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  • Blog Post: Shift Happens

    By now you’ll have read/heard the news, that the team I work in, DPE (Developer and Platform Evangelism) has appointed a new Director for Australia. I.e. I have a new boss. My previous boss, Norbert Haehnel, has returned to his homeland of Germany to head up the Education Sales Team there. Gianpaolo...
  • Blog Post: More Team SOAK Goodness

    This morning I had the opportunity to interview with 2 of the inimitable Team SOAK for ABC’s Radio Australia “Innovations” program. The show is likely to go on the air in about a months time across Asia-Pacific. Apparently it’s podcast, so once we have the clip, I’m sure everyone on the team will post...
  • 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: 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 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 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: 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: 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: 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: The Value of Things

    As a long time consultant and architect, I've often been in discussion which went along the line of: "Let's give the scoping (read: envisioning, designing, planning & I know these are all different artefacts) to our prospective client for free." My usual response is that giving away something...
  • 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: Heroes Happen Launch - Take Two

    So I'm here at Melbourne with the second iteration of the Heroes Happens Launch, and if anything, I'm enjoying it more than Sydney. Last week I spent much of my time chatting to our MVP's, Usergroup Leaders and customers. And although I've been meeting heaps of people here too, I've taken the time out...
  • 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: Morning 1 at TechReady6

    This mornings keynote was hosted by Norm Judah , CTO for Microsoft Services; and Steve Balmer, CEO of Microsoft. Norm, resplendent in a pink shirt, was his usual clear, fun, and self-effacing self. As for Steve, the electricity and energy of the man. Considering the current negotiations around the Yahoo...
  • 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: Play Nicely Now

    I Love our generation. I Love the technology we work with, and I especially Love the Internet. One of the things I love is enabling people, connecting people. The implications of that over my career, has been to work with a heap of technologies: JCL, COBOL, Novell, WordPerfect, Windows for Workgroups...
  • Blog Post: Early Mornings, Late Nights

    Well, here I am, in Seattle, and the weather is just as shown on TV (Gray's Anatomy), which is to say cold and wet. I am enjoying being back though. I'm finding it like seeing an old friend. There are still new experiences to enjoy, but a familiarity with the people and my surroundings not to feel alien...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Heading Out

    The time has come for our bi-annual TechReady event. This is a training conference hosted for Microsoft technical roles in Seattle. Typically each MS member gets to go to Seattle once a year, either in the Winter (now) or Summer (Jul/Aug). The conference itself is a huge event, hosted in Seattle to be...
  • Blog Post: Weigh-in Week 1

    Australia Day threw this week's weigh-in out by a day. Not to mention going camping meant huge temptation with Ice Creams, Donuts, Bacon & Eggs, and of course, beer, cider, and rum. Still last week was also a huge week for exercise. 3 sessions of boxercise, and besides Thursday, I'm still managing...
  • Blog Post: Opportunity for Usergroup Leaders and MVP's to network in Sydney

    Late breaking news: I’ve managed to secure some places for UG Leads and MVPs at the Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT) Summit Welcome Reception to be held on Tuesday 29 th January . The Summit presents an opportunity for you to meet and connect with our MCTs as well as other key influencers in...
  • Blog Post: The weigh in...

    Some of you may know that like many people in our industry, over the last couple of years (well, ok, decade) I've struggled with controlling an increasing mass. That's body mass. So, in the spirit of the new year, and taking total accountability for the consequences of my (gluttonous) actions, not to...
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