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  • Blog Post: Put the PDC in your pocket!

    Go to: http://m.microsoftpdc.com/ for the PDC mobile experience.
  • Blog Post: L.A. Insights: Cinephile's Delight

    Angelenos have a well-deserved reputation as laid-back -- but when it comes to movies, they can be as passionate and serious as the most diehard cinephile. There are convenient places to check out the latest high-profile releases – like downtown’s no-frills Laemmle’s Grande 4-Plex , or the pricey ArcLight...
  • Blog Post: The Devil’s Field Guide to the PDC2008

    The long awaited “ The Devil’s Field Guide to the PDC ” is the ultimate insider’s guide to having the best PDC experience ever. It answers questions that attendees of any type of large Microsoft conference event ponder, for example: • Where do all the Microsofties hang out after the event? • How do I...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008: We don't need no stinkin' badges!

    Countdown to PDC2008 : We don't need no stinkin' badges ! Yes you do-- if they’re PDC Badges! Collecting PDC Badges is the way for anyone attending PDC to capture their experience at the PDC conference. Just for showing up at registration you’ll receive the “I was there at Microsoft PDC2008 Badge”. If...
  • Blog Post: L.A. Insights: Music Highlights during PDC

    The Los Angeles music scene may not be as cohesive as when jazz clubs lined Central Avenue in the 1940s or when Axl and friends emerged as the kings of the Sunset Strip in the 1980s – but there are always a huge number of live events going on, from classical to hip-hop to country to rock to bebop. We...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to PDC2008 Ambush Dan and Brian, Taking Over their C9 Show for 10 Groovy Minutes

    Countdown to PDC2008 : Brian and Dan may have day jobs, but they are also doing a ton of work on PDC including running the Show Off contest. Show Off is a really cool experience, but it’s kinda hard to explain in writing so Brian and Dan give it to us in plain words and tell us how easy it is to get...
  • Blog Post: L.A. Insights: A Business Meal That’ll Impress the Boss – On A Budget

    Downtown L.A. offers a huge array of choices for business meals. But you’ll make your boss happy not only by picking out a top-notch restaurant, but by avoiding over-priced culinary blowouts that look bad on an expense report. The south end of the Frank Gehry-designed Disney Hall houses Patina – it’s...
  • Blog Post: This event is so hot, the T-Shirts caught on fire!

    Early Tuesday morning, September 30th, Pacific Sportswear Inc., the contract screenprinter for eCompany Store, had a fire in the facility producing the PDC attendee t-shirts. The PDC T-shirts were damaged. Pacific Sportswear ordered more shirts and found another printing facility in Tacoma to print the...
  • Blog Post: L.A. Insights: Doing Lunch-on-the-Go Downtown

    With thousands of office workers to feed every day, downtown L.A has no shortage of restaurants . But amid the scads of so-so places, there are some truly memorable lunches to be had. There’s no need to be stuck going to Subway, unless you really want to be. (Although if you do, you’re in luck – there...
  • Blog Post: Dayline’s Exclusive Interview with the Brain in the Jar

    Learn where the brain has been since PDC05 in this exclusive interview with Tina Wood . Discover what the brain likes to do when not developing software; why a jar and if it is a mascot for PDC2008 ? Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Badges!? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges…

    Yes you do if they’re PDC Badges! Collecting PDC Badges is the way for anyone attending PDC to capture their experience at the PDC conference. Find more details on collecting or creating your own Badges from Adam Kinney , the BadgeMaster.
  • Blog Post: L.A. Insights: Mexican Food

    Like the movie business, powerful cars, or the Lakers, Mexican food is a topic on which Angelenos hold passionate opinions. (For example, check out this thread by self-proclaimed “heavyweights” on the dining site Chowhound). While some of most highly-lauded places are accessible by car, downtown and...
  • Blog Post: L.A. Insights: Like Japanese Food? You'll love Los Angeles

    If you don’t, the city just might prompt a change of heart. The best restaurants are that good, whether in the historically Japanese-American neighborhood downtown known as “Little Tokyo,” or in Hollywood. So hop on the subway, or the daytime 25 cent downtown bus system known as DASH , and explore. ...
  • Blog Post: One Day Left to Enter T-shirt and Emmy Awards Contests

