I have finally moved my blog to RyanOlshan.com and plan to get back into blogging. The new URL of this blog is http://ryanolshan.com/technology/.
It's no April Fools joke again. I just got an email that my MVP status has been renewed for another year.
The Strong Coders Community will be hosting its Ask An Expert Live chat on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 6:00 PM Pacific Time.
Get your tough development questions answered by Microsoft MVPs, Regional Directors, and other industry experts. Community experts will be on hand to answer your .NET- and Visual Studio-related questions. No off topic questions please.
Please note that questions regarding upcoming products and future product specs might not be answered.
Would you like to participate as an expert? Contact Ryan Olshan at Ryan[dot]Olshan[at]strongtypes[dot]com.
MSDN Online Chats – http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/chats/default.aspx
Chat Room – http://www.microsoft.com/communities/chats/chatrooms/msdn.aspx
ICS – http://www.microsoft.com/communities/chats/vcs/08_0501_msdn_DEV.ics
Please help spread the word by blogging about this event.
I just installed the HTC Black Theme on my AT&T Tilt and I really like it. You can download it here.
My AT&T Tilt has a feature I love: The HTC Task Manager. It's HTC's custom version of the Windows Mobile task manager that allows you to see what programs you have open and close them. It also adds the ability to close an application when clicking the X in the upper right-hand corner instead of leaving the program in memory. It looks like they've released it and it can be downloaded here.
This morning Scott Guthrie announced that the source code for ASP.NET MVC is now available on CodePlex. You can read more about it here.
This morning I received an invite to join the AspInsiders. I'm happy to announce that I accepted the invite and am now an AspInsider.
In my never ending quest to find the perfect cell phone I just traded in my iPhone for an AT&T Tilt 8925. The iPhone was lacking features in areas I used most such as email. It's my understanding that Windows Mobile 7 is supposed to take more of an iPhone approach, so I can wait until then. I'm excited about an old feature: Exchange synchronization. It's nice to have my contacts and calendar appointments update on the fly instead of having to sync with iTunes. Other features that made me switch include:
No Bcc capability
No MMS capability
No way to insert attachments in emails other than attaching a photo directly from the photo
Some email messages took a while to open if they had a large attachment
Only 1 email signature applied to all email accounts
Exchange support only via IMAP and no Exchange integration
Syncing only via iTunes
No ability to record videos
When more of these features are baked into the iPhone, I'll be willing to give it another try. I enjoyed the overall user experience, but missed what I mentioned above.
I knew I'd eventually be able to answer the question, "Who are you?" with, "Google the name Ryan." I'm currently on the first page for the word Ryan on Google.
I know Twitter is a free service, but the below is very annoying and makes me want to rethink using Twitter. I'm sure every member on Twitter is familiar with the Whoops! screen. With all the maintenance windows and improvements they claim to be pushing I don't understand why Twitter doesn't scale better.