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Archive for March, 2013

It’s lovely this cake!

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

I had ordered baked cheesecake at the Java Cafe,  Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya - this was the slice of cake that Lindsey received!

andy-and-cake

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There be hippos here!!!

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

The reason for the new camera, and lack of blogs in the last month, Lindsey & I have been on holiday to Ethiopia and Kenya (more pictures later!), but in the meantime….

here’s a photograph of yours truly! (spot the hippo!?)

andy-and-hippos

In Ethiopia, we visited Addis Ababa, Bahar Dar, Lake Tana, Gondar, Simien Mountains, Axum, Lalibela and Wendogenet

took photographs of the following

•  Tississat Falls - the source of the Blue Nile
•  Castles of Gondar
•  Spectacular scenery in the Simien Mountains
•  Stelae of Axum
•  Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela

In Kenya we visited Lake Elmenteita, Lake Nakuru, and spent several days in the Maasai Mara, on game drives, and hot air balloon ride across the planes of the  Maasai Mara.

Kenya Trip

Kenya Trip

lots of photographs of monkeys, birds, lions, elephants, antelope ….

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Andy’s got a new camera - A CANON PowerShot SX50 HS

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Yes, I’ve purchased a new camera, A CANON PowerShot SX50 HS, and yes, it’s a “Bridge Camera”. A halfway house between a compact and D-SLR. I already have a compact camera, and D-SLR, so needed something in the middle, and this boasts a 50x optical zoom lens, equivalent to a 1200mm conventional telephoto lens.

I’m very impressed with the first photographs….(click for full image, straight from camera, no image processing, 12Megapixel - JPEG).

In this first photograph, if you look carefully, you will see our, two Doves on the chimney pots…

0x (no zoom)

0x (no zoom)

in this photograph, at 50x (1200mm) zoom, handheld, no tripod, you can see the Dove, and also notice the lichens on the chimney pot!

50x Optical Zoom

50x Optical Zoom

I don’t know how this camera does it, holding a camera in my hand at 50x optical zoom, with Image Stablisation, and it’s able to give me good photograph, with my shaking hands! (I would recommend a tripod! but without, gives good results)

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Completed Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Knowledge Quests

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Why not try the Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts”  Challenge

The Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge provides a FREE online study group with certification exam preparation materials for quickly learning about the latest version of Windows Server! The Challenge involves a series of Knowledge Quests - starting with the Apprentice Quest - and each Quest ends with a special completion certificate for you to promote your new knowledge! To make it easy to participate, each Quest is developed in a modular format that you can complete based on your own schedule and availability.

The first six Knowledge Quests are available now - Apprentice, Installer, Explorer, Networker, Virtualizer and Cloud.

After you’ve completed the “Early Experts” Apprentice Quest, keep going with these additional Knowledge Quests to continue your preparation for the MCSA on Windows Server 2012 Exams:

  • Installer Quest: Targeting the Install, Configure and Active Directory exam objectives on Exams 70-410 and 70-417.
  • Explorer Quest: Targeting the Group Policy and Server Management exam objectives on Exam 70-410.
  • Networker Quest: Targeting the Core Network Services exam objectives on Exam 70-410.
  • Virtualizer Quest: Targeting the Hyper-V Server Virtualization exam objectives on Exam 70-410.
  • Cloud Quest: Build a Windows Server 2012 Study Lab network in the Cloud.

I’ve completed all six Knowledge Quests, and here are my Certificates, it takes a few days to complete all the Knowledge Quests, and boosts your overall knowlegde of Windows Server 2012, the Cloud Quest is very good. - Highly Recommended and FREE!

Thanks to Keith Mayer and Microsoft.

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windows-server-2012-early-experts-installer-certificate

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