Monday, March 19, 2007

Free Website Project – Now with Free Hosting!

Today was a busy day for the Iowa .NET User Group Free Website Project.

The good people at have offered free web hosting for the websites the Iowa .NET User Group members are building for regional non-profit organizations.

In 2006, we were able to create these sites for these organizations:

This year we're working with the following organizations (I'll post links when I have them):

Iowa Rivers Revival
Iowa Heartland Resource Conservation and Development
The Homestead Living & Learning Center
House of Compassion
Greater Des Moines Community Jazz Center, Inc. (CJC)
Mid-Iowa Baseball League

This project is only possible with the help and support of the members of the Iowa .NET User Group who are willing to give up their free time to help other who give.

I would like to thank the following members for their time:

B. C. (The Java Guy. I'm using his initials to protect his identity so the Java community doesn't destroy him J)
David Havenridge
Keith Kmett
Javier Lozano (J. Lo)
Levi Rosol
Nick Parker
Jeff Shaver

If you are reading this and want to help contribute to our community or have an organization that needs help, please let me know. This year was traumatic and we hope to re-bound and make this program even larger next year.

Monday, March 12, 2007

MVP Summit – Day 0: Party with Palermo

Nick Parker, Javier Lozano and I arrived in Seattle yesterday afternoon to attend the MVP Global Summit. The flight from MPLS was an hour late but all in all, no problems with the travel arrangements.

After we arrived at the hotel, we ran into DonXML and all headed over to Jillian's to Party with Palermo.

Jeffery Palermo is a great host and he arranged sponsors to help pay for the 200+ guests! If you are ever at TechEd, or a MVP Summit I would highly recommend that you make time to attend this event. It was a great time and I enjoyed meeting/talking to Jeffery (the host), J.P., and Jeremy.

I'll be heading over to the Microsoft Campus in a bit, but I'm going to take a quick walking tour down to Pike Street Market and pick up a gift for my lovely wife from her favorite store.