What’s with the Ravens logo?

In case you’re wondering what this logo is all about …  At our Microsoft Vancouver office we have an area where engineers, working for remote teams, are gathered. We used to refer to ourselves as the “orphans”, but recently pushed for a team identity. We suggested and picked Ravens for two reasons: “Raven symbolizes creation,…

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Turning on the cold for Tiago – welcome to a cool Vancouver!

We caught up with Tiago Pascoal (MVP, ALM Ranger) in Redmond, where he was recording Application Insight sessions and having lots of fun in the studio It was an honour to welcome him in Vancouver for the weekend before he returned home. We started with a trip to Vancouver Island, enjoying the cruise, the fresh…

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A Raspberry Pi2 VSTS Build Light – Part 3, why not to shrink-wrap 3D printed cases :)

A few weeks ago I received a special 3D printed case from Anthony Borton for the Raspberry Pi2 VSTS Build Light, which he printed in Australia, shrink-wrapped, and brought across the vast ocean by plane. At first I was sure I was going crazy and I’m convinced that Anthony thought likewise … but the Raspberry…

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A Raspberry Pi2 VSTS Build Light – Part 2, assembling and installing the software

We continue from A Raspberry Pi2 VSTS Build Light – Part 1, unwrapping the package, following the meticulous http://myalmblog.com/2016/05/a-raspberry-pi3-vsts-build-light-part-2-installing-windows-10-iot-core/ post from Anthony Borton. Assembling the device … simple! There are only a few moving parts to assemble. It’s really simple! Here is the finished product:  Install Windows 10 IoT … interesting! I ventured to https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/iot/win10/getstarted/setupyourdevice,…

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IPELENG risk management services made my ZA trip a breeze

If you are planning a trip to sunny South-Africa (ZA), I recommend that you peruse www.ipeleng.co.za! During my recent business trip I was able to relax, while I enjoyed safe and timeous transfers to numerous meetings in Johannesburg and the DevConf conference. Instead of worrying about driving on the left-hand side of the road, navigating…

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Yeah … a batch of RadioTFS stickers arrived today :)

RadioTfs is the podcast that I listen to regularly, both because it is very informative and fun. Subscribe to one of their feeds now! Martin and Greg recently chatted about stickers and the disk mule that we used to exchange between South-Africa and the high-bandwidth countries. Well, the long awaited package with RadioTFS stickers has…

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Enjoying a day up in Squamish (Mother of the Wind)

We enjoyed a warm and “smokey” day in  Squamish, British Columbia today. The First Nations have governed this beautiful region for over 10,000 years and call it “Mother of the Wind” due to the strong winds. Surrounding Squamish is a scenery of gob-smacking beautiful mountains, granite monoliths and glaciers. What you will notice in the…

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Windows 10 upgrade was uneventful, result is awesome

It was with some hesitation that I decided to click the upgrade button, to move from the Windows 8.1 environment I have grown accustomed to. The Windows 10 upgrade told me to “sit back and relax” … the last time I upgraded my OS I ended up re-installing and re-configuring the tools, widgets and applications…

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Delete Team Project – are you ABSOLUTELY sure?

I just noticed a small, but very welcome feature. When you select delete for a Team Project on Visual Studio Online, it not only verifies that you ABSOLUTELY wish to perform an action that CANNOT be undone, but forces you to confirm the name of the team project. This feature could have saved me a…

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Unplugging from #almrangers to enjoy the Boundary Bay airshow

I unplugged from the digital matrix and the ALM Rangers for a day to walk to and enjoy the Boundary Bay Airshow’15. The B17 bomber was the highlight of the day … seeing and hearing its raw power, beauty and grace took us all back to the 1940’s … A big THANK YOU to the…

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