Wednesday, April 27, 2005

PIC#3 enters final phases

The final round of PDF review on PIC#3 was completed yesterday, and we're just going through the final phases of tidying up the front material in cover. You should definitely see the book by the 20 June date mentioned by Amazon. The finish line of a pretty long project is near...

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Photo of the Week - 11 Apr 2005

Well, the weekly photo of the week didn't last long. I got bogged down in some technical writing engagements from Australian Developer and MSDN Magazine ANZ on top of my normal consulting work, so ended up with no time to do the blog. Anyway, to get back on track...

Here is a rather simple shot of the Hacking River at dawn. The Hacking River runs the full length of the Royal National Park, beginning as the Port Hacking out in Bate Bay and ending up just outside the park near Otford. I grew up on Yowie Bay, which is about half way up the Port Hacking from Cronulla's surf beaches towards the weir at Audely, which marks the end of the saltwater section and the beginning of the fresh. This shot was taken in the southern part of the Park, near where Lady Carrington Drive ends. The Royal is often criticized as being an overly domesticated National Park, but it does have some pretty wild sections, particularly in the far south around Hell Hole and Burning Palms. The footbridge at the bottom of this shot will probably reinforce the domesticated view in some folks minds, but I think it adds a nice finish to the composition.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

SDNUG turns 3

Last night we celebrated the third birthday of the Sydney Deep .NET User Group. Dan and I started the group pretty much at the same time as .NET hit the streets, and we've had fantastic support from the Sydney IT community, some fantastic speakers, and great hosts in the form of ITMatters, Avanade and AMP Capital Investors. A special thanks to Jason Ajai for providing us our first venue three years ago, David and all the Avanade folks for hosting us there for all those years, and Chris for being our new host.

Also, a big thanks to Frank, Chuck, Andrew and Fin at Microsoft Australia for there continuing support.

When we first started out, I always pegged three years as the success mark, and as we are still going strong,I'm giving myself a well deserved pat on the bag.