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Black Hat Europe 2009 Next Week

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bh-thumb Black Hat Europe starts next week and will held in Amsterdam. Black Hat has 4 separate briefing tracks, which are Hardware and Embedded Devices, Reverse Engineering and Malware, Client Wars and Application Security, Forensics and Network Protection with lots of different sessions in each track delivering up to date and relevant information on the latest security issues.

For more information about this conference and to register, click here. But hurry, the conference is next week. I will be there and will report back!


Written by Andrew Edney

April 9, 2009 at 7:56 am

Events Page Now Live

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Just a quick post to say that the Events page is now live.

If you have an event you would like us to list, email andrew @ (removing the spaces) and let us know all the details.

To view the Events page, click here.

Written by Andrew Edney

March 19, 2009 at 2:15 pm

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The 2008 Engadget Awards – Voting Now Open

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Engadget awards

The 2008 Engadget Awards are now accepting votes for the technologies that you loved in 2008. The categories include Best, and Worst, Gadget of the Year, but also you will notice that the HP MediaSmart Server ex487 is listed as a finalist in the Storage Device or Technology of the Year category. That is great news that a WIndows Home Server is listed. So go and vote for it 🙂

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To cast your votes, click here by March 25th 2009 at 11.59pm.

Written by Andrew Edney

March 17, 2009 at 2:15 pm

UK Windows Media Center and Windows Home Server Usergroup Event

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April 21st 2009 will see the first UK Windows Media Center and Windows Home Server Usergroup Event taking place at the Aston Science Park in Birmingham.

Ian Dixon of the Digital has organised this event and it should be a great day.

I am presenting a session on Windows Home Server, so why not come along and support me / heckle me (delete as appropriate). I’m still not sure how Ian roped me into doing it, but I think it may have been something to do with the Digital t-shirt he gave me at CES 🙂

More details on the event will be available in the next few days, but for now go and register for the user group by clicking here.

Windows Home Server – The Next Version Webcast

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Microsoft are advertising a webcast for Microsoft Partners called “5W/50 Series – Windows Home Server – The Next Version”. This is a free to attend webcast due to take place on Friday 5th June 2009 at 9am Pacific US time, for an hour.

I am not sure at this stage now much information on “Vail” – the next version of Windows Home Server, will be included, but certainly there will be information on Power Pack 2, and some other things as well, but you will have to wait and see just what that is – I don’t want to spoil the fun.

The event is going to presented by my friends and fellow MVPs Kevin Royalty and Grey Lancaster, and I will also be helping out, so it should be fun.

Spaces are limited for this so make sure if you are interested in attending that you register soon, even though it is not until June!

You need to be registered as a Microsoft Partner to register for and attend the webcast event, but it only takes a few minutes to register if you are not one already, and can be done from the link below.

To register for the webcast (and also to become a Microsoft Partner), click here.

Written by Andrew Edney

March 11, 2009 at 1:33 am

MVP Summit – So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

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So it’s now Thursday night and the MVP Summit for 2009 is over and done with.

It has been a very interesting few days spending time with the Windows Home Server team, and hearing about lots of new cool things that are happening with the product over the coming months and years. Unfortunately because of the NDA I am under, I am not able to divulge any of the information just yet, or I will be in trouble! But don’t worry, there will be some news soon.

It was also really great to meet up with most of the Windows Home Server MVP’s, some of whom I had already met and some of whom I only met for the first time this week.

So, thank you to everyone for making this year great, it was great to see everyone and to hang out, and once again thank you to Yoshi for my very cool WHS Hello Kitty.

One final thought just before I wrap this up, on the last day of the Summit, Steve Balmer the CEO of Microsoft, was presenting one of the keynote presentations and Donovan West, my fellow WHS MVP, managed to get Steve to put a WHS sticker on his head, as you can see.

IMG_6765Picture Credit : Olaf Engelke

To his credit, Steve was a great sport and then proceeded to sit for the next 30 minutes or so with the WHS sticker on his arm.

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One of my other fellow WHS MVP’s and fellow blogger, Phillip Churchill just beat me to the punch of getting these pictures out – nice one Phil!

Written by Andrew Edney

March 6, 2009 at 5:35 am

MVP Summit and Windows Home Server Team Meet Up

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Well it is that time of the year again when a large number of Microsoft MVPs descend on Seattle for the annual MVP Summit.

As well as getting together with our fellow MVP’s, we all also get to spend a few days with the product team that our MVP award is in, so in my case its the Windows Home Server team.

A lot of what we discuss is under NDA for now, but not everything, so I expect to be able to post something over the next few days!

Also, if you have any questions or anything you would like raised with the team, now is your chance to ask. Just submit a comment here or email me at andrew @ (not forgetting to remove the spaces!) and I will do my best to get it answered.

The best questions may even win a prize!

Written by Andrew Edney

March 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm