Volume 2 Issue 5
Tena Koutou Katoa,
This month I managed to:
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 May I took ownership of my third community web site. The three are (in order of ownership):
This one follows a radically dissimilar structure to the other two, as it appears to be totally static and the web server doesn’t appear to be IIS. This may hinder my ability to bring active (dynamic) content. I’ll have to test the limits of what the Wellington Community Network are offering us web masters.
Ah well, at least I’m being versatile.
I upgraded to Visual Studio 2010 on my laptop at work. Yay! However, it means that my study for MCTS Exam 70-503 (Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 – Windows Communication Foundation) has to be done on my desktop at work (yes, I have two workstations - don’t envy me – although it is not on my desk so it is used by a contractor) as the labs don’t work on VS2010.
I have recommenced study, after a particularly busy few months. Enjoying the break, caused by many projects being negatively impacted by the recent job losses.
I learned a lot more about connecting telephone and broadband at home than I had intended this month. I had invited my Team Leader (a man with 35 years experience with the company) around to my place to help me move my modem upstairs. I thought it would be a simple matter of replacing my single telephone jack-box in the dining room with a double telephone and broadband jack. Turns out the dining room was wired directly from the Point of Entry (roadside cable) with telephone only, and we didn’t possess the special triangular screwdriver to get into the POE box to enable BB to that node. So, we followed the BB cable and found it went from POE to master bedroom to downstairs. So we had to enable BB from master bedroom to secondary bedroom (where a telephone jack existed). From there, we were able to extend the BB (and telephone) through the wall into the lounge. Now the modem resides in the lounge and reception is sweet as. It took us 4 hours!
I won’t say I’m a qualified Telecom engineer now, but I have a lot more respect for wiring diagrams than I did before!
Presented my “Designing & Developing Applications to Ensure Quality Code” lecture to a class of third year “Software Engineering” students at Victoria University again this month. Lecturer Hui Ma informed me that last year’s class highly rated me, which is rewarding. How is this related to “Microsoft News”? Because my talk is very much based around the Microsoft Foundations architecture training for Solution Developers.
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Took my kids to ScratchDay
Scratch Day is a worldwide network of gatherings, where people come together to meet other Scratchers, share projects and experiences, and learn more about Scratch.
Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.
As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
My assessment of the day (a Saturday afternoon) was it was very worth-while. And not just because a lot of home-schoolers that we knew were there. The hands-on, collaborative, one-on-one training each kid received got them started on some very quick and easy and rewarding little script writing.
A summary of Significant Dot Net User Group Chatter
A summary of Significant SQL Server User Group Chatter
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.
Great to be Kiwi
Young Rangi bought a donkey from a farmer for $100.
The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.
The next day he drove up and said, 'Sorry son, but I have some bad news. The donkey's died.'
Rangi replied, 'Well then just give me my money back.'
The farmer said, 'Can't do that. I've already spent it.'
Rangi said, 'OK, then, just bring me the dead donkey.'
The farmer asked, 'What are you going to do with him?'
Rangi said, 'I'm going to raffle him off.'
The farmer said, 'You can't raffle a dead donkey!'
Rangi said, 'Sure I can. Watch me.. I just won't tell anybody he's dead.'
A month later, the farmer met up with Rangi and asked, 'What happened with that dead donkey?'
Rangi said, 'I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars a piece and made a profit of $898'
The farmer said, 'Didn't anyone complain?'
Rangi said, 'Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back.'
Rangi now works for Telecom selling the new XT Mobiles