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  • Blog Post: Going Dark

    There are so many things to blog about, but I’m off on holidays to Coffs Harbour and Wiseman’s Ferry for two weeks. So check out Coatsy’s , Parso’s, Dave’s , and Catherine’s blogs. Watch out for news about PDC , and definitely DevSta . (which by the way has a mobile category now) For personal holiday...
  • Blog Post: TE08: First Ever Australian Annual IT Demo Champion - Tatham Oddie

    Way back in March this year we kicked off the largest ever launch of a Microsoft product, with the Heroes Happen {Here} Launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. Since then we've been running a competition throughout the community of Microsoft technologists, at Usergroups...
  • Blog Post: DH{H}: The final countdown…

    Our epic Demos Happen {Here} competition is rapidly moving to its next phase, the State Finals. In fact there are less than 49 hours (as of this post) left to register an entry. So how does is the competition stacking up? In terms of # of entries by State: Qld - 6 NSW - 5 SA - 4 Vic - 2 I believe there...
  • Blog Post: IC08: Team SOAK on Aussie TV

    This morning David and Ed, 2 erstwhile members of Team SOAK – you remember, the team of Aussie Students that won the Imagine Cup in Paris a couple of weeks ago – appeared on Channel 10’s 9am with David & Kim . The boys did a great job of describing the SOAK solution, and their vision for the system...
  • Blog Post: IC08: Team SOAK from Australia win the coveted Imagine Cup

    Last week David, Long, Dimaz, and Ed, were four ordinary University Students, from four regular Australian Universities. But these four students are far from ordinary. They won the Imagine Cup! Already there have been press briefings, video interviews, and media updates. But tonight we party, for tomorrow...
  • Blog Post: IC08: Imagine Cup 2008 - Will Team SOAK win a place?

    They presented well. They were creative, clear, and compelling. They were funny, and yet discussed one of the most serious problems facing Australia, and the world, today - efficient water handling in agriculture. But were Team SOAK good enough? The competition from Brazil, China, Hungary, Portugal,...
  • Blog Post: IC08: Imagine Cup 2008 Update – Team SOAK through to Finals!!

    Team SOAK is winning hearts and minds here in Paris. To date they’ve delivered their presentation some 3 times in the various rounds of competition. Our first goal was to get through the two heats of round one, to be announced as one of 12 teams in the Semi-Finals. That was Saturday. Delivery #3 was...
  • Blog Post: IC08: Imagine Cup Software Design Semi-Finalists Announced

    This has to be the best and worst video I’ve ever shot. Best because of the jubilation and extreme emotion (and this is just the first round)!! Worst relates to the quality. Turns out that the Samsung phone, with it’s itsy-bitsy little mic, just isn’t enough to cope with the overwhelming noise. But hey...
  • Blog Post: IC08: Imagine Cup 2008 – Day 1

    Today was, as they say, a hard working day. One of those days when you focus and get into flow, and if you could, would lose track of time. Which is to say I’m totally knackered right now. Today the competition started. For those in the Software Design category (e.g. Team SOAK from Australia) that meant...
  • Blog Post: IC08: Imagine Cup 2008 – Day Zero

    We’ll we all made it to Paris. I got in last night, and Karo arrived with most of the Australian Winners, Team SOAK this morning. Unfortunately, due to a visa mixup, Dimaz will only be arriving on Friday morning – probably a little too late, not to mention jet-lagged to participate in the first round...
  • Blog Post: Demos Happen {Here} - Sliverlight Streaming Upgrade

    Those interested in entering the Demos Happen {Here} Competition all know that a condition of entry is to post your video to http://sliverlight.live.com Our original intent was to enable everyone to stream their video on their own blog, and feature it on the Heroes Happen {Here} Community Website . Since...
  • Blog Post: MS Biggest Softie - Over and Out

    Over the last couple of weeks, I've been inundated with people asking me how the Biggest Loser (renamed Biggest Softie so as not to infringe on any Trademarks) ended up. Well, I came second!!! W00t!! This was due to some hard work on my part, I dug down, killed all alcohol, and exercised like a demon...
  • Blog Post: Demos Happen {Here}

    Our National Demo Competition is starting to hot up, despite the seeming lack of activity on the Community Website, and I've been fielding a number of questions across the board. I thought it may be high time to post the most frequent, and attempt at least to answer these as best I can. As ever if you...
  • Blog Post: MS Biggest Loser - Under the Ton!!!

