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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

Useful SQL tips - how to a specific type of field in a SQL table

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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

Useful SQL tips - How to list all your SQL databases with their file locations and sizes

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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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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

There's no easy way to export a list of contacts from the Lync or Skype for Business desktop client, but this can be achieved using the Skype Web SDK.

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Skype for Business Presence Dashboard Revisited

Skype for Business Presence Dashboard Revisited

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

I've updated my Lync and Skype for Business Presence Dashboard application to improve usability, look & feel and add a few new options.
The dashboard is open-source and available for download.

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Is it time to hang up the telephone?

Is it time to hang up the telephone?

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Pick a customer, a vendor or a friend that you call regularly.
Now put their email address into your favourite unified communications client, such as Skype, Lync or Facebook Messenger, and the likelihood is you’ll never spend a cent on calling them on your telephone again.

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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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Skype Web SDK Prerequisites

Skype Web SDK Prerequisites

Monday, 4 May 2015

The Skype Web SDK is a powerful new framework built upon UCWA that allows you to rapidly build Skype-enabled applications and functionality.
This is my collection of tutorials and courses.

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Skype Web SDK Useful Links

Skype Web SDK Useful Links

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Yesterday, Microsoft released the Skype Web SDK Public Preview.
Over the next few weeks I'll be posting a handful of tutorials on how to use the SDK in a real-world environment, but in the meantime these links can help you get started with developing against this SDK.

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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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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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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.
This tutorial series explains how to use UCWA to send a simple Instant Message (IM)

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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 – Instant Messaging, Audio and Video conferencing, Application Sharing and in some instances telephony solutions.

Lync (and soon Skype for Business, the next version of Lync) can also be used as the end-point for receiving and processing a wide range of modalities, including Instant Messaging.

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Skype for Business Announced

Skype for Business Announced

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Microsoft have announced a significant update to the Lync product range, including rebranding the product as Skype for Business, bringing it closer to final convergence with the Skype platform and direction.

The changes are slated for the first half of 2015.

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Zork for Lync - Part 1

Zork for Lync - Part 1

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Ok, maybe not only Zork for Lync specifically, but a Z-Machine interpreter for Microsoft s Lync platform.
But first, a little history Back in the 1970 s, Joel Berez and Mark Blanc created the Z-Machine, the virtual machine used by games company Infocom to deliver its text adventure games, such as Zork, Planetfall and the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
These types of games are known as Interactive Fiction, simulated environments in which players use text commands to control their characters as the game plays out.

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Monitoring Lync 2013 with MRTG

Monitoring Lync 2013 with MRTG

Saturday, 1 March 2014

(also known as Monitoring Lync with Open Source Tools)Microsoft s Lync Server 2013 includes a number of reporting options, however they are server-focused and don t lend themselves well to external queries.
Many network telecommunications providers and technology organisations use MRTG and RRD to monitor key aspects of their networks, devices and environments.
In fact, I use MRTG and RRD to monitor all aspects of our infrastructure, from Hypervisor metrics (CPU, RAM, HDD, etc.
), individual guest virtual machine metrics, and network infrastructure devices such as our routers, firewalls, load balancers and various other appliances.

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Telecommunications company grows cloud business with Windows

Telecommunications company grows cloud business with Windows

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Re-posted from Microsoft Case Studies By moving to Windows Server we've saved around 80% on licensing costs and dramatically reduced provisioning times for new virtual machines.
Matthew Proctor, General Manager Data Centre & Cloud, Primus TelecomBusiness NeedsWith the advent of cloud computing, Primus Telecom found itself dramatically transitioning toward cloud technology.
We began building a cloud environment in the mid 2000s and launched our cloud services formally in 2008 with the acquisition of bespoke Managed Services Provider Imagineering Technology, recounts Matthew Proctor, General Manager of Data Centre & Cloud at Primus Telecom.
Our customer base grew faster than we anticipated so we started to expand our offering.

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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, Africa s highest point, and the world s highest free-standing mountain.
My journey begin only 8 months earlier, at a resort in Phuket, Thailand.
The opportunity to participate in the Telco Together Foundation s Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge was presented to me, and with some hesitation I accepted the challenge.
Sometimes in life, one needs a catalyst for change.
In my role as a telecommunications executive, software developer, writer and geek, the vast majority of my day is spent at a desk or standing between rows of racks in one of my Data Centres.

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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.
I’m not by any means a confident speaker, but both John Papa and Scott Hanselman’s tutorials are a great resource, and I wholeheartedly recommending spending a few dollars to support their efforts and learn from their experience.
Want to be a better public speaker?Perhaps you’ve given speeches at work and are considering a local user group.
Maybe you’ve spoken at code camps and want to go national or international.

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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.
Back in February, after learning of the Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge, I decided it was time to get fit, if nothing else but to keep up with my colleagues and achieve this challenge.
And so, like a professional I sought the wise and trusted advice of my colleagues in the industry, many of whom suggested the 1,000 steps in Ferntree Gully.
As this near my home, it seemed like a great idea.
I can do them in around 10 minutes! , responded one, who shall remain nameless.
Her level of fitness was extreme compared to mine, but it seemed achievable.
I think we d need to put aside an hour or so , was another response.

