Scott Hanselman

On Turning 0x1E and looking back at 2003

January 20, '04 Comments [3] Posted in ASP.NET | TechEd | Speaking | PDC | Africa | Tools
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I'm turning 30 on Thursday, which is a nice round number, until I turn 0x30 "again" in 18 years.  It's got me very nostalgic.  When I was in my early 20s I always expected to look at 30 as a big deal, and this may seem fairly geek of me, but once you grok number bases, it's hard to get as excited about numbers that are round in one base. :)

I'm pretty happy with the way things in general are going, looking back on 2003, here's some highlights:

So, here's to turning 30, 0x1E, 36 (octal), and 0001-1110 all in the same day.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Corillian Case Study on the Bank of Stockton

January 17, '04 Comments [0] Posted in Corillian
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We've just had another case study published on Microsoft.com, this time on The Bank of Stockton solution.  As you probably know, we dig .NET in a big way over here.  We've got some slick things cooking.  Expect to see more interesting technical stuff coming out of Corillian.

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New York City .NET Users Group and the Cold

January 17, '04 Comments [1] Posted in INETA | DasBlog | TechEd | Speaking
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It's cold, man.  We're in NYC to talk for INETA at the NYC .NET User's Group and crap, it's cold.  It was cold and crazy in Portland last week...around 21F and I thought THAT was cold.  We were out last night in Manhattan around 11:00pm and it was 1F. Yes, that's 1.  They said you can get frostbite in 30 minutes at the temperature.  Madness. 

Got to hang out with the legendary Stephen Forte, and my buddy Andrew Brust.  They have shown us a great time and had $300 worth of pizza to please the group!  This makes the 2nd continent I've spoken with Stephen on during our plans to take over the world when he's not climbing Mt. Everest.  Thanks to the guys and INETA for having me over.

If you want to see this very same presentation when I did it at TechEd, you can watch it online (with Audio and Video of the Demonstrations!) from TechEd 2003 and download the Powerpoint as well.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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The Bat Belt Effect - Geeks, Dorks and Diabetics

January 14, '04 Comments [1] Posted in Diabetes
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Nils has a great piece on changing the view of folks with "Bat Belts."  Nils is a fellow diabetic, unfortunately a new one (October), and believes that we can usher in a new "Diabetes Chic" movement!

"Even if diabetes doesn’t take off as an alternative lifestyle, I believe we can revamp its image. Here’s a portfolio I’m submitting to modeling agencies. The first shot evokes the mobile professional carrying his glucose meter and insulin delivery equipment in a stylish neoprene hip case. Unfortunately, I already tote around a Pocket PC and collapsable keyboard, so the hipster effect is somewhat diminished, as the second shot reveals."

As someone who has been known to carry:

A blood sugar meter

  • An insulin pump
  • A BlackBerry
  • A cell phone (sometimes)
  • An iPod
  • A TabletPC
  • Insulin, Glucose and spare Needles

and in the past:

  • An iPaq
  • A Handspring Visor
  • A Newton

I think that a bat-belt-chic movement is in order.  Perhaps it will start with a Solar Powered Geek vest, like Patrick's?  Is there a geek diabetic version with a cooler for insulin?

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J.P. Morgan Chase to acquire BankOne

January 14, '04 Comments [1] Posted in eFinance
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J.P. Morgan to buy Bank One
The deal could be worth $60 billion, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has agreed to acquire Bank One Corp. for an estimated $60 billion, according to a published report Wednesday.

The deal would combine two of the nation's largest financial institutions, the Wall Street Journal online reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. J.P. Morgan is the No. 2 bank, and Bank One the No. 6. bank.

Shares of Bank One (ONE: Research, Estimates) rose 14 percent in after-hours trading, while J.P. Morgan (JPM: Research, Estimates) shares slipped 3 percent.

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