Darien's Dialog..

Not so everyday professional doodles... from an Application Platform Solution Specialist, currently based in Microsoft Brisbane

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“Darien recently returned to Australia joining Microsoft Brisbane in December 2010, after being based in Microsoft Malaysia for 8 years, and generally being based in Asia for the last 20 years. He has been involved in IT since his school days and holds various Microsoft certifications in Core Infrastructure, Application Platform and Database Technology. Additionally, he holds an MSc in Software Engineering from Staffordshire University. His current areas of expertise are the Windows Server Application Platform, Security and Enterprise Application Integration including Mainframe Integration. Darien is currently the Application Platform Solution Specialist for all things Microsoft, and when he’s not producing or mixing albums in his Windows-based digital recording studio at home, he’s helping Australia’s largest customers realise business value and improve their customers’ lives through Microsoft-based solutions and software.”

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    Behind the scenes at the TechNet MSDN Technology Summit in Malaysia, Kuala lumpur

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    After a spell of around two years, it was so great to be back at the TechNet/MSDN Keynote in Kuala Lumpur recently. Our theme was “ Spotting the Future ” and during the nearly 3 hour demo fest extravaganza it was our idea to show everyone how Microsoft...
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    URL SCAN 3.0... an excellent update

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    I've always been a fan of URLScan, originally part of the IIS Lockdown Tool, as it gave tremendous flexibility in URL filtering across different IIS versions that didn't have these capabilities natively built in. Sure, you lost a bit of performance running...
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    Where's my memory gone?...Got a 4GB 32-bit Windows System?.. Read on...

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    Here's a common question that we're having to answer with our customers over and over again. It's getting common because 4GB of RAM is no longer the big deal that it was a few years ago, and unfortunately with the extra memory comes extra overhead that...
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    Where's my hard disk space gone?

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    Ever find yourself asking, "Where's all my hard disk drive space gone?", and even more so, "Which application has stolen it?!". Well, guess no more... I came across this really handy free application called WinDirStat (you can download...
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    F5's "Pump It Up! Hi-5 2008" APAC Partner Conference in Malaysia

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    I was honored to be invited to present a speaking slot at the keynote of the recent F5 " Pump it up! Hi-5 2008 " APAC partner conference, held in the Westin, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I've always respected F5's products as being best in class in their field...
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    RosettaNet Global Summit & Conference in Penang, Malaysia

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    I was honored to be invited to speak for the RosettaNet Global Summit and Conference which, this year, was held in Penang, Malaysia. It was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, as well as make some new global acquaintances. I especially enjoyed...
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    Wonderful New Windows Live Releases!

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    It's been a big few days for the larger Windows Live team with lots of great releases that are really coming together to work as a whole. I've just upgraded my machines at work and at home, and I'm really enjoying all the new services. What am I talking...
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    Professional Audio on Windows Vista with Cakewalk Sonar et al.

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    After watching the Cakewalk: Making Music with Sonar video on Channel 9, I was once again inspired by the state of professional audio on Windows, and in particular Windows Vista. Audio engineers and producers alike now have a wonderful, robust, glorious...
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    Microsoft TechEd SEA 2007... "Thanks for the great sessions, guys!"

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    I just finished my Windows Compute Cluster Server session, and yesterday, my IIS 7.0 (and 6.0) Security session. I don't know which one I enjoyed more, revisiting my favourite topic of all time with IIS, or seeing the looks on everyone's faces when we...
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    Draft Slide Decks uploaded for my TechEd SEA 2007 Sessions

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    Everyone, here are the drafts of my slide decks for my TechEd Sessions. Please give me your feedback, because I can still change my sessions to incorporate your suggestions. This is the first year I'm posting my slides up in advance, so I hope with your...
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    TechED SEA 2007 Compute Cluster Server Session shaping up... thanks to HP

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    My Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 session at TechEd is really shaping up thanks to HP and some really cool hardware, their HP Proliant c-Class Server Blades . I'll be working to build a 4-node "Windows Supercomputer" to show during the session...
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    The Microsoft 'Quests'

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    You may have heard either Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer talking about something we call the Microsoft Quests. Essentially, this is our long-term vision on how the magic of software will help our everyday lives in the future. The quests are really broken...
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    Microsoft's TechReady5 comes to a close...

