Rob Miles


Rob Miles University Lecturer and Microsoft MVP. And tall.

Blog posts

Whiskey and Gambling in Seattle

One of the lovely things about the MVP Summit is the "appreciation night" that they organise for us each time we come. It's nice to be appreciated. This year we all descended on a whiskey distillery to sample a few, eat some good grub and maybe do a little light gambling. Great fun. Betting the farm (the dealer got 19) The best gambler of the night earned a substantial donation to a charity of the… Read more →

Train takes the strain

Well, that was fun. Turns out that trains work. We had to get up rather early, but at least we made it to the airport. Then onto the plane and away. The journey was smooth, and on time. Thanks to the magic of time zones we managed to land around the same time as we took off. Read more →

Satnavs 0 Snow 1

I thought we were being so clever. with our planning for the journey to the MVP summit. Booking a hotel close to the airport and ravelling a day early seemed like a good way to handle "The Beat from the East meets Storm Emma". What could go wrong?Everything.There are only a few roads between Hull and Manchester airport. And this afternoon they were either broken or impossible too get to. I chose t… Read more →


We had another superb Hardware group meetup at c4di tonight. Two new members, plus a host of others braved the horrid snow to come and talk tech. I was telling everyone of my problems with my soldering iron, which had come un-soldered (see above) leading to some nice "Catch-22" issues (in the end I bought another iron and mended my "proper" one).Plans are afoot for another soldering evening, and a… Read more →

MVP Summit Preparations

I'm busy getting my ducks in a row for the MVP Summit next week.Not sure why I'm taking a row of duck there though.. Read more →


Snow looks great on christmas cards and on pictures from other people However, when you have it outside your house for long periods of time it is a bit less fun.Hopefully it will be gone before our marathon journey to the airport on Friday. We're flying out to the MVP summit on Saturday so, being a cunning chap, I've booked a hotel around a mile from the airport, just in case the roads are bad on… Read more →


There's talk of it being a bit snowy next week. I'm not convinced just at the moment. Read more →

Littlebits R2D2 Droid

As another celebration of my writing prowess,, and because they were 20 pounds off and because,well, I don't have to make excuses to you do I, dear reader, I got a Littlebits Droid inventors kit. I've not built it yet, but I have had a play with the controller board. It's actually very neat.Best bit for me is that the speaker is inside the robot (unlike the Lego Boost robot which plays the sound f… Read more →