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Dean CalvertMicrosoft has invited Australian small business software guru Dean Calvert to its Seattle headquarters to contribute to a future products planning session next month.

Adelaide-based Calvert is the only Australian Small Business Server specialist summoned to Microsoft’s Redmond campus for its Most Valued Professional Conference.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will present at the March 1-4 event, which is expected to attract about 1000 delegates. During the conference, attendees will learn about the latest product innovations from Microsoft and contribute suggestions for future product directions.

Legendary singer Barry McGuire will unveil a major reworking of his 1965 hit Eve of Destruction when he performs in Australia next month.

McGuire has recorded the new version of Eve of Destruction with a star-studded lineup including Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) on guitar and Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) on drums.

Maguire will perform with John York from The Byrds (Tambourine Man, Turn Turn Turn) at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on February 4 and at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel in Adelaide on February 11.

Intrepid PR professional Mike O'Reilly spent half of December on the ocean waves as the passionate sailor completed his inaugural Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race as a crew member aboard the SA-based racing yacht Pale Ale Rager.

Mariner Mike not only manned the sails on the Elliott 56 yacht on the 1170 km maritime marathon, he played a central role in helping skipper Dr. Gary Shanks prepare for the race and deliver the yacht from Adelaide to Sydney. He also helped with media reports and filmed the epic for promotional purposes.

Ten years after surviving the fatal storm of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race, South Australia’s most competitive offshore yacht ‘Rager’ completed its ninth race to Hobart last month. Rager was the 25th boat across the line in the 64th Sydney to Hobart race, completing it in two days, 16 hours and 42 minutes. The after-race party took even longer.

For a more detailed report of Rager's performance, check out this SailWorld.com report

Adelaide-based software specialist Alltraders has defied economic gloom as record demand for its Joomla-based website development encouraged it to kick off full-time operations last month with an inital head count of seven.

The Alltraders website business was bought two years ago by State Web Services Pty Ltd, owned by Michael O'Loughlin and Ben Horner, who have operated it as a part-time business since then.

Alltraders is a website hositing business that also develops sites for its customers. State Web Services also provides specialist software development services for corporate organisations.

After redesigning Alltraders' original bespoke content management system with the open source-based Joomla CMS, the business has reported record demand for its innotivative and easy-to-manage websites. 

For more informaiton about Alltraders, visit www.alltraders.com .