Sandcastles in the sky

Sandcastles in the sky

Long live NDoc! Actually, on second thoughts let build another product to do it even better, but this time lets not have a user interface.  This is what Microsoft has done with project Sandcastle.  I guess there will eventually be a user interface for those of us who have grown out of writing code at the command line.  Come on Microsoft, we can do better than this.

Redefining what it means to be mobile

Redefining what it means to be mobile

Anyone who attended TechEd Australia will know that Microsoft were reselling the Dell computers that were used to power CommNet and the Hands-On-Labs.  There were two machines on offer, the following being the higher powered machine:







Dell Optiplex Gx620 Desktop Computer

















2 GB of RAM
160GB Hard disk
Intel Pentium 2.8Ghz Dual Core Processor
128Mb of dedicated video ATI Radeon X600 Graphics PCI-Express x16
DVD Drive
17” Flat panel display
1 Year next business day on-site warranty
Windows XP Professional SP2 $1349 (inc GST)


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


So why am I blogging about this after the event has finished?  Well I though readers would have a laugh to know that I went ahead an purchased one of these machines.  Which left me with the problem of how to get the machine home to NZ.  Sending it by courier was going to cost $250, which I thought was a bit extreme.  The alternative was to take it on the plane as Check-In luggage.  A quick hunt at the local markets, and $30, I was equipped with a massive suitcase, large enough to transport a large child. The following photos on Flickr illustrate the future of mobile computing.  Thats right a PC-In-A-Box 😉


Photo #1 – Dell goes Mobile!


Photo #2 – Dell on the move

Put me on that Podcast

Put me on that Podcast

One of the highlights of this year’s TechEd was catching up with ARCast host Ron Jacobs for a chat on mobile development.  Unfortunately this podcast is yet to make the airwaves (I’ll make another post when it does).  However, I also had a chat with Hugo Ortega of TegaTech who has just published take 2 on his blog.  Make sure you check out the UMPC devices we were discussing.

Show us your colours!!!

Show us your colours!!!

On Monday TechEd New Zealand kicked off with over 2000 people registered and over 70 presenters delivering both developer and IT pro sessions.  Unfortunately I was unable to attend the keynote.  Instead I took my time in getting setup in preparation for my first session.  Despite doing an entire dry run of my presentation I still ran into an issue with my first demo – I clearly didn’t prey to Redmond and the demo gods 😉


 


With my involvement in TechEd NZ over (slides and demo code will be available on this site towards the end of this week), I’m now sitting in Andrew’s session on VSTO at TechEd Oz.  This is particular relevant in light of the Outlook integration we are doing with the Intilecta application we are building.  Despite an “intimate” turn out, the session has already been a hit with me as it demonstrated the PSS Client Troubleshooting tool.


 


Yesterday the Student Day of TechEd Oz kicked off after a lot of hard work by Scott, Deeps, Bernard and I’m sure lots of others.  Although there were over 600 registrations the awesome line up of presenters was no match for the perfect Sydney weather, resulting in a high number of no-shows.


 


Following Student Day the Welcome Party got under weigh in the main exhibition hall.  This year CommNet uses Dell hardware, which is available for attendees to purchase.  This is a great deal and these machines are Vista Ready (in fact some of them are actually running Vista).


 


This morning Frank hosted the TechEd Keynote which had a fantastic turnout and provided a great introduction to TechEd 2006.  A couple of highlights for TechEd will be the “Ask the Experts” session this evening and the TechEd Party, tomorrow evening at Home Nightclub.  The theme for the party is “Show us your colours” so break out of those dreary colours and wear the colours of your favourite AFL, Rugby, Football or other sporting team!

TechEd and Professional VS2005 Book

TechEd and Professional VS2005 Book

Now that my 2 week snowboarding holiday is coming to an end it is time to focus on TechEd, which of course begins next week.  I’m presenting two mobility sessions, one on Windows Mobile Security and the other on building Windows Mobile Applications.  If you are doing any mobile development I would encourage you to head on over to these sessions and touch base with me!


The second point of interest is that I just remembered that the book Andrew Parsons and myself authored, entitled Professional Visual Studio 2005 is due for publication next monday (how good is that for timing).  Anyhow, for more information just scoot over to Amazon and grab this <talk-it-up>great</talk-it-up> book on working with the beast that is Visual Studio 2005.