Chad Z. Hower a.k.a. Kudzu's Blogspace

News, Views, and Articles from the Regional .NET Developer Advisor (DE) for Middle East and Africa.

Important notice! It's time for me to go now....

I will be leaving Microsoft on September 30. This has nothing to do with Microsoft, and I wish I was...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/19/2006

To all my friends in Pakistan

It appears after my last trip to Pakistan there is still some confusion about why some of my...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/27/2006

The mystery of the cursed case

Over the years I have encountered a lot of really weird computer problems. But my latest one has me...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/26/2006

Gulf TechNet & MSDN Road show

Unfortunately I will not be on this tour as I have conflicting events, but if you are in the Gulf...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/21/2006

Disk shrink tips

Having trouble with a disk shrink utility? Either it will not shrink the disk or will not shrink it...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/18/2006

The YouTube of video games

Hoping to spur interest among video game enthusiasts, creative types and students, Microsoft will...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/15/2006

Why 100% hardware RAID is best

Everyone knows software RAID is slower and because of this most RAID installations are using...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/13/2006

When is RAID 0 a good idea?

Everyone told me RAID 0 was a bad idea. But I am always the odd man out. But in my case, RAID 0...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/12/2006

Super Computer Specs

Ok, it is not really a super computer. But it is FAST, and it is portable. I will match it up...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/12/2006

When 4 = 3

I just built a new machine and loaded it up with RAM to 4 GB. Little did I know that I would need a...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/12/2006

Awesome utility for system info

Do you work with a lot of computers? Always wondering how much memort it has, what CPU, how much...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/10/2006

My new Super Computer

I have not used a desktop computer for more than 10 years now. I have always used laptops. I did not...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/10/2006

Remote desktop and custom resolutions

I use remote desktop a lot. But 800x600 is too small, and if I use 1024x768 then it goes full screen...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/10/2006

Multilingual Applications

I am starting to see more and more applications which offer localization. It is important that more...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/08/2006

PDC Sessions Posted

Looking for my slides from Pakistan Developers Conference? More info

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/03/2006

Blogging in English, Arabic, and more

I’m not blogging in multiple languages. Well to be fair, I’m blogging in English and MVP...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/13/2006

TechEd US Daily reports and pictures

I am at TechEd US this week and have a new camera as well. If you are not able to attend TechEd but...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/12/2006

Do you blog? If so send it to me!

I am collecting blog links of blogs in the MEA region. I will be cataloging these and linking these...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/31/2006

Pakistan Developers Conference - Register now!

Pakistan Developers Conference is June 28-30th, 2006. It will be held simultaneously in Karachi and...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/28/2006

Do you speak Urdu, Arabic, or French?

I’m putting together a multilingual project. We will be targetting more language later, but...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/27/2006

CodePlex - a public Team Foundation Server!

Microsoft has launched a community website for hosting of open and shared source projects. And best...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/24/2006

Introducing .NET Micro Framework - Beyond the Compact Framework

Using only a few hundred kilobytes and an inexpensive processor, the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/12/2006

MIX Content available

Microsoft has put online all of the sessions from the MIX 2006 conference. More information

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/11/2006

May 15-16 - SDC, Papendal, The Netherlands

I’ll be speaking again at SDC in The Netherlands. This year on Vista and various other topics....

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/03/2006

SQL Server 2005 Express Overview

I am still working on my more detailed SQL Express comparison with Oracle Express. But while...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/02/2006

Apr 24 and 26 - Saudi Arabia

This week I’m delivering “.NET Development – Best Practices” in Riyadh and...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/25/2006

TechEd Europe - What sessions to pick?

Just a follow up note on my previous post. We are not accepting submissions quite yet. In late May...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/23/2006

TechEd Europe - Oh yeah, Bill Gates is coming too!

Bill Gates is doing the final keynote Friday morning at TechEd: Developers. This is the first time...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/22/2006

TechEd 2006 Europe - What do YOU want to see?

I am the track owner for the Base Framework Track at TechEd 2006 Europe. What does this mean? Well...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/22/2006

Future Origamis

A few weeks ago I blogged about the Origami and several users wrote to tell me why they were not...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/11/2006

April 30 - Dubai - Geeks United

Come join the first Microsoft developers conference in Dubai. A two day event with new releases and...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/11/2006

Last week - Berlin

Someone wrote to me and asked why I did not go anywhere last week. Well I did – I was in...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/11/2006

April 24 and 26 - Riyadh and Jeddah, KSA

Next stop is ISV Days in Saudi Arabia. I will be presenting the “Best Development...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/11/2006

Virtual Server now free - and with Linux support!

No it’s not a late April fools joke. In case you missed the announcement Virtual Server is now...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/05/2006

I do more than just speak for Microsoft...

Sure I do a lot of speaking. But ocassionally I wield weapons of mass (cake) destruction too.

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/31/2006

April 5-7, Berlin, Germany

Internal conference this week in Berlin. I'm flying in just before and leaving just after. I doubt...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/31/2006

Are you part of a user group committee?

Are you a president, secretary, or other position responsible for organizing or running a user group...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/31/2006

Next Stop - Cambridge, UK - MVP Open Days

March 27 and 28 I will be speaking at MVP Open Days in Cambridge.

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/24/2006

Kuwait City, Kuwait

Last stop was in Kuwait on Wed, March 22 for the last of our launches. This launch happened quite...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/24/2006

Next Stop - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Next stop on my schedule is Gulf Developers Conference (GDC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia this Sunday...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/16/2006

March 14, 2006 - Provence, France

This week I was in the south of France at the Connect 2006 event. I enjoyed meeting many of you who...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/16/2006

Windows Vista just a 3D version of Windows XP

No it is not! But unfortunately this is the impression that a lot of people have. I understand where...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/11/2006

Forget the PDA, forget the IPOD, I want an Origami!

What is an Origami? It is a new tablet computer about the size of a small book. But it is not just...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/10/2006

How do SQL Server 2005 Express and Oracle Express compare?

This is a question that is being asked more and more from users. Both SQL Express and Oracle Express...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/03/2006

Next stop - Belgium Developer Days

On Wed March 8th I will be speaking at Developer Days in Belgium. More info

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/03/2006

Blogs here, blogs there

Recently I posted that I would be putting all of my new blog entries here and ocassionaly linking...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/03/2006

Nairobi, Kenya - Open Source and more

Wednesday night I left Amman, Jordan and arrived in Nairobi, Kenya early afternoon Thursday....

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/25/2006

EDC - Amman, Jordan

I am speaking this week at EDC in Amman, Jordan. While I normally focus on .NET I'm presenting a lot...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/22/2006

Snow, snow, and more snow

It is still snowing. I have not been able to make it out of our compound, and I have not seen any...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/07/2006

Absent from MDC in Egypt

Unfortunately last week I started to lose my voice. I went to see a doctor on Saturday and it was...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/06/2006

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