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Visual Studio Tutorial – Part 2 – Our First Project

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in MVP10, Visual Studio | Posted on 21-02-2010


After over 6,600 views on the previous Visual Studio tutorial and multiple comments like “When is part two coming out?” I finally find the time to record and produce part two of this series.  This version is done in HD which provides a much better experience for those watching.  Be sure if you watch you watch from the YouTube website in full screen in HD.

Part two walks through how to create one’s first project and runs the project using the debugger.

Deep Fried Bytes Ringtones!

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in MVP10, Podcast | Posted on 13-02-2010


A lot of our listeners recognize the Deep Fried Bytes theme song.  We thought we’d allow you to carry it with you wherever you go.  Thus, we made DFB Ringtones!  Not only will this impress your friends but it could also score you a free t-shirt, sticker, mug or other prizes if we hear it at a community event.  Here’s how to get it onto your phone.

Download the ringtones for your specific device:

DFB Ringtone for the iPhone
DFB Ringtone for Android and Windows Mobile

Windows Mobile Setup

Download the file to your computer and then plug in your phone.  Then copy the file to your phone and change the device in settings to use the new ringtone.

Android Setup

Download the file to your computer and then follow the steps in this article to get the ringtone on your phone.

iPhone Setup

Download the iPhone version of the ringtone (ends in .m4r).  Save it to a permanent location on your computer.  Then plug your iPhone into your computer and let iTunes launch.

In iTunes go to the File->Add File to Library…


Once added the ringtone will show up in iTunes under “Ringtones”.


Select your iPhone in iTunes and click on the Ringtones tab.


Make sure the ringtone is going to sync with your iPhone and press the “Sync” button at the bottom.

After the sync, go to Settings->Sounds->Ringtone on the iPhone and select the Deep Fried Bytes ringtone.

Deep Fried Bytes Episode #43: Talking OData and SQL Modeling Services with Douglas Purdy

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in MVP10, Podcast | Posted on 04-02-2010





In this episode, we sat down at PDC 2009 with Microsoft’s Douglas Purdy to discuss all things data. Do you remember Oslo from the previous PDC event? Well Oslo has been rebranded to SQL Server Modeling Services to help developers store and manage models for the enterprise. Modeling Services enables you to more productive when building and managing data-driven applications. We also get the low down from Douglas on a new web protocol for querying and updating data called OData.

Deep Fried Bytes Episode #42: How to Get More Business from Microsoft Pinpoint

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in MVP10, Podcast | Posted on 04-02-2010





In this episode, we sat down at PDC 2009 with Microsoft’s Pinpoint team members Chris Lange and Patrick Stirrat to discuss this new service.  What?  Never heard of Pinpoint? That’s what we thought and that’s why you’ll want to listen to this episode.  Pinpoint is the fast, easy way for business customers to find experts, applications, and professional services to meet their specific business needs.  At the same time, Pinpoint helps developers and technology service providers quickly and easily get software applications and professional services to market—and engage customers who need what they offer.

Codemash 2010 and the Smartphone Throwdown – Windows Mobile vs iPhone vs Android vs Blackberry vs Palm

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in MVP10, Speaking | Posted on 18-01-2010


Codemash 2010 is officially over and we await with anticipation for another year to go by so we can walk into the winter paradise of the Kalahari. 

This year Codemash was both exhilarating and exhausting!  First thank you to those attendees who sat through a full day Pre-Compiler about .NET.  I had a blast doing it and I hope you went away seeing all the various pieces of the platform.  I’ll be posting the slides later on.

I had the pleasure of being this year’s Master of Ceremonies for Codemash, an absolute honor.  It isn’t everyday one gets to stand in front of 700+ people of various technical backgrounds all with a common goal of breaking outside of their comfort zone.  Codemash just makes this happen. 

One of the things I did as MC this year was try to have a little fun during the lunch announcements.  The first lunch day I put together what I called a “Smartphone Typing Throwdown”.  The idea was simple.  Get as many different types of Smartphones as I could on stage and then see who could type the fastest.  Hopefully this would solve the world’s most troubling question: “Can phones with virtual keyboards type faster than phones with real keyboards?”.

Now of course this doesn’t scientifically prove ANYTHING, but it was fun.  As you watch the video, take out your phone and type the following sentence (complete with spelling and punctuation) and see how you fair against the contestants. 

Codemash continues to kill the Kalahari network.

Enjoy the video, and I’ll see you next year.