Jan
27
2011

Denver “Office Hours” January 24 2011

On Monday January 24th between the hours of 3pm and 5pm, I enjoyed spending time at my “office” in Denver.  I relaxed at the Starbucks in the Bellevue Promenade.  The place was quite busy – which was perfect.  The highlight of my Denver experience is when Ely Lucas (organizer of the upcoming Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta) came to pay a visit.  Thanks Ely for a great fireside chat!

SAMSUNG

From time to time, I will be hanging out at my various “offices” around my assigned geography – Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.  Usually for a two hour period, I will chill-ax with a beverage and broadcast how to find me.  The point?  Allow developers in the area to chat with their local Developer Evangelist about anything and in a less formal setting.

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Jan
21
2011

Kudos for Kodu!

HappyValley2011Today I became a hero!  Sadly, not because of any personal accomplishment.  I was simply a messenger.  I was invited to speak at a special assembly for all students at Happy Valley School in Peoria, AZ.  The topic?  Officially it was “How to Prepare to Become a Software Engineer” (yawn).  I accomplished my objective, but I was sneaky about it.  From their perspective, my presentation was “How to Make Games for XBOX 360” (oohs ahhhs hoorays).

Thanks to a suggestion from Lynn Langit, a Microsoft Developer Evangelist on the west coast, I introduced my eager audience to Kodu, a visual programming platform for developing games on the XBOX.

kodu_programming_ui

During my demo of how easy it is to learn “visual conditional logic”, the entire assembly became very quiet – something a few teachers commented never happened before.  When the presentation was over, so many students approached me with excitement, and assured me they were going to make some cool games.  One student approached me sadly and said “I don’t have an XBOX, I only have a PS3.”  The students weren’t the only ones wanting in the action.  Some teachers and parents also asked a few questions about the platform (there is a gamer in all of us).

It was a great time, and the energy level was contagious.  At the end, one student asked me for an autograph.  As I said, I am just the messenger.  Nonetheless, I obliged and signed away.  Is that so wrong?

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Jan
17
2011

Camtasia Recorder Error: “Failed to start recording: Temp Folder Uninitialized”

While attempting to record with Camtasia, you may receive the following error dialog box:

Failed to start recording temp folder uninitialized

If you receive this message, it is because the recorder is configured to save the recording in a temporary folder that does not exist.  To correct the problem, navigate to the tools menu option in the Camtasia Recorder and select Options.  Make sure the path for the Temporary folder: text input is valid.

camtasia recorder tools options dialog temporary folder

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Jan
13
2011

Demo Code–Dynamic jQuery Styling

GangplankI had a fun time visiting the folks at Gangplank today.  I was invited to do a presentation on dynamic styling via jQuery.  Code samples can be downloaded below.

Nice crowd of developers from a variety of platforms, and very courteous – despite working for Microsoft :)  It was also nice meeting up with Scott Cate and Joseph Guadagno, both very active Microsoft MVPs in the southwest.

jQuery Code Samples Download

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    The code provided in this post is licensed under the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL).
    Copyright © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    The code provided in this post is licensed under the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL).
    Copyright © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    The code provided in this post is licensed under the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL).

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