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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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    The Origins of Linux - Linus Torvalds Talk

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    I highly recommend this recording of Linus' talk as part of the Computer History Museum series on YouTube. It's an amazing recollection of how the Linux OS came to be, and for any true computer science geek, there is not only heaps of hardcore technical...
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    Building A VE Mashup in Windows Azure!

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    So I sat down today to hack out a little mashup using Windows Azure and the great data that is provided by San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) . Now, most Azure developers would be pretty familiar with the Web Role by now, and most mashup developers...
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    Azure SDK Samples and Run Elevated!

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    So one of the things you’ll notice on Vista is that when you open your sample projects from the Azure SDKs (any of the Azure SDKs) location under %ProgramFiles% in Visual Studio, if you don’t have VS setup to run elevated (run as Administrator), you’ll...
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    Azure Services First Steps Guide!

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    Jenny Lo from the .NET Services team has a great post up on how to get your first Azure app up and running. http://blogs.msdn.com/jennylo/archive/2008/11/04/a-step-by-step-guide-from-creating-a-net-services-solution-to-running-the-multicast-sample.aspx...
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    I Found An Old, Old, Outlook Form in my new Outlook!

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    So I’ve never come across this before: Now, the fact that I’ve never seen it before is not the fact that caught my attention, it’s that the form clearly hasn’t seen the light of day for some time. If you look at the UI/UX design, it seems to be a carry...
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    Is Azure Driving You Nuts!?…

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    So one of the things I’ve noticed recently as I try and get my leg over all the Azure Services Platform bits, is… it’s hard work! Now, at the risk of sounding like a punce, I find a couple of things hard to swallow with the developer on-ramp process:...
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    PDC 2008 Sessions Now Available on C9!

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    If you weren’t able to make it to PDC 2008 this year, or you did but had session conflicts, then you can check out the recordings of many of the sessions on Channel 9. http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/ For those with an interest in Azure Services Platform...
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    How Can I Get A Azure Services Platform Token?

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    So many folks are asking, “How do I get a token for Azure Services Platform?” You will need to go to the Microsoft Connect site and register: Register for Services Because this is a CTP, there might be a slight wait (as in hour, days, weeks) for your...
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    Azure Services Training Kit!

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    If you want to get up to speed quickly with Azure Services Platform, make sure you check out the training kit: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=413E88F8-5966-4A83-B309-53B7B77EDF78&displaylang=en This has a bunch of great content...
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    Day 1 PDC – Waiting to Exhale!

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    Jeez, now I know how Whitney felt! After what feels like forever, we were able to announce our cloud services platform, Azure. So what is Azure? Well first of all, Azure, or the Azure Services Platform is a service platform which provides developers with...
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    PDC2008 – Day Minus 1

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    So I got up early this morning to go see how the preparations were going for PDC2008. First Franky and I stopped at the worlds famous Original Pantry on South Figueroa to have some brekky. Then it was onto the LACC . The front sign says it all! Inside...
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    On the Way to PDC2008 – Day Minus 2

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    So I’m at Seattle airport waiting for my flight to LA a couple of days ahead of the PDC 2008. It’s been a crazy 4 months getting ready and as I’m learning everyday, nothing can prepare you for something this big. There are so many things I’m looking forward...
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    Developer Ergonomics!

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    So one of the challenges of building developer platforms and tools is capturing feedback. Feedback comes in two forms; the first is what normally gets funneled into “Customer" feedback, and focuses more on the features and capabilities of your technology...
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    What’s Ray Gonna Say!?

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    So leading up to the PDC we’re asking developers to Think Way Outside The Box ! And I for one want to find out from developers what are some of the solutions or ideas that they are thinking about when they think about the cloud? Is it something that can...
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    Are You Thinking Way Outside The Box??

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    So the PDC is 20 days away, and the thunder is starting to roll. I arrived ( like most ) at work today to find these signs up… On the walkway into the Building 18 cafe: Then where I wait for my double short latte… And finally on the walk to where my office...
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    Hee Hee… No End of The World… Yet!

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    My colleague Brad Shantz sent out this great little tool that gives you an indication of the effect that the Large Hadron Collider will have on the Earth. http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com/ I really love simple yet powerful web...
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    49 Sleeps to PDC!

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    I’m not one for keeping a secret, but for the past 3 months, I’ve kinda had to. So it’s nice to see little nuggets of information getting out in the lead up to PDC, like this article: http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/web_services_browser/microsofts_services_platform_takes_shape...
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    VS2008 SP1 and .NET Fx 3.5 SP1 Available!

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    For those who have been running SP1 (Beta) for the past few months, you can now happily move to gold! http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/products/cc533447.aspx Yes, SP1 for VS2008 and .NET Fx 3.5 has now shipped, and includes some new features and...
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    My BizTalk Services Demo Code!

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    So I did a demo a few weeks ago on a simple solution that uses the current BizTalk Services deployment. You can find it here: http://cid-2acaee0f398245b2.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/BizTalk%20Services%20Samples/SecretMission.zip Now, the idea behind the...
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    I’ve Officially “Arrived”!

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    When I first got to Redmond, my old boss and mentor Frank Arrigo told me that until I had my name on an office door, I was nobody in Redmond! Well, this morning, I became somebody… (along with my stable mate Mr. Brandon )! I feel so blessed, thank you...
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    Why Motivations Matter in The Cloud!

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    So I just finished my Cloud Services session at this years WWPC in Houston, and while I was impressed as usual with the level of feedback and questions that I received at the end, one really struck a chord with me. Let me give you some background first...
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    World Wide Partner Conference… Load The Truck!

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    So it’s been a while since I last posted to my blog… almost 3 months ago. What have I been up to? Well, me and the clan moved to Redmond, WA, and have been busy setting ourselves up. I’ve been busy in my new role working on Cloud Services, and now most...
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    Office Loafers!

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    So one thing that has occurred to me over the past three months of being a dad is that munchkin's have the coolest, exciting, comfortable clothes around. I submit into evidence exhibit A below, a picture of Oli wearing her one piece suit and sock shoes...
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    Is The Cloud Just A Big Server?

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    So last Friday I was invited to be part of a panel session with my fellow Microsoft'ees Nigel Watson and Chris Vidotto , hosted by MOSSIG 's Tim Wragg . The panel was asked to consider the impact of emerging and developing platforms, such as the cloud...
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    I Got A New Job!

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    In keeping with my intense desire to constantly improve my top line, I've accepted a new job! I'll be taking on the role of Chief Weapons Controller at SkyVault , where my colleague Crystal and I will dispatch systems to our team of Centurions as they...
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