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Tim Hibbard CEO for EnGraph software October 2006 Entries
Heartland Developers Conference 2006
Kyle and I are heading up to Omaha tomorrow for HDC. I'm especially looking forward to LINQ by DonXML and ATLAS by Joe Stagner. Here is a list of all the sessions. Technorati tags: Heartland Developers Conference, Omaha, DonXML, Joe Stagner, Kyle Archer ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 24, 2006 12:59 PM

EnGraph is hiring
We are looking for a .NET developer to join our team. This person will be helping Kyle with our transportation software and also working with me on our GPS software. You might even get your own Where's Tim! For more information about EnGraph or this position:See this pageTalk to me at the Kansas City .NET user group tonightSend me an emailChat with me on MSN Technorati tags: EnGraph, Career, Opportunity, Software Development ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 24, 2006 9:44 AM

Using Windows Live Messenger Protocol Handler
The Messenger blog talked today about using their protocol handler to initiate IM conversations from an a href or command prompt. The idea is to use their handler (msnim:) as you would a typical handler like mailto. I wonder how hard that is to implement. That would help our clients transition smoother between our .NET and non-.NET applications. For example, if they had a vehicle loaded in our ParaPlan software and wanted to see where the vehicle had been that day, we could put an a href link that ......

Posted On Monday, October 23, 2006 8:19 PM

EnGraph Help!
We just unveiled EnGraph Help!, a community server driven website that will (hopefully) bring our existing client base together electronically and allow them to have a central place for knowledge and maybe even help each other. We also want to use this as a central place for public documentation. All of our standard operating procedures are in the form of emails and word docs. When push comes to shove, we generally just know who is the best to do a specific task. EnGraph Help! will provide a platform ......

Posted On Monday, October 23, 2006 3:02 PM

A night in DC
I got a chance to go see my sister in Washington DC while I was in Jersey. She works for an agency that makes sure that whistle blowers get noticed. Specifically, environmental whistle blowers. The agency's website is here, and she writes a blog here. Our Dad always taught us that it is important to love what you do. When he wasn't happy teaching high school math, he moved us to South Bend, so he could get his PhD and teach at a university. Carrie and I have both chosen careers that we are passionate ......

Posted On Saturday, October 21, 2006 10:28 AM

Stuck in Philly
Kyle and I are sitting in the Philadelphia airport hoping that our flight doesn't get delayed again. So far, it's only been delayed an hour, but they are delaying and canceling flights left and right. I met a guy named Curt Walz who works for Sygma, a fast food distributor. He was telling me how they use RFID to tell the warehouse workers which items to pick for the order they are completing. The RFID reader actually mounts on the workers forearm and alerts them when they need to pick an item. I ......

Posted On Friday, October 20, 2006 5:32 PM

Proper case = Irritation?
I know that ALL CAPS in IM or email is supposed to convey shouting. But what does Proper Case mean? Here is a sign from the hotel we stayed at last night: First of all, their towels are slightly softer than 50 grit sandpaper. Secondly, have enough people stolen towels that they feel it necessary to insult their guests with a gentle reminder that taking something that isn't yours is wrong? Technorati tags: Holiday Inn Express, Towels, Petty theft ......

Posted On Friday, October 20, 2006 7:08 AM

You can't get a server like this at Wal-Mart
Today, our client out here in Jersey replaced this server: With this 4gb ram, mirrored 146 gb HDD, dual core Xeon bundle of love from Dell: It's the difference between night and day. We've been running on a similar server the last couple of days, and it's made our software look so much better. Tomorrow is going to suck, because I have to consolidate all the services from the two servers we've been using this week to this new server. Hopefully all goes well, because I have a 6:00 PM flight to catch ......

Posted On Thursday, October 19, 2006 10:02 PM

National Geographic talks about GeoRSS
Joab Jackson published an article in National Geographic that give a very basic introduction of GeoRSS and a couple examples of it's use. One of the examples was Where's Tim!! GeoRSS is a way to add geographic information to an RSS feed. Most generically, it is used to add a latitude / longitude point to an item. To add GeoRSS to your existing feed, add the namespace to your rss element like this: rss version="2.0" xmlns:georss=" xmlns:gml="http://www.openg... ......

