March, 2008

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    Following the Footy From Far Away


    Long time readers of this blog would know that I am am a passionate Australian Football (AFL) fan, and one-eyed St Kilda Supporter!!

    This past weekend saw the start of the 2008 season, so I feel it's appropriate to share my learnings of how to follow the game from the other side of the world.

    First off, television coverage.

    I have DirecTV and on channel 615 (for an extra $15 a month), there is Setanta Sports

    Setanta SportsFormerly known as the Victorian Football League, and commonly known as the AFL, it is the Australian national competition in the sport of Australian Rules Football. The AFL is the most popular professional sporting league in Australia. These matches are followed by a series of final matches that culminate in the two best teams playing for the premiership in the AFL Grand Final, the best attended domestic club championship event in the world.

    Setanta Sports will be broadcasting at least two LIVE events each week, along with at least one highlight show.

    So, I got to watch my game this weekend. w00t

    Next, is online coverage. I split this into two buckets : Web & Mobile Web.


    All the usual suspects - a mixture of traditional media and fans

    Mobile Web

    It's a rather sad tale to tell

    I open up and get


    Now, I find it an amusing error result. At the top I see "Free to Browse" and in the middle I'm told to call Telstra. When I do contact Telstra, I am told that this is only available to customers of their network. I try to explain that I am no longer based in Australia.

    Anyways, at the bottom of the page is a link to BigPond Sport.


    Which leads me to a mobile portal page for BIgpond, *not* Bigpond Sport


    And the Sport's section has an AFL link


    Which gives is this handy dandy little site


    With News, Fixtures, Results, Ladders etc


    For news, I also have Foxsports


    and ABC Mobile


    And to be honest, that's about it. Haven't found any other good mobile sites. (IMHO the state of Australian mobile friendly sites is pretty poor.)

    I would love to know of others. Leave me a link in the comments.

    Oh and Carn the Saints!


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    Should We Beware the Ides of March ?



    A day to beware : Ides of March: Why worrry?

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    8 random facts about me


    I got a comment over night from Michael Specht, who tagged me in the latest meme.

    Sure why not. Happy to play along, just like I did a while back.

    The background/rules:-

    1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
    2. People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
    3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
    4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

    So, my 8 random facts :

    1. I was born 9 months and 9 days following my parent’s wedding.
    2. I lived in Elwood for the first 27 years of my life. My dad is still in the same house today.
    3. I went to high school with Eddie Maguire – he was a year behind me.
    4. The first program I ever wrote was a date validation application. It was hand coded in assembler on punch cards. I still have those punch cards.
    5. In college, I was the president of F.O.U.L – aka Friends Of Unnatural Llamas. We had a manifesto and a news letter and I even got a medicare card for Ralph The Wonder Llama. (one day I need to scan that stuff)
    6. My first car was a 1980 Toyota Corolla. It was silver. It was my mother’s.
    7. The heaviest I have ever been is 135kg (that’s almost 300 lbs) back in 2005.
    8. My wedding anniversary is the same as my parents

    Now you know 8 more random things about me, so it’s time to tag 8 lucky souls :

    1. Nick Hodge
    2. Jeremy Cath
    3. Angus Logan
    4. Steve Clayton
    5. Bronwen Zande
    6. Delicate Genius
    7. Andrew Parsons
    8. Mitch Denny

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    The Tanjay, aka Polycom’s CX700 IP Phone


    11 months ago, I became a Unified Communictions user and I really, really liked it.

    I even had a cool little USB phone which let me do calls and had a glowly light which showed my Communicator status.


    It was really cool.

    Then I packed my bags and moved to Redmond. This put me into a queue of 1,000s of others who were all waiting to join the fun.

    I waited. The team back in Australia got cool phones and I still waited.

    Well this week I finally was welcomed back to the Unified Communications fold.

    My account was enabled for Unified Communications (UC) Telephony.

    This included a technician setting up my UC desk telephone (also known as the Tanjay telephone) on my desk. The phone has the formal name of Polycom’s CX700 IP Phone For Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 but I still call it Tanjay. Reminds me of a boy I went to school with.


    And the quick start guide promises a phone which connects like no other.


    And so far it has lived up to the promise.

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    Latest Top 200 Search Keywords


    I get great amusement from looking at the search keywords which end up at my blog.

    Here's the latest top 200 list. I'm not sure what we can learn from all this, but it's definitely interesting reading. I've highlighted the more "interesting" ones.

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    Wonderful WPF Applications : bTwitter


    I got a note from one of my twitter friends, vincent rithner,  about a new WPF application - bTwitter


    It's a cool, simple WPF frontend for Twitter, with some cute animations.

    It is a part the Sobees platform - I need to make some time to check that out too.

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    MIX Session Online - Including My Panel


    Those MIX Magic pixies have been burning the midnight oil and have posted the Mix Sessions online, including my panel

    It is presented in a funky silverlight app


    You can download the session in a bunch of formats too


    Plus, if you want to leave a comment on the stuff we covered, you can do that too

    Nice work Magic Pixies!


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