# Friday, April 16, 2004

Day 3 of Africa Developers Conference started with a bit of a painc. My session on TSQL was scheduled to start at 9am, but the translators did not show up. Three years ago I was in Morocco on vacation I learned a few terms in Arabic and “No Problem” or MaCain Mushleel so I said “No Translator, McCain Mushkeel”. That got a laugh. Eventually my translator showed up and the technical content was presented. After that was the closing keynote, we had almost 1,500 developers at the event, and Microsoft extimates that there are 5,000 developers, so there was a great reach at this event.

See you next year in Algeria!

posted on Friday, April 16, 2004 8:34:28 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [19] Trackback
# Thursday, April 15, 2004

Day 2 of the 2004 North Africa Developers Conference

Ask the experts was quite an experience. Ingo and I staffed the Distributed Applications booth, but also took on Mobility and SQL Server/Data Access. We had quite a long conversation with the Federal Reserve bank of Mocorro about a check clearing HA SQL Server applicaiton. Log Shipping and triggers were the hot topics as well as seperate files for index, data and logs.

Also Goskin, Ingo and I visited the Hassan II Mosque and it was awesome. It is the third largest Mozque in the world, behind Mecca and Medina and the largest closed Mosque in the world. It can accomidate over 75,000 worshipers. It had a retracting roof and amazing turkish baths in the basement.

After the Mosque visit and some McDonalds, we hit the shops in the medina. It was loads of fun trying to get the best price for our items. I think the photo below shows the solution to my latest hair problem (Kathleen won't let me cut it.)

 

posted on Thursday, April 15, 2004 3:54:49 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [17] Trackback
# Wednesday, April 14, 2004

In Cairo, I danced with a Belly Dancer so Clemens had to one up me here in Casablanca. :)

posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 10:35:55 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [18] Trackback

Day 1 of the 2004 North Africa Developers Conference got off to a rough start, but it still doesn’t suck, even without hummus and lots of second hand smoke. (Nor did last year.) I had the first session after the keynote (on ASP. NET Mobile Controls) and the keynote was 30 minutes over. (The Keynote was all in French, but it was pretty cool, showed Whidbey Smart Device Extensions and new Language Features to name a few.) When I got to my room the A/V was not working. But I started as soon as I could. But there was no translator!!! After about 15 minutes they passed out the translation headphones and life was good.

I spoke about the Mobile Web Controls for the first session and many people really got into it and laughed at my translated jokes. I showed the adaptive rendering for different devices, so I showed each example in HTML (both IE and Netscape) and OpenWave and Nokia browsers as well as the pocket pc mobile IE. The audience mocked my lousy French. At least I did type in "Bonjour Monde" instead of "Hello World."

 

After lunch by the pool, did my second session “SQL Server Notification Services” and after that spoke at length with the Casablanca Stock Exchange IT guy about using SSNF over their customer home grown solution.

 

Now I am at Casa de Malek doing the email thing and blogging. Goskin, Ingo and I will go to the Hassan II Mosque tomorrow, the second largest mosque in the world (behind Mecca) and the largest closed religious building in the world.

 

Of course I am here with the other Regional Directors, we had a dinner last night:

 

posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 3:55:23 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [9] Trackback
# Tuesday, April 13, 2004

My first day in Casablanca went off as expected. Arrived in town and met up with Makek, Clemens, Ingo, Andrew et al and had dinner at Makek’s Mom and Dad’s house, a traditional Moroccan meal. Then Malek, Andrew and I painted the town for a while and saw a Scottish band (with a cute lead singer named Lola) play at a local watering hole. Tomorrow the NDC begins…

posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 10:28:41 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [16] Trackback
# Monday, April 12, 2004

So part of the deal of Nicole living with me while she was going to culinary school was that she had to hand over her gourmet pizza recipe. Since she heads back to Munich real soon, I had her walk me through her Pizza recipe last week. Yes techies can cook!

