Kevin Remde's IT Pro Weblog
Mr. Michael J. Murphy, coworker friend of mine, has produced his first in what I’m sure will be a long series of web radio shows (okay… some call them podcasts. I prefer just “casts”). The show is called IT Heros.
You can read his blog entry about it here.
Or click here to listen to the show.
Nice work, MJ! Keep ‘em coming!
PS – I am offering to SING the opening disclaimer over that blues riff he has playing on his show. We’ll see if he takes me up on it.
These are GREAT!
The SQL Server Chopper contest is over. And today (Nov 7, 2005) they’re going to announce the winners at the SQL Server 2005 Launch event in San Francisco. Paul Sr. and Mikey (for President!) are even going to be there at the Launch party that evening.
And at the launch, as well as at many of our “Best of SQL Server Launch” events, we’ll be showing some fun case-study videos done at Orange County Choppers, where they talk about how great SQL Server 2005 is, naturally.
Here’s the short promo video.
Here’s the longer case study video.
That says it all. Today in San Francisco Steve Balmer will keynote the offical launch event for SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and BizTalk 2006.
And all over Microsoft, all over the world, we are “READY to ROCK the Launch”.
Today (if it’s not live yet, it will be soon) we also have a new Launch web site.
Personally… I’m celebrating the launch by flying to Omaha, Nebraska, so that tomorrow I can deliver a “Best of SQL Launch” event, with “jaw-dropping content and demos”, to over 500 screaming IT Pros and Developers.
…and I hope you’re one of them!
In preparation for our series of “Best of SQL Launch” events, I put together a page of resources that I hand out to my event attendees. I figure that it beats having to try and quickly write down URLs as they fly by in the slides… and it gives you something else to scribble on, too.
“But I hate typing those long URLs when I get home, Kevin!”
I hear ya! That’s why I’m making the document available HERE as well, so you can just click on the links!
I hope you’ll make good use of these resources.
And if you came to the event, don’t forget to dive into that awesome Resource DVD that we gave you.
(Trust me – that DVD alone is worth the trouble to come to our events these days!)
READY to ROCK the LAUNCH!
Yeah… that’s me, working hard. For the past several weeks (several months, really) the team has been focused on learning and presenting SQL Server 2005 in all it’s glory… and doing a pretty good job of it (if I can brag a bit on my team here.)
This coming week we start our new “Best of SQL Launch” events. SQL Server 2005 (And Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk 2006) are officially launching on Monday, followed by several major city launch events, as well as our team’s TechNet Events where we’re doing select IT Pro-related content from the launch events.
“And this has eaten into your time for blogging?”
Yup. I missed a couple of days there. I hate doing that. I like to give you something fun or useful at least once a day. Hopefully I’ll have a little more time in the next couple of weeks to blog from hotel rooms. I’m also considering bring my camera and video camcorder along and documenting some of the mayhem.
So… I guess today’s useful tip is that you should check out the links above and see if there is a Launch or a “Best of Launch” event coming to your area. Next week I’ll be presenting in Omaha and Kansas City (Merriam, KS). The following week I’m in Madison and Green Bay. The events are filling up fast (several are closed to new registrations) mainly because we’re giving away copies of software to every attendee, so REGISTER ASAP.
And if you live in the Minneapolis, St. Paul area, please come to the BIG LAUNCH event going on at the Minneapolis Convention Center on December 14th. I’ll be presenting Session 1 of the Data Platform track there, as well as helping out in the “Ask the Experts” area.
See you there!
Confession: I’m a digital photography nut. I’m the guy at every family gathering or team function with either a digital camera or DV camcorder. Or both! (Those of you I work with, or have worked with, or LIVE with already know this.) I post my photos to a family web site I run on a server at home, and I edit my videos into menu-driven DVDs. And sometimes I even share videos with YOU.
For video editing, I’ve been using Pinnacle Studio 9.x for quite awhile now. Version 8 was buggy… and version 9.00 was nearly unusable, but later updates have really improved it dramatically. 9.4 has been very good. And I’ve always wished that Microsoft would come out with something comparable. And now I see they’ve released version 10.
I have tried to use Microsoft’s Digital Image software in the past (previous versions), but honestly I didn’t think it was as easy to use as ACDSee (by ACD Systems). I’m currently using ACDSee 7.0. Love it. But maybe it’s time to give Digital Image another try.
Here is the Press Release on the new product offering.
Here is where you can buy it.
Anyone else have any opinions on these products, or other alternatives that you have used and like well?
Microsoft took a big step into the Software Services world today, with some major announcements.
Here’s the Press Release on the subject…
To summarize – we announced a number of new, free online services. Some are still in the planning stages, and others are ready for you to try out. Click the picture above, or this link, to find out more about those services and give ‘em a try.
Personally, I’m pumped about saving my IE favorites online so they can be used anywhere.