‘Mix On Campus’ is go!!

Every year, students and lecturers ask for tickets to Tech.Ed and Remix, and we sadly don’t have enough free tickets to go around. My team got to thinking – this was a pretty terrible situation, so I started asking around the Microsoft office in Sydney and got some budget and the go ahead to run a very special…

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‘Free legal music downloads for uni students’

Just read about Ruckus at Drive:Activated blog. Pretty interesting to see – I’m using last.fm for my free music needs at work, but I can’t be around my computer to listen to streaming media all day, so Ruckus looks to be the goods for the mobile music enthusiast (which will be me if I ever get to…

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"Microsoft-related employment is 42% of global IT employment"

It’s an amazing figure, but true, according to an IDC paper released yesterday.  The whitepaper, entitled “The Economic Impact of IT, Software and the Microsoft Ecosystem on the Global Environment“, is a VERY interesting read. Of course, with the paper being sponsored by Microsoft (and we being who we be) there’s a section about how…

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Popfly goes into Public Beta

  As of about 2am this morning Aussie time, Popfly has been releases to public beta (what is popfly?). Previously only available to people by invitation only (although everyone I know that ‘requested’ an invitation during the alpha testing got one), the general public can now enjoy the flexibility and power Popfly offers. Create a Poplfy…

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Microsoft judged to be OSD compliant?

Two of our (i.e. Microsoft’s) Shared Source licenses – Microsoft Public License and Microsoft Reciprocal License –  have just been deemed to be Open Source Definition (OSD) compliant by OSI. Admittedly, these 2 licenses apply to a fairly specific subset of the computing population, so we can’t really jump around and say we’re being ‘at one’ with the open source…

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Students, get Office Ultimate for AU$75 – save around $1100

Normally, Microsoft Office 2007 wouldn’t find it’s way onto my blog. Not that it’s not a good product (I use it and IE7 almost non-stop for the 9 or 10 hours a day I’m at work), it’s just that, well, Office isn’t usually all that newsworthy unless you’re an Office Developer or an Information Worker. But…

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Imagine Cup Australia Update – register now for IC08

I run Imagine Cup each year in Australia. It’s (primarily) a software design competition, and is open to university students worldwide. The prizes are great, students get treated like rockstars and it’s all a cracking good time. The following is from my Imagine Cup blog (all Imagine Cup news will be cross-posted to this blog)…

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Source code for Microsoft .NET framework libraries to be released

As some of you might have noticed already, there’s news straight out of Redmond that some .NET source code is being made public with the final release of Visual Studio 2008. Basically, you sign up to a ‘Microsoft Reference License’, and get to view source code for the .NET libraries (you can’t re-distribute, re-compile or copy the source code at…

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Luke Drumm presents XNA Games Studio at UNSW

Luke Drumm’s a great guy. And he’s also a senior consultant for Readify, who just so happen to be one of the top .NET consultancies and training firms in Australia. Luke’s also a game developer hobbyist, and has presented at Tech.Ed and Australian Code Camp on Microsoft XNA Games Studio. Luke Drumm, Luke Drumm, Luke…

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Live Search Engine Updated

Knowing that a handful of ex-RMIT academic staff have helped work on the Live Search engine at Redmond, I thought this might be of interest to alot of this blog’s regular readers. Good to see Aussie academics are building what is said to be at least as good as the best search engine out there.  Live Search Fact Sheet…

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