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    Wednesday, December 31, 2008

    Half Marathon on my own

    Yesterday I completed my 2nd self-supported half marathon through the streets of south Redlands and improved my time by 2 minutes.

    I ran a 1:40’19’’ which is a 7:38 mile pace

    Later in the day I went for a quick 15 mile ride with some friends around town so today my legs are feeling heavy.

    I also just signed up for my the Big Rock Olympic Triathlon this Spring.  I’m always looking for Saturday races and luckily this one is on a Saturday and close to home.

    Tuesday, December 02, 2008

    50 ways to make Windows Vista faster

    Checkout this online article for tips on speeding up Vista.

    Windows Vista Magazine | 50 ways to make Windows Vista faster (part 1)


    Quote of the Day:
    For greed, all nature is too little.
    --Seneca, Roman statesman and author

    Wednesday, November 19, 2008

    Friday, November 14, 2008

    New Developer Community Survey

    Over on the ArcObjects Development blog there is a new developer community and resource survey.

    Photos from London Trip

    I’ve got several of my photos from London on Flickr now.

    see http://flickr.com/photos/relkins/sets/72157609049341246/

    Up next are Barcelona photos.

    Tuesday, November 04, 2008

    EMEA UC in London

    Last week I traveled to London to work at the ESRI EMEA User Conference in London, UK.  Great trip and great event!  ESRI UK hosted ESRI users from Europe, Africa and the Middle East.  I presented a few technical workshops, gave a demo in the opening plenary session and meet with some customers during the week.  I spent most of my time at the conference center but was able to see some of London’s best sights on my early morning training runs around the city.  I’ll organize my photos soon and post them on Flickr.


    Quote of the Day:
    Comedy is tragedy plus time.
    --Carol Burnett

    Tuesday, October 21, 2008

    Best Life Tip

    Eat these eight foods every day to cover all your nutritional bases

    An all-star panel of doctors, scientists, nutritionists, and chefs will tell you why and show you how.

    Best Life

    Friday, October 17, 2008

    Frank McCourt's company will operate L.A. Marathon

    The LA Marathon is under new management and the exciting news is that the race will be moved to Monday (President’s Day) instead of Sunday.  Those that know me well, know that I don’t race on Sunday and my triathlon season is limited by the few Saturday events here in Southern California. I don’t think I’m ready for the LA Marathon this Feb as I’m planning on riding the Tour of Palm Springs in Feb 2009.

    But it’s nice to know that a big time marathon is now an option for me in the future.

    Frank McCourt's company will operate L.A. Marathon - Los Angeles Times

    Thursday, September 25, 2008

    Back at it…

    Summer is over, the kids are back in school and all my big summer trips and conferences are over.

    The ESRI User Conference in San Diego went well.  Big crowds and lots of excitement. The week before the conference, I was in the High Sierras on a 70 mile backpacking trip with my church’s Scout unit.  It was a great trip and I’ll never forget and eventually I’ll get my photos organized and posted online.

    I’ve also completed 3 more Sprint Triathlons.

    Camp Pendleton (Oceanside, CA)

    • 500 yard ocean swim
    • 30k Bike
    • 5k Run

    Hard race to do right after the backing trip and the User Conference but it was a good to get my 1st ocean swim over.

    Lake Arrowhead Tri (Lake Arrowhead, CA)

    • 600 yard swim
    • 10 mile bike
    • 5k run

    Great location and a much easier swim the Camp Pendleton.  The only problem was that I forgot my bike shoes so I had to ride with running shoes on the tiny SPD pedals. But I still had good time (for me) and finished 11th in my super competitive age group.  The best part was beating a relay team of 3 good friends.

    Spring Valley Tri (Victorville, CA)

    • 800 yard swim
    • 14 mile bike
    • 5k run

    This was my best race ever!  I felt good on the swim, powerful on the bike and finished strong on the run. I finished 6th in my age group and 16th overall. And took 15 minutes off my total time since a similar race in May. So I’m happy with my improvements for year 1 of doing triathlons.

    Friday, August 29, 2008

    How To Get Better Sleep

    Great article with commons sense tips that I know I need to follow as I always feel tired.