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Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge - Our Causes

Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge - Our Causes

Monday, 22 April 2013

Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge – Our Causes - tTelco Together has a vision to harness the reach and capability of the telecommunications industry to support Australian communities in need.
Through our Community Partners, your donation will directly contribute to :HOMELESSNESSProviding meals to the homelessEvery day one in 200 Australians are homeless, and don t know where their next meal is coming from.
Meanwhile, Australians waste $5.
2 billion of food per year.
Telco Together is helping to redistribute the food to those in need by supporting Secondbite.
MENTAL HEALTHSupporting people with mental health issues.
One in five Australians will suffer from a mental illness during their lifetime.

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The Telco Together Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge

The Telco Together Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge

Friday, 12 April 2013

In October 2013, a team of adventure seekers from the telecommunications industry will set off to climb the world’s tallest freestanding mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro – to raise money for disadvantaged communities in Australia.
Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, one of the highest volcanoes and Africa s highest mountain, reaching 5,895m (~19,340ft).

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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.
Long are the days I ve dreamed of not having to use the dreaded leave on server option, and having to wait for all my various devices to download the same messages over and over again.
After investigating a few alternatives, including VMware s Zimbra appliance, a number of mail servers that poorly implement the IMAP protocol, it became clear that Microsoft s Exchange platform was actually surprisingly cost effective and feature rich.

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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

History of BoloBolo was a video game released on the Apple II computers in 1982 by Synergistic Software, partly inspired by an earlier novel, Bolo: Annals of the Dinochrome Brigade, which features self-aware, intelligent tanks.
This interpretationAs part of my experiments with the Windows Phone platform and parallel building on the XBLA platform (Xbox Live Arcade), I decided to create an interpretation of the original game as a homage.
There are a few interpretations and clones floating around the internet, but they are either direct clones or re-imagined versions with new features.

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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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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.
I wanted to incorporate this into my personal intranet site, written in ASP.
NET using the 4.
5RC framework.
The task was to validate whether a domain name was correctly delegated, with valid A records pointing at one or more of my web servers, or externally hosted servers.
Using the system.
net assembly to query a domain record is relatively trivial, but using it to query external name server delegation proved to be somewhat cumbersome, so I decided to simply use Window’s built in nslookup tool, available since Windows 2000 (and maybe earlier!).

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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.
– NYSE:PTGi) has today announced that it is the first retail service provider (RSP) to receive NBN Co s business-to-business (B2B) interoperability certification.
Primus Australia will now utilise NBN Co s B2B Gateway for direct systems integration, supporting automated order management, assurance and billing operations for services provided on the NBN to end user customers.
Primus Australia will be the first RSP in Australia to provide the real time provisioning of services to customers on the NBN network.

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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.
)(NYSE: PTGi), today announced it is now on the Federal Government’s Data Centre Facilities Panel, offering services from its Melbourne facilities.

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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.
Officially there for business meetings, I had a chance to check out the priceless art that hangs on the walls throughout the hotel.
The Hotel Chelsea, also known as the Chelsea Hotel, or simply the Chelsea, is a historic New York City hotel and landmark, known primarily for its history of notable residents.
The hotel has been the home of numerous writers, musicians, artists, and actors, including Bob Dylan, Virgil Thomson, Charles Bukowski, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Jobriath, and Larry Rivers.

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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.
Launched last month at the Geneva motor show, the Spyder is a mid-engined, two-seater supercar with performance exceeding most F1 cars and efficiency greater than a Toyota Prius!The exciting stats – 0-100km/h in under 3.
2 seconds, top speed 320km/h, emissions of less than 70g CO2 per km and fuel consumption of around 3.
0L/100km (my Boxster averages around 9…)The 2010 Porsche 918 Spyder combines classic Porsche elements and futuristic design.
More to come in the coming weeks…

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Jetstar, Virgin Blue Web sites crash

Jetstar, Virgin Blue Web sites crash

Thursday, 26 February 2004

By Patrick Gray, ZDNet Australia 26 February 2004 The Web sites of Virgin Blue and Jetstar airlines are offline after a “special offer” triggered a buying frenzy that is believed to have overloaded the companies’ Web servers.
Jetstar, the new low-cost airline owned by Qantas, announced it would sell 100,000 seats from 6am today at a one-way price of AU$29 as a special introductory offer.
The airline is due to start flying in May.
Virgin Blue countered, announcing that it would match the AU$29 fare, but would offer 200,000 seats.
Eager travellers have apparently jumped on the offers — both Web-sites have simply disappeared.

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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.
Managing director of Melbourne based Imagineering Technologies is feeling the impact already.
“It has had a major financial impact… it’s something that we need to either absorb or pass on to our clients.
It’s an unacceptable situation,” he said.
Proctor cannot understand why the insurance industry is stepping up premiums when market conditions haven’t changed.
“I don’t believe the IT industry in its current state has changed greatly over the last three to four years,” he said.

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