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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research: where computing changes the world

    At the keynote this morning at PDC 2008 Rick Rashid talked about Microsoft Research and how an inspired decision 17 years ago has led to the premier research facility in the field of computer science. With my background having graduated with a degree in computer science, it’s fascinating to see the scale...
  • Blog Post: Live Blogging goes big at PDC

    Long and the crew are all over the Live Blogging here at PDC .  Long tells me that during the keynote yesterday they had 3000 viewers – nice work!  Check them out again today and make sure you have the live video stream open too here: http://microsoftpdc.com/Default.aspx
  • Blog Post: More PDC 2008 Stats

    Jennifer Ritzinger just sent out an email giving even more juicy stats on the hardware and food required to pull off the conference.  Given the popularity of the last PDC 2008 stats post I thought you might like to get the lowdown on what keeps 6000 geeks ticking over both from a sustenance and...
  • Blog Post: Convince your boss to let you attend PDC

    Have you struggled in the past to justify attending technical conferences to your boss before?  Has PDC eluded you up until this point?  Well, why not try this letter crafted for you to justify you geeking it up in LA: http://microsoftpdc.com/Letter.aspx Good Luck!
  • Blog Post: 6000 geeks in a room

    Loving gholzer ’s Panorama of the PDC keynote this morning – check out the full size 9883 x 1356 image here . Can you spot me? (tip I have the best seat in the house, with my back to the camera and have a grey t-shirt on) – good luck! :-)
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 in Stats

    Countdown@PDC: Day 4 Recap Mike Swanson, Jennifer Ritzinger and their teams did an absolutely amazing job on PDC 2008.  I’ve just been watching their closing thoughts on PDC and they gave out some interesting stats! Running a conference like this is quite an operation as the guys will tell you!...
  • Blog Post: Behind the keynote at PDC

    Ever wondered what’s it like behind the scenes in the keynote room at PDC? Nick Lansley from Tesco snapped a few photos whilst waiting for his demo at the conference .  I wonder how this compares to backstage when BBC covers something like the FA Cup or similar? Check them out: See the full set...
  • Blog Post: Here begins the period of craziness - and I can’t wait

    Well, well, well. It’s mid-October and my life is about to get insane.  Yesterday a consultant from the removal company came round to size up all my personal possessions ready for the big move to Seattle .  Tomorrow I head to the US Embassy in London to get my visa application and get my passporto...
  • Blog Post: Behind the scenes at PDC: The Keynote Timelapse

    I’ve just uploaded this cool video which I got hold of internally that shows how the PDC08 keynote room was assembled, used and broken down in under 6 minutes.  It’s quite impressive how it all comes together, just for a few hours of presentations! I recommend putting some music on in the background...
  • Blog Post: Extending the Mesh Cloud

    One of the common questions I’ve been getting from developers and IT guys about Mesh is how we are planning to get the infrastructure, storage and platform in Mesh delivered in an on-premise scenario so that individuals or businesses can take advantage of the Mesh capabilities yet retain control over...
  • Blog Post: PDC Swag

    How much swag was there at PDC ? Lots. T-Shirts, Water Bottles, Bags, books, magazines etc.  Turns out there was quite a bit leftover too.  Here’s Jeannine wrestling with a box of water bottles! All this stuff will be going out to Microsoft offices around the world and then onto partners and...
  • Blog Post: Need some help understanding Windows Azure?

    Did the keynote at PDC leave questions unanswered about Windows Azure?  I would recommend checking out some of these newly published Channel 9 videos to help get your head around the new platform and answer some of those questions you might have. Manuvir Das: Introducing Windows Azure Steve Marx...
  • Blog Post: Meet you at PDC 2008

    Just booked up my ticket to LA for PDC in October – can’t wait! There’s going to be some really cool technology there so worth the trip! Meet you there! Get some bling for your blog and desktop here !