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    Monday, December 31, 2007

    Running More

    I'm running more... Last week, I had my longest post surgery run, 5 miles in 40 minute and recently had my best mile time (6:47).  My goal is to get back to where I was before the knee surgery, running 5k under 22 minutes and 10k under 45 minutes by April then try to improve over the summer.

    Here's a good article on Eating for Injury Prevention.


    Back at work today and have spent some time getting used to a new Windows Vista machine.  Overall no problems but I haven't yet found the "great" feature that makes me want to upgrade my home PC to have the power to run Vista yet.  If you have a favorite feature of Vista, I'd love to hear about it.

    Quote of the Day:
    If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness and, therefore, your excellence.

    Monday, December 24, 2007

    Merry Christmas

    Hopefully everyone is taking some time off for the holidays.  I have Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off but wanted to quickly say Merry Christmas to all.

    Thursday, December 20, 2007

    6 months post ACL Surgery

    I had my 6 month checkup yesterday and all is looking good with my knee.  I still have a strong pop when I squat but the doctor thinks that will go away with time.  I think for the most part my left leg is as strong as my right one now but the doctor wants me to focus on my hips.  Anyone have any suggestions for good hip strengthening exercises?

    Monday, December 03, 2007

    ESRI Developer Summit 2008 Pre-conference sessions

    New this year, our agenda will include a series of complimentary preconference seminars on Monday, March 17. Each seminar provides a comprehensive introduction to a specific topic area. Several morning and afternoon session titles are available, so you can choose the preconference seminars that are right for you.

    Who Should Attend

    If you are new to GIS or new to the ESRI application development framework (ADF) you will not want to miss these seminars. Specially designed to prepare you for the content you will experience during the rest of the conference, the preconference seminars allow you the opportunity to start early, so that you will have the necessary background and framework to get more out of the sessions, tech talks, and activities you attend later on in the week.

    Monday, March 17, Morning Seminars
    • Introduction to GIS Concepts and ESRI’s Developer Technologies
    • Introduction to Planning, Developing and Maintaining ArcGIS Solutions
    Monday, March 17, Afternoon Seminars
    • Introduction to ArcGIS Desktop and Engine Development
    • Introduction to Geodatabase Development
    • Introduction to Geoprocessing Development
    • Introduction to ArcGIS Server Development

    Vista support and ArcGIS Service Pack 4

    The recently released ArcGIS Desktop and Engine Service Pack 4 adds support for Microsoft's Vista operating system with some know issues. For more information including a list of the know issues and Microsoft Updates required, see ESRI Knowledge Base Article 34020.

    Wednesday, November 28, 2007

    Photos from Barcelona

    Here's a sideshow of the best photos from my recent trip to Barcelona, Spain.

    viva Barca


    2008 ESRI Developer Summit

    The ESRI Dev Summit is 110 days away and planning is going strong.  Check out the official Summit site for registration information and for an early list of some of the sessions being planned for 2008.

    See you all in Palm Springs March 17th-20th, 2008

    ESRI's New Director of Product Management to Expand Enterprise GIS Strategies

    Press Release -- ESRI's New Director of Product Management to Expand Enterprise GIS Strategies

    Changes happens...

    I've worked in Product Management at ESRI since 1998 under the leadership of David Maguire.  David is still with ESRI as a Senior Executive and the new Director of Product Management is Dirk Gorter.

    Monday, November 26, 2007

    Nice Break

    Had a nice break last week in Arizona. That makes 10 years in a row of enjoying Thanksgiving with my in-laws in Arizona.  Went hiking with the kids, kicked the ball around with family, and eat some great food. 

    But one of the highlights of the holiday was watching BYU beat Utah in college football.  That makes BYU back to back conference champions. 

    Rise and Shout the Cougars are out!

    Max Throws

    Useful ArcGIS Server script on EDN ArcScripts

    Checkout this useful batch script "Service Monitor" for use with ArcGIS Server.


    Over the Thanksgiving break, I final organized the best of my photos from Sydney.  It was a great trip, I didn't make it out of the Sydney area but it fun to see the sets of the city and local beaches.

    See my flickr site

    Sydney Harbor

    VB6 to VB.Net migration tool

    For those that still have code in VB6 and are planning to migrate VB.Net 2005. Code Architects are in process of releasing VB Migration Partner tool. The tool can convert VB6 applications to VB.NET. It offers tons of improvements over other migration utilities on the market. It can convert nearly all the 60+ controls in the VB6 toolbox and can handle challenging features such as Gosubs, arrays with nonzero lower index, graphic and print methods, auto-instancing variables, deterministic finalization, As Any parameters, window subclassing, databinding, and drag-and-drop. It includes a sophisticated code analysis engine, advanced refactoring techniques, assessment reports, and the migration process can be customized by means of pragmas and plug-ins.

    You can find good documentation, including many details that haven’t been published anywhere yet-

    Friday, November 23, 2007

    With persistence, picky kids eat well

    Just found this interesting article that is all about my sister in law Melinda Pugh.

    All my wife's sisters are all into blogging now and here is her family blog.

    This post is to show here how I post using Windows Live Writer.

    Quote of the Day:
    In life, as in chess, forethought wins.
    --Charles Buxton

    Friday, November 16, 2007

    ASP.Net AJAX controls with Visual Studio videos

    If you are an ASP.NET developer with Visual Studio 2005 and want to learn how to build web applications using AJAX, then this is the site for you. The Microsoft ASP.NET team has made available about 30 videos (ranging from 3 minutes to 30 minutes) that show to use most if not all of the ASP.NET AJAX controls.

    Here's a link to the full list of videos: (Click here to view them)

    Here's a sample of a few of them (see below):

    #1 How Do I:
    Get Started with ASP.NET AJAX?

    7 minutes, 51 seconds

    #2 How Do I:
    Get Started with the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit?

    11 minutes, 15 seconds

    #3 How Do I:
    Use the ASP.NET AJAX CascadingDropDown Control Extender?

    27 minutes, 56 seconds

    #4 How Do I:
    Implement Dynamic Partial-Page Updates with ASP.NET AJAX?

    12 minutes, 7 seconds

    #5 How Do I:
    Make Client-Side Network Callbacks with ASP.NET AJAX?

    15 minutes, 26 seconds

    #6 How Do I:
    Add ASP.NET AJAX Features to an Existing Web Application?

    7 minutes, 20 seconds

    Nice Touchtable Demo

    Wired Science has posted a nice video demo of the famous Touchtable -

    During the demo you see a few examples of ESRI based GIS solutions.

    Quote of the Day:
    It takes a steady hand to carry a full cup.

    Wednesday, October 31, 2007

    My View

    I've posted some more pictures on my photo blog and I have more to post.
    Checkout some shots from my fall family trip to Utah and work trip to Sydney.