    Quote of the Day:
    An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.
    --Elbert Green Hubbard

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008

    A Quirky Athletic Tape Gets Its Olympic Moment

    Have you wondered about the athletic tape a few Olympic stars wore during competition?  Here’s an article from the New Times blog

    A Quirky Athletic Tape Gets Its Olympic Moment - Well - Tara Parker-Pope - Health - New York Times Blog

    ArcGIS 9.3 Enterprise Deployment

    This technical paper discusses the enterprise deployment of ArcGIS 9.3 setups using Microsoft® Systems Management Server (SMS) and Group Policy, including additional system requirements, suggestions, known issues, and Microsoft Software Installation (MSI) command line parameters. Deployment in a lock-down environment is also covered.

    White Papers - ESRI Support

    Back to School Time

    School is a drill for the battle of life. If you fail in the drill you will fail in the battle.
    --Karl G. Maeser

    Great quote from Dr. Maeser from BYU.

    With my kids going back to elementary school and college aged friends heading back to school this time of year. I sometimes wish I could go back to college as I truly had a great experience during my time in Provo at Brigham Young University.

    Karl G. Maeser

    Thursday, August 21, 2008

    Video Interviews at ESRI Conference 2008

    GISCafe have posted a nice series of video interviews from the ESRI User Conference Exhibit Hall.


    Quote of the Day:
    Fear is something to be moved through, not something to be turned from.
    --Peter McWilliams

    Friday, August 15, 2008

    How rare is your name

    Go to this web site called http://www.howmanyofme.com 

    Put in your first and last name and see how many people in the USA have your name as well.

    528 have my name…

    Thursday, August 14, 2008

    5K Run -- ESRI International User Conference

    I ran the 5k last week in San Diego.  It’s a flat course so I set an ambition goal of running under 20 minutes which would be smash my personal best.  My fastest 5K run post high-school came at this race in 2006 when I ran 21:27.

    I didn’t run last year due to my ACL re-con surgery. But I decided to go for it this year and see how the rebuilt knee compared to my 2006 time.

    My first mile was fast at 6:10 however I couldn’t keep the pace… My second mile was 6:45 and I finished in 21:02.  I felt good but for some reason I had a hard time picking up the pace the last 1/2 and sprinting to the end. I was 30 seconds over the podium in my age group and no close to running 5k in the teens but that gives me something to work for next year.

    Checkout the official results by age group.

    5K Run -- ESRI International User Conference

    ESRI Careers Blog

    ESRI has a Careers Blog which features Hot Jobs… They recently posted about a position in my department: ArcGIS Product Manager for 3D.

    At the User Conference last week there was a lot of interest and excitement about 3D GIS so if you are interested, check it out.

    ESRI Hot Job: ArcGIS Technical Product Manager - 3D

    Thursday, July 17, 2008

    What's New in ArcGIS Desktop 9.3

    On demand Webcast from ESRI Training and Education about new stuff in the recently released ArcGIS 9.3


    Quote of the Day:
    The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
    --John Kenneth Galbraith

    Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    Busy Week

    After a relaxing July 4th in Redlands, I was off to Houston Texas for the Microsoft Partner Conference.  It was a buys week of meetings, seminars and a few presentations.

    WPC2008 Session, ESRIHere’s a photo of me co-presenting in a SQL Server 2008 session.  ESRI will support the new spatial type in SQL Server 2008 when it’s released in a few months.

    After some good food and hot weather in Houston I headed to Arizona with the family for my brother-in-laws wedding. More hot weather but a good trip.  My kids really enjoyed spending some time with their cousins. 

    Now it’s back to work here in Redlands in preparation for the User Conference and the ongoing rollout of ArcGIS 9.3

    See you all in San Diego in just 20 days.

    Thursday, July 03, 2008

    ArcGIS 9.3 Web-help now publicly available

    The Geodatabase team blog reports that the 9.3 web-help is now out of beta and online for all.

    Inside the Geodatabase : 9.3 Webhelp now publicly available

    Empower Playgrounds

    Most children in Essam, Ghana, had never seen a merry-go-round until a BYU-led team arrived to install the curious device in their village. For more than 200 children, the installation day was memorable not only because they took the new toy for a joyous spin—or two, or three—but also because, for the first time, they had electricity to light up their school.

    Learn more and watch a video about this project.

    Workouts Log

    Tuesday 7/1

    • 30min Spinning
    • 30min Lifting

    Wednesday 7/2

    • 60min pick-up basketball game
      • I really need to work on my shot

    Thursday 7/3

    • 30min in the lap pool
    • 60min BOSU boot-camp


    Quote of the Day:
    If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don't, you will find an excuse.
    --Anonymous

    Monday, June 30, 2008

    ArcGIS 9.3 Is Now Available!

