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On Vacation

Well, just not working...and boy I don't know what to do.  So I am taking portraits of the dogs!

Chandler and Milton.

Actually, I have been working on my thesis proposal.  I have been doing research about blogging and communities. It is all very interesting and I can't wait to get you all involved. Hope everyone had a great holiday and is ready to start the countdown to 2004!

Posted On Tuesday, December 30, 2003 2:48 PM

INETA Latam is putting on some great events in January and February in Venezuela, Columbia, Peru and Ecuador. There will be some Sams books there! If you are interested, I am sure you can find out more information here. It also sounds like INETA Latam is continuing to grow at amazing rates ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 24, 2003 11:02 AM

To everyone who reads this!  We just had our 2003 review and 2004 plan meeting with our big boss, Gary and it went really well.  And that only happened because of all of the support from so many of the people in the .NET community.  Thanks everyone for making 2003 a fun year to be a part of the world of .NET.

Posted On Friday, December 19, 2003 9:15 AM

I just realized that everyone doesn't know about this great little tracking tool for sales ranks of an item on Amazon. JungleScan is pretty cool! All you authors can dork-out and track your book's rank really easily.

Posted On Tuesday, December 16, 2003 7:22 AM

The Cards, the cards!
So, every year it seems people can measure how much they are appreciated by how many cards they get. I am feeling pretty appreciated at the moment as the cards at home have been steadily coming in for about the past week and then the flood started today at work. Mine went out at home last week and went out this morning here at work - if you don't get one, you can assume I don't have your snail mail address. It isn't an excuse, it is true. I came up with this challenge on a number of people. People ......

Posted On Monday, December 15, 2003 11:34 AM

Book Reviews - My Opinion
There has been a long thread of discussion on some of the lists regarding the quality of book reviews in the community. The discussion has commented specifically on some reviewers, reviews and styles. Here is what I have to say on the subject (many of you know I am the Public Relations Manager and sender of many review copies at Sams Publishing and Que Publishing). I appreciate reviews no matter what they say. Obviously, the reviews that get the publishers in a funk are those that are completely ......

Posted On Friday, December 12, 2003 7:20 AM

Maroon 5
Rocked it in Indy tonight!  They do a decent live show - they have some bugs to work out if they want to 'make it big', but the album is solid and I wouldn't miss a show if you have a chance.

Posted On Wednesday, December 10, 2003 8:23 PM

A Test of Your Intuition

This is floating around and is fun for developers! Test your knowledge on whether you can tell if someone is a serial killer or inventor of a programming language.  I won't make any other commentary on this. Enjoy!


Posted On Wednesday, December 10, 2003 10:38 AM

My Motto or something...

“Free books are to developers what blood in the water is to sharks...feeding frenzy time!” - G. Andrew Duthie  a comment on Bill's post.

Posted On Tuesday, December 9, 2003 9:23 AM

This Week in Music
I'm overloaded with holiday concerts this week which is never a bad thing. I get to go see Guster and Maroon 5 tomorrow night and Josh Kelley on Friday night. If anyone is in Chicago for New Years - House of Blues and Guster seems like a great choice! A note on Josh Joplin: No, sadly I did not make it to Atlanta for the group's last show over the weekend. I have a note into Josh to see if he is continuing the quest with his solo career. He does a great solo acoustic show ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 9, 2003 8:28 AM

Great Interviews
I have had the pleasure of working with Stephen Ibaraki for quite some time now. Many of our authors and friends are interviewed here. For a real classic and glimpse into the publishing world - there is an interview with my ex-boss, John. We do love John! And if you need some insight into Outlook 2003, Patricia Cardoza's interview is a must read. And here are some others you may be interested in...Don Jones, Joe Mayo, James Foxall, Kurt Cagle, with many more coming soon ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 9, 2003 8:11 AM

The Blogging Process
David Pollard has a breakdown of the process of blogging.  This interests me quite a bit. I won't paste in the flow chart, but you should take a look.  I am working on a thesis proposal that is essentially about blogging as a community building communications tool.  I may need some help with stats and surveys in the near future so please keep an eye out!

Posted On Tuesday, December 9, 2003 7:33 AM

Overrun By Deer
Of the lighted variety. Our neighborhood has caught the spirit of the season and is displaying it through lights.  That's okay but it is the deer that I am questioning. Not really the deer but the volume of deer - there are 39 lighted deer in our one little neighborhood. A friend asked if there was a sale.  I wondered if there was a memo that was missed.  I am not sure, but all I know is that is a heck of a lot of lighted deer!

Posted On Sunday, December 7, 2003 2:28 PM

Speaking of...
ASP.NET Exposed - I signed up to see Rob in Chicago!  Anyone else going with me?

Posted On Friday, December 5, 2003 8:42 AM

By Special Request - Tradeshows 2004
I got a special request to post a list of the tradeshows we (Que/Sams) are planning to do something at in 2004. Now, this list reflects shows we are thinking about and none are confirmed. The 'something' could be actually having a booth in the Expo area or a sponsorship or something else. We are also trying to make sure that whenever our authors appear anywhere they are supported. So all that disclaimer stated, here they are and of course any feedback is always appreciated. VSLive! TechEd TechMentor ......

Posted On Friday, December 5, 2003 8:39 AM

Musicians Journaling
I am a big fan of music in general. It is a big part of my life - I love going to live shows, I keep up with the goings on of many bands, I like a lot of different kinds of music. One of my favorite currently active bands is Train. Pat Monahan the lead singer journals on thier site (Pat's Corner). I wouldn't call it a blog because the entries are not so frequent. I like the glimpse into his life - he has some interesting experiences and thoughts to share. In the latest entry, Pat talks about listening. ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2003 6:57 PM

The Dentist
Many of you probably shuttered when you read the headline.  Well, I have joined the ranks.  Today after 31 years of being cavity free, I got my first fillings. I am not happy about it.  Sympathy can be sent here.

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2003 4:42 PM

Christmas Came Early
I got a Christmas card.  Mine are sitting neatly in the box. I do have them though.  Don't make people feel bad by getting your cards out early! I suppose it is legal - it is December, we are expecting an accumulation of snow in Indy over the next couple days.  But, my shopping is done!

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2003 4:39 PM

Shows in 2004
We are well into the planning for 2004 and I have my list of tradeshows.  The one that used to be big in the past I have not heard much interest in this year...VSLive.  Is anyone planning to attend or are you holding out for Connections or TechEd?

Posted On Wednesday, December 3, 2003 11:36 AM

New Books in December
Here is a list of our books publishing in December from Sams Publishing that you may be interested in (no, I am not linking each of them - you can look them up by the ISBN): Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Unleashed by Rand Morimoto, ISBN: 0672325810, Price: $59.99 US Microsoft Visual C# .NET 2003 Developer's Cookbook by Mark Schmidt and Simon Robinson, ISBN: 0672325802, Price: $49.99 US Alison Balter's Mastering Microsoft Office Access 2003, ISBN: 0672325500, Price: $59.99 US Microsoft Visual C++ ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 2, 2003 2:16 PM

User Group Newsletter
I just sent out the second edition of the Que/Sams Microsoft User Group Newsletter.  If you are a user group leader and don't have it in your inbox soon, please sign up with our program or if you just want to read it yourself - drop me an e-mail. This issue is focused on C# and features Joe Mayo.

Posted On Monday, December 1, 2003 10:57 AM

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