Site Upgrade and New Theme!

After finally finding a Community Server 2008.5 SP1 compatible theme I liked, I was able to upgrade my site to the latest Community Server version.  This theme is provided by Andrew Belon, who has several fantastic CS themes available on his site.  I’ve tweaked his basic Bliss theme (which he uses as his main theme) to my liking. I’m a big fan of the new colors and layout, and I hope those reading this are as well.  I’ll continue to tweak over the coming days to make things a bit cleaner. If you have any comments on the new site … Continue reading Site Upgrade and New Theme!

Coding4Fun Book Contest Winner!

It’s time to announce the winner of my contest to win a copy of our Coding4Fun book!  15 people entered the contest via my forum.  I assigned each of them a 0-based index in the order in which they submitted their entry.  The final list was: leif902 = 0 jcauble = 1 krakerjak = 2 RoryBecker = 3 amrkamel = 4 anonymous = 5 Arrowofdarkness = 6 qiuliocc = 7 hanan = 8 Amira = 9 helpware = 10 michaelb = 11 FunnyX = 12 John Bisschop = 13 juanformoso = 14 bringo = 15 Now, I did say you … Continue reading Coding4Fun Book Contest Winner!

Win a Free Copy of Our Coding4Fun Book!

I’ve decided to setup a simple contest to give away a free copy of our book, Coding4Fun: 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, YouTube, World of Warcraft, and More.  Entering is simple.  Post a message to the forum entry located at: And to make it a bit more interesting, here’s a topic for your post:  How have you coded for fun?  Write up a couple sentences on any fun project you’ve tackled at some point in your spare time.  I won’t disqualify you if you don’t, but I’d love to hear about your projects, and I’m sure others would … Continue reading Win a Free Copy of Our Coding4Fun Book!


I’ve done the unthinkable and have decided to try out Twitter.  You can “follow” me at .  Let the grand experiment begin…

Now Running Community Server 2007.1

After a moderate amount of pain, I have finally updated the site to Community Server 2007.1.  I think everything is working.  I’m likely wrong.  Therefore if anyone sees anything that is not working, broken layouts, broken links, etc. PLEASE contact me and let me know so that I may correct it. One noteworthy item:  The new official URL for the blog is .  The main site will 301 redirect you here.  The old /blogs address should also 301 you here as well.  If you’re seeing any weirdness there, again, please contact me. Thanks!

Coding4Fun Article Ideas

If you visit my site, you’re likely here because of an article I wrote on Microsoft‘s Coding4Fun site.  Or perhaps someone doesn’t like you and punished you with a link to my blog.  Assuming the former, I am continuing to write articles on topics that are fun and/or interesting for me, but I wonder what the readers find fun and/or interesting.  So, with that in mind, do you have ideas for a future article? If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear about them!  Please feel free to leave ideas as a comment on this article, a post in … Continue reading Coding4Fun Article Ideas


I’ve decided to try using Feedburner to handle the RSS goodness for this site.  While any existing links to the old RSS URL should 301 to the new address, you may wish to configure the new feed manually: .  Thanks! Share this post: email it! | bookmark it! | digg it! | reddit! | kick it! | live it!


I have decided to try a grand experiment.  I have turned on anonymous posting in the forums on this site.  It seems many aren’t wild about creating an account to post for some reason, so let’s see how this turns out.  SPAM filters and flood checks are enabled, so hopefully that will keep the bad people out.  If it turns into a “free cell phone” and “cheap v1agra” flood-fest, I’ll turn it back off very quickly. Anyway, feel free to try it out.  it’s a much easier way to have an interactive discussion instead of blog comments…in my opinion at … Continue reading Forums

I have been accepted as a new blogger by the good people over at  If you've never been there, you're missing out on some great technical content. My plan is to cross-post my technical content from this site to my new blog to reach a much wider and varied audience.  All non-professional/non-technical will remain here only. This blog isn't going anywhere and will be the superset of all content between the sites.  The blog will be the subset that is technical.  You choose where and what you'd like to read. Enjoy, and thanks to John Papa and … Continue reading