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    Just a quick note...I'm here in downtown Seattle and I've just come out of the final keynote for TechReady5, Microsoft's own "internal TechEd". It's been a great week with a wonderful look at all the technologies that we have, and a little of what's to...
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    TechEd South East Asia 2007 Coming Soon....

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    It's soon going to be TechEd time again here in Malaysia and once again I have the honor of speaking. This year I have two great sessions:- Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 (and 6.0) Security - This is my traditional session that I've been doing...
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    Microsoft.com running IIS 7.0 and Windows Server 2008 (Longhorn) now? You bet!..

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    I came across a CNet article talking about the microsoft.com team running IIS 7.0 on one of the busiest web sites in the world. IIS 7.0 is an amazing web server, and now with our "Go Live" license, customers can also run IIS 7.0 in production as of Beta...
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    Where are all those third-party analyst reports?...

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    I often get asked by customers for third party analyst reports on where we stand in the industry from an analyst point of view, and finally, we've put them all in one place up on microsoft.com. Just go to:- Analyst Relations - Reports, A collection...
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    Welcome "Windows Live" guy, Rohan Thomas to Microsoft Malaysia

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    I've always been super-passionate about the web, and for Microsoft, Windows Live is the epitome of that. Joining us last week is Rohan Thomas, former Singapore-based MVP, who'll be taking care of Windows Live out of our Developer and Platform Evangelism...
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    We live in exciting times indeed...

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    There are times when I'm really, really excited to be in IT (well, more so than usual); this week is one of those times. We have some spectacular technology coming out to really empower users to have wonderful collaborations with each other - and, at...
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    Microsoft SQL Server "Katmai"

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    This week we finally made some public announcements around the next version of SQL Server code named "Katmai". As you could all guess, we're leveraging the phenomenal success of "pervasive BI" that's happening around SQL Server 2005 and that's getting...
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    Microsoft Silverlight - just an alternative to Flash? Really?

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    With MIX07 well under way, there's been plenty of talk around the new Microsoft Silverlight , and quite a number of friends have been asking me, "So what's this Microsoft Silver-thingy all about; it's just like Flash right?". Interestingly, I've been...
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    Windows Vista (et al) Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool

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    I just came across this really cool tool for evaluating your broadband router for " Windows Vista Networking Coolness Support " (my term). I've forever had problems with my routers (mostly Linksys) for not support things like UPnP properly and now, finally...
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    TechNation Day 2006

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    Sometimes in IT we neglect to develop the most important skills of all; soft skills. For TechNation , the three technical communities in Malaysia ( mind , SPAN and Elite ), we decided to run a "soft skills" day and as part of the event, I was invited...
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    Presenting SQL Server 2005... in a cinema?

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    A couple of weeks back, I had the chance to present in a cinema; actually, it was Golden Screen Cinemas @ 1 Utama . We held a day especially for our ISV community where they had the opportunity to here about current and new technology, and how it can...
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    Compute Cluster Server Keynote Demo at TechEd SEA 2006

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    Just got my keynote photo from Michael Ang (our PR guy). Made me think that I should include some information about this amazing "Windows Supercomputer" Demo. Firstly, credit to Cornell-Waterloo Solution Labs, who built the Excel portion of this demo...
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    The enhanced state of audio in Windows Vista

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    We're doing some very exciting things in Windows Vista concerning audio. As an Audio Engineer, I can happily say that audio is no longer a second-class citizen in Vista. From the consumer perspective, just take a look at some of the features we're adding...
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