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    Powershell gadget and using WCS in the sidebar

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    Last night the guys from Mindscape unleashed their powershell gadget onto the world. This very cool gadget allows you to enter powershell commands into a gadget rather than having a powershell window running full time in the background. The guys have...
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    Expression Web to be available through MSDN

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    Soma has announced this morning that Expression Web and Expr ession Blend will be made available to MSDN Premium subscribers. Good news if you are part designer and part developer. This decision was based on your feedback, so keep it coming :-) Full details...
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    Congratulations new MVPs

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    In New Zealand we have two brand new MVPs as of last weekend! Mark Orange ( Intergen ) and Chandima Kulathilake ( Provoke ) have been busy in the Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server space for over a year now. Between the two of them they started the Wellington...
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    More NZ Sidebar Gadgets

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    There is lots of activity in the Windows Vista Sidebar gadget space here in New Zealand. There are a heap of significant organizations here that are working on gadgets right now that will be revealed in the next few weeks. For the moment though I want...
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    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...
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    VB6 to .Net resources

    I sent an email to a VB6 developer this morning to help point them to some of the resources we have available and thought I'd share it here. If you are a VB6 developer and have not touched .Net you might like to look at some of these resources and use...
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    .Net Code Camp - Architecture for developers

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    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...
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    Technical Briefings - over and out!

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    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...
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    Surveying in Virtual Earth

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    Many organizations now use polls and surveys to get information about their end users and evaluate how they are perceived in the market. Another common thing that surveys are used for is to gather demographic information. In Auckland there is some talk...
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    Windows Home Server

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    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...
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    MEDC Australia - Change of dates

    Yup, if you were planning on going to MEDC in Melbourne Sydney this year you'll want to check the dates again. It was to be on May 16, but it will now be on May 15. If you are heading over, try and spot me - I'll be there too! [Update: fixed the location...
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    Visual Studio "Orcas" March CTP now out

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    The March CTP of Visual Studio "Orcas" is now out. You can get the VPC with all the installed bits from here . If you'd rather install it on your own computer, the self extracting install is here . Full details of whats included can be found at the...
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    Build a simple store locator with Virtual Earth - part 1

    One of the things I've noticed is that most organizations are providing really basic store/branch/site locators with their websites. For most of these locations it means that There is no immediate recognition of of the site relative to the end user Reading...
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    Adding RSS to ASP.Net pages

    Dmitry Robsman from the ASP.Net team created a RSS toolkit for ASP.Net last year. Its a great little toolkit that makes adding RSS to your website nice and easy. I use it on a number of my sites, including this one where I take all my blog posts from...
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    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...
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    Adding ASP.Net AJAX to existing websites

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    I'm sure this has been posted a thousand times on other blogs, but I thought I'd put it up here anyway. If you want to add Microsoft ASP.Net AJAX (v1.0 RTM) to an existing website assuming you've installed the RTM edition you can do it by adding some...
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    Sidebar Gadgets - getting started made easy

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    We've got some great New Zealand gadgets up on the Microsoft NZ website now including ones from DigiRama, TrafficWatch, NZ Herald, ASB, and TVNZ (my personal favorite). These are all listed on here . If you've been thinking about writing a side bar...
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    Congrats Alex

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    Alex has blogged that he's had a baby. I spoke to Alex a few minutes ago and he was on Dad duties at home (chasing his son around the house having jumped out of the bath). All seems to be going well. He also said they've named their new son Hugh. Congratulations...
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    Technical training - with complimentary copy of Vista?

    Unless you haven't been paying attention, we've got some technical training coming up: March 7 - Auckland March 14 - Wellington March 21 - Christchurch You can head to the registration page and sign up now. What to know: It costs $199 to register You...
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    Vista video competition - with cool geek prizes

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    Geekzone has kicked off a Vista Video competition. The idea is that anyone can submit a short video of themselves explaining what they like about Windows Vista. I see there are already a few videos up there, but it would be good to see more. Prizes include...
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    Mark starts blogging (for the architects out there)

    Mark Carroll - cellmate, Liquidator, and local Wellington Architect for Microsoft has just started blogging. He's kicked off with a series of posts on Understanding Application Lifecycle management . If you are an architect or aspiring architect, you...
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    Building gadgets for Online and offline work

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    If you happen to be in Auckland this Friday, and you are considering building a Windows Vista gadget, you really should get along to the .Net User Group tomorrow night. Dr Neil Roodyn - the live developer MVP and Microsoft Regional Director from Australia...
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    NZ on codeplex

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    We have now got three projects on codeplex based on work started by New Zealand developers. What is Codeplex? CodePlex is Microsoft's open source project hosting web site. You can use CodePlex to create new projects to share with the world, join others...
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    SQL Server Compact Edition released!

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    Good news - SQL Server Compact Edition has been released. This is a new offering of SQL Server based on SQL Server Mobile that will run on mobile devices (Pocket PC and Smartphones) as well as on Windows XP and Windows Vista. From the download page: Microsoft...
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    Tech Ed - Who do you want to see in New Zealand?

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    I'm starting to think through speakers for Tech Ed 2007 and I'm interested in getting your help. If you could get any technical speaker in Microsoft to New Zealand who would it be and why? I'm expecting lots of requests for Bill Gates, but assuming we...
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