My PDC user group wrap-up tour was going good-guns I'd migrated from the dual boot Vista Build that I demonstrated running on my toshie with unsupported drivers in Auckland to a kick-ass Acer Ferrari 4000 notebook that I had borrowed from the Windows Client product manager as my second machine for the South Island leg of my tour.
The Acer was running Vista 5219 (PDC build mid-way between Beta 1 & Beta 2) and was extremely performant with Windows Presentation Foundation. The presentation in Christchurch went off without a hitch... the Internet connection worked for my MAX demo and the Vista demo's were gold.
I got some great feedback from James, the Microsoft Student Ambassador from the University of Canterbury ...
From: James M Carpinter
Sent: Thursday, 27 October 2005 1:30 p.m.
To: Nigel Parker
Subject: DNUG presentation
Awesome presentation last night... not many things can hold my attention
for two hours, but that seemed to! I'm psyched up to go try some of that
stuff out... just as soon as varsity is out of the way. The feedback I
got afterwards from my friends was also overwhelmingly positive... it's
set to be an exciting couple of years.
Nice job with the MSDN Flash as well. It's one email newsletter that I
actually read, and it's great to be able to keep up to date with
developments in the MS world without trawling the net for hours.
MS Student Ambassador (UC)
Murphy's Laws states that If anything can go wrong, it will.
The next day I was presenting the same session in Dunedin... the end result the projector could only display a very scaled down version of vista and then it bombed mid-pres... the wireless Internet connection worked pre-pres but also bombed when I came to use it inside the VPC... hmm unfortunately this was the only presentation on the tour that we collected evaluation forms and was filmed! (missing tripod in Auckland and no camera in Christchurch).
Even with the technical difficulties... I had a lot of fun and the people in Dunedin gave me good averages - speaker knowledge 8.8, entertainment 8, slides 7.9, content 7.4.
Well as promised here are the goods -
My ppt - http://nigelp.members.winisp.net/PDC%20Wrap.ppt (10MB)
My photos 😉 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwi/sets/1243978/
The video from Dunedin should be appearing at http://www.dot.net.nz/Default.aspx?tabid=76 shortly... so keep an eye out.
On another note the 209 breakout sessions, panels, and symposia from the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2005 are now available online for the world to see... max out your broadband and download the 27GB!
On the other hand if the thought of spending 46 full days downloading the content via a 56K dial-up connection doesn’t sound appealing... you can order the 4 dual-layer 8.5GB DVD set here (attendee price (for a second copy you'll get one shipped out to you by default): $199 USD, non-attendee price: $499 USD).
In addition to all this a great "intro" to this stuff is to watch the keynotes from PDC - http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/pdc/