[comodev] CoMoDev news (plain text version!)

  • From: David Beers <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 15:44:36 -0600

Ouch, that was ugly.  Should have stuck with my first impulse and used plain=
 text.  Well, let this be a warning to all who like to send email in HTML! =
 Here's a (hopefully) more readable version:=A0

***Announcing the CoMoDev Email Discussion List***

I took the liberty of subscribing those who have expressed an interest in=
 the Colorado Mobile Developers group to an email list I created for the=
 group. =A0If you are receiving this message you're subscribed. =A0You can, of=
 course, unsubscribe if you like: send a message to=
 comodev-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word 'unsubscribe' in the subject=
 line. =A0However, this will be the main way I will use to keep in touch with=
 the whole group and it makes it possible for all of you to do the same. =A0To=
 post a message to the whole group just reply to this message or send a new=
 one to comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

After doing some research it looked like freelists.org was one of the better=
 options that didn't have obtrusive advertising. =A0I wanted something with a=
 searchable web archive and the ability for users to configure how they want=
 to the list to work for them. =A0And that was free. =A0To view and edit your=
 preferences you can browse to www.freelists.org, search on CoMoDev, follow=
 the link to our FreeLists page, and click "Login directly to this list".=
 =A0The first time you login, just leave the password blank and give the email=
 address you gave me earlier. =A0You'll be sent a temporary password that you=
 can use to login. =A0Once logged in you can click "Change Settings" to=
 enable/disable features like digest, out-of-office, hide yourself from the=
 membership list, etc.

***First Meeting a Big Success***

Well, at least it was a success from my point of view. =A0Turnout of 8 was=
 better than expected with three great "walk-ins" that I hadn't communicated=
 with (not counting the waiter). =A0I expect to see at least one or two more=
 in June. =A0We have some very diverse backgrounds but obviously no shortage=
 of things to talk about. =A0We also have our first sponsor: David Fedor,=
 Director of Developer Architecture at PalmSource, is personally pitching in=
 an Amazon gift certificate that we can raffle off at the next meeting. =A0Mr.=
 Fedor is also talking about coming to our August meeting, schedule=
 permitting. =A0He can't say whether he will have any prototype Palm OS 6=
 "Cobalt" devices that he can demo for us at that time, but the fact that he=
 didn't give a definite "no" could always mean it's a possibility. =A0I notice=
 that Dell has been the first vendor to release devices with the new Windows=
 Mobile 2003 SE, so perhaps someone would like to rush out and buy one of=
 those so the rest of us can play with it! =A0(To whomever would like to do=
 this, may I recommend the one with the 624MHz processor and the dual=
 wireless connectivity?)

***A few loose ends***

1.  I didn't get contact information from some of the new members,=
 specifically John Lowe and David Horowitz. =A0If any of you got business=
 cards or vCards from either of these guys, please let me know so I can get=
 in touch with them.

2.  We settled on not one but two possible dates for the next meeting: =A0June=
 8 or June 22. =A0I'd like to hear from Jason and Conrad, who didn't make the=
 first meeting as to whether one of these dates is better than the other.=
 =A0Once we decide, I'll make either the 2nd Tuesday or 4th Tuesday our=
 regular meeting time to avoid future confusion. =A0Some folks said that=
 groups like this have a hard time meeting during the summer when people are=
 away, but among the ones present I didn't hear any say they wouldn't want=
 to keep meeting through the summer. =A0I'm happy to keep meeting as long as=
 we can get at least 3 or 4 others.

3.  The future meeting place is still somewhat up in the air. =A0Rock Bottom=
 Brewery does indeed have great beer and food, IMO, but the sound level was=
 too high for comfortable conversation. =A0Suggested options:

*  Rock Bottom Brewery has a nice small banquet room. =A0If people like the=
 location and the restaurant this might be quiet enough for us and even give=
 us room to spread out and do something more like a presentation. =A0Dick=
 Grier mentioned that it's easiest for folks who drive a long distance if we=
 meet at dinner time and people can have a meal while we talk. =A0Downside:=
 there will be a cost to the banquet room. =A0At press time I hadn't heard=
 back as to what that cost is.

*  Meet in someone's home. =A0While the group is small this is a good option=
 if a centrally located member wants to step up to the plate and offer their=
 home for a couple of hours a month. =A0I for one would be willing to help=
 with food if we do this and I'll bet others might as well, so it isn't a=
 burden on the host.

*  See if we can use one of the meeting rooms at Microsoft in the DTC. =A0The=
 location is near where we were and the facilities first rate for a user=
 group, if they are available. =A0Food could be brought in. =A0Not sure if=
 they'd be keen on beer. =A0The atmosphere would be more, shall I say, formal?=
 =A0That has its advantages and disadvantages. I haven't called about this=
***Agenda for June Meeting***

In recognition of the fact that we have roughly equal numbers of Palm and=
 PocketPC developers in the group and a degree of interest by each in the=
 other, our June meeting will include a couple of 20-minute show-and-tell=
 presentations. =A0Dick Grier, will be demonstrating how easy it is to develop=
 for PocketPC using Visual Studio .NET and the .NET Compact Framework.=
 =A0We're very glad to have Dick as a member of the group since he's been a=
 stalwart contributor to the Windows CE / PocketPC developer community for=
 many years and has published some excellent books on the topic. =A0On the=
 Palm OS side, I'll be demonstrating PalmSource's brand spanking new free=
 open source development environment, the Palm OS Developer Studio (PODS).=
 =A0PODS will be familiar to anyone who has used the Eclipse IDE framework,=
 which has a sophisticated plug-in system to enable support for many=
 different languages and platforms (referred to in the Eclipse lingo as=
 "perspectives"). =A0By the time of the meeting it's likely that PalmSource=
 will have an update of the pre-release version of this development=
 environment. =A0PODS is the only environment at this time that supports=
 writing software that targets Cobalt devices (Palm OS 6).

Look forward to hearing some discussion start on the mailing list. =A0I was=
 going to say "Bring it On!" but that has been used conspicuously in a less=
 happy context so I guess I'll just say, "Welcome to the group!"


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