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way off topic, but pretty funny...

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the official release of web application projects is here!

download web application projects

this is to maintain the vs2003 feel of web projects, but get the benefits of vs2005 (more importantly asp.net 2.0) features.

if you are migrating a v1.1 app, this is for you!!!

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i just got a ‘a new version is available’ when i logged into my msn windows live messenger.

so being the beta monkey i am, i installed it and was immediately reminded of my pet peeves of installers:

  • PROVIDE AN UNINSTALL LINK (not the case here, but always like to make that point — and no, the add/remove program doesn’t count — it’s not mother-in-law proof)
  • don’t install a shortcut to
    • my main start menu (program group okay)
    • my quickstart toolbar
    • my desktop
    • THESE ARE ALL MY SPACES — leave them alone — i’ll organize what i think is important, don’t tell me what/where you think things are important
  • PRESERVE MY SETTINGS – installing messenger live didn’t preserve my settings/preferences — it popped up the login screen upon restart (which i turned off) and when i logged in it shows some friggin today screen (which i turned off)

for crying out loud people — listen to the user — if i already had it installed, install it the same way.  if i didn’t, let ME choose how to install (and not through a custom option — give me all the options up front).


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wanted to share some pics with you more pics at desert code camp on flickr:

Computer Common screen saver

screen saver on the computer commons

Geeks at play

and videos from the afternoon geek rockout:

ac/dc’s ‘back in black’ clip

super mario in electric guitar

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just a quick shout-out to those who attended the desert code camp this past saturday!

i think we had a good turnout and the resulting evaluations were great!  some of the comments that i found particularly interesting were:

“Nowhere else you can find so much info condensed in short amount of time for an unbeatable price! The event is very good and very well organized.”

“Really impressed how this event was organized.  Never expected such a large crowd for this event.  I met so many people.  The fact that this was not tied to any technology or platform makes it really cool.  I got to learn a lot from this event.”

Best local event I have been to to date.  You provided excellent facilities, sessions, speakers.  Job well done.”

this was truly a great cooperative effort with the local communities.  i know a lot went into the planning of this from various user group leaders representing each different technologies — a great collaborative effort…kudos to the team including lorin, anthony, scott, patrick, meredith and all the others who greatly contributed!