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  • Blog Post: Tech Ed and MSDN Unplugged update

    Sometimes it feels like we just live from one event to the next. So while we’ve now got the launch events out of the way, there is more coming – and we need your help to make them the best events they can be First up – we are getting underway with our Unplugged sessions again. The unplugged sessions...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Christchurch Embedded .NET User Group (EDNUG)

    Chris has blogged the details of the newest user group in New Zealand - in Christchurch - focused on Embedded development. The first meeting is next week - details here I have recently became involved in starting up a new user group within the Christchurch area. Andrew Leckie, Andy Scrase, Bryn Lewis...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations new MVP's

    Each quarter we award those who work hardest in the technical community with an award we call the Most Valuable Professional. These awards are given for the contributions made to the technical community over the last 12 months.  Contributions can take the form of blog posts, news group mailing,...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server User Group - Thursday

    Adrian just emailed me to let me know that Australian Peter Ward is presenting in Wellington on Thursday night: Peter Ward is visiting us from Australia and will make 2 presentations, with refreshments in between. Peter Ward is WARDY IT Solutions Chief Technical Architect. Peter is an active member in...
  • Blog Post: 2008 Summer Road Trip Prize Draw Results

    On Wednesday we drew the prize draw for the 2008 summer road trip. Jeremy took the data, imported it into SQL, did some code to match registrations and invitations to evaluation forms, then write a little function to draw someone from random from the list of entries. The prize pool was: Two servers with...
  • Blog Post: Road Trip Code and slides now available

    Many of you have asked about availability of the code and slides from the road trip, and the good news is that they are now up. Jeremy has the scoop along with instructions to build a VM for yourself. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: VS2008 blog on Geekzone

    Given that March is a big month here at Microsoft New Zealand due to the launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008, Mauricio decided to get a bunch of developers together to blog about some of the cool new features in Visual Studio 2008. The Visual Studio Blog is hosted on...
  • Blog Post: Changes in DPE (and a new blog to follow)

    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 longer than almost anyone else in Microsoft New Zealand...
  • Blog Post: Sharepoint User Group

    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 below: This Wednesday 27 th at Intergen at 6PM...
  • Blog Post: 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 technology companies. Others in the industry have...
  • Blog Post: End of the road (trip) - Invercargill

    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 who have come along have enjoyed the road trip...
  • Blog Post: Day 11 - Dunedin

    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 to get us there under time pressure, so all good...
  • Blog Post: Day 10 - Christchurch

    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 still not feeling very good, but he managed to find...
  • Blog Post: Nelson to Christchurch

    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 Picton we headed to a motel where we stayed for the...
  • Blog Post: Wellington done - South Island - Here we come!

      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 we didn't need to close it off. It was great...
  • Blog Post: 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 breakfast, we headed back down through Dannevirke...
  • Blog Post: Day 6 - Napier

    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 two features of the town along the way including the...
  • Blog Post: Day 5 - New Plymouth

    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... We also drove through a bug storm.  Jeremy...
  • Blog Post: Day 2 - Tauranga

    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 this in Paeroa) and take a look at the gold mine in...
  • Blog Post: Auckland, done, coming your way soon!

    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 with our laptop bags as carry on luggage on the...
  • Blog Post: 2008 Summer Road trip - here we come

    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 we get to Invercargill.  Full details, including...
  • Blog Post: Summer Road trip - Auckland is full

    Just an update - if you are trying to register for the Auckland leg of the 2008 Summer Road trip, it is now full - so we have closed registrations. If you are in one of the other locations - we still have room, so register today to go in to win one of the nice home servers . We've also got some software...
  • Blog Post: Home Server Draw - Hardware specs

    I thought I'd put up the details of the specs of the boxes we will be using and giving away at the end of the Summer Road Trip . To re-iterate - if you want to win this - you'll need to register and turn up and fill in an eval form on the day to be in the draw to win one of these puppies... ...
  • Blog Post: Summer road trip - update

    Over the last few weeks Chris and Jeremy have been working away behind the scenes to prepare the content for the road trip that will be coming in a few weeks time to a location near you. This morning they did the first complete run through to an audience.  We had a developer and a non developer...
  • Blog Post: Help New Zealand students get into technology

    Looking for an opportunity to help the next generation get a head start in technology?  Each year we run a global competition for students called Imagine cup .  Students get together and come up with technology solutions to a problem (or problems) they've identified. One of these groups will...
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