August, 2004

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Registration, Welcome Reception, Mappoint Launch Dinner -TechEd Day 0


    So, I'm in my hotel room getting ready for my powernap, and I have to put down some thoughts on Day 0.

    My day started at 8am, catching up with MS Staff and partners, such as the team from dotnet solutions who were busy setting up their booth - well Athena was busy setting up the booth, everyone else was supervising.

    I then had a quick catchup with Steve Milroy, who is a down from the US to support the Mappoint launch. Steve is an interesting guy - he is an aussie, based in Denver. He is also one of our Regional Directors, and he has been doing some cool work with Mappoint for paying customers. Not just demos, but real production systems. Steve will be demoing during the mappoint session at TechEd and he will be hanging around the mappoint stand in the exhibit hall.

    Then it was all a blur until 3pm when the doors officially opened and the attendees came.

    The blur continued as I met 100s of people. Some familiar, some not so familiar. It was a blast. I demoed the mappoint stuff, showed some of the features of VS 2005, explained how to signup to empower, had long discussions on the future roadmap for access development and how to get to managed code. As well as meeting lots of folks who are active in the community through user groups or discussion lists, such as the aus-dotnet mailing list. And best of all it was great to see so many folks turn up for the free day - folks like Geoff Appleby who came in, wandered around, collected stuff (beanie included) and I think got a real kick out of the event. I even had people giving me demos!! The guys from QUT (Richard and  Douglas)who were the Australian Imagine Cup winners showed me their kickass application - the TV Prognosticator. It rocked. But I am a TV junkie.

    Richard also put forward a theory about me trying to undermine the fortunes of the local Brisbane AFL team. Richard, how did you find out my secret ;)

    I then spent some time in the MSDN Connection Lounge, which is a little area set aside for MSDN Connection members. It had heaters, food, drink - I think this will be a popular hangout.

    Then to wrap up the evening, I caught up with Steve Lombardi who was hosting a dinner for all the partners involved in getting Australian data into Mappoint AND developing some local applications to showcase the use of this technology. More on this tomorrow.

    Anyways, I better get to sleep. We start off at 7.30am, with the keynote at 8.30. We have a special speaker who has already delivered his keynote in NZ, and it was a smash. I'm looking forward to that. Then after the keynote, we will do the Mappoint session which will include all the annoucements, including the special MSDN Offer.

    Ok - sleep time

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    ASP.NET Hosting Offer for MSDN Connection members


    Launching later this week - an email will be sent to all members!!!

    it will be terrific.

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    ASP.NET Site of the Day - Wing Music


    Last night we were watching Rove, which we all love. He had a special "musical" guest, which he rated greater than THE William Hung. This caught my attention!!

    Patiently we waited, and soon we were rewarded with the musical stylings of Wing - a woman who has a unique talent.

    I went searching for the website and found out a few interesting things - Wing immigrated to New Zealand with her family about ten years ago from Hong Kong. She has been learning singing in New Zealand and does performances in Rest Homes and Hospitals and occasionally promotional concerts. She has a number of albums and samples online.

    But wait, there's more - the site is powered by ASP.NET

    Headers for ''

    HTTP/1.1 200 OK 
    Server: Microsoft-IIS/5.0
    X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
    Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 10:13:49 GMT
    Content-Type: text/html Accept-Ranges: bytes
    Last-Modified: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 01:58:38 GMT
    ETag: "ec3bdab7467fc41:e37c"
    Content-Length: 5595

    Gotta love that!

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    WiFi at TechEd Australia


    The above photo is the access point at the National Convention Center. It is NOT the access point providing WiFi

    I have it on good authority that the WiFi network at TechEd is awesome. I used it on Monday and it worked like a dream. It was put in by the good folks from Telstra.

    But if you dont have a Laptop or PDA with WiFi, don't panic! There are 100s of computers throughout the center, forming CommNet

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger 2.0 hands on labs coming to a city near you


    I conjunction with Webcentral, we are running a series of hands-on-labs around the country -

    • Brisbane - Monday, 9 August 2004
    • Canberra - Friday, 13 August 2004
    • Melbourne - Monday, 16 August 2004
    • Adelaide - Wednesday, 18 August 2004
    • Perth - Friday, 20 August 2004
    • Sydney - Monday, 23 August 2004

    The format is a half day, practical hands-on training sessions that will help you learn more about ASP.NET 2.0

    The sessions will also involve a brief overview of WebCentral's capabilities in the .NET arena, including their 10 Second Server solutions.

    In each city, there will be two identical sessions during the day,

    1. Morning Session will run from 8:45am - 12:30pm
    2. Afternoon Session will run from 1:30pm - 5:15pm

    Register Now - Places are Strictly Limited!

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Latest Favourite RSS Reader for my Pocket PC


    I raved about RSS Sync a few months ago, which is an RSS reader I am using on my XDA II.

    Dave Glover introduced me to another one a few weeks back - an app called Egress.

    Egress is a application which can display your favorite RSS feeds directly on your PocketPC.


    • Supports RSS (.09, .91, .92 and 2.0), RDF (1.0), and ATOM (0.3)
    • Supports landscape orientation using PocketPC 2003SE
    • Integrates with Today
    • Caches and displays inline images
    • Background download of feeds
    • Supports HTTP proxies
    • Configurable item retention
    • Configurable news feed storage location
    • Configurable fonts and colors
    • Supports alternate web browsers
    • Supports Radio Userland style automatic subscription (Web page coffee mug icon)

    I've been using a few weeks and I really really like it. This is now my RSS reader of choice on my XDA II.
  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    VSIP Booth at Teched Australia & Beanie


    At TechEd Australia, we will be raising the awareness of our Visual Studio Industry Partner Program (VSIP) partners

    We have 7 VSIP’s signed up and will take 4 booths where the VSIP’s will show their tools’ VS Integration capabilities.  The VSIP pavilion will take up booths 15, 16, 17 and 18 and will be highlighted by a “red carpet” and a large banner over the booths.

    Our Sponsors signed up are: Borland, HP, Serena, Business Objects, Amberpoint, Compuware & Microfocus.

    The VSIP Pavilion is also the “proud sponsor” of the “Ask the Experts Dinner” where there will be ample signage and 50 wait staff will wear beanies with the VSIP logo as well as the “Score some Recognition” tee shirts.

    This will be a little “loyalty card” which will be given out at the “Experts Dinner”.  Delegates will need to get a stamp from 5 of the 7 VSIP’s (each VSIP will have a different rubber stamp) to claim their “Winter Warmer” which is a blue or red beanie with the VSIP branding on it.  They will then take the card to the MSDN stand to claim their beanie. 

    Offer is limited to the first 1,000 completed cards and expires at the end of the conference.

    So, come over to the pavillion, meet the VSIP folks, and score a beanie. It will be cold in Canberra, so this will be handy.

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