Sunday, March 26, 2006

Brainshare 2006

"Brainshare used iFolder to sync the presentations"

When I first arrived at Brainshare this year my first thought was that Novell scaled back the conference. Now that it is over, I think they actually scaled it up a little. The keynotes seemed bigger, there seemed to be more sessions, and they reported more people attending than ever. iFolder certainly had a good Brainshare. What a difference it is to have a product that is shipping. Last year there were a lot of people that were planning on looking into iFolder. This year there were even more people that had iFolder 3 rolled out in production. Novell even used iFolder (see photo above) to sync all of the presentations to the computers in the rooms. The picture shows Victor Billings standing next to the screen which shows the presentations iFolder on the desktop. If a presenter had an update to a presentation, they could just drop it in that iFolder in any presentation room and it would sync around for everyone. The Brainshare folks would take the presentations out of that iFolder and update them for people attending the conference. It was easy and nice to see iFolder used to help the conference!

"Slotcars at the Developer Den"

A lot of Brainshare attendies don't know about the Developer Den, but it's one of my favorite places at BrainShare. They show movies all day and usually have some crazy competition. This year it was slot car racing. Due to my previous posts it should be obvious why I was excited for this. I raced against Jared and Brady... they didn't stand a chance. Brady commented afterwards that it would have been pretty sad had I not been able to beat them. My boasting was not at all hindered by the fact that I also posted the fasted time on the track. Being an employee of course I can't officially win anything. The track, controllers, and cars were all ditigally controlled. My setup is all analog so I was excited to try the digital setup. In the end, I was dissapointed. It was sluggish to respond and made for an "out of control" feel to the race. That being said, it was very cool to race three cars on only two lanes. Maybe the sluggish controls were due to power issues more than the digital setup.

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