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TOPLINE: Code Camp comes to the desert May 6 at University of Advancing Technology (Phoenix, AZ)!  Register now: http://www.desertcodecamp.com Please forward to your developer customer contacts.


What is a Code Camp?  In short, it is a free developer conference.  Who is welcome? Anyone!!!!!


To get a better understanding, here’s the Code Camp Manifesto:

By and For the Developer Community

Code Camps are about the developer community at large. They are meant to be a place for developers to come and learn from their peers. Topics are always based on community interest and never determined by anyone other than the community.

Always Free

Code Camps are always free for attendees.

Community Developed Material

The success of the Code Camps is that they are based on community content. All content that is delivered is original. All presentation content must be provided completely (including code) without any restriction. If you have content you don't want to share or provide to attendees then the Code Camp is not the place for you.

No Fluff only Code

Code Camps are about showing the code. Refer to rule #1 if you have any questions on this.

Community Ownership

The most important element of the Code Camp is always the developer community. All are welcome to attend and speak and do so without expectation of payment or any other compensation other than their participation in the community.

Never occur during work hours

We need to understand that many times people can't leave work for a day or two to attend training or even seminars. The beauty of the Code Camp is that they always occur on weekends.


The community leaders in the desert have worked together to arrange this venue for our software developer communities.  It’s not a “one-technology” event.  There will be sessions on Java, Flash, open source, Microsoft, database, and all other technologies.  Nothing is off limits.


Call to Action

Register now at http://www.desertcodecamp.com

Suggest Sessions at http://www.desertcodecamp.com

SPREAD THE WORD about it to any and all communities, colleagues, etc.

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someone may have one the $12K bounty

winxp on mac cracked

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want to build something cool using the express tools and possibly win $10,000?! -- then do it:


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Snow in Queen Creek

after having 190+ days without rain in the greater phoenix area, we just finished with 24hrs+ of nonstop rain, and while not odd for most, seeing snow on a mountain that is probably about 2000 feet is a rare site.

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everytime i travel i seem to find myself ranting on wireless access. i'm in seattle. they don't have free wireless.

with cities making wireless more of a utility in their neighborhoods, it got me thinking about public access.  i recently switched to verizon and use their evdo data network.  now at seattle, i don’t have to complain anymore (although i found a 1xRTT spot and EVDO spot about 20 feet away from each other — weird).  no free wireless, no problem, plug in my treo with my mini-sync (which is charging it at the same time), connect w/pdanet and i have high speed wireless (free? of course not, i’m paying for the data plan on my phone).

this got me thinking to my normal rants on wireless in airports.  i think the airlines should step in.  in my area i usually have a choice between 2–3 low cost carriers.  i choose one because i’m a loyal customer.  but it got me thinking.  would i choose the other if they offered free wireless in their terminal areas?  i have to say i’d think about it more given long travel wait times these days.  i think airlines have an opportunity here to increase their competitive offerings.  offer free wireless in your terminal areas.  maybe even offer a few kiosk terminals for the people without machines.

oh, and the lightening…that’s what is allowing me to write this post.  my plane is delayed as coming inbound it was struck by lightening.  would you reboard this plane?

gate attendant: “we’re holding off boarding because the plane was struck by lightening coming into seattle.”
me (thinking): huh, i guess i can at least apreciate them being honest, but it doesn’t leave the happiest feeling as i have no idea what lightening does to a plane…i have a pretty good idea what it does to trees, humans, houses, etc.
20 minutes pass…
gate attendant: “we appreciate your patience.  it appears there is a chunk out of the aft tail.  it looks like an animal bite and they are having some engineers take a look at the plane’s schematics to see if it is affected.”
me (thinking): animal bite chunk?  hmm…that doesn’t sound good.
(looking out window of gate): looks like they called in a specialist from a competing airline
me (thinking and still looking out window): what does it mean when all the engineers walk away from the plane?  my guess: animal bite chunk != this plane leaving.

updated: plain scheduled to leave 17:15.  plane will be leaving 23:20 — nice.  off to find a cozy place to sit and wifi-away!