Darryl Burling @ Work

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    Steve Ballmer in New Zealand

    Today many of us Wellington 'softies flew to Auckland for a VIP visit. Now that its over we can reveal who it was - Steve Ballmer! Steve is in New Zealand for a family holiday and was able to spend a day in Auckland with a few customers and press and...
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    Ever wondered how much managed code Microsoft uses?

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    Dan Fernandez has announced he's changing jobs , which is of course interesting in its own right - but at the bottom of his post he's put up some interesting stats. These stats were published internally a couple of months ago, and Dan got permission...
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    Want to speak at MEDC?

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    Mike Hall points out that calls for papers for MEDC is now open. MEDC is the Microsoft Mobile and Embedded Conference in Las Vegas on May 8th-11th. Given that we have two MVP 's in Mobile Devices ( Mauricio & Chris ) and a well known Tablet...
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    Receive NZ headlines in Visual Studio 2005!

    This is something I've been working on for a while and it finally works! If you live in New Zealand, we can let you know of New Zealand news and events, etc that are coming up that you might be interested in from inside Visual Studio 2005. So -...
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    MIX - Microsoft Web Developer Conference - March 2006

    If you missed out on PDC and are particularly interested in web development then you might be interested in attending MIX . Not as many seats as PDC, but it will have keynotes, presentations, discussions and labs. Registration is now open - if you...
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    MSDN Subscription - too many disks?

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    If you've been frustrated by the sheer number of DVD's or CD's in your MSDN Subscrition, I've got some interesting news for you. We are taking some products out. As an outcome of the agreement between Sun Microsystems and Microsoft, products containing...
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    VB6 to VB.Net 2005 Upgrade Guidance

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    The Patterns and Practices guys have released a VB6 upgrade guide . This is a new guide - here is an extract from the overiew: The purpose of this guide is to provide this comprehensive guidance. The guide discusses everything from the initial assessment...
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    More great learning resources

    We updated the Microsoft New Zealand MSDN site the other day and trimmed some of the bits and pieces in the learnVS2005 page. But the developer marketing team have just put up a great article with a few more things in it including webcasts and free...
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    NZ Launch Wrap up Evaluations - Thank you!

    Nigel has blogged on the launch evaluation statistics. I.e. what you thought of the launch event. Nigel blew us all away and scored the highest overall session scores (although I pipped him on the best speaker score). Still on the topic of Launch...
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    Foldershare - this is cool

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    I've been using Foldershare for a few days just to sync a few files between work and home and my initial impression is that it's really cool! I set up a single directory on my computers to sync, put some files into them and watched as they were syncronized...
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    Mobile Data with VS2005 and SQL 2005

    Since there was some local discussion about data and mobile devices today, I thought I'd point out that there is an MSDN Webcast coming up next week on Developing a SQL Mobile Application with Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005. Registration and...
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    MSDN Connection Welcome Kits

    If you've joined MSDN Connection in New Zealand since the program relaunched in October and you were approved into Silver, Gold or Platinum tiers, you might be wondering where your welcome kit is... The short answer is they've been wating on me to...
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    Want to develop with the Live API's?

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    MSN apps are slowly being rebranded to live . If you didn't already know - lots of these apps have API's that you can use to write Applications with (e.g. Search , Messenger and Virtual Earth to name a few). If you want to learn how to write code against...
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    Napier Launch

    The last Regional User Group launch tour session was run yesterday in Napier. They had more tha 15 people in attendance which is great for a first time group. The best part was that many of these people were not developers already so its great to see...
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    Launch through Tauranga

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    Chris visited Tauranga last night. It seems like they gave him all the hard questions - Chis indicated that the questions he got there were some of the more advanced ones so far on the tour . Tauranga has a regular user group which we slotted into for...
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    Hamilton Launched!

    At lunchtime today Chris presented Visual Studio and SQL Server 2005 to more than 30 people at the first ever .Net user group meeting in Hamilton. Hayley Smith did a great job of organising this event and I believe there is interest in having more regular...
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    Nelson Launch

    On Monday Chris visited Nelson as part of the Regional user group tour on Monday. I understand that there were lots of questions and eveyone learned something they didn't already know. Daniel Ballinger organized the group and had almost 20 people attend...
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