Month: January 2012

Final SoCal Code Camp Details

This weekend Jan 28th & 29th At Cal State Fullerton We are all set so we wanted to make sure you are all set for the big event. We are looking forward to another amazing event! We have over 100 sessions which will make for crazy but great weekend! A BIG thanks goes out to all of the speakers who submitted sessions. We will be kicking off SoCal Code Camp at 8:30am at Cal State Fullerton see the directions page for a map. We will have a registration desk setup next to the UH building on the same side as the H building. We will have schedules and campus maps for you at the registration desk thanks to DevelopMentor. We hope you plan on staying for the Geek Dinner on Saturday night see the Geek Dinner page for more information. Note we are limited on space for the geek dinner so please come early if you want a ticket and if you take one but are not going to use it (code camp can be overwhelming) please drop the ticket off at registration so someone else can go. Please make sure you visit our sponsors and thank them for making SoCal Code Camp possible! Some tips for this weekend: • Give some advanced thought to the sessions that you want to attend. o If you haven’t already done so,...

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Teaching Kids about Sustainable Living

Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend?  Teach them about what it means to leave behind a better world and protect our environment.  Children can make a difference if you teach them about sustainability and empower them to appreciate and preserve the environment.  Here are some of the things we’ve done with our kids to help promote sustainable living: Plant a garden The best way to teach children about sustainability is to plant a vegetable garden with their help. It need not be an elaborate garden as you can just start with some tomatoes and some herbs for your daily kitchen needs. We used a couple of 2×10 boards to create raised bed boxes and filled them in with garden dirt and compost.  It need not be complex at all!  Children can plant their favorite fruit trees or vegetables and make sure you go totally organic. Let them water the plants and help you fertilize the garden with natural compost, or even prepare for them Organic Snail and Slug Pest Control which they can spray on the plants. They will be participating in the growth of the food produce which will make them feel more responsible towards nature. This will instill the value of appreciating nature but also what goes into the food that we eat and what is healthy. Start a compost pile Creating your...

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Visual Studio 2008–Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 1.3 CTP

The Visual Studio extensions for SharePoint (VSeWSS) provide project templates for developers using Visual Studio 2008 to create, debug, package and deploy SharePoint projects including Web Parts, Data Lists, Content Types, Event Receivers, Templates, Modules and other SharePoint artifacts. Here’s a short list of new features, for the details check out the SharePoint Team Blog. The v1.3 release is an incremental release of the VSeWSS including top feature requests.  Get it here. Can be installed on x64 Server OS machines running SharePoint x64. Previously only x86 Server OS could be used. Separate build commands for package, deploy and retract are added Command line build, package and retract commands are included enabling continuous integration and build servers. Previously command line build of SharePoint projects was very difficult Refactoring support for renaming of Web Parts. Previously renaming a web part required changes in several files in the project WSP View improvements for consistency of deleting feature elements, merging features and adding event receivers to features Solution Generator can now generate solutions from publishing sites. Previously only regular sites could be generated Allowing partial trust BIN deployments of web parts. CAS configuration must still be provided by the developer. New project item template for SharePoint RootFiles items Deployment will now optionally remove conflicting existing features on the development server prior to redeployment. Previously any feature name conflicts would result in an error...

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Apple audit shows suppliers used child labor

Well at least they’re learning a skill… Apple Inc released on Friday an audit of its major suppliers, saying it found a number of violations including breaches in pay, benefits and environmental practices in plants in China. The Cupertino, California-based company, notorious for keeping its supply chain a secret, also for the first time released a list of its major suppliers…....

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FDA steps up testing for fungicide in orange juice

Things that make you throw up just a bit in your mouth… FDA officials said they aren’t concerned about the safety of the juice but will increase testing to make sure the contamination isn’t a problem. In a letter to the juice industry Monday, the agency said that an unnamed juice company contacted FDA in late December and said it had detected low levels of the fungicide carbendazim in the company’s own orange juice and also in its competitors’ juice. Fungicides are used to control fungi or fungal spores in agriculture. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45940897/ns/health-food_safety/...

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Fast Search – Failed to initialize session with document engine: Unable to resolve Contentdistributor

At a client site FAST suddenly started having problems with crawling data sources, they would continue to crawl indefinately and when trying to stop them they would sit in a “Stopping” status for hours and hours without ever actually completing a crawl or loading any documents into the index.  Reviewing the event logs turned up this error: Failed to initialize session with document engine: Unable to resolve Contentdistributor Having worked fine for about a year we could not find any significant changes that were made to the system that would cause this behavior… and that’s when the little lightbulb...

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Start 2012 with a BANG at SoCal Code Camp!

Email from SoCal code camp: We hope you had a great 2011 but now is you chance to make 2012 even better. Come to SoCal Code Camp connect with fellow geeks and share what you know and learn what others know. We are back at Cal State Fullerton on January 28th & 29th. This time we are getting access to some of the newest facilities on campus. We have had a great response so far we have more than 70 sessions submitted and have room for many more. With topics covering the full spectrum of geekiness and some not so geeky topics as well. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge please submit a session so others can get exposed to your awesomeness! We will be having a geek dinner at Cantina Lounge just across the street from code camp and we will have thousands of dollars of raffle prizes. We are looking for more sponsors so please let your favorite companies know they should support SoCal Code...

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Unofficial Steve Jobs action figure available late February

I’m not much for the rumor mill, but this is just too good to pass up.  Apparently there is a new Steve Jobs “action figure” set to release in February that is just down right spooky.  It is 1:6 scale and features his trademark blue jeans / black turtleneck combo that everyone is familiar with from his many keynotes.  It is being distributed by DiD Corp, this will be available in late February for $99.99 plus shipping. And no, the tiny Mac is not included.  I wonder how long it will take before it goes the way of the...

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