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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