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    December Unplugged – It’s Big!

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    We have a big line up planned for our December Unplugged tour through New Zealand. It’s post- PDC (MS Professional Developers Conference) so of course we’ll be focusing on Windows Azure along with what’s coming in Visual Studio 2010 . On the TechNet side...
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    Professional Developers Conference – LA 17-19th November

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    I’m looking forward to PDC again this year. Last year was the first time I have had the opportunity to attend and it was a real experience. We unleashed Windows Azure on the world and laid out the Microsoft cloud story, previewed the Office Web Apps plus...
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    Channel 9 Learning Centre – Free Training

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    Did you know there’s a whole lot of resources available to help you get up to speed on our latest technologies – and it’s all free! It consists of a set of courses with each course including a set of videos, hands-on labs, and source code samples to get...
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    Welcoming Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2

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    We’ve just launched a beta wave – Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 2. Darryl has written a great blog post on the new VS 2010 SKUs, but here’s the skinny: Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN : the comprehensive suite of...
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    Windows 7 – Coming this month!

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    You might have heard that Microsoft is releasing the next version of Windows this month? If you haven’t then you must be living in an alternative universe! Did you know there has been 50,000 downloads of pre-release Windows 7 in New Zealand? That’s a...
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    The Next Best Thing to attending Tech.Ed NZ 2009 - Tech.Ed Online

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    Tech.Ed NZ 2009 was a great event, the turnout (equivalent to last year) was a big vote of confidence from our industry, especially as many companies faced difficult times and reduced training budgets. But the event lives on… This year we’re making Tech...
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    Imagine Cup 2010 – Calling All Students

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    Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. The first round is now open for all students! Simply come up with an idea that uses technology to solve the world’s toughest issue. And get the chance to win 1 of 3 Prezzy Cards worth...
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    Tech.Ed 2009 – Day One Done

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    A huge day yesterday as we kicked off Tech.Ed 2009 in Auckland. The keynote featured an intro from ICT Minister Steven Joyce, the worldwide Microsoft CFO Chris Liddell spoke on the global economic situation and the part technology and innovation will...
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    Our Very Own Nigel Parker – Speaking at TEDx!!

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    I’m a big fan of TED – it’s proof that the internet can be a force for good, inspiring us and improving our lives. TEDx is an independently organised TED event held around the world – and Nigel has earned himself a slot! Details here .
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    INAUGURAL NORTH SHORE USERGROUP

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    VS2010 and TFS2010 – What’s New? Presented by Adam Cogan, Microsoft Regional Director and MVP Date: Thursday 17 th September 2009 Gather at 5:45pm, starting at 6:00pm Catering: Pizza & Drinks Door Charge: Free! Venue: Quadrangle B; Seminar Room 3...
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    Tech.Ed – What It Means To You?

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    I have the great privilege of opening Tech.Ed again this year and I’m really keen to get some of your ideas and thoughts to use in my intro. Comment below, Twitter @TheGasMan , or email me – here’s some starters: What does Tech.Ed mean to you? What’s...
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    Speaking At Tech.Ed 2009

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    If you’re speaking at Tech.Ed this year use this banner on your blog/email sig etc.: If you’re planning to blog from Tech.Ed register your blog – you might be quoted worldwide via the Tech Ed Online website! If you’ll be there and want to share - try...
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    Tech.Ed – Tech Girls Dinner

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    Another regular satellite Tech.Ed event is Microsoft’s Tech Girls Dinner . Tech Girls Dinner is a very special evening celebrating women working within the IT industry with inspiring speakers and fantastic networking opportunities. Now into its third...
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    Pre-Tech.Ed Code Camp

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    One of the really cool pre-Tech.Ed events is Code Camp, a great thing to do if you’re attending Tech.Ed (or even if you’re not…). This year Code Camp offers an impressive agenda with multiple streams: Development Programming Languages Behaviour Driven...
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    Tech.Ed 2009 – Two Weeks To Go

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    Tech.Ed 2009 kicks off in two weeks time (14-16 Sep) at Skycity in Auckland. There are still some places available and you might have seen the special offer we’ve put in place for delegates – it’s a great machine, a real “business class” netbook: Of course...
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    Cloud Talk – Auckland Connected Systems User Group

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    Thanks to Thiago Almeida for inviting me along to talk about cloud computing at the Connected Systems user group last week – and thanks to all the folks for coming along to listen. I’m always impressed by the number of people who give up their evening...
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    Imagine Cup People’s Choice Award

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    Team Think from Lincoln University, New Zealand’s Imagine Cup Winner for 2009, with their software solution “LearnIT” designed to increase global literacy rates are off to Cairo, Egypt this week for the World Wide Finals. The New Zealand team will join...
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    TechEd Tickets - Reminder

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    Our early bird places sold out in a record day and a half this year but there are still tickets available, so don’t miss TechEd 2009. We’ve partnered with Canon to come up with a great incentive to sign up.  Register for Tech Ed before 31 July and...
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    GOVIS Session

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    I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to present a session on cloud computing at the 2009 Government IT conference GOVIS – which was a lot of fun. You can view it on the GOVIS media site or Nigel’s cross-platform implementation is here (which is a story...
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    First NZ Sharepoint Conference in July

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    It’s great to see the first ever New Zealand Sharepoint conference being held on July 2/3 in Wellington. Sharepoint has evolved over the years into a comprehensive application platform for all kinds of apps and situations. And the folks behind the NZ...
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    The Road to Tech.Ed 2009

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    Last year was my first experience at running TechEd New Zealand. Luckily I have a great team and event partners who know pretty much how to do this after running many successful events over many years. So the 2008 event went off pretty well, we saw some...
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    Contribute to TechEd 2009

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    From Nigel’s blog: The Tech•Ed 2009 season kicks off this week in LA, and the show comes to Australia and New Zealand in mid-September. We’ve just opened the Call for Content tool so now’s the time to submit that great idea for a session. Go to the Call...
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    Big Windows 7 Focused Unplugged This Month

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    This month’s Unplugged series concentrates on Windows 7 both from a features/deployment/management perspective and a how to develop rich applications for Windows point of view. Here are the details:   UNPLUGGED Roadshow: Windows 7 Special - 25 May...
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    2009 Imagine Cup Preliminary Round

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            I’ve spent the last two days as part of the judging panel for the preliminary round of the NZ Imagine Cup competition. The teams have come up with some great ideas that fit with the theme of “Imagine a world where technology...
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    Introducing the Microsoft NZ Toolshed

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    Yesterday we held a roundtable discussion with industry folks to announce the Microsoft NZ Toolshed. The idea is that in these troubled economic times we need to take the initiative and reach out to the community and industry. We’ve combined some existing...
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