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    Tuesday, October 31, 2006

    Very Spatial reporting 9.2 shipping soon

    The VerySpatial blog is reporting that ArcGIS 9.2 is coming soon, they are saying that ArcGIS will ship as early as Nov 14th - 17th. 

    I don't have detailed shipping information, but I can say that we on the ArcGIS Engine Team recently had a celebration for the completion of Engine 9.2 Windows.

    I'd be interested to know when you actually get your 9.2 software. 

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    Alphabetize the Start Menu's Program list

    As I continue to install different application on my computer, the list of Programs on the Start menu keeps growing.  Here's the steps to alphabetize the Start Menu's Program list.

    1. Click Start -> Programs
    2. Mouseover an item on the Programs list
    3. Right-click or hit the context menu button (or Shift+F10)
    4. Select "Sort by Name" on the context menu that appears

    Having things alphabetized makes it a lot easier for me to find what I'm looking for.


    You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you've collected a lot of empty yesterdays.   -Professor Harrold Hill (The Music Man)

    Monday, October 30, 2006

    Upcoming ESRI Events

  • ArcGIS 9.2 Seminars
    Through early December 2006
  • 9th Annual ESRI Middle East and North Africa User Conference
    October 31–November 2, 2006
    Amman, Jordan
  • 21st Annual ESRI European User Conference
    November 6–8, 2006
    Athens, Greece
  • GIS Day
    November 15, 2006
  • Federal User Conference
    January 9–11, 2007
    Washington, D.C.
  • Petroleum User Group Conference
    February 26–28, 2007
    Houston, TX
  • ESRI Worldwide Business Partner Conference
    March 17–19, 2007
    Palm Springs, CA
  • ESRI Developer Summit
    March 19–22, 2007
    Palm Springs, CA
  • ESRI Business GeoInfo Summit
    April 23–25, 2007
    Dallas, TX
  • ESRI International User Conference
    June 18-22, 2007
    San Diego, CA

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    Server GIS Trends

    New set of web pages on ESRI's site regarding Server GIS. Topics include...

    • Technology Trends in GIS
    • Integration
    • Collaboration
    • Support of Organizational Workflows
    • Deploying a Geospatial SOA
    • Standards Compliance

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    Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly. - Robert Schuller

    10 Biggest Computer Flops of all time

    Interesting post on the biggest flops in the Computer industry by Miguel Carrasco.

    Visual Studio 2005 Enhancements

    The upcoming ArcGIS 9.2 will require Visual Studio 2005 for .NET development of ArcGIS Desktop, Engine or Server.  I've been using Visual Studio 2005 for almost a year now and think it's an improvement over VS 2003. 

    Here's a free download from Microsoft with some additional enhancements to Visual Studio 2005


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    Google Pack

    I was helping a friend setup a new computer recently and one of the first things I did was get the Google Pack, it's the easy way to get all the free software you use all the time.

    Friday, October 27, 2006

    Deer Valley Fall Colors

    I posted some more photos from my recent trip to Deer Valley, Utah.

    I love the fall colors in Utah.

    Here's more information on embedding flickr photos in a web page.

    Daylight Saving Time

    At 2 a.m. on October 29, groggy Americans will turn their clocks back one hour, marking the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST).

    The federal law that established "daylight time" in this country does not require any area to observe daylight saving time. But if a state chooses to observe DST, it must follow the starting and ending dates set by the law. From 1986 to 2006 this has been the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, but starting in 2007, it will be observed from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, adding about a month to daylight saving time. (See: New Federal Law.)

    Thursday, October 26, 2006

    Making Great Mapping Mashups Using Adobe Flex

    A friend who is a Java developer for a IT department, sent me the following link about ArcWeb and Flex. He's not a GIS users but came across the article browsing the Java site.

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    Tuesday, October 17, 2006

    ESRI Podcast Feeds

    In case you didn't know, ESRI is pushing out several podcast. See for more information.

    I have recently be listening to the excepts from the User Conference plenary session. Even though I heard most of the presenations live in San Diego, it's been good to hear Jack talk about the 9.2 release again now that it's so close to being released.

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    "If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can't buy." - Unkown

    Online Geodatabase Training

    No Cost Live Training Seminar: “Introduction to Geodatabase Replication at ArcGIS 9.2”

    Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., or 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

    ArcGIS 9.2 introduces a solution to data distribution through a utility called geodatabase replication. New functionality in ArcMap and ArcCatalog allows users to create copies of data across two or more geodatabases and manages replica copies using synchronization. This seminar will illustrate the three types of geodatabase replication available with ArcSDE technology and how they can be used in an enterprise environment.

    Following the live presentation, a recorded version of the seminar will be archived and available for viewing.

    For more information, including instructions for attending, as well as a schedule of upcoming live training seminars, please visit:

    Monday, October 16, 2006

    BYU Campus

    I just added some more photos from my recent trip to Utah. New on my flickr site are some photos of the BYU campus in Provo, Utah.

    Checkout the photo that my daughter took of my son and I in front of the Joseph Smith building, do you recognize that t-shirt?

    That's right; it's the ESRI Developer shirt from the Developer Summit last year. Make sure and save the date now for next years Summit - March 20-22 2007 in Palm Spring, CA.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2006

    12 Tips for Creating Better Presentations

    I have to give and sit through lots of PowerPoint presentations...

    Here are 12 tips for creating better presentations from Microsoft. Nothing earth shattering in these tips but some good things to remember next time you open up PowerPoint.

    And the daily quote / thought in my planner today is...

    To love and win is the best thing,
    To love and lose, the next best.
     by William M. Thackeray

    Tuesday, October 10, 2006

    Rock Canyon in Provo Utah

    I recently took some time off work and went to Utah with my family. We spent a day in Provo, UT (home of Brigham Young University) and went on a fun little hike up Rock Canyon. I've updated a few photos on my flickr site or check out the photos on my blog. More photos to come...

    On a different subject, don't forget to register to vote for the elections here in the US next month.

    "Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it's something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles." -Abbie Hoffman

    Monday, October 09, 2006

    Blogger Beta

    I'm in the process of moving my blogger blog over to the new beta version of blogger so I apologize for duplicate post or other odd things.

    The new blogger has some new features for designing the layout of a blog including support of tags or as they call them "Labels" so I'm going to try and start categorizing my post. This post is also being composed with the latest beta of Windows Live Writer so we'll see how it goes...

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    Email overload

    I took some time off last week and went to Utah to enjoy the fall colors. I'll post some pictures soon...

    I had a great time but now I'm dealing with with an out of control Inbox. I've been spending most of my time in Outlook going through the 100s of emails I got while on vacation.

    Ever time I'm out of the office, I plan to stay on top of my mail but it never seems to happen...

    Anyone have any tips for keeping email under control?

    "Luck is when opportunity knocks, and you answer."

    -Unknown author