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Friday 28th. Today we took it slow, with breakfast at home and some sun tanning by the pool on the roof. Then we took a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and ended the day watching the sunset on Venice Beach.

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We went down to Santa Monica Pier, and had lunch at the Lobster.

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View over Pacific Coast Highway.

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The Pacific Ocean.

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After our lunch at the Pier, we went on the Pacific Avenue to Venice Beach.

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Venice Beach Boardwalk.

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Selfie at Venice Beach.

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Sunset on Venice Beach.

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After the sunset we went back to Downtown, bought some hot dogs and had a barbecue on the roof top.

On Wednesday 26th I started my trip from Stockholm. I flew to Chicago with SAS where I stopped over for 4 hours, and later on continued to Los Angeles on a flight with Virgin America.

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I landed in Los Angeles at around 20:30 (4:30 Swedish Time). My friend Johan picked me up at LAX and we went back to his place for some sleep.

Thursday 27th

Today we went on a road trip in Los Angeles.

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View from outside of Johan’s apartment building.

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Rodeo Drive

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After a drive through Hollywood, we went up to Griffith Observatory.

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We continued our trip through Beverly Hills and out on Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu.

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We had lunch at Duke’s, and the continued up the road. Then we took a drive over the the mountains and out on Mulholland Drive, and back to Downtown Los Angeles.

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When we got back, we went over to a terrace on one of the sky scrapers Downtown.

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It was an amazing day! And now time for some sleep.

During January we successfully renewed our Gold Certification with Microsoft. Our focus competency is Application Development.

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Our firm Mindbite AB has been a partner with Microsoft for over 10 years. In 2009 we a became Silver Certified Partner (Independent Software Vendor), and in 2011 we decided to shoot for the gold-level. Which we succeeded with. In 2012 we managed to maintain our gold-level status.

In 2013 we decided to certify our main product SiteFactory CMS for Microsoft Windows Server 2012. This was a major task, since it’s a complicated procedure to certify an application for gold-level. We upgraded our physical and virtual environments to Windows Server 2012 and using only MinShell on the Test Server, we installed and ran our product flawlessly.

After this certification we were able to continue with our Gold Partner Certification which we completed late December 2013. The Certification Process includes our Gold Certified product SiteFactory CMS, Customer References and a Customer Survey where we scored about twice as high Customer Satisfaction than the average Swedish Partner.

Our Gold Partnership with Microsoft is of great value to both us and our customers. It grants us access to the latest tools before our non-partner competition, and we get first class support from Microsoft during our Product Development.

There are only about 70 companies, that are Gold Certified Partners for Application Development in Sweden. Only five of those are in our greater region, including us.