Share MotionBased activities on Facebook with MyMotionBased – Garmin Developer

 

We were quite impressed when we heard about the MyMotionBased application (requires login to view) for Facebook written by Matthew Underwood.

This application allows Facebook users to integrate their recent MotionBased activities into their Facebook profile and see their friends’ activities.

Here’s what the application looks like in my Facebook profile view:

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Share MotionBased activities on Facebook with MyMotionBased – Garmin Developer

Developer’s Guide – Google Chart API

 The Google Chart API lets you dynamically generate charts. To see the Chart API in action, open up a browser window and copy the following URL into it:

http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?cht=p3&chd=s:hW&chs=250x100&chl=Hello|World

Press the Enter or Return key and – presto! – you should see the following image:

Yellow line chart

Developer’s Guide – Google Chart API – Google Code

Also Google Chart C# API: First grab the Google C# API Wrapper source code. Then take and unzip that and open that project in Visual Studio and compile the DLL.

Dissecting ASP.NET Version 3.5’s Web.config File

 By Scott Mitchell

Introduction
In November, Microsoft released the final version of ASP.NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008. As discussed in An Overview of ASP.NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008, version 3.5 is not a major reworking of the .NET Framework. Rather, it adds new classes and functionality on top of the existing core.

If you’ve had a chance to check out Visual Studio 2008, you may have noticed that it creates a rather verbose Web.config file with a bevy of configuration elements not found in the more terse Web.config file created by Visual Studio 2005. Likewise, when opening an existing Visual Studio 2005 project in Visual Studio 2008, you are prompted with a dialog box asking if you want to upgrade the website to use .NET Framework version 3.5. If you click Yes, Visual Studio updates the application’s Web.config file to include the additional markup.

In this article we will examine each of the additional configuration elements added by Visual Studio 2008 to ASP.NET 3.5 applications. Read on to learn more!

Via ASP.NET.4GuysFromRolla.com: Dissecting ASP.NET Version 3.5’s Web.config File

How to determine your consulting rates?

For some good links on how to determine your rates check out these links.
- A Guide To Information Technology Consulting Rates
- Independent Consulting and Back Office Services
- Consulting Rate Worksheet

Here is how I came up with my rate

Step 1
Choose a target billable rate – for this demo we will say it is $65 an hour (going rate in the Chicago land area).

Step 2
Determine your current hourly rate.  This is your salary divided by 2080, total number of ‘work’ hours in a year.  Now you have a baseline for what you make now, including benefits.

Step 3
Now that we have our rate, we need to determine how much all our expenses are going to cost and subtract them out.

  1. 401k matching – lets say your company will match up to 3k a year (and you get the full matching).  At 3k a year, this is worth $1.44 an hour off your billable rate.
  2. Health insurance (cost if you had to buy it own your own) – lets say you need to cover you and your family, this could cost you about 5-6k a year.  At 6k a year, this is $2.88 an hour off your billable rate.
  3. FICA (Social security and Medical tax) – As a employee, your company will pay 7.65% for you, while you pay the other 7.65%.  So, at 7.65%, this is $4.97 an hour off your billable rate.
  4. Vacation/Sick/Holiday time – I assume that I am going to take 3 weeks vacation, 2 weeks holiday time, and 1 week sick time.

Step 4
Time to figure out your ‘actual’ rate after expenses
65 – 1.44 (401k matching) – 2.88 (Insurance Cost) – 4.97 (FICA) = $55.71

So, that $65 number is really more like $55.  So, if your salary rate is not at least $10 an hour less then the ‘actual’ consulting rate, I would say that it is not worth the effort.  For me, I don’t have to worry about insurance (on wife’s plan) and my company does not have any matching, so the only subtraction I have is the FICA expense.

So my actual rate calculation is really
65 – 4.97 = 60.03

Via Derik Whittaker