April 2007 - Posts

26 April 2007
Some New Photos -- Weekend Get Together
Tonya's best friend Shannon recently got married to a fantastic fella by the name of Steve (congrats guys!) and threw a get together shortly thereafter. Here are a couple of photos of Tonya and me hanging out and enjoying the festivities (and authentic low-country cooking). Read More...
25 April 2007
Interviewing With Microsoft, And Landing The Job: Part 1 -- Preparation Is Key
As promised, I've decided to type up a short series on my interviewing process with Microsoft. I've talked before about it, however that was from a perspective of just screening and not actually landing the position. I am by no means an expert on interviews, or getting the dream job and as such this will just be my own experience with how it goes, and what ultimately worked to my advantage to help me succeed in the end. Most of this could probably be applied to interviewing with any company, but I'll put a Microsoft slant on it seeing as (maybe?) quite a few readers of this blog would jump at a chance to spend some time inside the walls of Microsoft. It's worth mentioning that I am *not* a traditional MS 'developer'...I will be working within Enterprise Support which is a completely different entity, and thus has different processes. This post is part 1 of this series. First and foremost, spend some time over on the MS careers site . On it you'll find a wealth... Read More...
21 April 2007
CS Tidbits #26 -- Harness The Power Of Config File Overrides
Now that Community Server 2007 has been released, it's time to fire up the CS Tidbits category again and see what I can come up with. Coming tidbits will still be geared towards site admins (making your site easier to use, simple tweaks and additions, etc), but I'll also go into some details about Chameleon, CS's long awaited skinning engine overhaul. Today's tidbit is one of the most commonly requested scenarios ( I've covered it before ): "I want to add a new menu tab/add a second blog/etc to my CS installation, how do I do that?" Fundamentally the concept is the same as in previous versions of CS...you need to modify your SiteUrls.config file which is where all the magic of URL rewriting is laid out. CS 2007 introduces the notion of override.config files, which in their simplest of forms take on the name of *_override.config where * is the name of the config file you wish to modify (of course you cannot apply any overrides to the web.config file seeing as... Read More...
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20 April 2007
Twitter Me This, Twitter Me That
I don't know why I finally did it, but I've succumbed to twitter-mania. Here's my page . Please don't tell my mother. Read More...
20 April 2007
Assimilated Into The Collective
I've been talking about screens with Microsoft on this blog for the past couple of years; most recently I have been interviewing for a .Net Premier Field Engineer position, and I'm pleased to announce that 2 weeks and 8 hours of interviews later they have extended an offer, and I have of course accepted. So, I now work for Microsoft which has been a dream of mine forever! What exactly is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE)? The MS careers site does a good job of summing it up: The purpose of the Premier Field Engineer (PFE) position is to provide Microsoft customers with reliable technical solutions to the complex integration problems associated with business solutions built on the Microsoft platform. The PFE Team supports a diverse variety of technical solutions built with Microsoft technology and products Typical tasks performed in this role include specific problem isolation and correction, user and kernel mode debugging, conducting application design and supportability reviews, performance... Read More...
19 April 2007
JK.com -- Feedburner Pro Enabled
I posted a while back about the Feedburner MyBrand service ...I've been taking it for a spin on some other low traffic feeds and am nothing less than blown away, so JK.com is now Feedburner enabled and ready to rock. Community Server 2007 has built in support for Feedburner out of the box; it's as simple as plugging values into a couple of textboxes, flipping a switch or two, and blammo...syndication feeds are burnerized. What that all means is that the transition should be seamless for existing subscribers, but here are my new feeds nonetheless: Main blog feed: http://feeds.jaysonknight.com/jaysonblog Feeds I read feed: http://feeds.jaysonknight.com/jaysonfeeds From a hosting point of view, read Jeff Atwood's post on why you should offload your feed . JK.com v4.0 release is now complete. Thanks Feedburner! Read More...
17 April 2007
JaysonKnight.com Upgraded To Community Server 2007
JaysonKnight.com has been upgraded to Community Server 2007...if you're used to seeing this content in an aggregator, have a look around the new site . I still have a few kinks to iron out, but overall I'm very happy with the new themes included in CS. Is is the usual for me, I'll be going with stock CS themes that will evolve over time as I get around to making customizations. New to V 4.0 of JK.com: Clean clean clean. Did I mention it's much cleaner? Simplicity is elegance, so that's the name of the (new) game. Anonymous email subscriptions. There's an email box in my my subscriptions sidebar block...plug in your email address to receive notifications when new content is posted to this blog (great for folks who might not want to mess around with an RSS aggregator). Comments RSS . Subscribe to just the comments of this blog. I don't really get a lot of comments so it won't do much good. A ton of stuff behind the scenes to make this site easier to use, faster... Read More...
16 April 2007
Community Server 2007 Has Been Released
Just a few hours ago, Community Server 2007 was released into the wild! From the CS.org announcement : Today we’re proud to announce the immediate availability of Community Server 2007 – the best version of Community Server yet! There are a number of new improvements, but by far the largest is the new theme system “Chameleon”. Chameleon allows people to change the look-and-feel of Community Server without requiring a degree in Computer Science! There are simple to use what-you-see-is-what-you-get tools to assist you in changing colors, graphics, fonts, and more. Also sharing themes has never been easier – Community Server uses a single-file for exporting or importing all of its theme settings, which means you can quickly share your themes with your friends. How do I get Community Server? You can download and buy Community Server from http://get.communityserver.org There are 3 install options available: Community Server 2007 , Windows Install – Uses a Windows installer package, but requires... Read More...
12 April 2007
NewEgg Launches Community Site Running Community Server
NewEgg.com aka the best damn place on the internet to buy hardware has launched a new community site running on Community Server: EggXPert.com . Why they didn't name it eggspert.com is beyond me, but regardless they will likely get quite a bit of traffic on that site so I look forward to seeing if they have some feedback over on CS.org about how well CS scales (which of course it should do nicely). I <3 NewEgg! Read More...
12 April 2007
The Most Comfortable Mouse In The World
I recently started using a Microsoft Natural Wireless mouse . Knock Microsoft all you want for their software; their hardware is usually top notch. Highly recommended if you have needy hands. Read More...
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