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    Move to Redmond and Ent. Library released

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    It’s with a great deal of excitement I blog today about my new job within Microsoft. I’ve applied for and subsequently accepted an offer for a role with Microsoft Corp. in Redmond , Washington . I’ll be a Product Manager looking after customer and partner...
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    .NET Framework et. al. Posters!

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    A very technical post for you all, some time ago we posted to MSDN some wonderful, print ready posters that detail the .NET Framework classes - amongst other things. They seem to have been lost in the “noise” so check ‘em out here ....
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    MS TimeZone: Another useful/less utility

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    Working for an international company like Microsoft means I am often time zone challenged. I decided I needed the magic of software to help me overcome these difficulties and was surprised to find we make one of own multi-time zone clock applications...
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    Do use a laptop/LCD screen and Windows XP? Heard of ClearType?

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    I know this is an old feature but I can't tell you the number of times I've been looking at the screen of a colleague, customer or friends' LCD/laptop screen and they aren't using font smoothing technology built into Windows XP - ClearType . It happened...
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    Iliciting suggestions for content/functionality for your theoretical internal developer portal

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    Ok..let’s get theoretical for a while. Let’s say MS Australia could provide your company with an out of the box portal solution, something like the DotNetNuke CMS ( article on same here ) or SharePoint Team Services . And let’s...
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    IIS6.0 Server performance tool download

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    I came across this server performance tool in the "MS This Week" email that I’m sure some of you get and mostly delete! Here’s a blurb on the free download (for IIS6.0 only – so no XP or Win2K!) Service Performance Advisor is a server performance diagnostic...
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    Too personal?

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    I’ve received some good feedback from some of the followers on this blog site. Perhaps this isn’t the best forum for discussing my personal issues. I thought you’d all like to hear about something other than technical news/issues and...
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    Beta of MS AntiSpyware released to web

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    I've just finished downloading and running the beta of our new AntiSpyware software. The software scans your machine, installls agents to monitor your machine and removes any discovered threats. I must say I was pretty impressed with the interface and...
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    Checked out SQL Notification Services?

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    Well the feedback I've had to date has been that this is a technical site so keep it mostly techinical.... To that end, you've probably all heard about SQL Reporting services - the report writer that can be scheduled to run as a SQL job and scale to...
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    Update on portal and data in SOA article

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    Thanks for all the responses to my previous “ illicit ” request for help. Most of the replies were about the use (or mis-use) of the word illicit which I found pretty funny I must say. I’ll be sure to make similar blunders in future to keep you all on...
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    MSDN Targeted download newsletter

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    I went to an interesting talk on eMarketing here last week and was stunned to here of the growth rate of our MSDN targeted download notfifcation service. I must confess to have seeing it on the web site but ignoring it. Basically, rahter than checking...
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    Funny Geek-Shirts

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    I was in a meeting with our VS Team System devloper group and had to quickly post about a "geek-shirt" I saw there. I'm sure you've all heard of the famous manly S.S.S. morning ritual of "Shi*, shower and shave". Here's the product developer equivalent...
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    New mice and keyboards announced

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    I particularly like the raised front of the new ergo-keyboard. Check out some photos here and the info here .
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    Functional programming for the .NET Framework

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    Our Microsoft Research team in Cambridge, UK have recently spoken with the kids over at Channel 9 about their functional language, F#. If you're interested in programming in a functional way rather than imperative (looking a the world through function...
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    Windows Server Feedback.com and an overdue update

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    Well I was shocked to find I hadn’t posted to my blog for aaaages – bad me. The Australian DPE team in conjunction with some of our MVP’s, RD’s and partners delivered the Whidbey (VS 2005) Ascend (early adopter stage 2) training (I think you know what...
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    Smart Client Training in Oz

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    As originally posted by my wonderful boss, Frank Arrigo , MS Australia is rolling out smart client training seminars around the major capitals, starting this month. Free!!! I've had a bugger of a flu this week, starting on Easter Saturday too of all...
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    Infopath 2003 toolkit for VS.NET

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    Finally we can fire up an IDE to develop managed code with those nifty XML based InfoPath forms. MS has posted a toolkit in their download area so that you can use C# or VB.NET to develop InfoPath based solutions. Very handy. Here's the official overview...
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    Redmond calling

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    The sunny shores of Lake Washington have welcomed me with open arms - no really - it's been quite good weather here and the sun has been out more often than not. The locals think they're in a drought as they only had 4 days of rainf or all of February...
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    Developing Applications for Small Business

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    My job has changed recently to focus on the needs of developers who service small businesses. I can now talk about some of the work I've been doing with the launch the Small Business Developer Center . I've been looking at this space for about a year...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Keyboard Shortcut Posters

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    Visual Studio 2005 keybaord shortcuts help make you more productive by giving quick access to common and not-so-common functions within the IDE. I've had wall posters designed for each of the popular langauges in Visual Studio 2005 for you to print out...
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    Happy New Year 2005! Security Summit reminder

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    2005 already.... I feel there's been quite a shadow cast over the festive season thanks to the mother of all Tsunami's hitting the shores of countless countries whose coast line touch the Indian ocean. It's really difficult to imagine the impact on the...
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    NT Kernel design whiteboard sessions on Channel 9

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    I had to post about this. I'm sure it's been seen on blogs.msdn but I just finished watching the Channel 9 four part stream with NT Kernel Architect - Dave Probert. Check out the parts here . He gets deep into the guts of the kernel including the object...
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    MSNs Virtual Earth video

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    I found this quite amusing take on how information is collected for MSN's Virtual Earth service and thought it blog worthy.
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    Performance Advisor for Windows Server 2003

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    I'm sure most of you would've seen this before but I thought it was useful. Download this free tool to capture detailed performance counter information and produce reports to help do root-cause analysis on your Windows Server 2003 machines. It's the Microsoft...
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    Longhorn info continues to flow

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    Those of you keen to ready yourself for Longhorn will already be reading Don Box’s blog and probably Chris Anderson’s too. The MSDN Content team are updating the library all the time with new material. Most recently, another chapter...
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