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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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Announcing... TECHbash 2005

.NET Valley is proud to announce its first ever TECHbash to occur on November 30th at Luzerne County Community College. This TECHbash will be Northeastern Pennsylvania’s official Visual Studio .NET 2005 and SQL Server 2005 launch event. Everyone in attendance will receive free software and other swag related to the event. The event will kick off at 4:30pm. More details will be posted on the www.TECHbash.com website at a later date.

Space is limited so be sure to sign-up today!

Register Now!

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Job Posting - Position in Chicago (Relocation Available)

One of my friends sent me off a job posting that they have in Chicago and asked if I knew of anyone for the position. I figured I’d post it here since I can’t think of anyone in that area:

Sr. Interaction Designer - Mobile Devices (Engineering/Architecture)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Relocation Available
Salary Range: 80K - 90K plus 10% bonus

Reply here to let me know if your interested and I’ll send you their contact details.

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Visual Studio 2005, .NET 2.0, and SQL Server 2005 Released!

It’s now official! As announced by Soma earlier today, Visual Studio 2005, .NET 2.0, and SQL Server 2005 have been released. VS 2005 and SQL Server 2005 have been sent off to manufacturing. If you have an MSDN Universal or the new Visual Studio Team Server Editions, you can download them from the MSDN Subscriber website now (although it will take awhile - as you may expect). The framework redistributables and SDK are available for download on the Microsoft website.

Congratulations to all of the related teams at Microsoft for getting this out there!

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MSN Search to Include Book Content

MSN is now joining Yahoo! and Google in announcing that their search tool will be able to soon search published book content. MSN joined the Open Content Alliance yesterday announcing that they will “bring millions of publicly available print materials worldwide to the Web.” For more information, visit the official announcement here.

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.NET Valley Event Tonight!

The next .NET Valley meeting will be tonight at LCCC in Nanticoke, PA. For more information about the event and for a link to sign-up for the event, visit www.DotNetValley.com

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ASP.NET Podcast Show #23 - Atlas Overview and Debugging

In this podcast, Wally continues on with his rants about Atlas. You can download this podcast by visiting http://weblogs.asp.net/wallym/archive/2005/10/21/428126.aspx.

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.NET Valley Event, Oct 26 - Small Business Accounting 2006 Overview

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This event will be held at Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke on October 26th, 2005. For directions to the facility and for room information, click here. The event will begin at 6:00pm. Here is the schedule:

6:00pm Open Forum

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MSN Search Supports Algebraic Expressions

I came across a post on Barry Gervin’s blog (a Solutions Architect MVP) that MSN Search now supports Algebraic expressions. That’s pretty cool. I can just see some students now trying to cheat in Algebra class. Go ahead and try it. Type in (x*2)^3=1000. You should receive x=5.

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Receive Blog Summaries From DotNetSlackers - My Sites Are Now Included!

I read a post last week by Steve Smith about DotNetSlackers. It’s pretty cool. All you have to do is create a profile and choose receive newsletter. Once you create a profile, click on Email Service in the profile menu. Choose the technologies you’d like to receive blog entries on. Then, you’ll receive an email in your inbox that appears similar to this:

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Office to Include "Save As PDF" Option

All Microsoft Office “12” applications will have the ability to save documents as PDFs. You can find out more specific details about this feature by visiting Cyndy Wessling’s blog. Cyndy is the Program Manager on the Office team and her team is the one working on this feature.

Repost of Q&A from Cyndy’s Blog on 10/13/2005:

Is this a one-way publish only, or do we support opening and editing PDFs as well?

Save as PDF is a one-way “publish” operation only. We are neither shipping a special viewer nor doing any work to make PDF files readable or editable by the Office applications.

**Why is this built directly into Office as opposed to a print driver available to all applications?

**Because this functionality is native to Office applications, we can capture richer document data further upstream than we would be able to do with a print driver. For example, we annotate our PDF output with tags for accessibility and we support internal and external hyperlinks. An additional advantage to capturing document data further upstream is that we render some visual effects, such as transparency and gradients, better because we are working with native information that has not been converted to bitmap for printer output.

**Do we support tagged PDF (for accessibility)?

**Yes, Office PDF output contains tags to assist with reading order for screen readers, and alternative text on images and on rasterized (bitmapped) text (to avoid interrupted text flow when portions of a text run are rasterized due to text effects or other document constructions). We also tag documents and, in some cases, text runs with language tags to assist with accurate pronunciation, and we export Unicode text for nonstandard glyphs to enable screen readers to access the actual text content. I appreciate the feedback we have received in this area as to what tags people would like to see implemented.

**What choices were made with font embedding/subsetting/outlining?

**For our Standard intent, we both embed and subset embeddable fonts (when permitted). For our Minimum Size intent, we do not embed “Web safe” fonts, but we do embed and subset all other embeddable fonts. We are not doing font outlining in the general case.

**Do you support automatic bookmarking?

**Yes, document structure is implemented for some applications to support bookmark navigation in PDF viewers. In Word, for example, you have the option to generate bookmarks by page, by heading, or by Word bookmarks.

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