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Blog This!

The official blog of Ian S. Lindsay

What happened to the comments

If you are wondering what happened to any comments you may have posted, sorry, spammers attacked my comments and I had to clear them.  I initially tried to just delete the spam.  But there was too much and I just purged all comments.


A Good Days Work

Every once and a while you have a really good day at work.  Yesterday (4/29/2010), was one of those days.  Yesterday, the folk from my office installed a donation of Xboxes that we acquired at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.


This event was brought about buy Make Room for Kids (MRFK).  MRFK is a social media-driven fund-raising drive designed to bring gaming and laptops to sick children at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  In conjunction with the Mario Lemieux Foundation, MRFK started an initiative two months ago trying to provide games consoles to each of the transplant rooms.

When we heard about this initiative, Microsoft employees in the Pittsburgh office stepped forward in which they donated (10) consoles (that is over 1/3 of the local employees making this donation).  The remaining (14) consoles were provided through a combination of corporate matching, cash donations, and several donations across the company.

One of our guys, David Severino, went above and beyond.  David put the call out to Microsoft E&D and was able to secure two hospital kiosks, 50+ games, and 50+ videos.  He invested over 40 hours of his own personal time in setting up the XBOXs and coordinating this effort with the Mario Lemieux Foundation and Children’s Hospital.  (What a great guy!)

Here is the video from Children’s about the event:

If you are on Facebook, Check out Children’s profile here.

A huge shout out also needs Ginny of That’s Church fame.  Check out her blog about the day here.

Read the Press Release

So, what will we do next!!

Welcome to BlogEngine.NET 1.6.0

If you see this post it means that BlogEngine.NET 1.6.0 is running and the hard part of creating your own blog is done. There is only a few things left to do.

Write Permissions

To be able to log in to the blog and writing posts, you need to enable write permissions on the App_Data folder. If you’re blog is hosted at a hosting provider, you can either log into your account’s admin page or call the support. You need write permissions on the App_Data folder because all posts, comments, and blog attachments are saved as XML files and placed in the App_Data folder. 

If you wish to use a database to to store your blog data, we still encourage you to enable this write access for an images you may wish to store for your blog posts.  If you are interested in using Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, VistaDB, or other databases, please see the BlogEngine wiki to get started.


When you've got write permissions to the App_Data folder, you need to change the username and password. Find the sign-in link located either at the bottom or top of the page depending on your current theme and click it. Now enter "admin" in both the username and password fields and click the button. You will now see an admin menu appear. It has a link to the "Users" admin page. From there you can change the username and password.  Passwords are hashed by default so if you lose your password, please see the BlogEngine wiki for information on recovery.

Configuration and Profile

Now that you have your blog secured, take a look through the settings and give your new blog a title.  BlogEngine.NET 1.4 is set up to take full advantage of of many semantic formats and technologies such as FOAF, SIOC and APML. It means that the content stored in your BlogEngine.NET installation will be fully portable and auto-discoverable.  Be sure to fill in your author profile to take better advantage of this.

Themes and Widgets

One last thing to consider is customizing the look of your blog.  We have a few themes available right out of the box including two fully setup to use our new widget framework.  The widget framework allows drop and drag placement on your side bar as well as editing and configuration right in the widget while you are logged in.  Be sure to check out our home page for more theme choices and downloadable widgets to add to your blog.

On the web

You can find BlogEngine.NET on the official website. Here you'll find tutorials, documentation, tips and tricks and much more. The ongoing development of BlogEngine.NET can be followed at CodePlex where the daily builds will be published for anyone to download.

Good luck and happy writing.

The BlogEngine.NET team

Steelers unveil number 6.

Last night (August 11th), the Pittsburgh Steelers unveiled their 6th Super Bowl trophy at Heinz Field.  While Chriss’ uncle Rich and cousin Ryan were in town, we all went down to Heinz Field to see Art Rooney II unveil the new trophy in the Great Hall.

Additional photos here.