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  • Community Credit Winners Recognized in March 2008

    Let's see who was recognized with geeky gifts in March 2008 ...
    Note: As always, our prize list with all of the past winners can be found on our "Stupid Prizes Page"

    The folks listed below have truly exceeded in their contributions to the development community and have been rewarded with some really geeky prizes. How did they win? They simply went above and beyond in their contributions to the development community and logged their contributions here and the geeks with the most points at the end of March 2008 Contest won one of the prizes shown below. 

    But first... a word from our Sponsor:
    This month we are happy to have a brand new sponsor. It is our sister site, . The site only has a few products right now, but they are cool products. Be sure to give them some love.  Drop us an email and let us know what you think.

    And now, onto the winners
    Grand Prize Winner:Todd Miranda with 161,000 Points points won a Touchscreen Cell Phone/PDA Wristwatch

    1st Prize Winner:Kumar Perichiappan with 132,350 Points points won a The Television Interactive Snowboarding Game.

    2nd Prize Winner:Kathy Jacobs with 112,500 Points points won a Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker

    3rd Prize Winner:Kelly Cassidy with 57,100 Points points won a "Back Off" LED Invaders Door Mat

    4th Prize Winner:Chris Eargle with 49,975 Points points won a Remote Control, Illuminated Moon

    5th Prize Winner:Shawn Wildermuth with 48,000 Points points won a Mix Tape USB Stick

    6th Prize Winner:Satheesh Babu with 45,250 Points points won a Halo 3 Messenger Bag

    7th Prize Winner:Pietro Libro with 38,200 Points points won a The Weird Al Show Complete Series DVD Set

    8th Prize Winner:Muhammad Mosa with 36,600 Points points won a Simpson LED USB Desk Light

    9th Prize Winner:Colin Mackay with 33,925 Points points won a Wi-Fi Detecting Watch

    10th Prize Winner:Paul Hacker with 26,500 Points points won a Racing Grannies

    11th Prize Winner:Martin Hinshelwood with 21,800 Points points won a Butt Station Desktop Organizer

    12th Prize Winner:John Dunagan with 20,000 Points points won a Talking Toilet Paper Holder

    13th Prize Winner:Kazi Manzur Rashid with 20,000 Points points won a Dummy Security Camera with Blinking LED

    14th Prize Winner:technodrone with 18,000 Points points won a Atomic Food Containers

    15th Prize Winner:John Workman with 16,600 Points points won a Microserfs

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  • Community Credit Prizes for March 2008

    Note: As always, our prize list can be found on our "Stupid Prizes Page"Check it out to see past prizes and contest winners.

    The items below show the prizes that you can win at Community-Credit this month(March 2008 ). You can have a chance at earning one of these prizes by contributing to the development community this month.  Simply log your contributions (points awarded for over 100 types of contributions) and the geeks with the most points at the end of March 2008 Contest will win one of the prizes shown below. You can also see the past winners and prizes on our Stupid Prize Page.

    But first... a word from our Sponsor:
    This month we are happy to have a brand new sponsor. It is our sister site, . The site only has a few products right now, but they are cool products. Be sure to give them some love.  Drop us an email and let us know what you think.

    Onto this Month's Prizes...
    Grand Prize: The Rear View Mirror Bluetooth Speakerphone.

    This is the Bluetooth-enabled rear view mirror that displays incoming calls on the mirror itself and has a removable wireless headset that allows speakerphone communication or in-ear use. Calls are automatically routed to the in-ear headset when it is removed from the mirror, and return to the speakerphone when the headset is placed back into its cradle. The device connects wirelessly to any Bluetooth compatible cell phone, allowing hands-free conversations without the use of cumbersome wires and stand-alone speakers. The mirror clamps over your car's existing rearview mirror, the headset uses full-duplex noise- and echo-cancellation for clear audio, and the built-in loudspeaker is able to produce powerful sound up to 120db.

    1st Prize: nuclear war USB hub

    Had enough of being beaten into the submission by other USB Missile Launcher-wielding workmates? Just had a bad day with the boss? Then it's time to fall back on the ultimate sanction: the USB nuclear armageddon button. One push and... boom.

    The unit - which conveniently doubles up as a four-port USB hub during peacetime - is equipped with a launch key, suitably military-looking toggle switches and, of course, the big red button, tucked under a protective flap to avoid an accidental apocalypse.

    Should the balloon go up, however, and the button is pushed, the unit beeps out your four-minute warning to reach suitable shelter before... the end.

    2nd Prize: Family Guy Stewie USB Toy

    Plug and play with Stewie Interactive USB toy on your desktop. TV’s Family Guy’s Stewie mouths off and waves his ray gun in response to your keystrokes, movement and sounds. Ignore him and he’ll remind you who is boss with random phrases and actions.

