September, 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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    Office Development Lifecycle!

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    I'm listening to the latest installment of the Microsoft Developer Show on TPN , and this week Nick spoke with Coatesy and Paul Stubbs about developing applications that integrate with Office. What's really interesting about the conversation the guys...
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    Marketing Pics...Where Do They Get This Stuff!?

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    I got this email about an internal update for Office 2007 , so I went to the site to download/install it, and they have this picture on the front page: Now I'm working in Franky's office today, and so I looked at him, I looked at me, and thought, we don...
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    VIA Mini-ITX, a Paper Clip and 12V Power! We're At First Base!

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    OK, so I’ve been sitting on this VIA board from MEDC for the past few months, waiting for TechEd and other things to subside, which they have, so I got cranking on my project . Now, my initial idea was to build an in-car media studio, something capable...
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    MrDotBoto [Day 25.09.2006] - Big Wheels Keep On Turning!

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    I arrived into the office today to find a pleasant surprise! My motors and wheels for MrDotBoto had arrived! Now this was not only a welcome distraction from having to do my expenses, but also a big part of the project, which is getting MrDotBoto mobile...
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    Better Code through Chunking!

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    I'm on a plane en route to Perth, and have just finished reading an article in Scientific American called "The Expert Mind". Essentially it discusses a theory employed by chess masters called Chunking, where instead of seeing a board as being made up...
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    I Already Know the Problems! Where's the Solutions!?

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    I got an email later today from Franky , telling me that the Microsoft Developer Show was back on TPN , and that their re-entry show was titled, User Groups R Us! . Now lately I've been working with a couple of new public technical communities , and some...
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    TechEd Nxt...It's the Hive!

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    I've been thinking about next years TechEd, and I've had an idea rattling around about how I would love to see TechEd Nxt look! So my idea starts with a slightly different taxonomy than the standard "track" system. It actually involves a more comprehensive...
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    MrDotBoto [Day 10.09.2006] - It's in the eyes Chico! They never lie!

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    On Friday I received my Serializer board , and today (Sunday), I decided to spend a little time on it to get it up and running at the very least. Now, the first thing you must realise about any of this stuff, is the mini-ITX board and the Serializer board...
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    Want to be a Tech Star? Don't Try So Hard!

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    I had an interesting email yesterday from someone regarding the MVP program. Now, I've had my views and opinions on the MVP program, and having been a fat kid in primary school (well, also most of high school too, but that's not the point!) I tend to...
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    Daily Developers...Coming Soon!

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    Franky let the cat out of the bag a little too early , so I thought I better clarify the current position of DailyDevelopers.com ! Essentially, I have the current Wiki (SharePoint 2007) hosted on our internal Microsoft infrastructure, just as a staging...
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    Frank Records A Blog! What tha?

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    I received my Global Corporate Challenge e-Newsletter today, and had a bit of a look through, when low and behold...there's Franky ! And what's more, he had "recorded a blog" about his day with his pedometer. Now, I wish to draw your attention to some...
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    More Marketing Pixtabation!

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    Franky sent this pic through this arvo, and I had to get on it! Now, there has already been some activity on the web about this, but I have to take a different view and ask...What were they thinking full stop!? I mean, let's deconstruct this image and...
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    Damo Rocks Da' 'Rat!

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    I've been flat out hanging with Coatesy today, that I haven't had a chance to blog about my adventure on Thursday with Damo in Ballarat! Well, my adventure started out at Southern Cross Station , where I boarded the VLine train to Ballarat . Now, I've...
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    Moi, Robot!

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    I had the pleasure of presenting my first public session on Robotics to the very switched on class at UWA (thanks for the hookup Sarah ). Now, it's pretty much based on my own personal experience, so while it may not be a great reference or citation in...
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    Debugging your Consultants!

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    I caught up with Daz and Mitch yesterday for a quick coffee and chin wag while both Readifians were illin' in Melbourne, and we got onto the topic of training and getting the best out of people. We started chatting about the concept of chunking ( we all...
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    MrDotBoto! We have a heart!

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    I previously mentioned that I had my brain together for MrDotBoto (Edgar), but I now have a heart courtesy of James' hands and Franky's wallet ;) So what's the next step!? To put power to the little puppy. So I'm going to wire a 11.1V RC battery, something...
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    I've Found An Investor for MrDotBoto! His Good Self, Johnson Douglas!

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    I'm the first to admit it's hard to get decent sponsorship for new ideas, I mean, having to talk to VC honchos, or putting business plans together (bleh), so I was quite chuffed to receive an email this morning in my Junk Mail folder from none other than...
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    MOSSIG Looking Schweet!

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    Timmah pinged me about the new look MOSSIG website . For those who don't know about MOSSIG, it's a local (Melbourne) special interest group focused on Office System, but not only the development side, but also how to articulate the value of Office System...
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    The SaaS Bus! Get on Board! Stopping All Cash Pots!

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    First time I saw a presentation on SaaS (or to the uninitiated, Software As A Service) I thought, this sounds really familiar. In fact, it wasn't until I saw a few different SaaS presentations (like Nigel Watson's unreal TechEd SaaS presentation) that...
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    Perth and the Application Platform Contemplative!

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    I'm off to Perth again next week, and one of the sessions I'm looking forward to delivering is my "Designing Solutions for the Microsoft Application Platform". Essentially, I want to go through some of the main product families we have (Integration, Content...
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    The Ferdies! A Community Awards Program!!

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    I'm talking to Rob Farley (of "You could win from here!" fame) on IM about DailyDevelopers , and he has come up with an awesome idea; a set of annual community awards! I'm running with it, and am thinking the name, The Ferdies is a good frame for it ...
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    OzTFS.com! Go Grant!

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    I'm up a little past my bedtime, working on my Technorati Ego App (uses the Technorati web API to grab a bunch of stats on peoples blogs I rate my own against, and stack ranks them to see where I sit). Anyhoo, I got this email from Grant pointing me to...
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    The Ever Complex Kurt!

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    Kurt is a simple man, and therefor, likes simple things. He wrote a completely extensible, pluggable prototype of an runtime integration technology he calls ESB.NET. He requested a project site on CodePlex, they created it, he smiled. It's there now...
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    R.I.P Steve! You'll Be Missed Big Fella'!

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    Nothing more to say really, very tragic! http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200609/s17324...
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    That TechEd Pic!

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    Frank alerted me to Ben Barren's post with "that TechEd pic" of Tim and Ben from MOSSIG accompanying. Every time I look at this pic I think of what Tim and Ben's minds would have been like at the point where the photographer said "Cheese", a few thoughts...
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