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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. July 2008 Entries
Codestock is ONE WEEK AWAY
Codestock is ONE WEEK AWAY!! What is Codestock? Well, it's a one day conference, full of top notch programmers talking about the latest technology. There's no marketing presentations, or in your face propaganda. Oh yeah, and I'm speaking there... of course. Come spend a Saturday with some top tier developers. I'll be there, you should too. (and no, this isn't my big announcement... stay tuned!) ......

Posted On Thursday, July 31, 2008 9:12 PM

My Big Idea
Stay tuned to this blog for a huge announcement tomorrow (Friday August 1, 2008) morning.

It's taking all the willpower I have (which isn't much) not to announce it early.

Posted On Thursday, July 31, 2008 9:04 PM

NINE Questions with Randy Walker
I was hoping to get this out earlier in the week, but real life, work and that annoying sleep habit I can't seem to kick all got in the way. Randy is a fellow VB MVP and "Carl & Gary's" alumni, but I'll let him tell you about that. Here are my NINE Questions with Randy Walker: 1. Where are you from? Born in South Korea, adopted and lived all over the U.S. While I consider myself an Arkansas Razorback by heart (Go Hogs!), I’m a Texan through and through. I currently live and work in Northwest ......

Posted On Thursday, July 31, 2008 10:55 AM

How To Install a Font with ClickOnce
The short answer is, you can't... at least not directly. ClickOnce is designed to be a noninvasive deployment technology, which is a fancy way of saying it won't let you stick files just anywhere you like. It also won't let you specify an install path, or muck about in the registry, etc. So what do you do if you need to install a font as part of a ClickOnce deployment? Anytime your ClickOnce application has a prerequisite, like .NET 3.5 or SQL Server CE for example, you need a bootstrapper. (These ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 29, 2008 12:08 AM

NINE Questions with Jim Wooley
Time to cap off the week with another interview. I spent some time with Jim at TechEd (Developers) 2008 and was quite impressed with not only his VB knowledge, but also his enthusiasm for sharing it. If you've ever worked with LINQ, you've probably been to his website ( at some point. So without further introduction on my part, I give you NINE Questions with Jim Wooley... 1. Where are you from? I've been living around Atlanta, GA for the last 9 years. Most of my formative years ......

Posted On Friday, July 25, 2008 8:26 AM

Caligari trueSpace 7.6 for FREE?!?
If you're a 3D kinda guy, which I'm not (well, I'm getting there, but it's a slow journey) then you might be interested in this. Apparently, Caligari is giving away their trueSpace 7.6 product for free for a limited time. Here's the marketing fluff: What you may not expect is that we are making trueSpace7.6 available to everyone at no charge, in a giant step forward to bring high-end 3D authoring tools to all who want them! trueSpace7.6 is far more than a SketchUp-style 3D architectural modeling ......

Posted On Thursday, July 24, 2008 8:57 AM

Make Money On XNA Games!!
Big announcement today:

Posted On Tuesday, July 22, 2008 4:22 PM

NINE Questions with Dr. Alan C. Jamieson (aka Ripark)
Welcome back after the chaos of last week. This time around, I'm talking to my very good friend Alan Jamieson (also known as Ripark in the gaming community.) Alan and I met back during my Reality Check Games days in Greenville, SC, where he was instrumental in helping to build a very strong gaming community. We've both moved on since then, but we'd both still rather be running a game store. Ahh memories... Anyway, without further delay, I give you NINE Questions with Dr. Alan C. Jamieson: 1. Where ......

Posted On Monday, July 21, 2008 10:02 PM

NINE Questions with Jason Olson
Sorry folks... only 1 interview this week. I've been busier than Gil Gerard at a one hour buffet. Our guest this week is my very good friend Jason Olson. Jason works for Microsoft now, but I knew him when... although that's a story for another day. Here are my NINE Questions with Jason Olson. 1. Where are you from? Now, Kirkland, WA (just outside of Seattle). As a child I was from McMinnville, OR (which had the adoring nickname of McHickville). And no, I'm not a hick. 2. Ok so we know you work for ......

Posted On Friday, July 18, 2008 12:24 PM

Sunday Night Fun
Mission: Cereal Processing MillStatus: Abandoned (35 years)Debrief:We met up at 11pm (more or less) last night in a nearby parking lot and made sure we had our gear. For me, my gear consisted of a flashlight and my cellphone/camera. To avoid attracting undue attention, we all piled into one car and made the mile and a half drive to the mill.There's a small parking lot by the mill. Small as in less than 10 spaces. There was also an empty car in the lot. It wasn't necessarily a cause for concern, but ......

Posted On Monday, July 14, 2008 3:59 PM

Fansigns! Keep em coming...
Not too long ago, I mentioned that I'm having a little contest. Send me a cool fansign and you might win a seriously awesome badass prize. I had a couple of entries show up at first and then things slowed down a bit. So I figure, maybe you need a reminder, or an example. I received these today: There's a prize worth about $10,000 on the line here folks... keep em coming. You really don't have to send in a picture of yourself tattooing a nun to win. Just be creative ......

Posted On Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:24 PM

How Twitter Can Solve It's Problems
This is in response to a post by my fellow blogger & INETA guy, Randy Walker. Randy has a theory on how to make Twitter more performant (or profitable.) You can read it here or just see below for the relevant part: "charge anyone with a follow to follower ratio greater than 2 to 1. This would immediately eliminate 99% of spammers, drastically cut the system resource issues (thus reducing downtime), and create an income for company. While I doubt this will completely resolve it's lack of income ......

