Microsoft did a fantastic job making PDC09 accessible to everyone, even to geeks as far away as Vermont. Their real-time HD video coverage of the keynotes and conference presentations was awesome. And what Microsoft didn't provide at http://microsoftpdc.com, Twitter did. The combination of microsoftpdc.com and the #PDC09 stream allowed me to feel like I was at the conference without having to fly across the country to get there.
Fascinating, really, the ability to follow the flow of a PDC conference in real time, being in on the pre-conference anticipation of the attendees, initial disappointments as the conference got off to a slow start, the bitching about snacks, reading about the parties, seeing reactions to the free laptops on day two, the arrival of the beloved ScottGu to the PDC stage, and, of course, reactions to the technology announcements throughout.
Below are 65 tweets I captured over the course of PDC09. They’re listed in reverse chronological order. Sorry. You may want to skip to the bottom and scroll up the list to get a feel for the action as it happened.
First are a few selected tweets to give you a PDC09 overview, listed IN chronological order.
Too many tossers on stage using Awesome to describe something that is just barely adequate
To the dude sitting next to me at the #pdc09 keynote. STOP FARTING!!!!!
They have really cheaped out this year, but at least it costs more. (from day #1, obviously)
I'll probably see the second day keynote for #pdc09. Hope it's better than day 1, that was painful.
@RoyOsherove #PDC09 in one sentence: "We think cloud computing is awesome"
RT @ctrlalt313373: You know it was a good night at #pdc09 if you wake up with the Win7 logo tattooed to your ass.
Overheard, "I went to PDC08 and all I got was this crappy Hard Drive"
@scottgu Go well? You knocked it out of the ball-park. Amazing.
http://twitpic.com/q0pjk the free laptop line is forming
Is waiting for one more Jew to come to the prayer room at #pdc09.
It is so funny to see ppl reaction about #pdc09 before and after they got their laptops :). now everything is ok!
LOL - First audience question in the lab session: Does this support VMWare? Now to see how many people leave the room
Microsoftpdc.com Fail http://yfrog.com/1dwdsp
That was that, #pdc09. Not a lot of exciting news, but decent sessions and great giveaways. I feel bribed.
@John_Papa You too. Really hoping no one dies next March so I can go. :) #pdc09 #MIX10 /t12:53 AM Nov 20th from TweetDeck in reply to John_Papa
RT @SaraJChipps: My favorite shirt that I saw all week said, "I need a girl who's name doesn't end in .jpg" #pdc09 10:37 PM Nov 19th from Swift
Microsoft, this does NOT give me more confidence in ASP.NET (even though I love it) http://twitpic.com/q6iob #pdc09 9:56 PM Nov 19th from web
LOL RT @SaraJChipps: My favorite shirt that I saw all week said, "I need a girl who's name doesn't end in .jpg" #pdc09 9:29 PM Nov 19th from TweetDeck
#pdc09 webpage throws error on even home page in Chrome, works OK in IE 8 9:08 PM Nov 19th from TweetDeck
That was that, #pdc09. Not a lot of exciting news, but decent sessions and great giveaways. I feel bribed. 7:58 PM Nov 19th from Tweetie
@ScriptingGuys LoL RT @dunnry: Overheard at #PDC09: "I was drunk and I don't remember getting my laptop" <=rofl 7:01 PM Nov 19th from TwitterBerry
is going home now that #pdc09 is over. 7:00 PM Nov 19th from txt
He is snoring so loud half the room is turning heads :D #PDC09 6:40 PM Nov 19th from TweetDeck
