The Great New Zealand Internet Slow-Down

I have been having problems recently with my international Internet connection slowing down during peak times in the evening. Do you remember the bad old days when you got home from school/work and the modem couldn’t dial up your ISP because the line was overloaded? Well it appears we have similar congestion back for a…


The ONYAs Closing Soon

I’m very happy to announce that we (Microsoft NZ) has chosen to sponsor Webstock again in 2010. Once again there is a fantastic group of speakers set to visit our shores. This year the format is changing a little bit closing on the Friday night with “The ONYAs” awards that celebrate New Zealand’s web industry….


FTW IE6, IE7, IE8, Chrome and Firefox running together on Windows 7 in Windows XP Mode

When you buy Windows 7 (pro or ultimate) you get Windows XP “virtualized” for free. What this means that if you are web developer you can finally have IE6, IE7, IE8 all running alongside each other as hardware supported virtual applications. Take a trip to the Virtual PC site to read the hardware requirements and…


Air New Zealand Fashion Week Finale!

I convinced Michael Ng (the official photographer) for Air New Zealand Fashion week to attempt a photosynth at last nights Stolen Girlfriends show. I think he did a great job! Showing the models and the who’s who celebs in the front row. Add this with some super high resolution beauty shots in the MSN “wall…


Giorgio Sardo’s NZ IE8 Road Trip + Web Application Toolkits

I really enjoyed hosting Giorgio in New Zealand during Tech.Ed and for a couple of days after the event. There have been a few interesting updates overnight and as part of the Microsoft WebsiteSpark launch, we have released 7 Web Application Toolkits, together with an introduction to the Web Application Toolkits video on Channel9. The…


Announcing Microsoft WebsiteSpark

WebsiteSpark is designed for independent web developers and web development companies that build web applications and web sites on behalf of others.  It enables you to get software, support and business resources from Microsoft at no cost for three years, and enables you to expand your business and build great web solutions using ASP.NET, Silverlight,…


Building the MSN Silverlight "Wall of Fashion" for Air New Zealand Fashion Week

Anyone that has been reading my blog for a while will know that I have been working with DeepZoom for some time now. I have been very keen to get Silverlight onto for a while. An opportunity presented itself for me to build a DeepZoom viewer and purchase 700 photos from Michael Ng (the…


Tech.Ed New Zealand T-2 Weeks

We are now only two weeks away from Tech.Ed New Zealand! If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet to the event there is still time to register. Now as you may be aware Tech.Ed Australia “SOLD OUT” this year with a deal to give each delegate a netbook running Windows 7. We got a bit…


Silverlight 3 + Expression 3 Launch

I previously blogged about the release of Silverlight 3. Today I want to expand on this and talk about the Release To Manufacturing of Expression Studio 3 and DeepZoom Composer. Having used these products and technologies for a little while now I racked my brain to figure out the best way to communicate the capabilities…


Click Suite, Auckland Museum + the ‘Hybridiser’

Click Suite has a long history of awesome interactive new media projects. Their front end weapon of choice has almost exclusively been Flash. Zef Fugaz has always been one for pushing the user experience to the edge and delivered a great session at the Microsoft Expression for Art’s Sake event on User Centred Design with…