July 2007 - Posts
One of the things I've worried most about is how to move my 3 cats to North Carolina next summer. I found a post today on lifehacker today that's really going to help: Plan a pet-friendly route with PetsWelcome.com.
At petswelcome.com they have tips on How to move with your pet
and a Route Planner to help you find pet-friendly lodgings on your route
From the LA Times: the top 10 electronic features people want in cars
Number 1 is an embedded, hands-free phone system and number 3 is an emergency call function. And if I was to take anything else (or all) of the list, I'd definitely want a number 4 - theft recovery - to make sure I get all those gadgets back.
White House Is Accused of Putting Politics Over Science
Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional committee today that top officials in the Bush administration repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations.
Dr. Carmona, who served as surgeon general from 2002 to 2006, said White House officials would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues because of political concerns. Top administration officials delayed for years and attempted to “water down” a landmark report on secondhand tobacco smoke, he said in sworn testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
And it gets even better: And administration officials even discouraged him from attending the Special Olympics because, he said, of that charitable organization’s longtime ties to the Kennedy family.
Two days ago I had a birthday, not a major milestone or anything, those days have come and gone. This birthday, however, puts me within one year of being eligible to retire. It's optional, not mandatory (I'm not that old), but the word "option" is scary. It means it's my choice and there are so many factors affecting that choice.
The biggest factor is my parents - at my age I know I 'm so lucky to still have them both alive and healthy - but they are down in North Carolina and I don't get to spend as much time with them as I'd like. U.S. Airways has been getting a lot of my money over the last few years.
The secondary factors are financial - how much would my pension be if I retire next summer, as opposed to waiting a few more years? And how much would I make on the sale of my condo if I sell next summer? I own a small condo on the lake in a small town, and the condo market here seems to be remaining stable, if not going up price-wise, while the housing market is going soft. My plan is to sell the condo when I retire and move to North Carolina, hopefully buying another condo or maybe a small house.
This is probably going to be the biggest decision I've ever had to make in my life so far.
What would you do?
These are on formatting fields in an ASP.Net GridView: Formatting number fields in an ASP.NET GridView (Currency & Percents) and How to format a Telephone Number field in an ASP.NET GridView This was a tough one, but I found the help I needed at Dev::Blog.
Cheryl Wise, Microsoft MVP for FrontPage, teaches an online Expression Web course. The next session begins on July 8, 2007, and registration is open now.
After getting my local configuration issues straightened out with the help of a few MVPs (thanks Dave, Juan & Cowboy), I am finally able to start writing some tutorials on using Access Databases in Expression Web. The first three are up on my web site:
How to create a search form field and pass the search field parameter to an ASP.NET GridView (this one was written with a lot of help from Clark, a frequent contributor at Discussions in Expression Web Designer
How to make a URL clickable in an ASP.NET GridView
How to make an email address clickable in an ASP.NET GridView
Please feel free to try them out and let me know what you think, and what others you would like me to write.
I am, as of tonight. I was on a conference call last night with people from SupportSpace and more than half of them were Linkedin and said I should do it too. The neat feature is that it goes through my address books and lets me know who's also LinkedIn. I've already had two invitations accepted.
Don't get me wrong - I'm not looking for a job - I am gainfully employed. I want to learn more about social networking and this seemed to be a good way to do that.
In this segment you will learn about the MVP web site and where to find MVPs in the technology you are interested in. My MVP Lead, April Spence, is one of the people interviewed for this segment. April and Ben Miller, a former MVP lead, talk about the impact MVPs can have on Microsoft products, and the resources provided by the MVP program to help us do that. Ben says that if he didn't work for Microsoft, he would want to be an MVP, because he loves helping people.
At SmartMoney: Increased consumer demand, overbooking and fewer flights have created a perfect storm for travelers, warns airline expert Terry Trippler, owner of TripplerTravel.com. "The system is wound so tightly that any delay or problem sparks a domino effect," he says.
If you're getting bumped, or volunteering to give up your seat, ask for access to the airline club as part of your compensation, Trippler suggests. "Sure, I'll take the airline voucher, but if the next flight doesn't leave for a few hours, I'll need a day pass to your club," he says.
Saw this at Lifehacker - enter your 'to' and 'from' cities and the dates you want to travel, and choose from CheapTickets, Expedia, Hotwire, Orbitz, Priceline & Travelocity.