Looking for last-minute gift idea? Buy The Art of Community book by Jono Bacon

I’m embarrassed to say just how long I’ve had Jono Bacon’s book sitting on my coffee table, as a constant reminder to myself that I haven’t written a blog entry yet on The Art of Community. In the spirit of agile, I’m going to sit here and write a review on the first chapter. Since…

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Recap from the Microsoft Women’s Conference 2009

The bi-annual Microsoft Women’s Conference was held last week on the Microsoft Redmond Campus. I keep enjoying this conference more and more each year. In my humble opinion, the Executive Roundtable event was by leaps and bounds the most productive, most rewarding event I have ever seen offered to Women in Technology. I often wonder…

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My CodePlex Jump from tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere – The Full Video

Just like the kiwi bird down here in New Zealand, I proved that I too am flightless. The 7 minute video explains it all. You can find this full version at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcc4KRrZpI0 Or watch just the jump from the ground looking up at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKvQLb2UKXg Special thanks to Sky Jump! for lettings us film and TechEd…

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TechEd Australia and New Zealand – 25 Visual Studio 2008 IDE Tips

Thanks for coming to today’s session! As I’ve said (or about to say), don’t take notes! Here are all the tips for you. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! 0. Know your Keybindings! All these are in the General Development Settings. Searching 1. How to behold the power of incremental search http://blogs.msdn.com/saraford/archive/2007/07/23/did-you-know-behold-the-power-of-incremental-search.aspx Command:…

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My return to Channel 9 (CodePlex Interview)

The Channel 9 team recently met with me to discuss “The State of the CodePlex” as I like to call it. It was a quick chat about where CodePlex has been and where the site is heading. Link to video: https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/NicFill/A-chat-with-Sara-Ford-CodePlex-turns-3-reaches-10000-projects I think this was my 4th appearance on Channel 9 (Women in Tech interview…

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DevLink 2009

Another year, another DevLink. Highlights Tweets about me moving the ship from Jim Holmes and Leon. I am here to do epic battle with Microsoft, so their tweets me the world to me. Telling my Uncle Jimmy stories one night at the bar. I so have to go into standup comedy. Setting Leon up for…

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How to trick Visual Studio to not show line numbers for blank lines?

Going through my folder of my blog “contact me” emails, I came across this question. I like tricking Visual Studio into doing things, so I thought I’d share. Is there a way to display only line number of coded lines, i.e. don’t number blank lines? Numbered blank lines makes showing code in powerpoint decks hard…

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It’s official: A koala is not a koala “bear”

According to the incredibly awesome Catherine Eibner, I’m going to TechEd Australia!! And I found this out on the same day that I donated the last of my advance on my book royalties, bringing the Save Waveland Scholarship Fund to $29,008.34 cents. Thank you everyone for voting to get me down to Australia. This blog…

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OSCON 2009: One of the greatest weeks in my Microsoft Career

Yep, it’s a bold statement to make, but I like to live life in capital letters. Last week at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention was truly epic. The Community Leadership Summit + OSCON 2009 epitomized everything I’ve ever wanted to do in community as a Microsoft employee. I didn’t realize how special last week was…

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Please sign the official “Bring Sara Ford to TechEd Australia” petition!

Petition is here: http://twtpoll.com/iuz95p and closes Aug 5. When I was 3 years old, I invented the “Koala bear game.” You hide the Koala bear behind your back, then run up to the adults asking them “guess what i’ve got behind my back?” I played night after night after night, until I discovered this thing…

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