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    TE08: Support from our partners

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    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...
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    Thin is in....

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    On Monday I took delivery of my new work laptop. A Toshiba Portege R500 . Despite being ridiculed by my boss for getting a 'wimps' machine, I chose this computer because of certain irresistible promises: Low weight - good for all the flying and travel...
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    Zune Stress Test

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    For Christmas I was fortunate enough to get everyone in the family a Zune , including myself. I got one of the 2nd Gen 80GB Zunes, and I have to say it is an awesome device. No doubt you already have your personal preferences about media players. Some...
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    They call it drinking from the Fire Hydrant...

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    The experience of starting a new role in Microsoft. Typically this describes what it feels like for the uninitiated, new starter; but as a 3 year veteran with the organisation, I'm starting to realise that this applies to any new role. The J-gradient...
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    Is it all in a name?

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    My 2nd to last post was about my great new laptop, the Toshiba Portege R500. You'll remember I commented on all of the features it has which the new Macbook Air is missing. That despite the marginal difference in thickness, and less weight. Yet, of course...
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    The weigh in...

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    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...
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    Why I Love the Apple iPhone

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    Mobility is such a widely and disparately understood term. Even within IT. Everyone has a different interpretation of what mobile technology is, and what it means (or doesn't) to them. About the only constants seem to be that: Mobile technology is now...
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    Announcement: New Academic Evangelist in Australia!!

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    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...
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    TE08: Community Input

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    My last post, essentially thanking Readify for their involvement in TechEd08 caused a little bit of a stir :-) to the point of being reported in the press , not once, but twice . I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight all of the influencers whom...
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    R42 New Tech - Dell XPS1730 aka "The Beast" - Part 1 "Procuring"

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    For over 6 months I've been wanting to purchase a personal home computer. My home interests include video editing, and I gave my last laptop to Em (my 18 yr old) for Christmas, before she headed to Uni. So I've been computer-less. Not entirely of course...
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    The Girl Effect

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    This week I’ve been given two great opportunities. The first was to deliver the closing keynote at the annual VITTA (Victorian IT Teachers Association) conference. Here I spoke about how to prepare our students for roles that don’t yet exist on technologies...
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    BIGger and .NETter

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    This evening I had the opportunity to meet the members of the Sydney .NET Usergroup , and the Brisbane Infrastructure Group . The first was through a happy misunderstanding, and I stepped in at the last minute to host the .NET Usergroup. This group has...
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    Succession planning

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    Yep. So if you don't know by now, perhaps the grapevine is a bit thin on the ground, or the jungle drums a tad muffled, I've a new job. As it's been announced in the MSDN Flash, I can say that it's the Group Manager for the Developer Evangelists. An exciting...
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    More Mobile Goodness

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    The news tonight is Microsoft and Nokia have made a surprising deal to use Silverlight on the Nokia handsets ... wow that will see lots of quick adoption. Thanks to James McCutcheon our Mobility MVP, of J3 fame for that tidbit... R 42
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    Embarking on the Long Road to TechEd08

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    For the last number of years, I've had a couple of points of input into TechEd in Australia. Primarily in the Mobility Track, and in the Microsoft Technology Showcase. 2 years ago, inspired by a similar session at our internal training conference, "TechReady"...
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    3 Good Reasons

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    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...
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    TE08: First Ever Australian Annual IT Demo Champion - Tatham Oddie

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    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...
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    Counting the cost…

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    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,...
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    IC08: Imagine Cup 2008 Update – Team SOAK through to Finals!!

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    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...
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    IC08: Imagine Cup 2008 - Will Team SOAK win a place?

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    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...
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    IC08: Team SOAK from Australia win the coveted Imagine Cup

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    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...
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    TE08: Blogging from my Mobile phone in the Smackdown

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    This is a quick demo of a great little app to demonstrate the power of mobile blogging. R42
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    Weigh-in Wk 8 & 9

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    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...
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    Gb

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    Or rather F#. Sorry, poor musician's joke, which doesn't translate, but Lucy my wife will get it. (she's a muso, not a geek) In my new role I've been starting to look around at dev technologies I can start playing around with again to bring me into dev...
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    MS Biggest Loser - Weigh in Wk 12

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    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...
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