048 – Cristiano Betta on Geek Dinners

Sixth the in the Twelve Podcasts of Christmas 2008!


Cristiano and Miss Geeky. In case there’s any doubt, Cristiano is on the right…you can perhaps tell by his name badge?

You can find some photographs taken at this particular geek dinner over at Flickr.

I stumbled upon this particular geek dinner after spotting an entry appear through Facebook. I was glad that I did, it was a thoroughly enjoyable event! Moo.com brought along many of their top people who were able to provide a great background to the legend that is Moo.com!

In this podcast, Cristiano discusses the concept behind geek dinners, how they advertise, how they take payment and what you need to do in order to attend their next geek dinner!

Podcast feed – subscribe here!

This podcast: http://www.craigmurphy.com/podcasts/048-Cristiano-Betta.mp3

Resources
Cristiano’s web-site
Geek Dinners – the web-site
Moo.com

The Twelve Podcasts of Christmas 2008
01 – Kyle Baley on ALT.NET and Brownfield Development in .NET
02 – Aaron Parker on Microsoft Application Virtualisation
03 – Caroline Bucklow from IT4Communities: charitable software development
04 – Eileen Brown on IT Professionals, TechNet, Women In Technology & Girl Geek Dinners
05 – Stephen Lamb on security, community, Linux and Twitter
06 – Cristiano Betta on Geek Dinners
07 – David Yack and Jonathan Carter on ALT.NET, MVC and Community
08 – Andrew Fryer on SQL Server 2008 and “upgrade”
09 – Viral Tarpara on Collaboration, SharePoint, Open Source (Port 25) and Community
10 – Guy Smith Ferrier on Internationali[s|z]ation, VS2008, .net 3.5, C# language features
11 – Matt Dunstan on event management, “engagement” and life as an Application Platform Manager
12 – Stephen Lamb on his new role in marketing / PR

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Our Moth 2009 Community Calendar – the secret project

I am pleased to announce that my secret project is now complete!

2009 is just next month, so I thought I would create a special calendar! Here in the UK, probably over in Greece and now over in Seattle, The Moth delights audiences with his technical know-how and witty commentary.

In the UK we do miss Daniel. So, in order to keep Daniel in our thoughts for a bit longer, I give you Our Moth 2009, a Community Calendar!

If you’re a UK MVP you may recall that the lovely Vicki sent out an MVP calendar for 2008. You should find this calendar prints to the correct size to fit the MVP calendar holder. You’ll have to do a little printing and cutting yourself, sorry…I can’t do everything for you!!

Any mistakes are my own, but I can’t be held responsible for them! But do tell me if you discover a mistake: via comments here, e-mail or Twitter, so I can fix them!

If you download the calendar and like it, show your appreciation to Daniel by leaving a comment here!

Enjoy and please do share amongst your communities!

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Tim Anderson’s Top Ten Developer Haunts…

Well-known writer and blogger Tim Anderson has produced a list of ten sites that he rates as developer haunts or “hang outs”. It’s not just a list of sites, but a short description explaining why Tim things that they are worthy of his top ten.

Here’s the list:

http://www.itwriting.com/blog/1109-top-ten-sites-where-developers-hang-out.html

I have to admit, it’s a very good representation of my “daily” RSS feed group.

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047 – Stephen Lamb on security, community, Linux and Twitter

Fifth the in the Twelve Podcasts of Christmas 2008!


Stephen, with the TVP Building 2 Christmas tree in the background!


“Identity management is important. As soon as folks know what you look like, every Santa and his elf want to podcast with you!”


One of Stephen’s sessions at the Birmingham launch (mentioned in the podcast!)

Heroes Happen Here

Earlier this year, 2008, Birmingham was host to the Microsoft Heroes Happen Here product launch. VBUG’s Andrew Westgarth and myself were allowed to roam around recording interviews with many of the Microsoft Executives and Microsoft evangelists!

In this podcast, we’re sitting on a comfortable sofa with Microsoft’s Stephen Lamb. Recorded in March 2008, it is before Stephen switched to his PR role, so the topic is security. However, HHH was a community event too, so we chat about community for a bit too.

I do have a more recent podcast with Stephen, recorded early December 2008. It covers Stephen’s new PR role and will be released as part of the Twelve Podcasts of Christmas!

Podcast feed – subscribe here!

