# Monday, June 16, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014 2:30:18 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Parent Pathway lets you record information about your child throughout his or her life. You begin by listing vital information, such as name, weight, height about the child and information about you - the child's caregiver. You even list allergies and medication dosages and frequencies. The app will remind you when it is time to give the next dose.

Then, you can add notes every day. This can serve as a journal if you want to remember your thoughts as you watch your child grow. Or you can use it to record daily information about your child's health - There are event categories, such as Medication and Diet to track how your child is doing and what he or she is consuming.

Parent Pathway is free and would be a good app to keep track of your child's health and activities. You can use it to monitory medications, diet, and the effects of these or you can go back and read what you wrote about the child as he or she was growing up.

You can install Parent Pathway from here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:27:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, June 9, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014 4:52:33 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, June 8, 2014

Yesterday, I attended the Pittsburgh Tech Fest for the second time. The first time was 4 years ago, when the event was still known as The Pittsburgh Code Camp.

It’s always a pleasure for me to return to Pittsburgh. I worked for a commodity trading advisor in downtown Pittsburgh for a few months during graduate school; I had a chance to visit some college friends who have settled in Pittsburgh; and I had a chance to drive through the Fort Pitt Tunnel. If you have never been through the Fort Pitt Tunnel, I can tell you that the exit from the tunnel into downtown Pittsburgh is an amazing sight. It reminds me of the scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy opens her door to reveal the land of Oz in full Technicolor.

I was originally scheduled to deliver one presentation – Effective Data Visualization. But there was a cancellation, so I was asked to give a second talk on Azure Mobile Services. The room was full for my Data Visualization talk and the audience seemed to enjoy it. This was the first time I gave the Azure Mobile Services talk and it was not as polished as I would like it, but I will give it 3 more times this week, so I have time to work on any shortcomings.

I watched a presentation on Xamarin that highlighted the new features of version 3; and a presentation on Building an API that gave some advice on how to approach a API development. I liked the presenter’s idea of writing client code before you begin writing the API itself.

The event was well-organized and attracted 2-300 attendees, most from western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. There was no dominant platform, but it seemed that .NET and JavaScript were more popular than the other platforms discussed.

If you are a software developer near Pittsburgh, I recommend you check out the Pittsburgh Tech Fest next year.

Sunday, June 8, 2014 4:00:25 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Friday, June 6, 2014

For decades, The Onion has poked fun at the stories in newspapers, TV news, and online news sources. This is the newspaper that has published headlines like the following:

  • Expert On Anteaters Wasted Entire Life Studying Anteaters
  • Powerful ‘His And Hers’ Towel Lobby Stalls Gay Marriage Legislation
  • Zombie Nutritionist Recommends ‘All-Brain Diet’
  • Rotation Of Earth Plunges Entire North American Continent Into Darkness
  • Casual Friday Claims Lives of 13 Nuclear-Waste-Disposal Technicians
  • 450,000 Unsold Earth Day Issues Of Time Trucked To Landfill

The project began as a print newspaper in Madison, WI, before moving to the web, so it’s only natural that a rich client would emerge to automatically deliver daily content to users.

The Onion Windows 8 app automatically refreshes each day with fake news stories for your entertainment.

Download the Onion Windows 8 app here.


Friday, June 6, 2014 2:16:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 1:15:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, June 1, 2014

Today I am grateful for lunch with my son yesterday.

Today I am grateful for a great experience at ‪#‎selfconference‬ yesterday.

Today I am grateful to Jose Mojica for letting me keep his car at his house while I was out of the country and to Jennifer Marsman for picking me up from the airport. You guys saved me hundreds of dollars.

Today I am grateful to Mihai Tataran for inviting me to ‪#‎ITCamp14‬ and to Diana Tataran for arranging my travel to Romania.

Today I am grateful for 3 amazing days in Budapest.

Today I am grateful to Adam Granicz and Magdolna for taking me to dinner and showing me around Budapest. They made my visit here so much better. I hope I can return the favour one day.

Today I am grateful to all the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our country.

