Darryl Burling @ Work

Thoughts and musings of the New Zealand Community DE

July, 2005

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    Starting a software company in New Zealand?

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    If you are starting a software company in New Zealand - Microsoft have a heap of resources available for you to get started in that will give you a serious let up in the world. Firstly - the Microsoft NZ Partner page has a heap of resources and links...
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    This is a cool keyboard

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    This is the second cool keyboard I've seen today.... have a look at http://www.artlebedev.com/portfolio/optimus/
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    Installing Kubuntu 5.04

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    When we went to the linux user group on Monday we were given Kubuntu 5.04 CDs (not because we were from Microsoft but because we just happened to say yes when offered one). I hear a lot about how Linux is easier to install today. I know it is true...
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    A couple more things....

    I'm wearing out my keyboard on my blog today... but I wanted to add one or two more... Rory has a great post on the fiasco around the Scoble/Ballmer interview and the Slashdot response . Dare also has some good comments about innovation and Microsoft...
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    AJAX - if you missed ScotGu's entry

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    AJAX = Asynchronous Javascript And Xml. Microsoft has a project called Atlas which will deliver some solid AJAX stuff to VS2005 via an addon pack. Things planned for Atlas include: Atlas client script framework ASP.Net Server controls for...
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    Palm OS is dead?

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    I'm a little slow (I'm sick) - so this probably wont be news, but with the annoucements by PalmSource this week many are claiming that Palm as an operating system is dead. Engaget started it by reporting that Cobalt (Palm OS 6.0) was dead and that...
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    Vista Beta 1 Released

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    According to MSDN Subscriptions page you can now download Beta 1 of Windows Vista from MSDN Subscriptions If you've got a subscription head over there and download a copy!
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    Off to Atlanta

    I'm about to head to the airport to catch a flight to Auckland. The goal is to get to Atlanta, but given the strikes at AirNZ long haul crew are putting us through - its a bit of a lottery. I understand that my flight to LA is oversold - so I'm probably...
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    Apparently we are welcome back!

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    According to the Wellington Linux mailing list archive we are welcome to go back ! It looks like our visit started some good healthy discussion in the group too. I suspect that next time will be lots of fun. Maybe those who weren't there would like...
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    Did I mention I had a tablet?

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    I'm doing a presentation in September that I'll need a tablet for so I thought ld better learn! So far I like it!
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    Guerilla marketing? - XBOX360

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    Check out this cool video of an XBOX 360 ad being put up opposite a Sony Playstation press event. How cool is that? BTW - this came from the blogs of Major Nelson
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    Handango and HP release the HP hw6500?

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    Handango and HP have released the HP hw6500 Pocket PC Phone edition in Europe and Asia according to an email I received over night from Handango. The hw6500 is a square screen device which sets it apart from the other Windows Mobile devices out there...
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    Bravo Steve Jobs!

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    I just read on Digital Media Thoughts about a kid who was killed because he had an iPod (whether this was what the attackers wanted is not clear) and - surprise! - the boys father received a consoling phone call from Steve Jobs! It guts me to think...
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    Longhorn no more....

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    Longhorn is officially to be named Windows Vista. It was announced yesterday internally and today externally. View the announcement at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/jul05/07-22LHMA.mspx See - its coming! Start saving your pennies...
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    Escape from Yesterworld

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    There is a cool new SQL Server & Visual Studio 2005 launch site. Its got a movie feel to it (see if you can spot it). You can download wallpapers, ringtones as well as watch some great modernized videos. Check it out at http://www.escapeyesterworld...
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    Tech Ed NZ - SOLD OUT

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    If you were looking forward to going to Tech Ed but were procrastinating - you've missed out! Thats right! We've sold out of our 2000 Tech Ed 2005 tickets in Auckland! We've still got four weeks to go too! If you are really desperate I suggest you...
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    Qantas coming out of the dark ages

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    I'm in Sydney today and tomorrow and on my flight over I noticed that Qantas were changing their policy regarding devices with an "in flight" mode. Previously these devices (ala Pocket PCs and Smartphones in particular) have been banned from use during...
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    Back on a Pocket PC Phone Edition

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    I've been having problems with my smartphone and getting frustrated with T9 SMS message authoring, the minute screen, limited applications and so on. So I purchased an iMate Jam... I'll still use the smartphone, but not as often - the jam will be my...
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    Shareware Starter kit now available

    Matin emailed me to let me know about the new shareware starter kit . If you've been thinking about writing and selling some software but don't know where to start you'll want to check out this kit. Dan also gives a great overview of it that should...
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    Tech Ed - sign up while you can!

    We are now at over 60% capacity for Tech Ed 2005 on August 29-31 in Auckland. That is over 1200 people of a possible 2000 people have now fronted up with a registration fee (or their employer did :-) ). Its starting to look like we will sell out well...
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    Want to learn all about VS2005 but dont know where to start?

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    If you want to get a step up into Visual Studio 2005, .Net 2.0, ASP.Net 2.0, and all the other cool features that are coming up in the next release of the Microsoft development platform, then you'll want to head over to the New Zealand evaluate site and...
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    Need more buttons on your Pocket PC?

    One thing I loved about my HTC Harrier (and the same applies to the PDA2K/HTC Blue Angel) was the number of buttons it had. It had nine (count em - nine) hardware buttons including useful things like start and OK. In addition to that it had the keyboard...
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    .Net User Group and resources

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    We had a great night last night at the Wellington .Net User Group. We had 50 people turn up to listen to talks on Visual Studio Team Suite, AJAX.Net and Developing for Windows Media Center. After my talk last night I thought I'd put up a list of the...
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    SQL Upgrade Advisor now available for free download

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    If you've got a SQL 2000 solution in place somewhere and are looking to upgrade it to SQL 2005 in the near future, then there is a solution to help you do this now. Its called the Upgrade advisor. Its been through some serious changed due to some great...
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    SPB software - get it at 20% off!

    I've Been a great fan of SPB Software for ages. They make some of the best software around for the Pocket PC. If you've been wanting some great software for your Pockets PC or phone Edition head over to geekzone for 20% off SPB titles until the end...
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