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August 25, 2009

475 Exam Discounts Given Away, But The Clock Is Ticking!

Once the clock rolls over to August 27, the 20 percent discounts are OVAH!

Time’s running out for you to get in on the exam discount vouchers, folks.

All exam discount vouchers generated through the MCT Rewards program will flip over to 10% off starting on August 27, 2009, now and forever, instead of the current 20% off enjoyed by some countries/regions.

Current year vouchers generated BEFORE August 27, 2009, however, won’t expire until June 30, 2010.

So don’t delay.

And if you have a large-ish request for vouchers, but you wait until the last minute, then there are literally NO GUARANTEES I’ll be able to get them issued in time. Just giving you fair warning on that. Because once it’s closed, it’s closed.

Closed is closed is closed. 

So what’s the best way to assure you get the discount vouchers you want? That’s easy…


That means, jump over to the official listing of all active giveaways, which includes links to the entry surveys, and get cracking!

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August 22, 2009

Gear To Get Your Butt In Gear

Rock climbing is pretty much out for me, since the neck rebuild. But I have to admit it looks darn cool.

Good intentions don’t really mean much. Sure, you can vow to go rock-climbing, but if you never actually do anything about learning how to do it, and making sure you have the appropriate gear to help you learn, what happens? You’ll very quickly become a damp stain at the bottom of a rock face, that’s what.

In the spirit of getting back on track, August has officially been dubbed “Gear To Get Your Butt In Gear” month at What that means is I’m giving away a bunch of stuff, gratis, simply for filling out various super-short surveys (1–2 minutes to finish tops).

All the giveaways this month have been chosen to reflect one general idea: If you really want something to happen, well it’s really up to you to actually GO make it happen, Cap’n.

And the biggest giveaway so far?

Vouchers worth up to 20% off any MS exam, worldwide, hands-down. The exam discount giveaway has been ON FIRE, with folks responding from all over the world. You can find more details about this and all the rest of the active giveaways, including hyperlinks to the entry surveys, at

All discount vouchers issued from August 27, 2009 onward will be good for only 10% off, worldwide. So if you want to save yourself that additional 10 points on the cost of an exam, you MUST act quickly!

Thing is, ANY MCT in good standing who has signed up for the MCT Rewards program can issue the same vouchers. So if you don’t want to get them from me, ask your local MCT. It doesn’t matter WHO you get them from, just that you GET them…and then that you USE them.

Tjeerd, sacked out on the sidewalk outside our hotel in Colorado, just before we were about to roll out for the day's events.

As my good pal Tjeerd, who’s the global head of the MCT Program and the only human I’ve known to be able to be well-rested after sleeping on asphalt and concrete, would say “If you want to rock-n-roll, then you have to both ROCK and ROLL!”

So get up, go forth, and become your own rock star, folks.

Readiness rocks!

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July 15, 2009

Too Hot To Handle

Hot burn you!

That’s right. 3 out of the last 4 slides on my deck submitted for my last session at WPC were deemed “unsuitable” and “too risky.” Other words bandied about were “copyright,” “lawsuit” and “knuckle sandwich.”

In other words…

You really won’t want to miss this one, folks.

So if you’re at WPC and wanna see what all the fuss it about, make plans to be at session SMB012 – “The Business of Your Community” TODAY! It’s at 5p in Room 218–219.

To make it easy for you to remember, here’s a handy .vcs file which will put session SMB012 right on your calendar for you.

We’ll be talking about ways that you can build and market your business, all while being be a shining example of a corporate citizen at the same time. I almost named this session “Do Well By Doing Right.”

Hope to see you there!

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May 13, 2009

Joanne’s In The Fishbowl Today

This is Joanne. She's not in a fishbowl here, but a Native American cave dwelling at Bandalier National Park.

Joanne Lin, one of the folks who rode on the bus tour to Tech-Ed 2009, will be co-presenting a session today in one of the Expo Hall fishbowl theaters.

At 2:45p, Joanne and Jeff Hora will discuss “How To Get Published: What It Takes To Be A Community Author On Microsoft Technologies.” The official session code is COM19–INT. It’s at 2:45p in Blue Theater 2. You can find Blue Theater 2 in MS’ TLC area of the Expo Hall.

So if you’re at Tech-Ed, show up and be rowdy!

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May 13, 2009

Things About The Bus Tour That I’ll Always Remember

It really was a beautiful as I thought it would be.

Yes, I know I was eerily silent during the bus tour, blog-wise. Funny thing is, despite all the time spent driving, stuff was always happening. We were headed somewhere all the time, unloading or loading swag, setting up the equipment for the AYC game. And connectivity was often hit-or-miss at the stops. It was all I could do just to get my scads of pics loaded to Facebook.

And once we got into the longer driving stretches for the stops between Kansas and L.A., there wasn’t a whole lot of connectivity to be had, period.

In some ways tho, blogging about it post-tour might be the only way for me to really get to the heart of what it was really like.

Things about the bus tour that I’ll always remember, in no particular order…

  1. Playing Two Truths and A Lie to learn about each other
  2. Getting my “bus” legs 
  3. Born To Run played live by Springsteen and the E Street Band
  4. Finding I can still hit correct pitches while singing Sex Pistols/Lenny Kravitz/Jimi Hendrix/Skynyrd/The Cult on Guitar Hero World Tour
  5. Ryan’s knee being used as more cowbell by Dana, repeatedly
  6. Having the coolest drivers ever, Mark and J
  7. Having a 2×4 and fries well-done at In-N-Out, my first time ever eating there
  8. Desert sunsets and sunrises
  9. Hanging with Vince in Denver
  10. 450 people at a stop in Kansas City
  11. Nearly every question in the live version of Are You Certifiable?
  12. Santa Fe and Bandalier National Park
  13. Hanging with Vince again in Vegas
  14. The amazingly delicious Brazilian steakhouse the final night in Vegas

Most of all tho…it’s the people I’ll remember. All the different folks we met along the way, and seeing old pals who came out to say “Heya,” just because I happened to passing close by. But it wasn’t just those folks.

I’m having serious entourage withdrawal from my fellow busmates. A few of them are still here at Tech-Ed this week, but most of them are already home. And I miss the heck out of them. Which completely blind-sided me, because I never expected that at all. One of us said it felt like we were a little family. Which we kinda were.

And that’s what I’ll always remember, most of all.

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