Tuesday, May 25, 2010

College Students - Microsoft Wants You!

Get a "job" with Microsoft, become a Student Partner!


Job Description for US MSP Program | 2010-2011 Academic Year

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for marketing gurus, media mavens, & tech junkies in any major. We want you because you want to learn about media, marketing, tech & innovation.

We’re looking for students addicted to tech blogs, who have marketing experience on campus, who are student leaders in their campus community, and who have a passion for technology and for Microsoft.

If you want to share your passion and develop industry-leading skills, we want to hear from you.

What will you do?

You’ll spend the year planning campus events, tweeting your experiences, demonstrating the latest technologies wherever you go, and working with the bookstore, the student government, clubs, & professors. You’ll get to work on wide-ranging projects such as demoing new Microsoft products like Windows 7, Office 2010, and Xbox Project Natal. You’ll connect students with Imagine Cup (www.imaginecup.com), and help students find software deals on campus and through programs like DreamSpark (www.dreamspark.com) and the Ultimate Steal (www.theultimatesteal.com).

Every few weeks we’ll have training webcasts with leaders within Microsoft, to enhance your learning about marketing & tech from people on the cutting-edge.

What’s in it for you?

Exposure and recognition on campus with faculty and students. Access to numerous benefits including Microsoft software, reference materials, training, and the inside scoop on future job opportunities. Direct interaction with Microsoft professionals and their partners. And, you get the skills that could land you that important job or internship.

What’s the fine print?

The time commitment is between 5-10 hours/week. Students must be enrolled fulltime in an accredited academic institution within the United States. All students must have valid identification and be eligible to work in the United States from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

Participants receive competitive compensation as well as software & hardware in exchange for their active participation in the program. Students participating in the Microsoft Student Partners program are employees of Volt Services Group, (a third party employment agency) who manages the program for Microsoft.

Application Process

Step 1: Fill out the online application at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22AHG7FGBUA

Step 2: Create a YouTube video.

We want to get to know you and discover your passion for technology! Create and submit a one-minute YouTube video explaining the benefits + features of one of these four Microsoft products: (1) Office 2010, (2) Windows 7 (or Windows 7 Phone Series), (3) XNA, or (4) Visual Studio 2010.

Step 3: Upload to http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22AHAXSD5GM

Be sure to share with friends as we’ll be watching for videos with the most comments!

Applications + videos are due by June 1st, 2010. The MSP class of 2010 will be announced in August!

Feel free to reach out with any questions – usmsp@microsoft.com.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Discount on TechNet Subscriptions from Microsoft Learning!

Continue Building Your Skills and Knowledge with


A 28% discount* on a new TechNet Plus Direct Subscription (USD $349) can be provided to you by your Microsoft Certified Trainer: David E. Patrick

The discount code is TMCT023. Go to TechNet Subscription to order.

Are you looking for:

· more information when you leave the classroom

· the ability to access Microsoft software to create and recreate new scenarios and technologies

· the opportunity to continue building your skills and knowledge

A TechNet Plus Direct license includes all of the following benefits in one location. Each subscription is for one (1) user.

· TechNet Technical Information Library – Rights to download and access the entire contents of the knowledgebase through our Offline Technical Library Viewer:

o Set search criteria that allows you and your student to view the same content

o Provide direct information on specific What, Why and How queries. You can both view deeper, quicker and broader content in one central place

· Evaluation Software: Full version software for evaluation purposes without time limits such as Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Office 2010, Exchange, , SharePoint, and over 70 products

· Microsoft E-Learning Courses – Three courses updated quarterly. Total of twelve (12) per year – a value over $1200

· Technical Support - Two technical support calls included per subscription year, and a 20% discount on additional support calls – a value over $500

· Security updates, tools, and utilities – can be accessed via the TechNet subscriber portal upon release

Online Support Options – unlimited support on TechNet managed forums, and 24/7 online concierge IM chat support

* Terms & Conditions:

Offer expires on June 30, 2010. Pricing may vary by country, exchange rates and local taxes. Offer applies to new Technet Plus Direct subscriptions only. See below for full details. Must be used in accordance with the Microsoft License Terms for Technet Subscription. The offer is for a discount of up to 28% off the US estimated retail price of USD$349 of a 1 year TechNet Plus Direct Subscription (“Subscription”); however, actual Subscription price may vary by country and region due to currency exchange rates and local taxes. Each individual acquiring a Subscription is responsible for all taxes related to the Subscription. The discount is valid only for new TechNet Plus Direct subscriptions and may not be combined with any other promotions, discounts or offers. The Subscription discount offer is limited to one per individual and may not be used on volume license orders. Each Subscription and related benefits may only be used by one individual. Subscriptions may not be transferred, shared, or sold. To receive the discount on the Subscription, the potential subscriber must place the Subscription order on or before June 30, 2010, via the Microsoft web site below or via phone though the customer service center in his/her region, and provide the promo code given by his/her Microsoft Certified Trainer. This offer is only valid in the United States.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Microsoft Second Shot is back with 50% off!!!

