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The bigger you grow, the more stupider you become.
I just finished watching MacHeads, it’s a documentary about basically die hard Mac fans and was filmed around Macworld 2007. It was insightful, as the lesson I learnt was something I’ve been noticing for the past 3 years with regards to Microsoft. Here it is, and are you ready for an inspiring thing...
23 Feb 2009
I'm on DG.TV
Michael Kordahi - aka DelicateGenius decided to interview me on my last day at Microsoft Australia. It just occurred to me that I've never really done a video interview before (I usually turn them down), mainly because I'm a shy guy when it comes to camera's. That being said, I'm loving the approach...
19 Apr 2008
Anand asks - "What would you do if you were a Microsoft Evangelist?"
Anand Iyer , an Evangelist in our ever swelling ranks of evangelism army, asked a basic question. "Q.What would you do if you were a Microsoft Evangelist". I myself have wondered as to what folks perception of Evangelism really is all about and often wonder how we / they are perceived on the...
12 Apr 2008
A UX and Developer Evangelist create, inspire and promote.
Shane and Michael spent a week in a program called "AiR" (Not the Adobe kind - Artists In Residence). It's a program headed up by Arturo Toledo (Expression Team) which enables folks to come to Redmond and spend some time building some UX prototypes to help them wrap their heads around Silverlight...
26 Mar 2008
I am now a Product Manager.
I've managed to worm my way into Microsoft Corp HQ, as a Product Manager (PM) on the Rich Client Platform team ( Silverlight/WPF etc ). This for me is a major step forward in my career, as whilst I've enjoyed being one of the first RIA Evangelist for Microsoft, I feel I can offer more impact via this...
25 Feb 2008
Something is being built...and I hope you RIA kids are watching...
I've been a busy little Microsoftee and have done a lot of interviews over the past few months with folks from all walks of life. I'm about to go live very soon with a project. What's the project? not telling until it's finished. I will give you a teaser though. It's nothing I've seen done here at Microsoft...
31 Jan 2008
Silverlight: Instant YouTube out of the box.
“..I’ve got this idea, and it’s a way to do a job that is better than what YouTube does today..” is usually an opening line I receive a lot (not word for word, but the meaning is there). Silverlight can enable you to do many powerful things should you put your mind to the task...
10 Jan 2008
Exploring a different horizon.
I often get queries, questions and so on around why I on one hand wear the Microsoft logo on my shirt, yet roam around the the place with a MacBook Pro. I also at times play around with Adobe Products as well as our own, and essentially the question mark above peoples heads are mixed. Allow me to respond...
12 Dec 2007
1yr into being a Microsoft Evangelist. (The Story).
It's been about a year now since I first got the phone call from Frank Arrigo giving me the thumbs up on a new role here at Microsoft . Given Christmas break is approaching, I decided to pause for a bit and reflect on how my year's been and the lessons I've learnt along the way. First Week, I drank from...
8 Dec 2007
No Planes, No Conferences, No Meetings
I've been traveling quite a lot this year and meet with some amazing folks in the process. Well, my travel is up for this year and I'm looking forward to spending some much needed R&R at home with the family and get back to basics - coding some proof of concepts . I've got a lot of projects I want...
4 Nov 2007
Mozilla, Adobe and Silverlight. Shall we dance?
No doubt you've seen the Prism announcement by Mozilla. Quite an interesting move in this chess game we call "The Software Industry". Personally, I'm not sure what the end game for Mozilla is anymore and I'm sure If I look hard enough I'll find that answer. Mike Chambers at Adobe put up a post...
26 Oct 2007
iEvangelise - Life of an Evangelist.
I'm knee deep in Apple love at the moment and today I got the ok to buy a Macbook Pro to replace my sucky Toshiba Tablet (it's gotten worse). In light of this, I thought I better put some of that ROI promises to good use but at the same time, thought it would be interesting to share with one and all...
23 Oct 2007
Evangelism: An Emotional Bond.
