November 2005 - Posts
We got email from a few listeners concerned about the audio quality during the group interview in this week's DNR. So, here's the story:
The conference was held at the Microsoft office in Reading. The audio visual guys there take their job very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that the answer to all our requests for recording was "you've got to be joking." As the first day progressed it looked like we weren't going to get a recording. I had to get borderline rude with the guy to get him to agree to send a feed to the stage from which I could record. We had 10 minutes in which to do this and get it up and running. There were 6 lav mics. three on one side of the room, and three on the other. Apparently the feed we got only had signal from one half of the room. I tested my microphone when I got the feed plugged into our recording device, and there was signal. Silly me. I assumed that since my mic was coming through and we could also HEAR all the other mics, that everyone's signal would be included in the feed. Nope. We didn't discover this until after the recording.
Geoff did the best he could of manually increasing the signal of the guys off mic (picked up from the three that worked) but as you can imagine, or perhaps you've heard, it sounds really crappy.
Lesson learned: The next time we go to a conference with the intent of recording a show we are going to bring our own lavs, our own mixer, and our own sound enginner. If the host won't pay T&E for the enginneer we will won't expect to get a recording out of it.
I was going through the Road Trip evaluations and jotted down some of the comments. Here they are in random order:
"These guys get me excited about stuff I hadn't considered"
"The asynchronous demo opened my eyes! It's going to save me at work!"
"It's highly appreciated that low cost learning events such as this helps low budget guys like me keep learning and getting exposure to new knowledge."
"Great speakers. Great topics. Awesome swag!"
"This is the future. Let's roll!"
"Love your show. Thanks for everything you do!"
"Great event. Good VS.NET capability explanations. Very cool mobile device discussion."
"Great breadth of mobile coverage."
"Thank you very much for a great show! I as well as the crowd clearly appreciate the road show landing in Phoenix!"
"Both speakers were well prepared, demonstrated interesting topics, and kept the audience's attention."
"Great Job! Wonderful humor and energy!!!"
"Should have given the Code Rush guy 5 minutes to talk so he'd stop annoyingly interrupting!"
"Extremely entertaining with lots of valuable info. Learned a lot in the mobile presentation."
"The Road Trip Rocks!!"
This week on .NET Rocks! - From VBUG Across the Pond
Only a week after returning from a 30-day trip through the interior of the American heartland, we found ourselves in Merry Old England speaking at and attending the VBUG Winter Conference. Carl moderated a Code-Off in which four developers each created a user interface for a system of web services, each using a different technology. They then showed off those applications in a very small window of time. Immediately following this, we interviewed them in front of the audience. We also spoke one-on-one to Graham Parker, one of the code-off developers, about VBUG and the UK .NET community.
Note: The sound is a bit off during this show because we didn't have control over the audio. :-)http://dotnetrocks.com/default.aspx?showID=157
Folks, we're sorry that we have not been able to produce a new Mondays show since Austin, Texas, but we've been extremely busy. We thought we could pull off a recording in the UK but it just proved to be too much hassle for everyone involved.
So we're taking another week off. We will be back on it next week, and the week after this Monday we'll have a new show online.
Thanks for your patience.
Before we went on the road we spoke to Mark Miller about component-oriented architecture and other related topics. We wanted to finish what we started with Mark, and move on to Graphics programming, especially in the DXCore, a free component toolkit from Developer Express that CodeRush and Refactor use extensively.
Seems as though the road trip has caught up with us... We'll be online tomorrow.
I didn't take any pictures at the End-Of-Road-Trip party in San Francisco Sunday the 6th, but I can tell you it was a load of fun. It was thrown by Innerworkings, a new sponsor of DNR and proud sponsor of the Road Trip at the Thirsty Bear right down the street from the conference center. They had great home-brewed beverages which we partook thereof. A few of our fans made it, Jay Roxe was there, Jas Sandhu from the evangelism team, Stacy Giard from the mobility team, a handful of the Innerworkings people, and - I think- some drunks who wandered in off the street. They were particularly impressed with the buffalo wings. There is a group picture here
in a story on Innerworkings that hit the press this weekend.
If anyone else has pictures from the party, please share, if only to tell the world that programmer geeks like a good brew just like the rest of the populace.
If you won a prize on the road trip and are feeling lonely because nobody has contacted you yet, don't worry. We have shipped all the information from Las Vegas (along with all the other junk we brought along) and we expect to have it on Monday. At that time we'll compile all the winners (who we have documented) and send the appropriate notifications.
Thanks for your patience!
Mondays turned out to be impossible to record this week. The week after you'll (hopefully) hear a special edition from the UK! Brilliant!
Well, our road trip is over, but the Visual Studio team is just getting thiers underway! Make sure you get yourself to a launch event near you
Thanks to all who helped us pull it off, and especially to the fans who kept our spirits high!
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