Microsoft Mauritius – Windows Azure Bootcamp 2014

Microsoft Mauritius

 

Welcome to Global Windows Azure Bootcamp! On Saturday, March 29, 2014 we are out to make some records!

 

With over 130 confirmed locations around the globe, the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp is going to be a truly memorable event – and now here’s your chance to take part!

 

In April of 2013 we held the first Global Windows Azure Bootcamp at more than 90 locations around the globe! This year we want to again offer up a one day deep dive class to help thousands of people get up to speed on discovering Cloud Computing Applications for Windows Azure. In addition to this great learning opportunity the hands on labs will feature pooling a huge global compute farm to perform diabetes research!

 

In Mauritius, the event will be organised by Microsoft Indian Ocean Islands & French Pacific in partnership with The Mauritius Software Craftsmanship Community (MSCC) and sponsored by Ceridian, Emtel & Microsoft

 

Venue: Cyber Tower I, Ebene, 1st Floor, Auditorium

Date : 29th March 2014

Time: 09:30 – 17:00

 
Want to attend?

Register at http://aka.ms/gwabmru

 

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your own computer which can run Visual Studio 2012 or 2013 (i.e. Windows, OSX, Ubuntu with virtualization, etc.) and have it preloaded with the following:

  1.      Visual Studio 2012 or 2013 – trial http://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/download-visual-studio-vs
  2.      The Windows Azure SDK from http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/net/

 

Optionally (or if you will not be doing just .NET labs), the following can also be installed:

  1.      Node.js SDK – http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/nodejs/
  2.      JAVA SDK – http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/java/
  3.       Doing mobile? Android? iOS? Windows Phone or Windows 8? – http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/mobile/
  4.      PHP – http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/php/

 

More info here: http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/documentation

Please do the installation upfront as there will be very little time to troubleshoot installations during the day.

Team Building at Domaine de Letoile

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It was great fun and joy that we had our team building at Domaine de Letoile yesterday, the domaine which is ‘the most beautiful and natural parc to explore in Mauritius’. I still recall some sweet memories of my first teambuilding, back in 2011.
The Different activities proposed by the Domaine are:

  • 2 seated Buggy
  • Horse Riding (with South African horses)
  • A Walking tour
  • by Quad (A Natural circuit through unique landscapes of Mauritius)
  • Mini Quad (for children above 6 years old)
  • Tyroliennes

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We had a meeting point at Kendra Shopping Mall, St Pierre and the we all set out for Sebastopol, Flacq. We had a quick glimpse of the new 5 Start High Security Melrose prison, which was on our way. Arriving at Domaine de Letoile around 10.00am, it started raining!

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We had a nice welcome at the Reception…and had some nice hot coffee whilst waiting for our ‘guide’.

Domaine de Letoile Reception

Then came Mr. Andy, our guide who kicked off the first activity of the day which is ‘Treasure Hunt’.  This is in fact Hiking but mixed with some questions that we need to answer whilst on the track. It adds to the fun!

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We were distributed into 3 teams and the winning team would be the one who had properly answered the bonus question ‘How many mirrador are present in the Domaine?’ (Mirradors are used by hunters to observe their prey deer / wild pig before shooting them. The hunt period opened between June – Aug for a period of 6 days maximum). Also the most beautiful painting of the viewpoint would be declared as the winner.

So the Adventure started! 2 teams went before us and we were ready to win the ‘Treasure’..

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Carefully reading the details in order to be able to answer the question..

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One of the Mirrador, which were were carefully noticing and counting.

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The circuit was of 2 hours and we enjoyed lots of ‘goyave de chines’ on the way and the beautiful views as were were climbing up were simply a delight to the eyes. However there were mosquitos and the sun scorching our skin.

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Here, we’ve reached the viewpoint and each ‘artist’ in the team had to draw something they see in this view:

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Time for Food, we all were very hungry. The Mauritian Buffet, proposed by the ‘Restaurant Anahita’ was simply delicious.

Then came time for the most-awaited adventure : Quad.

We met a new ‘guide’ who started giving instructions about how to drive a Quad and also the safety instructions.

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Then, time for a Test Drive for the 2 persons in one quad

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After the Test Drive, I became a bit confident driving quad and I admit the control are really not flexible and you get your thumb tired pressing the accelerator.

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Nevertheless, its an awesome experience on the quad, after one gets used to it..

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Awesome view at the top of the mountain…

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Then the final trekking down was awesome and we could see deers in the nature…An incredible experience..

Mauritius Cinematography/Cameraman – a glimpse

Mauritius Cameraman

cinematographer or director of photography (sometimes shortened to DP or DOP) is the chief over the camera and lighting crews working on a film, television production or other live action piece and is responsible for achieving artistic and technical decisions related to the image. (Wikipedia). The cinematographer is responsible for the quality of the photography and the cinematic look of the film. The Director of Photography transforms the Screenwriter’s and Director’s concepts into visual images. Using his knowledge of lighting,, lenses, camera and film emulsions, the DOP creates the appropriate mood, atmosphere and visual style of each shot to evoke emotions that the Director desires. Working closely with the Director, the DOP determines the camera angles, shot composition, and camera movement for every shot.

Put simply, in Mauritian jargon, we are used with the word ‘Cameraman’. Recently, the MBC has been criticized  for broadcasting video footage of inferior quality during the ‘Journal Televise’. Maybe this is owing to the ‘cut-cost’ decision that not enough cameraman are being provided to carry out reportage?

The aim of this blog post is to spot out some of the noticeable work being done by talented, skilled Cinematographers in Mauritius:

AVS Cinematography

The first and most noticeable one, existing for many years is AVS Cinematography: http://www.avscinematography.com/ . Run as a family business, their creative work is very much appreciated by the mass. Have a look at their work on:https://vimeo.com/avscinematography

Hysteria Productions

Then, we have Hysteria Productions. https://vimeo.com/hysteriaproductions . Mr. Arvind Mattadeen is a talented camera operator and Director at Hysteria.

 

Mroad Creations

Mahen Bujun. – DoP at Mroad creation ltd for more than a decade.

http://mroadstudios.com/index.php . YouTube portfolio on: http://www.youtube.com/user/MroadStudiosVideos/videos?flow=grid&view=1s

Wassim Sookia

has been producing short films for a consistent number of years: http://www.wassimsookia.com/en/filmography.html

 

(List under construction…)