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Nigel Watson, an Architect Advisor at Microsoft, based in Melbourne Australia.

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Open Source: Two cats in a sack?

    Jorke pinged me with details of an event he and Professional Geek Nick Hodge are running in Melbourne next Wednesday night, aimed at discussing Microsoft's relationship with Open Source, the Open Source community, and how we as an organisation are embracing Open Source. This may seem strange, given the...
  • Blog Post: Report just in: www.architectureforum.net.au is down...

    Got a report this evening (thanks, Michael) that the Australian Architecture Forum site is down. It'll be back online asap, so hold tight if you are trying to register, and keep checking back in with us. In the meantime, check this little fella out: We were on the road between Traralgon and...
  • Blog Post: 8 Little Known Things About Me

    Dave recently pinged me on this little meme that's going around that lets you inflict random factoids about yourself on unsuspecting visitors to your blog. I'm up for it. The ground rules are as follows: Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to...
  • Blog Post: I hate myself but...

    I couldn't resist it. Check out Frank's blog for more TechEd LOLCATs madness .
  • Blog Post: Better living through sugar...

    I'm all in favour of innovation, but this is going too far.
  • Blog Post: When words just aren't enough...

    How about sending a cake instead? Any guesses on who the IE team sent this (poison-free) cake to ?
  • Blog Post: Princess is having a rant

    Princess is having a bit of a rant over on blogspot about the shady dealings of a certain well-known internet-based mobile phone ring-tone outfit. These charlatans took funds out of a prepaid mobile phone account she holds, which would be cool except she never signed up. They don't have a local phone...
  • Blog Post: Office ate my homework, Vista stuck a finger down it's throat... :)

    I've been running Vista RC1 (5728) for the last week or so on my main laptop (a Tosh M4), and so far I've been pretty impressed with it. Perf and stability are both excellent, and I've had no major problems with drivers for my machine (unlike my early experiences with B2). Not only that, I've had quite...
  • Blog Post: Hmmm - I have hair

    And in case you were wondering, here's Tech.Nigel. Yes, those are my undergarments - I've been working at home a bit lately :) Get your own Meego at http://www.microsoft.com/australia/teched2006/
  • Blog Post: New Reality TV show idea...

    I've got a great idea for a new hit TV show that I'm seriously considering pitching to Endemol Southern Star . I'm calling it "Big Bother" - a working title until something better occurs to me. I think the main problem with the current Big Brother formula is that it encourages us to evict odious people...
  • Blog Post: Great post on Migrating .NET 1.1 apps to 2.0

    Peter Laudati has an excellent post discussing the ins and outs of getting code across from 1.1 to 2.0. One thing that I wasn't aware of was that the ASP.NET team recently released a new Web Application Project template for VS2005 that essentially replicates the ASP.NET 1.1 project model, making it easier...
  • Blog Post: Self-inflicted injuries: Spade 1 - Nigel 0

    Following in Dave's footsteps of blogging self-inflicted injuries , I had a run-in with a garden tool on Anzac day that I thought I'd share. Think of it as a cautionary tale against gardening with only your limbic brain engaged. I'd spent the afternoon in the garden, removing weeds and generally tidying...
  • Blog Post: Lipstick on a swine, or something divine?

    This evening I presented at the Victorian Dot Net User's Group on ATLAS . For those of you who attended who are interested in the code, it's attached to this entry. Also, I should thank Mr Glover for providing the basic materials/slides/resources for the session :) All in all, I think ATLAS is a pretty...
  • Blog Post: Oh, and...

    Happy new year everyone! I hope that everyone managed to get a break of some sort over the holiday period. If you were in Melbourne, then you probably experienced something similar to the picture below on the afternoon of the last day of 2005.... ;) This photo was taken at the end of a journey...
  • Blog Post: "Java is the new COBOL"

    My mate Hugh just spent a weekend hanging out in Melbourne with Princess and I. Hugh works for an Australian company who build FIX (Financial Information eXchange) engines and assorted ancilliary software products. This generally means that he spends much of his life up to his ears in financial software...
  • Blog Post: Office 2003, and Windows XP now support reo Maori... choice!

    Just announced this week - Reo Maori Language Interface Packs (LIPs) for Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Office System 2003. This was the result of a collaborative effort between Waikato University, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori, and Microsoft New Zealand. You can grab the Office 2003 LIP free of...
  • Blog Post: "Windows Nightmare" or "Operations and Management Failure"?

    Interesting article on /. linking to a story about a big5 consulting firm in Japan replacing a bunch of Windows servers with OpenBSD. The article (including the usual feral baying in the /. comment threads) neglects to mention that any IT department worth it's salt wouldn't let it's infrastructure get...
  • Blog Post: Our new WSYP customer feedback program...

    My friend Pascal sent me this link detailing some new initiatives at Microsoft to close the customer feedback loop... I really like the innovative use of direct physical retribution to help drive the development of more reliable, bug-free software ;-)
  • Blog Post: Whirrrr.... Whiiiiirrr..... Keeeerrrplunk!

    Hard to describe that sinking feeling you get when you hear those dulcet kerplunking noises emanating from your laptop's hard-drive... You know what's coming... more kerplunking, more whiiring, followed by the inevitable drive-death. No point going into denial: you know it's coming. If you're lucky,...
  • Blog Post: Tastes like Chicken, but...

    By the way, Princess and I just came back from a holiday in Taiwan and Vietnam. We had a great time, and ate lots of truly excellent things, as my expanding waistline can attest. Taiwan in particular was a foody treat - I'm seriously considering writing a Cullinary Adventure Holiday Guide Book for this...
  • Blog Post: Yes we've got a bloody video!!!

    So, today Princess, T and I found an Amstrad Video Recorder at the Elwood School Markets. I didn't even know they made such things, although my brother Rick bought one of their weirdo CP/Mish running machines back in the 80's (before seeing the light and getting an Amiga), and I was somewhat OCD about...
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