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okay, i admin it -- i was infatuated with the oj simpson trial...i have no idea why (although i was studying criminology at the time)

but seriously, when you look at how msnbc gives the jackson trial a premier spotlight (the same way they do elections, tragedies [well, okay this is certainly a tragedy], etc.)

it makes me wonder where we have gone as a nation...oh well.

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sure enough this happens to me too frequently.

"sure, yeah, no problem i can do that"

then reality strikes...oh yeah, i have a job, wife, kids, no time, etc.

so i find myself in another predicament...a project due next week and only 30% complete.  so how do you finish 70% in a few days (and actually less in hours)?

jack daniels and water. oh wait, did i say that outloud?

okay seriously...here's what helped:

1-written out plan
i find that if i don't write a plan down, i'll continue to procrastinate and go all over the place.

2-realize you can't do everything
if you think you can do it all, you can't -- get over it and get help

3-find help
for me it was in the form of short-cuts in technology...these tools saved me:

  • visual studio .net -- duh.
  • aspNetEmail -- www.aspnetemail.com -- the EmailTemplate control rocks
  • LLBLGen Pro -- www.llblgen.com -- one of my new favorite tools -- rapid generation of ORM-based DAL and great object model
  • FreeTextBox -- www.freetextbox.com -- they should really name it [NotSo]FreeTextBox since you have to pay for the cool features ;-)
  • Enterprise Library -- www.microsoft.com/practices -- with the new enterprise library, the configuration is so much easier to understand and quick to setup
  • MasterPages -- i rolled my own implementation based on the Paul Wilson article -- not having to worry about the elements is awesome...concentrate on the functionality
  • CodeRush -- www.devexpress.com -- only improves vs.net
  • BaseClasses -- implement common functionality into base classes so that controls/master pages can be rapidly implemented
  • WebUI 2.1 -- www.componentart.com -- for great menus, site maps, etc.

these are huge timesavers for me...check them out -- i highly endorse all of them!

4-quiet place with least distractions
probably the most difficult for me -- i'm usually easily distracted at home -- especially with a young one running around.  finding some type of peace is key to getting “in the groove” -- for me it is in my office, locked door, ipod in ears, and wife away [note: wife away usually means shopping, so this procrastination may ending up actually costing money ;-) ]

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i guess i haven't been paying attention, but newsgater online edition is now free!  i've been using bloglines, but i'm going to have to check out newsgater online now.  with a synchronization with newsgater plugin, it might just make sense now for me to look at the outlook plug in

check it out: www.newsgator.com

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pretty cool tool, check it out: http://markharrison.co.uk/blog/2005/02/sps-configurator-tool.htm

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in case you weren't aware...there is a cross-site scripting vulnerability in sharepoint...MS released a patch today

Patch for WSS

Patch for Team Services (SharePoint v1)