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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. February 2006 Entries
this weeks teaching gig
I taught MOC2310B (ASP.NET bilingual class - VB.NET & C#) this week. Like most Microsoft 5 day courses, it can easily be delivered in 4 days without sacrificing any content. Instead of delivering the training from 9am - 4pm Monday through Friday, I deliver it from 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday through Thursday. I've done this with a few classes and the students seem to prefer it this way. This week in particular really stands out for me because it was probably the most rewarding class I've taught in a while. ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 5:50 PM

Best XBOX 360 ad ever...
This showed up on the main feed the other day, so I'm just posting it to my blog for remembrance...

This is undoubtedly the best xbox 360 ad ever!!

It's a shame that it was apparently pulled prior to airing due to the "extreme violence" nature of it. It's brilliant!

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 5:25 PM

best 404 message... ever!
Good for a laugh.

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2006 9:00 PM

click at your own risk
I have no idea if this is legit... I just saw it and figured I would pass it on to those of you interested in this sort of thing. Get D&D Online for free: edit: don't bother... you have to jump through a lot of hoops like applying for credit cards and crap. Not worth it. see below: 2. You must complete the product offers exactly as indicated on each page. For this promotion, Dungeons and Dragons ......

Posted On Monday, February 20, 2006 1:27 PM

Richmond, VA Code Camp
Richmond, VA is getting their first (and long overdue) code camp this April. They need speakers and volunteers (and attendees) so click here for more info!!

Posted On Saturday, February 18, 2006 9:22 AM

Where's Chris?
Some of you already know this, but others might be surprised by the news... As of Thursday (2 days ago) I have left Blackbaud and in another week I will no longer be living in Charleston, SC. I'm changing jobs and moving. Without going into too many details in such a public forum, let me just say I've found a great place in the woods on a mountain where they actually get all 4 seasons and it's very quiet, pretty and there are no mosquitos. (Oh how I hate those little bloodsuckers...) Why did I leave? ......

Posted On Saturday, February 18, 2006 9:07 AM

shared web calendar
If you've been thinking about ways to put your life and schedule into a more accessible format for others, like I was, you owe it to yourself to check out 30boxes. It's one of those “why didn't I do that“ tools that you learn to depend on pretty quickly. One of my students in Seattle turned me on to it and I'm liking it. It makes sharing calendars super easy and if you have several people (like room-mates or family) with different schedules it definitely beats installing Exchange Server ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 12:47 PM

Weekend Update
Well I'm back from my week in Seattle. I had a GREAT time and got to hang out with some very cool people. The NetDesk folks were terrific hosts and definitely a great bunch. I was somewhat unprepared for a few of the modules (nobody's fault but my own) and they weren't afraid to provide me with some constructive feedback, which I appreciated. I've got enough friends who tell me what a swell guy I am (no small ego here), so when I do manage to royally bork something up I'm not averse to a little honest ......

Posted On Sunday, February 12, 2006 6:57 AM

MIXing it up in Vegas... babeeee
Anybody here (besides me) planning to attend MIX06 in March? Looks like a pretty interesting event with some info on Windows Live and IE7 and of course Uncle Bill will be giving the keynote so that should be interesting as well. Taking a look at the MIX blog reveals that the keynote might be a bit more interactive than most. Apparently Tim O'Reilly will be involved along with an opportunity for some audience questions. 50 sessions lined up so far, including people from Amazon, Ebay, PayPal and MySpace. ......

Posted On Thursday, February 9, 2006 7:47 AM

Arcade fun... Tower of Doom style
Before I forget... I did finally get a chance (before I hopped a plane to Seattle) to try out my new game (Tower of Doom - 4 player) that I've been babbling about for the last few weeks. First the visual inspection... It's pretty damn big. (I took pics... but I havent got them with me) it looks great. minor dings here and there but nothing I can't live with. Popped open the back of the cabinet... wow, damn near spotless. You could almost eat in there if there was room. Nice wiring job, very clean. ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 3:59 PM

Sleepless... Seattle!! Yup, that's me. Woke up at 3am again this morning. (That's 6am my time) 4 more days like this and maybe I won't have to “change back” when I go home. :) Seattle is pretty (from the 28th floor) and still no rain. It never rained last time I was here either. I think they just tell people that to keep them from moving here. :) I could stand up here and look at Mt Rainier all day. This place has the fastest damn elevator I've ever been in. I went 28 floors in about 3 seconds. ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 3:43 PM

All I heard about for weeks... pack your parka... pack an umbrella. HA! It's not raining, and hardly even cold. The flight was uneventful although painfully crowded. Flying into Detroit on Superbowl Sunday was interesting. That is one HUGE airport. Then we had to sit on the tarmac for about 40 minutes waiting for them to de-ice. That sucked, but the flights were pretty easy. Got to Seattle, hopped a shuttle and hoofed it 4 blocks to my hotel only to find out that they only booked me from Wednesday ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 3:43 PM

I don't know what to do with those Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs
Seattle here I come!! I'll be there for a week (2/5 - 2/11). So if anyone wants to hook up or hang out, send me an email. I'll be teaching in the day time and working on my book in the evenings, but I'll definitely have time for a beer now and then, or a game of pool, etc... Probably won't be blogging much during that week, but I'll definitely be checking email. There are, of course, certain folks and friends I'd LIKE to hang out with if they're available... but hey... I ain't picky ......

Posted On Friday, February 3, 2006 11:36 AM

ok seriously this time....
Ok now this is officially the funniest thing I've ever read: No Peace With French Canada

It's funny how nearly every time I say this, it involves Rory Blyth.

Posted On Friday, February 3, 2006 3:52 AM

It's here, It's here!!
My D&D Tower of Doom game arrives today, some time between 8 and 12!! Woohoo!!

Must control urge to plug it in and turn it on immediately!! Need to open it up, check all the boards, make sure everything is seated properly... etc. Can't wait!!

Posted On Friday, February 3, 2006 3:28 AM

Travel Nightmare
I've done a fair bit of travelling by air. It's seldom pleasant, and typically the best I hope for is uneventful. Heather Leigh had an unpleasant airline experience recently, and while I'm neither cute nor female, I can definitely share her feeling of being totally creeped out. Looks like she's making some progress on getting it resolved though, which is good for her. Even better is the fact that she's not going to "just get over it lady" as some idiots have suggested. So here it is: Part 1 and Part ......

Posted On Friday, February 3, 2006 3:22 AM

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