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    My pal Pirooz just showed me http://www.justsharepointjobs.com/

    This is a pretty interesting site not only does it have jobs but it seems to have some pretty good references.  They list some blogs and sites, but they also listed conferences.  I thought that was cool.  You can't even get a list of all up coming conferences from the Microsoft site.

    They have a great start I hope they keep up the good work.

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  • DevConnections

    I just got back from devConnections.  It's actually still going on, but I had to come home and forage.  I'm not going to make the mistake of writing a blog post like I did for the MVP summit again, but suffice it to say I met a lot of people and cemented more relationships.

    Lawrence Liu was to do the key note presentation and he was stuck in Chicago, on his birthday no less, so I ended up having 2 hour to prepare for it.  I literally had 15 minutes of fame, it was a lot of fun and the best part was when attendees told me how much they appreciated it.

    It was a great event and I'm glad I went.

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  • Hey, my name's Stacy Draper, who the heck are you?

    I just got back from the MVP summit 2007 and as with all conferences I tried to meet as many folks as I could. I met Sean O’Driscoll who, as it turns out, is the person ultimately responsible for the MVP award program. I must say Sean has a great sense of humor. Met Jason Medero for the first time, we are working on the same Wrox book. We discussed everything from balance of life issues to crazy clients. Because of our conversation I’m getting a kayak, canoe or something and paddle up and down the intracoastal in the morning and making some time for me.

    When it comes to balance of life we all decided to take Monday off and shoot each other with paintballs. Besides doing the Macarena, I think paintball is the most fun I’ve ever had. Dan Larson has some video of paintball, ...

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  • Berlin SharePoint

    So the European SharePoint conference was outstanding.  The beer was especially good and the people were great.  I had opportunity to meet a lot of people who work with and around SharePoint.  A lot of folks that I already knew of but hadn't had opportunity to meet yet.

    I stayed at the Estrel Berlin hotel, where the conference was held.  I bought a wireless lan internet access coupon for 8 hours.   The username is EST0085587 and the password is 38127656.  I didn't use much of it so there should be close to 8 hours left.

    The was the largest SharePoint focused conference to date.  There was quite an exhibit hall, many sessions and just an all around great experience.  I think  the most surprising thing was that everyone spoke great English.  It was freezing cold so I decided to see Germany from the inside out only going out 3 nights ...

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  • I won an X-Box

     

    The Greater Southeast District Information Worker Community (GSDIWC) is a member only site that I participated in and won a X-Box 360 among other things. What follows below is a note from Mike Gannotti the site administrator:

    Greetings All,

    I had hoped to have the monthly newsletter out by now to include the winner announcement but have been buried and won’t have a chance to do that until tomorrow. However, since quite a few of you have inquired on this I thought I would quickly send out a note before I hit this road this morning.

    Without further ado…… (drum roll please) The winner of the Xbox 360 contest is……… Stacy Draper!

    Congratulations Stacy. A brand new shiny Xbox 360 will be headed your way. It pays to participate at GSDIWC. I will be announcing a new contest with a new top prize shortly but for those who ...

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  • BDC MetaData Manager

    I knew someone was going to do this I just didn't know how quickly.  It looks like Todd Baginski wins the BDC Application Race!  This guy is on fire! 

    Also take a look at his Feature Manager Not to take anything away from his other posts.  By the way his posts are really more like articles, I get a lot out of them.  I remember the first post I read from this guy.  I thought he was full of crap, but he really did produce.

    The world sorely needed this tool.  Keep up the great work!

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  • Recruiters!

     

    Bob Fox has recently blogged about recruiters.  I'm not saying that recruiters aren't ignorant, but understand why they do the things they do.  You don't have to be good at putting a resume together to have great skills and to be desirable.  The recruiter is compensated to find a person with a certain skill set.  So they shake a lot of trees, so to speak.  They have to ask the questions, do you have this, this and this?  Over and over again until they find what they are looking for.  The reason is that person might have an outdated resume or may not have thought that those skills were important to list on their resume. 

    Naturally a good recruiter or account manager will tell their client sooner rather than later that these skills are incongruent.  But sometimes they don't know, this makes them ignorant.  Ignorance is not so bad ...

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  • Fun Fun Fun at the Tallahassee Code Camp

     

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    I had a blast at the code camp, even though I burned through $1,100.  Well I brought my family too, so I wasn’t exactly the role model of an economy traveler, more like a mini vacation.  

    Joe Healy asked me why I wanted to go all the way to Tallahassee.  Being all about telling the truth in an attractive manner I responded with, “So I can learn to be a better speaker.”  The fact of the matter is I just don’t want to do a bad presentation where people know me. But the audiences seemed to like it.  I had a couple of people ask me if I was available for work.  I had to ask myself, “They just saw the presentation and still want to work with me?”  So, I’m looking forward to giving these presentations locally.  Presenting locally could still be a problem though.
    David McNamee, ...

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  • Chicks Dig SharePoint

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    Has anyone else noticed that there are a lot more women involved with SharePoint than say, asp.net?

    Yesterday I went to help Duray Akar present SharePoint 123 level 100, he did such a great job I ended up just watching.  So it gave me a chance to ponder for a moment.  9 women out of the 21 attendees.  I'm sure I've never seen that kind of participation from the fairer sex at any IT event.  I noticed that at the dev connection the numbers ranged from a tenth to a third women in each session.  At other events I noticed the numbers were always around 5%.  I'm wondering if it's SharePoint or if it's because there are more women in the industry?

    Is this a trend or an anomaly?

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  • SharePoint Conference 2006 has come to a close

    Ok so the conference is over and it was a great experience.  It was actually over yesterday but due to a friend of mine I was able to get in today.  It's amazing how quickly these events get torn down.  Now they are ripping up tape, bundling up cords, removing table cloths and folding up tables.  In a matter of minutes I'll be asked for the chair that I'm sitting in and you won't even know there was a Migration Planning Workshop here today.  I have an entire notepad of notes.  Not one blank page.  That's pretty amazing,  I've never been to a conference where I get more than 5 pages of notes.  Over tonight and the weekend I'm going to try to compile them into blog posts, on the appropriate days.  It seems like there something unethical about back dating a blog post, but I'm going to do it ...

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