    ESRI at Microsoft TechEd Developers 2007

    Find out the latest in ESRI and Microsoft technology at Microsoft TechEd Developers in Barcelona, Spain, November 5-9, 2007. TechEd Developers is Microsoft's premier European conference, designed to provide developers with deep dive technical training, information, and community resources. Come by the ESRI booth to learn how you can use Visual Studio and ESRI's developer kits to create custom mapping and geospatial applications for the desktop, server, and Web.

    Are you going to TechEd?  If so, let me know via a comment as I'm trying to see who is going to to this event.

    LBS Development

    LBS Developers Look to ESRI for a Competitive Edge in the NAVTEQ LBS Challenge
    Location-based services (LBS) developers participating in the 2008 North America NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge gain a competitive edge using ESRI as their mobile solution development platform. ESRI is a sponsor for the LBS Challenge, an annual competition that provides developers with an opportunity to showcase their location-based solutions and win a variety of prizes including up to $50,000 in cash from NAVTEQ and data licenses from ESRI. Contest participants looking to build winning solutions can sign up for no-cost access to ArcWeb Services, ESRI's hosted Web services mapping and GIS application programming interfaces.

    SAP to acquire Business Objects

    SAP to Acquire ESRI Corporate Alliance Business Objects
    SAP recently announced that it will acquire Business Objects, one of the world's largest business intelligence companies and an ESRI Corporate Alliance. ESRI and Business Objects have a long-standing relationship and have a shared commitment to providing the best in GIS and business intelligence (BI) solutions to customers around the globe. ESRI's ArcGIS platform has been fully integrated with Business Objects XI Release 2, the latest version of the XI platform.

    Back in the day there was Crystal Reports then Business Objects and now SAP.

    Quote of the Day:
    Encouragement is like a premium gasoline - it helps to take knocks out of living.

    Thursday, October 25, 2007


    No damage from wildfires here in Redlands but the air is smoky causing school to be canceled for the rest of the week. However we could see the flames on the local mountains at night. Hopefully thing clear up soon as there are a lot of people evacuated from there homes in the local mountain communities.

    Quote of the Day:
    It's not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it's who you are.
    --Elvis Presley, celebrity singer

    Monday, October 22, 2007

    StreetMap Mobile SDK

    Here's a new developer opportunity for ESRI Business Partners.

    StreetMap Mobile Software Developer Kit (SDK) allows developers to build custom mobile mapping and navigation applications for personal navigation devices and in-vehicle systems. The StreetMap Mobile SDK consists of a set of COM components and developer resources and provides advanced functionality for deploying powerful applications including

    • Routing
    • Geocoding
    • Real-time GPS navigation
    • Customizable map rendering

    StreetMap Mobile utilizes street data in ESRI's Smart Data Compression (SDC) 2.0 format and is optimized for rapid map display, accurate routing, and high-performance geocoding.

    North American commercial street data from Tele Atlas and NAVTEQ is available through ESRI and includes complete cartographic layers and cultural features.

    StreetMap Mobile SDK is available to members of the ESRI Business Partner Program.

    Web Seminar Offered on Authoring and Publishing Optimized Map Services

    A no-cost live training seminar on November 15, 2007 will demonstrate how to author documents optimized for publishing on ArcGIS Server. During Authoring and Publishing Optimized Map Services, viewers will learn about strategies for rendering map features with dynamic map services and for preparing a better map document for cached map.

    Flex and ArcWeb

    I recently spoke with a non GIS web developer that loved Flex from Adobe.  So I decided I need to take a look at Flex and ArcWeb Services.

    ArcWeb Services Flex API Public Beta3 Now Available
    ArcWeb Explorer 2.0 beta 3 is now available. The ArcWeb Explorer 2.0 application offers powerful Web map rendering with desktop-like functionality, exposing ArcWeb Services through easy-to-use widgets. Quickly find locations, pan and zoom, and toggle between a variety of map types including aerial and street tile.

    The ArcWeb Explorer 2.0 application can be customized and embedded using either the ArcWeb Explorer 2.0 JavaScript or ArcWeb Explorer 2.0 Flex API

    Sign up for a lab at

    Quote of the Day:
    Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold.
    --Maurice Setter

    Tuesday, October 16, 2007

    Fall Break

    My family and I recently returned from Park City, UT.  We had a great time visiting family and friends and taking some time to enjoy the beautiful fall colors of the Utah mountains and canyons.

    I've posted some pictures on my photo blog

    Fall Reflection

    Wednesday, October 03, 2007

    ACL Update - Week 16

    Things were going pretty good with my ACL rehab... At 13 weeks I started jogging and had full range of motion.  But after a few weeks of jogging some pain returned to the knee so the therapist have had me stop running this week.  When I would try and run, the muscles in the back of the knee and upper calf would tighten up making it hard to unlock my knee and bend it back.  So I've been focusing on that area plus hamstrings and hope to be running again soon.  I'm now 16 weeks post-op and feel like I'm at week 13 again. It's disappointing to feel like I lost 3 weeks of rehab.  I'm hoping this is only minor setback and I can be on my way to full recover.  My next goal is to run a 5k pain free by Thanksgiving.


    Quote of the Day:
    If you haven't got charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
    --Bob Hope

    Monday, September 17, 2007

    Simple overview of RSS

    Hopefully everyone reading this blog knows something about RSS and has also tired to explain it to someone else.  To help, here's a great video titled RSS in Plain English.  It's a simple yet powerful explanation of RSS and how it can change the way you get information online.

    Quote of the Day:
    The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.
    --Benjamin Disraeli

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007

    6 years ago

    Today is September 11th and that means 6 days ago the US was attacked and most of the world watch the the haunting images from New York and DC live.  I will never forget being at the gym (Redlands YMCA) and watching the TV screens. When the second tower was hit and then the Pentagon, most people stopped exercising and we all stood there in shock as we watched.

    Today, once again I was at the YMCA and watched the TVs as they replayed the events of that morning 6 years.  A lot has changed since 2001 but I hope I don't forget feelings I had that morning and the days after 9/11/2001.  There is a lot of good in the world but there is also a lot of hate.  I hope my kids are able to grow and live in a safe world and never take for lightly the freedoms we enjoy in the United States of America.

    Lincoln from the Washington Monument

    Thursday, September 06, 2007

    Upcoming ESRI Conferences

    · ESRI European User Conference
    September 26-28, 2007
    Stockholm, Sweden

    · ESRI Health GIS Conference
    October 7-10, 2007
    Scottsdale, AZ, USA

    · ESRI Electric & Gas User Group Meeting
    October 8-11, 2007
    Nashville, TN, USA

    · ESRI Middle East & North Africa User Conference
    October 29-31, 2007
    Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

    · ESRI Latin America and Caribbean User Conference
    October 31-November 2, 2007
    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    · ESRI Homeland Security GIS Summit
    November 5-7, 2007
    Denver, CO, USA

    Tuesday, September 04, 2007

    Money rules - top 20

    Here are 20 solid tips related to money from CNN Money.

