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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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    Courtoons! See, Lawyers Are Worthwhile!

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    My colleague and fellow Windows Azure PM Matt Kerner put me on to this site: http://courtoons.wordpress.com/ Very fun cartoons related to Law/Legal subjects. My favorite (so far):   He he :) Technorati Tags: Funsies
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    Sofa Skirts… What’s the Deal?

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    So one of the things I’ve noticed since moving to the U.S is the complete obsession American’s (now, I’m being facetious, this observation is based purely on advertising) have with clothing you can wear while on the sofa/couch! First I saw the “ Snuggie...
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    Windows Azure: Settings Are Settings Are Settings..? Maybe Not!

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    So I’m back from Oz and have been tinkering with a small worker role app that grabs my Twitter feed and aggregates how many posts my friends have been doing as a scoreboard (I’ll post that tomorrow). One of the design decisions I’ve had to make has been...
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    Windows Azure - Accessing the Request.Url Property!

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    So I've blogged previously about a known issue regarding port translation/mapping in Windows Azure , and today (well, today and a few weeks ago) I came across an interesting side effect of this issue when accessing the Request.Url property within a Windows...
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    Windows Azure SDK on Windows 7 Beta!

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    So with the new release of our SDK and VS Tools and the recent release of Windows 7 Beta , some folks may have tried to run one on the other... Well, in case you have and are wondering why some parts don't work, or in case you haven't and were thinking...
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    Windows Azure SDK and Tools Refresh!

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    Today we released refreshes to both the Windows Azure SDK and the VS Tools for Windows Azure ! Windows Azure SDK (this has the dev fabric and local storage stuff) VS Tools for Windows Azure (this has the templates and integration functionality to connect...
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    Windows Azure - Sending SMTP Emails!

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    A question popped up today about sending emails from within the Windows Azure environment, specifically using SmtpClient . So, to cover off some basics: The Windows Azure environment itself does not currently provide a SMTP relay or mail relay service...
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    Windows Azure and Web Services!

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    So I've had a couple of questions about hosting web services (SOAP style services in the form of *.aspx pages in a Web Role or *.svc files in the form of WCF services) in Windows Azure, specifically, how to get them to work? Now, as I've mentioned before...
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    Cya 2008

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    Wow, so it's 5:38pm on Wednesday the 31st of December, 2008, I've just wrapped up some last minute posts and am getting ready to head home. What a year 2008 has been, just thinking back over it, it's been one of the most amazing years of my life. What...
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    Windows Azure Logs!

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    So I've been playing around with the logging capabilities in Windows Azure, and have some thoughts to get down. Firstly, Windows Azure provide provides an object called the RoleManager as part of its Runtime API . With the RoleManager, you can WriteToLog...
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    Windows Azure Storage - Queues [0]!

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    OK, so let's get stuck into queues ! Queues in the Windows Azure Storage service provide reliable storage and delivery of messages. There is no limit to the number of messages you can have in a queue, however in the current PDC release, any message older...
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    Windows Azure - Final Updates to PhotoStore App!

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    So I wanted to do a round out post on my little blob project, PhotoStore . Tonight I added the last bit of functionality which was to enable adding a description of the photo and storing it that against the photo as metadata. To recap, here is the functional...
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    Getting To My Sample Code!

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    So I didn't realize that marking my repo read-only to anonymous users, did not mean that you could not view the repo through Beanstalk's web front end. Instead, you'll need to connect directly to the SVN repo. To do that, you can either connect to the...
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    Windows Azure - End to End App Dev Journal

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    So after playing around with the blob storage a little bit, I decided to embark on a simple end to end project with the main objective of building some muscle around developing a Windows Azure application across multiple machines (working from the office...
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    Windows Azure Storage - More Blobs!

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    So in my last blob related post , I setup the code so that I could simply call the Create Container action on the Blob Rest API . My next step is to upload a picture file to that container. Now, you won't need to change much of the code, but as we are...
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    Windows Azure Storage - Exploring Blobs!

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    So I've been working through the storage services for Windows Azure (well, I've only just begun) and thought I'd walk through the basic steps to storing something in Blob Storage , first by using the local development storage service . Now, to get started...
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    Windows Azure - What Happens in the Data Center?

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    So I've been wading through internal documents, watching PDC sessions, and having 1:1's with the team, all in an attempt to get my head around Windows Azure . There's a lot of moving parts, and a lot of complexity as you'd expect, but it also makes a...
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    I'm Going To Be In Oz!

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    I'm heading back to Australia for some R&R, and work, and will be on the clock from the 16th of Feb, 2009 to the 25th of Feb, 2009. So, if you have: A Usergroup Meeting A Developer Event A Catch-up A Scheduled Dunny Break A Probate Hearing Let me...
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    I've Changed Teams... And Jobs!

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    So this Wednesday just passed I started my new job with the Windows Azure (formerly known as Red Dog) team. "You've changed jobs already !?" I hear you mumble. Well... yes. Let me explain'afy (can we still use Bush'isms?). So I used to be in the .NET...
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    For All You Godfather Fans!

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    Found this on the Interwebs today: http://www.kropserkel.com/horse_head_pillow.htm Now I just need to find myself a difficult movie producer ! Technorati Tags: Funny Stuff
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    Developer Starter Guide for Windows Azure

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    I just saw this on David Murray Miyamasu's blog : http://codedavecode.blogspot.com/2008/11/windows-azure-developer-starter-guide.html It's a guide for developers on getting started with Windows Azure, and walks through the pre-reqs for getting your environment...
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    My First NFL Game!

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    So on Sunday I was very lucky to watch my first NFL game (Seattle Seahawks), live ! Now, this was a huge experience for me, for although I was born and raised in Australia , at the age of 15, I made the switch from playing Rugby Union for the Melbourne...
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    Windows Azure (a.k.a Red Dog) Explained!

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    From Steve's blog , I just loved the simplicity of this: http://blogs.msdn.com/stevecla01/archive/2008/11/23/windows-azure-explained-in-145-seconds.aspx Stevo, any chance of seeing a few more editions to the series, I'd love to see similar ones on .NET...
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    Now That's What I Call A Data Center!

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    Check this out! The world’s most super-designed data center – fit for a James Bond villain I especially love the jungle themed NOC ! Noice! Technorati Tags: Friday Funsies
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    Day Job KPI Dashboard!

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    So I caught up with Vikram Bhambri from the Windows Azure team yesterday and we got talking about how to know if your day job was the right job? He told me about a simple "scorecard" approach he used. It is broken into four task categories: Heart: You...
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