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SQL Tips #7 - Which tables or stored procedures were updated recently

SQL Tips #7 - Which tables or stored procedures were updated recently

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

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SQL Tips #6 - Looking for tables with specific fieldtypes

SQL Tips #6 - Looking for tables with specific fieldtypes

Friday, 16 September 2016

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Australian Postal Codes

Australian Postal Codes

Thursday, 1 September 2016

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SQL Tips #5 - Listing the recovery model for each database

SQL Tips #5 - Listing the recovery model for each database

Saturday, 16 July 2016

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SQL Tips #4 - Listing all SQL databases with their file locations and sizes

SQL Tips #4 - Listing all SQL databases with their file locations and sizes

Monday, 16 May 2016

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SQL Tips #3 - Searching for a keyword in a stored procedure

SQL Tips #3 - Searching for a keyword in a stored procedure

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

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SQL Tips #2 - Searching for a specific field name in a SQL table

SQL Tips #2 - Searching for a specific field name in a SQL table

Saturday, 16 January 2016

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Skype Web SDK - Audio, Video and Conferencing

Skype Web SDK - Audio, Video and Conferencing

Thursday, 24 December 2015

A deep dive tutorial on how to add Audio, Video and Conferencing capabilities into your web site or application, using JavaScript and the Skype Web SDK.

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Using the Skype Web SDK from any language or framework

Using the Skype Web SDK from any language or framework

Saturday, 12 December 2015

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SQL Tips #1 - Table Row Counts & Sizes

SQL Tips #1 - Table Row Counts & Sizes

Saturday, 12 December 2015

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Extracting Email Addresses from Outlook Mailboxes using C#

Extracting Email Addresses from Outlook Mailboxes using C#

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

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Building a Skype for Business Auto Responder using the Skype Web SDK

Building a Skype for Business Auto Responder using the Skype Web SDK

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

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Exporting Lync or Skype for Business Contacts with the Skype Web SDK

Exporting Lync or Skype for Business Contacts with the Skype Web SDK

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

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Extracting Attachments from Outlook Mailboxes using C#

Extracting Attachments from Outlook Mailboxes using C#

Friday, 16 October 2015

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Skype for Business Presence Dashboard Revisited

Skype for Business Presence Dashboard Revisited

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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Skype Web SDK Troubleshooting - Part 2

Skype Web SDK Troubleshooting - Part 2

Monday, 7 September 2015

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Is it time to hang up the telephone?

Is it time to hang up the telephone?

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Do we really need telephones anymore? Has Unified Communications removed the need for the traditional handset?

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Skype Web SDK Troubleshooting

Skype Web SDK Troubleshooting

Monday, 31 August 2015

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Skype Web SDK Sending an Instant Message - Part 2

Skype Web SDK Sending an Instant Message - Part 2

Monday, 3 August 2015

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Pluralsight Course - Skype Web SDK: Getting Started

Pluralsight Course - Skype Web SDK: Getting Started

Friday, 24 July 2015

Learn about the new Skype Web SDK, how it works, how to starting use it, and how the SDK can help enhance your web site or application with Skype functionality.

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Becoming a Pluralsight author

Becoming a Pluralsight author

Monday, 13 July 2015

I’ve recently been accepted as a Pluralsight Author, and am busily creating the first of a series of courses on how to develop Skype-enabled applications using the Skype Web SDK.

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Skype Web SDK Sending an Instant Message

Skype Web SDK Sending an Instant Message

Sunday, 21 June 2015

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Skype Web SDK Tutorials

Skype Web SDK Tutorials

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

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Creating a Presence Dashboard using the Skype Web SDK

Creating a Presence Dashboard using the Skype Web SDK

Saturday, 16 May 2015

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Skype Web SDK Prerequisites

Skype Web SDK Prerequisites

Monday, 4 May 2015

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Skype Web SDK Useful Links

Skype Web SDK Useful Links

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Useful links for developing with the new Skype Web SDK

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Introducing the Skype Web SDK

Introducing the Skype Web SDK

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Developing rich unified communication applications using the Skype Web SDK

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Kilimanjaro Climb 2015

Kilimanjaro Climb 2015

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, one of the highest volcanoes and Africa s highest mountain, reaching 5,895m (~19,345ft).

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Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 7 - Millenium Camp to Mweka Gate

Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 7 - Millenium Camp to Mweka Gate

Monday, 30 March 2015

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Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 6 - Stella Point down to Millenium Camp

Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 6 - Stella Point down to Millenium Camp

Sunday, 29 March 2015

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Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 6 - Uhuru Peak - the very top of Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 6 - Uhuru Peak - the very top of Kilimanjaro

Sunday, 29 March 2015

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Ascent to the Summit of Kilimanjaro

Ascent to the Summit of Kilimanjaro

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Tonight at midnight, we begin our ascent to the peak of Kilimanjaro, Uruhu Peak at an altitude of 5,895m. It will take us around 8 hours to complete the climb.