    1. Be humble
    2. Take calculated risks
    3. Have an emergency fund
    4. Mix it up
    5. It's the portfolio, stupid
    6. Average is the new best
    7. Practice patience
    8. Don't time the market
    9. Be a cheapskate
    10. Don't follow the crowd
    11. Buy low
    12. Invest abroad
    13. Keep perspective
    14. Just do it
    15. Borrow responsibly
    16. Talk to your spouse
    17. Exit gracefully
    18. Pay only your share
    19. Give wisely
    20. Keep money in its place

    Friday, August 31, 2007

    Simple tips

    Many of you know that 2 years ago I changed my diet and exercise end up losing 70 lbs.  And believe it or not, I've only gained back about 10 lbs, mostly in muscle.  I recent told my story to someone who didn't know the old Rob and she wanted some tips.  So here are the fundamental principles to how I lost the weight..

    1. Eat breakfast, with some protein. You'll feel fuller, and your body won't go into fat-storing mode.

    2. Exercise every day. That doesn't mean a full workout every day, but at least get up and get moving (take a walk!) so you form the habit.

    3. Eat six times a day: three meals, three healthy snacks. That's Body for Life in a nutshell.

    4. When you do work out, go hard: sprint intervals instead of jogging, and challenging weightlifting instead of boring routines. Muscle burns fat.

    5. Eat lots of protein, and avoid processed foods as much as possible.

    And remember, if I can do it, so can you!

    Kenya-Based Green Belt Movement Adopts GIS

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai recently embraced GIS technology for use in her environmental organization, the Green Belt Movement. She eloquently described her tree-planting mission and the role that GIS plays in mapping and managing the plantings when she spoke at the 2007 ESRI International User Conference in June. Read the article.

    Thursday, August 30, 2007

    Bring Back Geography

    Global Net

    Jerome E. Dobson's article in the most recent issue of ESRI's ArcNews is a must read for anyone asking, "What is geography?" and, "Why do we need to bring it back?" In the article, Dobson, geography professor and president of the American Geographical Society, discusses the discovery, purging, and importance of geography and gives examples of what people can do to help restore geography to government, business, and education at all levels.

    Quote of the Day:
    That's right. 'Tain't yours, and 'tain't mine.
    --Mark Twain
    (when friend said that a certain rich man's money was "tainted")

    Thursday, August 23, 2007

    Lewis brings home millions for local institutions

    Redlands Daily Facts - Lewis brings home millions for local institutions

    When my family and I were in DC a few weeks, we stopped by Congressman Lewis office but he was busy on the House floor voting and debating issues facing America.  But one of his staff gave my wife and kids a great tour of the US Capitol building. We even got to sit in the US Hose of Representatives camber and watch our government in action.

    US Capitol

    Visualizing Your Database

    Content from the  Commercial Demo Theater at the 2007 User Conference, is now online [PDF-2.94 MB] the presentation by Steve Trammell, ESRI Corporate Alliances team lead, and Bob Hazelton, Business Analyst Online product manager, on ESRI's activities in the business intelligence markets. The presentation includes discussion of applications, alliance partner solutions, and ESRI's spatial online analytical processing (OLAP) add-on.


    Quote of the Day:
    We need not all agree, but if we disagree, let us not be disagreeable in our disagreements.
    --Martin R. DeHaan

    Monday, August 20, 2007

    Health on the run: How to stay healthy while traveling

    Good article with tips on staying healthy on your next business trip.

    Health on the run: How to stay healthy while traveling : 60 IN 3

    Quote of the Day:
    Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.
    --Will Durant

    Friday, August 17, 2007

    Top 9 Fitness Myths -- Busted!

    Good article form WebMD 

    Top 9 Fitness Myths -- Busted!

    Quote of the Day:
    It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust
    --Samuel Johnson

    Tuesday, August 14, 2007

    August Update

    I haven't written much lately but so I wanted to give you a quick update.

    My family and I had a great vacation...  We spent some time in Washington DC, Southern Virginia, Myrtle Beach SC and Columbia SC.  I'm slowing posting photos from the trip on my photo blog. 

    The trip was great but now I'm busy planning catch-up here at work and with projects around the house.

    I'm also sharing a few non GIS blog post I read on a new link blog if you are interested.

    Quote of the Day:
    Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.
    --Thomas Alva Edison

    Friday, July 20, 2007

    6 weeks after ACL surgery

    It's been 6 weeks today since my ACL reconstruction surgery and things are going well.  I can fully extend my knee and the bend is almost equal to my other leg.  I've been going to physical therapy (PT) for the last 3 weeks and it seems to be helping as my legs are getting stronger.  For PT, I'm going to a place called Outback here in Redlands and the great thing is there location.  They are right across the street from the ESRI campus.  I meet with the surgery next week but it seems like everything is going well it's just going to take time before I play soccer or basketball again.

    Shared items

    I started using Google Reader for some of the non GIS blogs I read.  Google Reader has a feature that allows you to mark post as "Shared".  All your shared post then get aggregated on a site which also has an RSS feed.  So as I'm reading along, I'll try and share a few items.

    Link to my shared items

    RSS feed for this site

    Quote of the Day:
    Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers.
    --Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

    Thursday, July 19, 2007

    Now You Can "Rule the Web"

    Great list of ways to "Rule the web" from Mark Frauenfelder via Guy Kawasaki's blog.

    How to Change the World: Now You Can "Rule the Web"

    Quote of the Day:
    He is poor who does not feel content.
    --Japanese proverb

    Tuesday, July 17, 2007

    the Happy Factory

    My sister got involved with Happy Factory a few months ago while in college. It's a great organization that makes toys for children around the world. To learn more or get involved make sure and checkout there site at

    A $1 donation can build two toys!

    The Happy Factory "takes scrap wood that could have been wasted...

    mixes it with spare time that could have been wasted...

    and turns it into a toy that triggers the imagination so that a little mind won't be wasted"

    What is Microsoft interested in?

    Interesting list of research projects that Microsoft is funding. 

    » Microsoft ponies up cell-phone, green-computing research funding | All about Microsoft |


    Quote of the Day:
    At the working man's house hunger looks in but dares not enter.
    --Benjamin Franklin

    New White Papers on ESRI Support Center

    ESRI Geospatial Portal Technology
    This white paper introduces ESRI's approach to the discovery exchange of geospatial information on the Web and outlines portal technology ESRI has developed in that context.

    An Overview of Distributing Data with Geodatabases
    Data distribution involves creating copies of data and distributing data between two or more geodatabases. To keep the copies in sync, data distribution also includes a means to apply edits made to each copy across all copies. This paper discusses cases where you will need to distribute your data and introduces the options available.

    ArcGIS 9.2 Geoprocessing Tools
    This document lists all the core geoprocessing tools that are shipped with ArcGIS Desktop and indicates the availability of tools at each license level ArcInfo, ArcEditor, and ArcView.

