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Buses, Beer and Belly Dancing …

Nov 12, 10 Buses, Beer and Belly Dancing …

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After leaving the TechEd at about 1 we headed back to the hotel from whence we were determined to launch an assault on Berlin’s pleasure spots. We started with a bus tour of the city which took in most of the sites. One of which was a stop at “Check Point Charlie” , the famous crossing point from East Berlin to...

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TechEd Day5 – The Final Day

Nov 12, 10 TechEd Day5 – The Final Day

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It’s been a long and rewarding week. But I definitely detected a weariness in the slow trudge of the herd as the usual hundreds of people were disgorged from our train and made their way to the conference centre for the last time. Today I went to 2 final sessions : Inside Windows Azure WCF Data Services – A Practical...

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TechEd Day 4 : Variety is the spice of life …

Nov 11, 10

Today has been quite a mixture of sessions… Using the Entity Framework in .NET4.0 and Visual Studio 2010 WCF: The Unified Services Programming Model for SOAP, REST, Data Communication Windows Workflow Foundation Futures Deep Dive into HTML5 Administering and Running Team Foundation Server 2010 Kieran, Jon and Tuck have also...

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TechEd Day 3 – AppFabric

Nov 10, 10

Most of the sessions I attended today have covered the new technology of Windows Server AppFabric. As well as getting some in depth information on the existing technical details we’ve also been fortunate enough to get to view some of the brand new functionality (such as Caching) that was only revealed to the developer...

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TechEd Day 2

Nov 09, 10 TechEd Day 2

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Today has been pretty intense and we’ve all had the chance to get some pretty good insights into a multitude of various technologies. I started the day with a look at what’s new in .NET 4 after which I went to a Developers overview of SharePoint 2010, something that’s likely to make an appearance in our technical...

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The Onward March of the Cloud

Nov 08, 10 The Onward March of the Cloud

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Today was the official start of the TechEd with a keynote speech in the afternoon. In 2008 whilst attending the PDC in LA we were present when Microsoft launched Azure and announced nothing less than a complete re-focus of their core business model away from software supplier to a service provider … in the shape of “The...

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Beer & Sausages

Nov 07, 10 Beer & Sausages

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After an early start (5am ugh!) I’ve finally arrived. Kieran & I flew in from Heathrow and after registering at the TechEd we headed off into the night determined to go native … first stop the Reichstag then some beer, sausages & apple strudel followed by a quick trip to the Brandenburg gate. Not bad...

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TechEd here we come …

Nov 03, 10

Yay … techy heaven here we come … On Sunday I’ll be off to the Microsoft TechEd in Berlin. Have to say I really enjoy these events. You get to see all the latest tech developments in software design, and coding practices, plus you can chat one to one with the Microsoft experts, most of which actually worked on the...

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Who’s afraid of the Boogie man….

Sep 17, 10 Who’s afraid of the Boogie man….

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Wowzers !!! Last night we went to see, hear and generally inhale the genius that is Jooles Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Band. Boogie Woogie, Blues, Jazz, Swing, Big Band …. enough to satisfy even the biggest musical appetite. The sax solos were mental … they were full on INSANELY BRILLIANT!! 😀 As you can tell...

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Mont Ventoux

Sep 09, 10 Mont Ventoux

Posted by in Cornwall & Provence 2010

We had a lazy start to today with a tasty French brunch of cheeses, pates and fresh French bread. This afternoon we drove up to Mont Ventoux which is a dizzying 1912m above sea level. The views were breathtaking, literally. The wind was so strong it felt like it was sucking the air out of our lungs. The temperature dropped from...

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More Romans …

Sep 08, 10 More Romans …

Posted by in Cornwall & Provence 2010

Today we went to the nearby town of Orange to view the Roman Theatre. It was pretty spectacular and as Annelies & I sat in the stalls that could house 8 to 10,000 people you could quite imagine the plays and mimes so beloved by the Roman masses taking place. Orange is of course also famous as the principality associated with...

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Taranis is still angry …

Sep 08, 10 Taranis is still angry …

Posted by in Cornwall & Provence 2010

01:20 – Wow … we’ve just come in off of our balcony after spending 20 minutes watching the biggest thunderstorm I’ve ever seen. It’s been going now for about 5 hours and looks set to go on throughout the night. 11:38 – Storm is over and the gorgeous Provence weather has returned. We must have had...

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“Le Petit Pompei” – Part Deux

Sep 07, 10 “Le Petit Pompei” – Part Deux

Posted by in Cornwall & Provence 2010

After last night’s storm we had a leisurely breakfast (which lasted the whole morning!) until the afternoon wind seemed to waft back the warm Provence weather. We decided to go back to Vaison La Romaine again to see the Medieval part of the town. It was well worth it. The Medieval town was built on the opposite bank of the...

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Taranis is upset …

Sep 07, 10

Taranis, god of thunder of the ancient Gauls, is displeased. After days of sunshine and almost stifling heat we’ve had continuous thunderstorms, lightening and torrential rain all last night and through this morning. However I have to say I find it rather refreshing and invigorating.

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