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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Dell to Recall 4.1 Million Laptop Batteries

If you haven’t heard yet, Dell will be recalling 4.1 million laptop batteries, the largest number in the company’s history. You can find out if your battery is affected by visiting http://www.dellbatteryprogram.com/. For more on this story, see MSNBC’s article at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14350403/?GT1=8404.

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VSIBuilder Version 1.0 Released

I needed a way to programmatically create a vscontent and vstemplate file for a few large web projects. So, I created a VB 2005 app that does just that. Earlier today I decided that I’d clean it up a bit, throw in a sponsorship plug, and create a click…

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New Advertising System

Yesterday I switched advertising systems from Google AdSense to Lake Quincy Media. What a difference! The quality of advertisements is 10 times greater than what I had before. Google’s AdSense system was intelligent, but failed miserably on my site. 90% of the ads were related to blog or photo sites because blog and photo are in my menu. I now have advertisements specific to my site’s purpose. Thanks to Steve Smith and the rest of the crew at Lake Quincy Media for getting my setup.

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Infamous 866-383-0986 Phone Scam

Well, Abdul just called me from Domain Registry Services. Seriously, these people should really give up this scam already. It’s doing nothing but wasting time for other individuals. I’m on the do-not-call list for everyone of my phone numbers…

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Ready to build your XBox 360 Game?

Wow! Microsoft is releasing an express version of the XNA Game Studio. For those of you not familiar with XNA, it’s the gaming studio that Microsoft Studios uses to build games for Windows and the XBox. Previously, developers would have to pay a fee …

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Using the Flickr API with .NET

Back in July, Sam Judson released a pretty good article on the Coding4Fun web site. Check it out at http://msdn.microsoft.com/coding4fun/webcoder/flickr/default.aspx.

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Updated My Blog Look and What I've Been Up To Lately

Well, I figured it was time for a bit of a change so I switched Community Server themes on my weblogs.asp.net blog. I’ve been quite busy lately dealing with various projects at my house and at work. We finally have 95% of our landscaping done. The only portion not completed is our pond in our back yard (and the grass that can’t grow because our weather is either 100 degrees F with 100% humidity or downpours of 2 inches an hour). We put in landscape lighting, spread more dirt and mulch, and put the pond in. I’ll get some updated pics up soon on the yard. At work, we received a new Dell 42 unit rack, new Dell IP, 16 port KVM switch and flat panel monitor tray, new web server, 5 new PCs, 1 new laptop, a broken 1910 AC unit in our server room (seriously?), and will soon have a new server room floor. That’s all besides the new product we are pushing out, a few articles I’m writing, and our user group. Phew! So where has the time gone lately? :-)

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Microsoft Misfires: Small Business Accounting 2007

We have been working with SBA 2006 since its beta last year. Our company has 7 licenses where our 5 accountants connect a central SQL Server 2000 database that is shared. Knowing this isn’t the way SBA 2006 is supposed to work, we have been able to successfully accomplish this task. That’s where Microsoft made their first mistake. SBA’s big appeal to us was the fact that data wasn’t stored in a proprietary format. However, not being able to install it on a database server made it frustrating.

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Book Review: ASP.NET 2.0 Unleashed

Since ASP.NET 1.0, one of the most popular books (if not the most popular book) has been Stephen Walther’s ASP.NET Unleashed. Recently, Sams Publishing has released ASP.NET 2.0 Unleashed, again written by Stephen. This review will discuss the good and the bad of the book.

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My Interview with Julie Lerman

During Julie Lerman’s recent visit to Pennsylvania, I was able to snag a 20 minute interview. We talked about where she had come from, how she has time to enjoy Vermont, and what she’d rather be doing. Be sure to check out this podcast! You can see the show notes by visiting http://aspnetpodcast.com/CS11/blogs/asp.net_podcast/archive/2006/07/28/362.aspx.

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