Posted On Thursday, July 10, 2008 5:08 PM

NINE Questions with Rachel Appel
I first met Rachel at TechEd 2008 and have been following her Twitter feed ever since. She's a newly awarded ASP.NET MVP, ASPInsider, Microsoft Certified Trainer and one seriously cool geeky chick. You can find her blog at Fortunately for you, dear reader, she was able to squeeze these NINE Questions into her busy schedule. Enjoy... 1. Where are you from? I’m from Northeastern Pennsylvania. I was born, raised and remain here, only to escape during my frequent travels. 2. Who ......

Posted On Thursday, July 10, 2008 2:26 PM

Schizoid - First XNA Title for XBOX Live Arcade Microsoft and Torpex Games announced today the release of Schizoid for Xbox LIVE Arcade. Billed as "the most co-op game ever", Schizoid creates a new category of action gaming where teamwork equals survival and players must protect each other from waves of glowing enemies. Available for download now, Schizoid is the first-ever Xbox LIVE Arcade title built using Microsoft's XNA Game Studio. Microsoft's Schizoid page: click me I am really really excited about this. It's great ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 9, 2008 8:51 AM

Twin Cities Developers Guild kickoff wrapup
The Twin Cities Developers Guild had our kickoff/cookout this evening. We had an excellent turnout and served up a bunch of burgers and hot dogs. Afterwards, Jason Bock gave his talk on "Writing Better Code" which went really well. Lots of good questions from the audience. Jason and I tossed a few VB vs C# barbs back and forth, which was fun. Everyone seemed to have a good time, and we wrapped up with some giveaways and announced the speakers for the next two months (August: Rocky Lhotka - CSLA Light, ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 8, 2008 10:01 PM

NINE Questions with Wally McClure
If you live in the southeast United States, chances are you've heard of Wally McClure. You may have even met him in person. I met Wally at the Charlotte Code Camp, back in the early days before my inevitable ascension to .NET Demigod. Wally is always a lot of fun to talk listen to, so enjoy. 1. Where are you from? I grew up in Knoxville, TN. I have a BS & MS in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech. I worked at “The Coca-Cola Company” in Atlanta, but I found that the corporate life wasn’t for ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 8, 2008 4:12 PM

NINE Questions with Paul Vick
As the Grand Poobah of Visual Basic at Microsoft, Paul is one of the busiest guys I know. Fortunately for us, he managed to find the time to answer these NINE Questions. 1. So, inquiring minds want to know, where are you from? Originally, Durham, NC. But I’ve been in Seattle almost as long as I was in Durham so… 2. Who do you work for? Give me the 10 second pitch on them. Why would I want to buy their product? A small technology company in Redmond, WA. You probably haven’t heard of them or used their ......

Posted On Friday, July 4, 2008 10:13 PM

I went to see WALL-E earlier this week (Yes, I know it's supposed to be a dot and not a dash. Call it a hardware limitation.) I wasn't in a big hurry to see this movie. The sense of urgency that I felt for Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Hancock, The Dark Knight, etc this summer so far, just wasn't there. It was more like "oh look, WALL-E is playing. Well, I've seen everything else TWICE, so why not?" My daughters are in from Atlanta for most of the summer, so we're seeing a lot of movies. They wanted ......

Posted On Friday, July 4, 2008 9:21 AM

Developer Groups in the Twin Cities
This month is kind of a big deal (to me) here in the Twin Cities. We're launching not one, but TWO developer related groups. The first one is my own project, the Twin Cities Developers Guild. (www.twincitiesdevelopersgu... Our kickoff meeting is on Tuesday, July 8 at 6pm (with our Kickoff Cookout starting at 5pm) at New Horizons of Minnesota (in Edina) and features Jason Bock (Magenic) speaking on "Writing Better Code." Later in the week, on Thursday, July 10 at 5:30pm, the Twin Cities Languages ......

Posted On Friday, July 4, 2008 8:57 AM

NINE Questions with Laurel Ruma
I've worked with Laurel for a few months on a number of different projects and had the good fortune of finally meeting her face to face (that would be her face on the right, and yours truly on the left) during TechEd Developers 2008. She was gracious enough to indulge me in a few drinks at Howl At The Moon and to answer these NINE Questions, so here we go... 1. Where are you from? I grew up in a small town in southern Maine. I now live in Medford, Massachusetts, less than two miles from O'Reilly's ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 2, 2008 12:41 AM

I just got back from the 9:30 showing of Hancock. Let me start off by saying this is a great superhero movie, but it's NOT a comic book movie. (Well... until Dark Horse starts cranking out comic movies anyway.) The point is, you can't really compare it to Iron Man or Spiderman. If you do, you'll be disappointed. There's no canon, no established history. This is something fresh and new and unlike anything you've seen before. I really REALLY enjoyed this movie. Imagine drunk and dirty Superman from ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 2, 2008 12:17 AM

MS Mafia
As a special treat for you, dear reader, I have 3 MS Mafia guitar picks to give away. The first 3 people to contact me through this blog with their mailing address will each get one.  Enjoy.

Posted On Tuesday, July 1, 2008 8:24 PM

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