New Media Expo 2008

August 9, 2008 by  
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I’m going to the New Media Expo next week! Are you?!

This Expo is a hands-on, exciting, “how-to” event with practical conference sessions about how to produce high-quality online audio and video content, grow a loyal audience, and even make a few bucks with your content in creative ways.

I’m super excited! Recently I’ve been learning how to create and edit videos, but there’s still always a lot more to learn!

Rob and Colin have put together this great video about the expo. Take a look!

There’s also a FatBurget TweetUp on Friday night if you’re interested, as well as many other events!

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Web 2.0 Expo

February 20, 2007 by  
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I got an advertisement in the mail today about the Web 2.0 Expo from O’Reilly. After I read through it, I was really interested in going. It’s in San Francisco this year, from April 15 – 18th.

I got more curious as to what they meant by “Web 2.0.” And I found this definition:

The concept of “Web 2.0″ began with a conference brainstorming session between O’Reilly and MediaLive International. Dale Dougherty, web pioneer and O’Reilly VP, noted that far from having “crashed”, the web was more important than ever, with exciting new applications and sites popping up with surprising regularity. What’s more, the companies that had survived the collapse seemed to have some things in common. Could it be that the dot-com collapse marked some kind of turning point for the web, such that a call to action such as “Web 2.0″ might make sense? We agreed that it did, and so the Web 2.0 Conference was born.

They formulated a sense of Web 2.0 with the following examples:

Web 1.0   Web 2.0
DoubleClick –> Google AdSense
Ofoto –> Flickr
Akamai –> BitTorrent –> Napster
Britannica Online –> Wikipedia
personal websites –> blogging
evite –> and EVDB
domain name speculation –> search engine optimization
page views –> cost per click
screen scraping –> web services
publishing –> participation
content management systems –> wikis
directories (taxonomy) –> tagging (“folksonomy”)
stickiness –> syndication

It’s a very interesting concept, and I hope my workplace will allow me to go to the conference. Sounds like fun and geeky!

Flash Forward 2005 Conference

February 28, 2005 by  
Filed under Flashy, Geek Get-Togethers, Tech News

Flash Developers may interested in the Flash Forward 2005 conference. It sounds exciting, but a bit expensive.

The Herbst Theater, San Francisco, April 6-8
The World’s Premier Flash Event
Just $599 through March 4th.
Additional $50 Macromedia User Group discount.

The 13th Flashforward conference and Flash(R) Film Festival, the largest and longest running Flash user conference in the world, shares the latest in design, development, education and inspiration.

Flashforward 2005 features:
+ 4 in-depth Flash workshops, 25 one-hour seminars, 20 Q&A sessions, 17 “Ask the Experts” sessions, and 11 Technology Showcase seminars
+ Flash® Film Festival, Macromedia Keynote, exhibition area, Meet the Speakers and Flash Authors Reception, networking reception and exclusive conference workbook with speaker notes

Oh yes, I noticed that they use WordPress too. :)

PHP Meetup and User Groups

November 10, 2004 by  
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I”ve been thinking about going to one of these PHP Meetup Groups or PHP User Groups to share and exchange ideas. ;)

Comdex 2002

November 25, 2002 by  
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Comdex this year wasn’t what a lot of people expected. As for me, I knew the economy was down, and that a lot of companies closed down along with it, so I didn’t expect too much from Comdex. That way, I was able to see the brighter side of the whole event. The convention took place on Nov. 16 – 22 of this year. We decided to go to Las Vegas on the 21st and 22nd. Comdex was reduced from 3 different convention centers to half of one this year. I remember going to it 2 years ago, and you had to take busses to see all the other booths.

Among the spectacular booths were Nokia, Samsung, and Microsoft, at least in my opinion. Those were the three that really stood out. Nokia has many interactive things for the guests. A small golf course, all digitally wired for the guests to win gifts. Each of the holes had sensors, which are sent to a digital device, and then transfered to a server to display on a monitor. Now that’s technology! Samsung had a wonderful display of flat screen monitors around their booth. And well, Mircosoft took up most of the main floor. ;) They had a two-story lab, presentations, and other booths about their new .NET products.

And the lastest technological trend that I saw there were tablets and flat screen monitors! Almost every booth had them.

We spent about two days walking to all the booths, and also going to two of the Mircosoft TechNet presentations. One was about ISA Servers and the other was about BackOffice Small Business Server. I learned a lot. ;)

I also finally bought 3D Album, a product I’m always looking at the computer show. So I finally bought it. I was disappointed that they ran out of boxes for the software, and the man said if I bought it, he’ll mail me the box. Sounds fair. So I did, and the box also arrived later in a few days. Wow.

