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  • 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: Adam Cogan on Performance Point Server

    Adam Cogan (Regional Director and MVP from Australia) is in New Zealand this weekend for the Boot Camp in Christchurch. If you dont get to boot camp, but you want to get along to see what he's been up to with Microsoft Performance Point Server , you can catch him in Wellington at the SQL Server User...
  • Blog Post: User group events this week

    Well, its another week with several user groups on. Tomorrow night (Wednesday) the Auckland CBD .Net user group is meeting at Microsoft (22 Viaduct Harbour) at 6pm. Andrew Tokeley will be repeating his excellent Dynamic Data Controls talk from Tech Ed. If you've been at one of my sessions on my tour...
  • Blog Post: Auckland SharePoint user group tomorrow night

    Also - just a reminder for those of you in Auckland who are interested in Sharepoint - the first ever Auckland Sharepoint user group kicks off tomorrow night - October 10. You'll want to be at Microsoft at 4pm. Details follow: Microsoft, Level 5 22 Viaduct Harbour Auckland Head around the corner to the...
  • Blog Post: Promoting your user group

    The following post was written by Rodney Lake. Rodney runs the .Net User Group in Tauranga, and recently had 54 people attend one of his user group meetings due to smart promotion. He shares his tips for you here. Promoting a user group One way to recognise a healthy user group is to see how many...
  • Blog Post: Lots of User Groups this week!

    I was just looking at the user group schedule around the country and there are lots on this week. Just tonight there are the following user group meetings: Auckland SQL Server User Group Wellington SQL Server User Group Wellington Office User Group Wellington Sharepoint User Group Wellington .Net User...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash - Silverlight, Rugby and Visual Studio 2008

    I know - the last one only just came out yesterday. I'll blame the spam legislation :-) Here is this weeks - should be in your mail box Friday or early next week. Silverlight, Rugby and Visual Studio 2008 Silverlight 1.0 is out! The final release of Silverlight was announced a couple of weeks ago...
  • Blog Post: Continuity, speakers and good running.

    The following post was written by Kirk Jackson who leads the Wellington .Net User Group. Kirks group is one of the most consistent and well run groups in New Zealand. Continuity, speakers and good running I organise the Wellington .NET user group, and over the past 5 years we have had about 45 user group...
  • Blog Post: Starting a user group (Lessons learnt)

    The following post was written by Chandima Kulathilake who was one of the founders and is a leader of the Wellington Sharepoint User Group. Starting a user group (Lessons learnt) Darryl from MSFT NZ sent a few of the New Zealand User Group leads an email the other day asking if we could come up with...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blogging - Starting and running a User Group

    We've got some smart people running User Groups in New Zealand. They have been running user groups for a variety of periods from several years to several months, but they are all smart, hard working people who know how to start and run these groups well. I've asked some of them to share their knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Community Leader of the Year

    The user group leaders in New Zealand do an outstanding job. These are the people who out of passion for technology start and/or run a user group in New Zealand. Month in and month out they organize venues, speakers, beer, pizza, mailing lists, attendees, prizes and a host of other things just to enable...
  • Blog Post: My User Group Tour kicks off... here is my schedule

    Next week my User Group Tour kicks off. This is the first one since last year , and I have more user groups to go to now too. I'm presenting on Visual Studio 2008 which is due to RTM late this year and launch next March. Title: A Lap around Visual Studio 2008 Abstract: Explore all the new Visual...
  • Blog Post: User Group Meeting at Tech Ed Today!

    Rodney Lake has organized a last minute User Group meeting for anyone interested at 4pm today at TechEd. If you are around, come to the Milford Room on Level 4 (its down the corridor in behind the stairways where the "Sponsors Rooms" sign is). The session is a round table open discussion with the...
  • Blog Post: Day of Code will rock!

    Kirk and the guys have done a great job of promoting the Day of Code and with the fantastic speakers they have, why not?! One of the sessions I'm looking forward to is Tony Goodhew talking about how we build Visual Studio - that will be something different and should be interesting. Mahesh is also doing...
  • Blog Post: Day of Code

    I've been bad to my good community peoples and haven't posted about this (sorry guys), although Nigel did (thanks Nigel!). The .Net User Groups are having a day of Code the day before Tech Ed at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland. This is a free event (registration required) where you can hear...
  • Blog Post: Sharepoint User Group - Wellington

    Chandima has posted the details of the Sharepoint user group that is on in Wellington on Wednesday night. The Sharepoint user group is one of - if not the biggest Microsoft oriented user group in New Zealand that I'm aware of. If you are interested in a great networking and educational event around MOSS...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash - WGA, Early Bird and User Groups

    There is alot I want to tell you about this week. I want to let you know about some important changes in WGA, something you probably didn’t know about TechEd Early Bird registration and introduce you to the .Net User Groups in New Zealand. Firstly - Windows Genuine Advantage or WGA for short. With Windows...
  • Blog Post: SQL User Group Meeting tomorrow

    In case you missed the announcement tomorrow there is a SQL user group meeting in Wellington. The speaker is Patrick O'Keeffe from Quest Software in the States. Patrick is a good overseas speaker who has spoken at Tech Ed in Australia in the past. His title and abstract is: "Making Sense of your SQL...
  • Blog Post: Novell Users International

    Last night myself and Brett Roberts went along to the Novell Users International meeting (aka Novell User Group) in Wellington. It was a great night. I nominated Brett to speak - he's spoken at Linux World in Australia, so he's a great candidate for it. The slide deck was short (7 slides) and focused...
  • Blog Post: .Net Code Camp - Architecture for developers

    If you didn't already know the .Net User Groups are holding their next code camp in Auckland on April 14-15. The theme is Architecture, Patterns and Practices. Even if you are not an architect this event will give you a great opportunity to improve your coding skills and help you step up a level. There...
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