Kilimanjaro Climb 2015
As crazy as it sounds, I'm off again in March 2015 to fundraise for the Telco Together Foundation by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro - this time the Lemosho Route. All funds raised go directly to the Foundation's worthy recipients - Second Bite, Inspire, Red Dust Role Models & Sports Without Borders.
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The Lemosho Route - Kilimanjaro Climb 2015

The Lemosho Route - Kilimanjaro Climb 2015

The Lemosho Route is widely considered to be the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Lemosho, a relatively new route, is favoured due to its beauty, remoteness and success rate.
Exploring the Internet of Things (IoT) with Lync (& Skype for Business) and .Net Gadgeteer

Exploring the Internet of Things (IoT) with Lync (& Skype for Business) and .Net Gadgeteer

Today, most people think of Lync and Skype as tools for Unified Communications – Instant Messaging, Audio and Video conferencing, Application Sharing and in some instances telephony solutions.

Lync (and soon Skype for Business, the next version of Lync) can also be used as the end-point for receiving and processing a wide range of modalities, including Instant Messaging.
Skype for Business Announced

Skype for Business Announced

Microsoft have announced a significant update to the Lync product range, including rebranding the product as Skype for Business, bringing it closer to final convergence with the Skype platform and direction.

The changes are slated for the first half of 2015.
Lync Agent DNS Checker

Lync Agent DNS Checker

Lync Agent DNS Checker is a very simple tool to remotely test DNS records against those required for Lync 2013, Lync Online, Exchange 2013 and/or Office 365.
The tool uses a number of external DNS servers (Google, Microsoft, and others) to remotely query a domain name, to ensure accurate results.
Lync Agent DNS Checker is an informational tool – no registration or advertisments, and has just one single function.
Sending PRTG notifications via Lync

Sending PRTG notifications via Lync

More than 150,000 administrators rely on PRTG Network Monitor every day to monitor their LANs, WANs, servers, websites, appliances, URLs, and more - now they can easily send notifications via Lync using Lync Agent. - comparing Azure, AWS, Rackspace and other cloud providers - comparing Azure, AWS, Rackspace and other cloud providers

Looking for a quick and simple way to compare Virtual Machine instance costs across a number of cloud providers?I was, and like many had resorted to building Excel spreadsheets of the various options.
However there isn’t usually a 1:1 relationship between equivalent virtual machine resource options (CPU, RAM, HDD, etc.
) across platforms, so it’s not as easy as finding an equivalent.
So over a rainy weekend I whipped up a quick online calculator to compare the closest-match instances across different providers.
Check out http://www.
au/Still very basic, but would love to hear everyone’s feedback and suggestions.
Announcing Lync Agent Beta Launch

Announcing Lync Agent Beta Launch

Today I'm excited to announce the launch of the beta version of our new product, Lync Agent, an API-based framework for sending Instant Messages and other rich content from applications and systems, without the need for a Lync Client, or even your own Lync servers.
Lync Agent is a hosted Software as A Service (SaaS) technology that sits between your Microsoft Lync environment (physical or Office 365), and your applications.
It’s ‘cloud’ based, so you don’t need any special hardware or software.
Why is this useful?Sure, you can send an IM, an Image, a hyperlink or a variety of other content from your Lync Client.
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 Guide to the Galaxy.
These types of games are known as Interactive Fiction, simulated environments in which players use text commands to control their characters as the game plays out.
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, turnkey solutions, but lack a number of key features that are important to many businesses.
Capability and Feature DifferencesWhilst fundamentally the same product, there are a number of significant differences between a hosted implementation of Lync, and that offered by Office 365.
These differences are also valid for On-Premises installations of Lync Server 2013.
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 MRTG and RRD to monitor all aspects of our infrastructure, from Hypervisor metrics (CPU, RAM, HDD, etc.
), individual guest virtual machine metrics, and network infrastructure devices such as our routers, firewalls, load balancers and various other appliances.
Wasteland 2 - inXile Entertainment

Wasteland 2 - inXile Entertainment

Adventure in Post-Nuclear AmericaJust 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 alternate history timeline, mirroring that of the original classic game, in which a nuclear holocaust has decimated the planet, reverting society into one of primitive technology and anarchy.
On the day of the cataclysm, a company of U.
Army Engineers were in a remote desolate desert building bridges.
Telecommunications company grows cloud business with Windows

Telecommunications company grows cloud business with Windows

Re-posted from Microsoft Case Studies By moving to Windows Server we ve saved around 80% on licensing costs and dramatically reduced provisioning times for new virtual machines.
Matthew Proctor, General Manager Data Centre & Cloud, Primus TelecomBusiness NeedsWith the advent of cloud computing, Primus Telecom found itself dramatically transitioning toward cloud technology.
We began building a cloud environment in the mid 2000s and launched our cloud services formally in 2008 with the acquisition of bespoke Managed Services Provider Imagineering Technology, recounts Matthew Proctor, General Manager of Data Centre & Cloud at Primus Telecom.
Our customer base grew faster than we anticipated so we started to expand our offering.