# 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)
# Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Chili’s Restaurants can be found across America and now they are easier to find with the Chili’s Windows Phone app. From your phone, you can now search for the Chili’s closest to your current location or a specific address. You can also view the menu and even place an order directly from your phone. You can share the love by buying a gift card from the app.

Above are the most useful features (to me) but there are a few other features, such as links to Facebook and Twitter, the ability to sign up for a newsletter, and a few videos.

Install the Chili’s phone app at http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/chili/10632f07-b076-46e2-9660-18ac4572d69f.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:13:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, May 19, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014 11:02:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, May 12, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014 5:31:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, May 11, 2014

Dev Days 2014 is a free Microsoft coming soon to a city near you (hopefully).

This event will present some of the content from the Build Conference last month.

Here is the agenda:



8:30-8:45 AM

Welcome and logistics

8:45-9:00 AM

Overview of the day

9:00-10:30 AM

What’s new on Windows Phone and Window 8

10:30-10:45 AM


10:45-12:15 PM

What’s new in Windows Azure

12:30-1:00 PM


1:00-2:45 PM

What’s new in Visual Studio and Team Foundation

2:45-3:15 PM

Close and raffle

The first of these events was Friday in Chicago, where over 100 people registered. The upcoming schedule and registration links are below:

Event Date

Location City


Southfield, MI



Austin, TX



Irving, TX



Edina, MN



St. Louis, MO



Columbus, OH


Meanwhile, there is still one more Enterprise Developer Boot Camp scheduled in Edina, MN. You can register for this free event at this link.

Sunday, May 11, 2014 9:20:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, May 5, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014 9:28:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, May 4, 2014

Today I am grateful I had a chance to see my nephew Dylan receive his First Communion yesterday.

Today I am grateful for a nice lunch with Velichka yesterday.

Today I am grateful that my summer schedule is shaping up so nicely.

Today I am grateful for:
1. The great job that Michael S. Collier did yesterday at the Chicago Azure Dev Camp, which made me look good.
2. Drinks with Douglas Leung, before he left for Hong Kong.

Today I am grateful for these amazing views from my office.

Today I am grateful I crossed so many items off my To-Do list yesterday.

Today I am grateful for no early morning meetings or calls.

Congratulations to the MSU Women's Golf Team, who won their 3rd conference championship in the last 4 years! ‪#‎GoGreen‬

Today I'm grateful I was able to this blog post.

Today I am grateful that Tom Bruns, who I haven't seen in years, drove up to Columbus to attend my class yesterday.

Today I am grateful to those who step up and help when things seem overwhelming.

Today I am grateful for lunch with John and the awesome gift he brought with him.

Today I am grateful for
1. Spending Easter with family
2. My son Tim was home this weekend and we spent a large part of it together.
3. Seeing Deepak last night for the first time since last year and hearing about all that's happening in his life.

Today I am grateful I will be seeing my siblings and their kids this afternoon.

Today I am grateful to God, who gave his only son to save the world and me.

Today I am grateful for lunch with Christine, who I haven't seen in far too long.

Today I am grateful for the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group and all that I gained from working with this group these past 6 years. ‪#‎MIGANG‬

Today I am grateful for the stranger at Biggby yesterday who returned the $60 that fell out of my jacket. He wouldn't accept a reward, so I dropped some of it in the tip jar.

Today I am grateful for my mother Joyce Giard, who celebrates her 81st birthday today.

Today I am grateful I was able to introduce my niece Amanda to the MSU Dairy Store, which serves the best ice cream in the world!

Today I am grateful for drinks with friends last night at an outdoor café in downtown Chicago.

Today I am grateful for the empathy and kindness that I witness every day - online and in-person.

Today I am grateful for the great turnout and enthusiasm by students on my Indiana college tour this week.

Today I am grateful that I was in Bloomington only 2 days and I had lunch with my son twice and he even came to my workshop Tuesday night.

Today I am grateful I had the privilege to know Dave Bost for few years before he went to heaven.

Today I am grateful that I will see my son in a few hours.

Congratulations to Nick Giard, who coaches in the conference that just won the national championship! :D

Sunday, May 4, 2014 8:30:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)