This podcast: http://www.craigmurphy.com/podcasts/047-Stephen-Lamb.mp3

Resources
Eileen’s blog
Andrew Fryer’s blog
Stephen Lamb’s blog
Viral Tapara’s blog

The Twelve Podcasts of Christmas 2008
01 – Kyle Baley on ALT.NET and Brownfield Development in .NET
02 – Aaron Parker on Microsoft Application Virtualisation
03 – Caroline Bucklow from IT4Communities: charitable software development
04 – Eileen Brown on IT Professionals, TechNet, Women In Technology & Girl Geek Dinners
05 – Stephen Lamb on security, community, Linux and Twitter
06 – Cristiano Betta on Geek Dinners
07 – David Yack and Jonathan Carter on ALT.NET, MVC and Community
08 – Andrew Fryer on SQL Server 2008 and “upgrade”
09 – Viral Tarpara on Collaboration, SharePoint, Open Source (Port 25) and Community
10 – Guy Smith Ferrier on Internationali[s|z]ation, VS2008, .net 3.5, C# language features
11 – Matt Dunstan on event management, “engagement” and life as an Application Platform Manager
12 – Stephen Lamb on his new role in marketing / PR

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Weirdest piece of comment spam I’ve seen in a while…

Last month this blog entry was quoted in the Guardian. This month, my Sky+ rant was quoted too. Obviously I’m grateful for these quotes and I’m pleased to be capturing the attention of the good folks at the Guardian.

Earlier today, I noticed an odd comment pass though my spam filter. It felt wrong. What it seemed to do was pick up the Guardian quote then pass the text through a language processor to arrive at the same text but with a few grammar and syntax changes.

I would normally delete the spam immediately, however I spotted some humour that I had to share. It’s worth skimming both versions and noting the differences yourself, however pay particular attention to what the word “dump” has been replaced with… This is a rare occurrence, I wouldn’t normally leave such a word in place for public consumption!

…we’re left with the questions “why?” and “what purpose does this serve?”

Guardian version:

SKY HASSLES
>> Whatever you may be thinking, I believe that I am entitled to record these episodes for a number of reasons.

Firstly, I don’t have time to watch them live – I have a day job, a wife and a kid, time is in short supply.

Secondly, the Sky+ hard drive is woefully small at 160GB, of which we get 80GB of personal space, whoopee (yes, I will be doing something about that later).

Thirdly, I am simply recording what I would have watched anyway, I’m not recording it to keep per se.

I’m happy to buy the DVD boxed set for that. And to be honest, Star Trek is *all* that I watch via Sky; all other programmes I could get via Freeview (if we had a decent signal where I live, moot point)…

I will of course be testing the COPY feature again this month.

However in the meantime, I have some 20+ episodes of Deep Space Nine to catch up on…and I can’t dump them to DVD as I have been doing most nights for the last 8-9 months.

Yes, I do have 100+ DVDs chock full of Star Trek to catch up on!

getarticlesfree.com Technology this-weeks-letters-and-blog-pingbacks-in-full-2 version

SKY HASSLES
>> Whatever you haw be thinking, I conceptualise that I am entitled to achievement these episodes for a difference of reasons.

Firstly, I don’t effect instance to check them springy – I effect a mark job, a spouse and a kid, instance is in brief supply.

Secondly, the Sky+ hard impart is woefully diminutive at 160GB, of which we impart 80GB of individualized space, whoopee (yes, I module be doing something most that later).

Thirdly, I am only transcription what I would effect watched anyway, I’m not transcription it to primed per se.

I’m bright to acquire the DVD capsulate ordered for that. And to be honest, Star Trek is *all* that I check via Sky; every another programmes I could impart via Freeview (if we had a comely communication where I live, moot point)

I module of code be investigating the COPY feature again this month.

However in the meantime, I effect some 20+ episodes of Deep Space Nine to someone up onand I can’t shitting them to DVD as I effect been doing most nights for the tangency 8-9 months.

Yes, I do effect 100+ DVDs block flooded of Star Trek to someone up on!

What podcasting kit do I use?

A lot of folks have asked me what “kit” I use to record my podcasts…

The NxtGenUG chaps, Dave’n’Rich, John’n’Chris, etc., are avid supporters of the Edirol products, such as R-09 and R-09HR units. The Edirol kit certainly very good, and would seem to fall into the ‘you get what you pay for’ sector.

