# Monday, 24 October 2005

When you go to a conference, there's a tendency to see nothing beyond the airport, your hotel, and the convention centre. Maybe a few nice restaurants if you're lucky enough to be invited to a press dinner or the like. The minute I got off the plane a year ago for Tech Ed Africa, I knew I wasn't going to have that kind of experience. And this year Julie and I have upped the ante by taking advantage of the Gametrackers services offered right from within the resort where the conference is being held. I took over 40 pictures this morning, here are just a few:

    

Wish you were here?

Kate

Monday, 24 October 2005 07:21:42 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [4]
# Saturday, 22 October 2005

Julie and I have a twelve hour layover in Frankfurt so we decided to go into town for a little sightseeing. Here's where we had our lunch:

What did we have? Sausages (bratwurst to be precise) and potato "salad". Yum!

Next stop, Johannesburg and then on to Sun City!

Kate

Saturday, 22 October 2005 12:06:05 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Friday, 21 October 2005

Leave my house 11:30 am. Flight to New York departs 2:30. Here I am in New York, at about 5:30. In four hours my flight to Frankfurt leaves. 8 hours across the Atlantic. 12 hour stopover in Frankfurt. 10 hours down to Jo-burg. Clear whatever we need to clear, get baggage, wait for the bus, that's another hour, then two more hours to Sun City. Total travel time: 43 hours. Six of it is behind me. It's extra-rehearsing time for me now, here in the Lufthansa lounge of Kennedy airport. Friday night and Saturday night the only sleep I will get will be on planes. Luckily, I'm good at that.

Kate

Friday, 21 October 2005 17:27:03 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [1]
# Wednesday, 19 October 2005

No kidding. What will they think of next? (The keyword-matching for the ads needs work, though.)

Kate

Wednesday, 19 October 2005 20:04:48 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [1]
# Wednesday, 12 October 2005

I just registered for the global launch in San Francisco November 7th:

(Yes, I will be in Las Vegas that whole week to speak at C++ Connections. I'm just going to the launch on Monday and then to Vegas.)

If a flight to SF is out of the question, why not see if you can get into one of the Canadian dates?

November 8 Toronto
November 10 Ottawa
November 15 Edmonton
November 17 Victoria
November 22 Vancouver
November 24 Calgary
November 29 Montreal
December 1 Quebec
December 6 Halifax
December 8 Winnipeg

http://www.microsoft.com/canada/launch2005/default.aspx has all the details and registration links.

Didn't act soon enough? Didn't think a launch event could sell out? Watch for announcements of user group launch events through the fall.

Kate

 

Wednesday, 12 October 2005 14:11:01 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [2]
# Monday, 10 October 2005

The Code Camp web site is up and running and ready for you to sign up!

  • Want to speak? Get the speaker registration form and send it in.
  • Want to volunteer behind the scenes! Please do, we need as many of those volunteers as speakers.
  • None of the above, but you're planning to attend? Get registered before the spots all go.

See you there!

Kate

 

Monday, 10 October 2005 13:22:06 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Thursday, 06 October 2005

At the PDC, we were shown what Office 12 is going to be like, and it was impressive. But since then more announcements keep coming out about it that in many ways are more impressive than the new user interface. (If you're thinking "what new user interface?" you need to check out the future Office page at MSDN for details.) Apparently the Channel 9 Video has been insanely popular also. In some ways the Open XML formats are more exciting than the UI , especially for developers. And now this: Office 12 - not just Word, but Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, everybody - will all know how to publish their documents as PDF. No third party tool, no add in, it will just work. I read about it on Brian Jones' blog, but there are also details on that future Office page.

Kate

 

Thursday, 06 October 2005 06:53:18 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Saturday, 01 October 2005

I fly quite a lot. Over the first six months of this year (I pretty much stopped travelling after TechEd USA) i flew 25,000 miles. That's not a lot compared to those who reach Air Canada Super Elite status at 100,000 miles (a handful even fly 300,000 miles a year) but it felt like a lot to me. I'm about to fly another 30,000 in just a few weeks... to South Africa and back, then a week later to Las Vegas and back. But it's nothing compared to what someone I know is up to.

Air Canada is selling an "unlimited" North America travel pass. $7000 gets you all the flights you can stand in October and November. A fellow Flyertalker with two months off has bought one and is trying to get the maximum possible mileage from it. Because he's already Super Elite, he gets a 50% bonus on every mile he flies, and there's a promotion on to get a 25% bonus as well (I earned a 542 mile bonus to and from LA for the PDC). Add in threshold bonuses and he has determined he is going to earn a million Aeroplan miles for just $7,000  ... and two solid months of his time. Most of it will be up front, thanks to the upgrade certificates he's going to earn as he goes, and his status moving him to the front of the line for "op-ups" on full flights. His sleep, what there is of it, will be exclusively on overnight transcontinental flights.

He's blogging his progress... a must read!

Kate

Update: there are now four Flyertalkers doing this, but Marc is the one blogging it. Today he mentioned on FT: "I was home last night, had dinner with family. Leaving at 820 am. Its a job like any other. I am home 4 nights a week. On overnight trips the other three."

Saturday, 01 October 2005 18:38:40 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0]