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  • Blog Post: What … there is a development centre in Vancouver?!?

    After hearing this question one too many times, it is time to zoom into a small, yet buzzing spot on this planet, the city of Vancouver, Canada! Interesting spots on the maps … Is where the Vancouver Development Center is located at the time of creating this post. Is where Redmond is approximately located...
  • Blog Post: My new home @ the office

    Finally moved closer to the sun … I now have a corner next to a window to enjoy the frequent west coast “liquid” sun and the less frequent, but precious “warm” sun. What worries me is that after moving my stuff, I had one power supply, three network cables, one power cable and tons of other stuff left...
  • Blog Post: Day OOF … re-booting in spectacular Vancouver

    To support the ALM Rangers family > job > rangers mantra I decided to take today off ( OOF ), unplug from the digital universe and enjoy a minute part of beautiful Vancouver. 1. Starting at Cleveland Dam The Cleveland dam and surrounding park is phenomenal. Wondered about the cracks in the dam...
  • Blog Post: T-496 days for New Horizons … brings back a lot of memories of precious friends, books and a noisy generator during a power failure :)

    Funny what your brain pulls from the memory folders when you are waiting for VMs to spin up in Azure during an evening troubleshooting session. In 2007 my colleague Geoff Bruce and I got together to discuss the concept of writing an ALM book that would be read by all of the developers, testers and leads...
  • Blog Post: On a personal note … the Illustrators release another great music video in South-Africa!

    We continue to support talent watching the evolution of Dominic Neill. I remember watching him at a song competition at our school … many, many years ago   Dominic , you ROCK and make us proud! PLEASE take a few minutes to listen to his songs, enjoy the videos and share! Each view supports and encourages...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers email etiquette … part 1

    We deal with email, a LOT of email as eluded to in FAQ – How can I determine which of the 100’s of ALM Ranger emails is important to “Gregg”? . To remain professional and efficient, we encourage all Rangers to embrace a few email etiquettes.etiquettes controlled vocabulary improves productivity Often...
  • Blog Post: What … it has been 5 years already? Time flies when you are having fun :)

    When there were unusually many ALM Rangers gathering in one place at the ATE event I should have known … Bijan had a great surprise for me. It all started as a VSTS MVP with an unforgettable sabbatical in Redmond with BillE, working on an early version of the Best Practise Analyser (BPA) tool and encountering...
  • Blog Post: Pre-TR Training … and a breakfast you should run away from :)

    The ALM Rangers are slowly but surely gathering in Seattle for TechReady, semi-annual internal technical conference and one of the few opportunities for some lucky Rangers to meet their peers face to face. using application insights to monitor health of our vs online home Before we get started...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers are briefly shutting down for some quality family time!

    Please be aware that we are asking all ALM Rangers to honour the family>job>rangers mantra and limit the ALM community activities from December 20th – January 6th, which includes this blog. We are suggesting all Rangers to remember to take their mobile phone and laptop when they un-plug, but leave...
  • Blog Post: A “few” of the pictures taken during 2013 to highlight a few of the many special moments no where near ALM Rangers

    Here are my 13 favourite pictures taken during the past twelve months. Unlike A “few” of the pictures taken during 2013 to highlight a few of the many special moments with the ALM Rangers these pictures have been made no where near ALM Rangers Always finding a sign from our champ Alex … this time a heart...
  • Blog Post: A “few” of the pictures taken during 2013 to highlight a few of the many special moments with the ALM Rangers

    Here are a few of my favourite pictures taken at events with fellow ALM Rangers during 2013 … enjoy! … next I will post my 13 favourite pictures taken during 2013, but no where near ALM Rangers
  • Blog Post: Another great “back to the future” song from South-Africa :)

    I enjoy supporting talent, in this case ex-school colleagues from our oldest son Alexander . Special memories ! In the take some time to listen to a great song by the the Illustrators post I asked you to enjoy the song Love , which featured some interesting hardware from ages back… The band just released...
  • Blog Post: Take some time to listen to a great song by the the Illustrators - Make Love!

