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Anyone else going to the Maker Faire in Austin?
I heard about the first Maker Faire, which was spring of last year, after it happened. And from all the great stuff I heard it made me determined to go with my oldest son out to the second Maker Faire. He's into gadgets, and I figured it would be great for him to see all that ingenuity on display. That was back in May of this year out in Silicon Valley. It was tremendous. Well worth going. Contraptions of all sorts were out on display. Ended up that I found cheap $70 round trip seats on a Southwest ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 26, 2007 3:23 AM

Desert Code Camp 3 Stats
We had an amazing time out at camp last weekend. I was pretty exhausted afterwards, but I'm finally caught up with sleep, and pretty well on top of everything else going on in my life. So now I have a moment to take a look at some of the results. All in all we had 380 people attend on Saturday, and 95 on Sunday. Thanks to all who came out to be a part of it. And thanks especially to the 56 dedicated presenters who prepared 90 excellent sessions of content! We had quite a variety of different technologies ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 9:18 AM

Mama, Mama... Microsoft said the "L" word... right in the headline of today's press release!
A message out to the Silverlight crew -- Thank you for putting some real backing behind the Linux version in today's press release announcing Silverlight 1.0! This is *fantastic*! Also thanks go out to Miguel and his crew for their tireless efforts to get Moonlight up and running. This is so great to hear that Silverlight will truly be supported as a cross-platform solution. (And pardon me, Microsoft, for saying that this is somewhat out of character for you, and in a very good way!) I expect there's ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 4, 2007 5:36 PM

Time to buy an iPhone
Looks like the iPhone has been set free by the persistent guys at iPhoneDevWiki. No doubt the discovery will send the stock prices of Apple and T-Moble upwards. This post is aimed to those technical souls out there who want to give it a try. It's a concise look at all the steps necessary to get the job done and enjoy much cheaper iPhone service when traveling overseas. (Don't get stuck with a $12000 bill!) A quick look at the second phone ever unlocked in this way: George Hotz who worked closely ......

Posted On Saturday, August 25, 2007 3:53 AM

SuperHappyDevHouse in Phoenix today

The inagural meeting of Phoenix SHDH starts in a few of hours on the way, WAY SouthEast part of town.  Just about the furthest part of the valley from where I live.  Still worth attending!  Maybe I'll set up a webcam so you guys can join in the fun.  If I do then I'll edit this post and add a link for you to check out all of us happy coders hanging out.

Posted On Saturday, August 4, 2007 6:21 AM

Instant event planning -- 32 sessions lined up OVERNIGHT!!!
I just can't believe this. Desert Code Camp now has presenters lined up to deliver 32 sessions, and it all happened in 10 hours -- between 8pm last night and 6am this morning. This may need to be a two-day event. The tipping point will be when we reach 80 sessions. As with the best things in life, this is 100% free, and 100% geeky. For those of you from out of town who would like to join in on the fun, flights to Phoenix in September can be pretty cheap, and hotel rates aren't bad either. The facility ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 11, 2007 7:47 AM

*WOW* -- People are excited about Desert Code Camp!
Just an hour ago I sent an email out notifying folks about when the next Desert Code Camp would be -- September 15th. In the last 60 minutes we've already had fifteen committed presenters signing up to give sessions! Looks like this will be one big event. In the past we've had between 60 and 70 sessions. I'd better start preparing for 80 this time 'round ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 10, 2007 11:02 PM

Scott Guthrie's visit to Phoenix is tomorrow
Can't believe how fast the time has flown leading up to this big event. I've been so busy with all the details of getting a huge screen rented, insurance lined up, advertising in place, and more. What a blitz. We were lucky to be able to rent a really nice theater in Arizona, Symphony Hall in the downtown. Now it's just about showtime. If you're in the area and haven't signed up for the event yet then take a look: It's worth taking a sick day at work to come and join in ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 26, 2007 9:34 AM

Ballmer: Now we like Linux!
Hell has officially frozen over.

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 2:31 PM

Awesome one-day Silverlight event with Scott Guthrie
Learn Silverlight from ScottGu himself! Did you miss MIX? You're in luck. AZGroups has one big "Uber" meeting a year, and this year will feature Scott Guthrie and Stefan Schackow digging deep into the latest technology being released by Microsoft, including Silverlight. It will be held on Wednesday, June 27th from 8am to 4:30pm at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. It's a free event open to the public, and you can sign up here: Attending Uber '07 will be time well spent ......

Posted On Thursday, June 14, 2007 12:38 PM

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