Packt Publishing celebrates their 2000th title

Packt Publishing celebrates their 2000th title

Known for their extensive range of pragmatic IT ebooks, Packt Publishing are celebrating their 2000th book title `Learning Dart’– they want their customers to celebrate too. To mark this milestone Packt Publishing will launch a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offer across all eBooks on March 18th – for a limited period only. Since 2004,(…)

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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(…)

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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(…)

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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(…)

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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(…)

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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,(…)

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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(…)

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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(…)

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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(…)

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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(…)

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1,000 Steps to Kilimanjaro

1,000 Steps to Kilimanjaro

  Or how I went from 29 minutes to 12 minutes… Every step becomes a little easier, the more you climb and the more you focus.  Back in February, after learning of the Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge, I decided it was time to get fit, if nothing else but to keep up with my colleagues and(…)

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The Telco Together Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge

The Telco Together Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge

 In October 2013, a team of adventure seekers from the telecommunications industry will set off to climb the world’s tallest freestanding mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro – to raise money for disadvantaged communities in Australia. Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, one of the highest volcanoes and Africa’s highest mountain, reaching 5,895m (~19,340ft).(…)

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