Somebody is snoring right behind me #PDC09 6:22 PM Nov 19th from TweetDeck
My first post on news from #pdc09: http://bit.ly/HCBAz 4:51 PM Nov 19th from TweetDeck
dang it, I missed a session at #pdc09 because I got caught on a broken escalator 4:46 PM Nov 19th from TweetDeck
RT @brandonleblanc: Want to check out a really cool Facebook Windows app? Check out Fishbowl for Facebook: http://bit.ly/1DnrSc #pdc09 4:18 PM Nov 19th from TweetDeck
It's amazing how far Silverlight and Blend have come in such a short time. I can't wait to install VS 2010 beta and Silverlight 4 #pdc09 4:10 PM Nov 19th from Echofon
Touchscreen does not work well with donuts #pdc09 2:42 PM Nov 19th from Seesmic
Microsoftpdc.com Fail http://yfrog.com/1dwdsp #pdc09 2:36 PM Nov 19th from Seesmic
Big claps for config free WCF services at #pdc09 1:09 PM Nov 19th from TweetDeck
LOL - First audience question in the lab session: Does this support VMWare? Now to see how many people leave the room #pdc09 1:08 PM Nov 19th from web
Microsoft working on cheaper, possibly vertical flat-screen version of Surface touch computer http://bit.ly/4bFdh0 #Surface #PDC09 1:04 PM Nov 19th from web
Make sure you all check out the videos on microsoftpdc.com (video link on the left). Ton of session vids now there... #pdc09 1:03 PM Nov 19th from web
it is so funny to see ppl reaction about #pdc09 before and after they got their laptops :). now everything is ok! 12:54 PM Nov 19th from TweetDeck
RT @OReillyMedia: First five people that come by the O'Reilly Booth (#112) get a free t-shirt at #PDC #PDC09 /MH 12:42 PM Nov 19th from TweetDeck
LOL RT @brada Is it bad that Windows *strongly* recommends a checkdisk on my demo machine the morning of my #PDC09 talk? ;-) 10:33 AM Nov 19th from Digsby
I LOL'd in a hallway full of people when I got this follower RT @GuyNextToYou: @rob_hale_vt Sorry Rob, that's me. I have a.. condition. 6:23 PM Nov 18th from HootSuite
Silverlight 4 whitepaper by @John_Papa, explaining most new features: http://is.gd/4Yjbm #sl4 #pdc09 (via @brian_henderson) 5:38 PM Nov 18th from Tweetie
in Pablo Castro's session learning lots. but someone in this row is breaking wind - which is distracting + gross. #pdc09 5:36 PM Nov 18th from PockeTwit
Wondering how many recently laid off softies would appreciate the laptop giveaway at #pdc09 5:34 PM Nov 18th from TweetDeck
is waiting for one more Jew to come to the prayer room at #pdc09. 4:52 PM Nov 18th from txt
http://twitpic.com/q0pjk the free laptop line is forming #pdc09 3:31 PM Nov 18th from TweetDeck
Get ur free computer #PDC09 - ouch, look at that line http://pic.gd/5faaae 3:30 PM Nov 18th from UberTwitter
The line to collect the free #PDC09 laptop http://pic.gd/84b7c4 3:24 PM Nov 18th from UberTwitter
@scottgu Go well? You knocked it out of the ball-park. Amazing. #pdc09 3:23 PM Nov 18th from TweetDeck in reply to scottgu
@scottgu Your alien pic is a testimony to how awesome it was! #pdc09 3:23 PM Nov 18th from TweetDeck in reply to scottgu
#PDC09 takes swag to a whole new level! http://twitpic.com/q0m83 3:10 PM Nov 18th from TweetDeck
RT @PDC09: Free slushies in the Big Room at 2pm today - sponsored by MSDev! #pdc09 2:51 PM Nov 18th from TweetDeck
Presenter: Sharepoint + F5. (everyone claps) #pdc09 1:52 PM Nov 18th from Twitterlicious
Very Cool RT @nikhilk: Silverlight 4 beta now available for download along with tooling support ... exciting times ahead! #pdc09 1:22 PM Nov 18th from Digsby
