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the first night of mix yielded a few pre-parties.  i first went to the regional director dinner event, where we were able to chat with a few who happen to be at mix this year.  of particular note is from .  they are demonstrating (and you can see it/download the source) a really slick wpf application called which is essentially a visualization tool for family history information...very cool, check it out.

after that (and actually a little bit before) i went to the mashup day area (which will be going on as well monday night stay tuned for more on that).  after that i headed to the 'bloggerzone' -- which i'm pretty sure is basically one of the channel 9 guys' suite room that was opened up to host a party for bloggers.  a little crackdown, a little guitar hero, breakfast food (?), and some great conversations around how amazon s3 has saved certain companies money, etc.

i had a chance to finally meet .  what?! name doesn't ring a bell?  well, this blog here is hosted on the platform.  Subtext is a fork of the .Text engine.  phil was the man that started the movement and what has become one of the more active open source microsoft platform projects (there are others, but i think Subtext needs some creds here as well).  i recorded a part of my conversation with phil which you can hear on my *cast link (or direct here).  he's a great guy and has a good suggestion for microsoft at the end of the conversation.

more to come from mix07!

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after recently finding out about sites, i wanted to cut my teeth a bit more and learn some css by just reading them...so i figure i would adapt a few designs for (my blog engine).  i've created three subtext skins based on designs...you can see the screenshots of them at this flickr photostream.

i adapted three designs: minty, greenway, and metic.  the only requirement to using them is that the footer credits stay in place.  these designs use the creative commons attribution licenses, so please give the original authors credit and honor that license.  i've zipped them up individually and you can get the files below on this post. UPDATE: also available at www.subtextskins.com as of now.

each skin has a "Styles" folder with the name of a stylesheet matching the skin name...i.e., "minty-main.css" so to add then to your subtext admin/skins.config file you'll want to add (using greenway as a sample here):

<SkinTemplate Name="Greenway" TemplateFolder="greenway">
  <Styles>
    <Style href="Styles/greenway-main.css"/>
  </Styles>
</SkinTemplate>

for each skin you want to add -- just ensure the folder does exist in the skins directory.  hope you like -- they are very basic...maybe phil will include them in the next drop.

File: Greenway
File: Metic
File: Minty