    More efficient data management, enhanced cartographic tools, and better ways to share information are highlights of what's new. See demo video - What’s New in ArcGIS 9.3 Desktop Flash

    Update

    Thursday June 26th

    • 60 min BOSU Bootcamp class

    Friday June 27th

    • 30 minute swim
    • 30 minute lifting

    Saturday June 28th

    • 60 minute bike ride on the road in Redlands (average speed 18mph)
    • 5k run in 22:30

    Sunday June 29th – Rest Day

    Monday June 30th

    • 20 minutes of stretching
    • 30 minutes in the pool
    • 20 minute run


    Quote of the Day:
    All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.
    --Jane Wagner

    Thursday, June 26, 2008

    Soccer Team – 2kSW

    In February I rejoined 2kSW – the men’s team that I injured my knee with last year.  We finished the winter season strong winning the league title here in Redlands.

    However this Spring everyone was gunning for us and with a few injuries to key players, we’ve struggled. We just finished the season in the the middle of the pack but hope to return to form in the summer league and add another star to the logo.

    2ksw

    To learn more on meaning of the name 2kSW

    Beginner Developer Learning Center

    Want to write code for a living? Checkout this Microsoft site for resources….

    Visit the Beginner Developer Learning Center for free lessons on Windows and Web development, free Visual Studio Express Editions downloads, and more.

    Beginner Developer Learning Center: Overview

    Wednesday, June 25, 2008

    Still going strong in the gym

    Believe it or not sharing my workouts on this blog has keep me going strong over the last week.  Life has keep me busy and it would have been easy to sleep in but I got up and went to the YMCA.

    Tuesday June 24th

    • 30 minutes in the pool
    • 30 minutes on the bike
    • 30 minutes of weight lifting

    Wednesday June 25th

    • 40 minutes of lifting
    • 20 minute run on the treadmill
    • Plan on playing basketball tonight for at least an hour

    Boiled Peanuts...

    I to miss not getting boiled peanuts at sporting events.

    Learn from Yesterday and Live for Today: Boiled Peanuts...


    Quote of the Day:
    The company's most urgent task is to learn to welcome, beg for, demand - innovation from everyone
    --Tom Peters

    Monday, June 23, 2008

    workout report

    Thursday June 19th

    • BOSU boot camp 60 minutes
    • 45 minutes of pick-up basketball games

    Friday June 20th

    • 60 minutes of upper body weight lifting
    • 12 min run on treadmill

    Saturday June 21st

    • 20 mile road bike ride with the first 10 miles up hill
    • Yard work in the heat

    Sunday June 22nd – Day of Rest

    Monday June 23rd

    • 2.5 mile run
    • 25 min of lap swimming
    • Range test
      • 15 chin-ups (max)
      • 75 sit-ups (max in 2 min)
      • 60 pushups (max in 2 mins)
      • 2 mile run in 14:05


    Quote of the Day:
    To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
    --Theodore Roosevelt

    Wednesday, June 18, 2008

    Giving the poor the business

    Good article on Noble Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and his new idea for attacking poverty through capitalism.

    Giving the poor the business - Opinion - USATODAY.com

    Save your own life

    The following is from Men's Health...

    Keep your ticker healthy with our heart-attack prevention plan

    You probably aren't thinking about when it could strike.

    Chances are, neither was Tim Russert, nor the 310,000 Americans who die every year of sudden cardiac arrest.

    But even if you're young and healthy, you may still fall victim—in fact, besides a previous history of heart attack, doctors still don't know which risk factors are most important or why. But they are learning more about what you can do to protect yourself.

    A new study shows men with low levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of heart attack—but getting outside for just 20 to 30 minutes a day can fulfill your body's need for this crucial vitamin. You can also stay young at heart with fat-busting exercise and a healthy diet.

    And remember, you don't just wake up with coronary artery disease—taking a few early-detection tests could save your life. Learn about the risk factor your doctor may be ignoring and find out how your performance in bed can be a barometer of your overall health. If you like to play the odds, see if you live in one of the nation's heart-healthiest cities.

    With a healthy lifestyle and some crusading doctors, heart attacks could be a thing of the past.

