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Dog Food Conference v2 registration is open

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This is the second year for the dog food conference, brain child of Danilo Casino. It is a local event, put on by MS and our partners. This year we have two full days, with four tracks. We have both local MS employees, as well as some blue badges coming in from out of state. Many of the presenters are local rock stars that work for our partners. This event is free (unless you are in pubsec, then you have to pay for your food).

It was a great event last year, and I hope to see you there.

Since the event is two days, we have two registration links. Please bear with us, it’s just how the machine works.

The reg links:

Thursday Registration Link

Friday Registration Link

· **Attendees must register for each day separately**

What:

· Please join us for the 2nd Annual Dog Food Conference.  We will have MS speakers, MS partners, ISVs, MS MVPs and community leads presenting 40 topics. The story behind “Eating one’s own Dog Food”

When:

· November 12-13, 2009; Attendees must sign up for both days separately

Where:

· 8800 Lyra Dr. Columbus, OH 43240.  Sessions will be on Floor 3, 4 and 5

Why:

· See the overviews and roadmaps for MS applications, knowledge transfer with your peers and meet with MS Partners and User Group leads.

Thursday, November 12, 2009: Topic List View

Collaboration:

· BPOS

· SharePoint Road Map

· SharePoint Governance

· KnowledgeLake: Document Imaging and Capture for SharePoint

· Exchange 2010 Overview

· Dynamics XRM

Core Infrastructure Optimization:

· MS Support Lifecycle

· Windows Mobile

· Windows 7

Development, Application Lifecycle Management:

· TFS: Process template

· Test Driven Development

· LINQ

· F#

Data Platform:

· SQL 2008 R2 Overview

Project Management & Business Intelligence:

· Performance Point Services

· Project Server Overview

· Project Portfolio Server

· Sketch Flow

 

Friday: November 13, 2009: Topic List View

Collaboration:

· Office Communication Server

Infrastructure Optimization:

· SCCM R3: Desktop Power Management

· Server 2008 R2, Hyper V

· Application and Desktop Virtualization

· SMSE Suite: DPM, SCOM, SCCM & VMM

· Windows 7 Lunch & Learn

· MS Support Lifecycle

Application Platform, Cloud Services:

· SilverLight Overview

· F# Overview

· BizTalk 2009 & SOA

· COBOL & mainframe apps on the Windows Platform

· Silverlight, Rich Internet Applications

· Bing Maps

· Windows Azure

Security:

· RSA Data Loss Prevention Suite

· Writing Secure Code

· Forefront Identity Manager

· Forefront Unified Access Gateway

· Forefront Threat Management Gateway

· Forefront Client Security

Application Lifecycle Management

· TFS 2010

· Implementing Scrum with TFS

 

 

Thanks to all the sponsors; Dog Food II would not happen without your support

Cardinal Solutions

Sophic Group

ICC

Quick Solutions

ProSymmetry

KnowledgeLake

HMB

Kizan

Avanade

Dell

Mimosa Systems

Strategic Data Systems, INC.

Sogeti

AgileTech

T3 Technologies

ProSource

SIS

Neudesic

RSA

DeVry University

nPlus1.org will hold ArcSummit in Chicago

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https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=142763
Details on the event is below:
When: December 7, 2009
Location
Microsoft MTC - Aon Center
200 E. Randolph
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60601
United States


Recommended Audiences: Solution Architects, Software Developers, Developers, Architects
nPlus1.org is hosting its fifth Architecture Summit on December 7th at the Microsoft MTC in Chicago, IL. The topic of this summit will be Patterns and Principles.


Morning Session (Optional): An Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Are you new to OOP? Do you want a refresher on the benefits of Interfaces and the differences between implements and extends? The morning session is a two hour introductory course of Object Oriented Programming. If you are new to OOP the lessons in this session will prepare you for the more advanced topics in the afternoon.
If you are already well versed in OOP then feel free to come have a refresher, or simply join us for lunch and the advanced sessions in the afternoon. The morning session is completely optional.


