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  • Blog Post: Design

    I’m still getting used to summer in the middle of the year. To me summer is associated with the end of the calendar year, with Christmas, with New Year celebrations, playing in the pool and lots of Cricket . The other thing I’m struggling with is the long break the kids get from school. They have almost...
  • Blog Post: GP Blessed and Anointed!

    Coatsy wrote about Gianpaolo (or as we like to call him, GP) heading downunder back in December - The King is Dead! – Long Live the King! , as did GP himself Crikey... I am moving to Australia . There was even a press release, Gianpaolo Carraro takes up reins of Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism...
  • Blog Post: Aggiorno – a Smart Search and Replace

    I got a note from my friend Gilbert , aka SAMIQ about a neat app called Aggiorno Aggiorno automates a number of code improvement tasks that frankly should not be performed by humans. We all know that source is a nuance that we need to bear with because there are no better ways to deal with the behavior...
  • Blog Post: Kid’s Corner – Beginner Developer Learning Center

    I have 4 kids . They have grown up using computers and I have written some of their stories - Dale and the Dolphin Whales : My Own RockBand ,  Explaining Yourself to a 2nd Grader ,  Mathletics - All the kids are doing it. , Proud Dad Moment , Take Our Daughters & Sons To Work Day 2008 ...
  • Blog Post: Sam Ramji - history.forward()

    We are hosting a confab in Seattle this week with fellow evangelists from around the world. We kicked the day off with a keynote from Sam Ramji , Senior Director of Platform Strategy. He was pumped from all the announcements from OSCON on Friday July 25th. In summary, he covered : PHP on IIS + SQL : ...
  • Blog Post: Today Is The day We Take Our Daughters & Sons To Work

    Today is “ Take Our Daughters & Sons To Work Day 2008 ” I brought Emma along to spend the day with me She took in her laptop to keep herself busy We’ve gone to meetings together, played Rock Band and participated in a raffle (and lost) She even drew mushrooms on my whiteboard As the day ends, I asked...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Stories of Microsoft partners doing cool stuff

    I came across these sites featuring stories of Microsoft partners who are doing cool stuff Blue Acacia Builds Web Solution; End Users Build Motorcycles ... in 3D Out-of-the-Box web design helps Pink and Yellow Media deliver The rational is explained at the bottom of the page About this page This Space...
  • Blog Post: About Microsoft on ISVs

    Back in August , the blog Microsoft on ISVs was launched. (co-incidentally when I started my new job) This blog has been going strong ever since, with a bunch of really good posts covering a broad range of topics ranging from business enablement to technical enablement. In the spirit of sharing and good...
  • Blog Post: The People You Meet

    Last week I was in Texas , facilitating a workshop on Evangelism Excellence. It was an internal audience and I got to meet a great group of evangelists from across the US, as well as Latin America. One of the topics we covered was blogging and we had a really good discussion of the pros, cons and other...
  • Blog Post: Heroes Happen Here ....

    I was interviewed last week and the result (in Silverlight) is now up and alive at http://www.heroeshappenhere.com/ Enjoy Technorati Tags: Heroes Happen Here , Frank Arrigo , Silverlight
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Startup Accelerator program

    Don Dodge (and others ) had the news last week Microsoft's Emerging Business Team announced today the Microsoft Startup Accelerator Program . The program is designed to help high potential software startups get access to Microsoft people and programs, guidance on future directions, and support to accelerate...
  • Blog Post: 30 Days on the Job

    I've been in the US now just over a month, and have been in my new job for 30 days. 30 days! Wow. Well, it has been 22 days if you take away weekends and public holidays - but however way you slice it, I have been here a month. Folks have been emailing me, asking me what I my jobs is, and what do I do...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft on ISVs by the Microsoft ISV team

    Today I came across a blog called Microsoft on ISVs : About Microsoft on ISVs ISV’s have always been a key part of Microsoft's overall partner strategy. The Microsoft ISV team blog has been created to help facilitate an open channel of communications with the ISV community around the world, and to provide...
  • Blog Post: Linux and Windows interoperability with OpenXML

    I love an article that opens with the following In the past, ITWire has been less than flattering over Microsoft’s OpenXML document format. Make no mistake, an open file format is definitely a must-have. Nevertheless, it exists so let’s be pragmatic: OpenXML can greatly bridge the gap between Windows...
  • Blog Post: Developing Applications for Small Business (aka look what JasonMcC did!)

    I've been roaming the halls of Microsoft Corporate Campus today. I spent some time with former Australian Platform Evangelist and my buddy Jason McConnell ) He filled me on the project he had been working on for the past few months. Soma blogged about the Small Business Developer Center on MSDN recently...
  • Blog Post: Glass Houses, Stones, Gravity Man, Greg Willis

    The final person hired into the team here in Australia has been Greg Willis , who has taken to blogging like a duck to water. Greg comes on board as an Architect Evangelist, based in Sydney . He has been at Microsoft for a few years , is a "web" guy, can manipulate gravity , and will be covering Software...
  • Blog Post: the ingenuity pOint

    This is really cool. A worldwide contest for ISVs called the ingenuity pOint . Software that can change the world. Sounds like a blue monster moment! Go check out the site Technorati tags: The Ingenuity Point , ISV , Microsoft
  • Blog Post: I've been dugg!

    There was a recent video on ZDNET with me talking about web standards Is Microsoft learning from its Web standards mistakes? [ Play the video ] I was talking about Expression Web and how it supports web standards The article recently got dugg : Microsoft Accepts it Ignored the Web Standards 1417 Diggs...
  • Blog Post: What does innovation mean to you?

    During Remix, I asked Nick Hodge to capture some comments from the attendees regarding innovation. He did such a good job, I thought I should share the results. See if you spot any themes innovation innovation So, what does innovation mean to you?? Technorati tags: auremix07 , innovation
  • Blog Post: Chatting too to Renai LeMay from The Australian Financial Review

    I had an interview on the phone today with Renai LeMay from The Australian Financial Review . I've spoken with Renai a few times, but the most fun I had was the Journalist v Blogger debate we had a Tech.ED 2005 ( Tech.Ed : Day 1 : The Rest Of The Day & Tech.Ed : Sharing the love & the news )...
  • Blog Post: More Evangelists! Jorke Odolphi joins the team.

    Last week another piece of the puzzle dropped into place. I was able to fill a role that had been open since January 2007, the Infrastructure Architect Evangelist role. I set the bar high and really was keen to find someone that was an infrastructure guru, AND who had a background in the wild and...
  • Blog Post: The Architecture Journal

    Just in a conversation with Nigel and we were talking about the Architect Journal The Architecture Journal is an independent platform for free thinkers and practitioners of IT architecture. New editions are issued quarterly with articles designed to offer perspective, share knowledge, and help you learn...
  • Blog Post: the Australian Architecture Forum 2007

    Nigel Watson and Charles Sterling have worked hard in pulling together the Australian Architecture Forum , a one day event in Sydney on Wednesday 27th June 2007 at Star City and in Melbourne on Friday 29th June 2007 at the Crown Promenade Hotel. The keynote is by Dr Donald Ferguson (who has his own wikipedia...
  • Blog Post: When a tree falls in the forest, and no one hears it....

    I just had an IM from a frustrated Tatham Oddie who is having problems with IE7 and doesn't know who to tell. He wrote a post - Invalid Port Number in href Attribute Breaks DOM in IE7 and even put up a test case to demonstrate the problem . He wanted to submit a bug request, but didn't know where to...
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