It is Moira here (frankies wife) he asked me to post a note to let you all know that he is in hospital at the moment and will be back to his computer as soon as he is able.
More data surfing! So far, we have seen which state
the attendees are coming from, the top 10
names and the
distribution of boys and girls.
Today I thought I would look at the split of job functions and I am horrified
at the result.
22% of attendees are Developers. That's so disturbing.
I told Dave Lemphers about this
inspired him to blog how to make Tech.Ed bigger and better. That may help
*next* year, but how can we get more devs along this year?
Come on Aussie Devs - Tech.Ed is going to
have a lot of relevance to you - from the deep dive
certification offers, the hands on
labs, and the chance to hang with your peers in the Dev'Garten, not to
mention the Architecture, Developer
Development and Messaging
& Mobility tracks, just to name a few.
What's missing? What is keeping developers away? Is it relevance? Is it cost?
Is it timing? Am I worrying for no reason?
Today is the anniversary of when I started my career at Microsoft - 15 years!
As I said last year, I've been really lucky, as I have done lots of different things, been exposed to different parts of the business, and seen it from different parts of the world. I have been very fortunate to work with some amazing people within Microsoft, as well as some outstanding organisations & people outside of Microsoft.
For more details, you can look here, as well as read some of the stuff I've said in the press.
During the week I got an email from the President of Microsoft International - Jean-Philippe Courtois
- 15 years at Microsoft -
This is a special month - you have been with Microsoft for 15 Years! I wanted to take this opportunity to express my personal gratitude for your contribution and your continued commitment.
As an important member of the Microsoft team you have helped the company grow and deliver innovative products from Windows 95 to the Xbox 360. You have been, and continue to be, an integral part of our success.
Looking back since 1991 we've significantly expanded our portfolio of products and have grown to be a company with more than 60.000 employees. Today, I see so much future potential for the company. Every day, I'm continually impressed by the great work and progress we're making.
I want to thank you for your hard work and innovation, for your willingness to take on big challenges, and for your commitment to driving real value for our customers.
Microsoft is a great company because of you, and Im proud to be part of it with you. I sincerely hope you will celebrate this special occasion with your team.
Jean-Philippe CourtoisPresident, Microsoft International Senior Vice President, Microsoft Corporation
"YOU WIN IN LIFE WITH PEOPLE"
I also got nice little award.
So where to now for me?
I'm looking after all the technical folks within the team and the team is growing. The challenges are growing too, as Microsoft faces a series of strong challenges.
The future looks bright. I'm really bullish on Windows Vista I took home a recent build and I am amazed watching my kids playing with it. They tell me that they love it. My eldest has been a Firefox fan, but he's loving the combo of Vista and IE7. He wants to upgrade all the PCs in the house. My kids are a good barometer. I have a feeling that the folks who go along to Innovation 2006 will be impressed.
So 15 years down. Lot's more ahead
[ Currently Playing : Super Star (Turkey) - A. Sibel Tuzun - Eurovision Song Contest-Athens 2006 (03:01) ]
I scored a Bluetooth headset for Christmas from my kids (seems they were tired of me always getting caught talking on my phone while driving) for use with my K-JAM
So, I installed Microsoft Voice Command, applied a little registry hack magic (thanks to Darryl Burling for creating a handy little app which does this) and voila.
It works like a dream! Now my new headset works with Voice Command AND I can route any audio to the headset too, which is perfect for listening to music or podcasts.
There are heaps of other hints, tips and hacks available, which I will be investigating soon. It's a really handy wiki.
[ Currently Playing : The Joker - Fatboy Slim - Palookaville (05:22) ]
Last year, TechEd was held in Brisbane, at the Convention Center.
I have tradionally worn a lovely LOUD Mambo Hawaiian shirt, which was yellow with red roses, similar to the one that is for sale on Ebay. This shirt is no longer available and it is considered a collector's item - as are all the LOUD mambo shirts
Well, at last year's TechEd party (held at Family nightclub), one of the attendees asked me if he could wear my shirt. Foolishly I let him wear it. Next thing I know this dude has run away and I am missing a shirt. I have no idea who he was, and I haven't seen him since.
So, if anyone sees someone at TechEd 2004 with *MY* Mambo shirt - grab him and please let me know. I want my shirt back!
I've just celebrated my 13 year anniversary at Microsoft. It's been a fun journey.
I've been really lucky, as I have done lots of different things, been exposed to different parts of the business, and seen it from different parts of the world. I have been very fortunate to work with some amazing people within Microsoft, as well as some outstanding organisations & people outside of Microsoft.
If you want more details, you can look here, as well as stuff said in the press.
[Now Playing: Meat Loaf - Bat out of Hell [Australia Bonus Tracks] - For Crying Out Loud (08:55)]
Designed by Developers, for Developers, MSDN Connection is Microsoft's new peer-based recognition program - created in conjunction with Australian International .NET Association (INETA) user groups.
MSDN Connection is about bringing developers together, from all walks of life - both professional as well as student developers, to a common place where they have the opportunity to share ideas among each other, meet and participate with their peers in user groups while all the time learning and sharing from each others developer experiences.
This is a fantastic way for members of the Developer community to build closer relationships with Microsoft and other industry affiliates, as well as receive recognition for individual accomplishments. And, best of all - there's no cost for you.
So what are you waiting for? Get involved!
The MSDN Connection program has launch in Australia on March 1, 2004. Further details on how to register will be available at the Security Summit in each state.