So here is what I use: an iRiver H320 device with a 20GB hard drive. I was given this particular unit back in 2005, it has served me well both as a podcast recording device, MP3 player and FM radio. Earlier this year the battery started to fail to hold its charge, I replaced the battery at a cost of £12.

Here’s a photograph of the device:

1 – I use a Sony ECM-DS70P Microphone. This a good microphone that is capable of picking up conversation without the need for it to be directed specifically at the person who is speaking.

2 – The iRiver device itself. I use the ROCKbox firmware, it supports a variety of codecs and file formats including MP3 and FLAC. The iRiver supports dual-boot, so I can switch between ROCKbox and the default firmware. ROCKbox has the advantage of a feel-good factor whilst recording as it offers record level bars.

3 – The iRiver lapel mic, as supplied with the device. This worked well for my first 40 or podcasts, however it doesn’t have the professional look of the Sony microphone.

4 – Headphone socket, line in, line out and a connector for the optional but not supplied remote control. To the right of the “4” stamp, there is an internal microphone. I’ve used this once, by accident, I thought I was recording via the external mic, but no…one lost podcast. I had, however, remembered to press the record button!

5 – Power socket, USB 1.1 host and USB 2.0 device connections. The iRiver can connect to your digital camera and suck the photographs from the camera to the iRiver HDD.

I personally think the kit is rather good. The problem I have relates to the location at which the podcast is recorded! More often than not, it’s in a pub or another equally noisy environment. The podcasts that I have recorded in a quiet environment demonstrate this point. I’m thinking specifically about podcast number 45 with Caroline and number 12 with Jerome. Both of these were essentially recorded in a closed environment where noise was at a minimum.

Getting hold of an iRiver H320 or H340 series device is probably a matter of going to eBay. From recent excursions to the MP3 player market, I’ve noticed that the number of devices with an external microphone socket are few and far between. An external mic socket is, in my opinion, a key requirement.

I’ll certainly be looking for a like-for-like replacement when the time comes to choose something else.

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Ann: AntiCSRF – Cross Site Request Forgery protection

Microsoft Developer Security MVP, Barry Dorrans has been busy preparing content for his Wrox Press book and in doing so has developed a Cross Site Request Forgery HTTP Module.

AntiCSRF slots into your web application and takes the worries away. The module automatically takes care of token generation and checking for every page on your web site, assuming it inherits from System.Web.Page and contains an ASP.NET form.

It’s worth reading Barry’s original announcement/blog post, it has some further information.

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NxtGenUG Podcasts!

NxtGenUG have published some of their podcasts from the Microsoft PDC 2008!

The One With The Ticket, The Witch and the Wardrobe…
Enter a show beyond your imagination, or in this case beyond Richie’s smalls. Yes, the Costall has a magic cupboard and he and Dave embark on an adventure which takes them to PDC Los Angeles 2008. However it turns out to be a very a short adventure when they get chucked out by an over zealous security guard! It’s a good job that NxtGenUG Coordinators John McLouglin and Chris Hay save the day by recording a series of fantastic interviews with such notables as Chris Anderson and Don Box who talk about ‘Oslo’ and ‘M’. Listen on…
Chris Anderson and Don Box

The One With Ass The Experts…
Meanwhile back at PDC, John and Chris don’t seem to know their Ass from their elbows (a career in marketing could be an option?), as the drink gets to them… Still the show is saved by some great content on Silverlight Controls from Shaun Burke and about PDC organisation from Mike Swanson and none other than ex-UK DPE Tim Sneath. Perhaps John and Chris might have sobered up by Part 3…?
Tim Sneath and Mike Swanson

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046 – Eileen Brown on IT Professionals, TechNet, Women In Technology & Girl Geek Dinners

Fourth the in the Twelve Podcasts of Christmas 2008!

Heroes Happen Here

Earlier this year, 2008, Birmingham was host to the Microsoft Heroes Happen Here product launch. During the event a number of podcasts were recorded, some with Microsoft Executives, others with Microsoft IT Pro evangelists such as Andrew Fryer, Stephen Lamb and Viral Tapara. Expect to see podcasts with Andrew, Stephen and Viral appearing over the next few days (part of the Twelve Podcasts of Christmas!)

This podcast is with Eileen Brown who looks after the IT Pro’s! Eileen has some great content, she very succinctly explains the motivation behind the IT Pro team, the TechNet programme, Women In Technology and Girl Geek Dinners.

Podcast feed – subscribe here!

