Monthly archives: June, 2012

Microsoft to open London retail store

Microsoft to open London retail store in March 2013 | The Verge via @verge

I’m in love with Halo

Michael Bender talks about the 60 Day Challenge

TrainSignal have a series of videos in which 60 Day Challenge founder, Michael Bender, explains how he developed this idea starting with the MCSE and how he envisions a community-based training framework.

Unusual IT jobs

I feel like I’ve plateaued in my current job and amongst other job adverts I stumbled across the following interesting roles.

Systems Support Officer for the Royal Household Buckingham Palace

IT Engineer – British Antarctic Survey

The first unfortunately is at a lower level than I’m looking for and the latter I would have jumped at before I met my wife, but I’m not sure I want to be away from her for a 6 month stretch.

Microsoft Surface photos

Microsoft Surface

The rumours of Microsoft launching a tablet were not unfounded however the involvement of Barnes & Noble was completely wrong.

Ars Technica were at the launch event and have a good write up on the event and the tablet that Microsoft was showcasing.

The Earth-shattering Microsoft announcement we’ve been waiting for is finally here. As several pre-event rumors suggested, Microsoft is indeed building its own tablet.

Make that two tablets. One Windows RT tablet runs an NVIDIA Tegra 3 ARM processor, and the other Windows 8 Pro tablet runs Intel’s Ivy Bridge Core i5 chips. One thing that looks really cool are new magnetic covers that are quite reminiscent of Apple’s “Smart Cover” for the iPad. But they’re a lot smarter—Microsoft’s covers actually include a multitouch trackpad and a keyboard. There are two, as we explain in this story: a Touch Cover with virtual keys and a Type Cover with a tactile keyboard and touchpad.

The two tablets are both under the brand name of Surface.

Rumored Microsoft tablet may i…

Rumored Microsoft tablet may involve Barnes & Noble, Xbox Live | Ars Technica

$299 “Xbox 720” for 2013 according to leak

Leaked document points to $299 “Xbox 720” for 2013

Following Microsoft’s presentation at E3 there was some disappointment that there was no announcement for a replacement to the Xbox 360 console, I personally felt that there was a lot of life left in the 7 year old console.

However a leaked document (assuming that it is authentic) indicates that Microsoft has plans for a replacement to hit the stores in the holiday season of 2013.

The improved hardware will allow for “true 1080p and full 3D” output, along with flexible resizing and compositing, according to the document. The new hardware will also allow for low-powered “always on” mode, which will enable features such as a “whole home DVR” that can record shows in the background and then stream them to other devices. For game storage, the “Xbox 720” will reportedly include a Blu-ray disc drive as well as both internal Flash storage and a hard disk drive, the document says. For internet connectivity, both WiMax and HSDPA (3G) coverage are included.

In addition it will come bundled with an improved version of their Kinect system and then additional features are to be rolled out over the following few years with a move towards cloud gaming in around 2015.

60 Days to MCSE

I discovered the 60 Days to MCSE challenge a little too late to participate along with those who had planned to achieve their goal of passing all the necessary exams for the MCSE: Private Cloud certification.

As the beta exams for and were available during TechEd 2012 which finished just a couple of days ago there are I hope many success stories to be heard in the forum over the next few days.

I’m taking up the challenge but as I already have my MCSA: Windows Server 2008 and MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization certifications I only need to pass the Exam 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 in order to become a MCSE: Private Cloud.

I don’t think that it is too much of a challenge to study for and pass this exam by the middle of August especially with the excellent resources available already from Microsoft.
Microsoft Virtual Academy
Microsoft Private Cloud Guided Labs
Private Cloud Evaluation Guide (pdf)
System Center 2012: Monitoring and Operations Tips and Advice (video)

Then after that perhaps the MCSE: Server Infrastructure

I’ll post about my progress and any other useful resources that I find, I’m sure that the videos of the TechEd sessions will soon be made available for example.