When I see "Book early to avoid disappointment" I always wonder "Yours or Ours ?" but last year Tech-Ed sold out 6 weeks before the conference. I remember asking the organizer if that meant it was too cheap or the venue was too small :-)
I had a message on Friday
This is just an FYI, but with Super Early Bird ending on 31st July we are in great shape.The registration trend for this year is that overall the numbers are double compared to the same time last year.
If you want to go to now would be a great time to head over to the registration site for Tech-ed IT forum (or Tech-ed Developer). There were some disappointed people last year, and it looks like there will be more this year.
I've given some clue of the problems I have managing all the photos and Videos, but I realised my problems are pretty small when I read this
The National Archives, which holds 900 years of written material, has more than 580 terabytes of data - the equivalent of 580,000 encyclopaedias - in older file formats that are no longer commercially available.
Yikes ! That's a lot of documents. Their Chief Executive calls it a "ticking time bomb", and if modern PCs can't open old formats there's a risk of "losing years of critical knowledge", and their research suggests Europe loses 3bn euros each year in business value because of issues around digital preservation. Ouch.
We have to put our hands up and say this is partly our fault, and the roots of the problem go back to the 1980s. The designers of Word, WordStar, Word Perfect and Ami-pro didn't worry about these things. We managed to stop mucking about with the formats after Office 97. But unless we stuck to that forever that wasn't an answer. One of the things about putting the format into XML is it makes it a lot easier for a future archivist to deal with. IBM and others saw this with "Open Document Format" except that
Points 2 and 3 rather defeat the objective an open format. So the office 97 format was no good. ODF is no good. Hence the need to come up with a new format for Office 2007 - Open XML. And it would be self defeating to produce an XML standard without publishing it and ideally handing it over to a standards; which we've done. As I've written before, IBM opposes the adoption of Open XML as an ISO standard and we have a petition for people to show support for adoption.
All that is great for the future.But what about the 580 Terabytes that the National archive has. We've just announce a memorandum of understanding with the National Archive under which we will help them to access old files - it's an elegant solution using Virtual PC to run VMs with the old Operating systems and the old applications. They're also contributors to the to the Open XML process. The National Archive isn't the only body to get Involved, Adam Farquhar, Head of eArchitecture at the British Library is co-chair of the Office OpenXML standards committee.
Gordon Frazer is the third MD we've had in Microsoft UK since I joined, but I can't recall either of his predecessors doing demos for the camera. He shows what the system is all about. I didn't expect to see my MD doing an Demo of Windows for Workgroups 3.11 in 2007.
From BBC News
For nearly half my life I've been woken in the mornings by the Today Programme on BBC radio 4. So much of the news seems bad that to wake up and hear that Alan Johnston has been freed was fantastic.
I'm having a bit of a mixed up week because my 3 year old son has Chicken Pox. My wife and I are taking turns to look after him. One of the good things about working for Microsoft is an employment contract which lets me take time off to look after sick children and treats it as if I were sick. By contrast, my wife has to use holiday time. I talked about how technology and our working culture are family friendly and here's another example. I'm doing this morning and she's doing this afternoon; she's doing all of tomorrow so I can go to the big internal conference that marks the roll-over of financial years (Microsoft years run July 1 - June 30). The early statistics we've had for the year just ended seem pretty good too - we'll get the detail tomorrow and hopefully there will be some interesting non-secret snippets which I'll be able to share. We now have more than 10 million UK users of MSN Messenger; we were awarded the ‘Child Exploitation and Online Protection’ (CEOP) Safer by Design Groundbreaker Award for our contribution to child safety online. I blogged before about our work with CEOP, and the other reunion we all hope to see.
Today's been split in half because I have my annual review meeting with Eileen this afternoon. I expect that she'll mention that I don't always stick to my technology areas with this blog. Guilty as charged. But I looked at the readership stats, the comments and the links I've had in the 14 months I've been doing this and there seem to be a lot of you reading what I have to say - even if I do say it at length sometimes. It's felt like a good year for me, but blog readership has hard numbers, so a quick thank you to the "People behind the numbers" seems in order.
Considering it was less than 2 years ago, I have relatively few memories of the London bombings of Thursday, 7th of July. One is that the following Monday the travel information ran roughly as follows:"The Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines metropolitan lines are partially closed following explosions at Edgeware Road and Aldgate, and the Piccadilly Line is badly affected by the explosion near Kings Cross. London Transport will be operating a near normal service".
I don't know who wrote that, and what mixture of Dunkirk spirit, Gallows Humor and cynicism about public transport spawned it. Something of that spawned the web site We're not afraid.com. Somewhere in the 770 galleries on the site is my small contribution. I quoted it when Colleagues in the US asked if we were OK. London, I told them, withstood everything the Luftwaffe could throw at it. It withstood a sustained campaign from the IRA. It takes far more than that to scare us into changing how we live [sometimes when I see where our Civil liberties are going I worry that that is just wishful thinking]. London, I told them, is one of the worlds great cities, and when the worst happens, Great cities recover: ask Madrid; ask New York.
For all the Bravado, and the "Is that all you can do ?" defiance, I'm heartily glad that whatever was being attempted in London and Glasgow over recent days came to naught. And it's not surprising that some people are jittery. At times like this large companies - especially prominent American ones - send security advisory mails to their employees. Our's went out on Sunday afternoon and it's all good sense but I must share one line of it.
If you know of a threat to national security contact the Security Service (www.mi5.gov.uk) or MS Corporate Security via the Security Operations Centre at Reading
I always thought our security guys were good :-)
Sorry for the diversion, a near normal service will be resumed soon.