# Thursday, November 03, 2005

I promised my South African friends that I would show them how our autumn compared to their spring. We have our own beauty here and while we're pretty much giraffe-free, there are charms in this northern landscape. These pictures were all taken within minutes of my home on one of the many walks and rambles we do. Gregory Consulting board meetings are quite often held under an arch of golden leaves; it's one of the things I like about living this way.

 

Kate

Thursday, November 03, 2005 8:02:34 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [3]
# Monday, October 24, 2005

When you go to a conference, there's a tendency to see nothing beyond the airport, your hotel, and the convention centre. Maybe a few nice restaurants if you're lucky enough to be invited to a press dinner or the like. The minute I got off the plane a year ago for Tech Ed Africa, I knew I wasn't going to have that kind of experience. And this year Julie and I have upped the ante by taking advantage of the Gametrackers services offered right from within the resort where the conference is being held. I took over 40 pictures this morning, here are just a few:

    

Wish you were here?

Kate

Monday, October 24, 2005 7:21:42 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [4]
# Saturday, October 22, 2005

Julie and I have a twelve hour layover in Frankfurt so we decided to go into town for a little sightseeing. Here's where we had our lunch:

What did we have? Sausages (bratwurst to be precise) and potato "salad". Yum!

Next stop, Johannesburg and then on to Sun City!

Kate

Saturday, October 22, 2005 12:06:05 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Friday, October 21, 2005

Leave my house 11:30 am. Flight to New York departs 2:30. Here I am in New York, at about 5:30. In four hours my flight to Frankfurt leaves. 8 hours across the Atlantic. 12 hour stopover in Frankfurt. 10 hours down to Jo-burg. Clear whatever we need to clear, get baggage, wait for the bus, that's another hour, then two more hours to Sun City. Total travel time: 43 hours. Six of it is behind me. It's extra-rehearsing time for me now, here in the Lufthansa lounge of Kennedy airport. Friday night and Saturday night the only sleep I will get will be on planes. Luckily, I'm good at that.

Kate

Friday, October 21, 2005 5:27:03 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [1]
# Wednesday, October 19, 2005

No kidding. What will they think of next? (The keyword-matching for the ads needs work, though.)

Kate

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 8:04:48 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [1]
# Wednesday, October 12, 2005

I just registered for the global launch in San Francisco November 7th:

(Yes, I will be in Las Vegas that whole week to speak at C++ Connections. I'm just going to the launch on Monday and then to Vegas.)

If a flight to SF is out of the question, why not see if you can get into one of the Canadian dates?

November 8 Toronto
November 10 Ottawa
November 15 Edmonton
November 17 Victoria
November 22 Vancouver
November 24 Calgary
November 29 Montreal
December 1 Quebec
December 6 Halifax
December 8 Winnipeg

http://www.microsoft.com/canada/launch2005/default.aspx has all the details and registration links.

Didn't act soon enough? Didn't think a launch event could sell out? Watch for announcements of user group launch events through the fall.

Kate

 

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 2:11:01 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [2]
# Monday, October 10, 2005

The Code Camp web site is up and running and ready for you to sign up!

  • Want to speak? Get the speaker registration form and send it in.
  • Want to volunteer behind the scenes! Please do, we need as many of those volunteers as speakers.
  • None of the above, but you're planning to attend? Get registered before the spots all go.

See you there!

Kate

 

Monday, October 10, 2005 1:22:06 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Thursday, October 06, 2005

At the PDC, we were shown what Office 12 is going to be like, and it was impressive. But since then more announcements keep coming out about it that in many ways are more impressive than the new user interface. (If you're thinking "what new user interface?" you need to check out the future Office page at MSDN for details.) Apparently the Channel 9 Video has been insanely popular also. In some ways the Open XML formats are more exciting than the UI , especially for developers. And now this: Office 12 - not just Word, but Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, everybody - will all know how to publish their documents as PDF. No third party tool, no add in, it will just work. I read about it on Brian Jones' blog, but there are also details on that future Office page.

Kate

 

Thursday, October 06, 2005 6:53:18 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0]