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Aug
1
2011

Tech Travel Tips: Mini Laptop Cooling Fan

mini-laptop-cooling-fanWhen a product works better than hoped for, it deserves praise.  With my heavy travel burden, I want to pack as little as possible to get from point A to B.  I have some nice cooling fans for my notebooks in my home office, but they are too clunky to pack and use external power supplies.

I HIGHLY recommend the KINYO|ArtDio Mini Laptop Cooling Fan (CF-201)!  Here are my top reasons for this being such a great accessory when travelling:

  1. Compact when folded, fits in most “pockets” of a computer bag
  2. When unfolded, sturdy foundation for small or large notebook computers
  3. USB powered without sacrificing a USB port (daisy-chain)
  4. Dual fans work great and are virtually silent
  5. Available for purchase for less than $9

If you are a tech traveller, this product is a must-have!!!  If you have a product you can’t travel without, please leave a comment and let me know!

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Jul
29
2011
css3 // html5 // script

What is the SSS in HTML5?

html5This will be the first of a series of blog posts to help someone new to HTML5 development.  The first item to address is:  What is meant by the term HTML5?  I like to think of it as “Triple S” or SSS.

  • Source
  • Style
  • Script

Source refers to the HTML markup itself, the tags.

Style refers to the inline styles and/or modules from CSS3.

Script refers to the development aspect of HTML5 with Javascript.

For an introduction to these terms in slightly more detail, please read the first article I co-authored with Daniel Egan.

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Jul
13
2011

Microsoft Training Courses at Pluralsight

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I am thrilled to announce that I have authored a training course available at Pluralsight which is targeted for developers who are just beginning web development using the Microsoft web platform.  Although it is a beginner’s course, it is designed to bring a current web developer not familiar with Microsoft up to speed with the latest terms, tools, and technologies. 

The course provides a comparison of the same demo using Web Application Projects, Web Sites, Web Pages, and MVC.  It also showcases Visual Studio 2010 and WebMatrix.

So if you are relatively new to web development using Microsoft technologies, take a look at “The Beginner’s Guide to the Microsoft Web Platform” at Pluralsight today!  And if you can make the time for it, I would value your feedback.

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Jun
30
2011

DevProConnections–HTML5 Series

I am excited to announce that the in-depth HTML5 series of articles that Daniel Egan and I are co-authoring made it’s first article debut!

devprocon-palermo4

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Jun
29
2011

Office Hours

officehoursCome join me for a casual conversation at my  next “Office Hours” event.

What is Office Hours?  This is an opportunity to meet with a Microsoft Developer Evangelist to discuss topics on your mind.  That’s right, you own the agenda.  Typically located at a coffee shop, Office Hours provides a neutral location to speak freely and ask questions that are easier to do on a one-on-one basis.  I hope you can join me for a chat over coffee at my next Office Hours event!

 

Upcoming Office Hours

Phoenix, AZ : Wednesday September 14th, 3pm – 5pm, Starbucks at Park Central Mall

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Jun
27
2011

PowerPoint Crashes When Typing in Windows 7 BootCamp

If you have searched the internet looking for a reason why PowerPoint crashes when you start typing anything, and you happen to be running in Windows 7 via BootCamp on the Mac, the fix is simple:

In Control Panel, click on “Change keyboards or other input methods”:

changekeyboardinput

In the Region and Language dialog box, click on the Change keyboards… button:

regionlanguage

Finally, add the English US Keyboard by pressing the Add button:

USKeyboard

That’s it!  Seems odd, but it works!

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Jun
23
2011

Web Camp HTML5 – Irvine, CA

webcampsHere are the resources for the Web Camp HTML5 in Irvine, CA:

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Jun
10
2011
css3 // event // html5 // webcamp

Web Camp HTML5 - Colorado Springs, CO

wcco

Friday June 10th is the date of the Web Camp HTML5 Event in Colorado Springs, CO.

[Download HTML5/CSS3 demo code!]

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May
24
2011

Desert Mountain Developers

I created a daily edition of a virtual paper via paper.li just a few days ago.  I created a twitter list of developers in the Desert Mountain region (AZ, CO, NM, NV, UT) and have the paper generated from tweets from those folks.  I also added #html5 and #css3 tags in the mix for content.  The result has exceeded my expectations!

So grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back, and enjoy the paper!

dmd-paper

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