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  • Blog Post: Blog moved to burling.co.nz

    When I first started at Microsoft I had my own blog on my own site.  However, after a few months I started blogging here anyway and removed the blog from my own site. Recently I've dusted off the old site and started afresh with a nice new blogging engine that I really like and with a nice design...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft Launch Events in March

    I got asked yesterday when we are having our launch events for Visual Studio 2008, SQL 2008 and Windows Server 2008, so I thought I should put the current dates out so you can pencil them in. We are going to be visiting Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as follows: Christchurch - March 11 Wellington...
  • Blog Post: Working with Microsoft

    I have a presentation that I've done a couple of times now about how to work with Microsoft including details of what the MVP and RD programs are and how they work. I just read Rods' blog on ConnectioNZ from last week (I've been on leave) and can't stress how critical his points at the end of that...
  • Blog Post: Off to Seattle, then traveling and then Tech Ed.

    Many of us at Microsoft are traveling at this time of the year. There are a number of conferences on that attract Microsoft employees from all over the world - there is the Microsoft Partner conference, which a number of kiwis from partner companies were at (I believe Gen-i , Provoke and Fujitsu were...
  • Blog Post: The sound of inevitability - help us help you

    It happens every year... Tech Ed sells out and we have lots of people who miss out on getting tickets. How can this happen? When tickets go on sale we blog about it , we note it in MSDN and Technet Flash Newsletters, and we advertise in mainstream media (ComputerWorld, etc), not to mention that...
  • Blog Post: Working at Microsoft and meetings

    A few weeks ago I came to the realization that at Microsoft we have relatively few meetings. I know - it is probably something I should have picked up ages ago, but its not until you are insanely busy that you notice it - or maybe I've just got a grip... Anywho, this one thing stands out as a huge...
  • Blog Post: Technical Briefings - over and out!

    I've just finished the keynote presentation for the Christchurch Technical briefings . Phew! Great to have that out of the way. I can now go back to normality ;-) The last few weeks have been great in many ways. I've now done my first ever keynote series, which itself has been a great experience. We...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server

    One of the cool things that you'll see in the Microsot Technical Briefings over the last couple of weeks is Windows Home Server . I sometimes get asked where to go to get more information on Windows Home Server. The places you should head to are: Microsoft @ CES. This is where it all began - the first...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Service pack 2 released - Vista devs rejoice!

    If you've been waiting for SQL Server 2005 to be released, well it is out now :-) When you install SQL Server 2005 on Vista, you'll be prompted to install Service pack 2 - only problem is that it hasn't been available - until today. You can download it here . I've taken to developing on Windows Server...
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