    Workout report

    • Thursday June 12th - 60 minute BOSU boot-camp class
    • Friday June 13th - No early morning workout but did backpack up Vivian Creek 5.5 miles carry a full pack
    • Saturday June 14th - Hike to from High Creek camp to the summit of San Gorgonio then all the they back down (2.5 miles up then 9 down)
    • Sunday June 15th - Day of Rest
    • Monday June 16th - 30 minutes in the pool and 2 mile run
    • Tuesday June 17th - 20 minutes in the pool then 30 minutes of spinning and 30 minutes of lifting
    • Wednesday June 18th - 10k run in South Redlands (44:25)


    Quote of the Day:
    To create you must quiet your mind. You need a quiet mind so that ideas will have a chance of connecting.
    --Eric Maisil

    Thursday, June 12, 2008

    GIS for Managers Online seminar

    If you missed the live training seminar titled "GSI For Managers", it's now available on-demand.

    Title: GIS for Managers
    Description: This introductory seminar will explore basic concepts and applications of GIS, implementation strategies, and the return on investment that can be realized. It will show how GIS supports decision making through better management and sharing of information across the enterprise. Emphasis will be placed on exploring the technology’s value as an organization wide tool for improved performance. See full description.
    Price: FREE

    See a complete list of recorded seminars

    More parking

    Looks like the Redlands planning commission has an item on their agenda this week that might allow the ESRI campus to grow.

    See article in the Redlands Daily Facts

    ESRI in the Spring

    Wednesday, June 11, 2008

    Mid Week report

    Here's my mid week exercise report.

    • Monday June 9th: 10k run in 44:04
    • Tuesday June 10th: 30 minutes swim, 30 minutes Spinning Class, 30 minutes of weight lifting
    • Wednesday June 11th: Light Day - 2 mile run and 30 minutes of lifting and stretching


    Quote of the Day:
    No one can be free who does not work for the freedom of others.
    --Anonymous

    Saturday, June 07, 2008

    Slacking so it's time to be accountable

    I feel like I've been slacking a little with my workouts so I decided to start sharing the results of my workouts as motivation that I have to report in to someone (you out there being the someone).

    Thursday 6/5 - 60 minutes of BOSU Boot camp (mix of cardio on the BOSU and whole body weight training)

    Friday 6/6 - 30 minutes of lap swimming and then the Ranger Test

    • Max pushups in 2 minutes (75)
    • Max sit-ups in 2 minutes (80)
    • Max Chin-up (10)
    • 2 mile run (13:45)

    Saturday 6/7 - 25 mile bike ride (Sunset loop to Crafton Hills, LDS Temple, up Wabash then loop back on Sunset)

    Sunday 6/8 Day of Rest

    Thursday, June 05, 2008

    Gates-Ballmer Clash Shaped Microsoft's Coming Handover - WSJ.com

    Interesting article in the Walls Street Journal on the relationship between 2 of the world's richest men - Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer

    Gates-Ballmer Clash Shaped Microsoft's Coming Handover - WSJ.com

    Wednesday, June 04, 2008

    World War II Exhibit online

    Medals, newspaper clippings, letters, and the story of an American flag created by Clarance Bramley, a survivor of the Bataan Death March—all this and more can be found in the BYU Lee Library’s online exhibit, “Remembering World War II: Pearl Harbor and Beyond.” The Web collection features items and stories selected from the library’s collection of World War II materials.

    see http://wwii.byu.edu/

    The Harold B. Lee is one of the largest on campus libraries in the Western US.  I worked in the book repair department at the library for a few semesters while studying Geography.

    Wasatch Mountain View

    Change

    If you are subscribed to my blog for more then a few months, you know that I used to post more about my work at ESRI and GIS. But for some reason I haven't done much ESRI or GIS posting and I've decided that's OK.  I'm going to write more about whatever is on my mind or share interesting news I come across this might be GIS related but there is a good chance it won't. There are a lot more GIS focused blogs out there today then there was in June of 2004 when I started this blog.

    So if you are looking for ESRI focused blogs, I recommend http://blogs.esri.com plus there will be a information on the new Resource Centers web sites for each main part of ArcGIS at the upcoming 9.3 release.

    This doesn't mean I won't post on GIS topics so hopefully you'll stayed subscribed.

    FYI only 62 days till the ESRI International User Conference.  See you all in San Diego!

