge Weekend. We are in Dallas, TX, the location of many wonderful things (light bulbs and elevators), most notably the extremely delicious Baja Burrito at Baja Fresh Mexican Cantina. I have to admit that I was not too aware of what this event was all about, but after learning, I quickly jumped in with both feet. The Charity Challenge Weekend is all about ...
Our first podcast of the event was with a great organization named City House and the development team from Sogeti. The mission of City House is to strengthen the community by helping children, youth and families resolve physical and emotional crises. They provide a complementary suite of intervention and prevention services at no cost to their clients. To find out more about how this project was designed, review the proposal here. Listen to the Interview with City House Technorati Tags: City House,Sogeti,We ...
Welcome to Dallas! Doug and I are down here at We Are Microsoft podcasting the different development teams and charities about the application they are building at the event. If you haven't check out the details of the event, please do and stay tuned for podcasts being released at the event from this blog. After the event, we will move these shows over to Podcast Studio. The first show we will be releasing is with City House and Team Sogeti. Technorati Tags: We Are Microsoft,Charity,Sogeti,City House,Dallas,Podcasting ...
This weekend, our team will be down in Dallas podcasting those who are involved in this unique event. We Are Microsoft is a charity challenge where developers will be matched with a charity to develop an application based on their needs. At the end of the 3 day event, all of the participants will vote of the apps and proclaim the champion. Check out their site and if you meet their sponsors, thank them for helping out with this awesome event. Keep an eye on my blog for the shows. We will start publishing ...
Please come join us at the Charity event "We Are Microsoft". Throughout the weekend, starting this Friday, we will be working on charity software development. Right now Mark Leon Watson and I will be working on Irving.Net web project, and I'm looking forward to working with someone whom I've only ever met online. If you live in the Northwest Arkansas area, there will be four of us going, and I'm betting we could find more room to carpool if you are interested. We will be leaving sometime Friday morning ...
Well I do find this amusing as last night we were just watching the Top Gear episode where Ranulph Clarkson and Ranulph May attempt to race Ranulph Hammond to the North Pole using a truck - as ever Jeremy Clarkson is forever the irreverent motor mouth and larrikin in a likeable way and we actually found ourselves cheering for Hammond to beat them with the Dog Sled. So it's no surprise to see Clarkson so spectacularly misjudge how easy it can be to have your Banking details abused? I guess he has ...
In August I scaled a building for charity. Part of the deal was that we'd get video footage of the event as a keepsake. September went by...October...November...a... a few emails wondering what was up, and being told that they were waiting on the videographer, I figured all was just taking a bit longer. Unfortunately we got the news today that we probably wouldn't be getting it...that the person contracted to cut the videos wasn't returning messages and that the ability to even retrieve the original ...
Bill Gates gave the commencement speech for Harvard this year, and it's fantastic! He speaks about how important it is for the brightest minds of today to be utilized in fixing the biggest problems we have today, and not just as more tools to further the capitalistic juggernaut (that's my interpretation, not necessarily Gates' opinion). If Gates was just the big Microsoft guy, this would all sound hypocritical; but he's not. He's poured insane amounts of his own money into charity work, and although ...
One of my hobbies is photography (webshots, zooomr) and I was listening to The Digital Photography Show podcast where the guest was Kevin Kubota. He presents photography seminars and is offering scholarships to his seminars. The interesting part of the application is that you have to describe what charity work you do. He said that he figures if he is doing something for you then you should be doing something for your community to show that you are serious. So how does this relate to architecture ...
Wow, its only been a week since the initial post about how the Mad Mexican wants to help save the Easter Seals, and already support has started to pour in! On behalf of the Mad Mexican, he wants to send his thanks to everyone who's helped out so far, but there's still work to do! Any amount will help: $5, $10, $20. We know that with the millions of fans the Mad Mexican has, we'll be able to blow open the record books of support for this worthy cause*. To pledge your support, just visit THIS LINK! ...
Many of you have already heard about the exploits of the Mad Mexican and his reunion with Johnny "The Pimp" Bristowe at Dev Teach last year. Well, the Mad Mexican needs your help and he asked me to post a blog entry on his behalf. He heard though the grapevine that Easter Seals, a charity organization that helps people with physical disabilities, is looking for donations (I think the Mad Mexican still thinks this is about sea animals and the fact its April, but whatever...). But being the man of ...

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Hi Guys, Firstly I must apologise for this off topic post - but I guess this is proof that I don't spend all my time hidden away in a darkened room living a virtual existence - I am still resisting the usrge to leap into action and do battle against the hoard! On Sunday 22nd I'll be taking part in the Great South Run with a view to raising funds for the Rowans Hospice. I believe that this charity is well worth supporting, not just because it costs a staggering £2.6M each year to run the facility, ...

