Ok, the PDC’s finally over and I’ve had a chance to decompress a bit. So here’s my day 4 report, only a few days late :).
I got up at 6:15, finished packing and schlepped my stuff to the convention center for my tech check at 7:40.
At the tech check, I learned that (a) I wasn’t going to be able to use presenter view in PowerPoint (which means I wouldn’t have access to my notes), and I wasn’t going to be able to see my presentation while doing my demos :(. All of these are minor annoyances, not fatal, but still annoying.
I then went to the speakers lounge to chill for a couple of hours while I waited for my talk – this was my first time talking to such a big convention so I was a bit nervous.
At about 11:30 I headed out to the room (151, with a capacity of 1000 people). I hooked up my kit to the stage and waited until noon for my presentation to begin:
I think the talk went quite well – the demos worked perfectly and I didn’t make too many mistakes (I missed one of my talking points :().
I knew I wasn’t going to fill the room since I was speaking (a) on the last day of the convention and (b) opposite lunch and (c) a fairly geeky topic but I was still a smidge disappointed that only 53 people showed up :(.
Here’s the view from the podium after my talk:
After the talk, I chatted with some folks in the Win7 lounge and basically hung out until 3ish when I got together with my cousin Stacy (who I haven’t seen in a long time). We wandered over to his restaurant and I met his wife Mindy and mother Selma. We then went to his house where I met his kids and we hung out and chatted until it was time to go to the airport for the return flight.
For those of you who were wondering what a PDC presenter brings to the PDC, here’s what was in my backpack:
Left to right, from top to bottom there was:
Lego Boeing 787 (I didn’t take that to the PDC). Two cases for my 2 sets of Altec Lansing T515 bluetooth speakers Laptop 1 (my primary laptop) Laptop 2 (my demo laptop).
Power supplies for the laptops, a Jabra BT620SD bluetooth headphones, a Plantronics Voyager 510 Bluetooth headset, the 2 Altec Lansing T515 speakers, a Creative Labs talk microphone.
Headphones for my portable media player, 2 notepads for notes from the conference, my Creative Zen Vision:M portable media player, 2 bluetooth USB dongles, a USB hub, a box of business cards, my PDC badge from the last PDC I attended (1991), and a Jabra USB headset.
Most of the kit was there for redundancy – in case something got lost or broke, I wanted to make sure I had a backup for everything. Some of the kit was just there to be props during my talk.
And I’m glad I did – as I was returning from the conference, one of the T515 devices (the one I own) disappeared between the hotel when I packed it and my house. I have no idea what happened to it.
Well, since you didn't plug it yourself, I'll post a link to your PDC talk: http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC13/ (lots more: http://blogs.msdn.com/mswanson/pages/PDC2008Sessions.aspx).
I haven't had a chance to watch any of them yet, but I'm looking forward to watching yours and Raymond's. Any suggestions for other particularly good presentations?
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I watched the video of your presentation and enjoyed it, thanks Larry! I also watched Raymond's and Anders' which were very good too.
Did you find it slightly weird when complete strangers (like me) recognize you from your blog and, out of the blue, ask to shake your hand? :) You're like a folk hero! :D
when it you come here to hold the conference?
i would like hear yr voice.
Well I was finally able to watch some PDC presentations and I just wanted to say I enjoyed yours. Lots of very interesting ideas--I'm especially interested in the ducking demonstrations. Very cool, useful, and dare I say...innovative? :)