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  • Blog Post: Change is Good - Change Challenges

    I've resigned from Microsoft, and will be taking up an A/Professorship in Services Engineering at the University of NSW . To quote one of my favourite blogger - James Hamilton - 'Change is good, change challenges, change forces humility, change teaches'. I am looking forward to the new challenge and...
  • Blog Post: My Dilemma at PDC and Sydney Film Festival

    The dilemma I always have at PDC and the Sydney Film Festival is - there are so many wonderful concurrent sessions - which one do I go to? this year - I think I've worked out a great formula that suits me - I'm sticking to the Advanced or Expert sessions. And so far, not a single dissapointment. Short...
  • Blog Post: Reflecting on the last 12 months

    In the last 12 months, I did a lot more business planning and management than creating architectural IP. I learnt many new things from my team, and I thank them for their patience and support - such a previlege to work with this team of extremely talented and committed individuals: Michael , Shane ,...
  • Blog Post: New FY Resolution

    ok, here's to FY09, wish me luck - my new financial year resolution is to once again blog regularly, documenting my learnings on this journey...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating International Women's Day

    FITT is running the IWD luncheon again - but sadly we missed out - as it was a booked out event way in advance - I think we'll need to lobby for a bigger venue in the future... in any case, a bunch of us got together for lunch today to celebrate - Bronwen even flew in from Brisbane ! - and Spider reminded...
  • Blog Post: On Facebook Finally

    I feel like a luddite to admit this - but I've only just registered on Facebook today! Despite the various invitations from friends - Gavin's even thrown a photo of me from Spain in there - I've resisted because: I'm a working mother of 2 toddlers - I don't even have enough time to sort through my inbox...
  • Blog Post: Newest Additions on my Book shelf

    I know, in this web 2.0 age, books seem to be incredibly old fashioned! I must admit I succumb to wikipaedia a lot more nowadays than the good old library... but every now and then, I get a gem! Nick has already picked up one recent addition - this is a great present from Greg . Half way through it already...
  • Blog Post: My Free Intellectual Property Sold Online?

    This came through to my inbox today via an alert service: " British Library Direct: Rigorous Evaluation of COTS Middleware ... Rigorous Evaluation of COTS Middleware Technology . Author. Gorton, I. Liu, A. Brebner, P. Journal title. COMPUTER -IEEE COMPUTER SOCIETY- ..." Wow, it'd cost about AU$30 to...
  • Blog Post: Looking to The Year 2012 as My Next Challenge

    The ICT industry is at an inflexion point. My career is at an inflection point. Looking at the various enterprise challenges of application integration, business process orchestration and management, services governance, etc there is no doubt still an abundance of interesting architecture problems to...
  • Blog Post: Warren Centre Innovation Lecture 2007 - Dr Chris Nicol

    I attended the Warren centre 2007 Innovation lecture given by Dr Chris Nicol. I've known of Chris for 15 years, right from the UNSW days at the VaST lab, I think I still have his lecture notes on VLSI design on my shelf somewhere! Chris delivered an inspiring lecture. It was a good story about his journey...
  • Blog Post: Nerds FC II is now on SBS

    Season II on SBS again, we firstly watched my cousin Johnny Truong (AstroNerd) from Season I , followed by the new series, where Chris Anderson , albeit a 28th year old, made it through the audition... Chris tells me that he found out about the audition from my blog, he now also has a Nerds FC website...
  • Blog Post: SBS respects Web 2.0 Phenomenon

    One of my all time favourite "The Movie Show" from SBS has not been on air for a while, and a quick look up online reveals this: nice to see SBS acknowledges key web 2.0 characteristics: 'Consumer becoming Producer of Content' and 'Merging Brand Experiences across multiple platforms'.
  • Blog Post: Beijing 2008 Olympics Torch Relay Map

    Love the look and feel of this Silverlight application on the Beijing Olympics site ... time to get in touch with my distant Chinese relatives and figure out how to get some Olympics tickets!
  • Blog Post: International Women's Day - FITT Luncheon 2007

    It's been a year since the last International Women's Day luncheon where Sen Helen Coonan spoke . Unfortunately, with the mad workload recently, I didn't get around to organising a table for the female architects that I know and work with this year. To make up for my sins, I'll share my key learnings...
  • Blog Post: Empowering the Individual

    Now that Frank is no longer my direct manager, I can only pick his brain over lunch hours. I asked him about his lessons learnt on being an award winning people manager one lunch time this week. His response was: "invest in the people, make sure they have a career path, make sure they are happy, empower...
  • Blog Post: Ways of Building a Career

    I've been very priveleged to have a number of great mentors in my life. One of them is Len Bass . We caught up over lunch today, and we were talking about 'building a career'. As usual, Len had some great wisdom to share with me. He said: "You basically have a number of options in building a career:...
  • Blog Post: Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2 in Sydney

    traffic was so bad across the Sydney Harbour Bridge this morning - I think everyone was slowing down to get a glimpse of the Queen Mary II ! Patrick got up early with Kai to drive out to the Sydney Harbour to see QM2 arriving this morning at 6:30am, and we're off to a friend's apartment at Kirribilli...
  • Blog Post: Housewife no more

    I've had a couple of weeks leave, staying home looking after the kids, doing home improvement, cooking, cleaning, shopping, things like that. Patrick is very glad that I'm back to work. He is not only glad that I'm back to earning my own income, but doubly glad that I am no longer a fulltime Mum/Housewife...
  • Blog Post: Sea Bass, Dungeoness Crab, Giant Scallops and Fatty Salmon!

    Yes, for my indulgence in some of my absolute most fav yummy pacific northwest seafood, I'm paying for it in bucketloads now... got a dose of bad seafood poisoning! Luckily, thanks to my extended Microsoft family - Arvindra and Beat - they looked after me well and made sure my rash was suppressed with...
  • Blog Post: Why Do I Blog?

    A customer architect asked me why do I blog? I was a little caught by surprise, but a few things came to mind: 1. connection with the people I interact with, whether it's work collagues, customers, past colleagues, friends, and acquaintances that I meet at events 2. meet new people online that have similar...
  • Blog Post: Sleepless in Seattle

    just flew into Seattle Tacoma international airport. Wow, despite a relatively hassle free travel for the last 24 hours, my head is pretty cloudy right now... staring at the pretty snow outside is all my head is good for right now! let's hope I'll have a good sleep tonight before the action at Strategic...
  • Blog Post: Research and Fabricated Complexity

    I had the privelege to meet Willy Zwaenepoel on Thursday at a USyd seminar . He is one of the distributed systems engineering legends that I really looked up to during my PhD research days, and heavily referenced his great works. He was not only an inspirational researcher and speaker, he was also a...
  • Blog Post: What a week!

    What a week it's been... I've a huge backlog of blog posts I want to do, and I simply have been having too much fun meeting all sorts of people this last week to have a free moment to sit down and blog about some of these wonderful experiences... So I'm finding myself breaking this rule - I'm blogging...
  • Blog Post: Nerds FC - Audition for Season II

    I received an email from my cousin Johnny Truong - his claim to fame is as the Astro Nerd on Nerds FC . "Hey all, Thankyou all for your support for me on Nerds FC. It was absolutely fantastic! And if it were not for you guys, there would be no way for the show to be successful as it was. And because...
  • Blog Post: Where are the Girlie Gadgets?

    As a mother with 2 young children who is also not all that into sport, I really don't care much for the various Sports scoreboard gadgets, nor do I have time for many of the games gadgets. There are however two gadgets from the Gallery that I absolutely love: Today Show Recipe Search Fetalculator So...
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