August, 2006

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My name is David Lemphers, and I'm a Senior Program Manager on the Windows Azure team, based in Redmond, WA, United States. I'm originally from Australia, so make sure you drop me a line and say g'day mate!

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    TechEd Was Great...But WTF Was With The Party!?

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    OK OK, so everyone is recovering from TechEd, getting back into the this and that. And while there has been much talk about the bits and pieces that rocked and did not, I have to say this, “Who was smokin’ ‘caine during the “Let’s plan a TechEd party...
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    Why Build Your Own Robot!? ‘Cos They’re Cool!

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    I’ve kind of outgrown the capabilities of my Mindstorm , and so I’ve decided to get into something a little more powerful! While I work my way through this, leading up to the VITTA conference in late November (where I’m presenting on building robots...
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    TechEd Dev’Shuttles

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    For all those who knew or didn’t know, Shuttle was down at TechEd Australia this year, and had put together a great deal for attendees. I know there are some of these machines left over, so if you’re in the market for a new box, have a chat to one of...
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    Blog Heartbeat

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    Anyone who regularly reads my blog, can pretty much tell what mood I’m in based on the feel of my posts. It really comes down to a couple of things, specially, language. And then I was talking to Franky this morning, and when he gets angry, he blogs...
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    TechEd Conversations: BizTalk and TFS Builds!

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    I just caught up with Eric Lee and we spoke about the abundant (will expatiate on this in further posts) business opportunities that Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Team System have created since their release. But one that I really wanted to...
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    What is it about Haiku?

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    OK, so when I first sat down to pen my OOF a couple of weeks ago, something just grabbed me, and out flowed (from my pen that is) Haiku. Now, it seems I cannot communicate in anything but Haiku! So let’s try and follow the trail... My original...
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    Get Your Dev'Garten T-shirt at TechEd!

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    Check this out: Drop by the Dev'Garten area at Tech'Ed this year, and pick one of these hotties up!
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    Toast’zilla, Qantas Club and Me!

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    Do I have a social experiment far superior to Big Brother! The toaster in the Qantas Club Lounge! See, I think Qantas are missing a wonderful opportunity to partner with a local PhD student and conduct a mind bending experiment, the likes of which...
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    Social Networking and Change through Negative Hype

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    I just had lunch with Cam from Grassroot Networks regarding Entrepreneurialism and where the future lies for big innovation, and I felt compelled to recap some of the things that came to mind. The first was something I’m going to call Leapfrog Innovation...
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    Daily Developer Events

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    I’ve had some great conversations over the past few weeks since announcing my commitment to the Daily Developer Movement , and have decided to post some initial events that I want to get feedback on. These events are aimed at the non-technical skills...
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    S.W.A.T Teams and Software!

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    Have you ever wondered why some teams are able to achieve so much, while others struggle to get even the most basic tasks completed? I have, and the other day I was thinking, maybe it’s because most of us just don’t have teaming skills!? What fungi...
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    Vista Strangeness P1: The ALT key!

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    Just a quick one if Vista and Office 2007 are doing strange things. If you notice that an operation appears to hang (like updating your Rules or Signature), then press the ALT key, and sometimes (not all the time) it will produce the dialog box you...
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    SlamBall @ TechEd Maybe?

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    Dotti pointed me to this , and I tell you what, for someone who played 10 years of American Football, this hits my sweet spot! So what’s SlamBall? Well, it’s pretty much American Football meets Basketball. And the court is kind of custom...
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    Dev'Garten on the way to TechEd!

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    This week I’ve been busy getting my little baby ready for a trip of a life time. Yes, Dev’Garten has been de-racked, rebuilt, and will be soon packed away for dispatch to TechEd Australia 2006. After TechEd, it will be off to its new...
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    Rebuke Time Stealers!

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    It occurred to me today, that in the course of our work lives, we are continually faced with static and noise, that has little to no value to our end goals at all. It could be that 15th email in a conversation thread that has long lost its way, or that...
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    TechEd Attire...me no think so!

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    It has been brought to my attention via electronic correspondence, that this year, I’m required to wear the following if I am presenting on stage: Black trousers or Chino style pants are required – no jeans. Speaker shirt for Australia...
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    Announcing the Daily Developer Movement!

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    Following from my meme ( Franky skooled me today on such things) about TechEd (and conferences in general), I have decided to refocus myself in the following year. How? Why? Well, the why has become very clear to me. I’m going to refactor...
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    Could TechEd Be Bigger and Better!?

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    I’ve got a big mouth, and sometimes, I just can’t keep it shut. I also cause Frank alot of drama, so when I heard the latest stats for TechEd, I decided to keep two traditions going strong…mouth, give me all you got! So what’s...
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    Get Skooled 2006'ya!

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    For all the students and faculty out there, make sure you register and get along to TechEd Student Day 2006. Let me break it down: Where? Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia When? Tuesday, 22nd of August, 2006 How much? FREE...
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