Darryl Burling @ Work

Thoughts and musings of the New Zealand Community DE

February, 2008

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    Changes in DPE (and a new blog to follow)

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    As you may know Sean has moved on to Redmond which means we have a new manager here in DPE New Zealand. Scott Wylie is now the Director of the Developer and Platform Strategy team here in New Zealand.  Scott has been in Microsoft New Zealand for...
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    Sharepoint User Group

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    I just got an email from Chan regarding the Sharepoint User group in Wellington this week.  There are some nice add-ins to Sharepoint around, and one of them is the Community Kit for Sharepoint - which Zac has been involved in building.  Details...
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    A more open Microsoft

    One of the big changes over the last few years at Microsoft has been openness.  That is openness about interconnecting with other systems (i.e. non-MS systems), openness with regards to file formats and openness with regards to working with other...
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    End of the road (trip) - Invercargill

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    Today we are in Invercargill.  Today is the last day of our Road Trip.  Today is kind of a sad day. We've had a great time driving around the country presenting on Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008.  I think those...
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    Day 11 - Dunedin

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    Last night JB and I flew down to meet Chris in Dunedin.  In retrospect, we could have gone down this morning, but it translated into a good sleep in this morning, and we are safely in the town we need to be in and not at the mercy of the airlines...
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    Day 10 - Christchurch

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    This morning we woke up in the middle of nowhere, with no mobile coverage, no telephone and lots of distance between us and civilization - a geek's worst nightmare.  We were of course in Maruia Springs Thermal Resort in Lewis Pass.  Chris is...
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    Nelson to Christchurch

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    Last night we took the ferry to the South Island at 6:15 (give or take 30 minutes for a delay).  We it was dark when we got to Picton, which meant we got to take some photos during sunset in the sounds which was pretty cool.  When we got to...
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    Wellington done - South Island - Here we come!

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      Today the boys did their presentation to our home town of Wellington.  It went well and was generally enjoyed by everyone.  The Paramount was a fantastic venue and we had heaps of capacity so even though we  had hundreds of registrations...
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    Day 7 - Palmerston North

    Jeremy and Chris are both really looking forward to Wellington tomorrow - it is our home town, and we are expecting the biggest (and best?) audience at a very cool venue - the Paramount Picture Theatre. Today however, we are in Palmerston North. After...
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    Day 6 - Napier

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    We started the week at 7am by driving from Wellington to Napier.  It was pouring rain in Wellington - but the rain eased and cleared once we got through the Waiarapa. It was funny driving through my home town, Dannevirke, and pointing out one or...
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    Day 5 - New Plymouth

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    The road between Hamilton and New Plymouth was interesting.  There is little to no cellular coverage for about an hour and a half - which made us techies feel quite isolated.  We particularly felt for the owners of the petrol station at Awakino...
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    Rotorua and Hamilton

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    Wireless (even GPRS) sucked badly in Rotorua, so we were unable to post much.  First thing in the morning Chris and his brother went mountain biking in Redwood forest, while JB and I slept in (I went for a run), got breakfast, caught up on email...
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    Day 2 - Tauranga

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    We made our way from Auckland to Tauranga today.  No dramas with the location this time (phew!), and we started making stops and taking photos along the way.  We stopped in Paeroa and Waihi to take some photos, grab drinks (you can't not do...
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    Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 RTM's

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    Today you should be able to download Windows Server 2008 from your MSDN subscription (you do have one don't you?) or TechNet Plus Subscription. This is timely, now we can tell people that they can go get the bits we are using at the road show! Hyper-V...
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    Auckland, done, coming your way soon!

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    Last night was a bit of an experience.  We jumped on the plane in Wellington to come to Auckland for the first leg of he .Net User Group Summer Road Trip trying to tote 30kg of computer equipment, managed switches and a heap of varying cables along...
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    2008 Summer Road trip - here we come

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    Hold on - we're heading your way!  The content is prepped, the rehearsal is done, we are on our way! On Monday the .Net User Groups kick off their summer road trip in Auckland.  I'm tagging along, so after Auckland we head down the country until...
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