03 Jan 2010

And the award goes to...


With the count down clock at T-10 days to my sabbatical trip an email popped into my mail box… it was an email from Microsoft congratulating me on getting the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award for my work with Team System!

What is this MVP Award?

The Microsoft MVP Award is an annual award that recognizes exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with users and Microsoft… With fewer than 5,000 awardees worldwide, Microsoft MVPs represent a highly select group of experts. MVPs share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others. They represent the diversity of today’s technical communities. MVPs are present in over 90 countries, spanning more than 30 languages, and over 90 Microsoft technologies. MVPs share a passion for technology, a willingness to help others, and a commitment to community. These are the qualities that make MVPs exceptional community leaders. MVPs’ efforts enhance people’s lives and contribute to our industry’s success in many ways. By sharing their knowledge and experiences, and providing objective feedback, they help people solve problems and discover new capabilities every day. MVPs are technology’s best and brightest…

Richard Kaplin, Microsoft Corporate Vice President

So this is a great honour for me to be welcomed into a group of people who I look up to and respect :)  You can see my new MVP profile up at https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Robert.MacLean

07 Dec 2008

My sister rocks!

On Thursday night I had the honor to go to my sisters graduation! After many hard years of work and sacrifice she graduated as a teacher, specializing in foundation classes (grade 0-2 if memory serves) from Wits! I am very proud of her :) :) Next year she will be teaching at a school in Krugersdoorp!


My sister in her “batman” cloak with my mother :)

11 Nov 2008

Willy blasting off!

On Friday Willy publically announced his plans for 2009, which include him leaving South Africa to go and work for the big blue monster (aka Microsoft) in the rangers team! Before I get into my view on this, let me explain what the rangers are: A MVP (which Willy is) is selected from the community by the community and big blue as a expert/lead/guide in their field. They are the best of the best outside of Microsoft. The rangers are the internal version of MVP’s. They are the best of the best inside of Microsoft. It is a great honor and privilege and shows really how big an expert Willy is.

In short I am so happy for him and really jealous too, but in the short period I have worked with him I have not even scratched the surface of what he knows… so I am sad that I won’t get that on a day to day basis.

To Willy I wish you the best of luck and enjoyment in this new experience!

26 Aug 2008

Silverlight: Lessons Learnt

Tech-Ed was a lot fun and the feedback for the session I did was more positive than negative. Being a speaker doesn't get you into too many special things (there is a speakers lounge) but one of the fun things it did get me this year was the chance to do a video session with my good friend Simon from BlackLight, who was also my co-speaker for my WPF talk. The video is about 15min long and I play the role of interviewer (Larry King watch out!) and I interview Simon on what he does everyday Silverlight and the lessons he has learnt in the last year and a bit.
To check the video go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/events/teched/cc561184.aspx
04 Feb 2008

Almost Famous pt 2

Out of the same interview as before, comes another article. I like this one more, as it feels less sales like (for those who know me, know I am not a sales person) and more like the actual interview was.
04 Feb 2008

Almost Famous

Ages ago I did an interview around the Rezonance product brand I work on. It was so long back I had forgotten about it. Well the interview appeared online this weekend. Thanks to Carey for the heads up.
13 Nov 2007

Malawi here I come...

 Update (14 November 2007): Dates confirmed! I should be landing last afternoon on the 25th and flying out late afternoon on the 28th. Thats three nights there!

Sometime this month it looks like I will be in Malawi for work for a few days. This means I should have a little free time there (particular evenings), so if you are in Malawi and are looking for someone to do training, speaking or advising on a few hours basis on any topic I am involved in (MSCRM, CCF, I also have a great TFS evangalism slide deck, general dev...) please drop me an email or comment on this post and let me know.

06 Sep 2007

Quiet for a bit

You may have noticed this week has been exceptionally quiet, well thats been for two reasons. This past weekend I fell horribly ill. Ill like I actually went to a doctor (only the second time in 6 years) and was flat on my back in bed for all of the weekend and haven't really felt myself until Tuesday night. In addition to that I hit my cap on the MTN 3G the company provides so not quick posts from work have been possible. Anyway things should get back to normal next week.