Durban Xamarin User Group Monthly Meetup 15 June 2017

We did it! We have successfully launched the Durban Xamarin User Group 🙂 It was a fantastic evening filled with Xamarin.

We started the evening off with some pizza 🍕🍕🍕


Promptly we kicked off at 6 PM, a bit of an oddity for Durban events.
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You are buying tech in South Africa at a premium

What am I missing here? I really feel as if I am missing something when it comes to the tech prices in South Africa.

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Dynamic Currency Conversion: The imaginary benefits

Over the past few years, I have been lucky enough to do a notable amount of international travel. Before I depart I always convert a fixed amount of ZAR to the local currency of my destination and carry my credit card as a backup. The few occurrences that I used my credit card internationally I was always explicit to paying in that countries currency (all my experiences being with USD) and there is a very good reason for this.

Every so often I import items that aren’t available here in South Africa and I have been noticing more and more online retailers pushing DCC with all its imaginary benefits.

Guaranteed overcharge

Using a recent Amazon purchase let me illustrate these unnecessary charges consumers fall prey to.

From my experience, it looks as if Amazon defaults to the currency of the credit card being used. This looks perfectly acceptable to an unsuspecting consumer till I switch the payment currency and complete some simple math.

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Next stop Microsoft Bahrain!

I love reading emails, especially when I keep getting amazing emails like these 😀

Invite

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Claim your free Windows/WP dev account using DreamSpark

You’ve built your app and now you need to share it with the world.

Being a student is tough so Microsoft is kind enough to waver the one time registration fee (R193 at time of publication). I explain the simple steps needed to claim this cool benefit.

Step 1

Head on over to www.dreamspark.com/Student/Windows-Store-Access and login with you DreamSpark account.

Don’t have a DreamSpark account? Check out this post  (errornaik.com/dreamspark-registration-updated) for details on getting one

Click “Get code Now”, don’t close this tab yet; you will need this code in a bit.

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DreamSpark Registration (Updated)

So you’re a student and want to develop for Microsoft technologies? Luckily our friends at Microsoft really see the potential in students and have invested heavily in providing premium tools at no cost.

Step 1 – The key

There are 2 ways to get one of these:

  1. Email me and I’ll email you a card like below. I no longer give these out as it is now very easy to verify your student status using your school/university email address.

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Microsoft Student Partner 2015 Applications are open!

It is the new year and we need some fresh new recruits 😀

The Microsoft Student Partner program is an international program that recognizes the immense amount of talent and potential of the worlds tech savvy youth.
Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs) are social and friendly students who like to meet new people. MSPs are the game changers of the future. They think and act boldly.

As an MSP you will:

  • build apps and demos
  • demonstrate the newest technologies and host tech events on your campus
  • acquire the tools and training to lead technology discussions on your campus
  • build your global network with industry experts
  • connect with like-minded students and faculty around the world
  • attend trainings from Microsoft leaders to enhance your knowledge about cutting edge technologies
  • be the one on your campus with insight and answers on Microsoft technologies

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Hour of Code at the Durban University of Technology

We’re hosting a Hour of Code station at DUT this weekend. Pop in and complete your Hour of Code 😀

Below is an excerpt with all the details.

Hello-

I’d like to introduce myself, I am a Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) which is a volunteer student program active in over 110 countries around the world, and I’ve been selected a Microsoft technology expert on my university campus.

The MSP program is for students who realize the best technology careers come to those chase their dreams.  Part of this dream is to be able to share my passion for technology with others and make sure the next generation of students understand how  computer science can be a catalyst to create and achieve great things and unlock opportunities for youth around the world.

We know that computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this. If you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you might know it made history. In one week, 15 million students tried computer science! Computer science was on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners came together to support this movement.

The reason I’m contacting you is this year we’d like to make it even bigger. We are hosting an Hour of Code station at The Durban University of Technology. Everyone (kids, parents, CEOs etc.) is welcome to come in and complete their Hour of Code, even USA president Barack Obama recently completed his Hour of Code.

Date: 13 December 2014
Time: 09:00 – 12:00 (Anytime within this period)
Venue: 22 Winterton Walk,
DUT, Ritson Campus, LAB 5

We’re hoping to reach 100 million participants by the end of the year and I’m hoping with your support  you’ll allow me to help contribute to that goal.

Also we have some goodies for those who complete their Hour of Code at this station 😀

Goodies

Thank you,

 

Giveaway time!

Giveaway

Up for grabs an Amazon Kindle Touch or a Samsung Focus Flash Windows Phone 7.8 device!

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Microsoft has invited me to Redmond Seattle!

Yup it is confirmed! I will be in Redmond Seattle at Microsoft university for an entire week 😀 Admittedly this is rather old news, the announcement of my trip has been everywhere with the exception of my blog—well that is till now.

I have a terrible habit that my eyes hate me for. When I received emails while asleep unconsciously I open them and instantly blind myself and thereafter pass out again. Like every other night my automatic-email-reading-eye-blinding reflex kicked in 5 May 2014 just after 11 PM.

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