More TechEd Conversations

One of the tools we’re using at TechEd Australia this year to facilitate the Connect pillar is called (aptly enough) TechEd Connect. Here’s the US version of the card I can insert on my blog and use to find like-minded geeks to hang out with while I’m in Orlando.  We’re planning to have the same…

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Get twice as certified and help win your User Group $3000 worth of prizes

As some of you know, I’m a big fan of the certification system. Well, there are only 11 days left of MS Learning’s great offer to give you a free exam voucher for each MCP/MCTS credential you get before 31 May. You’ll need to prove you passed by sharing your MCP transcript. Here’s the skinny…

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Community is where you make it

As my blog tag says, it’s all about community. Just before I went dark to go on the Wave Launch tour, I got a note from Daniel Vaughan to say he was doing a presentation to a User Group inside the firewall at his work (btw, Daniel’s blogged about the presentation – Model Driven Development:…

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Microsoft launches RoboChamps, a worldwide simulated robotics competition platform built on .NET

It’s seems like competitions are the flavour of the month. A couple of weeks ago we launched a world-wide competition for people building simulated robots. This is "… a simulated robotics league that is open to academics, hobbyists and developers from around the world, that demonstrates the power of the Microsoft platform to enable a…

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Visual Studio 2008 certifications demystified

Still catching up on my blogging, so this one’s a little old. The irrepressible Trika blogged about the VS2008 series of certifications and included a bunch of different paths through the tracks based on your current certification status. There’s also a link to a Live Meeting webcast about all this stuff. Check it out. Of…

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MS Press Online Store now open in Australia with discounts for UG members until the end of May

I got this note from Tania Netterfield, our partner manager for CPLS and the local MS Press representative. Hello all, I’m delighted to advise you that our press distributor Woodslane in conjunction with MS has developed an Microsoft Online Press Store which is now LIVE! www.mspress.com.au To help us launch the Store during the month…

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SQL Server 2008 Readiness Events in Australia (and heaps more technologies too)

Greg beat me to it. The Australian Partner Readiness site has three great SQL2008 sessions listed SQL 2008 for Developers SQL 2008 BI – JumpStart SQL 2008 : IT PRO Admin : 1 Day JumpStart But that’s just the start of it. Check these out: Application Platform & Windows Server 2008: 1 Day JumpStart BizTalk RFID…

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Lots of Pre-Configured Virtual Machines for You to Use

Continuing the trend of making it easy to get your hands on a pre-configured environment to help evaluate and learn the new stuff, there are a number of great (and I mean this in several senses of the word) downloads available for you to grab and fire straight up. This is a VPC image that…

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DotNet-U: Great training you can take and give

We had the pleasure last week of hosting Doug Turnure, the Developer Evangelist from Atlanta, Georgia. Doug and I started at Microsoft around the same time (I think he pre-dates me by about 6 months) and we’ve corresponded a few times but this was the first time I’d met him in person. We had a…

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Free eLearning Courses Available Online

I’m on the way to Redmond (about an hour out from San Francisco) and clearing my backlog of “Blog This” from my email. This is a beaut! There are some great eLearning courses available for you to do free of charge including: Collection 5125: Introducing Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 https://www.microsoftelearning.com/eLearning/offerDetail.aspx?offerPriceId=111910 Clinic 5091: Introduction to…

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