Done and Dusted! The Bootcamp and What’s Next

After months of preparing, the Global Azure Bootcamp in Malta came to an end! We had lots of fun, our audience was great, and very receptive with lots of questions which we were eager to answer. This year we started with some music, getting the audience in the mood, an idea proposed by Mary from Microsoft, who always gives a helping hand with our events.

Then the event kicked off! First with the IoT Fundamentals session which I delivered myself, talking about the IoT features available in Azure, followed by a live demo using the MxChip. Next up was Evan Camilleri, delivering a great presentation about Elastic Pools on how to scale multiple SQL databases. Johan Zammit amazed the crowd with Blockchain giving a demo with Etherium, whilst Matthew Grech impressed the audience with Machine Learning even showing deployment models. Ralph Attard wrapped up the day showing his remarkable skills in SQL Server, even updating us on GDPR.

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Making the Perfect Tea

In Malta it’s Sunday afternoon, and in other places it’s still in morning. So what better time than having a nice cup of tea!

I admit it. I love tea! And drinking tea relaxes me. So I’m always in search to make a cup of tea better, sometimes adding more milk, or leaving the tea bag for a couple more minutes. But finally, someone did the research for me. Scientists, from the University of Northumbria’s School of Life Sciences, have discovered how to make the perfect cup of tea.

Apparently they spent 180 hours of testing and a panel of volunteers consumed 285 cups of tea in the laboratory to come up with an equation for the perfect cuppa, and have come out with the following recipe:

  1. Add 200ml of freshly boiled water to your tea bag (in a mug).
  2. Allow the tea bag to brew for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bag.
  4. Add 10ml of milk.
  5. Wait 6 minutes before consumption for the cuppa to reach its optimum temperature of 60 degrees centigrade

But beware, if you leave it until after 17 minutes and 30 seconds, then the tea will be past its best. My opinion.. don’t take too long to drink it 🙂 Nice tea time to everyone!

World Cup 2010 in Malta | Power Cut

For the world cup opening, our state of the art power stations made us a surprise… all Malta is in blackout. We have no power!! 🙁 Mmmm… hopefully we’ll manage to see the opening in two hours… come on power station guys!!! 😐

Update: Power was restored back! We can watch the World Cup 🙂

Read More on blog.ciappara.com http://blog.ciappara.com/index.php/2010/06/11/world-cup-in-malta-power-cut/

Sette Giugno | Today in Malta

Sette Giugno (from ItalianJune Seventh) is a Maltese national holiday celebrated annually on June 7. It commemorates events which occurred on that day in 1919, when following a series of riots by the Maltese population, British troops fired into the crowd killing four. (Wikipedia)

Today is also the day that the new iPhone is going to be shown to the world (hopefully)… plus a new multi touch track pad and also the new Safari 5… for the Maltese people, we’ll have to wait till tonight @ 7pm.