Monthly Archives: April 2011

Microsoft Cloud Day April 27th 2011

Last wednesday, we organized Microsoft Cloud Day at Auditorium of Microsoft Singapore. There were around 200 people came, very nice crowd. I was the host for the event, and was a Demo Monkey for one of the presentation. It was only 15 minutes about Windows Azure Appfabric caching service. I demoed about the usage of Session State cache, network cache and local cache (Lucky I remember to wirte this blog, remind me of turning off my instances in the cloud :p) .

I will publish all my codes later through . There are two very important points about configrations. Firstly, it’s better to uninstall Windows Server Appfabric. Otherwise, the application will recognize the wrong assembles. Secondly, my corp net couldn’t allow port 22233 traffic. I have to connect to non-corp internet. Set up definitely costed me more time than demo code itself.

There are a lot of lessons learnt through this event. For cloud this topic, there is always a mix of audiences from decision makers to developers. Therefore, it is hard to please everyone compared to a web event, which has more specific audiences. Lucky this time we had all kinds of contents to satisfy everyone. From the event response, cloud is definitely a big big thing. Everyone wants to jump on board. However, it is also chanllenging. There are so many different offers in the market. The most common questions we receive from this event is the comparison between Amazon and Windows Azure.

Here are some event photos with my lovely team. Most of the decisions were made through virtual meeting since I was away last month. The more I talk about cloud, the more I feel the excitement from industry. The changes have already been there and you don’t have a choice but to embrace it.

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Posted by on April 30, 2011 in Everything MS


Half Day tour in Bulgaria

I had half day time in Bulgaria to tour around the city. It was a sunny Thursday afternoon, nice and relax.

This was Alxander Nevski Church in Sofia, one of the attractions. It was completed by 1912 and as built as a memorial to the 200,000 Russian soldiers who died in the Russo-Turkish Liberation War. I happen to pass by this place at night as well. I love the round shape top and the shinning gold.

I spent most of time walking on the street. It was very easy to tour around Sofia since all the attractions are in the central area.

I crossed through this park. It was a sunny day and a band was performing there. I sat there for quite a while. Watching people passing while enjoying the music.

I didn’t have chance to try public transportation in Sofia. They have a lot of this type of trains/buses, very classic and interesting. Also, whenever I cross the road, cars will always stop to let people pass first.

This is the yellow road of Sofia. There is a mastery that people came from other provinces will always try to bring back a brick on yellow road, to show others they have been to the capital of Bulgaria. After walking for a while, I finally found this “missing” brick on the road. =D

Here are more buildings at Sofia. Very nice church.

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Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Bulgaria