    Friday, May 30, 2008

    SQL Server 2008

    John Baleja of ESRI comments on the new spatial support coming in SQL Server 2008 and ArcGIS Server

    see SQL Server 2008 offers new strength

     


    Quote of the Day:
    I not only use all the brains I have but all that I can borrow.
    --Thomas Woodrow Wilson

    Thursday, May 29, 2008

    Top Floor

    I recently moved to a new office here at ESRI.  I switched from the comfortable 1st floor to top floor (3rd floor) with a nice view looking west.  Several people that also made the change have commented on the fact that we now climb more stairs and that's a good thing.  Here's a recent post from Men's Health on taking the stairs more...

    Take the stairs, America! New York officials are encouraging citizens to skip the elevator and do some flights to use less energy, but we're doing one better: EVERYONE should do it. You'll not only use less energy by halting the elevators, but the weight you'll lose will save energy to: Overweight Americans use more gasoline (because cars and planes are heavier), so if we lost the weight, we'd save billions

    Thursday, May 15, 2008

    California High-Speed Rail

    California wants to build a high speed, bullet style train that will travel between San Fran and San Diego. The train is expected to take upwards of $40 billion to build, but you’ll be able to make a 600 mile trip in a tad under 4 hours. see California High-Speed Rail

    There are too many cars on the roads in California and that's not going to change till we have some options...

    Quote of the Day:
    False freedom leaves a man free to do what he likes; true freedom, to do what he ought.
    --Anonymous

    Friday, May 09, 2008

    Thursday, April 24, 2008

    Top 10 Reasons to Work at ESRI

    Top 10 Reasons to Work at ESRI from the Careers section of ESRI.com

    Lots of openings here in Redlands so browse the site for a job listing and apply.


    Quote of the Day:
    I not only use all the brains I have but all that I can borrow.
    --Thomas Woodrow Wilson

    Helpuu - When You Search the Internet, You Help Great Charities

    A search engine that gives back -  http://www.helpuu.com/

    How does Helpuu Work?

    Helpuu is a website portal that enables everybody to help great charities by simply searching and shopping on the internet. The Helpuu search engine is extremely reliable and efficient through the use of Google's award-winning search algorithm.

    Everytime you use Helpuu, proceeds from advertisers, that are raised through the use of the Helpuu website are then donated to various charities and non-profit organizations. We feature various charities and then equally distribute the proceeds to each charity.

    Monday, April 07, 2008

    Death Valley NP

    I recently went on a 3 day 2 night back-country camping trip to Death Valley Nation Park.  We hiked into our campsites to get some isolation from the crowds in the established campsites.  It was a great trip...  Here are some photos on my flickr site.

    Death Valley

    Happy Marriage, Happy Heart

    Interesting research from BYU that a fellow alumni sent me...

    Happily married adults have lower blood pressure than singles with supportive social networks, according to new research conducted by BYU assistant professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad.


    The study also found that unhappily married adults have higher blood pressure than both happily married and single adults. Read More at Happy Marriage, Happy Heart (US News and World Report)

     

    Quote of the Day:
    If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don't, you will find an excuse.
    --Anonymous

    Monday, March 24, 2008

    BBC NEWS reports on wacky new Google office

    More then just free food

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7290322.stm


    Quote of the Day:
    Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.
    --Terry Pratchett

    Tuesday, March 18, 2008

    Dev Summit Update

    Things are really busy today at the Dev Summit.  There are a ton of good sessions plus the Showcase which includes Demo Theater and Meet the Teams.

    And there is a pool-side dinner tonight.  The weather looks great outside so it should be nice.

    By old boss is here from Utah County so it's been nice to catch up with him and other old friends attending the Summit.


    Quote of the Day:
    The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong.
    --Antiphanes, ancient Greek dramatist

    Dev Summit - Plenary part 5

    Next up was Scott (Director of Software Development and Research) to talked about the power of ArcGIS as a complete System.

    Scott then shared his thoughts on 9.3 then his thoughts on what's next.  He announced that the next major release of ArcGIS will be version 9.4

    Dev Summit - Plenary part 4

    Up next was the "Desktop" section...  This covered ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Explorer.

    Some good improvements for Engine and Desktop including a Error Reporting in ArcMap and Dynamic Display and Editing enhancements for Engine.

    Nice overview demo of all the things ArcGIS Explorer can do...

    Then a sneak peak at Explorer 600 and a yet to be released Explorer Map Control for developers.

    Dev Summit - Plenary part 3

    In the Mobile section, the pros & cons of building an mobile editing solution was covered between ArcGIS Engine and ArcGIS Mobile.