Afternoon sessions:
Session One: Software Patterns
Patterns are an important tool to use as architects and developers. They provide a common vocabulary for us to design with, as well as a common approach to a common problem. Come learn about useful patterns, and how to use them in your everyday code.


Session Two: How I Learned To Love Dependency Injection
Dependency Injection is one of those scary topics that most developers avoid. It sounds all ‘high-falootin’ and complex. It’s not. Really. We wouldn’t lie. It’s a great way to manage complexity in your system, and a great way to make your system so much more testable. And isn’t that what we all want?
Each session will be followed by open discussions periods.
A catered lunch will be provided starting at noon. This will divide the morning introductory sessions from the advanced sessions. Register once for all session and choose to attend the morning, the afternoon or both! Lunch is provided for attendees for any of the sessions.


About nPlus1.org (http://www.nplus1.org)

nPlus1.org is a site dedicated to helping Architects, aspiring Architects and Lead Developers learn, connect and contribute. At nplu1.org you have access to great first party content written by some of the most skilled and experienced Architects working today. You also have access to a nexus of content from around the Internet aimed at keeping Architects up to date on all the new developments in their fields of interest.

PSR will rescue your Thanksgiving!

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PSR stands for Problem Step Recorder, and is a tool that ships in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It was designed to help support professionals have users record the steps of their problem so they can see what is going on. It fixes the ‘See the big blue ball in the lower left-hand corner?’ problem. While we have remote connection capabilities, and screen recorders, those can be hard to setup for a typical user, and takes too long to show something simple. PSR is really lightweight and helps with the initial triaging of the problem.

And let’s face it, if you are reading this you are probably the IT Support team for your family. You are probably feeling a lot of angst about the upcoming holidays, especially Thanksgiving, which is the one holiday you are forced to hang around with people you actively avoid on Twitter and Facebook. You are not alone, we all feel like this. In the 50’s it was everyone asking the family member who was a physician about medical questions all day. Now it’s us.

What is RAM? How do I replace the smoke that came out of my computer? Which side is up on this new blank paper?

Do not let another Thanksgiving go to waste by being cornered by all the needy humans in your family that need help with their computers, or home networks, or home made scale models of the death star in their backyard. Keep in mind that help with Xbox achievements are perfectly acceptable, and provide a way to dodge all of the other requests..

To start PSR, click on the start menu, and type PSR in the search box. Done. When you start it you will see a little bar popup. Just tell the user to click the record button, and reproduce the problem.

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Once the problem has been reproduced, they should click the stop button. This will ask them where to save the file (perhaps the desktop in this case so it is easily found again.) PSR creates a static HTML file with everything embedded, all in one file. No mess of directories with pictures and text scattered everywhere, since that would be brittle. Have the user email or IM you the file.

From there you will see a step by step document on what the user was doing, with built in highlights to see what they were clicking or typing.

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While this was developed with the intention of helping IT Support get a better picture of how a user was breaking something, think of all the other uses. You could use it to easily generate documentation for your application, or document how policies should be implemented.

I just used it the other day to explain how to mark an assembly as ‘copy local’. It was a lot easier to send this small html file that it was to describe it in words in an email. The friend I was helping ‘got it’ immediately, and helped them get on with what they were doing.

You should try out PSR yourself and see how it works. I really love small, light, and easy to use solutions to problems that we all have. PSR gets my “Utility that is automatically included in Windows” award of the year. The runner up is the Snipping Tool, which was shipped in Vista.

Note: I love my family, and everyone in it, and I love helping them with technology, and talking about it. This whole post is all in jest. Enjoy your turkey day.

