Steve Andrews

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Help Rebuild New Orleans At Tech·Ed NOLA

Just announced, registration is now open for Microsoft Tech·Ed 2010, June 7-10, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tech·Ed isn’t the only reason you should come to New Orleans though.

It has been four years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast as the worst civil disaster in American history. It is estimated that 400,000 jobs were lost and 275,000 homes were destroyed, ten times as many as any other natural disaster in US history. The total cost is estimated at $100 billion in damages making Katrina the most costly hurricane in US history. Up to 15 million people were affected by Hurricane Katrina, and New Orleans itself is still struggling to rebuild and one of the biggest needs is for new housing.

I'd like to help, so I have arranged for a volunteer group to work with Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild New Orleans on Saturday June 5th, 2010, the Saturday before Tech·Ed. This is your opportunity to help an area that still has immense need, as well as to network with fellow geeks and eat more shrimp and oyster poboys! You should try the fried alligator too.

If you would like to volunteer to help rebuild New Orleans on Saturday, June 5th, 2010, please visit:

For more information about working with Habitat for Humanity, please read the FAQ (Microsoft Word) and Safety Guidelines (Microsoft Word).

I am also looking for sponsors to help with:

  • Hotel Discounts
  • Transportation
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • After-Party
  • $50 suggested donation to Habitat for Humanity per person to help cover work gloves and other costs

If you can help sponsor this volunteer event, please contact me at steve [at] platinumbay [dot] com.

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Steve Andrews | Philly .NET Code Camp 2007.2 Prologue

Steve Andrews

passionate technologist · business applications · community guy

Philly .NET Code Camp 2007.2 Prologue

Philly .NET Code Camp 2007.2 is now history. The presentations have been given, including mine, the swag raffled, the food and snacks eaten, and I'm sure many folks traveled home enriched and empowered. For those of you who were unable to attend, you missed a great time. Not to worry though, we will be having another Code Camp in January.

I was fortunate enough to be a presenter yesterday – my topic was 'Intro the Visual Studio 2005 Team System'. I was warned that it may be a tough topic to do, but it was my hope to present the vital fundamentals in a clear and understandable format, and the feedback I received was very positive. It was also my first experience presenting to a group, and it was awesome! I was not nearly as nervous as I thought I would be, though I certainly learned a lot to improve for next time. I won't have to wait long either – I will be presenting at the next Philly .NET User Group meeting on October 17th.

My favorite session yesterday, apart from my own experience, was by Miguel Castro (photo right) titled 'Recruiters: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.' It was a very conversational presentation that hit home for everyone in the room. Andy Schwam also did a cool job of explaining custom user and server controls in ASP.NET and gave his attendees something they could go home and play with immediately. Very cool!

See you in October.

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