    The big announcement for Engine is that you will now have 2-way GDB replication support using ArcSDE for Microsoft's SQL Server Express.

    Then a demo about the Mobile SDK for building and deploying a application for a Windows Mobile device. It's nice that after showing the demo application, he showed how it was built and showed the key parts of the code in Visual Studio.

    And finally in this section, the new ArcGIS Mobile Editor was shown.  This is a new out of the box application built by ESRI from the Mobile SDK.

    Up next is Desktop (ArcMap, Engine and Explorer)...

    Dev Summit - Plenary part 2

    Lots of demos of the improvements to the ArcGIS Server ADFs for both .NET and Java web developers.

    Then a great overview of the new JavaScript APIs for ArcGIS Server. Plus some nice demos of ArcGIS Server with Google Maps and Microsoft's Virtual Earth.

    Just a note about the presenters... I know these guys and they are key members of the development teams so it's great that they are willing to get up in front of 1500 people and demo their work.

    Mobile is up next...

    Dev Summit - Plenary Session part 1

    The session kicked off with a cool video based on the theme

    <code to live> <live to code>

    Jim McKinney (the overall ArcGIS Project Manager) kicked things off then Jack Dangermond (ESRI President) shared a few words about the importance of Developers to ESRI.

    The plenary is shorter this year so that there can be more session... The agenda for the morning is going to focus on 9.3 for developers...

    • ArcGIS Server
    • Mobile
    • Desktop / Engine
    • Explorer
    • Beyond 9.3
    • Developer Community Program

    Monday, March 17, 2008

    Day 1 - Dev Summit

    The ESRI Dev Summit has begun... Today is all about the pre-summit workshops and it looks like a lot of people are already in town and ready to take advantage of the pre-summit sessions.

    I'm try to listen to as much as "Introduction to Planning, Developing and Maintaining ArcGIS Applications" - this session is been given by senior staff from ESRI's Implementation Services team.

    This afternoon there are 4 different workshops focusing on Geodatabase, Geoprocessing, Server and Engine for Developers. But I'll be in some meetings and final rehearsal for the plenary session.

    Tonight is a pool side social with food, drink and entertainment.

    For those not yet here, the weather in Palm Springs is great with highs in the 70s F for the next few days. But I would recommend a jacket for mornings and evenings.

    Tuesday, March 11, 2008

    Pasadena Triathlon

    On Saturday, I competed in my first triathlon (Pasadena Triathlon). And can successfully report that I reached my goal of finishing in less then 60 minutes. I completed the 5k run, 15k bike, 150m swim in 59:32.  I was 7th in my age group so I'm pleased with my results. And as a bonus, the triathlon was on the 9 month anniversary of my ACL re-construction surgery.  So I want to say thanks to my surgeon Dr. Yu and the great physical therapy staff an Outback here in Redlands.

    It was a lot of fun and I plan on doing another spirit tri in May and then moving up to the Olympic distance.

    I'm in Palm Springs for the ESRI Dev Summit next week so let me know if anyone is up for a run or swim.

    Friday, March 07, 2008

    ArcGIS Server Code Challenge

    Checkout the entries to the ArcGIS Server Code Challenge at the official code challenge blog.

    ArcGIS Server Code Challenge Blog

    Quote of the Day:
    If you can't beat your computer at chess, try kickboxing.
    --Anonymous

    Thursday, February 28, 2008

    ArcGIS 9.3 Highlights from ESRI Federal User's Conference

    Good summary from Directions Magazine about the Fed UC plenary and ArcGIS 9.3

    ESRI Emphasizes New Workflows through ArcGIS 9.3 Enhancements at Federal User's Conference - Articles


    Quote of the Day:
    Misery is optional.
    --Abraham Lincoln

    Tuesday, February 26, 2008

    Keynote Speaker, Alan Cooper - 2008 ESRI Developer Summit

    ESRI has announced the Wednesday morning keynote for this year and it's Alan Cooper, know as "the father of Visual Basic."

    Keynote Speaker, Alan Cooper - 2008 ESRI Developer Summit


    Quote of the Day:
    We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
    --Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    Monday, February 25, 2008

    Update

    I haven't written anything so I better provide an update for the few subscribers I have left...