    3rd Prize: The 40-Foot Marshmallow Blaster

    This pump-action, pneumatic gun shoots sweet, edible marshmallows (or a handful of miniature marshmallows) up to 40'. The easy-to-refill bolt action design ensures fast, nonstop action.

    4th Prize: Simpsons USB Mouse/Mouse Pad Set

    You can feel like a safety inspector at Springfield Nuclear Power Plant when you code with this Homer Simpson USB optical scroll mouse and mouse pad set.

    5th Prize: Star Wars PC Speaker Set

    For the die hard Star Wars Geek, these speakers will be a constant reminder that R2-D2 really does look like a kitchen trash can.

    6th Prize: Digital Dog

    To keep you company while you work. Start with the powerful bar magnet “body” and arrange the included bolts, nuts, twisted iron pieces and chain to create a one-of-a-kind dog. Rearrange the pieces to make your pet sit, lie down or even play dead. Components come in reusable tin box with black felt pouch

    7th Prize: Glow Brick

    Yep - it's a glow-in-the-dark light bulb trapped inside a solid acrylic brick. The Glow Brick recharges from energy in natural sunlight during the day and glows at night. Not only that, it is actually made with a real light bulb! That's right.

    The glow-in-the-dark* pigment is trapped inside a real light bulb (just like the ones you have at home). Then the light bulb is encased in a solid block of Acrylic resin. The mysterious optical effect is caused by light diffracting in the tiny space between the glass of the light bulb and the resin - this space forms when the resin shrinks by a tiny amount during the production process. The polished surface gives a jewel like quality to the object. In a darkened room, or at night, the Glow Brick comes to life with a tranquil and subtle glow emanating from the pigment inside the light bulb.

    8th Prize: The Finger Drum Mousepad

    This electronic drumpad also serves as a mousepad, and allows you to play eight different percussion sounds, including bass, snare, two rack toms, a floor tom, hi-hat, crash, and ride cymbals using only your fingers. A demonstration mode allows you to accompany six pre-set patterns, and you can record up to 30 of your own rhythms. Separate volume and tempo controls allow you to adjust sound levels

    9th Prize: 8-bit Tie

    An 8-Bit tie - what an awesome way for the drones of Cubeland to show their independence from Corporate America! Silk-like Microfiber construction, clip on* (for easy dressing and t-shirt wear if needed). You'll be the envy of the office or, at least, you'll get tons of attention. You'll be just like Mario when he wore a tie to meetings when negotiating his contract with Nintendo. Sure the Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360 are out there with all their super technology, but sometimes it's nice to remember the beginnings of the video game revolution. Viva la 8-Bit!

    10th Prize: Desktop Repeater Rubber Band Gun

    Use the Desktop Repeater to turn your office mail cart into a gatling-gun fortified "war wagon." While yours might not have the firepower of the War Wagon John Wayne and Kirk Douglas encountered in the classic movie of the same name, this rapid-fire rubberband repeater will ensure your office mail gets delivered on schedule. Nothing clears a hallway or puts 'em back in their cubicles like sheer overwhelming firepower!

    11th Prize: Mini LED Light

    This Designer inspired mini LED DEK light will add a touch of panache to your desktop. This 4 ¾ ” tall DEK 2 that emulates the classic Arco lamp by Achille Castiglioni.

    12th Prize: Water Clock

    Just add water or any other electrolytic liquid (soda, coffee or even beer) into its fuel cell, set the time and date, and watch time go by on its digital display! The fuel cells extracts electrons from the electrolyte forming a steady stream of electrical current that drives the Water Clock.

    13th Prize: Soft Speakers Monkey

    How about some speakers with a little cute 'n' cuddly personality? Switch out your computer's drab gray boxes for these Soft Speakers and, the next time you pop in a CD, you'll be doing the jungle boogie! Full-range stereo speakers come with USB or battery-powered inline amplifier and are compatible with iPods, CD and DVD players, PCs, Macs, and even standard cassette players! Plug and play with any device that features a standard audio jack. Each is approximately 7" tall

    14th Prize: Fighting GrandDads

    Tired of powerful, chiseled athletes engaged in extreme fighting matches? These Racing Grandads are the perfect antidote, adding action, color and lots of laughs to your office. Though they may be getting up in age, they are full of competitive spirit, not willing to give an inch to their senior competition. Wind them up and let them go after each other with canes flailing and feet moving. And thank goodness, they claim to be free of the steroids and HGH substances that plague so many sports. Fight On, Grandad!!

    15th Prize: Car Pool Kenny

    Car Pool Kenny is designed to let you hop into the car pool lanes in case of an emergency, such as running 10 minutes behind. Kenny's inflatable, professionally dressed, and let's face it, won't pester you with driving advice or office gossip.