    When Dominique wrote a special tribute ( Goodbye my friend ) to our son Alexander back in 2010, we knew that the young gentleman had a bright future in music. It is phenomenal to see the phenomenal growth and potential in the latest song “Make Love” by The Illustrators. Sit back, relax, watch and enjoy...
  • Blog Post: Unplugged from Italy

    I travelled to Perugia Italy with my son to visit a soccer academy he plans to join next year, promising to “unplug” from cyberspace (ha, ha, …), relaxing and re-booting. Wow , were we surprised by Italy, its casual and friendly people, historical cities, beautiful landscapes and the delicious Pizza...
  • Blog Post: TR16 Journal (Day T+1,2) – The first two days and phenomenal sessions are history

    TechReady 16 started on Monday morning, after a great midnight snack, an early stroll through a misty Redmond to the Overlake transport centre, a quick bus ride and converging at the conference centre with hundreds of technology geeks. Monday The Dev Track started with a great kick-off, during which...
  • Blog Post: TR16 Journal (Day T-2) – Pretending to be a mushroom

    Today I pretended to be a mushroom … Robert Bernstein gave me a strange look yesterday, when I told him about my Saturday plans and I guess it is best to explain what I mean. … A mushroom typically grows in the dark and does not move around a lot … in other words it is seems to be a relaxing lifestyle...
  • Blog Post: A fantastic soccer weekend and history for Whitecaps, thanks to Seattle Sounders :)

    After a hectic, but “fun” soccer weekend I have to share some photos and say THANK YOU to Marjorie and the Microsoft V ancouver D evelopment C entre (VDC) for enabling my family to watch the Whitecaps game in style. Never thought I would say this, but THANKS to Seattle Sounders for beating FC Dallas...
  • Blog Post: Do you like Rap music? Please support one of the rising stars in the Vancouver community!

    It is always fun to remind my boys that Rap music was not invented by their generation and we had rappers back in the 70’s and 80’s when we where their age   I must admit that the techno pulse and rapper chatter is not my favourite music, but it allows the youth to sprinkle of a bit of rebellion...
  • Blog Post: Was my career an accident?

    I recently prepared a talk for Southpointe Academy and was flabbergasted when the student who invited asked me whether my career was planned or an accident . Multiple reviews of my career made me realize that my career, in particular the information technology (IT) part, was indeed not as planned. Here...
  • Blog Post: Seattle Central Square was eerie tonight …

    Thanks to a rather intense (for others) and time consuming border crossing I only made it to Seattle at 11:30 tonight. I spent 30min waiting for the 545 bus in an eerie feeling central square … I was surrounded by frozen humanoids … finally home again
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Redmond Campus is a green paradise

    This morning I went for a walk on the Microsoft Campus to try and get rid of a headache. Not only did I forget all about my headache, but also missed my Ruck meeting with our Ruck Master, Brian Blackman . Brian, I apologize for missing our early morning chat … I decided to post a few pictures to try...
  • Blog Post: Pictures from beautiful Vancouver … an IT-less blog for a change :)

    With spring in the air, it is time that I post a non-IT blog post again, sharing snapshots I have made on recent strolls through Ladner and White Rock . In the second photo I saw this chap running through the clouds when I looked up The variety of beauty and colour is astounding! What is important to...
  • Blog Post: MVP Summit – The day of the (UN)HIDE button

    Today was a stressful (at the time) and hilariously funny (looking back) day at the MVP Summit. Seeing all the great MVPs, the colleagues, the special friends and getting VERY special gifts made today a phenomenal day :) Context: Imagine the scene … 5+ geeks, with just as many laptops, trying to get...
  • Blog Post: Picture(s) of the Week … 12 … Beautiful Canada!

    Here is my favourite picture from the past 3 days in Whistler, where we soaked up snow, blue skies, sun and adventure … and here are more pictures showing the sheer beauty of Canada and my wonderful family having a blast
  • Blog Post: A happy and safe festive season and holiday everyone!

    … the happy gang in Dullstroom in 2008 As we get ready to unplug ourselves from the digital world, we would like to thank everyone who has been part of our family journey, the phenomenal Visual Studio ALM Rangers and all the wonderful colleagues within and outside of Microsoft in 2011. We wish you and...
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