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What talks should you go to at TechEd? Here's my list.

May 19, '04 Comments [1] Posted in TechEd | ASP.NET | Internationalization | Speaking | XML | Tools
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A buddy of mine emailed me to ask what the inside track was at TechEd, and if I had any talks to recommend.  So, here's my list of sessions to see at TechEd.

Sunday, May 23
 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  BOF09 Code Generation: So What?   15A
 
Monday, May 24
 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  DEVC01 Writing Secure Code - Developing Without Administrator Privileges  Cabana 05
 
 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
  DEVPNL1 .NET Architecture Panel  Room 20D
 
 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
  DEV310 ASP.NET: Top 10 Tricks for a "Killer" Web Application   Room 20D
  ARCC02 Guidance on patterns & practices  Cabana 04
 
 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
  DATC03 Using the CodeDOM for Dynamic Data Validation  Cabana 08
 
 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
  CTS404 Connected Systems: Best Practices for Dealing With State at Multiple Layers Within Your .NET Applications  Room 10
  DAT348 Improving Aggregations - Indexes and Indexed Views  Room 8
 
Tuesday, May 25
 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  DEV390 .NET Framework: So You THINK You Know What an Object Is...   Room 6A
 
 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
  DAT350 Partitioning - from Past to Present to Future!  Room 8
 
 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  BOF36 Integrating Unit Testing Tools and Practices Into the Software Development LifeCycle   16B
  BOF32 Application Security - Developing Code Without Administrator Privileges   14B
 
Wednesday, May 26
 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
  DEV410 ASP.NET: Inside the ASP.NET Runtime - Intercepting HTTP Requests  Room 8
 
 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
  DEVC31 Writing SmartPhone Applications with Compact Framework and Telephony and Messaging APIs  Cabana 06
 
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
 DEV360 Smart Clients: Build It Today with Windows Forms  Room 11AB
 
Thursday, May 27
 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
  ARCC14 Q&A from ARC 310: Improving Application Performance and Scalability  Cabana 04
  DEVC14 .NET Rocks! Presents - Microsoft Speaks  Cabana 05
  DEV392 .NET Framework: Building Applications with Globalization In Mind  Room 31ABC
 
 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
  DAT349 Preserving SQL Server Performance through Index Maintenance  Room 8
 
 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
  DEVPNL3 Software Legends Panel: .NET Myth Busters  Room 20D
 
 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
  DAT361 Logging and Recovery: Understand How Your Transactions Impact System Recovery and Performance   Room 8

 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
  DAT324 SQL Server 2005 (code named "Yukon"): Backup and Restore Engine  Room 8
  MBLC18 MoboCop: .NET Compact Framework Solution Case Study  Cabana 07
 
Friday, May 28
 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
  ARC312 Tools for Architecture: Designing for Deployment  Room 20A
  DEV393 .NET Framework: Implementing Custom Authentication and Authorization  Room 1AB
  DEVC19 .Net Security In The Real World - Examples From Corporate America  Cabana 05
 
 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  DEV463 Windows Forms: Controls Tips and Tricks  Room 6A

 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
  DEV464 Windows Forms: Advanced Topics in Building Applications with Visual Studio .NET  Room 8
  DATC21 SQL Server 2000: Programming with ADOMD.net and XML/A   Cabana 08
 
 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
  DEV370 Developing Applications Under Windows XP Service Pack 2   Room 8
  ARCC22 Guidance on patterns & practices  Cabana 04

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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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Crazy Small World

May 19, '04 Comments [1] Posted in Diabetes
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I was at the Portland Hilton yesterday, and I walked up to the concierge to ask about Theater tickets.  And he stared.  He started getting some brochures and he said..."Do you have a blog?"

