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Shout out: Lynn Langit

Friday, 14 November 2008 07:59 by jordan.terrell

An associate of mine and I were at the 2008 PDC, and we were talking very frivolously about different ways that we could “liberate” the Surface PCs that were littered all around the L.A. Convention Center.  We should have know better – Microsoft puts spies in with all the attendees. It’s really hard to spot them too – cause they're developers, just like us!  One of those spies intercepted our “liberation” plans - a Microsoft employee that goes by the name of Lynn Langit, or as many know her by her “spy handle” SoCalDevGal. Interestingly enough, she did seem to think it was cool that we were willing (not really) to go to such great lengths to obtain a Surface – so much so that she seemed to want to participate in our little operation, giving it an air of official Microsoft business as it were.  But I think this was a ploy to gain our confidence, and keep their precious Surface PCs safe.  Well, played Lynn – well played!

I wanted to give Lynn a little unsolicited plug – she’s working on a book now: Smart Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2008.  Even at the PDC she was slaving away at the final touches.  I haven’t read her first book, but I’ll keep an eye out for when this when I’m at the book store.

Watch out at the next PDC, spies like Lynn are bound to be lurking around!

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PDC 2008 Pre-Review

Friday, 7 November 2008 10:08 by jordan.terrell

I’ve come to the conclusion that I missed a great deal of good content while at the PDC this year.  I’ve read a number of blog posts about things I didn’t know were announced.  But I’m glad to say that I’m not the only one – an associate of mine that was at the PDC with me found it just as difficult to determine which sessions to go to based on the descriptions given in the master PDC schedule.

I’m going to spend some time reviewing the session videos – perhaps then my review of the PDC will be a little more up-beat comprehensive.

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PDC 2008 Sessions Online

Tuesday, 4 November 2008 09:55 by jordan.terrell

If you are interested in watching some of the sessions from the 2008 PDC, there are all online:

http://sessions.microsoftpdc.com

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Back from PDC 2008

Monday, 3 November 2008 05:49 by jordan.terrell

**** Update (11/04/2008 09:50 AM CT) ****

Between work, travel, and having family in town, I’m finding myself quite sleep deprived – not a good combination when you’re trying to get a blog post on the PDC out.  I hope to “reset” myself tonight and finish up my PDC blog post tomorrow evening.  Thanks for you patience!!!

****

Well, I’m glad I was able to go to PDC 2008.  I made many observations about some of the announcements at PDC – of which I’m preparing a lengthier blog post about, so stay tuned.

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PDC 2008 - Bad Connectivity

Monday, 27 October 2008 10:56 by jordan.terrell

Unfortunately, I cannot get online thru the Microsoft provided WiFi here at the PDC.  To make matters worse, my hotel has pay-only Internet access.  As a result I will not be posting any blog entries, nor will I be doing any live blogging.  Stay tuned though - I will be posting day summaries when I get back to the land of ubiquitous internet access. (In case you were wondering, I'm using the Internet kiosks here at the PDC to post this - not very useful when you are in sessions)

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PDC 2008 Blogging

Tuesday, 21 October 2008 14:53 by jordan.terrell

When I went to the 2005 PDC, I was going to try to blog during the conference, but at the time I wasn’t very diligent in creating content for my blog on any kind of semi-regular basis.  As a result, over the past few weeks I’ve been debating whether or not I would blog during the PDC this year.  The media lacked the kind of “live” coverage that would make it very engaging.

Well, I just found something that will change that: Cover It Live

The platform is really engaging, very simple for the blogger (me) to figure out, and it is probably what will keep me going during the conference.  Here’s what it will look like for someone following along.

I hope some of my few readers interested in such things will follow along – and feel free to ask questions as well.  Of course, I will be at the mercy of my laptop’s batteries, as well as wireless internet access (which historically hasn’t been so great), but I will do my best to bring some interesting content to the live blog.

I will post information on this blog with links to how you can “tune in” when we are closer the the PDC 2008 event.

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“Steak Restaurants Near Staples Center Los Angeles”

Monday, 20 October 2008 15:31 by jordan.terrell

Amazing!  Three years ago I went to the 2005 Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles.  One of the nights my manager took me to a really good steak house, and since I’m going again this year I thought I might check it out again.

One small problem – I didn’t remember the name of the place.  I just knew that it was near the Staples Center.  When I searched for it on Google, it was the second one on the list.

More and more I’m amazed at how well Google can shred the text of your search into meaningful information.

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Disturbing On So Many Levels

Friday, 3 October 2008 13:57 by jordan.terrell

That’s all that needs to be said:

http://channel8.msdn.com/Posts/PDC-2008-is-cominghellip-and-I-canrsquot-wait/

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I'm Going To The PDC!!!

Monday, 16 June 2008 09:27 by jordan.terrell

I can't wait to see what Microsoft has cooking now!  The 2005 PDC was great because of all the LINQ-related language enhancements and WinFX content.  I'll keep you posted.

 

Bling3

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