    • Just 21 days to the start of the Dev Summit so I've been spending a lot of time working on the event planning
    • New development for ArcGIS 9.3 is wrapping up and we are getting close to the beta release
    • My surgically re-built knee is getting stronger. I'm back to planning 6 on 6 soccer but not yet at pre injury speed.
      • I'm consistently running 5k under 22 minutes
      • I got a road bike and have started riding
      • Swimming more
    • All this for training because I'm going to compete in the Pasadena triathlon on March 8.
    • And the last bit of news is that my wonderful wife gave birth to my new son last week. He's a great baby and doing well.

    Tuesday, February 12, 2008

    14 Simple Ways to Convert Your Sedentary Lifestyle

    14 Simple Ways to Convert Your Sedentary Lifestyle

    Some good tips for everyone.


    Quote of the Day:
    False freedom leaves a man free to do what he likes; true freedom, to do what he ought.
    --Anonymous

    2008 non conference football schedule

    BYU has officially announced their 2008 football non conference schedule.  The UCLA game will be interesting as Norm Chow returns to Provo.

    BYUCougars.com - 2008 Football Schedule and Results

    The key to success

    To practice inserting videos in this little blog, here's another great Nike commercial

    No Excuses - Just Do It!

    Having trouble sticking to your New's Resolution...

    Checkout this Nike ad for a little motivation.

    This is also my first attempt at embedding a video click so let me know if you have any problems.

    Friday, February 01, 2008

    Microsoft | ESRI

    New Microsoft site that features key Independent Software Vendors (ISV) see http://www.microsoft.com/isv/esri

    Watch a new video featuring Jack Dangermond (ESRI President) and Ted Kummert (Corporate VP, Data & Storage Platform Division)

    Microsoft | ESRI

    Free PDF writer for Office 2007

    I have been using Office 2007 for some time now, and I just ran across a free download from MS:
    2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS
    Simply download the plugin, and within any Office 2007 application you will see a new "Save As.." option.


    Quote of the Day:
    For greed, all nature is too little.
    --Seneca, Roman statesman and author

    Wednesday, January 30, 2008

    ESRI Developer Summit Blog

    There is a new Dev Summit blog with a quick survey trying to understand the developer.

    I get my best ideas at the gym at 5:30am.

    ESRI Developer Summit Blog

    Only 46 days till the Dev Summit, are you registered this year?

    Monday, January 28, 2008

    Thursday, January 24, 2008

    Top Ten ArcScripts downloads

    Checkout top ten most download code on ArcScripts.

    Still a lot of Avenue but there is VB tool for ArcMap that exports to KML and some C# Engine code call PDF MapMaker.

    I know there has to be more .NET developers out there...

    ArcScripts downloads - ESRI Support

    Careers at ESRI

    If you are in the Southern California area...

    ESRI is having a Career Fair on Campus Saturday, February 2nd

    See Careers at ESRI for all the details.


    Quote of the Day:
    Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim.
    --Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Monday, January 14, 2008

    2008 ArcGIS Server Code Challenge

    The 2008 ArcGIS Server Code Challenge is on! See http://www.esri.com/events/devsummit/submit_work/dev_challenge.html for all the details.

    Get coding as this year there are cash prizes!

    1st Place = $15,000
    2nd Place =$7500
    3rd Place = $2500

    2008 ESRI Developer Summit


    Quote of the Day:
    No human investigation can be called real science if it cannot be demonstrated mathematically.
    --Leonardo da Vinci

    Tuesday, January 08, 2008

    Great Video from Microsoft

    At CES yesterday, they showed a great video regarding Bill Gates last day on the job.

    AP reports:
    It showed a giddy Gates rapping, trying to lift weights, pleading for a spot in U2 and lobbying for a place on a presidential ticket. The video's cameo appearances from the likes of Brian Williams, Jay-Z, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Jon Stewart, Steven Spielberg and George Clooney provoked uproarious laughter -- not a common occurrence at a tech conference.

    http://www.istartedsomething.com/20080107/bill-gates-last-day-microsoft-video/

    Free "Introduction to LINQ " eBook Available

    Microsoft is giving away a free eBook from MS Press on the new LINQ and all you need to do is register an email address to get it.  Here's the link: Microsoft site

    You can also get 2 chapters from a book on ASP.NET AJAX and from a book on Silverlight 1.0 as well...

     


    Quote of the Day:
    A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
    --William James

    Wednesday, January 02, 2008

    Eat This, Not That!

    Here's a list of the 20 worst foods in America.  The amount of calories in some of this popular meals is crazy high.

    Eat This, Not That! — Men's Health.com

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