Scott Hanselman

PDC Preparation Presses...

October 17, '08 Comments [16] Posted in ASP.NET | ASP.NET MVC | PDC | Windows Client | WPF
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Getting reading for my talk at PDC 2008. 75 minutes just isn't enough time to cover everything. I hope the talk doesn't suck. Here's what my home office looks like as I'm getting my demos ready.


I was reminiscing by looking through the nine pages of my blog's PDC category just now. It was interesting to look at what I said about PDC 2003 in conclusion. (Yikes, 5 years ago?)

What I remember most about PDC 2003 was that I used my Blackberry (at the time) to Live Blog the whole keynote. Remember this is five years ago, before wireless was everywhere and a bit before keynote live blogging was really common. Hurt my fingers and hands a LOT as I recall.

Here's one of the posts I did from my Blackberry at the time:

* using System.MessageBus - the namespace for Indigo, interesante.
* Now, Don is going to use the Indigo system to post directly to his blog ( from the stage.
* They are checking out his blog, and they see that he hasn't blogged since last night.
* BOOM.  Posted.  Check it out.
* Now, they've switched to VB.NET (apparently Chris has been in the closet, and has been attracted to VB.NET since he was 5, but could never explain his feelings.  Don wonders if he could do both languages...)
* Now they've added a component to the sidebar that will receive an Indigo message from their client.  So they'll be talking "Indigo Messaging" for Interprocess Communication.  They added a TextPanel to the SideBar and pushed text out to it.
Scott Hanselman - Corillian Corp
Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld

Ah, good times. I hope to see you at PDC! My talk is on the first day, Monday at 5:15.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Saturday, 18 October 2008 00:01:53 UTC
*That's* what I call "Home Office" :) sweet configuration you got there.
I wonder what's the WAF for the mess though (cables, open cases, etc.) I wonder it's still in tact with the little people running around at your place ;)

I wish I could go to the PDC. Being an indie consultant sucks cuz there's no-one to pay for flight and tickets ...
Saturday, 18 October 2008 00:20:58 UTC
What, no stage? :-)

Good luck on your talks Scott! I am looking forward to seeing them.

Saturday, 18 October 2008 00:43:11 UTC
Is that a Herman Miller Aeron chair you have there? Sweet! Wish my wife would let me get one of those for my office ;)
Shawn B.
Saturday, 18 October 2008 03:42:20 UTC
My goal in life is to one day witness a ScottHa presentation live and breathe the same re-circulated, conference room air as he.

Well, really it's ScottGu, but I'd settle for ScottHa... ;-)
Saturday, 18 October 2008 04:12:28 UTC
no fire inspector at your house apparently...
Saturday, 18 October 2008 04:24:43 UTC
GuyIncognito - Ha! Do you live in Portland? Let's go have some tacos.

Vajarov - :) My dad and brother are both Portland Firemen, but I shouldn't show them this room. One interesting point of note, however, is that when I built the house I put the whole home office on its own 20A circuit, separate from the rest of the house. This room can't "take out" other parts of the house or vice-versa. Also, the whole room is on UPS.

Shawn B - You can get them on ebay cheap and deduct them. If you have a bad back, you can get the doctor to get you a prescription or flex plan it.
Scott Hanselman
Saturday, 18 October 2008 10:18:14 UTC
One of your laptop is about to fall!
Saturday, 18 October 2008 12:57:29 UTC
It will be a great joy to attend your talk :-).
Saturday, 18 October 2008 19:50:38 UTC
Why does the laptop on the edge look like a Mac?
Sunday, 19 October 2008 00:05:29 UTC
Manan - Because it's a MacBook Pro?
Sunday, 19 October 2008 04:31:13 UTC
I thought you used the Das Keyboard Pro?
Sunday, 19 October 2008 11:16:09 UTC
@Scott hahaha I guessed so. I hope Gizmodo's next story is not - 'PDC2008 sessions prepared on Macbook Pro.' :D All the best for your session. BTW can we have a sneak peek at the session? :P
Sunday, 19 October 2008 17:58:59 UTC
Hey Scott,

I love how people don't expect you to not use Apple stuff since you are so Microsoft but I am a Microsoft developer and I absolutely love my MacBook Pro and you would have to pry my IPhone from my dead cold hands! ;)

Anyways the reason for my post, what chair is that in your office? I have been chair searching and haven't really found an affordable ergonomic chair that is comfortable. Most of them are way up there in price, any recommendations?

BTW love the color choices in your new office, I remember you posting about it a while back and it looks great!
Monday, 20 October 2008 14:03:02 UTC
Nice office. And 30lbs dumb bells...presumably to keep the side covers of your numerous cases from flying away? heh. jk. :-)
Sushant Bhatia
Monday, 20 October 2008 15:20:28 UTC
Personal fav... the two dumbbells holding down the carpet ;)
Wednesday, 22 October 2008 18:01:02 UTC
@Eric that's because there aren't many pics of Apple guys using Windows ;) So when someone sees a Win guy using a Mac eye brows rise. :)
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