• Late Developer

    The Future is in Good Hands...

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    Yesterday we held the NZ finals for the Imagine Cup - a global Microsoft technology competition where students are asked to create a technology solution around the theme of " imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment "...
  • Late Developer

    The Children are our Future...

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    Since moving to the DPE team I've been amazed at the sheer number of activities going on within our communities, none more so than the academic community. With events like Dev Jam happening around Uni orientation and the Imagine Cup getting under way...
  • Late Developer

    Cool tool from ActionThis

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    Take a look at the Runtime Page Optimiser from ActionThis . They've created a component that combines requests a runtime. For example, if a page has 10 javascript files, these will be combined into 1 file. Same with CSS and images (these are tiled). They...
  • Late Developer

    Loud people in small places

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    Just returned from a few days in Sydney and was thinking about a news report from last week about a trial of mobile phone usage on planes (Lufthansa or Qantas I think). The aircraft cabin is one of the last bastions of "incommunicado" and I...
  • Late Developer

    Thin is in

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    Seen a couple of these babies over the last couple of weeks. No it's not a Mac Air - it's a Toshiba R500 and it's smaller and lighter while sporting all the things you expect in a notebook (optical drive etc.)! Nice to see other hardware manufacturers...
  • Late Developer

    Imagine Cup - Industry Help Needed

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    Imagine Cup is an annual event we run to encourage students to get involved in technology careers and innovation through a worldwide competition. A critical part of a team's preparation is working with industry mentors to help them refine their ideas...
  • Late Developer

    NZ TechEd Agenda

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    Full NZ TechEd agenda and track   information is now available. Only a few weeks to go now. We're going flat out to pull together the best TechEd yet - look forward to seeing you there.
  • Late Developer

    Woo Hoo - New Machine

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    I spend a lot of time in aeroplanes and airports these days so size and weight were critical factors in choosing a new machine - as well as good performance. The proliferation of ultra portable laptops makes this a very interesting choice. The Toshiba...
  • Late Developer

    TechEd Keynote Speaker(s)

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    We're really fortunate to have Amit Mital , the General Manager for Live Mesh, as our keynote speaker for TechEd this year. While he will be presenting a view of our wider Software + Services strategy, mesh (which is really just an implementation of our...
  • Late Developer

    Experience Tech.Ed...Live

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    Explore Tech.Ed 2008 NZ as it happens Only a few days until the event kicks off at SkyCity in Auckland on Sept 1st. I'd like to invite you to experience Tech.Ed 2008 NZ from the comfort of your own desktop. Catch all the action, watch interviews with...
  • Late Developer

    Day One...Done

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    Huge day today. We kicked off TechEd 2008 at SkyCity in Auckland this morning with a keynote featuring yours truly and Kevin Ackhurst (MD of Microsoft NZ). We then heard from our first surprise guest John Key - leader of the National party - on the topic...
  • Late Developer

    Everything turned out like we had planned...

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    Opshop headlined last night at TechFest and I can't get that song out of my head now - I think the technical term is an earworm! Great night last night, big crowd, cool venue and everyone having a great time. Oh - and there were some technical sessions...
  • Late Developer

    TechEd 2008...done

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    Big thanks to everyone who attended TechEd this year. We welcomed over two thousand customers, partners, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, journalists and staff over three action packed days. I hope you had a great personal TechEd experience. I knew we...
  • Late Developer

    An Evening with Industry

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    I've been invited to speak at a New Zealand Computer Society event on Thursday. They've invited all graduating students from the Wellington region to come along and learn what a career in technology might hold. There will be speakers from a number or...
  • Late Developer

    Wanted...Developer Evangelist

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          We're hiring... You might have heard that Darryl Burling has moved on to a new role within Microsoft NZ - and he's left some big shoes to fill. The Developer Evangelist role requires a very special combination of abilities - deep...
  • Late Developer

    From the Horse's Mouth

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    The Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is coming soon. We pretty much only run PDC when we have some big things to talk about...real big things. People talk about the ".NET" PDC and the "Longhorn" PDC and this year...
  • Late Developer

    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...
  • Late Developer

    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...
  • Late Developer

    The Twitter Explosion

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    It’s been amazing to see the social phenomenon that is Twitter explode from relative obscurity to global recognition over the last few months. Jon Stewart has covered it on the Daily Show , US senators have been accused of inattention because they were...
  • Late Developer

    NZ Customers - buy or renew MSDN subscriptions online

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    Just in from Darryl's blog: While the rest of the world has been able to purchase and renew Visual Studio and MSDN online for some time, we have for some reason lagged behind.  But now that lag is behind us and we can now order a new subscription...
  • Late Developer

    I Love LA - #1

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    Love these online bling badges... So we've arrived in LA. Just checked the PDC website there's been some updates and changes. The good news you'll be able to watch the keynotes live - bad news is they're on about 4.30am NZ time. Spotted a few likely looking...
  • Late Developer

    Every (red)dog has his day...PDC #2

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    It's been a big couple of days here at PDC where we've made some of the biggest announcements in the history of the company. There's plenty of press coverage of the release so I'll give you a high level, personal perspective: Monday 27th of October saw...
  • Late Developer

    Start-Up TV

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    The guys at Start-Up magazine have been making a TV series following the fortunes of 20 or so start-up companies over the last six months. In their words: “They've been put through the wringer for the last 6 months, had their business and personal lives...
  • Late Developer

    April 1st is Tech Day

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    Tech.Days – a 24 hour virtual event for developers On April 1 2009, be part of history and join developers from all around the world for the first ever 24 hour day of technology learning.  Tech.Days will feature 95 live sessions across 5 tracks on...
  • Late Developer

    Your chance to tell us how we are doing

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    Every year we collect your feedback as it provides valuable information to help us better deliver our services and products in New Zealand. Starting this month and until April 15 , you may be randomly chosen to share your experiences with Microsoft products...
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