May
12
2011
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Samsung Focus Community Phone

samsung_focusWhile chatting with Scott Cate yesterday about Windows Phone 7, he showed me how he shares his SIM among different phones.  For example, he took out the SIM from his Samsung Focus, and put it in his iPhone.  He travels with multiple phones because he develops for multiple platforms (though it is obvious he really loves to develop for WP7!).

I told him I was waiting for the HTC HD7S to be released by AT&T before I switched from using my iPhone and a Samsung prototype WP7.  Due to his community involvement with WP7, he had an extra Samsung Focus in his possession that he deemed the “community” phone.  He is letting me borrow it so I can make a fair comparison of it and the HD7S.  Scott didn’t hesitate a second to make that offer, and I thought he deserved a little write up for what he did.  Thanks Scott!

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May
4
2011

HTML5 Web Camp

Please join me at an HTML5 Web Camp near you!  (Registration links below)

Keep hearing about HTML5? If you are a serious web developer or designer, you owe it to yourself to learn this new technology as soon as possible. One way to get a fantastic jumpstart is by attending an HTML5 Web Camp! This free one day event is an opportunity to connect with designers and developers and show you how you can start using HTML5 immediately.

An HTML5 Web Camp event is a unique opportunity, partnering classroom learning and hands-on-labs, and leveraging experts to help you build modern websites for today and beyond. The following topics will be considered at the upcoming HTML5 Web Camps:

  • Overview of HTML5 and related technologies
  • Development of web sites using new HTML5 syntax
  • Adding Video, Sound, and Animations With HTML5
  • HTML5 and today’s modern browsers
  • Real-world scenarios for HTML5

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Registration:

June 10, 2011 Colorado Springs, Co

June 23, 2011 Irvine, CA

 

Presenters:

J. Michael Palermo IV
Dr. Doris Chen

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Apr
10
2011

Scott Guthrie Event 2011 April 22

This month sees the return of Scott Guthrie to Arizona for the 8th year in a row!  This year Scott will have more stage time, and will be joined with the legendary Mark Russinovich, creator of my favorite tool ZoomIt.  

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Does it really matter what these two will talk about?  I think not.  Scott Guthrie has never disappointed the crowds with his vision, discussions, and demos. 

Whether you live is Arizona or not, make plans to attend!

Register for Scott Guthrie Event in Arizona.

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Apr
6
2011

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Jason Helmick with Interface Technical Training...

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Apr
6
2011
wp7

Windows Phone 7 App–NOW!

blogwp7Today while enjoying a coffee at Starbucks, I created a Windows Phone 7 app from start to finish.  You can too!  I used AppMakr to do all the work for me.  If you can follow step-by-step processes, you can create your own Windows Phone 7 apps in minutes – and no code required!

If you have a couple minutes, why not create your first Windows Phone 7 app today Smile

 

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Apr
6
2011

MSDN SharePoint 2010 Resources

Last month Paul Yuknewicz presented on SharePoint 2010 at the Microsoft Tempe, AZ location.  For those interested, here are the links to his presentations and demo content (all content is provided AS-IS with no warranties).

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Apr
4
2011

Review: Continuous Integration In .NET

continuous integration in .netToday I received a personally signed copy of the book – Continuous Integration In .NET by one of it’s authors, Craig Berntson (thank you Craig!).

I often thought this topic was sorely needed in book format.  I also wondered how such a book could be written, since there is so many ways to accomplish continuous integration.  Would the authors favor a particular way, or provide every possible scenario?

What I enjoyed about this book was the balance of concept and implementation.  While methods were explored with certain tools, fair comparisons were made to others.  Factors such as cost and ease of use were mentioned.  Excellent diagrams and screen captures are sprinkled throughout the book to guide someone new to CI to quickly get started (newbies will LOVE the “Hello World” walkthrough).  The book is divided into 3 main parts, and it is VERY EASY to navigate and switch to another topic of preference.

This is my first book review in my new role with Microsoft, and it is my pleasure to proudly recommend Continuous Integration In .NET by Marcin Kawalerowicz and Craig Berntson.

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Mar
30
2011

How to Fix/Repair iPhone With Water Damage

iphone3A certain person I know recently washed her iPhone in the washer machine.  I love this person, but I will preserve her dignity and not mention her name.  That said, despite how smokin’ hot she is, she does occasionally do things that reflect a slip in judgment.  Of course, washing the iPhone was a mistake, and she realized it when it dropped to the floor moving items from the washer to the dryer.

I was travelling at the time I heard about the ‘tragedy’, so when she called from the home phone to explain what happened, I was worried if she already did the big “No! No!” – attempting to turn the phone on to see if it was working.  It was no surprise that she did, so I asked her not to do that anymore.  I recommended to her to store the iPhone in a bowl of rice until I returned to Phoenix to see it for myself.

When I finally got my hands on the phone (one day after the ‘incident’), I took the sim card.  I got a blow dryer out and kept hot air on the phone while I gently shook it.  About 5-10 minutes later, a few drops of water started seeping from the speakers on the lower part of the iPhone.  I did the drying process for about 30 minutes, then put the iPhone into a zip-lock bag of rice.  I left it in there overnight.  The next day, I repeated the drying process again and about 10 more drops of water came out.  This amazed me because now it was 2 days after the ‘incident’.  After about 30 minutes, I put the iPhone in a fresh zip-locked bag of rice and left it in there for 12 hours.

