UGVs at Microsoft Ignite #MsIgnite

September 25, 2016

UGV or Unmanned ground vehicles is a military term for An unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) is a vehicle that operates while in contact with the ground and without an onboard human presence. UGVs can be used for many applications where it may be inconvenient, dangerous, or impossible to have a human operator present. Generally, the vehicle will have a set of sensors to observe the environment, and will either autonomously make decisions about its behavior or pass the information to a human operator at a different location who will control the vehicle through teleoperation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unmanned_ground_vehicle

 

Sounds quite serious but it’s true in a way. Microsoft has a couple of robots that will be roaming around Microsoft Ignite operated from a distance. In my case form the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in Stockholm, Sweden. That is in a straight line a distance of 7488.70 km (4653.26 miles).

The operation of the robot is handled using a PC, I haven’t yet tried it out but I will in a couple of hours. The time difference will take it’s toll since its 11 PM over here and I will get control over the robot in three hours from now at 2 AM and will run it for a couple of hours.

The robot comes from Suitable Technologies https://www.suitabletech.com/ and is a BeamPro.

Check out this Video to see what they look like Patch and Switch – Interactive Remote Experience 

This might sound like another gadget that techies like, but imagine when the prices of this things go down. (I don’t know the price of this but I assume it’s expensive.)

Let’s say some child is recovering from some illness, with a remote operated robot he/she could still interact with her friends and teachers at school. Universities could have professors giving classes all over the world. Doctors could help each other in a completely new way.

Think of all the minefields across the world, radioactive environments the list goes on and on.

I am proud to be a little part of that development this week when I wheel myself around the Microsoft Ignite conference.

When technology helps people is when technology is at its best.

To my friends in #TheKrewe see you tonight 🙂

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Microsoft Ignite: Plan your Ignite year with MyIgnite

April 11, 2015

Getting ready to plan your Ignite year? Yes, Microsoft Ignite will for me be a year long experience. The sheer amount of content is actually to much to digest for just one week. If this is your first larger Microsoft Conference, be prepared to have your brain cooked.

I wrote a blog post about my TechEd year, almost a year ago and Ignite will be no different. If you haven’t checked out the MyIgnite tool do it today.

In a previous post i covered the Session catalog (Microsoft Ignite- Content Catalog Deep Dive), and some features has been added since then. Check out the Countdown to Microsoft Ignite video and get up to date. Countdown to Ignite- The One About Schedule Builder on MyIgnite

Build your Schedule

Two of my good friends Scott Ladewig and Michael bender has put down some awesome tips for building your Schedule make sure you check them out.

Schedule building tips from speaker and president of The Krewe, Michael Bender

Tips for building your Ignite schedule, from IT Pro and conference veteran Scott Ladewig

I build my schedule in a similar way as both Mike and Scott. I work on the schedule builder weekly before the conference starts to try to find the ones that I really want to attend, and those I might skip and catch online. This makes my schedule quite full with a lot of conflicts.

I also try to find sessions on topics that isn’t something I do on a day to day basis. It could be a completely new technical area or perhaps a topic I know something about but want to deepen. I use the Levels filter to filer out those those Level 100 or 200 sessions on the topic of interest.

To get a description of the levels check out my previous blog post Microsoft Ignite- Content Catalog Deep Dive

I don’t know yet if we get a pocket conference guide and the pen with a highlight marker. (Like we got at TechEd)

But if we do this will be my best friend during the week
I use the marker to highlight the first days sessions from the ones I have selected in the schedule builder and circle the ones that i really want to attend on site. That leaves me with alternative sessions if the session fills up so I don’t make it or if the session isn’t what i expected it to be.
At the end of each day I plan the next day by repeating the procedure.

A good thing is also to make plans for a session free slot each day to chill your brain a little. 🙂 I usually plan those slots so that I can call home and talk to the wife and kids.

When it comes to Outlook ICS files i personally don’t use them.

Once the conference is over I use my schedule to find the sessions I’ve attended and those i missed.

See you in Chicago 🙂


Find your DevOps sessions at TechEd Europe

September 16, 2014

DevOps is one of the most written-about terms in the world of agile development and continuous delivery. The lasted Countdown to TechEd Europe Show are focusing on the DevOps and the Spotlight feature of the schedule builder.

Check it out here aka.ms/tee14cd07

To learn more about DevOps don’t miss upcoming Jump Start Training on October 9, 2014.
Azure Resource Manager DevOps Jump Start

While you are waiting for that make sure you check out the Microsoft Virtual Academy Training

DevOps: An IT Pro Guide

and the DevObs Blog and the latest blogpost from Volker Will
CIO Guide – Eight Steps to Enterprise DevOps – Step 1

If you haven’t registered yet, why not use the DevOps trainings available in Barcelona to boost your arguments 🙂

You will find the registration page and some help convincing your boss and much more by visiting the TechEd Europe website.

