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LUMIA 2520 REVIEW - PART 1 OF 3. SPECS AND FIRST IMPRESSION.

A little over a month ago I received a Nokia Lumia 2520. Have been using the device as a secondary tablet (given a Surface Pro 2 is the primary tablet), and I have been very happy with the results of my tests for it. I wish I could say I was typing this on it, but that I would venture to say it’s not too far into the future. Why not now? While I can pair it with a number of Bluetooth keyboards and such, I want to give this review and update in due time, as the cover/keyboard arrives. But, the device ......

It seems another season of previews is upon us

The past couple of weeks have been packed with teasers and updates. But here they go. Visual Studio Update 3: http://www.microsoft.com/en... Visual Studio 2013 and TFS 2013 Preview: http://www.microsoft.com/vi... SQL Server 2014 CTP1 : http://technet.microsoft.co... Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview: http://technet.microsoft.co... Windows 8.1 : http://preview.windows.com ......

Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Training Kit

Just in line with the release of the Visual Developer Preview and the availability of the Visual Studio Developer Preview 11 ALM virtual machine, now we have access to the Developer Preview Training kit. Download the Training kit here: http://www.microsoft.com/do... ......

BizTalk 2010 Training for Admins and Devs

Microsoft released downloadable training materials for BizTalk 2010 for both Administrators and Developers. Training for Developers: http://www.microsoft.com/do... Training for Administrators: http://www.microsoft.com/do... ......

Manage your MySQL Database on Windows Azure

From your Add-ons, select your instance: A couple of pieces of information to get here: 1) Your Connection info 2) General management details of your subscription with SuccessBricks To get your connection info, click on the Connection Info toolbar at the bottom of your Management Portal. That reveals the following to be able to use the connection string in your apps. Now, to get additional details on your subscription Then click on the right-pointing arrow to review your add-on’s settings: This will ......

If Dr. Seuss explained the Cloud presentation at MCT Summit

If Dr. Seuss explained the Cloud View more presentations from Enrique Lima ......

Deleting projects from Team Foundation Service

Recently I made the switch from having a local TFS deployment to using the hosted Team Foundation Service. As I had been using it back when it was TFSPreview, there were projects that had been left over, I no longer need those projects. Most of them were tests anyway. But reviewing in reviewing the portal I was not able to find anything to do it from there. I have always been a fan of command-line style administration. In doing my research I came across posts that indicated this being possible by ......

Configuration of Hyper-V and creation of VMs

In continuing with the post that I started last week, this week I focus on how I used PowerShell to install Hyper-V on Windows 8 and then create all necessary items to continue the creation of the SharePoint lab running on Hyper-V on Windows 8. First thing, in all situations I started PowerShell as Administrator. And yes, many of this items can be done and worked on through the GUI. But, the point is how do I automate. Also, assumptions here are you have a licensed version of Windows 8, and your ......

Business Intelligence: Leveraging SharePoint to drive business results Presentation

I was invited to do a presentation on Business Intelligence and Self Service BI at an internal Summit for a Health organization in Indianapolis.

Here is the slide deck.

Creating a SharePoint Demo/Dev Lab using Hyper-V on Windows 8. The Overview.

In the last number of days, I have come across the release of the Microsoft Office Division Demo VMs. While a great asset, it is also quite large and it consumes a lot of resources, this being said as I have a Lenovo W530 with 32GB RAM, and 3 Hard Drives. The download is a 56GB set, then expanded it comes to 220GB. That is just the storage piece. Then in order to get all VMs running, it requires 42GB RAM … not quite what I wanted in the end, but still useful in a given situation. That brought me ......

Rangers Build Customization Guide

For anyone that is working in a Release Management environment with TFS at the helm, and having Build Management strategies and processes defined, this is a must have.

Look at the codeplex site, great documentation, Hands-on Labs and the overall guidance.

Check it out … http://rabcg.codeplex.com/

The Alienware M11xR3 has arrived

A week or so ago, I mentioned my gear was evolving. The newest member of my gear arrived yesterday, an Alienware M11xR3. Here are the specs: Intel Core i7-2617M 1.5GHz (2.6GHz Turbo Mode, 4MB Cache) NVIDIA GeForce GT540 graphics with 2.0GB Video Memory and Optimus 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz 11.6in High Def (720p/1366x768) with WLED backlight 750GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s Soundblaster X-Fi Hi Def Audio - Software Enabled Intel Advanced-N WiFi Link 6250 a/g/n 2x2 MIMO Technology with WiMax Gobi Mobile ......

My gear is changing and evolving

Not too long ago, I was hauling a 20” system, not going to call it a laptop as it was not meant to be on my lap, and not a notebook as it was more a historical folio sized thing. Anyway, then the transition to a more powerful system that would be smaller, so an ASUS G51JX came to me. A system 15.6” with 500GB HDD and 16GB RAM with an i7 first generation. I still have it with me, but it is a tad painful to carry when travelling. Then a MacBook Pro 13”, great system and all, love the battery life, ......

Microsoft Office Division Demos: First Look at the Office 365 SharePoint Online Demo site

It took close to 10hrs to provision, below are some screenshots of what is the generated content. More details and info to come… but for now, make sure you check the email you will receive from the system once the platform is fully provisioned (otherwise you will go crazy getting logged on) and you do not want to disrupt the process of getting the packs in place. First thing, log on … Next, check your Office 365 dashboard … notice the area in the red rectangle, I am thinking that is due (based on ......

Backup Tool for SQL Azure

For those that attended TechEd NA 2011 last week in Atlanta it should be no surprise that more and more companies are betting on the Azure platform, whether it is Windows Azure or SQL Azure. There have been developments, changes and improvements for every aspect of the Windows Azure platform in general. And with that tools from 3rd parties to enhance or extend the experience. That is the case when we look at SQL Azure Backup from Redgate. A way to simplify and sync your SQL Azure data to local SQL ......

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