    Tuesday, July 10, 2007

    Monday, July 02, 2007

    Knee update

    Well it's been a little over 3 weeks since my ACL surgery and I'm doing pretty good.  I'm working with a physical therapist 2 times a week and am able to return to the YMCA for upper body lifting and cardio on the stationary bike.  My knee is bending and extending better each day but it's still swollen and gets a little achy if I sit at my desk too long.  I've got a series of leg exercises that I do everyday to help rebuild my muscles and improve my flexibility.

    Thanks for all the encouragement and support.  I plan on doing all the rehab for the rest of the year and be back to 100% by 2008.

    Quote of the Day:
    Sharing money is what gives it its value.
    --Elvis Presley, singer

    Tuesday, June 26, 2007

    Fun online clock

    Checkout this fun online clock.

    • 1st Line is Sec's 
    • 2nd Line is min's 
    • 3rd line is Hrs. 
    • 4th Line is Days 
    • 5h Line is months 
    • 6th Line is Years 

    Quote of the Day:
    We are always getting ready to live, but never living.
    --Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Monday, June 25, 2007

    ESRI UC Blog : Wangari's Inspiration

    This year's keynote at the ESRI User Conference was great!  Here's a nice summary of Wangari's remarks on the ESRI UC Blog.

    Make sure and check-out

    ArcGIS Server REST and JavaScript APIs announced

    One of the hot demos last week at the ESRI User Conference was the ArcGIS Server 9.3 REST and Java Script APIs.  Here's a post from Keyur who gave several demos of the REST API last week in San Diego. 

    Link to abstract final: ArcGIS Server REST and JavaScript APIs announced

    Quote of the Day:
    For Sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.
    --William Shakespeare

    Wednesday, June 20, 2007

    ESRI UC 2007

    I'm here at the ESRI User Conference in San Diego.  The week has been busy yet fun.  Due to my recent knee surgery, I rented an electric scooter for use around the convention center this year.  It's been a great help as the conference is huge, there are hundreds of exhibitors in the showcase and even more sessions upstairs. 

    The developer focused sessions have been well attended and there's lots of excitement in the air about ArcGIS 9.2 for developers.

    Monday, June 11, 2007

    Home Recovering

    I had my ACL reconstruction and meniscus surgery on Friday and everything went well.  I'm home resting which means lots of ice and hours on a CPM machine to help exercise my new knee.  I'm hoping get back to work in a few days and work at least some of the ESRI User Conference next week in San Diego but I'll have to see how much progress I make this week.

    Monday, June 04, 2007

    ACL Surgery on Friday

    My season is over...  No more Friday night soccer for me. A few weeks I was taken down from behind on a break away and hurt my knee, I thought it was just a sprain but when the swelling didn't go away, I went to the doctor.  The original diagnosis was a turn meniscus and strained ACL / MCL.  But after an MRI, it was determined that I completely tore my ACL and have some meniscus damage.  So this Friday I'm going in for ACL reconstructive surgery and meniscus repair or removal.

    Anyone been through an ACL surgery?  How fast did you recovery?

    My interview with Brian and James

    At the Developer Summit I took my turn in the ESRI podcast booth and interviewed good friend Brian Goldin and James Fee.  Here's the link the download - MP3

    For more ESRI podcast visit -

    Quote of the Day:
    Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
    --C. Archie Danielson

    Thursday, May 31, 2007

    Microsoft at the UC

    For all you Microsoft / ESRI users, make sure and note the following Special Interest Group meetings at the upcoming ESRI International User Conference. 

    Microsoft SQL Server
    Tuesday, June 19
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Room 23 B

    Attend this meeting to hear technical updates and presentations on managing geographic information using SQL Server from SQL Server users and Microsoft representatives.Lunch will be provided.

    Mobile GIS
    Wednesday, June 20
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Room 26 A

    Join ESRI's mobile team to learn about the latest ESRI mobile applications designed to run on Windows Mobile devices. Kevin Ramsaur, Microsoft Team System Product Representative, will discuss Windows Mobile devices and future developments. Art Maria, AT&T Business Market Group, will discuss AT&T's wireless security philosophy, latest developments, and the elements of a mobile security solution. You will have the opportunity to win an AT&T HP iPAQ 6920 Smartphone, an ESRI Developer Network (EDN) subscription, or a copy of ESRI ArcPad 7.0.1. Lunch will be provided.

    Microsoft .NET
    Wednesday, June 20, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
    Room 6 F

    This third annual meeting is designed for all users of Microsoft's .NET technology. Art Haddad, ESRI's .NET development lead, will moderate the meeting. The program will include a presentation from Microsoft as well as user presentations and updates from ESRI development staff. Drinks and appetizers will be served following the presentations.

    Friday, May 25, 2007

    ArcGIS Engine Anniversary

    3 years ago today, ArcGIS Engine first shipped as part of the larger ArcGIS 9.0 release. It's hard to believe it been three years already but at the same time 9.0 seems long ago. The 9.1 and 9.2 were solid updates for Engine and more improvements are on the way with 9.3 which is currently under development.

    There are many successful deployments of custom solutions out there based on the the ArcGIS Engine Runtime and many more to come. Thanks to all the ESRI staff who have worked for many years on making ArcGS Engine what it is today.

    Wednesday, May 23, 2007

    BYU alumni at the ESRI User Conference

    As in year's past, several BYU alumni and friends of the Y at the ESRI User Conference are going to get together for dinner on Monday June 18th.  If you are interested in joining us, leave me a comment or send me a email so I can get you the details.

    Quote of the Day:
    Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.
    --Will Durant

    Tuesday, May 22, 2007

    15 Best Diet Tips Ever

    Health site WebMD has compiled a list of the"best diet tips" ever.

    Of course, there's nothing new under the weight-loss here; you've probably heard most of these tips many times before. That said, this is good list.  Any tips you want to share? Mine tip is everything in moderation.

    Link to 15 Best Diet Tips Ever

    Quote of the Day:
    If misery loves company, misery has company enough.
    --Henry David Thoreau

    Thursday, May 17, 2007

    2kSW - Soccer Team

    A few months ago, a friend approached me about putting together a men's team for the Redlands City League. I thought it would be fun so we got a few buddies from church and formed a team.  We called ourselves 2kSW (2,000 Stripling Warriors).  Our team is made up of 30 something year old Dads who haven't played competitive soccer since high-school plus a few that have never played in a organized league. 

    We have completed the first half of the season with a record of 3 wins and 2 ties (no loses).  We are in 2nd place and holding our own.  The city website is a little behind on the weekly results but here are the current standings.

    It's been a lot of fun putting on a jersey and playing as a team under the lights on Friday nights.  It takes me back to being 16 and playing varsity soccer in high soccer.

    Monday, May 14, 2007

    Getting to Know ArcObjects - Updated for 9.2

    The popular Getting to Know ArcObjects book from ESRI Press has been updated for ArcGIS 9.1 and 9.2.