In the past few weeks, a few things have risen to the top of a lot of agendas, emotion. An emotional bond with something is hard to discuss out loud, as at times most don't know they have an emotional bond or chose to ignore it, brush it aside as being melodramatic. Software is something i would of thought...
19 Oct 2007
Arturo Toledo , Product Manager for UX Platform & Tools (Silverlight, WPF, Expression...) has spun up his own blog found over at http://www.ux.artu.tv/ . Arturo is a classic artistic soul and he has some interesting insights once you get to know him - hint: subscribe to his blog as you will see one...
13 Aug 2007
We gave birth to RIA.
Adobe's Mike Downey and I were throwing comments back and forth on twitter.com this morning, it was derived from Brad Becker (ex Flash Product guy @ Macromedia and now Microsoft staffer) post on RIA . Brad posted this a few months ago when JD @ Adobe got all fired up over Rich Interactive Applications...
24 Jul 2007
It's been a while since I last updated my blog but this is what has happened since I last posted: My Role within Microsoft just became much clearer, in that I have a renewed focus on what I am to achieve in the upcoming fiscal year and ideas on how to do this. This came from an intense 2 weeks of FY08...
17 Jul 2007
Perth has a interweb.
I'm finally back on deck after a week out on the road, and after spending a few days in Perth I've settled on the fact that this city is piping hot when it comes to the interweb. I must admit, it was my first time in Perth and I jokingly expected to see a fairly medium sized city in the middle of the...
3 Jul 2007
FREE WPF - in person - Training.
I'm going back through a few emails I received when I first started with Microsoft, with "Where can I get training on WPF". Chuck has organized a FREE day of training to any or whom want to attend, provided you can donate from $1 - whatever you want to the Red Shield Drought Appeal (hey its a good cause...
21 Jun 2007
Brand, it's deeply seeded.
In my role, I've encountered a lot of interesting behavior associated to the brand. I find it scary in some parts but also interesting in others. I've got friends whom I've known for 5+ years suddenly refer to me "you guys" when talking about Microsoft in general. I walk up to others and they throw questions...
20 Jun 2007
DPE got bigger - Jorke Odolphi
In Brisbane office today, and noticed our new "Hosting Evangelist" Jorke, was on deck today. I said my congrats and all and proceeded to log in for the day, only Outlook when first booting up just kept spinning in cycles and was getting unresponsive. I was also at the time showing Jorke some internal...
18 Jun 2007
Helping you realize your passion.
It's been 6 months since I joined Microsoft and I love my job, truly I do as I get to interact with the web community whom are energizing to say the least. My role is "Web Developer Evangelist", which essentially means that I'm here to be your tour guide for Microsoft Australia into how our web story...
17 Jun 2007
Angus Logan has been uploaded to the mothership.
Angus Logan ( aka Oz Sharepoint Demi-God ) has been targeted for upgrades, and thus has been uploaded to Redmond. Geeky words aside, Angus has been I guess promoted , to becoming the new Technical Product Manager for Windows Live Platform Team . This is good news for Microsoft, as Angus is quite passionate...
10 Jun 2007
June: Conference, Jam, Camp & Usergroup etc.
I thought I'd post a list of events I'll be attending this month, these are subject to change based on health etc but also I'm sure I'll uncover new ones as they are discovered. June 07 - ( Sydney ) WebJam Part 3, I'll be given a demo on Silverlight special ops project which is uber secret and...
27 May 2007
The Art of Evangelism
I was just talking to Ryan Stewart, whom has accepted a new role with Adobe , as one of their Evangelists headed up by Mike Downey (whom shifted into the owner of these roles earlier this month). I managed to unearth Guy Kawasaki 10 Commandments for being an Evangelist , which is quite useful when...
21 May 2007
Nick, Silverlight, Frank, Monique and ReMIX07
Nick Hodge our resident " Professional Geek " has been playing around in the Silverlight Video space and came up with the brilliant idea of interviewing Monique & Frank on what More on Remix07 is all about. Nick also posts his experience in using the Silverlight Video approach to life and I think...
14 May 2007
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