By the time I pulled the iPhone out again, the drying process yielded no drops of water.  I put the sim card back into the phone and plugged it into the wall charger.  Keep in mind I have yet to press any buttons since the owner first tried to turn it on when it fell out of the washer machine.  To my delight, the faint glow of the charge screen appeared.  I left it charged in for several hours.  Finally, I turned the phone on.

The phone was barely functional.  The screen was extraordinarily dim.  After continued use over a day, the phone began to switch back and forth between a dim screen to a bright screen.  All the apps are working, and the phone worked as well.  Although an odd “smudgy” haze appears over 25% of the screen, the iPhone has come back to life.  It is my first recorded miracle :-)

Steps I recommend if you have water damage to your iPhone:

  • Upon discovering your iPhone has water damage, DO NOT TURN IT ON.
  • Remove the sim card and its little plastic holder (at top of iPhone) and keep in a safe, dry place.
  • Immediately dry the iPhone of all external water with a dry cloth.
  • Get a blow dryer and keep a steady low heat on the iPhone while gently shaking the iPhone to and fro.  Keep an eye out for any drops of water that seep out – possibly at the bottom of the iPhone near the speakers.  Do this process for at least 20-30 minutes.  This step is known as the DRYING PROCESS.
  • When finished, exercise self-control and put the iPhone that you believe to be completely dry from the previous step in a zip-lock bag of dry rice.  Leave in the bag for at least 12 hours.  This step is known as RICE STORAGE.
  • Every 12 hours do the DRYING PROCESS.  If *ANY* water seeps from the iPhone during this process, continue to RICE STORAGE when finished drying.
  • If during the DRYING PROCESS no water comes out (after 20 minutes or so), you can put the sim card back into the iPhone and plug the phone into a charger.  DO NOT PRESS THE POWER BUTTON to turn it on, just plug it in.
  • After a few hours of plugging in the iPhone, disconnect and attempt to use the phone.  If the screen is so dim you can barely see it, at least take a moment to congratulate yourself that there is a dim screen at all.  You have accomplished a mini-miracle.
  • Over time, your phone may behave oddly.  You just resurrected it, so cut it some slack.  As in the case of the beautiful woman in the story above, the bright screen may return and flicker out from time to time. 

I hope this post helps someone out there.  As for the cute little lady I helped in this post, she at least has her phone until she gets out of contract – a new Windows Phone 7 in her future perhaps?  After all, she is married to a Microsoft Developer Evangelist.  But I dare not reveal who she is.

Anyway, if this post was helpful, please post your story!

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Mar
11
2011

Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta v3.0

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I attended my first Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta last week, though it was the 3rd installment of the community tech sharing experience.  I was asked to be master of ceremonies, and I also presented on ASP.NET MVC 3.

The community event in Denver was very well attended and supported. Speakers came in from the local area as well as neighboring states such as Utah and Arizona. I was very impressed with the support shown by family members of the speakers and volunteers. I am also quite taken with a rising rock-star in the Microsoft developer community - Drew DeVault (only 17 years old). Keep your eye out on him!

Thanks to all the folks that made the event a success! I will be blogging about MVC 3 that will touch on all the items I spoke about during my presentation.

Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta v3.0

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Mar
7
2011

Scott Cate – Microsoft Regional Director

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Prior to joining Microsoft, I served for years as a Microsoft Regional Director. When I first heard the title, I was at lunch with Pete Miller (now with Statera). When he handed me his business card, I noticed the title "Microsoft Regional Director".  I asked if he worked for Microsoft (common question), and he said no (at the time, he was working for Cunningham Consulting). He then when on to explain it was an honorary title bestowed by Microsoft upon an individual in a certain geography, and with the title came benefits such as close communication with Microsoft. I didn't think much of it until very soon thereafter I was informed I had been selected to be Pete's replacement (Pete stepped aside to pursue other lofty ambitions) as the "RD" in the Desert Mountain region (AZ, CO, NM, UT, NV) of the USA.

When I attended my first RD meeting, I was in the company of people like Richard Campbell, Carl Franklin, Clemens Vasters, and Scott Hanselman just to name a few. It was an honor to be in company with people that I professionally admired. I made some great contacts via the RD program, and I was in no hurry to walk away from it.

Then I decided to join Microsoft...

So, when I joined Microsoft the latter part of 2010, I had to surrender the title of RD and give up my MVP status as well. This meant that there was an opening for a new RD in Desert Mountain. With all that said, (drum roll) the new Microsoft Regional Director based out of Phoenix, AZ is Scott Cate with EventDay.com. Many developers in the southwest portion of the USA know Scott well. Scott is an MVP, published author, speaker, and community leader. Scott has helped bring major talent to the Phoenix area to share technology tips such at Scott Hanselman and Scott Guthrie! Scott is very motivated to also share what he has learned with others, and will do so with all the more fervor. So with a virtual round of applause, please welcome Scott Cate in his new role as an RD!

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