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  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia Partner Workshop Opportunities

    As part of TechEd in Melbourne and Sydney this year, we're looking for expressions of interest from folks wanting to run training workshops around the event. What we've got in mind is that organisations run half-, one-, or two-day workshops in the same city as the event, starting the day following...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia Call for Topics Coming Soon (but don't wait)

    UPDATE 2014-07-29 – Official call for topics is now live: http://techedcft.hubb.me/ By now, I'm sure you know that TechEd Australia is a different format this year. We're running essentially the same show twice in October – in Melbourne on October 7th & 8th, and in Sydney on October 27th & 28th...
  • Blog Post: Talking LightSwitch Shop with Richard

    While I was at TechEd last month, I sat down (twice) with Richard Banks and recorded an episode of Talking Shop Down Under about LightSwitch . Richard's been hoarding his TechEd recordings and releasing them slowly. This one came out today. Check it out .
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2011 Video Encoding Process and Status Update

    Update (12 Sep) All of the session videos are now up and the high-quality video files are linked to the thession pages - Step 11 is COMPLETE The encoding process is proceeding apace and last I looked, there are 10 sessions to complete encoding - Step 12 is 93% I now need to a final pass through...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio LightSwitch GDR for SQL Azure

    While we were at TechEd ( talking , by the way, about Visual Studio LightSwitch , twice ), the LightSwitch team released a GDR (General Distribution Release, aka update) to "resolve an issue encountered when publishing to SQL Azure" "This is due to a recent SQL Azure server upgrade which...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia Session Recordings and Decks

    Update 4 Sep 2011 - The videos and slides are beginning to appear on the Channel 9 TechEd Australia 2011 Site . Once again we've captured all of the main track sessions from TechEd Australia this year. We grabbed whatever video went to the screen and whatever audio went to the speakers. This means we...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia LightSwitch Decks and Resources

    My TechEd Australia sessions proved to be pretty popular and I had a great time catching up with people afterwards. The number 1 resource you need for LightSwitch is http://msdn.com/lightswitch Here are the decks: Introduction to Visual Studio LightSwitch DEV201 Advanced Solutions with Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch Decks from TechEd NZ

    I presented two sessions at TechEd NZ last week and I've attached the decks here for anyone who's interested. Introducing Visual Studio LightSwitch DEV203 Visual Studio LightSwitch Beyond the Basics DEV308
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia URL Lists for downloading Videos and PowerPoint Decks

    Update 2 - 21 Sep 2010 I've removed the lo-res wmv links because so few of them (<5) actually had videos behind them. Use the MP4 links for lo-res and WMV-High for hi-res. Update 21 Sep 2010 There are now also MP4 files available. These are lower resolution than the HQ-WMV files, and therefore...
  • Blog Post: Australian Tech.Ed Locknote Factoids

    This year at TechEd Australia (aka #auteched ) the locknote was delivered by Miha Kralj, Director in the office of the CTO. The session was entitled "How IT is changing us and our future" and was delivered using a very cool style called PechaKucha – 20 slides, each on the screen for 20 seconds...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia 2010 Call for Topics

    Once again I've been "blessed" with the content owner role for TechEd Australia 2010 which is on the Gold Coast from August 24-27. Our Call for Topics is now open (and will probably close around June 12). If you're interested in speaking at TechEd Australia (and possibly New Zealand ), please...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Sessions Posted and some useless Stats

    Sessions Posted The first pass of the sessions at have been posted and if you're a delegate you can login and vote for your favourite sessions (to help us with timetabling and room allocation). Your votes will be automatically migrated to your agenda when we finalise the time and room stuff. If you're...
  • Blog Post: TechEd ANZ Call for Content Closed

    As I said in my update , we've had an overwhelming response to our Call for Content for TechEd Australia and New Zealand. Submissions are now closed and the Track Owners are beavering away making final decisions about which of the huge selection of content they have to choose from they can actually fit...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Registrations Streaming In

