Showing posts with label Presentation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Presentation. Show all posts

Monday, June 02, 2014

Don't make them squint, ZoomIt!

Next of Windows - ZoomIt – The Little Tool to Zoom In and Out Your Desktop with Ease

ZoomIt, part of the famous Sysinternals Suite, is an awesome little tool that makes presentation as well as software demonstration a great pleasure to not only the presenter but also all audiences who desperately want to see what’s on the big screen more clearly. It’s a 2-in-one tool that combines screen zoom and annotation into one little piece that is also very easy to use and highly customizable. It’s been around for years, but still it’s one of my favorite tools that I want to recommend to anyone who does presentation or demonstration for living.

ZoomIt is free and portable, runs unobtrusively in the system tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zooming, and draw on the zoomed area.

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If you've seen just about any Microsoft development or technical presentation you've probably seen this tool in action. You've seen the presenter zoom in? Maybe draw on the screen? This is likely the utility they used. If you're a budding live presenter this tool is a must know... And the price is really hard to beat (it's free ;)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
ZoomIt, the must have technical presentation tool, get’s a major update (with added Win7 coolness) – ZoomIt v4 released

"Sysinternals Primer: TechEd 2014 Edition"
Mark TechEd's you... See all four of Mark Russinovich's recent TechEd North America sessions
The “Windows Sysinternals Primer: Process Explorer, Process Monitor, and More” from TechEd 2010 North America

How-To schools you on SysInternals, "Using SysInternals Tools Like a Pro"
"Utilizing SysInternals Tools for Windows Client" - The Seven Part Series..
A "Windows Sysinternals Administrator's Reference" book by Mark Russinovich? You had me a $30 pre-order special price (and Sysinternals... and Mark Russinovich... and... )
Sysinternals 101 – “Notes from the field,” a quick intro to a few Sysinternals utilities (Process Explorer, TCPView, Process Monitor, VMMap)
Hands On Learning How to Use the Sysinternals Process Monitor Utility

Process Explorer v16.0 is out and now cooking with VirusTotal
Disk2vhd turns 2, v2.0 that is, and a few more Sysinternals utility updates
New Sysinternals utility released today, Disk2vhd v1.0 – Yes ...

A Sweet Summer Sysinternals Suite Refresh
It's a sweet suite! Windows Sysinternals Suite gets a summer refresh [August 3, 2012]...
Sysinternals Suite 2010 Refreshed - All the latest versions, one 12.4MB zip…
Sysinternals Suite Refreshed – All the latest Sysinternals Utilities, one tiny zip (well 10MB zip…)
Sysinternals Suite (8MB of Complete Sysinternals Goodness)

Mesh'ing Live.Sysinternals.com, using Vista Scheduling and Robocopy|
A handy PowerShell script to keep your Sysinternals Suite up to date
The latest Sysinternals utilities are just a URL away, Live.Sysinternals.com

Use the Sysinternals Utilities? The EULA bug dialog you? Then try this…

More desktops for Windows 8 with Sysinternals Desktops v2.0
It's a sunny day when we get a new Sysinternals utility...
It’s a new Sysinternals Tool Day! RAMMap v1.0 released!

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

"Become a Social Developer" Yes, you! Learn how to become a mini-Scott Hanselman (well...)

GET INVOLVED IN TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY with Scott Hanselman

In this feature-length production, Scott Hanselman and Rob Conery offer suggestions and advice on how you can get out there, and get involved. Blogging, Twitter, Github, StackOverflow, User Groups and Conferences: all of this can make you a happier, more productive developer and inspire you to take your career to the next level.

You certainly don't have to be social to be better at writing code - but sharpening your skills this way helps you when it comes time for a job interview, a yearly review where a promotion is on the line, or when you want to start running an Open Source project.

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What will you learn?

For this production we sought out the people who are very active and well known in the social arena:

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We put an immense amount of work into this production and I really think you'll enjoy it. You can watch this video FREE at Pluralsight, and if you like, enjoy our another productions like "The Art of Speaking." ...

