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INETA Community Launch Update
The launch Presentation DVDs have shipped! All community launch trainees should have received an email from the INETA Community Launch Team today with details on how to get the materials if you need them within the next couple of days. The materials used for your Community Launch event are the same materials that will be presented by Microsoft in official launch cities. For more information on official launch cities visit Thanks goes ......

Posted On Thursday, October 27, 2005 4:41 PM

Joining the blue shirts
Over the last two years I have worked for 5 different companies (including my own business) and assisted multiple clients with .NET throughout NE Iowa. This Monday I accepted an offer of employment from Microsoft!!! In two weeks I will be a Consultant for the US-MCS Central COE Division. This position will allow me to do the same work I have done of the last 4 years, just on a bit larger scale. I could potentially support anywhere between the Gulf of Mexico and Canada. Being that I am located in ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 26, 2005 7:31 PM

David Anderson with save us all
I discovered this great video on channel 9 about “Writing Agile Software”. David Anderson writes the Agile Management blog that's been getting quite popular (and wrote a book on the same topic). He's been working with teams inside Microsoft increase developer productivity. If you watch the video you will understand where I came up with the title of this posting. I for one, have had more than my share of burnouts due to break downs in the project life cycle. I realize that some developers ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2005 7:53 AM

HDC 2005 is over. Bring on 2006
After much planning and preparation, I can finally say that the HDC 2005 is over. This year's conference was another huge success. It was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cedar Rapids, IA and hosted 309 developers with a waiting list of 105 people. We had many speakers from our region as well as some nationally known speakers such as Rocky Lhotka, Rob Howard, Andrew Troelsen, and more. I have recieved great feedback from everyone involved in the conference and am looking forward to starting to plan ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2005 5:58 AM

Party at the Heartland Developers Conference
Late night Wednesday party at the HDC rocks!!!! Partying with Javier, Joe, Joey, Jeremy, Alex, Levi, rocked!!!! We hit many bars including Bricks, Doublines, and the Dragon in Cedar Rapids. Ordered pizza from Pizza Daddy at 2:00 AM, watched Star Wars Epidsode III, and Joe Olsen eat an entire pizza himself!!!! We hope to have enen more fun Thursday Night, so if you missed out on Wednesday night, make sure you hook up with Joe or myself for a night out on Cedar Rapids for Thursday night ......

Posted On Thursday, October 13, 2005 12:04 AM

Heartland Developers Conference Game Zone
My final thing task to complete for the Heartland Developer Conference 2005 was to make sure that Game Zone for the Developer Jam was taken care of. The Developer Jam will run from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am on the night of October 13th. Initially while planning the HDC we had discussed working with AMD and Frank Cabanski from IGames. Working with AMD, Frank has been the DJ for the Game Zone at Tech Ed and PDC. Since one of our goals for the HDC is to be a mini PDC, we were very exciting to get the same ......

Posted On Saturday, October 8, 2005 3:45 PM

Visual Studio Team System Licensing and Pricing
I have been receiving TONS of questions about Team Suite, Team System, etc. So I did some research and found this great Channel 9 interview with Rick LaPlante. Rick is the general manager of Visual Studio Team System. In the interview he responds to customer complaints about VSTS's planned licensing and pricing. He explains 4-6 key decision points that companies can make to decide which product is right for their environment. He also makes a good point about Microsoft changing their product focus ......

Posted On Saturday, October 8, 2005 2:30 PM

More Event Planning
The INETA/Microsoft Community Launch and Heartland Developer Conference 2005 planning are coming to a close. I have recently been tasked to start planning a way to get the INETA User Group Leader Summit so reach a larger audience. The INETA CA team has started planning a regional event called the “Community Leadership Summit”. I had initially hoped that the planning for the CLS would start in November to allow me time to focus on the HDC, which is next week! Unfortunately, we need to ......

Posted On Saturday, October 8, 2005 1:44 PM

Problems on Google and Microsoft Websites
For those of you that don't know. I am now employed by New Horizons in Cedar Rapids as a Technical Trainer and Development Consultant. Having joined the training and partner world, I now spend a good amount of time on Microsoft's Learning and Partner websites. Last week my co-workers and I noticed that the course search was not working on the learning website. I had to prep for some upcoming classes so I used google to search for the MOC materials instead of the learning search. I also noticed problems ......

Posted On Thursday, October 6, 2005 8:04 AM

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