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Airport Extreme with BT Home Hub
I recently purchase an Airport Extreme to get the 'N' coverage my Home Hub doesn't provide. As I have BT Vision (works very, very well) I couldn't scrape my Home Hub. I have a number of computers that need to hang of this not least my XBOX 360 and PS3 (bluray player not games machine note) so I approached this with a little trepidation. My computers are a mixture of Wintel PC's and Laptops + 3 MAC's (note each also runs Vista). Advice from my friendly MAC shop was just to use the supplied Airport ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 10:29 PM

Fun at the expense of a footballer (and diver!!)
After it was confirmed by Chelsea Manager Avram Grant that Didier Drogba is not a diver the staff at Stamford Bridge have decided to call in the police for tonights match against Liverpool to locate the sniper who keeps shooting Mr Drogba. This decision is based on the facts that as defenders aren't knocking him down and he isn't diving then someone must be shooting him! In an interesting turn of events last night Didier has been offered the part of Jacques Cousteau in aa ne film to be made this ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 6:06 PM

AIC 2008

Finally a big thank you to Matt Deacon and his team for delivering a great conference.

Posted On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 7:25 AM

Heard at the AIC 2008

One of the sessions described the coming of an IT Storm caused by key new IT activities including:

  • SaaS
  • The Cloud
  • SOA
  • Web 2

It was a good presentation looking towards the 'storm' both in a negative way and a positive way. From my standpoint the only way to go would be the positive way.


I'll be watching for changes in these areas - watch this spec for more info....

Posted On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 7:24 AM

TechEd 2008 sessions

Nicholas Allen's Indigo Blog gives details of all the forth coming Tech Ed sessions. Lots of interesting stuff coming up - have a look get yourself ready for TechEd...

Posted On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 6:59 AM

Microsoft BizTalk B2B announcement
Today at the Architects Insight Conference Burley Kawasaki announced some exciting news around BizTalk and B2B management. In the R3 timeframe Microsoft will be incorporating various aspects of Covasts B2B management suite. Watch this space for more news... Update: Includes.... · New standards for specific retail segments such as warehousing, grocery, energy, automotive and air freight · B2B metadata management for EDI ‘super’ interchanges, deeper integration with SQL Server repository/Visual Studio ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 6:48 AM

SOA and BPM User Group UK

Today the  SOA and BPM User Group was formely announced at the Architects Insight Conerence 2008. Rising from the ashes of the former UK BizTalk User group - this is a new group with a new focus!!

Pop over to if you wish to join up....

Posted On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 6:34 AM

At The UK Architects Insight Conference

So here we are in sunny/rainy/windy (delete as appropriate for time of day!) Windsor for the  2008 AIC.

A lot of interesting stuff has been discussed around SOA, BPM, cloud services and Software + Services

A good to consider and the future of the Architect looks bright. More info soon.

Posted On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 1:13 AM

Next Version of BizTalk Server Announced
Today, Steve Martin announced a few details about the next version of BizTalk that will be available in early 2009. The release will be BizTalk Server 2006 R3, and is an incremental release of BizTalk and not related to the future Oslo releases. In the main this is a this compatibility release to support the 2008 wave of products.(Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio.NET 2008). Expect a CTP later in the year and full release after SQL 2008 goes gold. Additional features include: New ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 22, 2008 7:53 PM

ASP.Net 3.5 news
Sourced from: The official Microsoft ASP.Net site New features are being added to ASP.NET and ADO.NET this year that increase the power of the .NET Framework 3.5. These enhancements target: Enabling high-productivity data scenarios by using the ADO.NET Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services, ASP.NET MVC, and ASP.NET Dynamic Data. Supporting test-driven development by using a powerful and extensible ASP.NET MVC framework. Creating the best server for rich clients by using AJAX history support and ......

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 8:27 PM

This one nearly passed me by....
Following on from BizTalk in the cloud now we have SQL server in the cloud..... SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) are highly scalable, on-demand data storage and query processing utility services. Built on robust SQL Server database and Windows Server technologies, these services provide high availability, security and support standards-based web interfaces for easy programming and quick provisioning. Get more info here ......

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 7:58 PM

BT Vision & NBC Universal

A deal has been struck to bring the latest movies to BT Vision form the NBC Universal stable. Also looks like series such as Hero's may get aired on BT Vision in sync with US. Watch this space...

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 7:44 PM

BizTalk Adapter Pack V1
Overview An adapter is a software component that enables you to send and receive messages to and from a line-of-business (LOB) system. The primary design goal of adapters is to facilitate the exchange of business documents between trading partners. The adapters provide the following advantages to clients: Consistent design-time experience. The adapters provide a common and user-friendly design time experience for browsing, searching, and retrieving metadata of LOB artifacts. Varied programming options. ......

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 5:04 AM

Microsoft RFID goes mobile
Microsoft have announced that their RFID programme has now extended to mobile devices. From the Microsoft beta site the following information has been gleaned: Mobility and Standards Pack - Themes BizTalk RFID on Mobile Devices Support for key industry enablers Run on Handhelds, Forklift readers Better together with BizTalk RFID Server v1 Support for new readers with LLRP Tag Data Translation for richer EPC enabled applications Web Services for Devices for Discovery, Configuration, Initialization ......

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 3:44 AM

SOA and BPM User Group in the UK

Yesterday saw the formation of the SOA and BPM User Group rising from the ashes of the former UK BizTalk User group.

Pop over to if you wish to join up....

Please note correction to web address....

Posted On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 7:02 PM

BizTalk Mapper Series on BizBert
Came across this great posting by Daniel Probert on BizBert - 13 part series on the BizTalk Mapper. Have a look at the links below. Note: This is the thirteenth in a series of 13 posts about the BizTalk Mapper. The other posts in this series are (links will become active as the posts become active): Understanding the BizTalk Mapper: Part 1 - Introduction Understanding the BizTalk Mapper: Part 2 - Functoids Overview Understanding the BizTalk Mapper: Part 3 - String Functoids Understanding the BizTalk ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 6:17 PM

Another April Fool

If you have a digital camera or cellular phone, you already know how easy it is to use SD memory cards. Now you can enjoy the stunning clarity of GalleryPlayer's full high definition art and photography using this convenient, innovative technology.

April Fool!!!

Posted On Tuesday, April 1, 2008 4:38 AM

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