    This is a great book for getting started with VBA and ArcObjects.


    Quote of the Day:
    A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.
    --Saint Augustine of Hippo

    Wednesday, May 09, 2007

    ESRI User Conference 2007

    Just a little over one month till the biggest ESRI / GIS event of the year. Once again, the ESRI International User Conference will be held in San Diego, CA June 18 - 22.

    I hear hotel are selling out fast so make your plans now to be there. San Diego is a awesome city and the conference is great. I'll be there most of the week and look forward to meeting lots of EDN Subscribers and ArcGIS Engine developers.

    Tuesday, May 08, 2007

    Photo blog

    For those that haven't noticed the link on my Rise and Shout blog, I have a simple photo blog where the content comes from simple photos taken with my Motorola Q Smart Phone and then automatically posted and hosted via Flickr.

    To see what I see, checkout

    It can be hard to find good help

    Monday, May 07, 2007

    i'm Making a Difference

    For all you MSN / Windows Live Messenger users.. Get out the new i'm feature.

    i’m is a new initiative from Windows Live Messenger™. Every time you start a conversation using i’m, Microsoft shares a portion of the program's advertising revenue with some of the world's most effective organizations dedicated to social causes.


    Quote of the Day:
    The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a good discussion.
    --G.K. Chesterton

    Friday, May 04, 2007

    BYU engineering students develop merry-go-round to power African schoolhouses

    Came across this story in a recent alumni newsletter...

    A team of Brigham Young University student engineers this week unveiled a merry-go-round capable of turning children’s play into electricity.

    The students’ prototype merry-go-round uses a direct current generator system to turn the rambunctious energy of kids into electricity that can light schoolhouses in places like rural Ghana. Six engineering students labored on the project for two semesters to develop a device complicated enough to capture and translate human energy into electricity, but simple enough to incorporate old car parts

    For the rest of the article

    Watch the story on Salt Lake ABC4

    Simple tips

    Here are some simple tips on eating to help you in your weight lost goals.

    • Buy a pack of chicken breasts. Grill them and then freeze them in individual tupperware. Take them out on a daily basis when they are needed for lunches. 
    • Buy and prepare a week's worth of vegetables. Put peppers, spinach, tomatoes, and carrots in salads. Cut up raw broccoli florets, carrot sticks, and celery pieces for appetite suppressing snacks. Put all of these veggies in tupperware for the week. 
    • Buy bags of apples, oranges, and grapefruits. Take 2 of each to work each day or leave the bags of fruit at work. Buy berries to be kept in the fridge at home.
    • Buy raw nuts such as almonds, cashews, and walnuts. Avoid roasted nuts as most are roasted in unhealthy vegetable oils. Take bags of healthy nuts to work for snacks. 
    • Treat yourself once per week, but no more, to your favorite meal and don't feel guilty about it.

    The key - Do some exercise or physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day Monday - Saturday with Sunday being your day of rest.

    Thursday, May 03, 2007

    Relocate the menu bar in IE7 to the top of the window

    The Menu toolbar is not on by default in IE7 and when you turn it on, it's not in the place you would expect.  Here is a article about how to change the default potion of the Menu toolbar for IE 7 

    Link to Unhandled Perception: Relocate the menu bar in IE7 to the top of the window

    Quote of the Day:
    Their’s not to reason why, Their’s but to do and die...
    --Alfred, Lord TENNYSON

    Wednesday, May 02, 2007


    From Visual FoxPro to VB6, developers are coping with the demise of key programming languages

    Link to Redmond Developer News | Retired!

    I taught myself VB 6 back in the day and still have it installed on my machine today.  Yes, I also have Visual Studio 2005 installed and use it more and more but VB 6 is like those old T-shirts from the 90s that my wife keeps telling me to throw out...  It's fast, convenient and comfortable.

    Quote of the Day:
    The happiest couples are those who spell "us" with a capital "you."
    --Klare Provine

    Water Project Benefits 15 Malaysian Villages

    When I was 19, I went to Guatemala for 2 years to server a mission for my church.  Each week we spent hours on different humanitarian projects to help the locals.  I learned many valuable life lessons during my 2 years in Guatemala, one was the value of water and how it can improve the quality of life.  We should never take for grant our access to clean running water here in the US.

    Link to Newsroom - Water Project Benefits Malaysian Villages

    Friday, April 27, 2007

    Top 10 lesson learned from an experienced developer

    I try to programmer a little but I'm no professional developer... Here's a good list of things that a developer learned from years of experience instead of professional trainer  

    Link to Andres’ thoughts » Top ten things ten years of professional software development has taught me

    Wednesday, April 25, 2007

    World Bank: Less Than A Billion Now Live On Less Than a $1 A Day

    One - The Campaign to make poverty History

    According to new reports from the World Bank, approximately 985 million people around the world now live on less than $1 day, down from an estimated 1.25 billion on 1990.

    Extreme poverty is often defined as living on less than $1 a day and the "over a billion" figure has found a home on many ONE Campaign materials.

    Find ONE's updated fact sheets here.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007

    Good write-up on the Developer Summit

    ESRI ArcWatch April 2007 - Technology Improvements, Trends, and Technical Advice Take Center Stage at ESRI Developer Summit

    Wangari Maathai to Present Keynote Address at 2007 ESRI User Conference

    I missed this announcement when it came out after the Dev Summit but I'm looking forward to hearing from Wangari Maathai regarding her work in Kenya.

    Press Release -- Wangari Maathai to Present Keynote Address at 2007 ESRI User Conference

    Windows Live Gallery - Writer Gallery

    If you are using Live Writer, make sure and check the growing collection of plug-ins. 

    Link to Windows Live Gallery - Writer Gallery


    Quote of the Day:
    I never put on a pair of shoes until I've worn them for five years.
    --Samuel Goldwyn

    Windows Live Writer

    I had to clean up some programs on my Tablet PC and in the process downloaded and installed the latest beta of Windows Live Writer.

    This is a test post to make sure I have everything configured correctly.

    Thursday, April 19, 2007

    Ready to get wet?

    Take a look at the directions from Google Maps for traveling from New York to London.

    1. go to
    2. click on "maps"
    3. click on "get directions"
    4. type "New York" in the first box (the "From" box)
    5. type "London" in the second box  (the "To" box)
    6. Click "Get Directions."
    7. Scroll down to Step #24.

    Tuesday, April 17, 2007

    Just 2 months till UC 2007

    The ESRI International User Conference is in June this year meaning the conference is only 2 months away.

    Are you going?

    Thursday, March 29, 2007

    Dev Summit slides on EDN

    On the Conference Tab of the of the EDN site, the slide presentations for the sessions have been posted. You can find them linked in the 'Resources for this session' box on each of the session pages below. You can also find them in the Downloads area of EDN. The project files for samples and code presented in the sessions will also be posted soon along with video for each session.

