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    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