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    Wellington’s New Infrastructure User Group

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    Great to see the new User Group kicking off last night. It’s funny – developers seem to have a natural flocking tendency whereas IT Pro’s, perhaps being more multi-disciplined, tend to work more within their own organisation or network. That’s all changed...
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    Stay in the know

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    Newsletters seem like an almost archaic means of communication in the age of social networking – even online newsletters. But the truth is a newsletter is still the best way to connect to a whole lot of people and that’s why we’ve done a revamp of our...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    NZ in the MIX

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    There’s a great story on Nigel’s blog covering the MIX09 keynote – and in particular the inclusion of Wellington’s SilverStripe in the Web App Gallery (the ten most popular OSS web applications) as part of the MS Web Platform Installer 2.0 beta. Sound...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 – 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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    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 – 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    NZ TechEd 2008 - Registration goes live...

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    TechEd registration goes live on the 1st May 2008 . This year the event will be bigger and better than ever. Get in early and avoid disappointment folks!
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    TechEd 2008 - Help us make it even better

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    How do you take New Zealand's biggest technology conference, with a fantastic track record, and make it even better? Well, you tell me! I'm the NZ executive sponsor for TechEd 2008 and I'm really excited to be part of the team putting together this year...
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