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What we hadn’t planned on was the coldest night of the year (as of 23rd January) and the fact one of the heaters was blowing cold air for the first session.
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Richard Costall Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Ladies and Gentlemen this is your Captain speaking. Welcome to a presentation on Vista, Office and .NET 3.0 - Fasten your seatbelts. Oh, and wrap up warm!
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At the start of this year the DPE (Developer Platform Evangelist) group decided to do a Roadtrip to promote the launch of Vista, Exchange and Office. The NxtGenUG team knew it was an opportunity not to be missed and decided to hold an event with a difference.


Dave ensures they get off to the right start

how about the Cargo hold of an Argosy airplane? (not flying). Thanks to Midland Air Museum for the loan and setting up of power to this aircraft – we could not have done it without you.


Daniel adjusts to the British Weather - Not quite Greece!

What we hadn’t planned on was the coldest night of the year (as of 23rd January) and the fact one of the heaters was blowing cold air for the first session.


Haw Haw... Penelope.. (I wonder where I'd seen Daniel and Mike before)

When Mike Taulty, Daniel Moth, Martin Parry and Mark Johnston (The Ant Hill Mob) arrived in Chuga Boom they were surprised and impressed. They even got a guided tour of the cockpit of the Argosy!

We’d managed to cram over 40 seats, projector screen and a table for the laptops into the cargo hold and we were ready for takeoff.


Loads of room in here


There's even a place for John to put the projector

To cover Vista, Office 2007 and .NET 3.0 in 90 minutes was optimistic to say the least. The guys made a good job of it though, with some great demos. Mike’s workflow shape stood out in particular.

At half time we all defrosted over piping hot fish and chips, washed down with a cup of tea, in the warmth of the canteen. Charles Torre from Channel 9 arrived to see some grass roots user group activity– decided we we completely bonkers, but shot some footage. Charles then allowed me to get some interviews with the NxtGenUG members on why the community and NxtGenUG was important to them.


Come to Coventry, we'll keep you well fed

Back in the freezer we did the second half of the event, both heaters now on warm, with a swag giveaway at the end.


The members enjoy the freezer

So, all in all, a cold night (-3 when i got in my car), with hot demos, and luke warm plane gags from Daniel

Thank you for flying NxtGenUG
About Richard
Richard Costall (MVP, MCSD.NET) has over 22 years development experience and works for 1st Software, a Microsoft Gold Partner, and the UK's leading software solution for Financial Adviser and Intermediaries, designing and implementing IFA applications in the financial services sector. Previously specializing in VB, XML/XSLT, COM, ASP and MSMQ, Richard now lives and breathes the awesome world of .Net and in particular ASP.NET and Silverlight 2.0. Richard spent 5 1/2 years as the Midlands regional coordinator for VBUG (Visual Basic User Group) before co-founding NxtGenUG, the innovative UK user group for Microsoft Technologies.

Richard has written articles for publications such as ASP.NET Pro and International Developer Magazines and also co-authered the Apress title Professional MSMQ. He speaks a local user groups, Microsoft Conferences/Product launches, TechED Europe and the hugely successful DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper Events.

When not in .Net land, Richard enjoys relaxing at home with his wife and two sons, playing on the XBOX 360 or ultimately jetting off to Walt Disney World, Florida, for a trip on the Tower of Terror.

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