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  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Readiness Events in Australia (and heaps more technologies too)

    Greg   beat me to it . The Australian Partner Readiness site has three great SQL2008 sessions listed SQL 2008 for Developers SQL 2008 BI - JumpStart SQL 2008 : IT PRO Admin : 1 Day JumpStart But that's just the start of it. Check these out: Application Platform & Windows Server 2008: 1 Day JumpStart...
  • 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: The Fishbowl Hits Keep On Coming

    More great work from the Virtual TechEd Team. Check out the new videos from the Fishbowl : Tablet PCs, Vista and Mobility Lee Williams and Craig Pringle from Gen-i discuss all you need to know about the benefits and added functionality of the new generation of Tablet PCs, giving you a better understanding...
  • Blog Post: More Virtual Tech•Ed Videos Published

    Just got a note from Zak - there are a bunch of the Fishbowl Videos posted on the Virtual Tech•Ed site as well as the NZ Tech•Ed Keynote with Lou Carbone. Highlights: Tech·Ed New Zealand Keynote Speech! In an increasingly generic world, where customers are fickle, margins are thin and profits are elusive...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - Microsoft Search Solutions for the Enterprise

    Today, Microsoft Search Solutions for the Enterprise (from the suite of Virtual Labs available) Step into a Microsoft Search Solutions for the Enterprise Virtual Lab for Free Enterprise Search Overview (Lab 1 of 8) Enterprise Search: Security and Compliance (Lab 2 of 8) Enterprise Search: Customizing...
  • Blog Post: Slide decks from the Hong Kong Roadmap and Futures Event

    I've just spent a couple of days in Hong Kong culminating in 3 presentations to VFP and VB6 developers about strategies for moving their applications forward to take advantage of the platform. The three decks are attached. I posted some of the sample code I presented in a previous post . In the afternoon...
  • Blog Post: Great Media Centre Resources

    Tomorrow, during the Melbourne leg of the ISV innovation days , I'm going to be talking about some of the sensational things developers can achieve using the plumbing Vista provides. One of the products I'm going to use to demo this is Niall Ginsbourg 's Big Screen Weather , a great Media Centre Addin...
  • Blog Post: IE7 Shortcut - Add a custom domain to a website address

    For a long time now, I've used the Ctrl+Enter shortcut in Internet Explorer (and many other browsers I've used) to surround a website name with www. and .com, so typing microsoft into the address bar and pressing Ctrl+Enter will take you to www.microsoft.com . Very neat, very efficient, saved me heaps...
  • Blog Post: Make and Mend Day - Installation, Configuration and Celebration

    I recently upgraded my Toshiba Tecra A7 to the RTM versions of Vista and Office 2007, and have been going through my list of things to install on a new machine to check that I haven't missed anything. In addition, I've been meaning to enable access to my TFS box via the internet for some time now, so...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Secrets

    Tim Sneath , one of the Windows Vista Technology Evangelists, has a great series going on his blog - Windows Vista Secrets. Being a keyboard kind of guy, I really like number 10 - Opening an elevated command prompt in 6 keystrokes . I particularly like his sub-tip about changing the color of the command...
  • Blog Post: Developer Tools Roadmap - Premier Account Briefing

    Update - Trouble seems to be publishing to FTP sites through my new ISA server at home. Presentation download links below. Yesterday, when I delivered back-to-back Premier Account briefings to around 120 folks, I promised that I'd post the presentation deck here today. The deck is here in PowerPoint...
  • Blog Post: User Interface Guidelines for Windows Development

    I get this question a bit, and it was asked again today on the Stanski list: "Where can I find UI guidelines for Windows Development?" Microsoft sites: For Vista: http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/uxguide (see also http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/prodinfo/top10/default.aspx ) For XP: http...
  • Blog Post: 3 Days Vista Developer Training for AUD200

    Update -You'll need the coupon code, which is VistaTDANZ As part of the Vista Readiness campaign, We're offering 3 days of developer training in Sydney, Melbourne or Auckland. The cost is AUD200 (or NZD230 for Auckland). The information page is here . Although it says you have to be an MS partner...
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