Email me if you need a Second Shot Voucher plus a 50% discount for any of these Microsoft Exams!

70-432, 70-448, 70-450, 70-452, 70-562, 70-564, 83-640, 70-693, 70-669, 70-680, 70-682, 70-659, 70-652



Tuesday, March 09, 2010

LCG is hiring!

LCG is looking for a full time .NET programmer. Candidates must be sharp, highly motivated professionals with an excellent understanding of business logic and object-oriented programming techniques.

Principle Responsibilities:

Interact with business users to understand, define and specify business requirements to ensure that applications meet user needs.
Accurately translate user/business requirements into technical specifications.
Design, develop, implement and maintain customized applications.
Actively participate in the revenue generation process by identifying opportunities to expand the scope of the client engagement (i.e. additional scope on current projects, or new projects).
Effectively manage multiple priorities from one or more applications within an engagement/project.
Successfully deliver all engagements, projects and tasks.

Required Skills:

5 - 7 years of experience in:
o C#
3 – 5 years of SQL Server experience
Good communication skills

BS Degree in Computer Engineering, Mathematics or related discipline required.

Desired Certifications:
Certifications in any of the above listed technologies.

Contact Joyce @ joycek@lcgtech.com

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Microsoft Press: Free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft

Microsoft is thrilled to offer another free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft, by Katherine Murray. The ebook contains eight chapters and an appendix describing how you can assess and build your technology-based job skills.

You can download the ebook in XPS format here and in PDF format here.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Microsoft Mid Atlantic Roadshow Presentations!

Check out the latest Microsoft RoadShow coming to Baltimore and the surrounding areas! They’re all happening over the next couple of weeks, so sign up soon!

Mid Atlantic Roadshow Presentation Resources - Home

Friday, February 12, 2010

To all my students - Big discounts on MS Press!

Get 35% discount on all printed books and 45% on all e-books in the Microsoft Press and O’Reilly catalogue.

Go to http://oreilly.com to purchase.

Use code MCTS.

* Plus * Free shipping on all print book orders over $29.95 in the US.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Search for SQL in your databases with Red Gate SQL Search

RedGate releases FREE SQL Search tool for searching through your stored procs, table definitions, functions and more!

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Search for SQL in your databases with Red Gate SQL Search

Friday, January 29, 2010

FREE SQL Server Magazine SQL Server Magazine Subscription


Get a FREE digital* subscription to SQL Server Magazine -- sorry, new subscribers only.

SQL Server Magazine SQL Server Magazine Submittal

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Southern Maryland Give Camp - Home

Give something back! Sign up for GiveCamp!

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(And maybe learn a ton of stuff while you’re at it…)

Southern Maryland Give Camp - Home

Sunday, January 17, 2010

SDN - Software Development Network > IW > Free Magazine

Free DIWUG SharePoint eMagazine 2010 special

SDN - Software Development Network > IW > Free Magazine

Student Certification Discounts

Microsoft is giving students 55% off certification exams AND a second shot! Damn, that’s good stuff!

Student Certification Discounts

Friday, January 15, 2010

Tons & Tons of free SharePoint 2010 Training!


Check out all the free SharePoint 2010 Training!

There’s the Developer Training Kit:

Download details: SharePoint 2010 Beta Developer Training Kit

There’s a whole freakin’ course up on Channel 9:


Then there’s the Professional Developer Evaluation Guide and Walkthroughs:


And then there’s a bunch of Hands On Labs (my favorite!):


What are you waiting for? Go become a SharePoint 2010 Developer!

Microsoft Second Shot Offer is Back!

Check it out! Any of my former students, if you need a voucher for a Second Shot when you are taking a Microsoft certification exam, email me and I’ll send you one right away! Vouchers are good through June 30, 2010!


Thursday, January 07, 2010

Free F# eBook from The CTO Corner

Download The F# Survival Guide, a free ebook to get up to speed on F#!

The CTO Corner