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  • Blog Post: TechEd Technology Sneak Peek – tonight only

    This evening at the Sydney .NET User Group , in addition to the great session that Nick Randolph will be doing as well as the Demo Comp demos , we’ll be testing some of the cool RFID technology that will be in use at TechEd . Come along and be part of the crowd. Tonight, June 18 at 6pm at the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: WOW! It's the Technology of TechEd Track

    Following Kleefy 's not so unexpected announcement , I've taken over the Technology of TechEd Track for this year's TechEd Australia event. Here's the spiel that I wrote for the track. Come on a journey behind the scenes at Tech•Ed. This track will take you end-to-end in the technology deployed...
  • Blog Post: Lots of Pre-Configured Virtual Machines for You to Use

    Continuing the trend of making it easy to get your hands on a pre-configured environment to help evaluate and learn the new stuff, there are a number of great (and I mean this in several senses of the word) downloads available for you to grab and fire straight up. This is a VPC image that has been pre...
  • Blog Post: New Visual Studio 2008 Virtual Labs

    Back in June and July, I did a series of posts about the great Virtual Labs that are available for you to jump right into with no download and no configuration requirements. I posted about labs for: Business Intelligence Microsoft Search Solutions for the Enterprise Security SQL Server 2005 Upgrade VSTS2005...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Webcast: Building Spatial Applications with SQL Server 2008 (Level 300)

    The word's getting out there (a little too slowly for my liking, but anyway ...): SQL Server 2008 will have spatial data support built-in. The first CTP to have this feature enabled should be CTP5 (due out any day now). In the mean time, Isaac Kunen and Michael Rys have recorded a webcast with some great...
  • Blog Post: Office DevCons - Sydney (November 3-4) and San Jose (February 10-13)

    As I posted previously , Grahame Seach is pulling together the community Office DevCon in Sydney this November (3-4). The website is now live with the list of 29 sessions and speakers, information about the conference and the facilities, as well as a registration link. Sign Up Now! There's also another...
  • Blog Post: >L< Blogging!

    Via Doug . I've been reading Lisa's stuff since before she retired the whip (I've still got the notes from the conference I saw her speak at in, I think, 1993) and then her voluminous public output slowed to a trickle. Every once in a while another gem would appear and was as good as before but left...
  • Blog Post: Office DevCon in Sydney November 3-4 - Will you be there?

    Long-time MVP Graham Seach is organising an Office CodeCamp-style DevCon to be held here at the MS Offices in Sydney over the weekend of November 3-4 (that's closer than you think!). It will most likely be a free event and Graham is looking for expressions of interest from: Attendees; Speakers; and Sponsors...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - Microsoft Office Virtual Labs

    Today, a great series of labs for developing Office solutions, including a bunch of brand-new labs on Visual Studio Tools for Office. Microsoft Office Virtual Labs (from the MSDN Suite of Virtual Labs ). The 2007 Microsoft Office System delivers an entirely new level of programmability and extensibility...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - SQL Server 2005 Upgrade

    Today, SQL Server 2005 Upgrade (from the suite of Virtual Labs ) Step into a New SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Virtual Lab for Free It's simple-no complex setup or installation is required to try out Microsoft SQL Server 2005. In these labs, you will increase your confidence and reduce your upgrade risks...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - Business Intelligence

    There are some great resources available online. I've mentioned these before in passing, but it's worth doing a full series to highlight the this sensational set of virtual labs . Today, Business Intelligence . Step into a New Business Intelligence Virtual Lab for Free It's simple—no complex setup or...
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