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 Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC), the premier definitive developer event focused on the future of the Microsoft platform, returns in 2007 after a short 2 year break ...

... and its back in Los Angeles again !

I had such a great time back in PDC2005 in Los Angeles, presenting, networking and shooting the Visual Studio 2005 launch video, etc. That event in 2005 must rank tops in my book amongst many of the Microsoft technology events I have attended and/or presented over the years.

Microsoft tends to align PDC events with key product development milestones so we tend to hold the events every couple of years, sometimes even more. There isn’t a set schedule. Therefore, there shouldnt be that "Ah - I think I will skip this and go next year" mentality or something. The last 2 PDCs were some of the biggest Microsoft public events - with the announcements of Longhorn, WinFX, Office Server systems, Vista, etc

It is definitely NOT an event you want to miss. I encourage some of my friends, developers and IT-Pros from Asia-Pacific to save up and attend. The investment made will be well-worth it.

Registration will open in Q4. Do check it out and, more importantly, stay tuned to the registration site here for more details.

Hopefully, this early announcement will help in making sure this event gets into your (or your company's) budget planning for next year.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 10:40:51 PM (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Disclaimer 
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  •  Sunday, December 10, 2006

    One of my server's (Vulcan - I named all my machines after Gods) innards. This is used to run my Microsoft Exchange Server as well as other virtual machines.

    See the 2 SATA II HDDs (250GB / 7200RPM / 300MB/s SATA II) ? A third one is on the way as well. More space for more Virtual Machines.

    Close-up on one of the 2 SATA II HDD

    The heart of Vulcan - Intel Dual Core XEON Pro 5140 2.33GHZ 4MB L2 cache 1333MHz FSB - Woodcrest Chip. It is a dual-socket server. I took the other one out temporary for some other purpose. Just for information: As of to-date, none of any offerings of the same class from AMD has anything to match up to the Woodcrest of Intel. In fact, the Woodcrest has whopped Opteron's ass and has taken the Opteron to school in terms of speed and power efficiency. Trust me - this Woodcrest processor IS FAST !

    Can you spot the 667MHZ ECC 2R Fully Buffered DIMM (FBD) Memory ?

    Sunday, December 10, 2006 2:06:57 PM (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Disclaimer 
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