Windows 7 at HDC

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I was at the HDC this past week in Omaha, NE. I had a blast! It was a great conference, and I got to speak with a lot of the local developers. People were really excited about the pending launch of Windoes 7 and the keynote from Scott Guthrie on the new VS2010 build. I interviewed a bunch of people on what their favorite Windoes 7 feature is. There is one surprising guest half way through.
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Thanks to David Giard who was the wizard who edited the video. You should check out his blog, and his webcast. It's a great show.

IronRuby & IronPython CTPs for VS2010 beta 2

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I have a lot of friends who really like to work in Python and Ruby, so I thought I would pass this announcement on. If you are into Python and Ruby, you might want to check out www.codemash.org, a great event I help with coming up in January.

Today we announced the release of the IronRuby and IronPython CTPs for .NET 4.0 Beta 2. This is the third preview of IronRuby and IronPython running under the Dynamic Language Runtime that is built directly into .NET 4.0. As before, this release allows you to use IronRuby objects and types as .NET 4.0 dynamic objects from within C# and Visual Basic code. These binaries are roughly equivalent to the functionality found in IronRuby 0.9 and IronPython 2.6. Take a look at Harry Pierson’s blog post about this release as well, especially if you’re more into snakes than gemstones.

 

Try it out

To try out this release:

· Install NET 4.0 Beta 2 or Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2

· Download either IronRuby or IronPython

· Follow any of the many dynamic walkthroughs online. This would be a good start.

 

Build from source

To build IronPython or IronRuby for .NET 4.0 Beta 2 from source, get the sources from:

· IronPython: CodePlex

· IronRuby: GitHub (direct download)

Note: use the "v4" build configurations.

Quick download links: IronRuby | IronPython | .NET 4.0 Beta 2 | Announcement

VS2010 SKUs simplified

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We have been trying to simplify our product lineup and skus over the past few years for all of our products. Customers want it to be simpler. I have bought software before, and in comparison we have some of the simplest licensing, but we can always do better. Windows 7 has fewer skus, and now VS2010 does as well. Having different skus is important, but the trick is to have the right number.

Too much choice leads to consumer confusion and dissatisfaction. Studies have shown that too many choices leads to a dissatisfied customer. Let’s say you go into a store and there are 100 different types of jeans on sale. You spend some time, pick the ones you like and bring them home (preferably after paying for them.) You will be ok with your selection, but not really happy. You will always have the doubt in your head as to the question if you actually picked the right pair. Perhaps the one with the super special boot leg cut would have been better looking with my sandals. Now that I have you fretting about the jeans you are wearing, lets return to why we are all here.

For VS2010 we have reduced it to three skus. There is still VS Express, but that is free, so it isn’t really a sku, and doesn’t count. (I was going to make a zero reference but Mike Neel is sick of those jokes, and he was kind enough to send me a free token to his new game, which rocks!)

The skus are: (official feature breakdown here)

· Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional (MSDN optional): the essential tool for professional development tasks to assist developers in implementing their ideas easily. The basic tool set. If you get MSDN you get time on Azure, and the server products. Also includes TFS and a CAL, and basic unit testing. Nice!

· Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN: a complete toolset for developers to deliver scalable, high quality applications. All of the above, plus: better testing tools, database dev tools, super debug features, and some architecture stuff. You also get Visio, Project, Office, and Expression Studio for production use. Score!

· Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN: the comprehensive suite of application lifecycle management tools for software teams to ensure quality results from design to deployment. Of course all of the above, plus: Wicked architecture tools, and the new lab management infrastructure. Have you seen this? Crazy! This is the full fire hose. Once you see the fullness, you won’t be able to go back. If you are at a lower level, we have a deal that will give you a discount on upgrading to a higher level.

 

Hopefully this will make it easier to figure out which version you need. There is a plan in place for people with VS2008 to figure out which version they get when they upgrade or renew their MSDN subscription. Please keep an eye for those details. The MSDN site and program has been upgraded, with some new benefits that will be rolled out over the coming months.