    Tuesday, March 27, 2007


    This is a test email post.

    Vertical text selection in Microsoft Word and beyond

    A handy tip in Microsoft Word for selecting text vertically rather than the traditional horizontal select we're all used to.

    The key: just hold down the Alt key while you drag your selection. Not only does vertical text selection work in Word, but you can use the same shortcut to select text vertically in a lot of plain text editors.

    Developers, Developers, Developers...

    A Roundup for “Developers, Developers, Developers…” - Solution Watch links to a whole mess of online tools with a developer focus.

    Victory in the Senate

    Last week the US Senate unanimously passed the Dodd-Smith amendment restoring $2.2 billion of poverty-fighting funding to the international affairs budget.

    By restoring this money, the Senate matched the president's international affairs budget request which represents a $3.7 billion increase over 2007 levels. This is just the first step in what could be the greatest increase to the international affairs budget in recent history. We still need the House and Senate to agree on a final budget and only then will the appropriations process begin, but this is a critical first step.

    To learn more visit - The Campaign to Make Poverty History

    The Buff Buffet

    The reasons why these Power 12 foods help build more muscle.

    Now that the Dev Summit is over, I'm re-focusing my workout and goals for eating and working out better.

    Monday, March 26, 2007

    Dev Summit Summary

    After the plenary session, the technical session started and ran through Thursday.  Things went well and everyone seemed to have a good time.  Wednesday morning, Mark D. from Gartner spoke and Eddie A. from Microsoft finished off the day with his keynote address.

    The closing session was a nice lunch followed by a summary of the Summit by Jim M. and Jack D.  Then a interesting open question and answer session with senior ESRI management.  The overall feedback has been positive but I'd like to know your take on the Summit.  Leave me a comment or send me an email (

    Just want to say thanks to all the members of the Dev Summit management team that worked behind the scenes for months to make this event a success.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007

    Update from the Dev Summit

    Following the Plenary session and a nice lunch, the session started and their seemed to be a lot of interest in ArcGIS Server and the Geodatabase session.  The Community was packed with Tech Talks, Meet the Teams, and the ESRI Showcase.

    Everyone then headed out to the pool for a buffet dinner and drinks.  It's really nice that lunch and dinner were provide for attendees allowing everyone to stay at the conference center and talk.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2007

    Online GIS

    The final section of the plenary focused on Online.

    Deane K (ArcGIS Online Manager) introduced ArcGIS Online services as...

    • Ready to use Maps and Globes (2D and 3D)
    • Use in ArcGIS Desktop
    • Build custom applications
    • Task (Functions)
      • Place Finder
      • Address Matching
      • Routing

    ArcGIS Desktop has come with DVDs of Maps and Data for years, now with ArcGIS Online you can quickly enhance a map by using some of the Online maps and data.  The map document with the ArcGIS Online data can then be published by ArcGIS Server and used by varies clients.

    ArcWeb was up next, Jim K (ArcWeb Manager) focused on the advantages of ArcWeb for developers.  ArcWeb has several APIs for developers

    • SOAP
    • REST
    • JavaScript

    The demo showed off the REST API to ArcWeb and a sleek demo of a dynamic Map Book (I want that demo as it looks great!)

    Sessions start up after lunch but I'll try and update later tonight.

    Plenary Session continues..

    After a great demo by Fred on ArcGIS Mobile where he built a custom app in VS 2005 and deployed it to a Windows Mobile SmartPhone...

    Up next, Shelly G (Product Engineer) showed everyone the developer opportunities of ArcGIS Explorer.

    Shelly showed..

    • The free standard version of Explorer with additional data from a ArcGIS Server
    • A custom task built in Visual Studio that imports an Excel spreadsheet with address
      • This was done using the ArcGIS Explorer SDK which provides .NET developers everything needed to extend the functionality of Explorer.
    • Custom "map tips" that showed additional information for each of the addresses that were imported into Explorer
    • Another custom task that created routes based on the results of importanting the address from Excel
    • The final point was to show how easy it is to deploy custom task powered by ArcGIS Server

    Up next, ArcGIS Online.

    ArcGIS Server takes the Stage (Author - Server - Use)

    The ESRI Developer Summit plenary session continues with the focus on Server GIS.  Dave W. (ArcGIS Server Manager) leaded a presentation on the power of ArcGIS Server and the opportunities for developers.  Rex H. (.NET ADF Product Engineer) gave a demo on the power yet ease of use in building ArcGIS Server solutions based on the .NET Framework.  He built a great looking .NET web application based on the AJAX enabled web controls.  Up next, Jay T (Senior Java Architect) gave a detailed ArcGIS Server Enterprise Integration demo.  This was one of the first real demos I've seen of a SOA and how everything fits together.

    Next, Fred A (Developer) showed off the new ArcGIS Mobile SDK and the ability to create smart clients to ArcGIS Server.  This allows you to take the power of ArcGIS out of the office, leveraging Windows Mobile devices and GPS receivers.

    More to come as the session continues...

    2nd Annual ESRI Developer Summit

    The Dev Summit has started here in Palm Springs, last night Developers spent time in the ESRI Showcase and GIS Expo.  Today things really got going with Plenary Session.  Jim McKinney (ArcGIS Project Manager) got things stared by talking about the ESRI Software and Products teams at ESRI. Jack Dangermond (ESRI President) then introduced Scott Morehouse (Director of Software Development) to the stage to share his vision of GIS and development projects his teams are working on.


    Following Scott's speak, Euan Cameron (Senior Architect) lead a series of presentation and demos on extending ArcGIS Desktop and creating custom solutions with ArcGIS Engine.  Demos had lots of code in both .NET and Java.

    More to come on ArcGIS Server and Mobile after the break.

    Note:  The plenary session today is for both Dev Summit attendees and ESRI Business Partners and International Distributors.  I'm guessing there are about 2000 in the room.

    Monday, March 19, 2007

    It's time

    The ESRI Business Partner Conference here in Palm Springs is underway and Developer Summit attendees are starting to arrive and register.  

    The Dev Summit officially gets going this afternoon with the GIS Solution Expo and Social.  The weather is great and session content should be even better. 

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007

    VS 2005 for Vista

    Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista - Vista compatibility for VS2005. Soma talks a bit more about this release here.

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    Developer Summit in just a few days

    The ESRI Developer Summit is just a few days away and before everyone starts packing up for their trip to Palm Springs, I just wanted to say that I hope to meet as many subscribers to this blog as possible next week.  I'll be in Palm Springs throughout the conference so please stop by and say hi.  If you want to meet and can't find me, give me a call.  My cell number while in Palm Springs is 909-801-4099.

    See you all next week and don't forget your sunglasses.

    Friday, March 02, 2007

    Donate and Steve will go bald

    Checkout Steve's blog as he's looking for donataions to help battle childrens' cancer.

