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    OK, so I've been a tad remiss in blogging about the Tech Ed experience, but I've been so busy talking to people! I'll blog more later. People await!
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    Back in the day, software used to be quite cheap around here for employees. Then, due to a confluence of unfortunate factors, all involving complicated acronyms (like FBT), Aussie 'softies started paying what could be politely described as unspectacular rates for personal copies of Microsoft software...
  • Blog Post: Max Payne 2 on Xbox Originals

    Awesome, in a word. Max Payne® 2- The Fall of Max Payne Wins my award for most heartbreaking game ever. With some pretty funky action along the way. I wasn’t as much of a fan of the first one, though if you play them back to back, they run very well together. (Though the part in MP2 that always troubled...
  • Blog Post: B-Day (no, not bidet) for Battlefield 2

    Well, Battlefield 2 is in my hot little hands right now. I had to get the CD version (3 CDs) because I don't believe in preordering (it violates rule #1 of impulse buying, which is that if the goods aren't miraculously present on the store shelf, I don't pick them up and purchase them). Now I just...
  • Blog Post: My Tech.Ed AU 2005 In Blurry Slightly Truncated Pictures

    Just running through my newly-broken phone (dropped from booth height to the hard, unforgiving floor below) to pull the interesting bits off it. It wasn't a good week for the phone, which now can send voice and play any type of noise you can imagine via the speaker, other than what the person at the...
  • Blog Post: Fujitsu Lifebook P1610 - The First Day (and a bit)

    On Wednesday, my care package from Tegatech arrived - a brand new P1610! I thought there must have been some sort of mistake when the Mail Guy handed me the package, as it was obviously far too light to be a laptop and included bumf. Plus, it was just one box, and it wasn't big enough! Well...
  • Blog Post: Mesh Gush

    Hi Everybody! I've been laying low for a while, in read-only mode, sorting, filtering, evaluating and generally catching up on stuff! So, why break radio silence now? Well, I'm popping up to offer a quick endorsement for the Mesh platform, which was recently opened up to Australian testers. I'm excited...
  • Blog Post: Aussie MSN Maps: I'm Ashamed I Never Knew

    I've never really been interested in maps, as such. They're in the "nice to have when driving" category for me, 98% of the time. On the subject, I've been a user of Whereis for many years, not knowing that there was an alternative for Australia. I knew about MapPoint as an API, but knowing of an API...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Ed AU: The Finalizer, Visitors and Sessions

    First up: Not GC-related, but to all the Oz Tech.Ed attendees that would like to see a Support Professional attacked by a mad killer robot (and let's face it, you know who you are, and I know who you are), go leave a comment , hey?. Next up: Queen Betsy (we have to be nice to her, she controls the...
  • Blog Post: Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows: Installation Experience

    "Experience" is a lovely word for a corporate blog. Discuss. Anyway, my experience was that it didn't work the first time round. That was at 7pm. it's now 9pm, and I've just finished my first laps around Barcelona in RFactor , using the Wireless Racing Wheel and TrackIR . Awesome? You betcha! Easy? Not...
  • Blog Post: Daylight Saving Time - Still On This Week

    Note #1: This post links to discussion boards that use colourful language. If you don't like that sort of thing, don't click any non-numerical links below. Note #2: If Elected, I Solemnly Promise: As a suggestion to governments for next time around: If the objective was to get the Closing Ceremony...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Ed AU 2005: Done and Dusted

    Just got home and I thought I'd capture a quick reaction before it wore off: OH YEAH! Was that an intensely good Tech.Ed or what? I ended up attending three sessions - that's right, three (!) - because I was caught up discussing ISA Server, or Media Centre, or Windows Server or whatever with...
  • Blog Post: Haushaltung. (also: Hey, Nvidia!)