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Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 6 - School Hut to Stella Point

Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 6 - School Hut to Stella Point

Saturday, 28 March 2015

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Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 5 - 3rd Cave Camp to School Hut

Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 5 - 3rd Cave Camp to School Hut

Saturday, 28 March 2015

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Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 4 - Moir Hut to 3rd Cave Camp

Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 4 - Moir Hut to 3rd Cave Camp

Friday, 27 March 2015

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Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 3 - Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut

Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 3 - Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut

Thursday, 26 March 2015

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Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 2 - Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp

Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 2 - Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 1 - Lemosho Gate to Mti Mkubwa

Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 1 - Lemosho Gate to Mti Mkubwa

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

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We're on our way to Kilimanjaro!

We're on our way to Kilimanjaro!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

In a little over 48hrs we begin our climb of the world's largest freestanding mountain, Kilimanjaro, in the northern plains of Tanzania, Africa.

All to raise funds for the Telco Together Foundation!

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Lync Link List

Lync Link List

Monday, 16 March 2015

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JSON to C# class conversion using Paste Special in Visual Studio

JSON to C# class conversion using Paste Special in Visual Studio

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

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Presentation on the Internet of Things and Microsoft Lync

Presentation on the Internet of Things and Microsoft Lync

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

A presentation and discussion about various Lync and Skype for Business development frameworks (UCMA, UCWA, Skype API, 3rd party) and how they can be used as a pathway to implementing IoT (Internet of Things) communication to Lync and Skype users.

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Send an IM with UCWA - Hints, Tips & Extra Goodies - Learn More

Send an IM with UCWA - Hints, Tips & Extra Goodies - Learn More

Sunday, 1 February 2015

A few small tricks and techniques for improving your UCWA application and user experience.

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Send an IM with UCWA - Setting Presence - Online, Away, Busy

Send an IM with UCWA - Setting Presence - Online, Away, Busy

Saturday, 31 January 2015

UCWA can be used to dynamically control the presence of an online Lync account.

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Send an IM with UCWA - Step 3 - Sending the IM

Send an IM with UCWA - Step 3 - Sending the IM

Friday, 30 January 2015

UCWA, or the Unified Communications Web API, lets your send IMs easily using a simple HTTP RESTful API hosted on your Lync environment.

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Send an IM with UCWA - Step 2 - Creating the Application

Send an IM with UCWA - Step 2 - Creating the Application

Thursday, 29 January 2015

The first step when creating a new UCWA is to initialise an Application - a two way modality between your Lync user account and an intended recipient.

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Send an IM with UCWA - Step 1 - Prerequisites

Send an IM with UCWA - Step 1 - Prerequisites

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Learn some of the important prerequisites for installing and configuring UCWA on your Lync 2013 environment.

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An introduction to Sending an IM with UCWA

An introduction to Sending an IM with UCWA

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Microsoft Unified Communications Web API (UCWA) is a REST API that exposes Lync Server 2013 Instant Messaging and Presence capabilities.

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The Lemosho Route - Kilimanjaro Climb 2015

The Lemosho Route - Kilimanjaro Climb 2015

Monday, 12 January 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.

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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

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Today, most people think of Lync and Skype as tools for Unified Communications – why not use the as tools to explore the Internet of Things?

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Building PlanetFall, a LunarLander-inspired game for Windows Phone 8

Building PlanetFall, a LunarLander-inspired game for Windows Phone 8

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

An overview of building a Windows Phone 8 Silverlight Game using XAML, C# and Visual Studio 2013.

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Skype for Business Announced

Skype for Business Announced

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The convergence of Lync and Skype continues with the announcement of Skype for Business

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Lync Agent DNS Checker

Lync Agent DNS Checker

Saturday, 25 October 2014

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.

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Sending PRTG notifications via Lync

Sending PRTG notifications via Lync

Friday, 24 October 2014

Just in case you don't get that SMS, get those PRTG alerts via Lync or Skype IM

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Zork for Lync - Part 1

Zork for Lync - Part 1

Saturday, 12 July 2014

You are standing in an option field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.

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Hosted Lync vs Office 365 or Lync Online

Hosted Lync vs Office 365 or Lync Online

Monday, 19 May 2014

What's the best option for your organisation? Advantages and disadvantages of all three options.

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Monitoring Lync 2013 with MRTG

Monitoring Lync 2013 with MRTG

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Microsoft's Lync Server 2013 includes a number of reporting options, but no references on using Open Source technologies.

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Wasteland 2 - inXile Entertainment

Wasteland 2 - inXile Entertainment

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to 1988's Wasteland, the first-ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG

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Telecommunications company grows cloud business with Windows

Telecommunications company grows cloud business with Windows

Sunday, 15 December 2013

By moving to Windows Server we've saved around 80% on licensing costs and dramatically reduced provisioning times for new virtual machines.