Additional Free Reading

If you're interested in learning more about how to give technical presentations, check out some of Scott's blog posts on these topics over the years.

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You've seen him present, and if you haven't you're missing out on a great presenter, you've read his blog, listened to his podcasts, now he's going to help you become your own little social juggernaut...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Web Camps Training Kit, March 2014 Edition

Microsoft Downloads - Web Camps Training Kit - March 2014

Version: March 2014

Date Published: 4/29/2014

WebCampsTK-Package-WebCampsTrainingKit.exe, 114 KB

The kit includes all the content presented around the world at the recent Web Camps events; presentations, demos, labs and more. Inside the new kit you’ll find content that covers the following technologies:

  • ASP.NET 4.5
  • ASP.NET MVC 4
  • ASP.NET Web API
  • jQuery
  • SignalR
  • Entity Framework
  • Visual Studio 2013
  • Internet Explorer 11 and HTML5
  • Building apps for Office with HTML5
  • Cloud application services

 

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Internal or external, if you're doing any kind of Microsoft Web Stack Training, presenting or attending, this is a great resource...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Web Camps Training Kit Updated
“Web Camps Training Kit” Don’t re-invent, re-use…

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Don't suck at your next presentation - "15 Easy Ways to Screw Up Your Next User Group Talk" and more...

Jerry Nixon @ Work - 15 Easy Ways to Screw Up Your Next User Group Talk. And, a little advice

In college, a millennia ago, I spent a summer serving Philadelphia’s inner city children with Bart Campolo. As a leader, he was an effervescent, tireless motivator; an excellent writer as much a speaker. As he verbalized his process he forever transformed my approach to public communication.

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I believe we all want to be excellent communicators. Recognizing excellent communication qualities creates a roadmap for us to be better. One stepping stone toward this is motivating change over mere information. Asking ourselves, “What do I want my audience to change?” Let’s look closer

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15 Easy Fails

If you want your presentation to fail, then I have assembled some easy solutions for you. You don’t have to work hard to be a loser when I’m here. Here are some of the top things I have used to ensure my talks aren’t successes.

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Finally, here are six more great, loser tips:

  1. Over-generalize, there’s no other way
  2. Under-enunciate, the-no-thr-wa.
  3. Use logical fallacies, just like Hitler!
  4. Maximize PowerPoint & laser pointers
  5. Minimize demos, you get it
  6. Sing?

Conclusion

This starting to make sense? There is more to be said about this. But, this is the end of this article. If you are about to present something, consider your motivation. Is this for you or for them? And if this is for them, what do you want them to change – what behavior do you want to see different? If the answer is “nothing” then you are just wasting all of our time. You can be a great speaker. Start by looking at this article, and consider the qualities of other great speakers – especially their motivations.

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One day, it will be me up there, on the stage and I'll need this advice...

Monday, November 11, 2013

Preparing Patriotic Presentations with PowerPoint (and this step-by-step animation and music tutorial series)

The Fire Hose - Step-by-step tutorial showcases PowerPoint’s patriotic animation effects

If you’ve always wanted to amp up your PowerPoint presentations, Microsoft MVP Sandra Johnson can help you with a step-by-step tutorial that covers how to animate shapes and text to create a customizable slide with background music that happens to coincide with the Nov. 11 Veterans Day holiday.

As the PowerPoint Blog reports, Johnson is “a wiz at creating animated greeting cards in PowerPoint, and now she's sharing her secrets …The patriotic theme of the tutorial presentation is one that most anyone can reuse, and you can always replace the message with your own. What's important are the hands-on animation techniques that you'll learn and be able to use in other presentations.”

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PowerPoint. Responsibly. - Part One: Create and animate objects on a slide — Patriotic Theme

This step-by-step series of tutorials will show you how to animate shapes and text to create a customizable patriotic slide with background music. This first tutorial focuses on drawing and animating the Red Bars shown below

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This tutorial is part of a 5 part series. To learn other drawing and animation techniques to create a slide like this, click any of the following links:

Draw and Animate the red bars

Draw and Animate the red stars

Create and Animate custom text (with Fragment Shapes Tool)

Draw and Animate the shooting stars

Insert Audio (music)

PowerPoint presentations don't have to make your eyes bleed or brain freeze... Really...