    Friday, February 16, 2007

    Image Server now part of EDN

    ArcGIS Image Server, including the Orthorectification and Seamline extensions, is being added to the suite of software products provided to EDN subscribers. Current and future EDN subscribers will receive the ArcGIS Image Server media. This addition to the program does not change the current pricing or licensing of the EDN subscription.

    To learn more about ArcGIS Image Server, visit

    How to use the function keys

    Are those function keys basically occupying dead space on your keyboard? Here is what they are useful for in Windows:

    • F1 - Help
    • F2 - Renames selected file
    • F3 - Opens the file search box
    • F4 - Opens the address bar in Windows Explorer
    • F5 - Refreshes the screen in Windows Explorer
    • F6 - Navigates between different sections of a Windows Explorer window
    • F8 - Opens the start-up menu when booting Windows
    • F11 - Opens full screen mode in Windows Explorer

    These are also useful in other programs, but each one has different functions depending on which application you might be using.

    Monday, February 12, 2007

    Conference Time

    I've been busy working on the upcoming Developer Summit which is about 4 weeks away.  Don't forget that early bird registration ends on Feb 16th.

    However I heard that registration for the 26th annual ESRI International User Conference in San Diego is open and that hotels are filling up in downtown San Diego.  So book your rooms now and get yourself registered if you plan on attending.

    Friday, February 09, 2007

    Wednesday, February 07, 2007

    Five Ways to Stress Less

    I liked this quick list of ways to reduce stress from BYU Magazine

    By Riley M. Lorimer (’08)
    Stress is one thing that nearly everyone has in common. We worry about our jobs, our families, our schooling, and myriad other concerns every day. While no one has the magical cure for stress, Michael L. Maughan, Coordinator of BYU’s Stress Management and Biofeedback Lab offers a few tips to keep your stress under control:

    1. Exercise. Just moving your body on a regular basis, whether it’s walking or some other form of more structured exercise, will go a long way to relieving stress.

    2. Eat nutritious food. It may sound simple, but your body needs energy to confront the challenges of everyday life, and a well-balanced diet will help provide that energy and lower your stress level.

    3. Get adequate sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep, your tolerance for everyday stressors decreases. Little things that wouldn’t normally bother you start to wear on your nerves.

    4. Hope for, rather than expect, things to happen a certain way. When you set up expectations for people and situations, you set yourself up to be disappointed, which causes a great deal of stress. So instead of expecting things to go your way, hope that they will and be prepared to deal with the reality that they might not.

    5. Do something permanent each day. Going through the motions of life can be stressful, because you can begin to feel like you do things one day (wash dishes, clean, complete tasks at work) only to wake up and do them again the next day. To combat this, do at least one thing every day that will last. Write in your journal, teach a child a skill, give service, read something new and share it with someone, make something that can be used and enjoyed, or create a work of art. You will gain a sense of satisfaction from doing something that will last beyond tomorrow.

    Monday, February 05, 2007

    Watch The Walls Fall

    I spent my freshman year at BYU living on campus in Deseret Tower W Hall. Sadly, W Hall came down last recently to make room for some new construction on campus. I have lots of good memories of Deseret Towers (DT)...

    Click here for footage of the demolition.

    I got that one right

    Colts won and I called...  Along with most of the "professional" analyst out there.  I have nothing against the Bears and believe the Colts are the better team and desired to be the champions.  I didn't pick the final score but I wasn't to far off on the margin of victory.

    Friday, February 02, 2007

    My pick for the big game

    Sunday is the Super Bowl and I'm going on the record of picking the Colts to win. I like both teams as a fan but think the Colts are a better team and normally the best team does win in the Super Bowl.

    Score: 24-16

    Tuesday, January 30, 2007

    Microsoft provides info on RSS

    Good overview info if you are new to RSS and the world of feeds.

    Visual Studio Keyboard Shortcut Reference Posters

    Most people love keyboard shortcuts.  I would be in serious trouble without CTRL-C for copy.

    Just released today, the Visual Studio team has published free downloadable posters that map out all of the default key bindings for the most popular Visual Studio 2005 languages - Visual Basic and Visual C# 2005.

    BYU Volleyball #1

    Rise and Shout

    Monday, January 29, 2007

    10 tips for time management in a multitasking world

    Here's a list of 10 tips that a productivity junkie friend sent me after it took me two weeks to answer his email.

    Friday, January 26, 2007

    Developer Summit Overview Podcast

    Art Haddad and I recently recorded a Podcast about the upcoming ESRI Developer Summit.

    Have a listen and hope to see you in person in Palm Springs.


    I can't wait for success, so I went ahead without it.

    - Jonathon Winters


    My home PC is getting old and I've been saying for months now that I'm not going to get a new PC till Vista comes out.  We'll Monday (Jan 29th) is the commercial release and I'm sure it will start coming pre-load on machines real soon.  But I'm not sure I'm ready to pay the price for a high-end desktop PC that is needed to truly run Vista when all I use my home PC is MS Office, iTunes, Photoshop, and of course the Internet.

    Here's a recent article from PC World on 15 reason to make the upgrade to Vista.

    When do you plan on making the move to Vista?


    The ability to summon positive emotions during periods of intense stress lies at the heart of effective leadership.

    - Jim Loehr

    Top 25 Personal Finance Myths

    As I plan to get a copy of TurboTax and start doing my taxes this weekend. Here's a link to the the top 25 personal finance myths.

    I've used TurboTax for several years now and find it worth the $40 as I don't have the patience to fill out all those forms on my own.

    To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.

    -Harry Truman

    Thursday, January 25, 2007

    Photo tool from Microsoft

    Microsoft Photo Info - New tool from Microsoft for editing photo metadata from inside of Explorer

    A man's true wealth is the good he does in this world

    - Bendixline

    Tuesday, January 23, 2007


    Fun blog site with daily diagrams.

    Updated link with the correct URL

    Wednesday, January 17, 2007

    ArcGIS Server white paper

    This white paper describes the benefits of ArcGIS Server. It also discusses ArcGIS Server’s out-of-the box functionality and shows how various people within organizations use ArcGIS Server.

    To view the PDF, visit

    ArcReader Download for Windows, Linux and Solaris

    I have had the great opportunity to work closely with the ArcReader and Publisher extension dev teams over the years so I thought I'd let everyone know that the Linux and Solaris version has been added to free download page along with Windows version 9.2.

    Thursday, January 11, 2007

    Visual Studio 2005 links

    Professional C#/VB .NET Coding Guidelines - Free 100+ page eBook complete with its own discussion forum for support and improvements.

    Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista Beta - Looks like we're getting closer to having a supported VS2005 on Vista.

    Seven Habits of Successful Virtual Teams

    Virtual teams are coming more and more common in the tech industry, here is a good article on having successful virtual teams.

    Relaxation comes from letting go of tense thoughts.

