Changes in DPE (and a new blog to follow)

As you may know Sean has moved on to Redmond which means we have a new manager here in DPE New Zealand. Scott Wylie is now the Director of the Developer and Platform Strategy team here in New Zealand.  Scott has been in Microsoft New Zealand for longer than almost anyone else in Microsoft New…

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Sharepoint User Group

I just got an email from Chan regarding the Sharepoint User group in Wellington this week.  There are some nice add-ins to Sharepoint around, and one of them is the Community Kit for Sharepoint – which Zac has been involved in building.  Details below: This Wednesday 27th at Intergen at 6PM Topic: Getting the most…

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A more open Microsoft

One of the big changes over the last few years at Microsoft has been openness.  That is openness about interconnecting with other systems (i.e. non-MS systems), openness with regards to file formats and openness with regards to working with other technology companies. Others in the industry have noticed this too.  We did the deal with…

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End of the road (trip) – Invercargill

Today we are in Invercargill.  Today is the last day of our Road Trip.  Today is kind of a sad day. We’ve had a great time driving around the country presenting on Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008.  I think those who have come along have enjoyed the road trip too…

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Day 11 – Dunedin

Last night JB and I flew down to meet Chris in Dunedin.  In retrospect, we could have gone down this morning, but it translated into a good sleep in this morning, and we are safely in the town we need to be in and not at the mercy of the airlines to get us there…

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Day 10 – Christchurch

This morning we woke up in the middle of nowhere, with no mobile coverage, no telephone and lots of distance between us and civilization – a geek’s worst nightmare.  We were of course in Maruia Springs Thermal Resort in Lewis Pass.  Chris is still not feeling very good, but he managed to find a pharmacy,…

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Nelson to Christchurch

Last night we took the ferry to the South Island at 6:15 (give or take 30 minutes for a delay).  We it was dark when we got to Picton, which meant we got to take some photos during sunset in the sounds which was pretty cool.  When we got to Picton we headed to a…

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Wellington done – South Island – Here we come!

 Today the boys did their presentation to our home town of Wellington.  It went well and was generally enjoyed by everyone.  The Paramount was a fantastic venue and we had heaps of capacity so even though we  had hundreds of registrations we didn’t need to close it off. It was great to be home and…

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Day 7 – Palmerston North

Jeremy and Chris are both really looking forward to Wellington tomorrow – it is our home town, and we are expecting the biggest (and best?) audience at a very cool venue – the Paramount Picture Theatre. Today however, we are in Palmerston North.  After breakfast, we headed back down through Dannevirke where we switched drivers…

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Day 6 – Napier

We started the week at 7am by driving from Wellington to Napier.  It was pouring rain in Wellington – but the rain eased and cleared once we got through the Waiarapa. It was funny driving through my home town, Dannevirke, and pointing out one or two features of the town along the way including the…

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