Stupified I was.  Flabbergasted, truly.  Have I risen from "C"-level .NET Celebrity to full-on Tanya-Harding-"B"-level .NET Celebrity through the power of blogging?  Not quite. ;)

As the concierge at an important Portland landmark he had to use the Brick Finder to locate named bricks at the Pioneer Courthouse Square (folks paid for the square by purchasing engraved bricks) and used the BrickFinder, a small .NET app I did YEARS ago as a volunteer gig.  He followed the link to my blog from that site and RSS-subscribed me (he uses Newsgator.) 

If THAT'S not weird enough, turns out he's David Schargel, the former President of Aportis Technologies!  A few years ago, David was fully the shiznit in the Palm space, as Aportis Doc was the #1 eBook Reader on the Palm and Brain Forest dominated the Outliner market.  He even knew about GlucoPilot and its sale to HealtheTech. He's long ago sold off his companies and when the concierge gig opened up (apparently someone has to die before these jobs open up) David, a Portland Historian, jumped at the chance!  Ever the businessman, he also started Portland Walking Tours providing historical context on walking tours of the Rose City. 

Very cool.  I ended up talking to him for like 45 minutes.  If you are down at the Hilton, tell David I said hi.

P.S. A tip from David.  Check out the Pioneer Courthouse Square Brickfinder and seach for any of these: Jesus, Jimi, or Elvis.

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dasBlonde

May 19, '04 Comments [0] Posted in ASP.NET | INETA | TechEd | Web Services | Speaking
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Wow, I can't believe I missed this.  Michèle Leroux Bustamante, INETA queen, .NET queen, Regional Director, closet-Canadian, has a blog - http://www.dasblonde.net (I'm still chuckling about the title.)

Everytime I see her publicity head shot, I think about redoing mine...or just using hers. 

Michèle is running the University of California San Diego's Web Services Interoperability Education Day just before TechEdTed Neward is Key Noting, and there will be a great Panel talk with John Bristowe, me, Joe Homnick, Joe Lindsay, Terry Mohn, and Ted Neward.

That's THIS Saturday at UCSD so check it out.

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A ridiculously huge Portland Nerd Dinner

May 19, '04 Comments [1] Posted in TechEd | ASP.NET | Tools
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Nerds descended upon the Washington Square Mall food court this evening for the May 18th Portland Nerd Dinner.  There had to be at least 40 people there. 

I was (fortunately or unfortunately) all suited up as I had been presenting to a visiting bank all day.  As you know, many Nerds see a suit only at Weddings and Funerals (and often not even then) so it caused quite the stir.

One kind gentleman who works for MSDN even said during the Q&A that "We don't take questions from Bible salesmen!"  I'd have fought him on the spot, but I'm just a tiny 42 Regular off the rack, and he'd likely crush my head. ;)

Anyway, it also marked the triumphant return of Rory to the NW - land of Birkenstocks and Socks.  He was in attendance with his always charming and considerably-better-half, Kori.  As he has given up colonial life he needs to have a post for us to trackback a 'blogosphere I-told-you-so' in the style of the "Sells TP." 

Chris was kind enough to bring down Shawn Morrissey, Kent Sharkey and a few other people who's names escape me although I've met them before.  After the dinner the MSDN team held a Q&A session.  You really have to give Microsoft credit for being sincerely interested in what the developer thinks.  They spent at least a half-hour talking about ways to make MSDN better before I had to go. 

No doubt something amazing happened after I left as is typical with these events.  Unless I literally hang out until the joint closes down, Rich Claussen always tells me the next day, "Dude!  You should have hung out!  Right after you left..."  Sigh.  I'm sure he'll post pictures of whatever I missed. :)

Seriously, go to the next Nerd Dinner whenever it may be.  It's turned into more than just a great networking event.  You really have to give Jim Blizzard credit for being one hell of a Developer Evangelist.  The concept is really taking off.  Russ Fustino (of Russ's Toolshed fame) is hosting the .NET Pub Club in the Gulf States district.  Fabulous.

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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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Troy, the movie...and a new unit of measurement is born

May 14, '04 Comments [2] Posted in Movies
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The amount of energy required to launch one ship: One milli-helen.

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