Passed 70-515, 70-516 and 70-519

Friday, 2 July 2010

Back in April I participated in three 'beta' exams for Microsoft:
Being 'beta' means that you get to do the exams for free (as they are using you to find any mistakes etc), but if you pass then it counts as passing the real exam.
These exams have just been publicly released, and I just found out I passed all three! As a result I can now add the following certifications to my list:
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
Microsoft Certified Professional Developer
Updated: Turns out I was incorrect, you do also need to complete 70-513 before you qualify for the MCPD Web Developer 4. This has now been clarified in the prerequisites for the certification.

CodeCampSA 2010

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Adelaide's own CodeCampSA is on July 24-25th this year, and all you have to do is follow these easy steps:

  1. Visit the CodeCampSA website for all the details
  2. Register to say that you're coming (it's free, but helps with catering and arranging access to the wireless LAN etc)
  3. Keep up to date with the latest news by subscribing to the CodeCampSA feed.

Once again, we're privileged to have speakers from both Adelaide and interstate – including LobsterPot Solutions' very own Rob Farley and some fellow named David Gardiner Smile

If you've got any free time over that weekend and you're interested in learning new things about .NET, software development, SQL Server, SharePoint and other related things, I'd strongly recommend you try and get down to UniSA's City West Campus. I know I'm planning to be there for the whole weekend!

Finally, it's probably not too late to contact Peter Griffith if you've got the urge to present on a topic.

Dell Studio XPS 1645 System BIOS A10

Saturday, 26 June 2010

I see that Dell have released an updated BIOS version A10.

Good to see that my experience trying to upgrade to A9 hasn't been in vain – some of the fixes sound like they specifically address the problem I (and presumably others) had. eg.

  1. Prevent potential risk of BIOS crash during WIN-FLASH
    1. Disable USB device during WIN-FLASH.
    2. It will skip to flash un-used ME block during WIN-FLASH

I'm not going to be in any rush to install this update however – I've learned my lesson on messing with things that are essential for my work!

Passed 70-452

Monday, 21 June 2010

Today I passed the exam 70-452 - "Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008" with a score of 752.

This means I now am a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Business Intelligence Developer 2008, and also will contribute toward LobsterPot Solutions attaining 'Advanced Competency' status as a Microsoft Partner in Business Intelligence.

What makes a workplace (part 6)

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Professional development

A chance to learn and develop new skills, being given opportunity to use those skills, and being valued appropriately.

You do want to get paid your worth, but often your financial rewards are enhanced by other means. eg. conference attendance, salary sacrifice opportunities, stylish work shirts etc. I remember one of the places Narelle worked at had a monthly prize (she won a night for two at a fancy hotel – and yes I got to go with her!)

My UniSA and ABB colleagues will surely remember I always wanted to get team t-shirts. One thing I like about working for LobsterPot Solutions is that that idea has finally been realised :-)

Perspective

I'm sure I've overlooked some things. What do you think is important?

Having considered all that, it is sobering to realise that for probably millions of people, workplace choice isn't even an option – they just do what they can to survive. I am conscious of the privilege I have had in where and how I was brought up, the education I was given and the opportunities that have been presented to me.