Tuesday, March 07, 2006
The spring event season is almost here...
Spring is a busy time if you are a speaker and sponsor of a number of conferences and events. Here is a quick overview of the most important upcoming events (in general, and for me personally...):
- Thursday (March 9th) is the Little Rock Tech Expo. I am presenting on LINQ and WPF (Avalon)
- Sunday through Tuesday (March 12th-14th) is SXSW in Austin, which we are sponsoring as CoDe Magazine. (Unfortunately, I won't be there myself... bummer... I have been looking forward to this one).
- The following week (March 20th-24th) is the 2006 Game Developer Conference in San Jose. I can't go myself, but this is always an interesting conference.
- The same week, I am doing two VFP Conversion workshops in Germany and Austria. The event is held in German language. Click here for more information in German, and here for information in English.
- April 1st through 5th will see DevConnections (VS Connections, ASP Connections,...) in Orlando. I am presenting a pre con as well as at the regular conference. However, time constraints mean that I will have to get out of there fairly early, so if you want to chat, stop by early in the conference.
- The following week, I will present some sessions for Microsoft Gulf Coast on Mobile Device development. I will make more information available about this in a future post.
- April 26th-27th is DevConnections Europe in Nice. Nice. I am supposed to present there.
- This years DevTeach conference (Montreal) is taking place from May 8th-12th. We are a major sponsor of this event through CoDe Magazine. In fact, you could see this as the CoDe Magazine conference. I have been the tech-chair this year (again) together with Kevin McNeish, so I have been in charge of picking the speakers. I am presenting myself. In fact, I am doing regular conference sessions, as well as a VFPConversion workshop for VFP developers who want to get the most out of this conference.
- The same week, Microsoft holds MEDC 2006 in Las Vegas. I spoke there last year, but I probably won't be able to be there this year at all, due to the overlap with DevTeach.
- SDC 2006 takes place from May 15th-16th in the Netherlands. I am scheduled to speak there.
- On June 9th, the soccer world cup starts. Oh. Never mind. Different target audience... :-)
- TechEd 2006 is in Boston this year. June 11-16. We are a sponsor (CoDe Magazine) and will have a booth. Several CoDe/EPS people will probably be there. Personally, I have not decided whether and how long I can go. Note: I hear that this is somewhat limited in audience size this year. It will probably sell out quickly.
- There is another VFPConversion event scheduled in Europe (Zuerich, Switzerland), June 29th and 30th. Whether or not I will be presenting at that event has not yet been decided.
- There is another VFP DevCon this year. It will be held August 27th-31st in Phoenix. I will probably be presenting. (Note: There are more VFP events coming later in the year...)
Boy, this looks like a busy schedule! Plus, we will schedule some other VFPConversion events in North America. Check out the VFPConversion event site for more info (or subscribe to the event RSS feed).
Posted @ 8:44 PM by Egger, Markus (email@example.com)
Monday, March 06, 2006
Fun, Toshiba Style
I have a Toshiba Tablet PC. I am rather happy with it. In fact, I have recommended a similar tablet to several friends and they were all happy. However, there is one issue I am not thrilled with, and that is Toshiba's shipment strategy.
I recently ordered a tablet for a friend, and while I was at it, I ordered an extra battery (mine is completely burned out) and an external DVD drive. And for some reason, the tablet was delivered pretty fast, but the battery and the DVD drive was not, even though it said that it was in stock. Odd. Today, I got the battery. Now here is the odd thing: I got an email from Toshiba that said the items had been shipped. When I go online to track my order, I see that both the battery and the DVD drive, and they each have a tracking number attached. I can actually click a link and it shows me where the packages are. They are supposed to have been shipped together. However, only the battery arrived!
Today, I took a closer look at things and I discovered that while the DVD drive has a tracking number and I was notified that it shipped, it says that the shipment contains 0 units. What the...?!? Who in their right mind would create a shipment with nothing in it, and then send a notification email that it had been sent, including a UPS tracking number?!? I guess I should receive my empty box soon since I can clearly see that it arrived in Houston last Friday...
Posted @ 8:32 PM by Egger, Markus (firstname.lastname@example.org)