Giving in to the fact that every blog should be able to tell you something about it's author, this post will serve as a bit of introduction to me and give you a little bit of my history. My name is Tim Rayburn, and I am currently employed as a Principal Consultant with Improving Enterprises and I am a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Connected Systems Development. I'm fairly heavily involved with the Microsoft community, I am the President of the Dallas Connected Systems User Group, I commonly speak at user groups throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas as well as at conferences such as the Tulsa TechFest, Houston TechFest, VSLive! Austin, Microsoft TechEd and the Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference. In 2009 I was selected to be a member of the INETA Speaker's Bureau, which affords me the ability to travel around the nation talking with people about .NET technologies. I grew up in New York City, moved with my family to Connecticut when I was entering the 6th grade, graduated from Glastonbury High School and then after some community college moved with my family again to the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas where I reside still today even though much of my family no longer lives in this area. I do not have a bachelor's degree, but I have in the past attended Manchester Community College (in Manchester, CT), and later the University of Texas at Arlington. I still live in Arlington with my lovely wife Kate and our Australian Shepard named Gandalf. I am a certifiable geek, and unabashedly so. I own multiple gaming consoles, play table top RPG's, love board games of all sorts, and still have a weekly gathering to play D&D (or whatever we're playing at the moment) with my friends. In 2008 I launched a podcast about Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition called Radio Free Hommlet. In the past I've also been deeply involved with a wonderful organization called the Society for Creative Anachronism, but have not been active with them for many years. I'm always happy to talk to folks in the community about their latest project or about coming out to their conference, code camp, code mash, etc. Please feel free to reach out at Tim@TimRayburn.net if you have questions or would like me to come out and speak. Biography Tim Rayburn is a Principal Consultant with Improving Enterprises, and a Microsoft MVP for Connected Systems Development. He has worked with Microsoft technologies for over 13 years, and is the President and Founder of the Dallas/Fort Worth Connected Systems User Group, the organizer of the Dallas TechFest, and blogger at TimRayburn.net. When he’s not pursuing the ever moving technology curve, he is an avid gamer, from consoles to table-top RPGs and is the host of a podcast called Radio Free Hommlet. He welcomes questions about any of the above to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to Tomas Restrepo for pointing out that the Developer Edition of BizTalk 2006 R2 is now up on MSDN. If you're working with EDI and BizTalk server you seriously need to check this out and realize what is coming your way.
Last night at the HALO3 launch party at the Microsoft Campus in Las Colinas, I decided to have some fun at the expense of my good friend Caleb Jenkins, host of CommunityCast.tv. Below are the fruits of an evening of shooting video. My thanks to all those who contributed, and especially Caleb. All I have to say is "That's Awesome!".