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Don't Present, Resonate - Nancy Duarte's resonate webook is free, online, multimedia, a great example of HTML5 publishing and a good read too...

Ric Bretschneider - She’s Giving It Away…

No secret to anyone about my love of this book.

So why is it news today?

This morning Nancy Duarte announced that “the multimedia version of Resonate is now available on HTML5 and iTunes for FREE! You can read, learn, and share on any platform or device.”

So stop reading this and go get it....

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Just the way this webook is presented is interesting, let alone the content... (OH! Shiny box! You mean there's good stuff in it too! :)

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Lighting the way into the future (of LightSwitch) - "Live from Redmond - Visual Studio LightSwitch Town Hall"

Hosam Kamel's Blog - Live from Redmond - Visual Studio LightSwitch Town Hall Thursday, September 12, 2013 | 8:00AM – 9:30AM (PDT, Redmond Time)

Are you interested in the future of Visual Studio LightSwitch? Come see what we’ve been working on and ask questions in this live public meeting. Joe Binder and the rest of the LightSwitch Team will be here to discuss the LightSwitch roadmap and discuss the product direction. We’ll start with a demonstration of the new features in Visual Studio 2013 and then we’ll open the floor to questions. 

If you have burning questions or topics you'd like to discuss, it would be a great help if you post them to this thread in advance so we can provide more complete answers.  Of course, you're more than welcome to ask live too.

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More details and an interesting discussion can be accessed here

I'm still saying that VS2013 is going to be the break-out of LightSwitch, that in a couple years we'll see this VS as the true birth of LightSwitch (Or will be saying, "Man, remember LightSwitch..." :/ )

Anyway, here's a great chance to check out what's coming and to ask the team questions...

Monday, July 15, 2013

Gestalt your way to better data visualization by following the Gestalt Laws

Six Revisions - How to Make Data Visualization Better with Gestalt Laws

People love order. We love to make sense of the world around us.

The human mind’s affinity for making sense of the objects it sees can be explained in a theory called Gestalt psychology. Gestalt psychology, also referred to gestaltism, is a set of laws that accounts for how we perceive or intuit patterns and conclusions from the things we see.

These laws can help designers produce better designs. For instance:

In this guide, we will talk about how to apply the principles of Gestalt to create better charts, graphs, and data visualization graphics.

For broader implementation tips of Gestalt laws, please read Gestalt Principles Applied in Design.

Introduction

Gestalt laws originate from the field of psychology. Today, however, this set of laws finds relevance in a multitude of disciplines and industries like design, linguistics, musicology, architecture, visual communication, and more.

These laws provide us a framework for explaining how human perception works.

Understanding and applying these laws within the scope of charting and data visualization can help our users identify patterns that matter, quickly and efficiently.

None of the Gestalt laws work in isolation, and in any given scenario, you can find the interplay of two or more of these laws.

Let us cover some of the Gestalt laws that are relevant to enhancing data visualization graphics.

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Summary

To sum up the lessons we can derive from these Gestalt laws:

  1. Law of Pr├Ągnanz: Keep it simple. Arrange data logically wherever possible.
  2. Law of Continuity: Arrange objects in a line to facilitate grouping and comparison.
  3. Law of Similarity: Use similar characteristics (color, size, shape, etc.) to establish relationships and to encourage groupings of objects.
  4. Law of Focal Point: Use distinctive characteristics (like a different color or a different shape) to highlight and create focal points.
  5. Law of Proximity: Know what your chart’s information priority is, and then create groupings through proximity to support that priority.
  6. Law of Isomorphic Correspondence: Keep in mind your user and their preconceived notions and experiences. Stick to well-established conventions and best practices.
  7. Law of Figure/Ground: Ensure there is enough contrast between your foreground and background so that charts and graphs are more legible.
  8. Law of Common Fate: Use direction and/or movement to establish or negate relationships.

