Scott Hanselman

MVP = SPAM?

January 21, '04 Comments [10] Posted in ASP.NET | XML
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Wow, the MVP Announcements are out.   Lots of nice folks and friends have become members of what I call the "Microsoft House of Representatives" or more commonly known as the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Program. 

Here's what Microsoft says about MVPs:

  • Recognized: Microsoft MVPs are acknowledged by peers and also by Microsoft for their active participation in Microsoft technical communities around the globe.
  • Credible: Microsoft MVPs have demonstrated practical expertise providing the highest quality information and content.
  • Accessible: Microsoft MVPs are active technical community leaders sharing their experience with peers.

Recognized?  Yes, I'd know DonXml if I was behind him in line. (Which I was in NYC recently going into a dive bar)

Credible? Yes, Sam Gentile knows C#, my friends.

Accessible? Jeff Julian and John Bristowe are on MSN Messenger enough to be considered officially accessible.

I was poking around my never read SPAM folder, which contained 1002 emails this evening and found this:

"It is with great excitement that I can inform you that you have been awarded as a MVP in ASP.NET for your community contributions in the past year."

Well, holy crap and happy birthday! Good thing I'm not the MVP for Outlook, because Outlook said this good news was SPAM.

Thanks to whoever nominated me.  As a fiscally conservative ASP.NET developer, I promise to vote my conscience during the caucuses. :)

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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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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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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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