Be What’s Next

Having just completed my seventh year as a technology evangelist in New Zealand it is easy to lose sight of the path that I have travelled. My submission into the Microsoft Next project was an opportunity to reflect on the impact of the “long game” that we have applied with developers, inventors and thought leaders…

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The Great Kiwi Windows Azure Competition

The Problem: Lots of kiwi developers are signing up to try Windows Azure but are not actually deploying anything. To understand why this is we have talked with a bunch of local developers to get a feel for what the barriers are to getting started. The two most common responses we received are: Windows Azure…

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The Mixing Room–Te Papa

Last week when I was down in Wellington for the ONYAs (Congratulations Keith!) I visited Te Papa to see The Mixing Room exhibition telling the stories of young refugees in New Zealand running from the 10th April 2010-2013. For me this is the rewarding part of being a technology evangelist. This story started two years…

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NZsynth – How It Was Done

Previously I wrote and demoed the NZsynth application that was built for the WEB09 keynote. This post is detailing how it was made and introducing version two (Zoom all the way in using mouse wheel then double-click for popup image).   WATCH THE VIDEO that goes end-to-end on the development of the application (mainly building…

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Live Platform Jumpstart 2009 in Sydney 8th-9th of December 2008

At PDC 2008 this week, we announced a new way to program Live Services, the Live Framework (in CTP). Check out the overview of Microsoft’s Live Platform Services. Today we are making available the first preview release of the Azure Services Training Kit.  The Azure Services Training Kit will include hands-on labs, presentations, and samples…

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Day 3 PDC Microsoft Research Rules the Roost

Reading tweets and Scott’s WOW blog post this morning perked my interest in what was shown at PDC this morning. I checked out the overview of what was presented and the Microsoft Research site to find out more about what was shown. Unfortunately it looks like today’s keynote wasn’t recorded Update: This keynote is now…

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Technical Briefing Wrap and HOLIDAY!

First of all what does it look like to talk to nearly 2000 people? Well here is a picture I found on flickr of 900 people… yup I’m in there #9 top row. Think double this and we will be just about there! It was all of you that made this event so successfull, THANKS!…

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Guy Kawasaki

I was recently lucky enough to see Guy Kawasaki present to Microsoft on the Art of Evangelism… it was a very entertaining session. While enough said Guy is a legand and you can see him virtually talking about why it’s essential to innovate—and how to do it. Register Now (yeah too many steps I know) -…

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My Tech.Ready (Well at least the parts I can talk about)

I’m starting my long flight home from Seattle to Auckland. Please join me for another long convoluted post about this week abroad all written and linked while disconnected from the Internet 😉 Each year technical Microsoft staff that are based out in the field fly to Seattle to attend a week long technical breifing. The…

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Happy New Year!

Since I am going back to work tomorrow I thought I would lead with a holiday style post. I have listened to a couple of books over the break… yup listened (not read), with a young baby I find it much easier to check audio books out of the Microsoft library and listen to them…

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