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Archive for June, 2007

I’m flyin 2 ur GoldCoast 4 Tech.EduCATn ur d00dz!!

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

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Actually, no.  Because I’m fortunate to live between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, I’ll probably just drive down.

Frank Arrigo started a Tech.Ed LOLCat! meme and it’s growing.  I know I’ll hate myself in the morning, but here’s my entry…

I'm flyin 2 ur GoldCoast 4 Tech.EduCATn ur d00dz!!

Tech.Ed 2007

This year, Tech.Ed 2007 is being held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre from Tue 7 to Fri 10 August.

See Andrew Coates‘ blog for more info as track details evolve.

What do Vista Sidebar Gadgets and Xbox 360’s have in common?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

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Do you want to win an Xbox 360?  Do you love developing and have 2 hours to spare?  All you have to do is develop a Vista Sidebar Gadget and enter the Innovation Centre Competition (closing next Friday 29th June).

So you might be thinking it must be hard?  Right?  WRONG!  It is just html and JavaScript like a Webpage without the browser.  To help you, we have a webcast on how to create a Vista Gadget from one of the competition entrants John O’Brien who happens to be a Microsoft MVP.

On the competition website you can find ideas and resources, terms and conditions, competition steps and a registration page.

What’s new for Developers in Longhorn

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

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Qld MSDN User GroupThis month’s QMSDNUG meeting features
Anthony Borton, speaking on
“What’s new for Developers in Longhorn.”

Session Outline:
Anthony will introduce the Windows Codenamed “Longhorn” application server role and what this offers developers.  We will look at .NET 3.0, IIS 7.0 and the host of features contained therein.  During the session you will also see how you can use new features in Longhorn to make your application more secure and more manageable.  Come along and see why Longhorn will be a huge improvement for developing and hosting your applications!

Presenter:
Anthony is the Lead Readiness Instructor: Longhorn Development and Architecture with Microsoft Australia and has been busily delivering Longhorn Touchdown and Readiness events around Australia.  He is a Microsoft MVP for Team System and runs the QLD VSTS User Group here in Brisbane.  He has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer for over 10 years.

Date: Tuesday 19 June
Time: 17:30 for 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Microsoft Brisbane office,
Level 9, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane

These details are also available on our QMSDNUG website at www.qmsdnug.org.

RSVP
All invited; attendance is free; pizzas, drinks supplied.  An immediate rsvp by email to mike@fitzsimon.com.au will help with planning.

Goodnight, Tom Burns

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

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Former Queensland deputy premier Tom Burns passed away yesterday.  Much has been said elsewhere about his grand achievements (part of Gough Whitlam’s first trade delegation to China in the early 1970s, federal president of the ALP, etc)  Much has also been said what a great bloke Tom was…

“…wonderful Aussie larrikin”
  - former Premier, Wayne Goss

And, yes, he really did have a fishing boat called The Electorate, so his secretary could answer the phone truthfully, “He’s somewhere out in the electorate.”

“…a livewire and when he got going, he got going”
  - current Premier, Peter Beattie

In 1994, I took my family on a trip to Kakadu and central Australia.  We happened to pass through Barcaldine on Friday 16 Sep 1994, the day before the official opening of the Australian Worker’s Heritage Centre.  It was a hive of last-minute activity.  And there, in amongst all the tradesmen finishing up, was none other than Tom Burns in blue singlet, mucking in and planting the gardens.

“…always looked after the battlers”
  - Peter Beattie, again

Tom was instrumental in changing the house numbers on housing commission homes to match the normal numbering scheme in other suburbs.  When asked why, Tom replied, “It’s all about giving the little bloke, with the arse out of his pants, some dignity.”

I think this is what I really liked about Tom.

World Environment Day with Bob Brown

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

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Tuesday 5 June, is UNEP’s 2007 World Environment Day.  A great day for each of us to consider our personal commitment to things like carpooling, recycling, whatever we can do to prolong the existence of our species on this planet.

This is also a great day for governments to announce new environment-friendly policies.  I’m expecting something from the Howard government.  However, don’t be conned.  Everyone can see that, after 12 years as a global-warming denier, John Howard’s recently-acquired green tinge is just mould*.

Queensland Greens Environment Day Symposium

On Tuesday, the Queensland Greens will hold a fund-raising Environment Day symposium with Senator Bob Brown.
Location: The Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, South Bank
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm
Tickets: $25  All invited but places are limited; bookings essentialI’ve purchased mine!

Australian Greens leader Senator Bob Brown with Queensland Greens lead Senate Candidate, Larissa Waters
Australian Greens leader, Senator Bob Brown with Queensland Greens lead Senate Candidate, Larissa Waters

Senate Campaign Launch

On Wednesday, they will launch their Senate Campaign for the upcoming election.  Did I mention that a good friend of mine, Larissa Waters, is the lead candidate on their Senate ticket?

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* Apologies to mould spores everywhere.

Back to blogging.

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

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Archie has reminded me that it is time to get back to blogging.  After all, says Archie, there is an election coming and it’s time to muster votes.

He’s been doing his bit by pointing out Yet Another John Howard Porky!

Actually, I have been back in Australia for a couple of weeks now, just not in Brisbane.  APAC 2007 SharePoint conference in Sydney (more of that later) and then some time at our house on Fraser Island.  Yeah, I know, there is a satellite internet connection; just call me slack. M’kay?

Fraser Island Luxury Beach House website

And then there’s all my wonderful clients, may their Gods bless’em.  They’ve all been saving up their list of projects for Mike to do.  And of course, each item on the list is marked urgent and has a deadline of June 30.  Yay!

ASP.NET Internationalisation

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

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Qld MSDN User GroupMay’s QMSDNUG meeting was very successful.  It featured Dave Apelt of Sigma Solutions, speaking on “ASP.NET Internationalisation in VS2005 - the good, the bad and the ugly.”.

Always an entertaining speaker, Dave did particularly well this time.  E-mail feedback from members was along the lines of “Great presentation.  I came along not expecting to learn much, but I learnt a lot!”

For Web Developers

The basic thrust of Dave’s presentation was to show how simple it is to develop a web page that renders in multiple languages.  Not separate pages for each language; but ONE page that renders in whatever language the reader has selected in his browser.

He took us through the Internationalisation features of Visual Studio 2005 for ASP.NET developers and identified the aspects that are well constructed as well as the areas where designers, developers, and translators should be wary.

Dave also gave us a mini-book review of .Net Internationalization by Guy Smith-Ferrier.  (I’d say he gave it 4 stars.)

For Web Surfers

Once a web page has been developed to render in multiple languages, what must the end-user do to select a language?  There’s a little-known feature of web browsers that handles this; In Internet Explorer, select Tools -> Options to see the Internet Options window.

Internet Explorer, Tools, Options
Internet Explorer Options window.

Click on the Languages button to show the Language Preference window.  Add your preferred language, and move it to the top of the list.

Internet Explorer, Language Preference window
Internet Explorer, Language Preference window

When I was in Montreal and Quebec, of course, I should have had French (Canadian) at the top of my preference list.