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  • A big thanks goes out to Keyvan Nayyeri (congrats too)

    My original intention of this blog post was to thank Keyvan for his help in getting the new discussion board up and running.  In short, I ran into a few snags and you don't often have somebody in your IM list who wrote a book about what you are stuck on.  If you do, they don't always have the time to help you out.  Well, the Discussion Board Gods were shining on me the other day because Keyvan was right there to help me get the new discussion board up and in smokin good shape.  Thanks a million, Keyvan!!!!

    Now that is behind me, I have started processing some of the submissions entered and noticed one huge one.... A book by Keyvan.   Man, that guy is busy!!!   He just had a new Wrox book (with only him on the cover) published this month.  That had to be a huge amount of wok and is deserving of a huge amount of kudos.  So, Kudos to you Keyvan.


    Visual Studio Extensibility

    Visual Studio Extensibility - by Keyvan Nayyeri

    Determined to make the Visual Studio Extensibility (VSX) learning process as smooth as possible, this helpful resource shows you how to use VSX in order to facilitate easier development of Microsoft programming languages and development technologies. Keyvan Nayyeri examines how VSX simplifies the processes of coding, compilation, deployment, debugging, and testing. Plus, numerous examples, sample code, and real-world case studies demonstrate the various extensibility options of VSX so that you can perform routine tasks easier and quicker



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  • Community Credit is Back... and improved

    For starters, after a few days of headaches, I am happy to announce that Community Credit is back. If you have tried to visit the site since last friday you may have noticed a few problems.  Depending on when you tried to logon, you will have noticed that the site was either down or having some problems.  Well, I am happy to say that those are behind us.  Community Credit is back finally and seems to be alot faster than before.  The increase in performance was not something that we were aiming for, but is a welcomed side effect.  I would like to hear some thoughts on whether it really is faster.  One very nice new feature in community credit is the new discussion boards.  This has been long overdue and I am happy to finally implement it.  One very important thing worth nothing is:

    Logging in:  I am changing the format form logging in so that it not longer uses your email address as the UserName.  The new format will be FirstNameLastName and your password is the same.  I would recommend doing a password reminder first, since that will send you your UserName and password based on your email address.  This new format will carry over to the rest of the site over the next day or two.

    Love to hear everybody's comments...



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  • New Feature of Community Credit - The Uber Geek Track

    We're going to shake things up this month a bit.  Some of you may have noticed a brand new set of names up on the board.  Technically, they are not new names, but a second track that has the Hall of Famers along with past months awardees.  This, my friends, is the Uber Geek Track.  The idea behind this new track is a variation on the Point Curve.  In fact, the Point Curve is applied as well.  The way that it works is pretty simple.  If you are a winner in a given month, you will be participating in the Uber Geek Track for the following two months.  This new track is for the hardcore, over and above, super dedicated contributor to the developer community.  If you are a winner for a given month..... this is you.  If you are in the Hall of Fame.... this is definitely you.  I am still considering whether the name is the best one for this track, so if another name is suggested by somebody in the development community that seems like a better fit, you may see a new name in the next month.  I actually liked the name Gladiator Track, because it reminds me of the show American Gladiators where mere mortals battle against a group of super strong competitors in various physical challenges.  A great show, true, but the name sounds too combative and not community oriented.  Another name that I am considering is the "Alpha Geek" track, being that the Alpha Geek is a name defined as "The most technically adept, knowledgeable person in a workgroup or office". Well, regardless of if the name stays or not, here is how the Uber Track Works.

    a) If you are awarded a prize for a given month, you get to participate in the Uber Track for the next two months.  If you happen to win in this Uber Track, you get to participate in the following month.

    b) If you are among the top winners in the Uber Track, this defines you in yet a higher, more elite group of contributors to the development community.  The underlying idea of the Uber Geek track is primarily for bragging rights, creditibility and establishing yourself as the best of the best, not so much as a winning prizes, therefore the reward system is a bit different than the normal community track.  The top 3 winners will win prizes and the next 5 winners will earn a badge that shows that they have won in this track.  If you win multiple times, you earn multiple badges of increasing coolness. 

    c) Once you have been in the Uber Track for two months, you will be competing in the regular track once again, but with your head held just a little bit higher.

    d) The curve system for the Uber Track is a slight variation of the normal curve system.  All of the Hall of Famers will have a  50% Curve now and for ever.  That puts them all on the same level with each other and forces them to compete with one arm tied behind their back.  For the other people in the track, they will have a curve, but it will vary based on how well did in the month that they entered. The non-Hall Of Famers will always have a curve that is lower than the Hall of Famers.

    The goal of the Uber Track is to allow:

    a) A wider variety of people to win each month.
    b) More new partipants to win each month and join in on the fun.
    c)  To allow everybody to get recognized for longer.


    This is the first month of this new program and let's see how it goes.  Let me know what you think?

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