Instead of giving this away on Geekzone though I've decided to donate it to the Leigh Primary School so they can use it as a prize during their Easter Carnival. I am sure our readers will understand :)
Here's just a bit from Nigel's blog - I recommend you read the whole post there:
Last July I spent a day at the Open Source Lab at Microsoft in the USA. Here I met Hank Janssen and Michael Joffe, and we started talking about working with PHP developers, the SQL Server Driver for PHP that his team had written and an update on running PHP applications on Windows.
Over the last year the Microsoft Open Source team have worked and contributed code to the communities that create some of the most popular open source applications in the world. This effort has culminated in an ambitious project that makes it easy for you to install your favourite “FREE” web applications and get them working on Windows and IIS.
This got me thinking of who in New Zealand would be a good candidate to engage with the Microsoft Open Source Labs to be added to the next group of Web Application Partners? How about Siggy and the SilverStripe team?
SilverStripe won the NZ Open Source award for Best Open Source Software Project of 2008 followed by SilverStripe winning the 2008 Most Promising Open Source CMS in the Packt UK awards.
Driven by my efforts to connect both sides, in August last year SilverStripe and Microsoft entered into a PHP on Windows Joint Development Program to get SilverStripe fully supported on Windows and part of the next iteration of the new Web Platform Installer.
The first challenge was to get Microsoft Software into SilverStripe’s hand. They hadn’t tested or developed on our platform before so they would need access to copies of Windows Server and SQL Server. Timing was great as we had just launched BizSpark in New Zealand so we signed the SilverStripe product up for that.
As part of the JDP, Microsoft technical support was available free of charge to SilverStripe from the US and Germany, but as the project progressed the talented and helpful Jorke Odolphi (Microsoft Australian Web Infrastructure Advisor), jumped into help SilverStripe, lead by Sam Minnée, with their testing and deployment.
SilverStripe incorporated some of the recent IIS7 enhancements features like URL Rewrite in their Windows Server 2008 solution. When it became clear that many of their community were using Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP, access to expert Microsoft technical staff enabled SilverStripe developers to determine the best way to achieve IIS 6 compatibility and update the core product accordingly in record time.
Of course any USB flash drive would work - but then it'd be sticking out... Lucky the HP Mini comes with a special deep USB slot and the HP Mini Drive is just right for it (or a Transcend USB drive if you don't care about the cover). See the pictures below:
Thanks to Hector from GeeksRoom for ordering the HP Mini Drive from HP USA and posting it to me.
You can post your questions on Geekzone, or post here and I will forward these.
These are the topics on this first meeting:
Office Communications Server 2007
As part of the inaugural Infrastructure User Group, Terry Chapman from Fujitsu New Zealand will present on deploying Microsoft Enterprise Voice using Office Communications Server 2007 and Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging.
Terry Chapman (CISSP, VCP, MCTS, MCSE, FCNSP) is a Principal Consultant with Fujitsu New Zealand. He leads the Unified Communications practice within Fujitsu NZ which has recently become a Microsoft Voice specialised partner along with being the first Microsoft partner in New Zealand to have deployed OCS 2007 R2 internally. Terry works across most of Fujitsu’s customer base and has many years of experience with a range of clients in the public and private sectors both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Hyper-V | The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
With the imminent release of Server 2008 R2, and the licensing benefits it can offer, Hyper-V is becoming an increasingly popular option for a virtualisation platform. As a result, the question system implementers are being asked is “Hyper-V or VMWare?”
This presentation will discuss some of the key benefits of virtualisation, and how Hyper-V manages them when compared with VMWare – what it does well (the good), what it doesn’t do so well (the bad), and some of the traps that implementers and administrators can find themselves facing (the ugly).
We will also discuss some of the features of the soon to be release R2 and how they move Microsoft’s virtualisation offering ever closer to matching VMWare’s feature-set.
Julian Bee is a serial early-adopter and Microsoft advocate, [Julian] has spent several years in the trenches managing, supporting, and administering a range of server environments, with a principal focus on Microsoft solutions. In 2007, he lead the deployment of NZ’s first (and globally the second) Hosted Exchange 2007 with Unified Messaging platform leveraging the Microsoft Provisioning System interface for management. Has spent the last two years working with VMWare ESX server in both production and lab environments, and has been working with Hyper-V since its release last year.
More information on Nathan's Blog.
Geekzone is well positioned in the list - not surprisingly most of the websites are technology-related or have a high level of engagement with their readers.
Now we just have to find a sponsor for our dinner/drinks while there. Anyone interested contact me.
This special price goes until 27th of March 2009.
I have a pair of those here and they are good - not only for students I say.
To make things easier for you there's a RSS feed of my Shared Clipping folder - so everything I think is interesting and I store there will automatically show up in this RSS feed.
Of course you should also look at other feeds we have here at Geekzone...
We ran a Zero G competition on Geekzone and the winner was Kevin, who got to fly from Florida on the 21st February 2009. The prize included return flights from New Zealand to the U.S., accommodation, and of course the Zero Gravity experience.
Participants on that flight also got into a draw to win a suborbital flight, and I am told the winner is from Chile.
Here is the video from Kevin's Symantec Zero Gavity flight (Kevin talks at about 1:25):
Thanks to Symantec for the opportunity to present our readers with such a great competition. Bring it on!