    We opened the TechEd registration flood gates a couple if weeks ago and I've just been having a look at the registration data. Proving that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery , Here's a little teaser: Top 10 Names 1 David =2 Matthew =2 Peter 4 Paul =5 Daniel =5 Andrew =5 Richard =5 Simon =9...
  • Blog Post: TechEd ANZ Call for Content Update

    We’ve had a great response to the TechEd ANZ Call For Content we announced a couple of weeks ago. Here’s the submission count as of this morning: Track Breakout BoF Total ARC 4 0 4 AZU 2 1 3 DEV 25 4 29 DYN 3 0 3 MOB 4 0 4 OFC 31 4 35 SEC 2 0 2 SOA 2 1 3 DAT 12 1 13 UC 7 0 7 VIR 2 0 2 WEB 11 1 12 WCS...
  • Blog Post: My Spatial Data presentation at Ignite Spatial

    As I said in my MSDN Flash editorial , I had a great time presenting at Ignite Spatial last Wednesday – the atmosphere was great and the format was a lot of fun. I’ve popped the deck up on my skydrive and would love some feedback if you were there. Is this a format we should be adopting for at least...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Attendance Competition Winner

    As part of the lead-up to this year’s TechEd in Sydney, I offered a prize to the person who could come the closest to guessing the final attendance number (without going over). I had a larger number of entries than I expected and the guesses ranged from 2612 at the low end up to 3273. I know it’s been...
  • Blog Post: Find like-minded folk at Tech.Ed

    One of the three key themes at Tech.Ed in Sydney this year is Connect (the other two are Learn and Explore ). Connecting with like-minded people is a huge benefit at an event like this and you could set yourself up a complex contact management system, with lists of people and their interests and so on...
  • Blog Post: He’s Arrived! Andrew Parsons has Entered the Building

    Long time community guy, aut hor , gamer and geek Andrew Parsons has finally come onboard as our Academic Developer Evangelist, a role that’s been sorely missed since Tyson ’s departure a few years back. What’s more, not only has he arrived, he’s already blogging . Drop by and leave him a welcome note...
  • Blog Post: Demos Happen { Here } – State finals starting in Sydney tonight.

    This evening (Monday 11 Aug) is the first of the Demos Happen { Here } state finals. We’ll be kicking off at 6pm at Microsoft HQ in North Ryde. Subsequently we’ll be holding finals in the MS offices in Canberra - Aug 12 6pm Melbourne – Aug 13 6:30pm Brisbane – Aug 18 6pm Adelaide – Aug 20 6pm Come and...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Fever – Guess the number of paying attendees at TechEd Australia and Win!

    Now for a bit of TechEd fun. Maybe I’ve been on too many aeroplanes recently (in fact, I know I’ve been on too many aeroplanes recently), but after chatting with Ben, I’ve come up with a little competition (open to folks living in Australia only). Guess how many people will be at TechEd Australia this...
  • Blog Post: VSTO v3 Deployment Session

    I had a great time over the last couple of days hanging out with Christen Boyd and some of the other folk from the VSTO team here in Seattle. This culminated yesterday with a webcast of the session I’ll be doing here next week and then again at TechEd in Sydney. As promised, here are my slides from that...
  • Blog Post: New Australian Windows Mobile Blog

    Don Kerr and Rick Anderson are blogging now at http://blogs.msdn.com/wmoz . It’s going to be a great source for news and tips about the Windows Mobile platform if the first couple of posts are anything to go by. Of course, the lads have already blogged about the TechEd mobile virtual track . Subscribed...
  • Blog Post: How do you become a &quot;Successful Developer&quot;?

    Fin asked a few of us inside and outside Microsoft for tips in becoming a successful developer. I’m not sure that she expected the deluge (or verbosity) of responses – I think she only had about 300 words to fill in total – she asked 15 people so it turns out 20 words each was the target. I’m going to...
  • 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...
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