Sep 112012
 

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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

*sigh*

MOVING ON

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

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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:

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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:

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

Sep 112012
 

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.

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“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.

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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…

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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:

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

Aug 292012
 

Microsoft Tech-Ed Australia 2012This evening I finally got around to checking out TechEd Australia’s session builder app online.  It was honestly a real pleasure to see so many talented friends and former colleagues on the speaker’s list.  This year, although the majority of the Level 400 sessions are infrastructure related, there’s enough Level 300 sessions to fill out anyone’s schedule.

As a general rule, I’ve learnt from past TechEd experience to avoid Level 100 and 200 sessions – however, I’ve also learnt that the quality of a session is also heavily impacted by the quality of the presenter.  So I try to mix my schedule depending on who is speaking and when.  I usually start by padding out my schedule with interesting Level 300 and 400 sessions, then backfill with the gaps I have left.

The last TechEd I attended (2008), I also presented a Chalk Talk session which had been well received at SQL Code Camp that same year.  It’s been a while since I’ve dusted off my (public) presentation gloves.  If I did present (at TechEd or somewhere else) I wonder what I’d cover…  suggestions are welcome!

Stay tuned.. there will be a lot of live blogging here at Sanders Technology once TechEd gets underway.

Aug 252010
 

Well, it is about that time of the year when TechEd Australia kicks off; this year it is being held on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

As usual the location doesn’t vary much, TechEd has alternated between Sydney and the Gold Coast over the past half decade, which leaves me wondering if any other areas in Australia (Perth, Melbourne?) couldn’t also host this coveted convention..  I vaguely recall a time (long, long ago) when TechEd was held in Cairns (2000?) which makes you wonder why TechEd can’t move around a bit more?

Anyhow, this is the second straight year I’ve been away from TechEd, my last conference being in 2008 in a series of attendances.  In fact my last TechEd presentation was that same year (2008) when I presented a Chalk Talk session on using the Entity Framework (v1.0 as part of .Net 3.5 SP1) with SQL Compact Edition (3.5).

I still maintain that TechEd is a great professional development exercise, but having missed TechEd 2009, I am not entirely sure if the quality has improved.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some really great benefits to being at TechEd beyond the obvious ones.  For one thing, it is a brilliant opportunity to do some business networking.

Some of the best Microsoft technology minds in Australia (and often a great deal further abroad than that) are often in attendance, and you do get an opportunity to rub shoulders with them, it’s all about the timing.  There’s nothing really stopping you from approaching people like Paul Glavich, Paul Stovell, Joel Pobar, Dr Neil or Corneliu Tusnea at the welcome party, or at any other given time (except maybe in the bathroom – use common sense here!).  The majority of speakers (including guest speaks) are very approachable and personable.

Keep in mind that today, there are so many ways to leverage information.  Pod and Vodcasts provide a convenient (and time friendly) way to consume lectures and demonstrations, as well as the hands on labs.  If you are going to go to TechEd, be prepared to take advantage of the many benefits you can’t gain via other sources – meet the people, ask questions, be involved.

Most of all.. enjoy it!

Cheers…R