    You have until 11:59 PM Tuesday, August 26, 2008 to submit entries to win $500 Visa Gift Card or a trip to the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater in L.A. on Sunday, September 21st. Capture the essence of PDC by designing the PDC attendee t-shirt or showcasing the brain in a photo. No...
  • Blog Post: L.A. Insights: American Food Downtown

    With Midwesterners and Southerners flocking to Los Angeles in the 20th-century, the town is awash in outstanding, stick-to-your-ribs “American food.” If you’re looking for burgers, steaks and fried chicken heavy on flavor and light on restraint, you’ll have a ball in L.A. The prospect of preparing...
  • Blog Post: L.A. Insights: A Trip to Koreatown

    This vibrant neighborhood 3 miles northwest of downtown hotels has one of the of liveliest nightlife scenes in Los Angeles. When the South Korean government raised the limit on how much its citizens can invest outside of the country to $3 million last year, even more money poured into an ethnically diverse...
  • Blog Post: New PDC Contests = Fun and Prizes

    We wanted to get your PDC2008 creative juices flowing with two new contests. Capture the meaning of PDC and submit an original PDC t-shirt design. The winner will get the joy of seeing everyone wearing their design and get a $500 Visa Gift Card. Capture the essence of PDC with a photo that uses the PDC...
  • Blog Post: LA Insights: Exploring the New Hollywood

    The Hollywood neighborhood used to be a seedy and occasionally dangerous backwater, the kind of place where “You better hope you don’t run out of gas,” as Ry Cooder sang in 1979. (Think of where Richard Gere picks up Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman). But in the past 10 years, Hollywood has dramatically...
  • Blog Post: Buzz on the Blogsphere

    Noise is elevating with the posting of new sessions on August 1st. Brad Abrams highlights sessions and invites feedback. Taylor Brown wrote about Hyper-V's PDC representation. Daniel Moth wrote about Parallel Computing's Pre-Con on Concurrent, Multi-Core Programming on Windows and .NET. Other blog highlights...
  • Blog Post: Fun Fact Friday: I Scream. You Scream. We All Scream for Ice Cream!

    Los Angeles is a great ice cream town. While there are no shortage of Cold Stone Creameries here – in fact, there’s a convenient downtown location at 9th St. and Flower, near the Ralph’s grocery store – there are also numerous homemade or “artisanal” ice cream stores. Flavors from around the world, entrepreneurial...
  • Blog Post: Fun Fact Friday: Colorful and Varied Nightspots in Downtown L.A.

    In the bad old days of downtown Los Angeles, there simply wasn’t enough nightlife to keep the area from emptying out once office workers and convention-goers left for the day. Hotels like the Biltmore and the Standard housed memorable bars, but the area didn’t offer many other reasons to venture out...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to PDC2008: Open Space Opens the Minds

    Special guest star Jason Olson explains Open Space at PDC2008. The "Birds of a Feather" Sessions of the past were considered too structured and too boring. Enter Open Space, the new (to the tech industry) way to create ad hoc "un"-conferences. Open Space will be located in the track lounges and not shunted...
  • Blog Post: Bling your blog!

    Grab some art for your blog . Choose the art that fits your style: from the brain in the jar to the Show Off logo bling, to the PDC-in-motion art. Invite people to meet you in L.A. and blog away!
  • Blog Post: PDC Attendee Tips from the Blogsphere

    Buzz on the Blogsphere (June 30th): Enjoy this humorous detailed post from Zach Bohham giving tips for attending PDC. We've taken the liberty to add a few notes/links to his list: 1. PDC sells out like no other Microsoft event ( register now and save $200). 2. Be sure to register for a pre-conference...
  • Blog Post: PDC Lounge Lizards

    PDC2008 is building lots of opportunities to network during the event, but the doors to the LA Convention Center do close nightly. Where will you debrief from the news of Windows 7, Live Mesh, cloud services, Silverlight, and more? Popular places to soak it all in have included the lobby lounge at the...
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