Posted On Thursday, October 19, 2006 5:54 PM

Good threading posts
Sahil Malik is posting good information about using threading in .NET. Good brush up material. Passing parameters to threads Waiting for another thread to finish Technorati tags: Sahil Malik, Threading ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 17, 2006 5:12 PM

PPC - 6700 stuck in headset mode
I ran into a problem today with my PPC 6700 when I would make or receive a call, the other person couldn't hear me and I couldn't hear them. I had a problem like this once before and I ended up taking it to the sprint store in Kansas City. They told me that the phone got stuck in headset mode - somehow. Well, I have no idea where the closest sprint store is, so I did some googling around and found this article. Basically, it said to plug your headset in and pull it out really quickly. They said to ......

Posted On Sunday, October 15, 2006 8:18 PM

Tulsa TechFest 2006 wrapup
David, Steve and everybody else involved did a great job in putting this event together and keeping the chaos at an organized level!! My talk on AJAXPro went really well. 25 or so people showed up and everybody seemed to understand the power of AJAXPro and several of them told me afterwards that they had projects that could use this technology right now. I've talked before about why AJAXPro is better than XMLHttpRequest. It also had advantages over ATLAS (Microsoft's AJAX library) in that AJAXPro ......

Posted On Sunday, October 15, 2006 1:16 PM

.NET developers need a MySpace
I've met so many cool people at user groups, code camps and techfests in the last couple months. I try to get a card or write down their name, but I often forget. It would be nice to have a social network for developers that organized people by technical dialect and event attendance. We'll use Microsoft naming convention and call it "Developers Social Network". Technorati tags: MySpace, Social Networking, Developers, Events ......

Posted On Sunday, October 15, 2006 1:00 PM

Next stop - Salem, NJ
Kyle and I are at the airport getting ready to head to Salem. Tulsa TechFest 2006 was awesome. Lots of attendees and great sessions. They did a great job keeping everything organized. And to Chris Williams, my laptop acted up when I plugged into their projector too, so it had nothing to do with your projector, my laptop is just possesed. More details about TechFest later, I met some very interesting people. I've never actually gotten a GPS reading at takeoff or landing, but I'll keep trying. Technorati ......

Posted On Sunday, October 15, 2006 9:30 AM

Upcoming events
This weekend, I'm heading to the Tulsa TechFest 2006 to give my AJAXPro talk. Sunday, Kyle and I are going to Salem, New Jersy to see one of our clients. The Heartland Developers Conference is coming up the week after that. I'm speaking at the Kansas University GIS day in November. I will be speaking in the same session as Dr. Jerome Dobson. I've heard that he is not a big fan of GPS, so that should be interesting. My talk is called "Big Brother is on MySpace. How GPS will change our everyday lives ......

Posted On Friday, October 13, 2006 8:04 AM

Show my real time GPS location on your blog
Google announced that you can now view Google Homepage Gadgets on any website. Earlier this year, we released a gadget that is basically a mini Where's Tim. You can still add this gadget to your Google Homepage. But now, thanks to Google, you can also now view this gadget on any website. I have placed it on my blog, just under the GWB ads. The gadget works just like Where's Tim. It updates automatically every 15 seconds, and the icon turns green when I am moving and red when I am stationary ......

Posted On Friday, October 6, 2006 12:11 PM

Should I be worried?

Some guy added Where's Tim to his bookmarks and tagged it ASSASSINATE

Posted On Wednesday, October 4, 2006 9:06 AM

The golf round of my life
Since Kyle and Carl are out of town, I figured I may as well sneak off to the golf course and play a round while it's still nice. I went with my buddy Bryan and shot the best round of my life. I'm normally a mid 90's golfer, but today, everything just worked and I walked away with an 83!! I was driving my tee shots over 300 yards, my wedge was accurate, and I actually made putts! It was a great feeling and I probably won't shoot that well for a long time, so for the moment, here's to me ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 3, 2006 7:21 PM

Sami is flying somewhere today
I was looking at Sami's Where's Tim, and noticed he was at the Stockholm airport. Now, I don't know this for a fact, but I think he gets GPS data when he is actually on the plane. I've seen speeds upto 325 kph in his location RSS feed. That's over 200 mph. I'm going to keep my eye on him today. He was in Paris a couple weeks ago. It was right around the time that I added flickr support. It was so cool to see the satellite images of where he was and pictures that other people had taken of where he ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 3, 2006 8:51 AM

Watch Kyle and Carl drive to Arkansas

Kyle and Carl are driving to Arkansas today for the Arkansas Public Transportation Conference. Watch them on Carl's Where's Tim.

Posted On Sunday, October 1, 2006 10:36 AM

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