When is it ok to come 10th and 5th? When the folks in front of you are this good :-)

Guy who runs the excellent DotNetDevNet user group out of Bristol posted back in June on the top speakers from the first 50 meetings and let me know I made the top 10 for knowledge (Cough! ) and presentation skills (I have skills! Wow ) Well, I’ve finally revisited his post to have a proper…

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Windows mobile devices get 30.5% market share :-)

Ok… it doesn’t really but this still cheered my Thursday eve. Whilst perusing the blog of BF3  I spotted that publisher behemoth EA  were doing an “innocent poll” on mobile devices.  As background, BF3 is arguably the game of 2011 which puts PC gaming back on the map for mainstream FPS fans, easily outshining what…

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Did you miss me :)

Just a short note to say I’m back on this blog… I’m back on twitter… I never left LinkedIn… except… I have buggered up my eyes and optician has told me to dramatically reduce my pc usage for a couple of days. Catch you all soon.

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Lean Startup 101 for Developers

Abby is a fellow evangelist at Microsoft with a specific focus on working with startups in the USA. Abby has some great insights into how to be a successful startup. Now my team in the UK are focused primarily on ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) but it turns out that a pretty high percentage of startups…

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Quote Unquote

Bindi forwarded on this picture of me “talking Azure” at the Biztalk event we held in London on the 25th of March. Made me chuckle 🙂 David and I had a great time with the afternoon session – which ended up pretty much a two hour Q&A. Related Links: Tell us what you are doing…

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My first Windows Phone 7 application is live – from zero to submitted in 5 hours

Tuesday evening I found myself minus family. I decided to use the time to “have a crack at this Silverlight Phone 7 stuff”. From zero (no experience, no tools installed, no membership on the AppHub) to submitted for approval took me from 8pm to 1am – with the last hour messing around with png files…

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Superb post – What if Visual Studio had Achievements?

This post is simple superb – What if Visual Studio had Achievements 🙂 Although maybe you need to a developer who also has an Xbox to fully understand how good it is. My favourites: Shotgun Debugging – 5 Consecutive Solution Rebuilds with a single character change The Architect – Created 25 Interfaces in a single…

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Winning the “Boot from VHD” battle on Windows 7 + some useful utilities

A year or so back I was using the Boot from VHD feature lots – but not in recent times and not with my current laptop configuration (Lenovo T61p with 2nd internal hard drive). In readiness for the upcoming SharePoint 2010 training for UK ISVs in February I wanted to make use of a Microsoft…

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Merry Christmas everyone

I would like to wish anyone and everyone who visits this blog (even the spammer) or who I have had the pleasure to work with in 2010 (or for that matter 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006… 1996) A very Merry Christmas and a fun and healthy New Year Picture brought to you by Bob Cratchett – …

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Give someone their first time online

This is a great idea, very nicely done. The aim is to help the 9 million people in the UK who have never been online do just that – go online. Check it out and get involved http://www.get-someone-online.com/

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