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

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

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Windows Phone 8 Game Development offers readers a great introduction to Windows Phone development, using MVVM methodologies.

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Kilimanjaro GPS Data Set

Kilimanjaro GPS Data Set

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Using a Garmin Forerunner 210 & 220, I tracked my recent trips to Kilimanjaro.

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My Kilimanjaro Adventure

My Kilimanjaro Adventure

Monday, 4 November 2013

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, Africas highest point, and the worlds highest free-standing mountain.

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Kilimanjaro - Arrival in Arusha

Kilimanjaro - Arrival in Arusha

Sunday, 20 October 2013

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1 week to go to Kilimanjaro!

1 week to go to Kilimanjaro!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

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Public Speaking Tips

Public Speaking Tips

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

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.

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1,000 Steps to Kilimanjaro

1,000 Steps to Kilimanjaro

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

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.

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Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge - Our Causes

Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge - Our Causes

Monday, 22 April 2013

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The Telco Together Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge

The Telco Together Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge

Friday, 12 April 2013

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Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 in 60 Minutes

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 in 60 Minutes

Saturday, 19 January 2013

As I travel quite frequently, managing my person mail on a legacy POP3/IMAP based mail server has always proven to be frustrating and inefficient.

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Bolo8 - Retro Gaming revisited on Windows Phone, Windows 8 and XBLA

Bolo8 - Retro Gaming revisited on Windows Phone, Windows 8 and XBLA

Thursday, 18 October 2012

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Building a Windows Phone App

Building a Windows Phone App

Saturday, 22 September 2012

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A study of the impact localized maximum temperatures has on the usage of business-grade fixed line calls usage in Australia.

A study of the impact localized maximum temperatures has on the usage of business-grade fixed line calls usage in Australia.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Anecdotally it is common to hear, within the telecommunications industry, that telephone call volumes decrease during hot days, colloquially when everyone goes outside to the beach!Naturally, where temperatures are lower, it is believed that consumers and business people are more likely to remain in the homes or place or work, resulting in more telephone calls being made.

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Carly's Voice - inspiration beyond expectation

Carly's Voice - inspiration beyond expectation

Sunday, 12 August 2012

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NSLookup from ASP.Net

NSLookup from ASP.Net

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Today I found myself writing code to review the validity of the many, err, dozens of domain names that I oversee.

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WiFi Everywhere

WiFi Everywhere

Thursday, 19 July 2012

I recently spent a few weeks in North America attending conferences and technology workshops.

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NBN B2B Certification Achieved

NBN B2B Certification Achieved

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Primus Australia becomes first retail service provider to receive B2B interoperability certification from NBN Co Melbourne, Australia: Primus Australia, a part of PTGi (Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc.

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Australia’s Government Data Centre Facilities Panel now includes Primus Australia, offering services from its Melbourne facilities

Australia’s Government Data Centre Facilities Panel now includes Primus Australia, offering services from its Melbourne facilities

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Today we announced that we have been included in the Federal Government’s Data Centre Facilities panel! This is an exciting opportunity, and many thanks to my team who have helped secure this membership!A huge thanks to Bruce, Jason and Emily for their work on this! Oh, and to Zac for knowing how to use a printer…— Press Release Follows —MELBOURNE 16th November 2011: Primus Australia, a part of PTGi (Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc.

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A few nights at the Chelsea

A few nights at the Chelsea

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Before it closed for renovations in August, I was lucky enough to stay at the bohemian, boutique Hotel Chelsea, on West 22rd Street in Manhattan.

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STS-135 Launch

STS-135 Launch

Friday, 8 July 2011

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Beauty in Electrons (aka Porsche 918 Spyder)

Beauty in Electrons (aka Porsche 918 Spyder)

Friday, 16 April 2010

An exciting new chapter is opening in Porsche Motorsport history, with the launch of the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept car.

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Play Tron’s Fake Arcade Game, Space Paranoids

Play Tron’s Fake Arcade Game, Space Paranoids

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

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Imagineering Technology

Imagineering Technology

Saturday, 6 September 2008

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New x800 HP Series Optimizes Data Center and Enterprise WAN Environments

New x800 HP Series Optimizes Data Center and Enterprise WAN Environments

Monday, 12 March 2007

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MIS Magazine - The new horizons

MIS Magazine - The new horizons

Tuesday, 7 June 2005

There is still plenty of ‘cool factor’ technology filtering through to the enterprise space, savvy CIOs just have to pick the studs from the duds.

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Jetstar, Virgin Blue Web sites crash

Jetstar, Virgin Blue Web sites crash

Thursday, 26 February 2004

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Aust IT industry insurance soars

Aust IT industry insurance soars

Wednesday, 11 June 2003

Written by Patrick Gray, ZDNetSoaring professional indemnity and public liability insurance costs have sparked outrage among IT contractors, employers and employment agencies.

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