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The title of my post should have been "Break the Gestalt Laws, go directly to the Data Visualization jail, do not..." Anyway, great write up, advice and guidance...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mark TechEd's you... See all four of Mark Russinovich's recent TechEd North America sessions

Sysinternals Site Discussion - Updates: Mark's TechEd Sessions, Autoruns v11.61, Strings v2.52, ZoomIt v4.5

"Mark’s TechEd Sessions Available On-Demand:  Mark delivered four top-rated sessions at Microsoft’s TechEd US conference two weeks ago, and the recordings are available now for on-demand viewing. In Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, he gives an overview of the deployment and operation of Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks; in Windows Azure Internals Mark goes under the hood of Windows Azure to show its physical and logical datacenter architecture and operation; in Case of the Unexplained you’ll see how to use the Sysinternals tools to solve impossible problems; and in Malware Hunting with the Sysinternals Tools you’ll learn how to use Sysinternals tools to identify and clean malware infestations.

Autoruns v11.61:  ...  This update adds more autostart locations, fixes a bug that could cause a crash when Autorunsc is directed to calculate file hashes, and fixes a bug in Autoruns’ jump-to-image functionality on 64-bit Windows.

Strings v2.52:  This release fixes a bug that prevented the previous one from running on Windows XP.

Zoomit v4.5:  ... This release introduces better support for zooming in on Windows 8 Windows Store applications.

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If you've never seen Mark speak, you are missing out. I've seen him a few times and every time I've enjoyed it and, best of all, learning something that I was able to put right to use...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

PresentOn <-> PresentOff - Using the Productivity Power Tools to present your presentations

Michael Crump - Nice Tool for Presenters who use Visual Studio 2012

Introduction

While setting up for my Nokia Lumia Labs presentation, I had one of the organizers ask me how I was able to switch fonts and make everything easier to read in a matter of seconds. I told him that I simply installed the Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012 and with 2 simple commands could switch between presenter mode or non-presenter mode.

Let’s see how it works.

By typing ‘present’, from the Visual Studio Quick Launch bar, then you will see the following:

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By selecting, “PresentOn” then Visual Studio will adjust fonts, etc. automatically as shown below (Click to enlarge image):

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Funny how this tip makes the rounds (Powering Presentations, Productivity Power. A peek at the VS 2012 Productivity Power Tools PresentOn/PresentOff).

Note: This is great for work presentations, meetings, code chats, etc. too.

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Powering Presentations, Productivity Power. A peek at the VS 2012 Productivity Power Tools PresentOn/PresentOff
Productivity Power Tools November 2012 Release (Think "Cool, new stuff for VS2012!" Release. Or "More Quick Tasks, Power Commands, Coloring Printing, [and more] oh my...")
The Visual Studio Productivity Power Tools just got better (with yesterday’s update). Now it’s Cool x 2!
“Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools” available on the Visual Studio Gallery and free for everyone (VS 2010 Pro and above though). Think “Monster rollaway filled with cool power tools”
Visual Studio [Ultimate] 2010 Visualization & Modeling Feature Pack RTM now available on MSDN Subscribers Download

Friday, February 15, 2013

Kevin's Tips To Technology Presentation Perfection. Six tips for to help you toward Demo Mastery

Kevin E. Kline - Demo Mastery for the Technology Evangelist

In the same way that the finest presentations involve much more than the simple relaying of information, the finest software demos are much more than just presenting features.

REMEMBER: The goal of a demo is to INSPIRE the audience to use the software/technology, not to teach them every nuance of software/technology.

I’ve spent the last 10 years learning how to give good presentations and to give good software demonstrations. Here are several tips to take your software demonstration from informative to masterful:

1. Know your audience

2. Start, but only start, with an agenda

3. Skip the lengthy intro

4. Show what is pertinent

5. Don’t get sidelined

6. Hit the jackpot

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One day, I might become a Developer/Technology Evangelist (officially... I already kind of am unofficially... just ask anyone I work with... lol) so I like gathering these kinds of tips and tricks.