Today I am grateful to the 2 young ladies who rescued me when I was lost miles from my hotel in downtown Budapest.

Today I am grateful for those who organized an excellent IT Camp here in Cluj-Napoca and made me feel so welcome. ‪

Today I am grateful for all the new people I've met and talked with the past 24 hours.

Today I am grateful for 2 days of a guided tour of Transylvania by Adela Dadu. ‪

Today I am grateful that my luggage was finally returned to me and the cameras appear to be in working order.

Today I am grateful for the hospitality of Tiberiu Covaci and his wife Nicoleta.

Today I am grateful for my first trip to Europe in 26 years.

Today I am grateful for all the people who came out to the //PUBLISH hackathon this weekend and those who worked hard to organized it.

Today I am grateful I was able to celebrate my niece's college graduation with her and her sister.

Today I am grateful for:
1. A successful Dev Day yesterday;
2. My new camera;
3. Jose Mojica and his son for helping me choose the camera
Today I am grateful for lunch with my son yesterday.

Today I am grateful for the pond in my backyard, especially on a sunny day like this.

Today I am grateful for my mother, who has shown amazing strength through the past few years.

Today I am grateful to have my son home for the summer.

Today I am grateful that my son has completed his Freshman year at Indiana University!

Today I am grateful for the hospitality and generosity of Nickolas Landry.

Today I am grateful to those who have helped me greatly as my workload has increased. There are too many to mention here and I would probably leave out someone if I tried.

Today I'm grateful for the inspiration from meeting so many entrepreneurs last night with so many great ideas and so much energy.

Sunday, June 1, 2014 2:26:17 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Glorious Maximus features cartoon landscapes and cute characters that battle one another to the death, bludgeoning, spearing, and decapitating their enemies.

To score, you must block your enemy’s attacks and attack him without running out of stamina (making you a helpless victim).

This game usually costs money but it is free until June 9. You can install Glorious Maximus here.

Glorious Maximus screensho

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 6:21:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, May 26, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014 6:11:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Friday, May 23, 2014

Starting a software company involves a lot of risk, including (but not limited to) financial risk, technology risk, market risk, and timing risk. Microsoft is actively trying to remove at least some of the risk for startup companies who are developing a software product or service. Because the first few years of a company tend to have the highest risk, Microsoft is offering the BizSpark program to mitigate that extra risk until a company stabilizes. The BizSpark program is designed to provide free software, free cloud computing hour, and free access to technical resources to qualified startups.

Specific benefits of the BizSpark program are:

  1. Free Microsoft software, including Windows, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Office, and many more. BizSpark members can download many thousands of dollars worth of software for free for 3 years
  2. $150 a month of Microsoft Azure cloud computing hours. If you are not familiar with Azure, check out http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/ to see all the services that are available. There are too many Azure services to describe here, but startups often find Web Sites, Virtual Machines, and Azure Mobile Services useful in promoting or integrating with their products. If your demand increases, beyond this, there is even a chance to increase this to $5000 per month for one year.
  3. Free access to technical resources, such as Microsoft Technical Evangelists. Your local evangelist likely has regular office hours and can help you troubleshoot some of your technical issues.

There is absolutely no obligation or cost to joining the BizSpark program. At the end of the 3 years, you keep the software you have installed. There is no fee for the program and obligation to buy more software or Azure hours (although, we certainly hope that you do.)

To qualify, the company must meet the following criteria

  1. The company must be engaged in building a software product or service
  2. The company must be privately held
  3. The company must be less than 5 years old
  4. Annual revenues must not exceed $1 million.

More details about the BizSpark program are available at http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/.

In the past, a startup was required to apply to the BizSpark program and wait for a response from Microsoft (sometimes for over a week). Now, however, I can provide a code to eligible startups that registers them in the BizSpark program immediately.

If you meet the above criteria and you would like to take advantage of the program, reach out to to your local Technical Evangelist (If you are in Wisconsin, Illinois, or Indiana, that is me) and describe your startup’s product.

Friday, May 23, 2014 3:03:01 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)