Zork for Lync – Part 1

Zork for Lync – Part 1

  Ok, maybe not only Zork for Lync specifically, but a Z-Machine interpreter for Microsoft’s Lync platform. But first, a little history… Back in the 1970’s, Joel Berez and Mark Blanc created the Z-Machine, the virtual machine used by games company Infocom to deliver its text adventure games, such as Zork, Planetfall and the Hitchhikers(…)

Share Button
Packt’s celebrates 10 years with a special $10 offer

Packt’s celebrates 10 years with a special $10 offer

This month marks 10 years since Packt Publishing embarked on its mission to deliver effective learning and information services to IT professionals. In that time it’s published over 2000 titles and helped projects become household names, awarding over $400,000 through its Open Source Project Royalty Scheme. To celebrate this huge milestone, from June 26th Packt(…)

Share Button
Hosted Lync vs Office 365 or Lync Online

Hosted Lync vs Office 365 or Lync Online

  It seems that almost every day, somebody asks me which is better – Lync Online / Office 365 or a cloud-based hosted version, such as that offered by telewebica. Obviously Lync Online and Office 365 are cloud-based solutions, but they are built for the masses – primarily the SMB/SME market. They are online, low-cost,(…)

Share Button
Monitoring Lync 2013 with MRTG

Monitoring Lync 2013 with MRTG

(also known as Monitoring Lync with Open Source Tools) Microsoft’s Lync Server 2013 includes a number of reporting options, however they are server-focused and don’t lend themselves well to external queries.Many network telecommunications providers and technology organisations use MRTG and RRD to monitor key aspects of their networks, devices and environments. In fact, I use(…)

Share Button
Wasteland 2 – inXile Entertainment

Wasteland 2 – inXile Entertainment

Adventure in Post-Nuclear America Just on a week ago, inXile Entertainment released a beta of their upcoming game, Wasteland 2 – the long awaited (25 years!). The original was a post-apocalyptic role-playing video game developed by Interplay, and released in 1988 for the Apple ][, PC and Commodore 64. The game is set in an(…)

Share Button
Book Review – Windows Phone 8 Game Development, by Marcin Jamro

Book Review – Windows Phone 8 Game Development, by Marcin Jamro

In the last two years, I have developed a few applications and one game for Windows Phone 7.5, primarily as a hobby and for my own entertainment. My last application, Bolo8, deploys fine on Windows Phone 8, but I found online and documented resources at the time difficult to navigate, so learning the new platform(…)

Share Button
My Kilimanjaro Adventure

My Kilimanjaro Adventure

  Jambo! At around 9am on 28th October 2013, with a team of excited but exhausted adventurers, we successfully reached Uhuru Peak, the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa’s highest point, and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. My journey begin only 8 months earlier, at a resort in Phuket, Thailand.  The opportunity to participate in(…)

Share Button
Kilimanjaro – Arrival in Arusha

Kilimanjaro – Arrival in Arusha

After around 20hrs of flying, and half that again in various airports, we finally arrive at our destination – Arusha, Tanzania.  A city of contrasts, stark poverty and lack of basic services combined with what I can easily say are some of the most happy, cheerful and friendly people I’ve met. Of our 19 travelers,(…)

Share Button
1 week to go to Kilimanjaro!

1 week to go to Kilimanjaro!

  Today marks just one week until the start of the Telco Together Foundation’s Kilimanjaro Charity Climb – arguably the most challenging activity I have undertaken! Why are we doing this? To raise money for the Telco Together’s important and worthwhile causes. Telco Together has a vision to harness the reach and capability of the(…)

Share Button
WPC 2013 Wrap-Up

WPC 2013 Wrap-Up

Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference was held recently in Houston, Texas, drawing a 14,000+ attendee crowd to the Keynote presentations at the Toyota Centre. As a frequent attendee of the annual conference, it’s important to identify your key tracks or area of interests, and focus on those where possible, as the range of sessions and presentations(…)

Share Button
Build 2013 Wrap Up

Build 2013 Wrap Up

  Microsoft’s //Build/ conference in San Francisco has finished and it was a whirlwind 3 days at the Moscone Centre. There were many new announcements, as well as teasers for what’s to come later in 2013/2014, but here are a just a few of the main highlights. Day 1 Keynote I don’t think many people(…)

Share Button
Public Speaking Tips

Public Speaking Tips

Speaking more and more both as part of my job with M2, as well as guest panelist or presenter at various technology events, there are a number of online resources out there to help solidify the process in your mind. I’m not by any means a confident speaker, but both John Papa and Scott Hanselman’s(…)

Share Button