August 19, 2009 - 13:10, by Dostalek, Kevin
Well I attended DevLink
down in Nashville, TN last week. It was my first time, but certainly won't be my last. John Kellar
and all the volunteers did a great job pulling off a super conference that felt more like a huge extended community code camp than what I traditional think of as an "industry conference" (e.g. TechEd, SxSW, PDC, etc...). Don't read that as a negative in any way- it was a great experience, and by far one of the best values all year (it was $100).
The sessions were great and they had even added a SharePoint track this year, so there was no shortage of good stuff happening each day. One thing that I do regret is not checking out the Open Spaces stuff (sorry Alan
, the timing just never worked out). As is often the case with conferences though, it was the networking that happens informally in the evenings that really provides the incalculable value. From the quiet lobby-bar chats to the loud parties out at the Honky Tonks
(Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
was a favorite) I made a ton of new friends that I'm sure I'll keep in touch with and see again and again.
Lastly, let me post a quick soundbite from the closing panel. It's Richard Campbell telling his Goliath story
. Seriously, this guy is a great story-teller- I can just imagine him on NPR or something listening to this.
October 17, 2008 - 02:50, by Dostalek, Kevin
Someone asked me today about the podcasts/vodcasts/etc... that I listen to (mostly in my car on the commute to work). So here's the current list, although it changes week to week:
My "Current" List:
- DotNetRocks - a must for all .net developers (generally 1 audio show a week).
- Channel9 - while not technically a "podcast", this rss feed of videos from the inside Microsoft is always interesting (averages about 10 videos a week).
- DiggNation - Kevin Rose is a web 2.0 folk hero. This show is rarely not super entertaining (generally 1 video show a week).
- RocketBoom - One of the oldest "vodcasts". While I don't catch all of these, I find them much more creative and witty than most of the other "news" shows. (daily video).
My "On-again-off-again" List:
- HanselMinutes - Scott usually has pretty good stuff on, generally the same type of content as DotNetRocks, but usually a little more cutting edge and less mainstream. (kind of sporatic... but at least 1-2 shows a month).
- GeekBrief TV - A short little daily geek news show. Kind of fun, but Cali Lewis can get on your nerves pretty easily so I only catch a handful of shows each month (daily video show).
- WebbAlert - Another short daily internet news show. Just started watching some of these. The stories arn't quite as interesting as others, but it is a way to quickly catch up on the goings on.
- Channel10 - Microsoft's version of a daily news show. Sometimes there's crossover with Channel 9 (which is pretty much all about dev, whereas C10 is just "tech" news). (generally pumps out 3-5 videos a day, way too much to actually watch, so you pick and choose).
Retired (stuff I used to listen to, but now don't anymore):
Anybody have some good ones that you listen to?