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is released

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VS2010 beta 2 has been released. Go get it now. It comes with a go live license, so you can use it in production, and we will support it. You need to understand that it is still a beta though. The RTM date is March 22, 2010, so if you have a project that is going live around then, it might be best to build it with the beta than building it with VS2008. We have committed that there will be a smooth upgrade path from beta2 to RTM so you don’t have to worry about the proper retention of source code, and work items.placeholder_for_vid[1]

I plan on posting some unboxing videos soon, but I wanted to hit some of the top features (at least that I think are my favorite features).

  • TFS is now much easier to install. You can install on Windows 7, on a desktop PC, and with SQL Express. It takes about 20 minutes now.
  • There is a new basic profile with TFS that installs the core features, making it super easy to get source control and work item tracking up and running for your team.
  • There is a new code only profile in the VS editor. When enabled, all the toolboxes, designers, and properties windows are removed. Just you and your code. Love it!
  • Support for TDD. Intellisense now figures our what you are doing when you refer to a class or method that doesn’t exist yet, and helps you write that test first! Yeah!
  • Historical Debugging lets you wind the clock back, and see what happened.
  • Integrate UML modeling. This isn’t your fathers UML. The diagrams are dynamically generated. Think UML for as built, not UML design docs. The diagrams are interactive, letting you set breakpoints and debugging through them, and you can navigate your code with them. This is great when you inherit a strange codebase.
  • Multimonitor support.

It does safely work side by side VS2008, so you can download it and try it without worrying about anything.

Local Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Launch Events

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We have just wrapped up the first Windows 7 launch tour. We hit all of the major cities. Now that we have brushed the dust from our boots, we are heading back out and doubling back to hit more local cities. If you weren’t able to make it to one of the big launches you should sign up to make it to one of these local launches. There will be some cool prizes as well. I will be speaking at the Nashville event (Franklin, TN), and the Columbus event. I hope to see you there.

From the official invite…

 

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TechNet & MSDN Events Present:

Highlights from “the New Efficiency” Launch

Join us as we explore how Windows® 7, Windows Server® 2008 R2 and

Exchange Server® 2010 deliver on the new efficiency where cost savings, productivity and innovations come together. At this free event we’ll cover the “best of” content and deliver highlights from “the New Efficiency” Launch events taking place nationwide.

ATTEND this special event and learn about these exciting new products and discover how:

· Windows 7 simplifies everyday tasks, improves productivity and works the way you want. 

· Windows Server 2008 R2 delivers new functionality and powerful improvements to the core Windows Server operating system to help organizations increase control, availability, and flexibility for their changing business needs.

· Exchange Server 2010 achieves new levels of reliability, reduces cost and drives productivity.

TechNet Events Presents >
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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SESSIONS INCLUDE

· Introducing Windows 7

· Introduction to Windows Server 2008 R2

· Introducing Exchange Server 2010

Date/Location/Registration

12/2/2009

Louisville, KY

12/3/2009

Mason, OH

12/8/2009

Columbus, OH

12/10/2009

Franklin, TN

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MSDN Events Presents >

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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SESSIONS INCLUDE

· Taking Your Application to the Next Level with Windows 7

· Light up Your Application with Graphics, Multi-touch and Ribbon on Windows 7

· What’s new and changed in Windows Server 2008 R2

Date/Location/Registration

12/2/2009

Louisville, KY

12/3/2009

Mason, OH

12/8/2009

Columbus, OH

12/10/2009

Franklin, TN

 

Register and attend for your chance to WIN!

Ø Netbook! Dell Mini 10 - US $329.00 (ARV) Approximate Retail Value

Ø Zune! – Zune HD - US $289.00 (ARV)

Ø Games! “Halo 3 ODST” for XBOX 360 US $59.99 (ARV)

Ø Books!