Shared assemblies between .NET 4 and SL 4! #pdc09 12:47 PM Nov 18th from web
RT @shanselman: Want to see the #pdc09 iPhome demo yourself? http://www.IIS.net/iPhone - please RT! 12:43 PM Nov 18th from TweetDeck
Barcode scanning demo is impressive :) #pdc09 12:33 PM Nov 18th from TweetDeck
ScottGu on Silverlight4 will support webcam & Microphone, multicast streaming, output protection, offline DRM support #PDC09 12:29 PM Nov 18th from Ping.fm
Ladies and Gentleman: the GU has arrived #pdc09 12:23 PM Nov 18th from web
In 3 weeks of dev, IE9 is already matching FF and Chrome in performance. And now we are seeing IE9 live at #PDC09. 12:15 PM Nov 18th from DestroyTwitter
"I went to PDC08 and all I got was this crappy Hard Drive" #PDC09 12:11 PM Nov 18th from TweetDeck
Are you kidding me? Holy crap...they're giving #pdc09 attendees a laptop! I guess we now know why there wasn't any breakfast this week. 12:11 PM Nov 18th from TweetDeck
The Gu is so awesome that when he demoes and the lawyers try to block the stream, it still gets through. #pdc09 12:03 PM Nov 18th from sobees
LOL!! RT @ctrlalt313373: You know it was a good night at #pdc09 if you wake up with the Win7 logo tattooed to your ass. 10:45 AM Nov 18th from TweetDeck
underwhelmed by #pdc09 day 1 keynote. I hope day 2 keynote yields more to get excited about #notatpdc 9:29 AM Nov 18th from web
RT @RoyOsherove #PDC09 in one sentence: "We think cloud computing is awesome" #PDC09InOneSentence 8:20 AM Nov 18th from web
I'll probably see the second day keynote for #pdc09. Hope it's better than day 1, that was painful. 7:46 AM Nov 18th from web
RT @migueldeicaza: Swine flu and Microsoft Surface meta-tweet #CDC #pdc09 http://twitpic.com/px9fo 7:39 AM Nov 18th from TweetDeck
Not too many hours left in the day. Is there really going to be a release of Seesmic for Windows? #pdc09 8:52 PM Nov 17th from web
#PDC09 Crowd is thin and mood somber this year.. 5:58 PM Nov 17th from web
I've seen more phones running Android here at #PDC09 than I knew existed! Droid, Cliq, G1, G2, & 4 others that I couldn't identify. I like!! 5:50 PM Nov 17th from Mixero
#tee09 #pdc09 I'm just not getting #azure. If major companies cannot store their info (for legal locale reasons) then who's it for? 5:46 PM Nov 17th from web
msft surface looks amazing, but the demo apps are not super interesting. show me something useful, not games and videos #pdc09 5:43 PM Nov 17th from web
RT @brian_henderson: RT @thedavedev: Over 8,000+ concurrent viewers during #PDC09 keynote this morning (via Scott Stanfield) 5:00 PM Nov 17th from TweetDeck
Even with a packed room the wireless seems to be working great (so far... ;) Nice! #pdc09 +5 2:22 PM Nov 17th from Seesmic
#pdc09 - they have really cheaped out this year, but at least it costs more. 2:18 PM Nov 17th from twidroid
#pdc09 The word of the day is "cloud" 2:10 PM Nov 17th from Echofon
I absolutely agee! RT @lcorneliussen: #AppFabric is huge. I think it should have been mentioned earlier in the keynote. #pdc09 1:58 PM Nov 17th from Twikini
To the dude sitting next to me at the #pdc09 keynote. STOP FARTING!!!!! (via @cloudjunky) - LOL 1:55 PM Nov 17th from Twitterrific
Holy cow, Azure to internal SQL just blew my teeny tiny at #pdc09 1:00 PM Nov 17th from Echofon
Somebody hand me a minigun - too many tossers on stage using Awesome to describe something that is just barely adequate - #PDC09 12:55 PM Nov 17th from web