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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VS 2008 and .NET FX 3.5 SP1 Beta Available Now

Soma just posted that SP1 for VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 is available. The full blog post on his site is at http://snurl.com/28i1z.

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My ESPN Fan Profile and Blog

I’m moving my sports blog from MSN Live Spaces over to ESPN. Hopefully ESPN will release an RSS aggregate for the blog posts, but for now, you can add me to your fan profile here: http://sportsnation.espn.go.com/spaceman126/.

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FBI Purchased $3.5 Million Counterfeit CISCO Parts

I just came across a post that the FBI purchased 3500 counterfeit CISCO parts (estimated at $3.5 million in value). This goes under my “funny, but not funny” category of the day. 🙂 Here’s the full article: http://tinyurl.com/5aht29.

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Word Now Supports DAISY XML

You can now download an add-on for Microsoft Word that supports DAISY XML, the Digital Accessible Information System standard for accessible translation. The add-on reads the word document to individuals. Like most accessibility projects, there are still some bugs that need to be worked out. If you’re interested in testing the add-on, please visit http://tinyurl.com/5txl7a.

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TECHbash in 3 Days – Get your Swag here!

We’re coming down the home stretch to TECHbash 2008. 90% of the prep work is complete. Wow do we have some swag to giveaway. Each attendee will receive a SWAGbag with an event t-shirt, pen, and notepad. In addition, we’ll be raffling off 41 books, 5 copies of Infragistics Net Advantage, 3 Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Pros, 4 Office Ultimate 2007 NFRs, 4 Vista Ultimate NFRs, 5 Heroes Happen Here disks with Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 Beta (with voucher for full product upon release), and Windows Server 2008, 2 Vista Ultimate SP1 with OneCare, 3 Technet Subscriptions, Visual Studio 2008 Standard, TechSmith’s Camtasia Studio, TechSmith’s SnagIt, and a bunch of other software including XP Pro, SQL 2k, SharePoint 2k3, Project Server 2k3, and Exchange 2k3. The Unified Connections presenters will also be raffling off a Dialogic Media Center (DMG1008LSW) valued at $1200. Now that’s a lot of swag. If you haven’t signed up yet, be sure you do today at http://techbash.com/registration.

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Xobni Goes Public, But Still In Beta

Xobni went public recently offering it’s beta tool for download at http://xobni.com. Xobni, inbox spelled backwards, is an add-on for Microsoft Outlook. I’ve been using it with Outlook 2007 for quite some time and appreciate it’s usability. I like being able to click on an email to review all emails to and from that particular user and to also see their contact info. I’d like the ability to edit their contact info if it was incorrect, but I’m sure that will be added in the future. If you haven’t used it yet, be sure to check it out.

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Dell is 24 Years Old

Have you visited dell.com yet today? Dell is 24 years old. Sometimes when you deal with a company for so long, you forget about some of the good (and bad) things that they have done in the past. It’s nice to use these lists when you reconsider that company or look for another one. Dell has provided a “24 reasons to use us” list at http://tinyurl.com/5uawpa. They’ve also provided a link to the top PC shippers in the world and the US. Those statistics can be found at http://tinyurl.com/4bx683.

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Bad SQL Mistake For One Forum Goer

This isn’t funny, but it is. It should be a daily WTF. Wally just sent me this forum post where someone deleted a little more than anticipated. It sounds like this guy can be in quite a lot of trouble… http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1263379&SiteID=1. I’d recommend setting up backups on your SQL server next time.

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Need To Set Bounds for onscroll to Work

Sonu Kapoor over at DotNetSlackers.com has, not only a great site, but also some great AJAX controls. He’s always looking to improve his controls and today he stumbled across something. He was working on a prototype where he had a div nested inside of an AJAX tabControl. The div had the property onscroll set. When the div was inside the tabControl, the onscroll function didn’t work. However, outside of the tabControl, it did. Turns out he missed adding the CssStyle to set the proper height/width of the div for the overflow css property and onscroll javascript function to work properly. It’s a really simple thing to overlook.

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Microsoft Expression Studio 2 Ships

This afternoon, Microsoft announced that it was releasing Expression Studio 2 and the containing products. The suite includes Web 2, Blend 2, Design 2, Media 2, and Encoder 2. Expression is Microsoft’s competition for the Adobe Creative Suite. The biggest highlights in the new version include Expression Web’s ability to design PHP pages and increased support and tools for designing WPF and Silverlight applications.

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