- Windows 7 Inside Out US $49.99 (ARV) - TechNet

- Introducing Windows 7 for Developers US $39.99 (ARV) – MSDN

*No Purchase Necessary. Open only to registered event attendees. Game ends day of event. Must be present to win. For full Official Rules, see event registration desk.

The Terrific Toub Tour Trip

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Stephen Toub is on the Parallel Computing Platform team at Microsoft. Jennifer has convinced him to spend a week on the road in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, speaking to customers and visiting user groups. See her blog for more details on the tour.

He will cover concurrency and tools for how to easily develop parallel solutions. This will be an important part of the framework going forward because of the many core problem. As the number of cores in CPUs increase, we will start to have issues with concurrency. We will also want to write code that leverages that hardware. BUT, writing multithreaded code is very difficult, and is insanely hard to debug. Microsoft’s challenge is to provide a framework as part of the platform to make it easy for developers to build parallel applications, with a great degree of quality and productivity.

The official abstract and bio is below. 

Date/time
Location
Registration

Mon 10/26,
9-11am
Microsoft office
2555 Meridian Blvd, Suite 300
Franklin, TN 37067
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032430034&Culture=en-US

Mon 10/26, 6:30-8:30pm
Microsoft office
2555 Meridian Blvd, Suite 300
Franklin, TN 37067
http://nashparalleldotnet.eventbrite.com/

Tues 10/27,
6-8pm
University of Louisville Campus
J.B. Speed Hall, Room 100
Map
No registration required.

Wed 10/28,
3-5pm
Microsoft office
4605 Duke Dr, Suite 800, Mason, OH 45040-9410
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032430039&Culture=en-US

Wed 10/28,
6-8pm
MAX Technical Training
4900 Parkway Dr, Suite 160
Mason, OH 45040
Map
https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=141786

Thurs 10/29, 9-11am
Microsoft office, Park Center III, Third Floor, 6050 Oak Tree Blvd S, Independence, OH 44131 
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032430040&Culture=en-US

Thurs 10/29, 6:30-8:30pm
Sogeti office at Beacon Place Conference Center
6055 Rockside Woods Blvd, lower level
Independence, OH 44131
To register, please send an email to sam@clevelanddotnet.info with "RSVP" in the subject line.

Fri 10/30,
6-8pm
Microsoft office,
Southfield Town Center, 1000 Town Center Dr., Suite 1930
Southfield, MI 48075
https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=142370

Parallel Computing with Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4

With the .NET Framework today, correctly introducing concurrency and parallelism into libraries and applications is difficult, time consuming, and error-prone. However, as the hardware industry shifts towards multi-core and manycore processors, the key to high-performance applications is parallelism. The .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010 offer solutions to help make coding, debugging, and profiling concurrent applications significantly easier. In this talk, we’ll examine Parallel LINQ-to-Objects (PLINQ), the Task Parallel Library (TPL), new coordination and synchronization types, and Visual Studio tooling support in order to provide a look at the next generation of parallel programming with .NET.

Stephen Toub is a Senior Program Manager Lead on the Parallel Computing Platform team at Microsoft, where he spends his days focusing on the next generation of programming models and runtimes for concurrency, parallelism, and asynchrony. Stephen is also a Contributing Editor for MSDN® Magazine, for which he writes the .NET Matters column, and he’s an avid speaker at conferences like  PDC, TechEd, and DevConnections. Prior to working on the Parallel Computing Platform, Stephen designed and built enterprise applications for companies such as GE, McGraw-Hill, BankOne, and JetBlue. He was a developer for Microsoft Outlook as well as for the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerators.

“Azure in Action” with Chris Hay

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For some time now I have been working on a book with Chris Hay titled “Azure in Action”. The book will be published by Manning, hopefully around March 2010. We only have a few more chapters to write, and then we start the long editorial process. But I know many of you can not wait until March to get the book.

hay_cover150[1] This is where the MEAP comes in. MEAP stands for Manning Early Access Program, and it allows readers to read the first chapter for free, or buy the book now. If you buy the book early you get access to the draft chapters as they are written, and get access to an authors forum to provide us feedback on the book, and get questions answered.

