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Selamat Datang from Malaysia, again – this time mostly Microsoft flavored

Just a quick note of Selamat Datang from the crisp and clean accommodations here at the Impiana KLCC Hotel here overlooked by the Petrona Towers in downtown Kuala Lumpur – the site of this year’s Tech*Ed Asia 2007.

Yes, I know – what a betrayal of all my loyal LAMP readers out there. But the day job is what pays the rent and since they’re paying me to manage Software as a Service products provisioned mostly on the Microsoft platform – I get to go to Malaysia again.

That said, I’ll be attending many of the break-out sessions that are less to do with specific Microsoft technologies and more about emerging trends and product management. All good stuff that easily carries-over to managing your church website.

Hopefully, I’ll also be able to catch up with some of my more wonderful Malaysian friends whom were so gracious in their hospitality towards me this past June. Amazing how much one grows to miss such new friends so quickly.

But now I need to allow the co-worker roomie some time online, so until then, here is some additional reading you can consume to create questions to “stump the Deano” in the form of comments, emails and other love notes.

Tech•Ed SEA 2007
Tech•Ed SEA 2007, Microsoft’s premier & largest annual conference in the South East Asia region, focuses on newly released products such as of Microsoft Office along with content about upcoming releases such as Windows Server code name “Longhorn”.For four days in September, you can get technical training, information and resources to help you build, deploy, secure, mobilize, and manage solutions.
Sivin Kit’s Garden
Pastor of the Bangsar Lutheran Church, made my long journey a couple of months ago too short with his warmth, kindness and Christian love. His blog, at least to me, serves as an excellent example of how a pastor can have a personal blog that both builds the Body without emperiling his local church. I would hope any of you pastors online would take his cue of how wonderfully personal he is able to get without getting into trouble.
Bob Jots: Redux
Bob was another wonderful personality I met here in Malaysia last June whose blog is an example of how a lay person can leverage the internet for socially activism without going over to the deep end. Some good solid stuff here – and again a great blog to read.
A.K.A. the notorious Mz.Wacky – one of my absolute favorite personalities here in KL whose blog is a good example of a personal faith journal. I do wish she’d post more – as having met her now gives me an idea of the constant smile and laughter she brings to any and every conversation.
Impiana KLCC Hotel
This is where I’m staying. Other than the twin beds being positioned next to each other, the accomodations are splendid. And with a little ‘furniture refactoring’ the aforementioned situaiton was easily remedied to insure a good night’s sleep without getting ‘too close’ to a co-worker.
Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings in the world until the Taipei 101 building, as measured to the top of their structural components (spires, but not antennas). Spires are considered integral parts of the architectural design of buildings, to which changes would substantially change the appearance and design of the building, whereas antennas may be added or removed without such consequences. The Petronas Towers remain the tallest twin buildings in the world.
LAMP development platform
The acronym LAMP refers to a solution stack of software programs, commonly open source programs, used together to run dynamic Web sites or servers. The original expansion is as follows:

  • Linux, referring to the operating system;
  • Apache, the Web server;
  • MySQL, the database management system (or database server);
  • PHP, the programming language.

The combination of these technologies is used primarily to define a web server infrastructure, define a programming paradigm of developing software, and establish a software distribution package. More recently, the P has come to refer frequently to Perl or Python as alternate programming languages.

Microsoft Visual Studio
Microsoft’s flagship software development product for computer programmers. It centers on an integrated development environment which lets programmers create standalone applications, web sites, web applications, and web services that run on any platforms supported by Microsoft’s .NET Framework (for all versions after Visual Studio 6). Supported platforms include Microsoft Windows servers and workstations, PocketPC, Smartphones, and World Wide Web browsers.

Oh and for those who’d like to Skype, Google Talk and/or whatever, drop me a line via the contact form and we’ll work something out.