Congratulations Chuck Sears of Oregon State Univeristy -- you are now the proud owner of the last Media Center Keyboard given away at PDC05.  Thanks to all who gave me their business card (or name written down on a piece of paper) at PDC05 -- let's do it again at the *next* PDC.



Categories: PDC05 | Comments [0] | # | Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 5:19:29 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   

Well, Troy beat me to the punch, but I might as well post anyway.  You can get a copy of the PowerPoint deck I used at PDC05 for PRS322 Windows Vista Media Center: Developing for the 10-Foot Interface, a high level introduction to some of the features we are adding to the Media Center platform for Windows Vista.

I also recommend a couple of the other presentations from http://commnet.microsoftpdc.com/content/downloads.aspx for you to get a more complete picture of the development platform for Media Center in Windows Vista...

The Hosted HTML model isn't going away for Media Center developers in Windows Vista, and Michael Wallent's talk helps you decide which is the best approach in PRS200 Choosing the Right Presentation Technology: Windows Presentation Foundation ("Avalon"), Windows Forms, ASP.NET, IE, and More.  Furthermore, the ASP.NET 2.0 team tells you how to get the most out of targeting HTML in PRS312 ASP.NET: Future Directions for Developing Rich Web Applications with Atlas (Part 1) and PRS420 ASP.NET: Future Directions for Developing Rich Web Applications with Atlas (Part 2).

Robert Ingebretson has a must read PRS317 Windows Presentation Foundation ("Avalon"): Beautiful Code, Beautiful Design - Applications Your Designers Can Work With.  Memorize this deck and you will be well prepared for creating wonderful experiences in 2' and 10'.  And don't forget his demo deck for the presentation.

PRS324 Windows Presentation Foundation ("Avalon"): Using Data in Your Windows Presentation Foundation ("Avalon") Applications: XML, Windows Communications Foundation ("Indigo"), ADO.NET and More will help you wire up the great graphics and UX to the underlying data.

For those of you who want the nitty gritty, check out PRS435 Windows Presentation Foundation ("Avalon"): Going Under the Hood to Understand the Architecture and PRSL05 Case Study: What We Learned Building Project Max on WinFX are invaluable.

These presentations will give you a great introduction and begin to build your foundation for Media Center design and development in Windows Vista.

And there is still more to come...but I can't talk about it just yet...you're gonna love it...



Categories: Media Center | Media Center Application Design | PDC05 | Comments [0] | # | Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 5:02:09 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   

We are showing an XBox360 running Media Center Extender today as part of my presentation PRS322 Windows Vista Media Center: Developing for the 10 Foot Interface.  We also talk about the new developer features coming to Media Center in the Windows Vista timeframe.



Categories: Media Center | PDC05 | XBox 360 | Comments [0] | # | Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 5:13:56 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   

Derek Hatchard of Ardent Development Solutions has won the second Media Center Keyboard at PDC.

We are giving away a third Media Center Keyboard today at PDC so stop by the Presentation Track Lounge and ask me a great Media Center development question to be entered to win.



Categories: PDC05 | Comments [1] | # | Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 5:08:39 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   

Wayne Bynum of Intel has won the first Media Center Keyboard at PDC.

We are giving away another Media Center Keyboard tomorrow at PDC so stop by the Presentation Track Lounge from 2:30 - 6:15 PM and ask me a great Media Center development question to be entered to win.



Categories: PDC05 | Comments [2] | # | Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 7:58:39 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   

Stop by the nSoftware booth at PDC and register to win a Media Center Extender for XBox kit.



Categories: Media Center | PDC05 | Comments [0] | # | Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 9:17:17 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   

Here I am backstage with Beth (aka 'Sonic' -- you will understand if you see her at the conference).  Beth is a keynote technical specialist.  Also here is Eric C., the keynote technical lead.  This guy and gal are what make PDC keynotes sing. Things go right with our keynotes because of their hours and hours of both advance planning and dedication to making everything work as planned.

Beth has especially been helpful in tracking down one of our keynote primary machines that was 'lost' for a time yesterday in shipping from Redmond to the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Thanks Beth.

It's now about 4 minutes before the BillG and JimAll keynote, and they are cool as cucumbers -- all is well. Time to rock-n-roll.

Scoble, you need to come do a Channel9 video back here with these folks.



Categories: PDC05 | Comments [0] | # | Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 4:25:57 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   

They keynote is absolutely going to rock this morning.  There is an *hilarious* video that most everyone in the audience will relate to their teen years.  There are more fantastic demos in this keynote than in years prior with a bunch of serious eye candy developers and designers will love.

Andrew and I will be hanging out in the track lounge after the keynote and this afternoon.  Don't forget to come and ask us a great question to win a Media Center keyboard.

Later on this evening, Sean, Andrew and I will be hosting Geek Drinks (Andrew is buying the first round -- we will see if we can talk him into subsequent rounds.)  Details are on Sean's blog post Update on Geek Dinner (er...drinks!)



Categories: Geek Dinner | Media Center | PDC05 | Comments [0] | # | Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 3:31:10 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   

Sean Alexander and I are hosting a geek dinner this coming Tuesday, September 13.  If you are interested in attending or suggesting a location leave a comment over on Sean's blog post.



Categories: PDC05 | Comments [0] | # | Posted on Sunday, September 11, 2005 7:54:27 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   

Our Media Center presentation at Professional Developers Conference keeps getting better and better...

I will demonstrating XBox360 + Media Center Extender at my presentation on September 15.  The Meet Me At Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2005 and Win A Media Center Keyboard has more details on place and time.



Categories: Media Center | PDC05 | XBox 360 | Comments [1] | # | Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2005 6:14:24 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   

We will be giving away a wireless Media Center Keyboard each day at the Professional Developers Conference 2005.

In order to qualify, you need to...

  1. Find me or Andrew Adamyk.
  2. Ask a really great question about developing for Media Center.
  3. Hand us your business card.

At the end of each day we will randomly pick a winner from the business cards gathered that day.  I'll announce the lucky person on my blog each night and the winner can pick up the keyboard from us the next day if they so desire (except for the last -- we will ship that one).

We will be hanging out at PDC all week so catch us anytime by visiting a Track Lounge or attending the Media Center session.  If you don't want to rely on running into me purely by chance my official schedule is as follows...

September 13

2:30 - 5:30 PM
Track Lounge (Presentation)

September 14

2:30 - 6:15 PM
Track Lounge (Presentation)

7:00 - 11:30 PM
The PDC Party at Universal Studios

September 15

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Room 501 ABC
PRS322 - Windows Vista Media Center: Developing for the 10-Foot Interface

5:30 - 9:00 PM
Ask The Experts

September 16

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Track Lounge (Presentation)

Hope to see you at PDC...!



Categories: Media Center | PDC05 | Windows Vista | Comments [0] | # | Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 6:08:50 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   
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