TechEd Keynote

It’s begun..

Someone directing music on stage…Already I’m sensing a pattern. Using Fairlight’s innovation in the 80s to help redefine some of the music genre…

However the theme is clear … standing on the shoulders of giants. Jason Silva intros…he’s a filmmaker.

Ideas evolve… secondary evolution? Lots of words… lots of references to Thomas McKenna? This guy really comes across as on something. Too many visual and intellectual concepts blasting at the audience.


Lots of word salad… visual images… the guy should be a lawyer. Not sure how qualified he is to do this…

It seems he’s seen the movie ‘Hackers’…. Time for a Silva video…


Lots of images, concepts, blasting at the audience at break neck speed. Some analogues not sticking : it’s akin to verbal diahorreah..

But he’s VERY excited. Yada, yada.

Referencing a lot of interesting but esoteric sources, no idea what his point is though as it’s delivered soooo damned fast. It’s becoming white noise.

Another video…

It’s been suggested that Jason would make an excellent Enterprise Architect…


Well… anyhow, name dropping. Name dropping Socrates now… wow.

Jumping from visual to visual ‘narratives’. We finally get to something technical? Big data looks like Internet which looks like brain waves, ants gathering food, the Tokyo subway…. Slow down, Son.

His videos are pretty much the same. A blur of visual clips with a rolling narrative. I get the ideological bent, but the narrative is too fast and really too disjointed. Bring on the Swedish Developer Conference wrapper and dancers, dammit.

A video about awe creates awe (metadata) well there you go.

This is the face of the erratic Windows Metro world… a confluence of visual and analytical concepts that barely gel.



A demo of the new Kinect! Kinda impressive but a bit repetitive. At least we’re heading in the right direction.


Seems to be winding down to something…. A big round of applause…. Now introducing Bungie (games dev).

They obviously made the Halo series of games. Building on the shoulders of giants theme. What’s next?

Macca and Coasty are on stage, bit of a plug for DPE:


Bit of a plug for a Windows Phone developer.…. Moving on… We’re going through a bit of a profile on technology heroes from the Australian community, people who have engaged in building something big.

It’s compelling to a degree, nice to hear some home grown success stories, however I expect this is building to something.

Ah, we’re getting an explanation about the Kinect musician who kicked off the keynote. Interesting.

Another plug for the platform… now the AppFest. The winner won a Halo themed Xbox.

Lots of Windows Phone references, but where is the Windows Phone 8 SDK guys??

Now we come to the crux of the keynote:


… and that’s all folks. Last time I live blog on an iPhone!!!!

IT kickoff and keynote

The IT kickoff session has begun with special guest speaker Jeff Woolsey from the Windows Server & Cloud area from Microsoft.

Jeff outlines the analysis that has gone into Windows Server 2012 in particular the pillars of the platform; datacentre, modern apps, any data and people-centric IT.


“Cloud OS” is being used to describe different capabilities, public/private cloud (virtualisation?) and viewed as one platform. MS leveraging experience with their own data centres in the design of server OS.

350 million mailboxes at Hotmail, 40 million Xbox live users, hundreds of thousands of servers supplying capacity.


Leads to a video of customers talking about Server 2012.…

Tenants of Windows Server 2012: scaleable, shared, always up/on with automated service. Bonus tip for IT Pros: use powershell to script tasks.

This leads into a discussion about Windows Server 2012’s Enterprise performance capabilities.

Particular focus on File Server edition, ‘shared nothing migration’ of Hyper-V VMs, automated cluster updates, IIS 8 and the latest .Net Framework.

Videos feature a lot of people opening server racks interspersed with customer sound bytes.. A large-Ish IT pro guy walks the corridors of a datacentre.

Bit of a plug for IIS 8, lots of people staring at screens.… voice over is a bit redundant.

Jeff’s back.. Talking data. ‘complete data platform’ from structured to unstructured (Excel to SQL to Hadoop). Bit fast, need more details, seem to be skipping to the last pillar : People centric IT

Time for a…


Talking about applying a security policy for attaching remote devices. Seems the remote application is a bit like Citrix?

Demo of the dynamic expansion of running Hyper-V, a bit more beating the PowerShell drum.. Demo shows updating virtual processors beyond 4, but VM not running…?

Uses SMB file shares for SQL filegroups, but is this really new? Could mount the files on an NFS mount? Seems the SMB can be managed at runtime, so maybe…

Explaining Storage Pools – seems to solve uptime storage config problems:


Demo continues…. Explaining ‘no shared migration’ with no downtime.. Demo of deployment of a VM into Azure hosted environment:

Session continues as Jeff resumes. Talks about fast track solutions. Plug for certification? There’s a lot to learn in the new platform, that’s for sure.

CLOUD OS. Jeff’s concluded.

Stay tuned for the Keynote.…