The best part of sharing this? These tips can be applied to ANY presentation.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"Best Books for Public Speakers" round-up

Scott Berkun - The best books for public speakers

A feature of some of my books is a ranked bibliography. I review my research and rank the books that were most useful in order of usefulness. Here is the ranked bibliography from Confessions of a Public Speaker.

Popular recent books like Reynold’s Presentation Zen and Duarte’s Slideology didn’t rank high on this list even though I recommend those books often. The reason is both books focus on slide design which in my experience isn’t the primary place to start in helping speakers improve, which explains why I only spend a few pages in Confessions with advice on slides (Both book do make the list, just surface near the bottom). I also needed to cover a wide range of subjects in the book including history, anxiety, business, performance, neuroscience and teaching – books scored better in this list when I learned the most.

Ranked in order of number of notes I made while reading:

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Since one day, when I grow up, I'd like to be public (and a speaker too) I wanted to grab Scott's list and add it to my "Yeah, you'll read these 'real soon now' list"...

Thursday, January 03, 2013

A few tips for creating professional visual presentations

Microsoft Small Business - GUEST BLOG: 5 Tips on Creating Effective Visual Presentations Like a Pro

5 Tips on Creating Effective Visual Presentations Like a Pro

Here is a constant predicament for presenters - How can a topic be effectively discussed to an audience in such a way that they will be interested in learning more about the issue and actually be drawn to understand and remember what has been presented to them? Despite your best intentions, incorporating your entire monologue into numerous slides filled with bullet points does not help in increasing the audience’s interest and engagement in the presentation. Adding bar graphs and pie charts do not help as well. Understanding human nature points to one solution – visuals.

Communicating with pictures makes it easier for people to remember things that have been discussed with them visually. Studies done by Psychologist Jerome Bruner of New York University have shown that people remember 80% of what they see and do, while only 10% is retained from what they hear and 20% from what they read. According to Psychologist Albert Mehrabian, an audience during a presentation absorbs 55% of the information presented through visuals, and only 38% of verbal and 7% of text.

Ideally, hiring a designer would be the best solution for having a highly engaging and effective presentation. A presentation created by a professional designer will guarantee a polished presentation that will help you, as a presenter, to capture the attention of your audience and successfully communicate your message. However, hiring a pro to do this may be too expensive for small businesses so here are some tips for achieving a visually engaging presentation without the additional costs.

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As someone who would like to become a Microsoft MVP one day, and knows that I need to get out from behind the keyboard and in front of people, presenting and sharing, to get there, these kinds of tips are those that I like to gather.

We all hate crappy presentations, so anything we can do to make them better is a good thing, right? Maybe just a few tweaks will take take your crap-tastic presentation to fantastic? (Well, we can always hope ;)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Powering Presentations, Productivity Power. A peek at the VS 2012 Productivity Power Tools PresentOn/PresentOff

Nathan Totten - Visual Studio 2012 Presentation Mode

This week I gave several presentations at Microsoft Web Camps. Part of giving a presentation involves setting up your machine properly to ensure that everyone can read the text on the screen. This is generally something I have done manually in Visual Studio by modifying the font settings. However, a few days ago Mads Kristensen pointed out to me that the new Visual Studio 2012 Productivity Power Tools have a fantastic command to automate this task. Now to setup Visual Studio for a demo all I have to do is type “PresentOn” in the top right search bar. To disable presentation mode, just type “PresentOff”.