 

We started in the morning with the dough. Here is what we used:

 

1 1/2 c. flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 c. warm water (max. 100 deg. F)

1/2 tsp. dry active yeast or 1 tsp. fresh yeast

a pinch or two of sugar

1 tsp. flour.

 

We used 2 parts all purpose flour and 1 part slept flour, but maybe would do 3 to 1 next time. Before I left for work it the morning we made the dough and I had lots of fun making it! Adding the yeast was the most fun. As I was working all day, the dough was rising.

 

When I got home we went to work on the rest. First up was the sauce. Here is the recipe for the sauce:

 

About 350 grams of whole, peeled tomatoes

2-3 cloves of garlic, finely minced (Nicole minced it!)

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

a few leaves of fresh basil

 

So I put the tomatoes into the blender and added everything in to a pot and let it simmer.

 

Next we started caramelizing onions and cooking a red pepper.

 

Ok lastly we brought it all together! The oven was set to 500 degrees. I took the dough and rolled out to fit onto a 12 inch pizza pan. Rolling was cool. By now I started to drink wine and Kathleen (the guinea pig) arrived and was starting to distract me and Nicole was on the phone, so I was really flying without a net! Once I put the dough on the pan, I put on the sauce and toppings. Kathleen wanted Mushrooms on her side of the pizza. We also added corn and zucchini. I was also accused of being a onion hog.

 

So I put it in and after about 8 minutes I put on the basil and fresh mozzarella. I left the pizza in for about 4 more minutes and out came my masterpiece!

 

Kathleen was one happy customer.

posted on Monday, April 12, 2004 4:19:32 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [3] Trackback
# Saturday, April 10, 2004

One of the coolest places I have even been to, Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Piccu , was hit by a big mudslide. The rail link was covered and hundreds of tourists are stranded and 11 people died.

This is sad since it is the only town around. It is a 5 day trek to Cusco over a 13,000 pass. I'll be thinking about eveyone down there this weekend.

posted on Saturday, April 10, 2004 3:38:51 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [17] Trackback
# Friday, April 9, 2004

I have to say that today I am proud to be a member of the Association of Competitive Technology since its inception. I have been very active with them, ACT has put me in front of Congress several times on a variety of tech issues.

 

ACT is demanding that the state of Michigan and the U.S Department of Justice immediately withdraw their lawsuit against Oracle Corp, a suit I find silly.

 

ACT won’t bring this up, but in the late 90s when ACT was advocating the DOJ drop their lawsuit against Microsoft, Larry Ellison, Oracle’s absolutely insane Chair and CEO hired a private investigator to go through our garbage in the ACT headquarters in Washington DC. So I have a pretty large personal dislike of Larry, and still think the DOJ is wrong.

 

 

posted on Friday, April 9, 2004 10:38:28 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [17] Trackback
# Thursday, April 8, 2004

I am all prepared and ready to go back to Africa for this year’s North Africa Developer’s Conference. Second time to Africa this year already.

 

I am going to be presenting on three topics this year:

 

·        SQL Server Notification Services

·        ASP .NET Mobile Web Forms

·        TSQL Enhancements in SQL Server 2005 (aka Yukon)

 

I am going to be staying with Malek at his house in Casablanca in a guest room (along with Clemens). I guess we will have it out with rows and columns for das Blog with Malek the referee.  

 

This is a very international event and speakers from all over the world are going to be there along with a strong showing of fellow Regional Directors. There will be a slew of technical information on both current stuff and Longhorn, Whidbey and Yukon.

posted on Thursday, April 8, 2004 2:14:07 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [8] Trackback
# Wednesday, April 7, 2004

The Mets won their first game of the year last night, defeating the evil Atlanta Braves. Rookie Kaz Matsui from Japan hit a home run in the first pitch he saw in the Majors, and went 3 for 3, go Japan power!

posted on Wednesday, April 7, 2004 6:07:09 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [16] Trackback