Light at the End of the Tunnel

I’ve almost finished writing the 3-day ASP.NET 2.0 course I’ve been working on. I put the finishing touches (including copious presenters’ notes) on the slides last night and am working on the final lab today. Once that lab is done, I have a few modifications to make to the existing labs and then the course…

P-51 Video

This weekend was beautiful in East Tennessee, with temperatures that felt more like a September afternoon than the dog days of summer. I took time out to fly my P-51 and shoot some video. Actually, a friend shot the video, and he was bold enough to get take-off and landing footage from the ends of…

Nighttime Mechanic

It’s late, but my P-51 engine came back from the shop today. I’d like to get this bird back in the air this weekend, so after hours I remounted the engine. It took a few hours because there’s a lot of stuff in not much space. But the engine’s back on, it’s perfectly aligned, and the…

Back from L.A.

I’m back from L.A. and running on 4 hours of sleep. I had a great time with Scott Robertson and crew last night at the L.A. .NET user group. After the meeting, we had dinner in Westwood just a couple of blocks from the UCLA campus. Scott’s been around long enough to remember when I wrote…

L.A. Bound

I’m off to Los Angeles at the crack of dawn tomorrow morning to speak to the L.A. .NET User Group. If you’re in Southern Californa and feel like trekking up (or down) to UCLA for the event, come join the fun. It’s sponsored by INETA, which usually means there will be free pizza. Nothing attracts geeks like free…

No P-51 Video This Time Around

I took my P-51 to the family reunion this past weekend intending to fly it on a long runway and get some video. What is it they say about best-laid plans? The plane never got off the ground due to major engine problems. I sent the engine back to the manufacturer for repair and hope…

Two Days Rest

I’m taking Friday and Satruday off to attend my wife’s family reunion in Columbia, TN. It just so happens that Columbia has an awesome R/C club with a 500-foot runway–perfect for that P-51 beast that I fly. So I’m packing the ‘Stang and all my gear in the van and am meeting one of my…

Milestone Reached; Custom Expression Builders Rock

I reached a milestone yesterday when I finished rewriting the labs for my new ASP.NET 2.0 course to run on build 40607–the build that went out to the public as beta 1. This morning I wrote a fun new demo for the course’s introductory session–a demo that uses a custom expression builder to implement a…

Restless Night

I dreamed about work all night, so rather than fight it, I got up and got back to work revising the labs. I spent all day yesterday wrestling with a problem arising from a late-breaking change made to ObjectDataSource. Finally got the error resolved last night and am off and running again this morning.

Lab Hell

I spent the weekend in lab hell. I was almost finished drafting the labs for Microsoft’s ASP.NET 2.0 course when I learned that 1) the beta I received from them isn’t the official beta after all and differs from the public beta in several respects, and 2) the labs have to be rewritten due to…

Security Trimming and Health Monitoring, Oh My!

I wasn’t that excited about ASP.NET 2.0’s new site navigation infrastructure until I discovered security trimming. Security trimming enables site maps nodes to be selectively shown and hidden based on the role or roles that the requestor belongs to. For example, if you have an Admin link in your site’s navigation bar, you can tell…

What an Awesome Pairing

Joy! The British Open is on TV this morning. Better yet, Tiger Woods and Greg Norman tee off in a few minutes. I’m going to leave the TV running and watch them work their way around the course as I work on Lab 6. Every year I say I’m going to attend next year’s British Open, and…