Monday, March 29, 2010

Geek Post Monthly Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 3

Geek Post

Volume 2 Issue 3

March 2010

Hippolite Musings

Tena Koutou Katoa,

Looking forward to the Visual Studio 2010 launch in April.  Finding it hard to find time to study for my next exam.  


Developer News

Grenada Village Online

This is where I continue the saga of documenting my learnings from actually putting a web site “out in the wild” (I usually code within a nice, safe, Intranet).

In March there wasn’t time nor a requirement to implement any new code.  However, I did have time to make a proposal to the Chairman.  Now that we’ve got a database, and a method to authenticate/authorise users, we could allow residents to view/book use of the community hall.

This would be a radical departure from Standard Operating Procedures.  We need a meeting to discuss.  Stay tuned.

Telecom News

Got a new CTO

My hierarchical structure now looks like this:

Dr Paul Reynolds
CEO Telecom

-->David Havercroft
-->Group CTO Transformation, Technology & Shared Services

---->Marc Rackett
---->GM Shared Business Delivery – IT & Internal

------>Trevor Coles
------>HO Application Delivery

-------->Steven Burke
-------->Manager Online Delivery

Microsoft News

What I did for Microsoft this month

(I don’t work for them, but sometimes it feels like I do)

  • Filled in Partner Survey
  • Updated MCT Blog Roll
  • Attended Dot Net User Group meeting
  • Got a freebie t-shirt (thanks Microsoft!) which says “MS-DOS” (say what?)
  • Started training myself on Exam 70-503, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 – Windows Communication Foundation
  • That’s enough!

Situations Vacant

Senior Category Specialist – Corporate - STR0204N
Take tactical procurement to a new level in our Procurement Category Management function. Helping shape world class procurement practices. Work horizontally right across categories and suppliers ensuring that we bring together new developments. Deliver leading strategic category management activity that enhance our corporate sourcing activity and enable us to transform the way we deliver to our customers!

Senior Payables Specialist - FIN020GS
Let your enthusiasm and sense of achievement shine through as you develop your commercial understanding and steer your abilities towards being part of this dynamic, fun and tight knit team. Immerse yourself in this accounting environment, demonstrating your natural flair and confidence dealing with numbers. Come and find out where this role could lead you, the options are there for the taking - see where your potential lies!!

If any of my non-Telecom friends are reading this and interesting in any of the above, then drop me a line so we can discuss eligibility and suitability.

Training News

Got invited to Visual Studio 2010 C# Beta Training

At: Auldhouse Wellington

On: April 26-30

By: Invitation only

To register interest: drop me a line.


INETA stands for the International .NET Association

It’s the umbrella group for all Dot Net User Groups world-wide.

I’ll try to find new stuff of interest to post here each month.

Last week, we had a report back from Ryan Tarak of Microsoft about the recent MIX conference in Las Vegas.  Here’s the blurb:

With MIX10 around the corner, it’s no better time for Microsoft to get on the road and showcase some of the highlights from this year’s conference held in Las Vegas. Join us at your local Community User Group where we will focus on some of the key highlights including; the future of Mobile™, Silverlight™, Internet Explorer®, Expression®. Ryan Tarak, from Microsoft New Zealand will be travelling all over NZ spreading the good word and also be getting everyone ready for the launch of Visual Studio 2010 by giving the first 30 members at each event a retro Microsoft t-shirt. We will also be providing content from MIX on DVD’s and also the usual pizza, so make sure you block out the date below.


I’m not speaking at Auckland SQL Saturday in April…

On Saturday 10 April at Wolters Kluwer, 41 Centorian Drive, Mairangi Bay, North Shore.

My topic (Microsoft Sync Framework) was rejected.  I find it difficult (as a full-time Web Developer) to find topics of relevance to Microsoft SQL Server Database Administrators.

If you’re in the area, you should still go; Ivan Towlson will be talking on LINQ again.

Events Schedule

In this section, I highlight dates, times and venues of events either I am presenting at, or of interest to Geeks.  I’m available for bookings.

Date Event Venue Speaker
31-Mar-2010 Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2010 Xero,  Wellington    

Mark Carroll

10-Apr-2010 SQL Saturday

Wolters Kluwer, Auckland

14-Apr-2010 Wellington:SLUG Xero, Wellington

Sky Sigal

22-Apr-10 Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Launch All Over The World Various
21-23 April 2010 PASS European Conference Neuss, Germany Various
18-May-10 NZ SharePoint Conference Bay of Plenty Lots


Why I’m generally sceptical of all statistics

Three econometricians went out hunting, and came across a large deer.

The first econometrician fired, but missed, by a meter to the left.

The second econometrician fired, but also missed, by a meter to the right.

The third econometrician didn't fire, but shouted in triumph, "We got it! We got it!"

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