I was in the middle of writing another book for Manning when I mentioned that I was surprised they didn’t have a dedicated book for each part of the Windows Azure Platform. Later I found out this simple little comment set off a flurry (well, maybe a passel) of activity in setting up the other books in the series, and finding the write authors. They had arranged for Chris Hay to write the Azure book, and he was kind enough to invite me to help him write it.

It has been a blast (but a lot of work) so far, and I can’t wait to see it on paper.

There are currently three chapters online now, and we are close to releasing a new set of chapters. If you are interested in Azure, this may be the book for you.

ARCast.TV - Caleb Jenkins On Dependency Injection

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ARCastLogo_thumb[1]I caught up with Caleb Jenkins at the MVP summit. We commandeered a conference room, and talked about how all developers need to care about architecture. Developers should think of architecture at the code level and the benefits of Dependency Injection.

 


ARCast.TV - Caleb Jenkins On Dependency Injection

Article Published in Perspectives on IASA Magazine

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A while ago I wrote a quick article titled “Three Scenarios: When the Cloud Makes Sense”. The article goes into three core scenarios where cloud computing make sense. Not everything should be run in the cloud, and I wanted highlight a few times when it is a clear win to do so.

image_gallery[1] The role of the person making strategic decisions (lead dev, architect, or IT manager) is to look at their portfolio and decide what system benefits from moving some or all of it to the cloud. The benefit could be a cost savings, reduction in management overhead, or enabling a use of the software that wasn’t possible in the limited on-premises data centers we have.

Please check out the article.

Real World Azure Road Show web cast

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We recently wrapped up a 17 city road show covering real work experiences with Azure. We had both an IT Pro session, and a developer session. While we were in Nashville we webcasted the event. If you weren’t able to get to one of the events, now is your chance to see the recordings. We cover the architecture, and development of solutions running on Azure, as well as how to manage and provisions the solutions. Just because the app is running in the cloud doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be managed. You just aren’t spending as much time managing the underlying infrastructure.

You can replay the videos, or download them for offline viewing. The IT Pro one has also been published to TechNet here.

TechNet Events Presents: Real World Azure

https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/mseventsbmo/view?id=1032425946&role=attend&pw=WE45G3T7

 

MSDN Events Presents: Real World Azure - Live Meeting

https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/mseventsbmo/view?id=1032425948&role=attend&pw=E45W7SUT

Windows 7 Under the Hood Talk

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I have been really impressed with Windows 7 since the early internal builds I was allowed to use. I am still constantly amazed how a new version of a product (of any product from any company) can have more features, have a larger kernel, support more hardware, and be faster, lighter, and easier to use. I don’t think that has every happened before.

I decided, just for fun, that I wanted to learn why this is the case. Did we remove some long forgotten sleep loop in the kernel? Or did we just delete all of the verbose comments and validation checks?

It turns out it was none of those things. And so I set out to put together a talk on the subject. I just think the internals is very interesting, and insight into how things work can make troubleshooting easier.

While I do put a lot of time into preparing a new talk (60-80 hours), I still like to beta test a talk with a smaller, intimate audience. David Giard provided me with such an audience with his internal user group at Sogeti in Michigan. During the Real World Azure Roadshow, he invited in to try out my talk. I figured, worst case was I could just leave town if it didn’t go well.

I think it went fairly well for a maiden cruise. I have a lot of polish to add. After the meeting, he invited me on his Technology and Friends webcast. He has published the episode, and you should go check it out.

Dave has invented a new drinking game. Every time I use a metaphor in a talk, you have to take a drink. Don’t blame me, he thought it up. That is what the reference is to when he grabs my water for a sip near the end.

http://www.davidgiard.com/2009/09/30/BrianPrinceOnWindows7UnderTheHood.aspx