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My new MSDN blog
I finally got around to creating my blog on MSDN. It can be found at http://blogs.msdn.com/ericjo/, but it's currently empty. I plan to migrate this blog there once I get some free time. Also, I will be posting there from now on ......

Posted On Sunday, September 10, 2006 11:29 PM

Community Update
I realize and apologize that I have not posted to my blog for 3 months. Many people have been getting on me lately to start blogging again. I'm starting to get a good handle on my workload and hope to spend more time on my community commitments including blogging. I also plan to migrate my blog to MSDN sometime in the near future. The current community efforts that I'm working on are: INETA Community Activities Our latest initiative is the INETA Live webcasts. The webcast can be viewed at http://live.ineta.org. ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 10, 2006 5:22 PM

Joining the blue shirts
Over the last two years I have worked for 5 different companies (including my own business) and assisted multiple clients with .NET throughout NE Iowa. This Monday I accepted an offer of employment from Microsoft!!! In two weeks I will be a Consultant for the US-MCS Central COE Division. This position will allow me to do the same work I have done of the last 4 years, just on a bit larger scale. I could potentially support anywhere between the Gulf of Mexico and Canada. Being that I am located in ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 26, 2005 7:31 PM

HDC 2005 is over. Bring on 2006
After much planning and preparation, I can finally say that the HDC 2005 is over. This year's conference was another huge success. It was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cedar Rapids, IA and hosted 309 developers with a waiting list of 105 people. We had many speakers from our region as well as some nationally known speakers such as Rocky Lhotka, Rob Howard, Andrew Troelsen, and more. I have recieved great feedback from everyone involved in the conference and am looking forward to starting to plan ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2005 5:58 AM

Party at the Heartland Developers Conference
Late night Wednesday party at the HDC rocks!!!! Partying with Javier, Joe, Joey, Jeremy, Alex, Levi, rocked!!!! We hit many bars including Bricks, Doublines, and the Dragon in Cedar Rapids. Ordered pizza from Pizza Daddy at 2:00 AM, watched Star Wars Epidsode III, and Joe Olsen eat an entire pizza himself!!!! We hope to have enen more fun Thursday Night, so if you missed out on Wednesday night, make sure you hook up with Joe or myself for a night out on Cedar Rapids for Thursday night ......

Posted On Thursday, October 13, 2005 12:04 AM

Heartland Developers Conference Game Zone
My final thing task to complete for the Heartland Developer Conference 2005 was to make sure that Game Zone for the Developer Jam was taken care of. The Developer Jam will run from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am on the night of October 13th. Initially while planning the HDC we had discussed working with AMD and Frank Cabanski from IGames. Working with AMD, Frank has been the DJ for the Game Zone at Tech Ed and PDC. Since one of our goals for the HDC is to be a mini PDC, we were very exciting to get the same ......

Posted On Saturday, October 8, 2005 3:45 PM

More Event Planning
The INETA/Microsoft Community Launch and Heartland Developer Conference 2005 planning are coming to a close. I have recently been tasked to start planning a way to get the INETA User Group Leader Summit so reach a larger audience. The INETA CA team has started planning a regional event called the “Community Leadership Summit”. I had initially hoped that the planning for the CLS would start in November to allow me time to focus on the HDC, which is next week! Unfortunately, we need to ......

Posted On Saturday, October 8, 2005 1:44 PM

HDC Sold Out
As of Wednesday September 21st, the HDC has sold out. If you missed out last year and didn't register early this year, shame on you. I have been telling everyone to sign up as quickly as possible to ensure they get a spot. Even though we are sold out, there is a chance people may get in. Our payment deadline is October 1st. If someone has registered but not paid by the deadline, we will be openning up their spot to people on the waiting list. To join the HDC05 waiting list, email jolsen@heartlanddc.com ......

Posted On Sunday, September 25, 2005 10:34 PM

CRINETA hosts Don Kiely on SQL Server 2005 - Developer Security
Monday July 11th, Don delivered a great presentation on SQL Server 2005 - Developer Security at the CRINETA user group meeting. At the beginning I gave him a hard time about the fact that he wasn't going to present at the HDC05 in Cedar Rapids this year. During the meeting he discussed schemas, synonyms, impersonation permissions, encryption, etc. After Don's presention, the CRINETA officers treated Don to a night out in Cedar Rapids. We met at the Irish Democrat for drinks and those fabulous cheese ......

Posted On Monday, July 11, 2005 3:51 PM

HDC05 Entertainment Update
I am currently working with AMD and Frank Cabanski from IGames in order to provide a TechEd like Game Zone during our Developer Jam on Oct 13 from 9:00 pm - 1:00 am. Since we can have a max of 32 Alienware machines, we figure that we can rotate 250 players through during the event. In order to provide entertainment while people are waiting to play in the GameZone, I am also trying to get a mach casino up and running. I'll keep my blog updated as I have more information. It's looking to be one of ......

Posted On Thursday, June 30, 2005 9:38 PM

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