    - Frances Wilshire

    Getting Started with the Tablet PC

    I'm a big fan of the Tablet PC, I've had one for a few years now and I think they are great for email, word processing, note taking and many of the daily task we all do to get are other work done.

    Here is a Getting Started with the Tablet PC (C#) lab from Microsoft.

    Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.

    - William Hazlett

    Burn Fat All Year Long

    Good article with many of the tips that I've tried to follow during the last year and it's worked for me.

    Tuesday, January 09, 2007

    Nice finish for BYU in the polls

    Pretty good finish for BYU in the polls this year (15th).  I wish there was a playoff as I'm sure BYU could take out a few of those teams ranked ahead of them.

    Nice win of Florida last night but now there is no college football for 8 months :(

    Monday, January 08, 2007

    Which Superhero are you?

    Here is a fun little questionnaire that will determine which Superhero you are. It appears I'm Green Lantern, who are you?

    My results:

    Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

    Live Training Seminars

    The next live training seminar from ESRI will be Building Applications with ArcGIS Server for the Microsoft .NET Framework. 

    A topic that I'm sure many of you are interested in so make sure and get this one on your calendar. 


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    Take Action - Save A Billion Dollars

    I try not to be political on this blog but at time everyone needs to take some action. 

    What's Happening:
    Congress is set to pass a continuing resolution, which will keep funding at 2006 levels throughout all of 2007, and means HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis programs will not receive a billion dollars in increased funding for the new year.

    (More info: )

    Take Action:
    Thankfully, there is still a limited amount of funds available for the 2007 budget, and our leaders in Congress are tasked with doling out these funds. Senators Durbin and  Brownback and Representatives Lee and Shays have drafted "Dear Colleague" letters urging congressional leadership to use as much of the money as possible to fund these critical programs.

    The more senators and representatives who sign these "Dear Colleague" letters, the more likely congressional leadership will decide to give a large portion of the funding back.

    Please urge your readers to contact their representatives today using our take action page.

    You may find this recent UPI article helpful:

    Friday, January 05, 2007

    Terabyte drives for the average consumer?

    Two of the biggest hard-disk drive makers, Seagate Technology and Hitachi Global Storage Technology, both said Thursday that they plan to have drives on the market with the first half of this year that are capable of holding a terabyte (1000G bytes) of data.

    Hitachi said it would have a drive available in the retail market before the end of March for $399.

    More on the CIO blog

    Another good Knowledge Base article

    Can across another good Knowledge Base article with information on deploying ArcGIS solutions.

    See article 2879

    If you don't like something, change it.  If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.

    - Maya Angelou

    New VBA ArcObjects Classes

    I bet many of have taken the Intro to Programming ArcObjects with VBA class since the 8.x days. It appears the classes has gotten refreshed and now available as a web-based course.

    New ESRI Course Offering: Introduction to Programming ArcObjects with VBA
    This course has been shortened from five days to three days and now focuses more on programming ArcObjects and less on teaching fundamental Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) concepts. VBA programming is now a prerequisite for this shortened course, which provides a foundation for application developments using VBA and ArcObjects. Introductory VBA programming content is now in a Web-based course, Learning Visual Basic for Applications for New ArcGIS Developers. For more information regarding this course or any other ESRI training, visit the ESRI Training and Education Web site.

    Update: The new course is called Learning Visual Basic for Applications for New ArcGIS Developers

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    .NET Framework 3.0

    From the ESRI Knowledge Base article 32327


    Do ArcGIS 9.1 and 9.2 products support the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0?


    ESRI is in the process of certifying ESRI software products with Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0. Microsoft has assured ESRI that the.NET Framework 3.0 is compatible with the .NET Framework 2.0 and applications based on .NET Framework 2.0 should work seamlessly with the 3.0 version without requiring any application changes.
    ESRI provides support for issues that may occur with ESRI software while using Microsoft's .NET 3.0 Framework.


    More info for those interested...

    3.0 is additional components on top of 2.0 and does not change any of the base 2.0 classes see FAQ at

    Thursday, January 04, 2007

    ArcGIS Explorer

    Looks like the ArcGIS Explorer team has been busy over the holidays.  When I started up Explorer this afternoon I was notified of a new version (build 350).

    A generous man forget what he gives and remembers what he receives.

    - Old Proverb

    ArcReader 9.2

    This isn't breaking news but ArcReader 9.2 is available as a free download. Some of the new features include...

    • Markup tools
    • Improved Measure, Identify and Find tools
    • New Published Map Title element that can be changed in ArcReader.
    • Support for ArcGIS Online
    • Full Screen mode
    • ArcReaderGlobe Control for developing custom 3D ArcReader applications.

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    The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.

    - Oliver Wendell Holmes


    I'm behind in my RSS feeds but it seems the whole blogsphere is opening up and telling 5 new things about themselves. Steven tagged me so I'm going to give it a try...

    1. I sang tenor in the BYU Men's Chorus during college and  we actually released 2 CDs (Awake My Soul and Shout with Glory), toured the Western US and made a few PBS specials.  So if you ever stumble across the BYU channel on DishNetwork or DircetTV you might see and hear a younger Rob singing.

    2. I'm Hip Hop fan.  That's right, I like R&B and Rap music. (It feels good to go public)

    3. Dream job would be be to work in sport's talk radio as an analyst / commentator about any and all sports. 

    4. Was the Kicker on my high school football team.

    5. After weeks of trying to find the nerve to ask my future wife out on a date, she finally asked me out first.

    Wednesday, January 03, 2007

    5 Things You Can Do With Old Hard Drives

    5 Things You Can Do With Old Hard Drives

    The supreme happiness of life is the conviction of being loved for yourself.

    -Victor Hugo

    What I'm reading

    BYU Studies has published a new book, “The Willie Handcart Company: Their Day-by-Day Experiences, Including Trail Maps and Driving Directions,” which provides a detailed account of the Willie Handcart Company and its ill-fated journey across the wintry plains of Wyoming in 1856.

    And on a lighter topic... I also just started U2 by U2


    He who is of a calm and happy nature, will hardly feel the pressure of age.

    - Plato

    Rise and Shout - BYU wins!

    I'm a big college football fan so I love all the bowl games over the last 2 weeks.

    My BYU Cougars destroyed the Oregon Ducks in the Las Vegas Bowl 38 to 8. 

    With the win, the 2006 BYU team became the ninth team in school history to record at least 11 wins in a season.

    Rise all loyal Cougars!

    Hide icons in the notification area

    If you don't want to see icons in your notification area (the bottom-right corner near the clock), regardless of whether or not they're in use, here's how to remove them:
    1. Right-click the Start menu and then click Properties.
    2. Click the taskbar tab and then click the Customize button.
    3. Scroll to the icon that you want to remove and click its behavior listed on the right. Change the icon's status by selecting from the drop-down menu.
    4. When you're finished, click OK.
    Tip is courtesy of the book Windows XP Killer Tips by Kleber Stephenson.

    "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else."

    by Charles Dickens