Tap My Mind

A Blog by Scott Isaacs

Month: March 2006

Haiku

Most people know what a haiku is, right?  A three line poem, with 5 syllables on the first line, 7 on the second and 5 more on the third, adding to 17.

Well, I was browsing ThinkGeek and saw this one.  (Keep refreshing and you’ll eventually see it.)

Writing a poem
In seventeen syllables
Is very diffi

I thought it was hilarious, but then I haven’t been sleeping much the last few days.

Win MSDN Premium with Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite!!

I just posted about the new WI .NET Users Group Evangelist program.

What I didn’t mention is the blogging contest that is taking place for the next couple weeks leading up to Deeper in .NET 2006.  One lucky member of the Evangelist program will win a copy of MSDN Premium Subscription with Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite, worth over $10,000!  Who wouldn’t want that?!  Well here’s your chance to win one!  Simply sign up for the Evangelist program, start blogging, and you’re eligible.  (There are actually some rules, but they’re simple.  So be sure to check those.)

In addition to the MSDN/VSTS grand prize, the runner up will receive a copy of Visual Studio 2005 Profession Edition and SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition!

So start spreading the word about the WI .NET Users Group and Deeper in .NET 2006.  What have you got to lose?

WI .NET Users Group Evangelist Program

If you’ve visited my site recently (opposed to RSS) you may have noticed a new button I have placed on the sidebar.

WI .NET Users Group EvangelistThe WI .NET Users Group has just launched an Evangelist program.  Being the president of that group, I figured I was also an Evangelist.  🙂  From the UG site:

Are you excited about .NET? Do you attend every WI .NET Users Group meeting, and feel guilty if you miss one? Do you stay up all hours experimenting and learning new things? Do you blog about .NET or tell people about the latest “cool thing” you just learned? Then it sounds like you might just be a WI .NET Users Group Evangelist.

If you think this applies to you, then by all means, sign up.  It’s free and easy.  You’re already doing the “hard part”.  🙂 

Go here for more info: http://www.wi-ineta.org/evangelist/

Write Some Code — Get 10 Grand

I just read about the “Made in Express Contest” (via Jacob Cynamon).  Summary: write an app in an Express Edition of VS or SQL Server, and you might win $10,000.

Any takers?

Deeper in .NET 2006!

As president of the WI .NET Users Group, I’m really excited about our upcoming conference on April 22, 2006.  Deeper in .NET 2006 will be at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee (map).

We have five great speakers lined up for the day-long FREE conference:

  • Michele Leroux Bustamante — WCF Top to Bottom
  • Scott Hanselman — Anatomy of a Successful ASP.NET Application: Inside DasBlog
  • Julia Lerman — ADO.NET 2.0 Integration with SQL Server 2005
  • Bill Hatfield — AJAX and Atlas
  • Jason Beres — Using WPF to Create Compelling User Interfaces

We’ve also got a number of great sponsors lined up, and a ton of prizes to giveaway to attendees — at the moment we’re somewhere around $15,000 – $20,000 in prizes!  (And we hope to have even more by the time April 22 rolls around.)

Like I said, this event is free to attend — how can you beat that?  You do need to register in advance to “save your spot”, because last year, we had only standing room.  So if you’re anywhere within driving distance of Milwaukee, you should come.  For those coming from out of town, I’m trying to work out a special rate at the hotel, and will post more on the UG site when that is worked out.  I know we have people coming from all Wisconsin, Chiacgo, and Indianapolis.

Also, the UG is still looking for a few more annual sponsors for 2006, so if you work at a company that might be interested in sponsorship opportunities reaching nearly 2,000 .NET developers (*), architects and decision makers, by all means, please get in touch with us.  You can find out more info about our sponsorship programs here.

Most of the information about Deeper in .NET 2006 is available on our site, but if you have any questions, just ask.  🙂  I hope to see you there!!!

* Update: For clarification, our total membership and mailing list is nearly 2,000, and each member will receive a number of e-mails.  Actual meeting attendance is limited to venue capacity and will be somewhere between 500 and 600.  Sorry for any confusion.

Another Little Trip

I just got back from Microsoft in Redmond yesterday afternoon.  I’ve been on a plane in each of the last four months, taking trips to California, Vegas and now Redmond.

Anyway, I had recently taken a beta version of a certification exam, and I was out there to help them determine which items should remain on the final exam and which should be removed.  The whole trip was a lot of fun for me.  It was my first time to Redmond for anything, so I was probably a little touristy at times, but I imagine that’s not uncommon, right?

Aside from being head-down in a classroom for the large part of two days, I did get to do a couple things of note.  I finally got to meet “the other” Scott Isaacs in person.  I even got a pic.  (Click it to see bigger picture.)  Scott, we should collaborate on something sometime.  😉  The byline would read, “Scott Isaacs and Scott Isaacs”.  You can be the first one Scott if you want, although I’ll tell my mom that it’s me.  😉

I also got a chance to stop at the company store to pick up a couple things. Isn’t this awesome?!?!?  You have to see the bigger version of this one and see what it says!  I might have to order a few more…

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