January Tech Calendar

The calendar looks a bit lean at the moment, but I suspect a few more additions will occur as people (and organizers!) return from the holiday break. Keep in mind too there are plenty of user groups, meetups, and other regularly occurring events to keep you busy! Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1…

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The New, Improved Windows Azure Trial

Last week was a big step forward for Windows Azure.  There was storm of new technology announcements, highlighted at the Learn Windows Azure event (held in Redmond, streamed live, and available for viewing on Channel 9): Node.js support Updates to Windows Azure Plugin for Eclipse with Java Increased size for SQL Azure Databases – up…

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Windows Azure Trial Account Spending Limit

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft announced a number of new features for Windows Azure including a revamped subscription process making it easier than ever to try out the platform. In pointing out the risk-free nature of the offers in a previous post, I was referring specifically to the spending limit feature introduced for newly…

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Photo Mosaics Part 8: Caching

My previous post in this series – on the use of the Service Bus within the Azure Photo Mosaics application – for all intents and purposes completed the explanation of all of the application features, but there’s an alternative implementation that I had planned for, specifically to demonstrate the (then new) feature of Caching. And…

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RockPaperAzure Fall Sweeps–The End Game!

Peter, Brian and I just finished up our five-city Azure DevCamp series, each with its own on-site RockPaperAzure round – thanks to all of you that came out to take part.  For the rest of you (and for them as well), the clock’s a-tickin’ toward the deadline to enter the on-line Fall Sweepstakes round, with…

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Special Boston Azure User Group Event

    It’s shaping up to be a busy week for Windows Azure.  As I mentioned last week, there’s a great opportunity to learn all about the platform from the Gu himself, as well as from Microsoft Fellows Dave Campbell and Mark Russinovich and a host of the Microsoft “Azurati” via an all day live-streaming event…

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New Orchard User Group–Dec. 15th

Orchard is a free, open source, community-focused project aimed at delivering applications and reusable components on the ASP.NET platform. Currently in version 1.3, the Orchard Project delivers a .NET-based Content Management System (CMS) application (like WordPress, Drupal, etc.) that will allow users to rapidly create content-driven Websites, and an extensibility framework that will allow developers…

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The Cloud Rocks: Learn Windows Azure

Onward and upward!  Microsoft’s cloud computing platform is just about two years old now, but the industry as a whole is still in its adolescence, so there’s no time like the present to get involved and learn how leveraging our Platform-as-a-Service offering can enable scenarios that were previously infeasible.  Here are four ways you can…

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December Tech Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday   1 Phone Camp Hofstra Univ. Hempstead NY Private Cloud Malvern PA 2 RIT Game Camp Rochester NY 3 Random Hacks of Kindness Cambridge MA Random Hacks of Kindness Manchester NH RIT Game Camp Rochester NY 4 Random Hacks of Kindness Cambridge MA Random Hacks of Kindness Manchester…

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Random Hacks of Kindness: Geeks Giving Back

December 3-4th marks the fourth Global Random Hacks of Kindness event, and Boston as well as Manchester, New Hampshire, are each hosting one of the nearly 36 concurrent hackthons being held worldwide that weekend. The event brings together technologists and subject matter experts to identify and refine problem statements and to collaborate on solutions. Although…

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