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SQL Everywhere supported on Compact Flash!
Microsoft announced to me today that they are now supporting SQL Everywhere and SQL Mobile on Compact Flash cards. This is a big step forward from them. It opens up the SQL Everywhere database to run on enterprise devices and on some of the more obscure Windows CE style devices that can run directly off of a Compact Flash card. I found this out by trying to get to the bottom of a piece of documentation in MSDN about SQL Everywhere stating that Microsoft would not support implementations of the database ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 27, 2006 3:39 PM

Racing against one of the best!
I went and did my first go kart session after getting back from San Diego, and this time we were racing at the Camberley track! It's a great track... anti-clockwise just to confuse people and it has LOTS of bends but only one set of tricky hairpins... and some looooong sweeping curves. I loved it. I was there with the work team and this time we had two karts and were racing against each other. What I didn't know was that we were also racing against Rob Collard and his mates! :S They started out in ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 26, 2006 8:00 PM

10 Reasons for Girl Geeks to go to Conferences and 10 reasons why they don't!
You don't have to queue for the bathroom… the guys do! He he he! You get noticed. You can get away with asking those questions that all the guys are desperate to ask but daren't in case they look stupid. There are no expectations placed on you re: level of technical depth. (other than probably doesn't have a clue… which is always good coz you can make the idiots who think that change their minds in seconds ;) ) You can get the best of the freebies by being a cheeky girly geek! Make the ......

Posted On Friday, September 22, 2006 12:26 PM

Last Minute Geek Dinner Announced!
Calling all London Geeks! There is a geek dinner on tonight... v. short notice, just got a mail about it from Ian Forrester who is organising it. This one is with Howard Reingold from Smartmobs.com. More details will be found on the geek dinner website in due course, venue details to follow as they are announced. Please contact Ian if you would like to attend (all details on geek dinner site!) ......

Posted On Friday, September 22, 2006 9:52 AM

Top Gear Shock!
I'm in shock this morning. Richard “The Hamster” Hammond the Top Gear presenter has ended up in hospital as a result of trying to break the landspeed record after an accident occurred. He was airlifted to Leeds General Hospital where his condition is stated as “Stable”. He was trying to take a jet powered drag car to speeds in excess of 300mph when it vered to one side and crashed. :( The BBC and Health and Safety Executive are apparently investigating the accident.) Lets ......

Posted On Thursday, September 21, 2006 4:44 AM

Why you should talk at Developer Developer Developer Day No 4!
Developer, Developer, Developer Day (DDD) is all about technology and the community! As a valued member of the technology community it is your duty to participate and shape the community as you see fit (assuming you are available on the 2nd December and are near Reading in the UK!). This means that you should take the opportunity to teach others and learn from those others around you. (Are you listening Mr Dave "SOA" Oliver!) Many people who do talks at DDD are nervous about talking in front of ......

Posted On Monday, September 18, 2006 10:04 AM

London Girl Geek Dinners key sponsor for 2006 Announced!
I am happy to announce that Microsoft are London Girl Geek Dinners core sponsor for the final quarter of 2006 to the early part of 2007. With a lot of work from Nicole Mathison, HP and Abigail Sellen, Cambridge Labs Microsoft we have finalised sponsorship. It couldn't have been done without these two ladies and it means that our events can remain free for a while! Originally I wasn't sure about Microsoft being a core sponsor of ours because I don't want the event to be taken over by Microsofties, ......

Posted On Friday, September 15, 2006 6:09 PM

Follow the Leader... On10
I happened to fall across this post today on Jeff Sandquist's blog. It seems that on10 are looking to find a new leader... there is that much work to do over there and on Channel 9 that they need an extra pair of hands. What they are looking for is an innovative, futuristic, dynamic person to lead their very fun team of enthusiast evangelists. I am assuming that the role that they are trying to fill is over in the US so visa requirements will need to be taken into consideration for anyone outside ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 13, 2006 6:38 PM

BT... and their Web 2.0 Questionnaire (One cannot define web 2.0 by O'Reilly alone!)
I was approached by a recruitment agent who was trying to recruit for BT... she was doing a good job but unfortunately for her BT let her down with their interview process and their pre interview web 2.0 questionnaire. The questions were poor to say the least and showed a real lack of understanding of Web 2.0. It does make me worry about their future performance as a company as they don't seem to be able to keep up with current web technologies. Here are the questions for you to look over, feel free ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 12, 2006 6:30 PM

Women, Technology, Blogs and Conferences
OK I will probably get lynched for even considering to write this particular post and I am not trying to cause controversy at all, however I have been looking around at some of the recent blog conversations that have been popping up on the various blog sites such as here and here. And we had a discussion at BarCamp London on the same subject. The thing is we can talk about why women aren't going to these events amongst the bloggers but to be honest I see the bloggers at the events, they actually ......

Posted On Friday, September 8, 2006 9:10 AM

Developer Developer Developer Day 4 Agenda Open
The fourth ddd day over at the Microsoft Campus is now open for speakers to put themselves forward. If you would like to speak at the event you can sign up here. I don't think I will be speaking at the event this time, I am likely to be there in attendance but am all speakered out. (no idea of subject matter etc) However if people desperately want me to speak on a specific subject I will put forward a session. It would be great to see a few more of the girls putting themselves forward to speak at ......

Posted On Friday, September 8, 2006 4:43 AM

Links To the BarCampers (that I know of)
Aral Balkan on Jeremy Keith, Hijax Riaz Kanani on the day so far at Barcamp London Matthew Pennell on Day One of BarCamp Frances Berriman on Day one, part one and also Day one, part two, Day 2 Riaz Kanani on morning of day 2.. v early morning James Stewart on day one Mike Davies on day one Write up of Matt Webbs future apps thing "The first rule of Barcamp..." write up by Luke Redpath "Talking about widgets" Jay on the widgets session Saturday afternoon "Talking about widgets again" Steve on the ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 5, 2006 9:32 AM

"Last Night, at BarCamp... there were Werewolves...!"
Well yesterday afternoon was full of fun sessions and I hosted a discussion group on how we could positively encourage more women to come along to events such as BarCamp. The turn out hasn't been too bad here at barcamp but the male female percentage was still coniderably skewed to around 80/20 male/female. We didn't come up with any hard solutions but there was a lot of constructive discussion about how best to inform the ladies and girls about events. It seems that either they are just not interested ......

Posted On Sunday, September 3, 2006 8:08 AM

BarCamp London - the morning!
I'm at barcamp in London today and am about to get into the first session of the day. Ben Metcalfe did his big welcome speech and is now in the process of being podcast! The event so far seems to be going smoothly and people are generally behaving themselves and are having fun. it does seem a bit odd being in an office camping with a whole load of geeks.People are hurridly putting slides together and seem to be putting together sessions. I will try to blog and podcast and photograph the event as ......

Posted On Saturday, September 2, 2006 9:40 AM

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