Forward, positively..

September 28, 2007

Geektosterone…

Filed under: Work — thebestbrew @ 7:37 am

…is that special hormone which emanates when a group of geeks get together at a technical event. Earnest-face suits rub shoulders with the pierced and bearded, shiny leather shoes shuffle next to trainers and chrome-accessorised platform boots. The Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel reeked of geektosterone yesterday.

This was a Microsoft Technet event on Virtualisation – but an event with a big difference. Minimal PPT (from Steve’s blog), maximum hands-on demo. James and Steve are like Morcambe and Wise crossed with the Chuckle Brothers.

But the combination of real in-your-face doing-it-on-the-fly techno show supported with deep knowledge delivered with rapid-fire (if contrived but slick) presentation made it like a day-long, 300 level, on-demand webcast played at 1.5x speed without a pause button. The content was excellent, kind of ‘everything you need to know to start messing with Windows Deployment Services, virtualisation and some baby-steps clustering thrown in for good measure’. Great stuff.

They can now do us a big favour by providing a suite of VMs a la Demo Showcase with what they showed pre-configured for us to play with. Given how fast they showed it being out together, this shouldn’t be a big task. Thanks in advance guys 😉

Given what they provided in content it could be a bit mean-spirited to bitch about the logistics – not enough places to sit during the breaks, not getting back into the presentation room to sit down during the breaks (I can live with the brown bag lunch).

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2 Comments »

  1. Hi Frank, some of the work I’m doing round the Windows Server 2008 launch means there will indeed have a suite of VMs to take away. We’re working on doing this for as many of the tech-ed events as possible.

    We wanted to let you in to see us playing Halo3 during the breaks. Someone decided that were doing that unwind and you should be kept out … Sometimes we need to keep the room empty while stressed presenters try to fix something, but this wasn’t one of them, just plain old fashioned cock-up.

    Liked the review: I’ve pointed some people to it 🙂

    Comment by James O'Neill — October 2, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

  2. […] Geektosterone… and Vista When the Sun Goes Down… at Falkirk 1, this was a great day with the devs. Bloody well […]

    Pingback by This is the Business… « Forward, positively.. — November 30, 2007 @ 11:30 pm


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