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  • Blog Post: That Elusive Social Culture

    As someone who runs a large number of global communities, I'm acutely aware that people are the platform . Many of us delight in the technologies and the services that enable social connections, but less of us stop and consider that without people none of these actually matter much. All the technologies...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac is cool!

    I’ve dabbled with many phones in the past, but mostly in all this time I’ve begrudgingly kept on with my Windows Mobile phones in the hope they would get better. Well they just did. I’m thoroughly enjoying the new user interface and the way it operates. Unfortunately in my geography...
  • Blog Post: The MCA Board Review Unravelled

    Two weeks ago I joined the board that reviews candidates for certification as Microsoft Certified Architects: Infrastructure and Microsoft Certified Architects: Solutions. I also attended a very insightful talk about the MCA Experience that was delivered by George Cerbone from Microsoft Learning....
  • Blog Post: The Mystery of Hyper-V's Limit Processor Functionality? (Part 3 - Officially)

    I found out a bit more from the product group. It seems some legacy operating systems, like Windows NT 4.0, bugcheck if they perform a CPUID and have more than three leafs returned. The checkbox is there to allow us to try and get them working. So I was on the right track after all. I still think this...
  • Blog Post: Making Audio a Podcast on the Zune

    First of all, I have to say I’m back! Hopefully my future posts will be a lot more technical than this one. News: The beta of Hyper-V Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager has been made available. Send email to MPCC (click the link) to ask for a registration code in order to be able to...
  • Blog Post: Keeping Children Safe on the Internet (Part 1)

    I’m not the foremost expert on this subject, but I am a parent and think about these matters a lot. Even in the technical world I operate in I often find parents know this kind of stuff but rarely do they secure their home environments as much as they do their work environments. Although the Internet...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Certified Architect Certification Process

    Late last year I got certified as a Microsoft Certified Architect: Infrastructure. It's quite an honor, especially considering just how different it is to other exam-based certifications out there. In the case of MCA the process is a lot more rigorous and there are no exams. As taken from http...
  • Blog Post: Practical Best Practices for Infrastructure Projects

    In the many years I've been consulting as a Lead Technical Consultant, Architect and Engagement Manager there are a number of things I've learned from the school of hard knocks. Many things are obvious, and some less so. We can often find methodologies and material about how to run projects effectively...
  • Blog Post: The Mystery of Hyper-V's Limit Processor Functionality? (Part 2 - Final)

    In my previous post I discussed how I went about trying to determine the differences in processor functionality provided by Hyper-V's Limit Processor Functionality (LPF) checkbox. You probably want to read through that in order to get the necessary background to understand this final instalment. In...
  • Blog Post: Practical Architecture at TechEd Online

    Franco Rother, a Solution Specialist at Microsoft, and I discuss practical architecture in a video recording for Microsoft TechEd Africa 2009. Click here to view
  • Blog Post: The Mystery of Hyper-V's Limit Processor Functionality? (Part 1)

    Recently I became rather intrigued with Hyper-V's Limit Processor Functionality (LPF) function. One little checkbox became such an obsession that I start wasting hours of my time trying to find out exactly what it does. The dialogue says, "Limit processor functionality to run an older operating system...
  • Blog Post: Deep Zoom Composer Technology Preview early experiences

    Deep zoom composer helps mere mortals take advantage of the deep zoom capabilities in SilverLight 2. Obviously it has more detailed users for developers taking advantage of SilverLight 2, but it's fun for the average user too. In testing the product I build a really simple deep zoom with two high...
  • Blog Post: IASA CITA-P

    Last week I migrated my MCA: Infrastructure certification to IASA CITA-P (International Association of Software Archirects Board Certified Architect Professional), whilst visiting Seattle to speak at the Microsoft TechReady 10 conference for internal technical staff working at Microsoft from around the...
  • Blog Post: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Architecture (Part 1)

    Recently, at TechEd Africa 2009, I spoke to a rather large audience about a topic I entitled ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Architecture’. It was essentially a redelivery of material created by Miha Kralj (upon whom much credit is graciously bestowed), but with a local spin and additional material...
  • Blog Post: Think Like A Criminal (Part 2 of Keeping Children Safe on the Internet)

    I used to think all Internet-based crimes came about as a result of the criminals present on the Internet but I now realize that is a naïve perspective on the problem. Even in the Bible we find murder, rape, brutality and deception. It is actually full of sinful acts and as such I think it should...