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Well, if Jeff Julian doesn't get shot by the Highway Sniper, he'll be presenting at our user group next week on Thursday, Feb 26. I have to tell you, I've been anticipating this for some time. We first talked about it back at the PDC and as the date nears, I think my wife is tired of hearing me talk about it. She's been looking forward to meeting the guy who bought our daughter the Microsoft bib and personally thank him for his contribution to her becoming a geek like her dad. If you've never met ...
I just finished looking through the winning submissions for the PDC Screen Saver Contest. The source code for the top three is available here. My favorite was the second place finisher because of its utilisation of WinFS. I was really impressed by the level to which contact, meeting, and task data are integrated into the core of the operating system. The concept of the screen saver was also very creative, providing information for someone who has left there desk in an office setting. Samples like ...
In this post, a few stories from the adventures of producing the TechEd Bloggers and PDC Bloggers websites.
INETA, under the program leadership of Dave Noderer, is going to be organizing BOFs again - just as we did at PDC 2003 (only bigger, badder and better!). Dave and team are looking for additional volunteers to make this a success. Volunteer and join in with the community - it's fun and you will meet some great and outstanding people! (Like Dave and the rest of our Florida friends) ...
Never too early to start thinking about TechEd! Thanks Dave for giving the heads up that INETA will be coordinating the TechEd BOFs. The PDC BOFs were great and even kept me at the conference center late. I will be encouraging folks I know who are attending to submit BOF ideas. ...
Looks like BOF's will be an ongoing feature of the Microsoft conferences. The planning for BOF's at Teched2k4 has started and there is a site at www.ineta.org/bof although it has not been publicized yet. For PDC we did have enough submissions and had to turn down a number of people, this time it would be nice to have many more to choose from and combine. On a purely logistical front, we will need more volunteers to help. It is helpful to have someone able to monitor each room to welcome the host(s) ...
Today, the hype is all around social software, new more fluid approaches to workflow, and collaboration. Making ourselves as groups and organizations more efficient. The information workers, as we call them now, are not islands. They are linked with each other in vast human communication networks. How are we doing it? By simplifying the interfaces we have with each other to increase the number and effectiveness of our links. I see some similarities between this approach to human collaboration an
There's been a lot of moving around in the Microsoft blogging world, and in the last couple of days the dust has finally settled, and the new default home for what was once http://blogs.gotdotnet.com is now http://blogs.msdn.com. Lots of people worked really hard to make http://blogs.msdn.com a reality and I'm waving a big Thank You to all of them! I'd also like to personally thank Scott Watermasysk for his willingness to move and convert (BlogX to .Text) all of the posts for those bloggers moving ...
I got a special request to post a list of the tradeshows we (Que/Sams) are planning to do something at in 2004. Now, this list reflects shows we are thinking about and none are confirmed. The 'something' could be actually having a booth in the Expo area or a sponsorship or something else. We are also trying to make sure that whenever our authors appear anywhere they are supported. So all that disclaimer stated, here they are and of course any feedback is always appreciated. VSLive! TechEd TechMentor ...
FINALLY! I got a machine together - not all the parts I wanted - but good enough to get Longhorn on it. Final piece was the DVD drive. I did a clean install of Longhorn. I was quite interested in how the install process would proceed. So I will detail it out as much as I can for those people that are strange and love these details (like me). First off, there was no blue install screen where you would see the default drivers and such being installed. The first things requested was a page where I had ...

For those of us that were unable to attend the PDC this year, Duncan McKenzie points out that some of the PDC sessions are now available online as audio synched with PPT and demos.

All the presentations done at the PDC this year are now available online on MSDN. I was looking out for some starters on longhorn related articles to start playing around with LH & Whidbey. Could catch hold of these. Living La Vida Longhorn by Chris SellsThe Pillars of Longhorn on MSDNYup some thing interesting on Yukon too is here ...
Didn't go to PDC and can't get the PDC Bits? Wondering what we got? Here is what was labeled as “the goods” that every attendee got: This set also contained: SQL Yukon and the Visual Studio Technology Preview “Whidbey” ...
All the SYS-CON radio interviews that were done at PDC are now available. You can find a long list of .NET folk talking about what they are doing with .NET - many it seems pitching their services. ;) The one that I want to point out is the INETA interview done by our own Brian Loesgen and Dave Noderer. Check it out! PS - Why is the site done in Cold Fusion ...
Kinda funny. I was excited to install Longhorn this weekend. I have got an average machine from work and got a new 60GB hard drive for it. Installed the hard drive. Plugged all the wires in to a switch so I can work off all these machines with one monitor and keyboard. Got the PDC discs out of my backpack...... wait a minute. This is a DVD, hmmmm ..... only a CD drive in the machine..... damn .... next weekend.
In case you haven't seen it: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... You can order a DVD with PDC presentations and slides. The price is a bit steep, but if you think it's worth it...$200 for attendees and $500 for everyone else. Pretty expensive, in my opinion, especially knowing that you're not getting precon, labs, or keynotes. If that's too pricy for your palette, you can get some of the slides for the main sessions. Also mentioned on this site is that the Longhorn preview is available to ...
Sasha Corti pointed out in a post how to get your hands on the PDC bits if you weren't at the PDC and you are an MSDN subscriber. I know I will be looking at getting this asap since I was unable to attend the PDC.
We always have huge computer sales and this one couldn't have come at a better time. As most of you know PDC was last week and Jeff got the operating system Longhorn from Microsoft. He tried to put it on one of his machines but his computer didn’t have a DVD, so that means he could use his laptop, buy a DVD player for his old computer, or get a new computer. Well this sale had exactly what he need and it was 300.00. Specs: 1.7 GHz, 40 GB, 64 MB video, and DVD. Other than that it was mostly ...