    (Blame Altavista for the translation - I was looking for "housekeeping" rather than "house brought to a standstill"). First up - if you've posted a comment recently, and it's been eaten, moderated or otherwise lost, I abjectly apologize. I've run through a few pages and discovered moderated comments...
  • Blog Post: Calling all Aussie IT Pro Bloggers

    OK, here's an idea so simple I can't believe I didn't ask before. I've been thinking a lot about why I'm excited to be in IT, and why I work where I do, and I realized that I probably have a very different set of reasons for being excited about my job than, say, an ops guy for a real company. So...
  • Blog Post: HDMI on (my) LCD TVs sucks (aka The Campaign For Pure Pixels)

    Before I get into the rant: I am thoroughly ignorant of any and all video standards. Do not expect this post to contain much in the way of factual value. I'm housesitting at my parents' place at the moment. They have a recent-ish 32" Panasonic LCD TV. They have my old XP Media Centre PC driving it. Until...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Ed 2005: Without A Belt

    I was packing on Monday afternoon. I'd taken Monday off sick - my first sick day since starting with Microsoft four years ago - to try to recover from the cough-rapidly-becoming-a-cold-and-fever that had hit me on Saturday night, and developed nastily through Sunday. On Tuesday, feeling a bit better...
  • Blog Post: Thanksgiving Tech Support: Thanks, HP.

    HP claimed the first victim of the holidays - a teary mother. I'd given her an HP PSC 1315 as an early Christmas present, and it's really, really good so far. With one fairly significant blow: it doesn't like printing Avery labels properly. Mum likes to print off about 250 christmas card labels each...
  • Blog Post: Telstra HTC HD2 Connection Settings

    The Shiny New Phone I bought an HTC HD2 sight-unseen from the Telstra online store yesterday, and the “five business days” for delivery worked out to be one in total. Score! With the phone as supplied, aspects of the phone are uncustomizable , and the Internet connection is one of those things...
  • Blog Post: Aussies: Mothers' Day is this Sunday!

    Quick reminder that it's The Day Of The Mother for Australians this Sunday the 14th May. If you haven't bought a gift yet, well, lunchtime is good, right? I got mine a Logitech Harmony 880 remote (kinda a both parents present really) and spent 4.5 hours fighting their Panasonic TV on the weekend...
  • Blog Post: Up, up and away. Did I mention "up"?

    Off on vacation from 24th Dec to 10th Jan, so my last day of "real" work this year is tomorrow. Thanks to all three readers (that's 150% up on last year) for your comments, help, and occasional bouts of sanity. I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year, unless you don't celebrate that sort of thing...
  • Blog Post: CG2006 Daylight Saving Time Updates for Windows OSs

    This is a topic that can quickly get complex, so I'm going to try to keep it really simple. While I'm personally all for global UTC time all the time, a one-week adjustment is better than the alternative . As Frank mentioned , for 2006 only, five Aussie States (NSW, Vic, SA, ACT, Tas) are changing...
  • Blog Post: Dug from the XBox AU Newsletter: Live Alerts

    (It's clickable) I don't know when it happened, but I'm glad it did! Xbox Live Alerts are now enabled for the Aussie Live crowd. Might have to try it out later, when my homies get back. Now all we need is that Messenger tab that shows you when all your Live buddies are online...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Ed Australia 2005: I'm Excited! Go Register!

    W00t! TechEd 2005 is coming, and guess who's going to be there!? Well, I'm not certain that I'm going yet per se , but my "camping my manager's office with placards of hope" campaign is sure to pay off eventually. I really enjoyed attending last year's Tech.Ed in Canberra (my first) -...
  • Blog Post: Aussies! Job! Here! Fun**!

    I was burbling some copy together for a possible job ad, and figured I'd post it here. Like to work at the bleeding edge of technology? Able to bring order to chaos? Enjoy complex problem-solving? If you’ve put out all the fires in your IT infrastructure and are left wondering where all the interesting...
  • Blog Post: Yes, I'll Be At Tech.Ed 2005 Australia!

    On the beautiful Gold Coast, only two short weeks away! My rough work plan outside of the sessions: Tuesday 30 Aug 15:30 - 21:30 (what!? Surely that's a typo!) Secure Well Managed Infrastructure stand (ISA Server, Virtual Server/PC, Networking and Crazy Stuff hat on) Wednesday 31 Aug 13:00 ...