My views on Arsenal comings and goings

(completely non-tech) I’ve had quite a few people ask me my opinions on the Arsenal transfers this summer (well, winter here in Australia, but summer for Arsenal). The big question of course is around Thierry Henry. Our champion who left for Barcelona this year. Personally, I think it was a year too late, but if he’d … Continue reading My views on Arsenal comings and goings

Code Camps galore

We all know that Adelaide hosted Code Camp SA recently – it was a great success, and some people even wished I was there! TechEd is coming up of course, but now there are two code camps scheduled for October, on the same weekend (13-14) and at the same venue! Yes, that place is Wagga Wagga … Continue reading Code Camps galore

TechEd slides uploaded

I should’ve posted that I was confirmed as a speaker at this year’s TechEd Australia. It’s in just over two weeks’ time – August 7-10. Today I uploaded my slide deck, so that delegates may be able to download the slides before they come to the talk. I’m doing the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Security … Continue reading TechEd slides uploaded

Pearson Vue no longer offering Microsoft exams

You can only book to do Microsoft certification exams through Pearson Vue until the end of August. From then on, you have to choose Prometric. More information can be read at Vue’s website: http://vue.com/ms/testtakerfaq.pdf Personally, I find this a real shame. It’s good for us candidates to have a choice. I’ve preferred Vue over Prometric … Continue reading Pearson Vue no longer offering Microsoft exams

Adaptive exams need a larger pool of questions

(Still on the topic of having community-written exam questions, which results in a larger pool questions to use on each topic) Every so often, I get asked about whether exams are adaptive. So, you get asked a question, and the next question is harder if you got it right, or easier if you got it … Continue reading Adaptive exams need a larger pool of questions

Blogs post times wrong

I’ve been posting using Windows Live Writer recently, but I just noticed that the times that I post are stored wrong. If you’re not logged in, you’ll see something similar to the time that I wrote the post, but it’s the Australian time (ish). And if I’m logged on, when it’s supposed to show the … Continue reading Blogs post times wrong

Certification questions from the community

On a trip to Redmond earlier this year (when I was one of 6 people deciding on content for the 70-445 and 70-446 exams), I had the chance to meet Howard Dierking. Howard is the Product Planner for Developer and Database Certifications. It was great to meet him – he has a lot of enthusiasm for … Continue reading Certification questions from the community

Transformers movie – worth the rating?

My almost-ten-year-old son wants to see the new Transformers movie. It’s rated M, which means that it’s not recommended for kids under the age of fifteen. On that point alone, my answer is no. But I was curious about the movie – I remember the cartoon from twenty-something years ago, plus my kids have seen … Continue reading Transformers movie – worth the rating?

How to find TechEd Australia 2007 in a search tool

This is just hilarious, but kinda sad for Microsoft. I was in a class, and asked who amongst the students were going to TechEd this year. I had a couple of strange looks, so I pulled up Internet Explorer and went to search for the event site. Knowing that searching tends to be the best … Continue reading How to find TechEd Australia 2007 in a search tool

Darren Gosbell in Adelaide on July 12th

What a great week for Adelaide having Australian SQL MVPs presenting! Code Camp SA on the weekend of July 7th and 8th features the Gregs (Linwood and Low), and BI expert Darren Gosbell will be coming to speak to the Adelaide SQL Server User Group the following Thursday. He’ll be presenting about MDX, which is … Continue reading Darren Gosbell in Adelaide on July 12th