Breakfast Wednesdays


Kyle Humphrey

One of the first things I was told when I started here was, “Don’t forget your bagel day!”  For years, since the humble beginnings of XS, Wednesday was Bagel Day.  XS provided bagels for all of its employees, who rotated the responsibility of ordering and delivering them to the office. It’s a great way to build comradery and to bring everyone into the break room once a week for a chance to socialize.  Bagel Day stood for nearly 15 years…. But there was an underground movement to make Bagel Day something more.  What if it wasn’t just bagels?  What if, when your turn came, you could express yourself a little in the food you brought? There was a revolution.  Henceforth, …[ MORE ]



Ashley Smith

Slip on some khakis, pack a cooler, and REMEMBER your sun screen; today will not be an ordinary Friday afternoon at the office.  At 11:30 A.M., voicemails are turned on and computers are shut down.  My co-workers and I race to our cars and step on the gas.  Four minutes and ten miles later, the entire XS gang arrives at Lochmere Golf Course for the 2012 Annual XS Golf Outing. As I struggle to drag my clubs and cooler to my assigned cart I quickly remember two things, golf is a sport and I might sweat today.  Much like the majority of my colleagues my clubs are borrowed and I am far from becoming the next Tiger.  My first practice …[ MORE ]

.Net and Web Based Applications


Darren Patterson

Why use .Net to develop web based applications?  There are many good reasons why XS uses the technology that it does. Today, I will use this blog to explain the history behind how we came to use the technology we do. In the late 1990’s XS developed a web site called XSAg, which is still in use today, using Microsoft ASP or Classis ASP.  This technology was a real breakthrough during the time it was released because it allowed Visual Basic developers to develop web applications using a language they already knew.  Developing applications on the web really freed up the development process and opened the door to many new technologies that we all enjoy on the internet today.  The …[ MORE ]

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