I’m wrapping stuff up in the office here today, since I’m going to be in Las Vegas for Microsoft’s MIX07 web conference next week. Gotta get my Canon XH A1 HD camera, tripod, M-Audio Microtrack recorder (which has crapped out on me twice in the last week), and all the cables, etc. that I’ll need. I try to travel as light as I can, because honestly, all of that stuff is heavy, and I’m an out of shape wimp that sweats too much. But the tripod is a necessity, as I learned at GDC. Shaky cam just doesn’t work in HD…
What is MIX07? Microsoft bills it as a “72 hour conversation”, but it’s basically a web technology conference. Microsoft is going to be touting their web tools – Expression editor, Ajaxy stuff, etc., but there are a lot of topically interesting sessions, too. Dave Winer is going to be leading a session on “Building the Perfect Podcast Player”, which I’m looking forward too. There are also some sessions about the “cutting edge” web stuff that all the cool kids are playing with – Twitter, Amazon S3 and EC2, etc. I’ll be hitting those, too, and looking forward to chatting with the people behind them. Channel 9 is providing a “bloggers room”, with bandwidth and a place to chill out, and I suspect that I’ll spend my share of time there.
The Microsoft Mobility and Embedded Developers Conference (MEDC) is going on at the same time, and I’m registered to check that out, too. I’m most interested in any Ultra Mobile stuff they’ll be showing off, but I’ll also check out what’s new on the Windows Mobile front. And who could miss the Sumo Robot competition? 😉
I’m going to learn, to fly the ISN flag, and to look for and capture “Really Awesome Software and the Stories Behind It”, for reasons that will soon become apparent (as my secret project inches closer to launch). There’s a reason I’m bringing my fancy HD video camera and all the stuff that goes with it, you know. It’s not for exercise, believe me. 😉
So, if you’re going to be at MIX or MEDC, and want to say hi, or you know of some Really Awesome Software that I should see (especially if you want some HD video of it), let me know. Ping me on Twitter (I’m jabancroft there), email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message on my cell phone (503-334-1889).
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Next stop: Las Vegas!