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Geek Post Monthly Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 9

By James Hippolite, in , posted: 8-Oct-2010 12:56

Geek Post

Volume 2 Issue 9

September 2010

Hippolite Musings

Tena Koutou Katoa,

In September, I:

  • Successfully installed my sister's new wireless home network (after two failed attempts);
  • Attended a Microsoft briefing (Telecom only) with Donald Farmer and Nicholas Dritsas;
  • Celebrated Father's Day at Cadillac Restaurant with my family;
  • Learned to play Amazing Grace on my guitar;
  • Had a WHEN committee meeting at our place, at which I divested myself of Website duties (still to handover Treasurer role);
  • Took minutes at Grenada Village Association Committee meeting;
  • Attended children's Advanced Students Concert;
  • Attended second mediation hearing between local property developer, DOC, WRC and residents.  Forced to capitulate under threat of legal proceedings; and
  • Attended Victoria University's Engineering and Computer Science Department's Student's Final-Year Project Demonstrations.


Community Development

Grenada Village Online

  • Idea to auto-display the latest 5 document uploads on the home page under the banner "What's New" so that ordinary Committee Members can upload documents and immediately have them advertised/available to their respective audiences.
  • Requires a filter based on page, I guess.
  • Could code it as a Web Control, I guess.

Align Church Online

  • Same as above.

Wellington Home Education Network

Wellington SQL Server Users Group

Wellington Dot Net Users Group

Developer News

Top Stories
  • Windows Phone 7 Challenge, Start Building Today!
    As part of our Tech.Ed Express Roadshow, we demonstrated the up-coming Windows Phone 7 platform and we are really excited to announce the Windows Phone 7 Challenge. Build a Windows Phone 7 application or game within the month of October and get the chance to win one of the first Windows Phone 7 handsets in NZ. There are two categories you can participate in. The first category asks developers to build an app or game that is inspired by NZ through local services, themes and culture. The second category asks developers to build an app that leverages the recently released Trade Me API to create a mobile Trade Me experience. Once you've built the application, screen capture and demonstrate its key features, upload the video to YouTube and email the link to us with your contact details. The competition closes on the 1st of November so the time is ticking. Get started today by going to the site for the full details.
  • Calling for Industry Mentors for Imagine Cup 2011
    This is the time of the year where we start reaching out to our IT community and look for mentors who will provide guidance and assistance for the top 20 software design teams for the 2011 NZ Imagine Cup competition. The Imagine Cup is the world's premier student technology competition. In other words, students are encouraged to utilise their knowledge of technology to solve some of the world's toughest problems. We are anticipating some fantastic ideas from students and currently looking for expressions of interest from our IT community. If you are interested in participating as an industry mentor for 2011, please drop an email to with your contact details. Industry mentors will get the opportunity to work with passionate and enthusiastic students on innovative project and most important of all, have a great time!
  • Event: Delivering Business Value with Visual Studio 2010
    If you are responsible for software development, seeking gains in development quality and productivity, or just plain interested in Application Lifecycle Management, then this free ? day event in Wellington (27 Oct) & Auckland (28 Oct) is a must-attend. Get in quick as places are limited.  Delivering Business Value with Visual Studio 2010.
  • ASP.NET Security Fix now on Windows Update
    The fix for the recent ASP.NET security vulnerability is now available on Windows Update. Read more about it in Scott Guthrie's blog post.

Study News

I'm studying Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 - Windows Communication Foundation.

I'm studying for the MCTS exam 70-503.

I finally finished reading the Self-Paced Training Kit!

I've started doing the practice exams!

I'm getting lots wrong!

I'm printing all of the reference materials for all of my incorrect answers!

I'm reading them!

It's still taking a long time!

Here's my progress so far:

# Objective Score Total Percent Date
1 Creating Services 19 38 50 20-Sep-2010
2 Exposing and Deploying Services 23 46 50 25-Sep-2010
3 Instrumenting and Administering Services 11 22 50 4-Oct-2010
4 Consuming Services        
5 Securing Services        
6 Managing the Service Life Cycle        
  TOTAL   200    

Telecom News

How did the Telecom team in Christchurch cope during the earthquake?

Bill Ralston went to Christchurch to talk with the Telecom team there about how they coped with the 4 September 2010 earthquake.

Situations Vacant

Senior BI Capability Analyst Expose your Expertise

Showcase your BI expertise and take that first step on your journey towards leadership in this Senior Analyst role. Relish the opportunity to get involved in putting together the building blocks for some of the biggest BI projects around and gain solid business exposure along the way. Play your part in what is quite possibly the biggest BI function in NZ and set yourself on a solid BI career path.

You'll work alongside project owners and will execute on the strategy defined by the Principal BI Analyst. You'll work on a variety of very large scale BI projects and help to ensure an end to end result is delivered across Business Intelligence. As the SME you'll provide expertise and advice to stakeholders to influence the shaping of their strategies and requirements which address business and commercial objectives.

