# Monday, February 20, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012 5:19:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Monday, February 13, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012 5:19:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Monday, February 6, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012 5:17:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dr. Greg Low has been running a technical user group for years. In Building Technical User Communities, he shares what he has learned - what works; what doesn't work; and advice that may or may not fit your group.

As a longtime user group contributor and leader, I had already considered many of his recommendations, but I found most of them to be solid advice. In fact, at my group - The Great Lakes Area .NET Users Group in Southfield, MI - we were already doing many of the things that contained in this book.

For example, we found that members appreciate a consistent meeting place and time for our group. We have also used our group as an opportunity for new speakers to build their skills in a low-risk environment.

Like Dr. Low, I have found the best way to grow a group's attendance is by word of mouth - get to other user groups and technical events in the area and promote your group; and encourage your members to invite their friends and co-workers to the next meeting.

You don't need to take every bit of advice. For example, Dr. Low recommends 2 speakers per meeting, while my group has been successful with just one.

A month after the expiration of my term as user group president may not be the perfect time to read a book on how to lead a user group. But it's a good time to evaluate such a book.

If you are part of the leadership of a technical user group or you are considering forming your own group, an evening spent with this guide will give insight into what can make it successful.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012 6:36:44 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Monday, January 30, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012 4:28:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Monday, January 23, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012 4:29:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Here are the slides from my Data Visualization presentation that I delivered at CodeMash last week.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 9:23:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Monday, January 16, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012 4:15:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Wednesday, January 11, 2012

If you haven’t seen it, check out my online TV show Technology and Friends. I interview guests about topics that I think technologists will find interesting.

I published over 50 episodes in 2011. Below are my favourites from the year:

Episode 132: Josh Holmes on WebMatrix
I love Josh’s enthusiasm. He had just walked offstage at CodeMash where he presented the debut of this product, a privilege ordinarily reserved for a Microsoft Vice President.

Episode 133: Richard Campbell on Developers in Developing Countries
Richard Campbell is one of my favourite podcasters. I’ve heard him speak on air many times, but never heard him reveal details of how he helps kick-start developer communities in third-world countries.

Episode 156: Jesse Liberty and Jon Galloway - Remote Pairing
Liberty and Galloway created a cool project while collaborating from opposite coasts. It’s clear they enjoyed working together and their banter in this conversation is priceless.

Episode 157: Charles Stacy Harris III on The Micro Framework
I recorded two episodes in an actual TV studio. The content is great, but the production is what makes this video stand out.

Episode 160: Charles Petzold on History and Science
It’s not often I get to meet a legend.

Episode 161: Seth Juarez on Machine Learning
Seth is a fascinating interview. He’s doing work on things that I had not seen before. I love how he explains things in a way that simplifies complex topics.

Episode 179: Bryan Hunter on Erlang
Bryan is a .NET developer who learned Erlang in order to solve a business problem It has given him a unique insight into the limitations of the .NET Framework.

Episode 182: Mark Minasi on Windows Server 8
One of the few IT interviews I’ve conducted. Minasi is a great speaker and a charming man. I loved talking with him.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 2:55:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Monday, January 9, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012 10:17:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)