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Less workarounds for 2011 and £1.14 well spent
Lately I have noticed a trend. An “issue” I have been working around for months (or sometimes years) can actually be solved really easily and often very cheaply – if I just pause for a few seconds to think about a permanent fix. Obvious really, yet my life is full of (rather pleasing) workarounds. The problem is I enjoy workarounds, actually I enjoy workarounds a lot – they give me a buzz as they are often very inventive, require lateral thinking and the end result can appear rather clever to observers. ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 30, 2010 5:12 PM

Two FREE events: Silverlight FireStarter and using Bing with SQL Server 2008 December 2nd
I’m on holiday the 2nd of December (Its our 21st anniversary which is mind bogglingly aweseome ) so I had been rather ignoring what was going on workwise on the 2nd. My mistake as we have two cool learning opportunities. First up we have the Silverlight Firestarter. This is a free one day global, live streamed and on demand event which is being keynoted by the amazing Scott Guthrie (Well – I find him amazing) which will cover everything from the future of Silverlight to tips and tricks. Register ......

Posted On Monday, November 29, 2010 12:41 PM

FREE technical update event on Windows Azure, SQL Server 2008 R2, Windows Phone 7 and more on the 25th Nov
Just a brief reminder that if your company makes commercial software (in other words, you don’t just develop it for your own employees use) then you should check out the FREE technical event my team is putting on next Thursday (25th Nov 2010). We also with have an Xbox 360 with Kinect to give away plus free books and other goodies. I’m currently looking after the Xbox and have so far resisted peaking in… but I make no promises! :-) Note that we have gone for zero breaks with the intention of making ......

Posted On Thursday, November 18, 2010 2:25 PM

Microsoft Platform Ready booth at TechEd Europe – and a FREE book
Next week (8th to 12th Nov 2010) at TechEd in Berlin there will be lots of great sessions, lots of superb labs, lots of fascinating BOFs and lots of booths – including the awesome and hugely exciting Microsoft Platform Ready booth. I will be linking up with colleagues from across Europe and the USA to make sure we can get the message around the excellent benefits of the Microsoft Platform Ready to as many ISVs* as we can during the week – plus give away some great prizes. If you are attending TechEd ......

Posted On Friday, November 5, 2010 10:08 AM

SyncToBlog #14 Even more Azure stuff :-)
This is some pre-pdc stuff that caught my eye: Gartner on the Cloud Landscape. Windows Azure fairs extremely well. Scalability survey of cloud platforms. Benchmarking cloud alternatives – interesting stuff. FabrikamShipping SaaS, a complete demo scenario meant to help ISVs to target the Windows Azure platform for developing SaaS solution SQL Azure Best Practices and Code SQL Azure Papers ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 3, 2010 5:05 PM

You Have Exceeded 75% of Your Average Monthly Usage of Compute Hours
In the “bad old days” leaving unwanted Windows Azure hosted services running simply meant a big charge on your credit card. Thankfully it now simply means you get a polite email from Microsoft. P.S. I also should follow my own advice sometimes – check out Greybox :-) Dear Eric Nelson, This e-mail notification comes to you as a courtesy to update you on your Windows Azure platform usage. Our records indicate that you have exceeded 75% of your average monthly usage of compute hours during your current ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 3, 2010 4:51 PM

FREE Technical Update Event for UK Independent Software Vendors, 25th Nov in Reading
My team is pulling together a great afternoon on the 25th of this month to help UK ISVs get up to speed on the latest technologies from Microsoft and explore their impact on product roadmaps. The session is intended for technical decision makers including senior developers and architects. Technologies such as the Windows Azure Platform, SQL Server 2008, Windows Phone 7, SharePoint 2010 and Internet Explorer 9.0 will be represented. Check out the agenda and register before all the seats vanish ......

Posted On Monday, November 1, 2010 1:36 PM

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