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I received an e-mail from Microsoft informing me that I was awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for the ASP/ASP.NET technical communities for the July 2008 cycle.

As the official site states:

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) are exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who are awarded for voluntarily sharing their high quality, real world expertise in offline and online technical communities. Microsoft MVPs are a highly select group of experts that represents the technical community’s best and brightest, and they share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.

Good news do really come after the bad ones. My laptop just got broken as well as my camera is now malfunctioning. Talk about good riddance.

Nonetheless, again, thanks to all who supported me and in all the endeavors that made this possible. Ad astra per aspera!


Post Community Launch Thanks

In behalf of the Philippine .NET Users Group (and Philippine SQL Server Users Group, Philippine Windows Users Group), we would like to thank all people who came and graced our Community Launch event. Admittedly, we had an intimate number of people who came to the event but nonetheless I guess everyone was happy with the topics, freebies and the endless supply of Chicken Joy and drinks. 😛

Aside from some Microsofties, I also had the chance to meet Canny Wang – the MVP lead for Southeast Asia. I hope she had a great time with us during the event and the short tour of the old Manila (Intramuros, Luneta, Taft Avenue, etc.) by night after our dinner in SM Mall of Asia. You can check the event photos here and post event photos here.

Looking forward to more events of the community, two members of PHINUG will be in Subic for a .NET Symposium with the Subic-Olongapore IT Society (SOITS). This means that PHINUG will now start doing out of Manila roadshows.

Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista

Yahoo! has just launched a preview of a new version of its messenger application exclusive for Windows Vista.


Many people are looking forward to the release of this product as it uses Microsoft’s new graphics subsystem (Windows Presentation Foundation) of .NET 3.0 which is installed by default in Windows Vista. While I have my own copy of Windows Vista Ultimate, I don’t have the required hardware resources to enjoy the Aero interface (my poor notebook runs on a pathetic Intel 845 graphics system).

My former colleague, Aimee, who’s working at Microsoft Singapore has installed this release on her Windows Vista machine. You can check out her blog entry for initial impressions of this new messenger application. Meanwhile, you can click the image to bring you to the download page of this exciting release. Don’t attempt to install this on a non-Windows Vista machine because it won’t install even if you have the .NET 3.0 framework on your machine. 😛

An Evening With Microsoft

Microsoft Philippines had another Technical Community Eyeball (EB) last night at Metro Phi Bar at Metro Walk. This event is the first time for this fiscal year following the old one last November 2005. The night was full of fun, food, and pleasantries as different members of various Microsoft users group met. As the VP of the Philippine .NET User’s group, I represented the group and made a short introduction of what we do as a group to promote .NET not only in the academe, but to the community at large as well.

Cameras shouldn’t be missed with events like this. Since I’m a bit “inspired” with the monochrome theme of this month’s issue of Digital Photographer Philippines, I took shots of the band using a cheapo 50mm lens. My shots are posted in the forums and the link is located in the picture below. 🙂


Exploring Ruby

I am currently studying Ruby on Rails. I already got the stuff needed for this before only I had the time exploring more the technology right now.

After PHP, ASP.NET, I’m now checking on Ruby. Hope this one will impress me. 🙂

I’m on the Web

The Philippine Entertainment Portal is my first and biggest project so far that I have handled in my work at GMA New Media Inc. I never knew that my name appears on the about page of the said website.

I’m now a MCTS!

Call me shallow but I have just passed the 70-431: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – Implementation and Maintenance. I jumped out at the exam room and the people just don’t know how happy I am passing this exam. This is one cool gift I can give to myself and of course, it would be nicer if I pass what’s more closer to my heart: 70-536: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Application Development Foundation.

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