This podcast: http://www.craigmurphy.com/podcasts/046-Eileen-Brown.mp3

Resources
Eileen’s blog
Andrew Fryer’s blog
Stephen Lamb’s blog
Viral Tapara’s blog

The Twelve Podcasts of Christmas 2008
01 – Kyle Baley on ALT.NET and Brownfield Development in .NET
02 – Aaron Parker on Microsoft Application Virtualisation
03 – Caroline Bucklow from IT4Communities: charitable software development
04 – Eileen Brown on IT Professionals, TechNet, Women In Technology & Girl Geek Dinners
05 – Stephen Lamb on security, community, Linux and Twitter
06 – Cristiano Betta on Geek Dinners
07 – David Yack and Jonathan Carter on ALT.NET, MVC and Community
08 – Andrew Fryer on SQL Server 2008 and “upgrade”
09 – Viral Tarpara on Collaboration, SharePoint, Open Source (Port 25) and Community
10 – Guy Smith Ferrier on Internationali[s|z]ation, VS2008, .net 3.5, C# language features
11 – Matt Dunstan on event management, “engagement” and life as an Application Platform Manager
12 – Stephen Lamb on his new role in marketing / PR

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045 – Caroline Bucklow from IT4Communities: charitable software development

Third the in the Twelve Podcasts of Christmas 2008!

As part of the London .NET User Group, as the pre-cursor to the main event (Sebastian Lambla’s Put your web-forms to REST – how to build rest-y architectures with .net), Caroline spoke about IT4Communities – an initiative that helps marry up charities in need of development work with willing developers.

Over the course of 15 minutes Caroline passes on a lot of good information, it’s well worth investing the time to hear what Caroline has to say!

This user group meeting was held at the offices of MRM Worldwide, they had a most impressive spread of beer, wine and food:

Podcast feed – subscribe here!

This podcast: http://www.craigmurphy.com/podcasts/045-Caroline-Bucklow.mp3

Resources
IT4Communities

The Twelve Podcasts of Christmas 2008
01 – Kyle Baley on ALT.NET and Brownfield Development in .NET
02 – Aaron Parker on Microsoft Application Virtualisation
03 – Caroline Bucklow from IT4Communities: charitable software development
04 – Eileen Brown on IT Professionals, TechNet, Women In Technology & Girl Geek Dinners
05 – Stephen Lamb on security, community, Linux and Twitter
06 – Cristiano Betta on Geek Dinners
07 – David Yack and Jonathan Carter on ALT.NET, MVC and Community
08 – Andrew Fryer on SQL Server 2008 and “upgrade”
09 – Viral Tarpara on Collaboration, SharePoint, Open Source (Port 25) and Community
10 – Guy Smith Ferrier on Internationali[s|z]ation, VS2008, .net 3.5, C# language features
11 – Matt Dunstan on event management, “engagement” and life as an Application Platform Manager
12 – Stephen Lamb on his new role in marketing / PR

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044 – Aaron Parker on Microsoft Application Virtualisation

Second the in the Twelve Podcasts of Christmas 2008!

It was a hot summer day back in May 2008. As geeks, the sun wasn’t an attraction, we had other things to do. We had a Vista Squad user group meeting to attend! Aaron Parker was speaking about application virtualisation using Microsoft’s SoftGrid product (now known as Microsoft Application Virtualisation).

Podcast feed – subscribe here!

This podcast: http://www.craigmurphy.com/podcasts/044-Aaron-Parker.mp3

Resources
Aaron’s blog

The Twelve Podcasts of Christmas 2008
01 – Kyle Baley on ALT.NET and Brownfield Development in .NET
02 – Aaron Parker on Microsoft Application Virtualisation
03 – Caroline Bucklow from IT4Communities: charitable software development
04 – Eileen Brown on IT Professionals, TechNet, Women In Technology & Girl Geek Dinners
05 – Stephen Lamb on security, community, Linux and Twitter
06 – Cristiano Betta on Geek Dinners
07 – David Yack and Jonathan Carter on ALT.NET, MVC and Community
08 – Andrew Fryer on SQL Server 2008 and “upgrade”
09 – Viral Tarpara on Collaboration, SharePoint, Open Source (Port 25) and Community
10 – Guy Smith Ferrier on Internationali[s|z]ation, VS2008, .net 3.5, C# language features
11 – Matt Dunstan on event management, “engagement” and life as an Application Platform Manager
12 – Stephen Lamb on his new role in marketing / PR

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