    Technorati Tags: Biggest Loser , Health and Wellness , Weightloss , Fitness Week #2 in our "blackout" period, designed to increase the surprise of the Grand Finale in 2 weeks time. Even so I can't help but declare this week's weigh-in. Y'see I'm "under the ton!" I've hit my first goal, that of getting...
  • Blog Post: MS Biggest Loser - Weigh in Wk 12

    Ok so this week it's "mum's the word" I can't divulge what I've actually lost, because then my competitors will know if I'm catching up or not. I can say that I've lost weight again, and that it lies in the range between 0.5 and 1.5kgs :) Nuff said, still losing, anyone's game. R 42 Technorati...
  • Blog Post: Tag

    Catching up on my blogging, I noticed a comment on my blog about the Mobility Smackdown planning for TechEd08 , from Bronwyn Zander at Soul Solutions "Tagging" me. So what exactly is this "tagging," well an Internet era chain mail. Here are the rules: Each player starts with eight...
  • Blog Post: MS Biggest Loser - Wk 11

    Just ONE WEEK TO GO!!! This week I lost a respectable 1.2kgs, which puts me in shouting distance (but probably not close enough) to the money. You can see from this chart that the two most likely to win are within 1% of each other, and I'm 2.9% off that mark. Still, take careful note of who's line as...
  • Blog Post: Demo's Happen {Here}

    Are you worthy of the title Australian Demo God 2008 ? Do you have what it takes to demonstrate complex technical techniques simply, efficiently, enthusiastically? Do you want to be celebrated for your technical prowess at TechEd08 in Sydney later this year? Are you confident enough to win an all expenses...
  • Blog Post: Biggest Loser Weigh In - Wk 10

    Easter struck! Good and solid! Not just me either - I did actually manage to lose 200g (w00t) but others either flattened out or put on up to a couple of kilos. So I'm still in 3rd, and only 3.86kgs from winning the comp. But with 2 weeks to go I'm gonna have to increase my weight-loss by a factor of...
  • Blog Post: Weigh-in Wk 8 & 9

    Didn't get to blog about our weight-loss challenge last week, mainly because few made it to the weigh-in on Monday. But pretty much everyone was there this morning, and I'm still losing. That's despite a hectic travel schedule, ruining any chance of getting to my regular fitness training sessions, and...
  • Blog Post: Adelaide here I come

    It's been a hugely eventful week (check out what happened to our family last night) for me. Not least of which has been trying to come to grips with the Keynote Demo for the Adelaide Wave Launch. But most of us arrive tomorrow and have a jam-packed agenda: Tomorrow evening Steve Riley will be presenting...
  • Blog Post: Biggest Loser - Week 7

    So I was disgruntled with my poor fare over the last two weeks and have really kicked up my game. This seems to be working with a healthy 1.3kg loss this week. This brings me to a total of 4.2kgs down, and a current weight of 104.4kg . Still not trending enough, but glad things are starting to move faster...
  • Blog Post: We didn't get it....

    Many of you will have heard of the Imagine Cup . The prestigious design and development competition for University Students. This is a massive competition, endorsed by UNESCO , with over 10 categories and teams from some 53 countries entering. Each country hosts their own National Finals, then the winners...
  • Blog Post: MS Biggest Loser weeks 5 and 6

    It's been a couple of weeks since I blogged about this. Yep, Launch Road Shows will do that to you. So how're we going, last week the seven of us weighed in at 802.6kg!! Oh, so close. This week, we're at 796.6kg Yee-ha!! We've dropped below the 800kg barrier! There's nothing stopping us now. Our two...
  • Blog Post: Biggest Loser Week 4

    I know, I know, I've been lax in posting my (our) progress. Apologies for that, something about access to the numbers of the team, and a set of scales whilst I was in the USA. But I'm back now, and here's how things stand. The overall team weight is currently at 804.8kg , down from a start of 832.3kg...
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