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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Where will Windows Mobile take you?

    No, no, this is not about the Windows Mobile 6 campaign, which could take you to one of the wonders of the world... Rather it's about the i-mate Ultimate promotion * As quoted by i-mate: i-mate’s Ultimate experience – call for applicants i-mate Australia is running an online experience to...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: MSR Grants Research Grant to team at RMIT

    Microsoft Research announced that a team at RMIT is one of 20 of 100 applicants whom won a research grant for work in Online Search. The RMIT team which includes: Mingfang Wu, Andrew Turpin, Simon Puglisi, Falk Scholer, James Thom, is researching to find a solution providing more contextual results to...
  • Blog Post: Trial by Diet

    So a couple of days ago I blogged about my intention, nay, passion to maintain my diet and exercise regime whilst here at the Academic Airlift Conference here in Seattle. I thought I'd give a little visual representation of just how difficult this is proving to be. Here is my average day, and the food...
  • Blog Post: Winning the Biggest Loser whilst on tour...

    If you've ever travelled to the USA, personally, or on expenses, you'll understand the difficulty in maintaining a weight-loss program. This is the country with the highest overweight people per capita for a reason, and most of those don't eat 3 meals a day at a restaurant for weeks at a time. The truth...
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