This was going to be from Word, but I ran into errors. Maybe it worked. Darn this looks professional. Winking smile

So, here we are after BlogEngine.NET, then adding multi-blog, moving the DNN which was a nightmare (Although DNN is a great product), and at last migrating to Orchard.

What did I learn.  I used to blog more!!!  Even when I mostly blogged about blogging.  I’m too busy to learn and add on to the likes of Orchard or DNN because ultimately, I used them to support others who could not see the benefits.  This new opportunity makes it easy to use, to enhance, to style, to Blog.  Hey, I even tried Open Live Writer and like what I see, but it seems like everything else (for example, CodePlex, WebMatrix, Windows Live Writer) “new” technology doesn’t last.  That’s OK.  I’m here to embrace it.  Blogging itself may have been replaced by Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc., but what’s next?

For someone who was early to the internet, and then spent a lifetime learning, there is no end in sight.  Open Live Writer and MiniBlog had a lot of open source help to get where they are, and seem to be well past “early” release, yet not quite long in the tooth yet.  What’s next?

(Yes, all of those links are intentional.  I hope I can provide a small link to the community. I will try harder in the future.)

I thought the move from BlogEngine.NET to DNN would be easy

Well, in this case, the year long escapade finally ended last night.  I had to get off of my completely hacked BlogEngine I hadn't kept up with updates...and moving to DNN was still months away with the lack of Blog capabilities and no decent skin/theme to my name.  I just learned about Orchard recently, and here I am.

This is something I can learn and grow with.

Orchard CMS, right from Web Platform Installer

BlogML didn't work right out of BlogEngine, or into DNN or Orchard, but I was able to clean it up quickly and use the Import/Export from Orchard to move the data from a staging platform to this in minutes.  I'll spend a few days tinkering with 301 redirects, and files and images that didn't move over, but I like this already.

Hopefully, I can get back to work on blogging, work, and real research, and stop fighting the system. ;)


I'm moving to DNN for various reasons, but mainly because as good as BlogEngine.NET is, it's a bit limiting.  I'd like to find a way to integrate it with DNN, but it would be better if there were a BlogEngine.NET DNN module, but I'll take what I've learned from this product and do the best I can at creating a new DNN Blog module that compares well with BlogEngine.NET.

I also want to get back to blogging.  It has been a long time coming and I have several Blogs to update, as well as Chats and Forums to support.

See y'all soon.

Are you ready for BizTalk 2013?

Download: BizTalk Server 2013 Beta

Installation Guide: Installing BizTalk Server 2013 Beta

I’m attempting my first BizTalk Server 2013 build using Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, and the latest bits available.  This will also include Visual Studio 2012 to provide a quick start to real development testing and configuration under a variety of scenarios.

  • I’ll be looking to see if AppFabric still has a place on a BizTalk server.
  • How does ESB Toolkit install now that it’s part of the base configuration?
  • Can I script and automate the server build, or do I even need to?
  • How do we integrate with Azure Service Bus?
  • How advanced is this platform and what else am I missing?

There are hundreds of questions I still haven’t answered for myself involving BizTalk 2010, but that hasn’t been a serious issue since I haven’t had to use all of its capabilities at once.

More to come…(jumping in feet first)

  • Hyper-V or ESXi or VMware Workstation
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
  • SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition
  • .NET 4.5
  • IIS 7.5
  • Do I still need Notification Services?

Save Money By Building Your Own Computer – NewEgg

Please review these videos if you want to know how a PC is built or want to build your own. 

Very extensive for first time builders.  I’ve built hundreds of PC’s (yes >200) and I sat through all three videos.  If they move, or get updated, I’ll include the Youtube links here as well.

Part 1 - Choosing Your Components

Part 2 - The Build

Part 3 - Installing Windows & Finishing Touches