SUMMARY: Our trip now takes us from the Netherlands to Dortmund, to Geneva and on to Zurich

Well the Scripting Wife and I had a wonderful time at the first ever Dutch PowerShell user group. I delivered two presentations and made dozens of new contacts and friends. The following day, Jeff Wouters took Teresa and I out and showed us around. On the way Teresa made a new friend as seen here.

TeresaAndHorse

Of course no trip to the Netherlands is complete without a picture of a windmill. So, here is the windmill.

windmill

Teresa and I have known Jeff as an active participant in the PowerShell community for years. He has written guest blog entries and has been active in the Scripting Games. He is a great blogger and a tremendous PowerShell advocate.

So, we got on the train that evening and headed to Dortmund, Germany where we were to spend the day with PowerShell Guru Klaus Schulte. We took the time to visit a museum of an old coal mine. It was fascinating.

MineTower

The next day we left and went to Geneva so we could visit Cern. It was well worth the trip. Here is trip playing with “lightening in a bottle” it is cool the way it follows you around.

TeresaLightningCern

The visit to the Atlas control room was awesome, and they gave a very interesting presentation.  Here is a picture of me outside the control room.

EdAtCernAtlasControl

One of the very interesting things about Cern is that they generate, in one year 1% of the total data the world stores. That is a lot of data. They replicate the data to remote sites for coalition, and then finally to other sites for analysis. This sounds like a typical three tier data base application. On site, they are using 10GB switched links to the workstations.

I am thinking I could use Windows PowerShell to work with the data …

Get-InterestingEvent | Select Higgs_Boson | Out-GridView

After all, PowerShell is PowerShell is PowerShell.