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open source in the design world...i love it.  i'm sitting at the microsoft technology summit and just mentioned ...holy crap how did i not know about this.

update: here's another: -- this one looks more moderated

hey joe (using my best borat impression): high five!

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...or microsoft acquires devBiz and TeamPlain.

read about it here.

download it free here.

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i'm on my way to the microsoft technology summit for this year.  what is the summit?  basically it's a small group of invited guests traveling to the microsoft campus for some conversations.  another microsoft lovefest you say?  hardly...these invited guests aren't the typical microsoft flag wavers -- in fact i'd venture to guess some may not even have a msft flag :-)

it's a chance to gather some influential people from varying technologies (PHP, Java, Ruby) and areas (academia, community, large enterprise) from around the world (united states, japan, malaysia, china, england).  it should be an interesting few days that wraps up on wednesday.  why redmond in the united states?  well, so we can gather some of the key technology leads from microsoft in one place to meet with this group of about 30 people.

here's a list of who's planning on being there from microsoft:

  • bill hilf or port25 and the open source labs
  • jim hugunin of ironpython fame
  • john lam of rubyclr fame
  • kim cameron from our identity team
  • don box -- does he need an explanation
  • chris anderson -- if you haven't heard chris before, you are missing out on his knowledge
  • michael howard about microsoft and security
  • celso gomes - interactive designer at microsoft

it's a packed few days and i'm sure (hoping) that the attendees will write/blog/discuss their interactions -- this is NOT an NDA event for them.  i know i'll be reporting what is going on and hopefully have some video interviews up rather quickly as we get them.

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i couldn't help but laugh when i saw this in our mailbox today...


that's right -- a legit check for $0.00, zip, nada, nil.  i really want to see the teller's reaction when we 'cash' it...would they just take it from me and say "have a nice day?" -- and what would they do if i asked for a receipt...

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well, i've been a huge fan of the budweiser "real men of genius" (renamed from 'real american heroes' after the world trade center attacks) commercials.  my personal favorite is the "mr giant taco salad inventor" ('a 12,000 calorie salad...brilliant').  it gets me cracking up every time.  sadly i have them all on my zune playlist as well.

anywhoo... the guys at stupidcubicle.com put up a site for "real technology heroes" and i'm cracking up a bit as well (of course, major geek humor here...your wife will be gazing at you like you are an idiot -- much like mine is right now).

my favorites are the top ones right now "Mr. you can build your own version of asp.net better than Microsoft" guy and "Mr. select * from tablename example" guy.

nice. visit them at