Jason N. Gaylord
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I live with my family in the rolling hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania. I'm a web developer by trade, but have broad experience in various business areas. Want to know more about me?

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Summary of the MSDN Freedom Roadshow

For those not at the MSDN Freedom Roadshow in Scranton, PA today, you are missed a good show. Here’s what happened:

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Free Software, Support, and Visibility for Start-Ups

Microsoft announced Microsoft BizSpark. The BizSpark program provides software, support, and visibility for start-up companies. The restriction includes that a business can qualify if they have been in business for less than 3 years, be privately held, and have less than $1 million in annual revenue.

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MSDN Freedom Roadshow in NEPA

The local MSDN team (Lindsay, Dani, and David) will be at Scranton University on November 14th all day giving some awesome talks! If you think you’ll be in the area and want to stop by, be sure to register today! For more details about the event, be sure to visit .NET Valley.

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.NET Valley Pub Night on November 13th

Join the MSDN Team (Lindsay Rutter, Dani Diaz, and David Solivan) and the rest of .NET Valley for the “Best Wings” in the area. On November 13th, we’ll be meeting at the new Quaker Steak & Lube found in Dickson City. The evening will begin at 6pm. .NET Valley will be sponsoring some Wings and beverages.

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ASP.NET Podcast – App Performance and New Co-Host

Wally just published the latest ASP.NET Podcast. He also announced that there is a new co-host… David Penton. For those of you that don’t know Dave, he’s an extremely talented guy and should help to keep Wally in line. Keep up the good work guys!

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CodeRush Xpress for Free!

DevExpress and Microsoft announced a partnership today to offer CodeRush Xpress for free. At the present time it’s only available for non-express versions of Visual Studio and will only work with C# (per their post). I’m sure the other support will be just around the corner. If you’re interested be sure to download Xpress here.

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.NET Gets a New Logo

The Microsoft .NET Framework received a new logo and a revised site recently. The new logo can be found at http://blogs.msdn.com/sayanghosh/archive/2008/10/26/new-net-logo.aspx. The new site can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/net/. Nice logo! It’s very slick and fits within the other modern day Microsoft logos.

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USPS Service Leaves Much To Be Desired

I am expecting a package from the USPS and have been since Thursday. The package was too large for my mailbox, so I received a re-delivery notice. On Thursday night, I signed it and placed it in my mailbox. It was picked up on Friday and the package wasn’t on the truck for redelivery. Thinking that maybe they didn’t bring the package out for redelivery on Friday just because, I waited for Saturday. Sure it was pouring rain all day, but I never received my package on Saturday either. Today I called the post office. They told me that they didn’t have the package there and it was likely at the regional post office for delivery. I called there and they took down my tracking number but said it was impossible for them to track the package on their computer system. I can’t believe the USPS doesn’t have a software package to allow better tracking. They have to rely on the people that work there. I was told that the gentleman that worked the weekend shift wouldn’t be in until late morning and when he came in, they’d ask him if he knew where it was. They finally took my phone number and said they’d call back.

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Not at the PDC? Participate Virtually Here!

So I’m not going to be at the Microsoft PDC this year primarily because of all the work I have to catch up on. However, I can participate virtually at NotAtPDC.com. If you’re going to be at the PDC, be sure to blog about it and tweet your URL to @NotAtPDC. Also, there will be other virtual presentations and such that will be done throughout the week. I’m likely going to do a talk tomorrow sometime. We’re still ironing out the details.

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Quake Ported to Silverlight. Seriously.

How cool is this? One of my good friends, Aaron Seet, just posted a message to one of the email lists that I’m on with the following link:

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