Fun at the TechCrunchTalk and ChristmasCrunch Party in London

I had great fun last night at the TechCrunchTalk and ChristmasCrunch Party in London. It’s always interesting to spend time with start ups, and the line up of speakers and panel discussions and beer was a winning combination. I’m now trying out Qype, and have a revised view of PR and lawyers And of course,…

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CSS Zen Garden

Whilst reading Steve Krug’s excellent “Don’t Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability” I came across a wonderfully simple and evocative web site – CSS Zen Garden. I’m a developer and engineer, not a designer, so elegant, well designed web sites always impress me, because I know I could never achieve such…

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TechEd 2008 EMEA Developer – Keynote

Jason Zander gives a great keynote and shows off Visual Studio 2010, and what looks like a very large touch screen demo with Windows 7 He also give my PDC track a plug – thanks Jason!  

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Fasttrack Sessions – The Magic Of Software – Now Open For Booking

I’m one of  the UK DE ISV team involved in delivering a new series of technology briefings entitled “Fasttrack – The Magic of Software”, targeted at ISVs, to let them see some of the latest and most exciting software coming out of Microsoft, and explore how that software could be used in their own applications….

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BBC Midweek quiz: Old computers

I did the quiz at BBC NEWS | Magazine | Midweek quiz: Old computers and got 7 out of 10 (with no cheating or looking up anything) – what score did you get??

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A Weekend at BarCampLondon5

Microsoft were one of the sponsors of last weekend’s BarCampLondon5, so I spend an very enjoyable time talking to a whole host of technical folk about all sorts of things, not all of them technical, but all very interesting If you have never been to a BarCamp before, which I hadn’t, check out the Wikipedia…

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Patrick Tisseghem passed away

I was devastated when I heard that one of my friends and colleagues, Patrick Tisseghem, had passed away recently. Patrick Tisseghem, the beloved husband of Linda Godau and the loving father of their daughters Anahi and Laura, was born in Halle, Belgium on 17 October 1968 and passed away in Goteborg, Sweden on 3 September…

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Mashed 2008 Hack Day – The Aftermath . . .

I spent the weekend at Mashed 2008, a “hack day”.  Its sponsored by the BBC, Microsoft (through Multimap), the Guardian (sorry, Gruniad :-)). It’s basically a 24 hour hack, with team competing to create the best mashup or web site or piece of code. Around 250 or so developers turned up for the event, which…

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PDC2008 Professional Developers Conference October 27-30, 2008 – Registration Now Live

PDC2008 Professional Developers Conference October 27-30, 2008 – registration is now live. This event really is the premier event to “hear details about Microsoft’s services platform, the future of Windows, mobility and our next generation of developer tools”, so if you are are involved with the design and development of your applications, then I would…