If you have any questions or comments about TechEd Europe you can post them in the TechEd Europe Forum or use Twitter or Facebook and reach out to:

Twitter handles for the people behind the Countdown Show:

Until next time,

C’Ya all in the binary space that’s 4zure Ler


TechEd Europe 2014 Content Catalog

August 21, 2014

Only 10 weeks to TechEd Europe!

Today the first version of the Content Catalog is live showing a lot of session from a huge amount of speakers. More content like sessions and labs will be added in the weeks to come, so make sure to check it out regularly so that you don’t miss anything of the good stuff. J

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Make sure you watch the now weekly TechEd Countdown shows to get information about the latest news in and around TechEd Europe.

Watch the latest episode is of the The One with the Content Catalog

Previous episodes are:

The Other One with Barcelona Dining Tips

The One with Dining Tips

If you haven’t registered yet, why not use the content catalog to boost your arguments 🙂

You will find the registration page and some help convincing your boss and much more by visiting the TechEd Europe website.

If you have any questions or comments about TechEd Europe you can post them in the TechEd Europe Forum or use Twitter or Facebook and reach out to:

Twitter handles for the people bbehing the Countdown Show:


On demand training, Windows Azure Pack

August 14, 2014

July 16–17, 2014 Microsoft had a Live training event called Windows Azure Pack: Infrastructure as a Service Jump Start ft a instructor team of Microsoft employees.

During two days you could learn how to use Windows Azure Pack to deliver Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in your datacenter. The content is now available on Microsoft Cannel 9

Have you checked out the Ch9 App for Xbox 360? Pretty nice to be able to watch the content on your home entertainment system 🙂

Full course outline for the two days:

Day One

Day Two

So join the Instructor Team for an exploration of Windows Azure Pack’s (WAP’s) infrastructure services (IaaS)

Windows Azure Pack builds on the power of Microsoft CloudOS brought to your local data center that enables you to deliver an enterprise-class, cost-effective solution for self-service, multitenant cloud infrastructure and application services based on Microsoft Azure, Windows Server and System Center technologies.

· Andrew Zeller | Microsoft Senior Technical Program Manager

· ​Symon Perriman | Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist
Twitter: @SymonPerriman

· Joe Levy | Microsoft Program Manager
Twitter: @Jodoglevy

· Shriram Natarajan | Microsoft Program Manager
Twitter: @shriramnat

· John Ballard | Microsoft Principal Program Manager

​· ​Vybava Ramadoss | Microsoft ​Program Manager
Twitter: @vybava

· Anshuman Nangia | Microsoft Program Manager


We few we happy few, we band of brothers.

June 11, 2014

Late last night I returned home after two magic and exhausting days in Barcelona. As you might know I were there for the TechEd Europe Roundtable discussions.

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During the discussions we shared experiences and thoughts in and around TechEd and especially the TechEd Europe conference that returns to at Fira Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. In October 28-31 Microsoft and a variety of industry experts will give all of us another great conference and awesome memories.

One of the discussions that are close to my heart is the community. A great conference as TechEd Europe isn’t just the great lectures, opportunity to get your hands on the technology and direct access to Microsoft employees and other technology experts. It’s the hallway discussions, the interaction during lunch the great joke in the evenings while sharing a beverage of your choice with good friends.

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In my previous post I talked about a community called theKrewe and I already knew just about half of  roundtable members from just that community and seeing them again was priceless. But to get to know the other members was even better be course seeing them again will be just as awesome. Erik, Golnaz, Dieter, Sean, Aidan and Alan it was a pleasure meeting you and I already look forward to the next time we meet. Denise it was awesome to finally meet you. Ler

Beverly and Corey I haven’t forgotten about you but we still have to meet in person. 😉

It is always with mixed emotions I leave conferences and this Roundtable meeting wasn’t different. I had the opportunity to meet some good old friends and made new ones.

On my flights home this came in to my mind.

Shakespeare’s Henry V, 1598:

KING HENRY V:
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

I do hope to see you in Barcelona if you haven’t registered yet, go ahead and do it today and save 300 €

You will learn a lot and return home with a lot of professional knowledge and some new friends.

Stay tuned for more information about TechEd Europe. If you have any questions feel free to comment of start a thread in the TechEd Europe Forum


TechEd Europe Roundtable Scouting trip Day 1

June 8, 2014

If you have attended any conference or traveled for work you know that it can be some quite boring evenings in hotel rooms, dining alone.

In 2011 I attended my first TechEd in Atlanta. During my preparations for the trip I noticed that there was a group of IT professionals called the Krewe of Teched. They had a Meet’n Greet party in the back pocket of a sports bar the day before the conference start.

You might wonder why I start off writing about TechEd Atlanta and the Krewe. Well my friends it is really easy. When I go on conferences or business trips nowadays I don’t have boring evenings in the hotel room and I don’t have to dine alone. The Krewe is more then just a Technological community around the TechEd conference, it’s more like family.

Bright and early this morning I boarded a plane to Copenhagen to meet one of my good friends. He has invited me to his house and I will accompany him and his wife to a family picnic.

Tomorrow morning we will travel to Barcelona and join a few more of the European Krewe family that also are invited to the TechEd Round table discussions.

I cant wait…