Paul Lockwood’s Talk on ASP.NET MVC at the Atlanta .NET User Group was Great

Paul Lockwood did a great job Monday night at the user group. The house was packed with over 80 people in attendance!

You can read Paul’s blog here where he makes a very generous offer for those shops looking at MVC. You can download the deck and samples from him, or over at the Atlanta .NET User Group site.

Want more ASP.NET MVC? The release candidate is out! Download it from Microsoft at

New BizTalk User Group In Atlanta

I just received this invite to the new BizTalk user group with a request to spread the word. Sounds very cool!


Finally just what we have all been waiting for! A BizTalk Server User Group in Atlanta!

Come join us as we kick off the New Year with a New User Group. We will discuss the Features of BizTalk Server 2009 and even give you Real World Examples of How BizTalk is being used in Businesses today.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

5:30 – 5:45    Networking/User Group Announcements

5:45 – 6:15    BizTalk Use Case Scenarios
Michael Maxon, Georgia Power
Steve Hubbartt, Georgia Power

6:15 – 6:30    Break

6:30 – 7:15     Features and Functionality of BizTalk Server 2009
Karl Rissland, Microsoft
Craig Butler, CTS

7:15 – 7:30    Q & A and Close


Georgia Power Headquarters, Banquet Room

241 Ralph McGill Boulevard

Atlanta, GA 30308

Please use this link to register to attend.

Register Now to Attend the User Group Meeting!

Also make sure to register and find out more information about our group!

Register to Become a Group Member!

A special thanks to Microsoft and CTS, Inc. our sponsors!

FeedBurner RSS Subscriber Stats After Migrating to Google

Edit: I definitely spoke too soon. The stats are still borked.

Like many we have seen a large drop in our RSS subscriber count over the last week as Google migrates FeedBurner. Google has been silent on this issue, not even acknowledging its existence on their Known Issues and Workarounds Page. Today, the numbers were still lower, but at least approaching normal. However the FeedCount chicklet on our site still showed a lower than normal number that now no longer matches the FeedBurner dashboard. You can fix this easily by updating the link in you FeedCounter.

For us, this meant changing this:

To this:

Google will surely have this all worked out by the time the migrations are over, but so far they aren’t talking.

RSS Feeds Moving to Google

A week ago I logged in to FeedBurner to find a message that the service is migrating fully to Google and that I had until the end of February to migrate. I figured I’d wait and let them get the kinks worked out before doing so. Two days ago the FeedBurner statistics went kaplooey (again) including a huge drop in the subscriber count. Caught between the possibility that the migration might be problematic and the reality that the current service is increasingly flakey, I made the move this morning. Please let me know if you have any problems with the feed.

VMware Workstation, Windows 7, and the Registry

Like everyone and their brother, I installed Windows 7 the first chance I got, except I installed it on the bare metal on a machine that my kids use. It works great!

Except… I couldn’t get VMware Workstation networking going in my VM’s. Attempts to connect would result in the error "VMnet0:Overlapped I/O operation is in progress. Failed to connect virtual device Ethernet0." No big deal, it’s just the kids machine. Of course, this week (for reasons of no interest to anyone but me) I needed the networking. I figured a quick uninstall/reinstall would do the trick because I know other people are running VMware Workstation just fine on Windows 7.

Since I rarely need the machine for actual work I figured the issues might be because the installation was out of date. I checked and, sure enough, that machine had an old version. Unfortunately, I could not uninstall VMware or upgrade or reinstall – the installer would fail every time with an unknown error. A quick trip to the VMware forums suggested that I try a manual uninstall using the vmware installer’s /c switch. This did not help and I had to use System Restore to get the Windows 7 machine running again.

So, I asked twitter, and John Agan asked if I’d tried ccleaner. A quick install and pass on the registry later and all my uninstall/install troubles went away and my VM’s can now connect to the network. The morals of the story are, Windows System Restore is an awesome feature (not new in Windows 7, but still awesoms) and if you upgraded to Windows 7 from an existing Vista install and you are having problems no one else is having, try running one of the many registry cleaners out there. CCleaner did a fine job for me.

Author: Doug Ware

MOSS Versus WSS for Social Networking

A common theme in many of the sales calls we go on in our consulting business are questions about the differences between WSS and MOSS. One that I think is very important, but that people seldom ask me about are the ‘people management’ features.

In many organizations, the first version of SharePoint that someone installs is Windows SharePoint Services. It arrives in workgroups or departments when someone installs it on a server with the help of, but often under the radar of, corporate IT. Team members use WSS and like it. They show it to their peers who install it servers in their own departments. Soon, management notices and decides to roll out an enterprise portal using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.

If the portal implementation team does an adequate job, the portal will make things manageable from an IT governance standpoint. Users will be able to find information across team sites thanks to a unified search infrastructure. The implementation might even include some interesting custom functionality that is specific to the business.

However, if the portal implementation team does a good job, the new portal will encourage collaboration in ways that lots of individual WSS servers cannot – across organizational boundaries by connecting people with other people that they likely would never have come into contact with previously. In other words, a well designed MOSS portal can facilitate social networking in the enterprise by helping people find other people who have common interests, possess needed expertise, or are just friends of friends.

MOSS makes enterprise social networking possible thanks to User Profiles, My Sites, and People Search.

You can read an overview here: Personalizing Your Portal: Overview –

I think it is interesting that the MSDN Library discusses these topics under the heading of "Personalizing Your Portal". I think these features are important because they let potential collaborators advertise themselves to each other. Maybe that sounds a bit impersonal. How about match-making for lonely workers?