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    MEDC World Tour : Day 2, Berlin (June 4th)

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    We arrived in Berlin yesterday evening and were met by an extraordinarily polite driver to take us to our hotel. He gave us a flavor of the history of Berlin, which of course is best known for "The Wall". As a born and bread West Berliner, he had some...
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    MEDC World Tour : Flight 2 (London to Berlin)

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    We bumped into Sean Liming, Windows XP Embedded speaker extraordinaire in the terminal at London Heathrow. I've no idea how Sean spotted us sat in a sea of other passengers. Apparently he had been on the same flight from Seattle. That's a travelling party...
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    MEDC World Tour : Flight 1 (Seattle to London)

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    The journey begins. My cunning plan to keep all my flights within one airline alliance means that I'll be visiting London Heathrow a lot on the Europe leg of this tour. Plus of course, I'll be clocking up the airline miles. Who knows? One day I might...
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    The MEDC World Tour Begins

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    So, the 25000 mile trip taking in 6 cities on three continents in under 25 days has begun. Frankly, I don't know what all the fuss about that Philleas Fogg chap was about ... it took him 80 days to do a complete circuit of the world and we're doing it...
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    Friday Silliness - What Video Game Character am I ...

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    Most Wednesdays I take part in a bar quiz at my local bar in Seattle. Every week I am a spare part. Being English my knowledge of American politics, history and pop culture amount to zero. And then last week my one shining moment! A round on Classic Videogames...
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    Mobilizer Madness Comes to TechEd!

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    TechEd Orlando is coming up in a little over a week (June 6th thru 10th)! There's already a wait list of people who want to go because TechEd brings in a big audience who are engaged in all sorts of different parts of Microsoft's business. If you're one...
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    MEDC Wrap Up

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    Well. MEDC was a complete hoot! After the BillG keynote I got so engrossed in meeting attendees, sponsors, exhibitors and attending sessions and labs that I didn't manage to blog again. I hope you were all able to keep up the the conference through...
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    MEDC 2005 - Day One Summary

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    What a day! Everything at BillG's keynote went very smoothly. Our demo team excelled themselves and Bill seemed happy when he came off stage. You can watch the webcast at : http://www.microsoft.com/events/executives/billgates.mspx Sessions have been...
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    MEDC Keynote Has Left The Building!

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    Bill's just come off stage. The keynote is over and we're all happy! Look out for some podcast footage of backstage on www.medc2005.com/podcast ! We hope you enjoyed the show. Let us know what you thought! James
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    MEDC - 20 minutes to showtime

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    I'm sat backstage at the keynote with 20 minutes to go until showtime. We rehearsed last night with Bill which seemed to go well. We just finished our final rehearsal and doors are now open so me and the demo team are sat backstage getting ready to get...
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    After MEDC - Time To Dabble in Media Center PC

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    Over the last week, my thoughts have turned to what I'll be doing after MEDC 2005. First and foremost, my attention will switch to the international MEDC events, the first of which I'll attend is Berlin, Germany on June 6th. You can find out more about...
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    Pre-precon Day at MEDC

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    Yersterday was a strange day. Lots and lots of stuff arrived yesterday but not much had been setup. The lab machines were built yesterday but not imaged yet. Today is a different story, everything is really starting to build out quickly! When I got...
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    Final Preparations!

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    OK. SO you might be wondering ... what on earth has James been doing for the last few weeks? Why no updates for so long? Well, the last few weeks of conference preparation are CRAZY! Here's some of the highlights : Driving the Breakout Sessions To...
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    Special MEDC Blog Discount Expires 4/20. Sign Up Now!

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    Don't forget tthat the special MEDC Blog Discount ends a 4/20 at 11:59PM PST! To register for this special discounted price (an extra $100 of the Early Bird!) you need to : * Visit www.medc2005.com * Register using the RSVP code CAATTAR James
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    MEDC Update (4/14/2005) Including New Registration Offer!

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    OK. So first I realize that the color green is not that spectacular when paired with my orange skin. Fortunately for MEDC we have people with some sense of color co-ordination so everything will look good on site. I can hardly believe we're at less...
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    MEDC - Session Schedule

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    Session abstracts ARE LIVE!!! Almost all of the session details are now published on http://content.medc2005.com/content/sessions.aspx A few of you have asked me about the full session schedule for MEDC. If you've already signed up for MEDC you should...
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    MEDC Blog Code Expired

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    FYI The allocation of special blog passes to MEDC has just been used up. If you sign up today (March 29th) using standard registration you still get the bargain price of $895. James
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    MEDC Update 3/25 - Blog discount about to expire

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    So it's been a couple of weeks. I can honestly say that my workload has been CRAZY these last couple of weeks. What's interesting is that the excitement and momentum within Microsoft is really starting to pick up. I think everyone is looking forward to...
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    MEDC Update - 3/10/2005 (including special registration offer!)

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    Most important this week is a special offer. This will be being posted on a number of MSFT Mobile and Embedded blogs but you're getting it here first! We're extending a special offer to blog readers! The first sixty people to sign up for MEDC 2005 using...
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    MEDC Sessions Now Live!

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    As promised, the session list is now live. Visit http://content.medc2005.com/content/sessions.aspx to see the 105 breakout sessions and 42 labs that make up MEDC 2005! I've had a few queries from people in the last week via the blog, so I thought I'd...
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    MEDC Update - 2/25/2005

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    It looks like these updates are coming out approximately weekly. This week was HUGE for MEDC. We hit a couple of major milestones : MEDC Registration Site The website and registration site went live this week. Visit http://www.medc2005.com to find out...
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    MEDC US Update - 2/18

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    Hey Folks Our website, including registration, will be going live on 2/22 so stay tuned. Site Visit Last Friday (2/11) we visited The Mandalay Bay for a site visit. Site visits are about trying to visualize where everything will go, where to hold sessions...
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    Mobile Phone Networks and Smart Clients

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    I was discussing developing Smart Client applications vs mobile web applications with a colleague earlier. A Smart Client application is one which can operate when it's not connected to the operator network/back end server infrastructure. Our discussion...
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    How to relax from organizing a major developer conference

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    MEDC and TechEd aren't YET absorbing all my time although they are taking a lot. Generally outside work I'm into the usual stuff: spending time with my wife, music, movies and snowboarding. Every few years I get completely hooked on a video game and it...
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    What's new with MEDC this week?

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    We're working hard on getting the MEDC website and registration up and running. We expect them to go live around the 22nd February at about T-12 weeks from the event. You'll be able to sign up for the conference, register for your room within our room...
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