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The Productivity Power Tools  really is a must install. And there's so many features, all free, that you could spend hours playing with them all...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Productivity Power Tools November 2012 Release (Think "Cool, new stuff for VS2012!" Release. Or "More Quick Tasks, Power Commands, Coloring Printing, [and more] oh my...")
The Visual Studio Productivity Power Tools just got better (with yesterday’s update). Now it’s Cool x 2!
“Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools” available on the Visual Studio Gallery and free for everyone (VS 2010 Pro and above though). Think “Monster rollaway filled with cool power tools”
Visual Studio [Ultimate] 2010 Visualization & Modeling Feature Pack RTM now available on MSDN Subscribers Download

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"3 surefire ways to glue your audience to their seats without Krazy Glue, hot glue or Mod Podge" Free Teleseminar

Speak Schmeak - 3 surefire ways to glue your audience to their seats without Krazy Glue, hot glue or Mod Podge

I hear this time and time again from clients, from audiences, from strangers who find out I'm ac...

"How do I get the audience's attention and keep it?"

They may say it in slightly different ways, like "I'm afraid of boring the audience," or "I wish I could get the audience excited and motivated to participate," or "How can I make a greater impact on my audience?"

But they all mean the same thing:

In a world where audiences are faced with more distractions than ever (When's lunch? Who's picking up the kids from soccer? I forgot to call the vet. I love her shoes. Oooh, there's a text from my BFF!), keeping their focus has gotten harder and harder.

But when you have the skills and know the tricks to keeping your audience's attention... and getting it back again every couple of minutes... your presentations will go from *blah* and *so-so* and *what did he say?* to fun, memorable and thoroughly enjoyable.

You want to give the kind of talk where time flies and the audience is disappointed it's over so soon, instead of the kind where they're looking at their watches wondering "How much longer?"
But how do you learn these skills? It's not like there's a dedicated public speaking class just focusing on engaging the audience in your neighborhood.

Oh wait... There IS!
"3 Surefire Ways to Glue Your Audience to Their Seats Without Krazy Glue, Hot Glue or Mod Podge" is my upcoming FREE teleseminar on engaging the audience. You can access the call from the convenience of your home or office.

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Join me on my call and learn some of my best secrets, like:

* How the title of your presentation can make or break your audience's trust
* 7 guaranteed ways to *lose* the audience's attention, even if you already had it
* And the #1 thing you can do better to engage your audience from start to finish.

It's happening:
Thursday, September 20
1:00 pacific/4:00 eastern

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I saw that my favorite public speaking coach was giving this free teleseminar and besides signing up myself, I thought I'd share it with you all. I mean we all can't be a Scott Hanselman now can we? AH! But we can! We just need practice and maybe some professional advice [Insert Coach Lisa plug here]...

Monday, July 23, 2012

Presenting a "Presenter’s Bill of Rights"

Brent Ozar - The Presenter’s Bill of Rights

Bad news: you don’t have any.

You THINK you have the right to all of this stuff:

  • A working screen for a projector (as opposed to one that’s hung up in the ceiling and won’t come down)
  • A working projector
  • ...
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When – not if – you don’t have something you expected at the event, remember the real presenter’s bill of rights.

You have the right to get bad surprises,
and the obligation to deliver great surprises.

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That first line made me laugh. I've done a number of presentations at work and yep, you think you have these "rights" but you never, ever really do. Yet, being prepared is key, forewarned and all that... (I keep telling myself that in the mirror, but man I have a think head... lol)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Web Camps Training Kit Updated

Microsoft Downloads - Web Camps Training Kit

Version: 2.0.0.0
Date published: 5/9/2012

Language: English

WebCampsTrainingKit.exe, 2.4 MB

Execute the EXE, then select the content items you wish to download. There are presentations in PowerPoint 2010 format and hands-on-labs in HTML format. All assets for the hands-on-labs are included (images, stylesheets, etc).

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While you learn allot when you create your own presentations and samples, sometimes re-use is also the way to go [insert 'I hate re-inventing the wheel' statement here]

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Here's a few quick snaps of the post install;

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One thing to note: I wish the kit files were optimized and maybe used a shared resource model. See all those blue squares? They are all copies of the same SQL Server database, MvcMusicStore.mdf. I understand that each related course needs that, and that users can pick and choose which one to download and that keeping them together with the materials helps in unitization, but it still bugs me that 144MB is being used where 4MB could be... [Bitch, moan, groan...]

