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DotNetNuke® Summer workshop in Orlando, FL
I'll be teaming up with Mike Webb from to train users on DotNetNuke® this summer in Orlando, FL. Michael Webb has been building websites for large corporations, small businesses and individuals using DotNetNuke® since the beginning. His corporate experience spans over 24 years in sales and marketing with a focus on technology integration to allow businesses to provide top quality customer service and empower employees with the tools necessary to perform their tasks within their respective ......

Posted On Thursday, February 21, 2008 4:31 PM

High Definition Caller ID
I received a postcard in the mail yesterday from my home telephone service which is Brighthouse Network of Central Florida. I have my Internet, digital telephone and television service from them. The postcard advertised that I can now get my caller id on my HDTV. All I had to do was to go to the settings for the cable and scroll down to turn this option on. Now, if I happen to be watching my favorite show or game, I don't have to get up to get the phone if I see that I don't want to talk. The blue ......

Posted On Thursday, February 21, 2008 7:46 AM

Have an XNA game and need some players?
Big announcement at the GDC in San Francisco today. Microsoft has launched a community driven service that will let amateur creators build and distribute games via XBOX live. I was amazed to find out that XNA had been downloaded 800,000 times and there are more than 400 universities worldwide that are using the package. There are not that many high schools teaching XNA. I'd like to see more XNA training for faculty so that high school teachers would feel comfortable teaching it. Last summer, I took ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 20, 2008 5:29 PM

US Navy ready to take down 5000 lb satellite
The Navy has everything in order to take down this satellite which is the size of a bus that is loaded with 1000 pounds of toxic rocket fuel aboard. They are waiting for good weather and have issued a no fly zone west of Hawaii to prepare. The odds of it hitting a populated area are only about 1%. This is an expensive venture but what else can they do when this satellite went bad after it launched in 2006. China and Russia are concerned that the US is using this as an excuse that this is just a missile ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 20, 2008 1:47 PM

Microsoft gives away software to college and high school students
I'm sure that Alfred Thompson from Microsoft will be blogging more about this free giveaway. Great news if you are a college student you can get Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition, Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, Expression Studio, XNA Game Studio 2.0 with a free year-long subscription to the XNA Creators Club, SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition and Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition. When Windows Server 2008 is released to MSDN, it will be available to students as well. Bill Gates ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 19, 2008 12:46 PM

Orlando #5 Most Wired Cities

Atlanta ranked first in the Forbes magazine most wired cities but Orlando, FL ranked 5th.

Forbes looks at the percentage of Internet users with high-speed access, the range of service providers within a city and the availability of public wireless hot spots to compile the list.

There is more to Orlando than Disney but it helps having them here.

Posted On Monday, February 18, 2008 11:45 AM

Calling all Speakers
The Orlando Code Camp is currently looking for speakers and you can submit a session here. There were over 500 registered last code camp and it will be held on Saturday, March 22 at Seminole Community College in Sanford, FL. Here's the session that I submitted to present: Name of session: Best Resources to Learn DotNetNuke® Description: Now that you have downloaded DotNetNuke® how are you going to use it for your application. Where do you start? Where do you go for help? This session will have several ......

Posted On Friday, February 15, 2008 10:47 AM

Someone threw me a CURVE
Over at the Community Credit website, there are over 8000 geeks who participate in a monthly geek prize for their contribution to the development community. Last month, I happen to place 5th and won a one of a kind 4 hub tape dispenser. David Silverlight who runs this site is very fair on who wins these geeky prizes from month to month so he throws you the curve on points if you are a current winner which keeps the contest fair for others to win. My curve is at 85% and expires at the end of March. ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 12, 2008 2:10 PM

Bouncing X and Y Introduction to OOP
Today in class, I shared with my students a video that Logan and Buzz did in their XNA online Programming class located at The training was excellent preparation for me to be able to teach my students game programing. My students have learned how to program in C# ,the basic concepts of decision making, repetition etc. and needed to see how all of this applies to game play so the Bouncing X video was needed at this time. There are 2 class files that are created in this application. One ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 5, 2008 11:48 AM

Orlando Dotnetnuke User Group Meeting Update
There were eleven enthusiastic dotnetnukers who attended the first Orlando Dotnetnuke User group meeting at Lake Highland Prep School in Orlando today. Everyone has a different background of using dotnetnuke and all are eager tolearn more. The 1 1/2 hour meeting went by fast and after introductions we all agreed to meet on amonthly basis. Next month, on March 1, Mike Webb from will talk about the custom modules that his company has created. In April, Will Stohl will do an introduction ......

Posted On Saturday, February 2, 2008 2:51 PM

New online XNA video training
Over at the creators club site is an online video tutorial entitled Beginner's Guide to XNA Game Studio Express that is new and will teach you how to create a 2d and 3d game. Charles Cox, a Developer Educator from Microsoft does an outstanding job at explaining how to code these two games. In addition, he reviews the hardware and operating system requirements of being able to run XNA Game Studio Express and how to install as well. What I liked was part of the Introduction steps you through how to ......

Posted On Friday, February 1, 2008 5:15 PM

Go figure
One day after my blog post on Yahoo cutting jobs, Microsoft makes an offer to buy them out! Apparently this talk has been rumor for some time now and Microsoft has finally made an offer of $44.6 billion. Is Yahoo worth that much? Should be interesting to see where this goes... Technorati Tags: Microsoft,Yahoo ......

Posted On Friday, February 1, 2008 4:39 PM

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