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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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    Summer Road trip - Auckland is full

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    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...
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    Home Server Draw - Hardware specs

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    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...
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    Summer road trip - update

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    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...
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    Help New Zealand students get into technology

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    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...
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    2008 Summer Road Trip - register now!

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    Register here - details below :-) The NZ community rocks!  As you probably know, we've got three big products coming out in the  new year (Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008) and the community is preparing to do a major...
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    Microsoft Launch Events in March

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    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...
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    Beginning .Net development?

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    In the deluge of email from the last week or two from corp around VS2008 (there was lots of excited emails with information about the new product in it), I missed one about the Express suite. The Express team have taken the Visual Studio Express site...
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    Visual Studio in Palmerston North

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    Given Palmerston North doesn't have a .Net user group (yet), I didn't get to present in Palmerston North when I did my user group tour.  So I thought I'd fix this before the end of the year. So - if you are in Palmerston North and you'd like to find...
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    MSDN Flash - Here comes the wave!

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    Last week Visual Studio 2008 was released to manufacturing . If you have a MSDN Subscription, you can download it now. Visual Studio 2008 will hit store shelves in late Jan/early Feb. In spite of the fact that Visual Studio has only just been released...
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    Random Stats

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    I was looking at my stats today from my blog and found some interesting things.  Note that these are only the last 500 visitors - so this is not necessarily a dead accurate representation of the stats. Firstly - Operating Systems: Visitor % Operating...
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    Geekzone live on Windows Server 2008 RC

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    On Wednesday Mauricio from Geekzone was up in Auckland upgrading the Geekzone server to Windows Server 2008 RC.  He posted a blog post saying he was live, and yesterday he did a report on the first few days . After the install he said:  My first...
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    Slides - Overview of Visual Studio 2008

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    Since I've probably done this talk to exhaustion now, I thought I would post my slides for all to get at. I've still got a few presentations left to do on this topic, once I've done them I'll try and post a screencast of the entire presentation and put...
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    Visual Studio 2008 RTMs - Get it now!

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    Yup.  This morning (PST time) Visual Studio 2008 RTM'd.  Its already on MSDN, so go get it.. Soma has the full announcement here .  Scott has a list of top features on his blog (along with the announcement of course). Oh - this also means...
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    Dead hard drive, dead power supply

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    I've had a tough time over the last week or so. Last Monday my Hard Drive in my new HP laptop died, taking all its data with it.  Fortunately, unlike some , I have been using foldershare (which has been down quite a bit lately) to replicate most...
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    VS2008 Screen cast #4 - Client Application Services

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    If you are familiar with smart clients, you'll know that they allow you to use the full capabilities of the desktop including the screen real estate and connected devices as well as allowing a richer user experience. We are continuing to build on our...
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    Visual Studio 2008 screen cast #3 - WCF & WF

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    In my last screen cast I showed how easy it is to use WCF in Visual Studio 2008. During my user group tour , I was asked whether we had done any work to integrate Windows Workflow with WCF. The answer is yes. In this screen cast you'll see how easy it...
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    Visual Studio 2008 screen cast #2 - WCF

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    This is the second in my series of screen casts of new features in Visual Studio 2008. WCF has been out since we released .Net 3.0 in October 2006, however, with Visual Studio 2008 we introduce very good tool support for creating, configuring, debugging...
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    C#3 features in .Net 2.0

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    In my presentation today at bootcamp I alluded to the fact that some of the C#3 features can be used in .Net 2.0. Daniel Moth (a developer evangelist in the UK) has done a couple of blog posts that have more details. Specifically he mentions that the...
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    Whats new in SQL 2008?

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    I had an email today that had a link to some "Whats new in SQL 2008" eLearning resources in it. These are Virtual Machine based learning, so you dont have to install SQL on your own machine to do it. There are three course: Clinic 6188: What's New in...
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