Also note there's a dependency on VS 11 Beta (which makes sense due to the '4.5' related lab's);

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Related Past Post XRef:
“Web Camps Training Kit” Don’t re-invent, re-use…

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Here's one official boat load of VS11 Webcasts...

Steve Lange, the TFS Geek - Holy VS 11 Webcasts, Batman!

"Want to learn more about Visual Studio 11 and TFS 11 but can’t make it to an in-person roadshow? Check out this line up of “11” webcasts provided by our awesome ALM partners. Topics include:

  • A View into Microsoft's New ALM Features and Tools
  • Agile Planning
  • Managing Requirements & Customers
  • Testing Tools
  • Cross-Platform Development
  • Storyboarding
  • Exploratory Testing

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Visual Studio 11 Webcasts

Language(s): English.

Product(s): Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server.

Audience(s): Architect, Designer, IT Decision Maker, IT Manager, Pro Dev/Programmer and Tester.

Whether you are a developer, a database administrator, or a technical architect – we have a Visual Studio 11 webcast for you! Each webcast is an hour in length, and there is no charge. You'll need to register for each webcast individually so simply click through the links below to register for the topics/dates of your choice.

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The thing I thought awesome about this was how it's multiple companies, that this list combines casts from some of the major Microsoft training names/companies/providers into one easy to find, consume, browse and register list.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

VS 11 ALM DemoMates updated for the Beta

Brian Keller - Visual Studio 11 Beta ALM DemoMates now available

The Visual Studio 11 DemoMates for showcasing application lifecycle management scenarios have been updated based on the beta release. You can download the DemoMates here.

DemoMates are a nice alternative to the Visual Studio 11 Virtual Machine for when you don’t have time or hardware resources to run the virtual machine.

Brian Keller - DemoMates for Visual Studio 11 ALM Demos

"Mar 15, 2012 Update: This post and accompanying downloads have been updated based on the Visual Studio 11 Beta.

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A DemoMate is a Silverlight-based rendering of a software demo which can be used to easily learn a demo or show it to an audience (albeit in a strict, linear format). It’s not a substitute for the virtual machine and being able to go “off road” of the script, but if you plan on sticking to the script then it’s the next best thing.

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You can run these DemoMates online, or if you plan on using these in an environment where you might not always have Internet access then I suggest installing the offline version.

Online:
Agile Project Management in Team Foundation Server 11
Building the Right Software - Generating Storyboards and Collecting Stakeholder Feedback with Visual Studio 11
Diagnosing Issues in Production with IntelliTrace and Visual Studio 11
Exploratory Testing and Other Enhancements in Microsoft Test Manager 11
Making Developers More Productive with Team Foundation Server 11
Unit Testing with Visual Studio 11 - MSTest, NUnit, xUnit.net, and Code Clone

Offline: (gets installed locally on your computer)
Agile Project Management in Team Foundation Server 11
Building the Right Software - Generating Storyboards and Collecting Stakeholder Feedback with Visual Studio 11
Diagnosing Issues in Production with IntelliTrace and Visual Studio 11
Exploratory Testing and Other Enhancements in Microsoft Test Manager 11
Making Developers More Productive with Team Foundation Server 11
Unit Testing with Visual Studio 11 - MSTest, NUnit, xUnit.net, and Code Clone

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A quick and easy way to see some of the features coming in VS/TFS11...

Here's some snaps from the Building the Right Software - Generating Storyboards and Collecting Stakeholder Feedback with Visual Studio 11 DemoMate

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Related Past Post XRef:
Visual Studio/TFS11 ALM Demo's... Mate! See the VS/TFS 11 ALM's hands-on-labs in DemoMate form

Visual Studio 11 ALM VHD's, VirtualBoxed (and even on x86 hosts too)
Want to play with Visual Studio 11 & TFS 11 Dev Preview but don't want to install it (and have access to a Hyper-V server)? Here's a VHD just for you...