Less workarounds for 2011 and £1.14 well spent

Lately I have noticed a trend. An “issue” I have been working around for months (or sometimes years) can actually be solved really easily and often very cheaply – if I just pause for a few seconds to think about a permanent fix. Obvious really, yet my life is full of (rather pleasing) workarounds. The …

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Two FREE events: Silverlight FireStarter and using Bing with SQL Server 2008 December 2nd

I’m on holiday the 2nd of December (Its our 21st anniversary which is mind bogglingly aweseome ) so I had been rather ignoring what was going on workwise on the 2nd. My mistake as we have two cool learning opportunities. First up we have the Silverlight Firestarter. This is a free one day global, live…

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Microsoft Platform Ready booth at TechEd Europe – and a FREE book

Next week (8th to 12th Nov 2010) at TechEd in Berlin there will be lots of great sessions, lots of superb labs, lots of fascinating BOFs and lots of booths – including the awesome and hugely exciting Microsoft Platform Ready booth. I will be linking up with colleagues from across Europe and the USA to…

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SyncToBlog #14 Even more Azure stuff :-)

This is some pre-pdc stuff that caught my eye: Gartner on the Cloud Landscape. Windows Azure fairs extremely well. Scalability survey of cloud platforms. Benchmarking cloud alternatives – interesting stuff. FabrikamShipping SaaS, a complete demo scenario meant to help ISVs to target the Windows Azure platform for developing SaaS solution SQL Azure Best Practices and…

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You Have Exceeded 75% of Your Average Monthly Usage of Compute Hours

In the “bad old days” leaving unwanted Windows Azure hosted services running simply meant a big charge on your credit card. Thankfully it now simply means you get a polite email from Microsoft. P.S. I also should follow my own advice sometimes – check out Greybox 🙂 Dear Eric Nelson, This e-mail notification comes to…

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FREE Technical Update Event for UK Independent Software Vendors, 25th Nov in Reading

My team is pulling together a great afternoon on the 25th of this month to help UK ISVs get up to speed on the latest technologies from Microsoft and explore their impact on product roadmaps. The session is intended for technical decision makers including senior developers and architects. Technologies such as the Windows Azure Platform,…

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