The human body seems to be a clockwork of when it’s time to go to bed or get up. Unfortunately it doesn’t do well with timezones and crap like that. The last few days I’ve been tired around 15.30 every day, gone to bed around 21 and been awake at 03.30. Spending a week in Seattle and attending the MVP Summit 2010. It’s the event when all the MVP’s go to Microsoft to meet each other and the product teams. We also get to see a lot of the things that’ll hit the market in 12-24 months that we can’t talk to anyone about.
So far we’ve spent our days sightseeing. Spent the Sunday with Martin Lidholm and Magnus Björk at the “Future of Flight” which is located at the Boeing factory. We saw a lot of airplanes and learned about the history and future of aviation. Then we took the tour of the factory and saw how these things are built, and what they cost. Outside on the runway 3 out of 4 Dreamlifters (the flying pickle) (video) were parked, we got to see when they unloaded a body to a 787 (which comes in one piece). In the factory, which could fit the entire Disneyworld inside with room to spare, there are six hangars. One for each production line, and it fits 5-6 complete 747:s in ONE hangar. To get a perspective of the size, you could fit 988 basketball courts on the floor.
Yesterday we had dinner at Hooters in Seattle and celebrated my birthday, turning 36 today. Four years to forty. Age ain’t nothing but a number 🙂
Thanks to Stephen Rose and the Springboard series I’ve been interviewed for talkingaboutwindows.com today. We’ll see when that airs. And if the porn-part gets edited out. Thanks Stephen for that one… Ran into Chris Jackson who apparently set the standard. So the next time I might even move in that chair…
Yesterday (day 3) was spent discussing a lot of stuff that I due to my NDA can’t tell you about. Or I could, but I’d probably not be an MVP for much longer… But we discussed some improvements for both client and server in the upcoming versions and watched some demos. The product teams are in some cases really good at reaching out, listening and then implementing the suggestions. It’s fun to see that design change requests made for Windows Server 2008 actually made it into Windows Server 2008 R2.
The night was spent at the EMP, Experience Music Project, which is one of the coolest museums I’ve ever been to. It’s all about music, and they have exhibitions around the grunge period for example (a lot of bands came from the Seattle area), Jimi Hendrix and other great guitar players. But what really kicks a*s is the room where you get to play guitar, bass, keyboard or drums with a video guided instruction. You can also sing and there’s a recording studio where you can get together with others and record a song.
Microsoft had hired both EMP and the science fiction museum next door so we could enjoy both. A karaoke stage was set up with a band playing and you could sign up for being the lead singer in a song. There was also Rockband available if you’d like to challenge anyone, but the line was loooong. Will add some pictures once I get back home, since the cable to the camera didn’t make it into the bag apparently.
Day 4, today, I’ve listened to Mike Nash and Steve Ballmer and their view on various topics (also under NDA) so I wish I could tell my readers about some GREAT features in Windows 7, but… You’ll have to wait and see.
My name is Joachim, and I’m a PC. (internal joke)
After yesterdays keynote, which offered a bunch of laughs due to the speech to text malfunctions, today was the first day filled with sessions.
I joined the file systems and storage MVP’s for the days first two sessions. The first one was a “keynote” and the second one was on client/server backup. After that I joined the cluster team for one session on CSV and one session on Hyper-V.
I’m definitely jetlagged so I’ve spent the night in bed with the laptop on my stomach. It´s probably one of the earliest night this year, but it´s a new day tomorrow… Good sessions lined up and finishing off at the EMP which is a great museum.