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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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    Optimus Prime @ The CRM 4 Launch?? Could Be!

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    Yesterday while walking through the local shopping center with Yil, we both noticed a little kid running around dressed in a little Transformers costume. He was about 4 years old, and it was one of those tracksuit style costumes. Now, like some good mates...
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    What's with the "programming test"!?

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    I was having a chat to a mate of mine this morning, who had just returned from a job interview where they had asked him to conduct a programming test. I asked him what the test entailed, and what more importantly was the point of said test. His answer...
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    Help get the Finalizer to Tech.Ed '05 Oz!!

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    This is the Finalizer: And I've been told by the power's that be ( Frank Arrigo should anyone require details) that if I can get: 100 Comments in support of the Finalizer @ Tech.Ed '05 Oz on this post, then the Finalizer will be there! ...
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    What's better than being an MVP?.. An MVP Nominator!

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    I received a really nice surprise this morning in my pigeon hole, a certificate of recognition for nominating MVP’s! Now, I was an MVP (as I always tell people, it was only for a couple of days, but they were special) so I know how important the...
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    OMG! Bill you're like animal!

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    G$ sent me this article about the DoS attack on the IT Screen Goddess calendar website, and I couldn’t help but look through the feedback , which had some really good points. One of them linked to a post on Monkey Methods (the post takes a while...
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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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    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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    How to use scrimages to migrate your apps!

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    No, seriously. Well, look at it from this point of view; companies go out and hire a really hot developer, they put them to work, and they are expected to perform at the highest level. Only, they never train them. And I don’t mean that once a year...
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    Why you should get a degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering!

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    Well firstly, let’s cover off the obvious, because you will be the envy of your friends and also become more good looking. No, seriously! Anyhoo, why post such an article? I’m back on the train (jeez, the ole’ VLine is definitely...
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    My heritage is looking pretty sketchy!

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    On the back of Franky ’s post , I thought I must find the answer to my roots at MyHeritage.com ! Jeez, I should have known better! At 56%, it’s me and Double ‘ya: And then at 50%, it’s Mr. Kung Fu himself: Yikes...
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    Joel P in the place to be!

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    Joel Pobar of the CLR team is in Australia for a little while, and has kindly offered to make his way down to Melbourne for a session. My thoughts are that we put together a 2 hour session at the CITC at lunch and the Microsoft Theatre in the evening...
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    Wasted mid-life.

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    About three years ago, I decided I wasn't happy with the kind of support Visual SourceSafe was giving me, so I sat down, and started writing my own source code control system from scratch. I downloaded all the relevant white papers and Ph.D thesis' available...
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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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    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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    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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    Enough of So!!!

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    OK, I can’t take it anymore, if someone starts their next sentence to me with, “So…”, I’m going to spontaneously combust! Who’s with me? Who has noticed the latest language fad of starting a response to someone's question...
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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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    IT Screen Goddesses Calendar! Okaaay!?

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    I just got an email about this calendar… http://www.itgoddess.info/ Hmm, interesting, but I’m not sure I would have gone down this path. To me, having a female who works in IT, lying on her back, covered in rose petals, isn’t...
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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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    Anon?? What the?

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    Just a quick whine...why do people post comments: A) Anonymously? B) With bogus details? I'm interested to hear from folks on this, as it's quite peculiar. I love getting feedback about my posts, but it's really frustrating when you want to find...
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    I have idee! A.k.a: Money Maker #1

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    OK, so I’m having lunch with my good friend Michael Scales (who assures me he will be blogging ASAP, so I can link to it) and it hits me! My first entry into “Code Your Money Maker” #1! It’s an extension or new feature (depending...
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    Big Brother is dying! It's the effect of producing "Reality TV"!

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    Anyone been watching Big Brother lately? I have to admit, I really enjoyed the first season of BB, and every since then, it has got progressively worse. Now, the sceptic in me always believed that some part of the show was produced, if even just to smoothen...
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    Could It Be? Big Brother Axed?

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    Well, maybe just in my dreams, but a recent poll on The Age’s website seems to be pointing in the right direction! Please go away Big Brother, I know of a ton of great TV to replace you: CHiPs ‘99 – Ponch has returned to...
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    Letter to the Internet...Can you build me something?

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    Dear Internet, I have an idea for an app, and I’m hoping you can build it for me? Essentially, I’d like something that could crawl through all the comments on my blog (I’m sure Community Server must have some capability in the...
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