PDC'05 - Developer PoweredYesterday I sent an email to my boss telling him that we should send someone to the Professional Developer's Conference in Los Angeles if we could. To my surprise, he told me that same day to sign up for it now because the price goes up after the 15th. So I'm going to L.A. in September for a gathering of nerds. This is really exciting. I get to see all the upcoming Microsoft technologies and developer tools, meet and learn from some of the top programmers in the world, and get early releases of some really cool software.

Now, I'm working on optimizing my trip to see the most in L.A. while I'm there. The work day at the conference gets over around 5:00 every day, so I'm hoping to make some trips to cool places by public transportation. On the list of possibilities: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, and the Russian part of town.

12 comments:

ed said...

Congratulations, Lance! Do you get to dress like that guy?

This is off the subject, but since you're a self-proclaimed computer nerd...what do you know about SCSI (interface?)?

lance said...

SCSI sounds like scuzzy.

I know that SCSI hard drives are faster and more expensive than regular hard drives. You need to have a special "SCSI" controller in your computer to use them though. If you are in the market for a new hard drive I would reccomend getting a SATA drive if your computer supports them, otherwise a good old IDE drive would be just fine.

I didn't know it stood for Small Computer System Interface, you can find out more here. Are you getting a SCSI thing?

lance said...

I could dress like that guy and it would be fun, but I just don't have the clothes. I am looking forward to dressing up like a celeb for the plane ride. This was pioneered by Jack, a cool guy I've never met, and also employed by Scott on his trip to Eastern Europe earlier this year.

ed said...

I forgot to check back on my question! Thanks for your response. I actually bought this Nikon slide/negative scanner like they use in the journalism school off of e-bay without realizing it would not connect to my computer (because it's scuzzy). I was just curious what it would take to rig it up, but it sounds like a nasty mess that I am not up for. Know anyone that could use it?

This whole suit thing kills me. Are you going to wear sunglasses like the rest? Awesome.

lance said...

Hey ed, I wouldn't give away your cool new scanner just yet. All you need to do is buy a SCSI controller card and a cable. On newegg the cards range in price from $20 to $200, but all you should need is a $20 one. The expensive ones are for doing fancy things with multiple SCSI hard drives.

It looks like it comes with a cable too, if you don't have one already, but you will probably want a round one, but before you go buying a cable and everything, you'll want to make sure to get the right one. Count how many pins are on your scanner, because it could be 25, 50, or 68 (or maybe another number I don't know about). Do you still have the ebay address of the item? I could take a look at it too.

This sounds like a really cool scanner. Does it have an automatic feed for doing batch scans? I was thinking about sending off some of my old film to get digitized, but it was too pricy. I'd like to put some of my old photos up on flickr.

I love the suit idea too! I will be wearing my Mexican Ray Ban aviators.

ed said...

Lance, I don't think I have the item number from e-bay anymore, but I'll hunt. This is the scanner here, or rather some guy's review thereof! I can probably look up the serial number too, but that would require digging the thing out of the closet! It's been there a while, actually. I am a little leery of making it compatible with my silly new Dell computer b/c I don't want to void out the warranty. Know anything about that?

Anyway, it is a really cool scanner--or at least the ones that I've used like it are. It would be super handy to scan in film and slides by batch. My desktop scanner has a little adaptor for this, but it's not nearly as good.

Thanks again for your input. We'll see what we can do about this...

lance said...

That shouldn't void your warranty at all. People add all kinds of PCI cards, like SCSI controllers, all the time. It is a normal way to add peripherals to your computer. It consists of: turning off your computer, opening your case, pulling out a blank place holder, inserting the PCI card, closing your case, turning on your computer, then windows will discover it and ask you for the CD that came with it.

Easy, no?

If you do decide to get the thing, you can just bring your computer over sometime, like a Thursday that you meet with Shannon, and I'll put it in for you.

lance said...

Hey, I just read over that review, and it looks like that scanner is supposed to come with a SCSI controller and cable. Did you get that stuff with it too?

ed said...

Hmm...I seem to remember a cable. What might an SCSI controller look like to someone who knows nothing about those things? I'll try to poke around. Thank you! And you're right! Sounds like a piece of cake. For you.

lance said...

It should look something like this.

ed said...

Hmm...that doesn't look familiar, but like I say, I'll have to dig around. Thank you for being so helpful, Lance. I'll let you know what I find. If you think you have any use for this thing, you should tell me because, honestly, these things are a big headache to me :)

Prizrak said...

Damn, I wish they would send me with you, Lance! We would have had lots of fun sleeping at the geekfest events and then driving down the Hollywood Boulevard at night, sippin' on gin'n'juice and picking up trannies! :)