After Comdex, we hit up all the buffets. We’re not really gamblers, so what better way to spend the weekend in Las vegas but eat? :)

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Internet World

April 25, 2002 by  
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I went to my first Internet World convention today. I just thought it looked like a mini-Comdex. I did miss Comdex last November, so this is making it up.

Some of the big companies that were there were, AOL, VeriSign, Sprint, and Compaq. These were the companies with the best free stuff by the way. :) T-shirts, frizbees, beautiful pens, mugs, etc., you name it.

There were two companies there with very impressive products, to me at least. One was called Visual Communicator, a movie rendering software that renders on the fly with an easy point and click. Newscaster-type backgrounds are provided to give the look and feel of professional movies. A video camera is set up to record you while you read the words on the screen. On the side of the screen, there are ‘events’ that can trigger special effects or transition to another picture. The product looks very easy to use, that even amatures can create professional looking videos. The software was sold for $99 for the regular version, and $149 for the version with the professional backgrounds. The software will not reach the stores til May of 2002.

Another application software that I really liked was a content management system made by Stellent Inc. It simplifies the workflow between the site developer and the content builders. Content builders can put their content in any desktop application (Word, Frontpage, notepad, etc) and application will except the file and display it in a template. The output of the site could be in XML, HTML, WML, cHTML, and PDF. Logging into the system will also allow you to edit the specific pages right on the spot.

Here is a quote from the site:

Stellent Content Management enables you to rapidly deploy business Web sites, and to automate the content contribution, editing, and management processes for these sites. Stellent automatically converts business and Web content from enterprise sources — including desktop applications, business applications, and templates — to Web-ready formats, such as XML, HTML, WML, cHTML, and PDF.

I think a software like this would be great for anyone trying to maintain large corporate-type sites. If you like, you may sign up for a free seminar for a live demo of this product.

Overall, I think Internet World was wonderful. It was somewhat small, but this only makes me anticipate Comdex a lot more. Five more months til Comdex!

.Net Visual Studio Convention

March 20, 2002 by  
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Last nite, we attended one of the Visual Studio.NET Academic Launch Events. The one we went to was at Cal State Fullerton. We arrived on campus around 5:30pm and there were already guest walking around with their .Net bags. The first thing we had to do was sign in at the tables in front. The lady then gave us a bag of goodies. Some people were already leaving with their bags and didn’t even bother to stay for the presentation.

So what was in the bag? Well, a t-shirt, brochures on their products, pen, highlighter, a legal copy of XP, a package with the .Net software, and even mints. Yes, mints. Now who would have known that Microsoft also made mints? :)

We waited a bit in front until they were ready for us to enter the conference room. As the doors opened, you can hear a live band playing and the scent of delicious food filling up the room. Ahh, nothing like a free dinner, a really tasteful dinner too I might add. The caters laid out many hor’derve type of food on the tables and the crowd got in line. It was nearly 6pm, just in time for dinner.

Al and I got our food and we sat down and ate. More and more people were coming in as it got closer to 6:30pm. The presentation started just a few minutes after everyone settled down. The man up front first introduced us to something called .Net.

Microsoft Visual Studio .NET is the revolutionary new development tool that will enable you to rapidly build next generation applications that can target any Internet device and integrate with any platform.

I wasn’t sure what it was until I came to this presentation. From what I can tell, it was a software that was able to compile 5 different languages together. Wow. That’s amazing. You no longer have to write everything in one language. You can write it in 5. And the best part is, you can import and reference them to each other. I was just in awe at that moment. Compilers have come a long way. I remember back in college (it hasn’t been that long ago :) ) when we had to write our own java compilers. It was basically taking a simple language called jlex (I think) and the Java compiler would make it into an executable. Anyways, sounds fun eh? :)

The presentation went on and I learned the real power of XML. Code written in XML can be used in various applications, platforms, and well, practically anywhere… even your cellphone. After the presentation was over, I felt like I just walked out with a huge chunk of knowledge. It’s amazing how the world is changing so quickly today. You really don’t know what to expect. What was impossible back then has turned into something very possible now. Just like the other day when Al showed me he could read etext (books in electronic format) from his pocket PC, I remember one of my professors mentioning that in class. He said, “one day, books will become obsolete, and we will be using tiny computers to read our books. Some students laughed. Others debated that it wasn’t the same as holding a book in your hand. And most people thought books will last forever. But my professor insisted, what about the trees you’re saving? Plus think of how portable and convient it would be. My professor was right. The future is here, today.

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