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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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    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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    Smackdown Crew goes Bald

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    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...
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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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    Demos Happen {Here} - Sliverlight Streaming Upgrade

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    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...
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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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    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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    Roadtest: Acer Aspire One

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    I’ve now been using this great little laptop for just over a week. Where last week I was asked “Which one did you get?” this week I’ve constantly been asked variations on the same question: “How does it perform?” “Do you like it?” “What would I do with...
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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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    Demo's Happen {Here}

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    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...
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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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    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: 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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    Twitter for those who still don't get it

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    I've blogged about Twitter before, and usually wouldn't go on about it. But two observations this week: The only people who keep talking about how they "don't get Twitter" or "don't see the value in it" are those whom haven't used it. A cool presentation...
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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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    Introducing the Real Virtual Shave Team

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    Well we had “The Big Shave” yesterday, and whilst I’m still collating all of the photos and editing the video(s) for everyone, I did throw this quick video together to introduce (most of) the team… As you can probably tell from the brief snippets, the...
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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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    IC08: Imagine Cup 2008 – Day Zero

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    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...
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    R42 New Tech - Suunto T6 Training Watch

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    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...
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    TE08: The Smackdown Finale

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    I'll do a fuller wrap-up of the Smackdown *SMACK!* "HooHa!" later, but I just had to get the little video of the finale competition out. We wrapped up the biggest, and loudest Smackdown "HooHa!" ever held at a public TechEd with a...
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    IC08: Imagine Cup 2008 – Day 1

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    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...
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    Heroes Happen {Here}

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    So I'm at the launch event, ready to rock, but I thought I'd blog (initially at least) on a slightly different spin to the launch of Windows, SQL, and Visual Studio 2008. That is interoperability with the Open Source Communities: We have a campaign for...
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    Remember to update your Windows Mobile Daylight Savings Time (DST) settings!!!!

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    Update using MSI or CAB (this updates PDA or Smartphone running WM5 or WM6).  For more information on the update: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949168 (If you’re unsure – MSI is the easier update option.  Just have your phone connected...
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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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    TE08: Dogtags

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    In 2006 it was a high-energy, spirited, spontaneous Mobility Smackdown *SMACK!* off the back of the Microsoft Showcase. Last year we staged Pirates of the Blackberry Curse as a Track Session for the first time ever at a public TechEd to a sell-out crowd...
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