Strong in information architecture you're a subject matter expert when it comes to BI. You've worked in large complex organisations before and most likely have come from a technical background. You've been hands on in terms of builds in the recent term and are looking to take that next step towards leadership in this domain. You're technically engaging and have sharp business acumen which enables you to successfully engage and manage a variety of stakeholders.

Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch based you'll report into the Billing & Enterprise Capability Manager. As part of the Technology and Shared Services function at the Telecom Group we're Accountable for the strategy and development for Telecom's Assure, Billing, Credit, Fulfil, Business Intelligence and Enterprise capability. We ensure that large scale transformation programmes are delivered into the business and that the expected capability and process benefits are achieved.

Expose your career path.Apply now.


A summary of Significant Dot Net User Group Chatter
  • The Hampsters Died - Emails not getting through (being delayed), 14 replies
  • Web page doesn't accept @ character, 6 replies
  • PDF to text components, 7 replies
  • Buying an IP Address, 5 replies


A summary of  Significant SQL Server User Group Chatter
  • How to increase font size in SSMS, 12 replies
  • PASS Board vote, no replies.
  • PASS Summit 2010, no replies.

Events Schedule

In this section, I highlight dates, times and venues of events either I am presenting at, or of interest to Geeks.  I'm available for bookings.

Date Event Venue Speaker
7-Oct-2010 Verdi's MacBeth St James Theatre N/A
16-Oct-2010 VEX Robotics Scrimmage Wellington High School James & Hamish
20-Oct-2010 Isolated Storage for Object-Oriented Databases in Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 Applications Online Jeremy Likness
21-Oct-2010 SQL Server User Group Meeting Intergen, Lampton Quay TBA
27-Oct-2010 Delivering Business Value with Visual Studio 2010 Intercontinental Hotel, Wellington Microsoft
27-Oct-2010 F# Today: A Taster Online Don Syme
27-Oct-2010 Moving your business "Into the Cloud" - Microsoft Online Services Provoke Solutions, Level 11, 157 Lambton Quay (Vodafone on the Quay) Andy Hayes, Business Development Manager, Provoke Solutions
8-11 Nov 2010 PASS Summit 2010 Seattle, Washington, USA Lots
10-Nov-2010 Scott Talks Shop VII Online Scott Guthrie
18-Nov-2010 Microsoft Certified Career Conference Online Lots
April 2011 ALM Conference Wellington Various


I recently re-found these.

Not particularly new or relevant, but at least I found some of them hilarious.

  1. Stand up halfway through the movie and yell loudly, "Wait... where the hell is Harry Potter?"
  2. Block the entrance to the theater while screaming: "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!" - After the movie, say "Lucas could have done it better."
  3. At some point during the movie, stand up and shout: "I must go! Middle Earth needs me!" and run and try to jump into the screen. After bouncing off, return quietly to your seat.
  4. Play a drinking game where you have to take a sip every time someone says: "The Ring."
  5. Point and laugh whenever someone dies.
  6. Ask the nearest ring-nut if he thinks Gandalf went to Hogwarts
  7. Finish off every one of Elrond''s lines with "Mr. Anderson."
  8. When Aragorn is crowned king, stand up and at the top of your lungs sing, "And I did it.... MY way...!"
  9. At the end, complain that Gollum was offensive to Ethiopians
  10. Talk like Gollum all through the movie. At the end, bite off someone''s finger and fall down the stairs.
  11. When Shelob appears, pinch the guy in front of you on the back of the neck.
  12. Dress up as old ladies and reenact "The Battle of Helms Deep" Monty Python style.
  13. When Denethor lights the fire, shout "Barbecue!"
  14. Ask people around you who they think is the next "Terminator" sent from the Middle Earth of the future to assassinate Frodo Baggins
  15. TTT when the Ents decide to march to war, stand up and shout "RUN FOREST, RUN!"
  16. Every time someone kills an Orc, yell: "That''s what I''m Tolkien about!" See how long it takes before you get kicked out of the theatre.
  17. During a wide shot of a battle, inquire, "Where''s Waldo?"
  18. Talk loudly about how you heard that there is a single frame of a nude Elf hidden somewhere in the movie.
  19. Start an Orc sing-a-long.
  20. Come to the premiere dressed as Frankenfurter and wander around looking terribly confused.
  21. When they go in the paths of the dead, wait for a tense moment and shout, "I see dead people!"
  22. Imitate what you think a conversation between Gollum, Dobby and Yoda would be like.
  23. Release a jar of daddy-long-legs into the theater during the Shelob scene.
  24. Wonder out loud if Aragorn is going to run for governor of California.
  25. When Shelob comes on, exclaim, "Man! Charlotte's really let herself go!"

Other related posts:
That Awkward Moment
Geek Post Monthly Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 8
Geek Post Monthly Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 7

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James Hippolite
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Welcome to my technical blog. 

Here, I attempt to distill the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer knowledge I have accumulated since first qualifying MCP in 1996.  This blog started on 13 September 2007 as an off-shoot from my mixed up personal blog.  But it took a shot in the arm from Scott Hanselman's talk at TechEd New Zealand 08 "32 Ways To Make Your Blog Suck Less".