# Tuesday, 27 April 2004

The most beautiful woman on the planet is single again, Halle Berry filed for divorce.

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# Monday, 26 April 2004

So it is official. I am going to be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania this October.

Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain (well technically it is a volcano) in Africa.

 

Crazy enough to join me are two fellow RDs, Paul Sheriff and Richard Campbell. At 19,340 feet, this will edge out my time on Everest as the highest altitude I have been to. We are going to take the Western Breach route, sleep the last night at 18,000 feet and summit on the “real” side. When we come down, we will do a 5 day safari so expect lots of photos.

 

 

posted on Monday, 26 April 2004 15:31:43 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [11] Trackback
# Thursday, 22 April 2004

That is what I said to the ticket salesman last night at Shea Stadium as I bought a $5 ticket to the Mets v Expos game. Cheaper than a movie, Linda, Sara and I entered with high expectations. After a $6.50 beer, $2.50 hotdog and $3 popcorn, the Mets did get their money. The game was fun, pitching was good, but the Mets came up short 2-1. We had to shout French curses at the Montreal Expos, it was a hoot.

posted on Thursday, 22 April 2004 13:00:39 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [10] Trackback
# Wednesday, 21 April 2004

CA’s Chairman and CEO Sanjay Kumar has stepped down and resigned his position from the board. Enron/WorldCom style accounting scandals have reached our industry.  It is a sad day. In a strange move, CA has created a new position for Kumar as chief software architect. Why keep him around at all? Did he do something wrong? If not why did he have to resign then? Investors and customers want to know.

 

Sanjay is also the co-owner of the New York Islanders NHL team, is there something going on there too? I mean they just lost in the first round of the playoffs.

 

A sidebar, I have always wondered what it would be like if CA were based in Canada. Their home page would be www.ca.ca

 

Ha!

posted on Wednesday, 21 April 2004 16:16:45 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [7] Trackback
# Tuesday, 20 April 2004

Richard Campbell and I are doing an interoperability session at TechED. We are using RedHat, Oracle, Windows 2003 and SQL Server and showing how they work and play well together. The Oracle 10g database runs on Linux, but Oracle provides support only for Red Hat Linux and SuSE. If you want to run Oracle 10g on any other Linux variant (you know the “free“ ones), you're on your own. It is kind of funny after you pay RedHat and Oracle the total cost it is higher than the Windows/SQL Server version. But Linux is free....I guess only if you don't want to run any business apps or have any support.

posted on Tuesday, 20 April 2004 16:24:37 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [17] Trackback
# Monday, 19 April 2004

Last year at this time the government of Tunisia was using Open Source and was anti-Microsoft. So Microsoft did something unusual in the “battle” and just let their products and technology speak for themselves by putting on the first annual North Africa Developers Conference in Tunis, Tunisia.  The event was a smashing success since about 90% of the technical content was delivered by 3rd party developers and was not the typical MS Marketing crap. Microsoft Europe, Africa and Middle East CEO Jean Philippe Courtois delivered a keynote and met with government officials. Us Regional Directors were all over the place giving technical sessions, presenting case studies, and doing ask the experts booths.

So this year the conference was held in the logical location of Casablanca, Morocco. Microsoft has been in Morocco for 10 years and is the headquarters of the sub. There is lots of development going on in Morocco so the attendees were top notch.

So there is debate over where to have the NDC next year. Many at Microsoft North Africa think Algeria is the place to have it, but may be worried that attendance might not be as strong as in the past two years. But those who argue for Algeria think that Microsoft has another great opportunity to lets its technology speak for itself in a newly emerging market. Hope it is held there!

posted on Monday, 19 April 2004 11:42:35 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [5] Trackback
# Friday, 16 April 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, 16 April 2004 08:34:28 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [19] Trackback
# Thursday, 15 April 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, 15 April 2004 15:54:49 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [17] Trackback
# Wednesday, 14 April 2004

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

posted on Wednesday, 14 April 2004 22:35:55 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [18] Trackback