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System.NullReferenceException when starting Community Server News Gateway Windows Service

Yesterday a colleague wrote, "It's hard to believe you had 27 blog posts in one month a year ago." I think that his disbelief was triggered by my lack of regular posts recently compared to my abundance of posts then. Last night I took a look back...


Taking Requests?

Bear with me a bit while I talk you through my stream of consciousness: Following American Chopper, American Hot Rod, Monster Garage, the various Tattoo shows, and on and on, I've long thought that "American Webmaster" would make for interesting...


xkcd - Helping

I've been following the xkcd webcomic for quite a while now. The comics are usually pretty funny and tech related to boot. However, today's comic was quite a bit different. The title of the comic is "Helping" and the title tag set on the image...


What is TFF Ratio?

You may have read something about "TFF Ratio" by now on Twitter or in our Live Messenger status messages. If you have not been playing along I'll let you in on the joke. TFF Ratio = Twitter Folloer-Friend Ratio. It all started with this post...


Side effects of attending CodeMash

It's been a couple of weeks since CodeMash. Since then I've had a little time to collect my thoughts and reflect. In addition to the normal things that you'd expect to get from a great conference like CodeMash (like some education, meeting some...


Cleaning Off My Bookshelf

I have four (3-shelf) bookshelves in my home office that are on the verge of overflowing with books. There is an entire bookshelf just for books that I have not read yet, but need to. Apparently I'm something of a book nut. I hadn't really noticed...


Your Blog = Your Photo Goes Here

I know I'm joining this tirade party late. Joe Wirtley has preached it before (in fact almost exactly a year ago) and I know I've heard others proclaim the same. I'm a convert after bumping into a ton of people at CodeMash who I think that I know...


CodeMash v2008 Recap

I finally found my way home from CodeMash around noon on Saturday. I stayed an extra night because I didn't want to drive home Friday night the 3+ hours to Cincinnati. I really felt like wuss after hearing that the guy who drove in 13 hours from...


Graffiti is not just a blogging engine

You may have read quite a few praises about Telligent's soon-to-be-new product, Graffiti, recently - especially from me and fellow Telligenti. If you've been following along you'll agree that a lot of it sounds something like this: "I converted...


CodeMash v2.0.0.8

I attended the CodeMash conference last year and it was phenomenal. I highly recommend this year's version for anyone within a day's drive. Site: http://codemash.org Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/codemash CodeMash is a...