Microsoft is hosting a very kewl contest called the Develop Without Border Challange. The idea is pretty simple: spec out a solution using Office 2007 for a charity of your choice. The prizes are excellent, as the real winner in this is whatever charity you're speaking for, so its not a selfishly motivated contest at all, which is nice for a change (yes, devs do get some prizes...but the cash and technology for the charity makes it the real winner in this). Check out the links below for more info: ...
You must have already heard of it. Bill Gates' role has been planned to be downplayed in 2008. Moving from full-time Chairman and chief software architect to part-time chairman of the great company, as complementing this to to change his part-time n his charity organization he runs with his wife (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), giving his role as chief software architect to Ray Ozzie (formerly chief technical officer at Microsoft since 2004, also the creator of IBM Corp.’s Lotus Notes) ...
This is so cool! It looks like there will be a Battlestar Galactica spinoff series coming as early as next year. The early news is as follows: The spinoff series will apparently be set about 50 years before Battlestar Galactica and center on the cataclysmic events that formed the current series. This should be really cool. A whole new cast of characters and all of the back story on the Cylon war. I'm looking forward to it already. BTW, if you're at all a fan of Firefly/Serenity, be sure to check ...
The BBC have reported today that AOL has slightly back tracked on it's plan to start to charge for sending bulk email sent to it's users. Effectively they will waive the charges for non-profit organizations and allow these users to bypass AOL's junk mail filters. I think the concept that AOL are adopting here is good for reducing the levels of spam to AOL users only, but does this still mean I requested the mail message well possibly no. I expect that some large marketing companies may choose to ...
Using Agile Project Management with Integration Projects I have been recently involved in a number of BizTalk 2004 integration projects using Agile Project Management (Also known as Scrum). Conchango (http://www.Conchango.com) has also been involved with Microsoft in designing and implementing the Agile add-in for VS2005. If you are unfamiliar with Agile Project Management, have a look at the following links: http://www.controlchaos.com/ (Its all about common sense) The official Website with all ...
Bill and Melinda Gates with Bono are Time Magazine's Persons of the Year According to Time Magazine -the Person of the Year is chosen - with an aim to pick “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives.” A Time article said “When you look at the number of people who die from the kind of diseases and poverty that the Gates’ and Bono are fighting, the death tolls are far greater than what occurs in natural disasters or wars,” he told Reuters. The founder ...
As I am sure everyone who takes the time to read this article is aware, in November Microsoft releases a huge upgrade to their developments platform, VS2005. (There is also some other releases in this time too, but that is for another article.) Part of that release is a complete reworking of the ASP.Net platform. Not that there is anything disastrously wrong with 1.1, but if you have developed with it for any amount of time, you know where its weak points are. That is, there are not an inordinate ...
Today is the so-called Blog Aid/Blog For Relief/Insert name here Hurricane Katrina relief day across the blogosphere. Basically, bloggers are asking their readers to contribute to various charities. Today, I encourage you to contribute to Catholic Charities USA. We hear all about New Orleans and Mississippi, but Katrina’s wrath was not limited to those places. Catholic Charities is also helping people in Baton Rouge and Florida, actually everywhere in the Gulf Coast. If you have made a contribution, ...
holy crap! i've seen everything now. snoop dogg and mr. Iacocca together pushing cars on t.v. chrysler must really be digging deep into the marketing bucket. the only redeeming value i can see to this whole affair is that mr. iacocca is donating his appearance fees to a diabetic charity fund.
I am one of the most devoted persons to sports there is. I love playing, watching and talking about a wide range of sports, but I have to say I have now had it with this NHL lock out. I can't believe what absolute babies many of these NHLers are. It is not that they are sooo out of touch with the value of a dollar, but they are greedy, plain and simple. I understand the need to pay professional athlete a premium to mitigate the risk of a short career, but million dollar condos, luxury vehicles and ...
For those of you who don’t know, Child’s Play is the charity organization started by the famous web comic duo of Penny Arcade. Penny Arcade is one of, if not the single, most well known web comics of all time. Their topic of choice is video games, but their appeal extends beyond that realm into that of general Geekdom. Child’s Play is a charity aimed at Penny Arcade’s primary audience… gamers. Basically, you’re asked to donate by purchasing toys and video games ...
Last holiday season I watched the out pouring from the gaming community when Gabe & Tycho of Penny Arcade fame decided to start a charity event.This year they are doing it again and it looks like it will outshine last years event. They have included 5 chirlderns hosiptals in this yeas event 1 in Washington, 2 in Califorina, 1 in Texas, and 1 in Washington DC, and this year they are doing a Child's Play Fundrasier Dinner Auction on December 9th in Bellevue, Washington. You can visit there site ...
Well at least Pete Anderson thinks I am. Pete just left a comment on this old post and it seems that I am famous. They want me to perform at a charity concert that is going to save the whole world. “Me and a very good friend of mine are thinking of getting a charity concert organised. Taking all the big popstars(yourself included) to sing for the help of ALL needy people in the world ie Africa, Iraqu.and even the wind hit parts of America in fact anyone that needs help. If we could get it to ...