Interesting .... INETA gets a mention on Miguel de Icaza's blog. I understand that the Mono interested folks did have a meeting separate of the BOFs at PDC and that there was a rather large group in attendance. In the middle of the week at PDC, I did end up having lunch with Miguel and some of the other INETA folks and we did talk about the situation. ..... ummmm .... buy me a beer if you want to know! ;) ...
Regarding PDC, I had a blast! I am pumped about Whidbey, Yukon, Longhorn…everything. Great to be back with my family, Tonya and Ava. Oh and another in beta! The Yukon caching stuff demands a renewed search for “indexed view”-friendly queries. That is, to benefit from Yukon’s cache invalidation stuff, you must follow the constraints of indexed views. Until PDC it was a mystery to me as to how cache invalidation was implemented. In retrospect it is obvious that indexed views ...
Well, the last day of the trade show is definitely the big one. Many of the exhibitors are eager to get rid of their SWAG, just so they don't have to take it back. Oracle for example needed to get rid of their red PDC bean bags. I scored one in a drawing! My first win of the week! The Longhorn group was giving away the rest of their mini RC cars -- just had to fill out some survey. Finally, a couple bookstores were unloading all their books -- presumably to not have to carry/ship them home. All in ...
Quick report on the SWAG search (er, Trade Show): Every PDC it's the same thing -- all these vendor booths in the trade show, showing their products, showing demos, answering questions. But it really always boils down to the same thing --- what do you have for free !!? Thanks to ATI for the “shopping bags” -- what would we do without them? Carry all this crap around the conference? MSDN - metal lunch box. Only to MSDN subscribers that have their card (damn - don't have my card). TShirts, lots of ...
Lakers crushed the Mavericks tonight!! Wonder how many of us PDC nerds were there? Kral and I went to the game - Staples Center is next door to the convention center. We're such scalping newbies -- have no idea how “the system” works. Our price point was WAY below what the scalpers were offering, so most of them would just chuckle and blow us off. Cheapskates. After Kral *ASKED THE COPS* on the street corner if scalping is legal (answer: no), we moved down the block a bit. Finally found a dude selling ...
I am not a fan of the official name “Visual Basic .NET” for the VB language. It was too bad that the .NET moniker name was thrown on everything. Microsoft obviously has as well since they changed the beta product “Windows Server .NET 2003” to “Windows Server 2003”. So I have been asking around if they are going to do the same thing with Visual Basic .NET. In most of the presentations here at PDC though - you see “Visual Basic .NET” - BUT if you go to ...
Second day keynote …. In the beginning, there was a video of attendees. The most exciting part was Donny Mack and Asli talking about Indigo being the stuff in your watches to make them glow. They were shown in their shades and holding their little dog! Quite groovy guys! Notes on Eric Rudder Keynote: What Microsoft hears from you: Don’t make me rewrite everything! Moving code from development to production is too hard Give me more code samples … in my favorite language Help me make ...
Last night I attended the MSDN/AW PDC party. It was on top of some hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Don Box and band (Band on the Runtime) played quite the set for a good length of time. The party was on an open terrace and it was quite a fun time. Thanks Stacey for setting this all up. There were a number of INETA folks at the party as we all had a good time. THOUGH - Amy came over and had heard my name mentioned with the word “pool” and asked me to give her all my pocket electronics. ...
We are all here for PDC in LA and the smoke seems to be getting worse and worse. The sky is quite orange at the moment and you can now see the smoke quite clearly. I heard from a friend from Wrox that the flights out of LA are presently 6-8 hourse delayed. Though I am not leaving till Thursday evening back to St Louis.
I hammered the SQLXML guys at the PDC today. I want to know whether SQLXML is regarded (rightly) as awesome progressive technology, or merely a step towards either ObjectSpaces or (worse) XML datatypes in Yukon. Some points: SQLXML is not deprecated. It has been ported to fully managed code for Whidbey timeframe. In terms of the internal implementation, it will not depend on FOR XML syntax in the future, but rather on multiple active resultsets and client-side post-processing. Seems ass-backwards ...
Keynote today - Bill G -- excellent. First sightings of Longhorn, Avalon, Indigo, etc. Interesting infrastructure change - we've had wireless network connectivity pretty much anywhere in the conference grounds, but not this morning...not in the big keynote hall. We're all assuming this is by design - I guess they don't want people (A) taping into their wireless network on which they're running the demos (although it's running whimpy-WEP), or (B) blogging, posting, or otherwise leaking the info about ...
Quite the successful UG meeting tonight for St. Louis. We had over 150 people show up for our Office 2003 presentation, which makes that our biggest meeting in our 2 year history. Despite a few glitches (like running out of plates for the food, lack of AC in the auditorium and the presenter showing up 15 minutes late) most people stayed to the end. Of course it help that we were giving away an XBox ;) Thanks to all of the PDC bloggers. Although I am jealous of you cause I am not there, the coverage ...
In the keynote for PDC ... FIRST DAY rockin! FROM ME: I feel like Dorothy and have landed in the land of OZ! Tons of people for the Bill Gates keynote with giant monitors all over the place. They started with showing us all the HALO PDC video which is a total riot. After that we got a little emotional clip about the history of Windows starting from the beginning. Bill Gates talked about this being a record PDC - more signups than any other PDC. Man, he is starting to age when you see him 20 feet ...