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  • Blog Post: 1 Month in

    This week was one of wrap up and preparation. The end of Q3 for our financial year, preparing for a strong Q4, and all the next financial year planning that’s about to come crashing down, and that’s not to mention TechEd09 . Huge things planned there. My role this year is looking after “Community and...
  • Blog Post: Smackdown Crew goes Bald

    Rick “Mad-eye Murdoch” Anderson and I, “Colonel Hannibal” from the Aussie “Mobile Smackdown” crew, are about to become bald. We’re participating in the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual “Shave for a Cure” at 12pm today in the office. You can join the team and shave/colour any time this week-end, or sponsor...
  • Blog Post: Counting the cost…

    The thing about cycling to work, no matter the justifications, is that you actually have to get home again. There were times today that I seriously considered just taking the bike on the train, but I’m glad I didn’t So like any beginner at something, during that Unconscious Incompetent stage (you don...
  • Blog Post: 3 Good Reasons

    Over the last year or so, I’ve been considering cycling to work, and this morning made the first run. Whew. There are 3 reasons which led to this momentous outcome: Drop the spare tire . Yep, I’ve been up and down with weight, and of course consistent exercise (without feeling like having to sacrifice...
  • Blog Post: TE08: Support from our partners

    TechEd is a huge undertaking, and there is no way we could be successful without the support of our partners. Today I got to see the impact of that again first hand. I was invited to address the Readify Annual Kick-off as their guest speaker. During my introduction, Darren Neimke asked how many Readify...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: New Academic Evangelist in Australia!!

    It's been a little while in coming, but I'm very pleased to announce that we have a new Academic Developer Evangelist in Australia. After a rigorous recruiting process, on Monday I offered the role to Andrew Parsons , which he accepted. He popped into Microsoft this afternoon with his signed letter of...
  • Blog Post: Hammertime

    You've heard about it! I''ve mentioned Hammertime, our boxercise training that has helped me lose 15kgs to date. Well here's a short video of what we do, and some of the crazy people that do it with me. See you there? R 42 Technorati Tags: Rog42 , Hammertime , R42 , Boxercise , Health and Fitness
  • 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: R42 New Tech - Suunto T6 Training Watch

    It seems I have a raft of "new tech" in my life to blog about, none more timely than my new Suunto T6 Training Watch . As you know I've been "changing my ways" and introducing exercise into my life (again) (-ish). Well it wasn't going to be long before I could find some techy, geeky...
  • 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: SWMUG May 2008

    What a great meeting of minds last night at SWMUG. Er, that's the Sydney Windows Mobile Usergroup to the uninitiated. We kicked off with a segment on Microsoft and Mobile News from April. I seriously thought that this would be a 5 min segment summarising perhaps 4 or 5 happenings over the last month...
  • 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: 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: So much to Blog

    ... so little time. First I must comment on a change I've made to clarify and simplify things for readers of my blogs. Many of you, faithful readers, know that I run two blogs: http://blogs.msdn.com/rog42 which covers all of my work entries. http://blog.rog42.net which until today has covered everything...
  • 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...
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