Windows 7 Community Event

Looks like I had a productive long weekend editing video 🙂

A few weeks ago I receive an email from the lovely Chantelle at High Road Communications asking if I would be apart of a Windows 7 community dinner event. I was honoured to be invited and accepted.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I was invited but after I arrived, I was very surprised at what an amazing event the ladies at High Road Communications put together. Thanks Chantelle, Cortney and Isabella (sorry if I missed anyone).

As you can see in the video, I got there late. The event was schedules to start at 5pm but with traffic and having to drive from uptown, I didn’t actually get there until 5:35pm, so I missed most of the presentations. But I did get a chance to run around and talk to almost everyone, even if I didn’t film it.

If there is anyone I missed, or more information that I can use, please drop me a line.

Hope to see you all at the next one.

Here is the video;

Microsoft Canada
High Road Communications
Absolute Software
bumptop

Thanks!!

Holy crap! I actually got a new(ish) PC!

Chris Brooker
June 12, 2009

It’s true. I know I’m a tech nerd and don’t usually get so far behind on technology. But money has been tight and mortgages payments and such seem to take precedence over PC upgrades. Especially when I use my laptop for almost all my PC needs.

My desktop computer was an aging Intel P4 2.8ghz with 2gb of DDR ram and an AGP ATI Radeon x850. This beast served me well and I’m sure will continue for years to come but in a completely different capacity.

I had given up on playing modern PC games a while ago when I couldn’t play Bioshock and the upgrade path was basically everything had to go. All gfx cards were now PCI-Express so new mobo. PSUs required different and additional connectors, so new PSU. RAM was all DDR 2 now, so very little could be reused to build a modern system.

The main reason I wanted something with a little more power was video editing. I’ve been shooting a lot of h.264 720p video lately and all of the computers I owened could not playback that format in real-time while editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. Click play, hear the audio and watch a 1 frame every 10secs slide show. Terribly frustrating.

I setup a Craigslist search feed for PC in my price range and waited. Finally after a few weeks I found this;

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4Ghz Processor
ASUS P5LD2 Motherboard
4 Gig Corsair DDR2 XM2 800Mhz RAM
160GB SATA2 7200RPM Western Digital Cavair Hard Drive
EVGA Nvidia 8500 GT PCI-e Video Card
Trendnet Wireless Ethernet Card
450 Watt Power Supply
Hewlett Packard Lightscribe 48X DVD Burner
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4Ghz Processor
ASUS P5LD2 Motherboard
4 Gig Corsair DDR2 XM2 800Mhz RAM
160GB SATA2 7200RPM Western Digital Cavair Hard Drive
EVGA Nvidia 8500 GT PCI-e Video Card
Trendnet Wireless Ethernet Card
450 Watt Power Supply
Hewlett Packard Lightscribe 48X DVD Burner

For $325 🙂

I went and got it. Throw on Windows 7 RC1. It totally flies in comparison to my P4.

W00t, it’s not the best. I would prefer an Intel i7 920 with 6gb of DDR3 and SLI nVidia GeForce GTX 295’s. But there is no budget for that. I’m just happy that I’m finally able to edit my video!

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Update – June 17, 2009

After some tweaking, BIOS updates and installing Windows 7 RC 64-bit gutting the PC and rebuilding it in a better case with a better PSU. I’ve managed to get those numbers increased (if they really mean anything).

CPU, Memory and HD data rate are now 5.9
Bumped Graphics up to 5 and Gaming graphics up to 4.7.

All I need is a decent Graphics card and I’m good to go again.

Not bad at all for  $325! 😀

Make Web Not War – Microsoft Conference

Today is Make Web Not War an event hosted by Microsoft Canada at the Ted Rogers School of Management. First, I must say this is a beautiful building. Large, clean, bright with big atriums and tables outside. School was never like this when I attended.

I did get here a little late but I did make it in time for David Crow’s keynote presentation. W00t!

As a side-note, I’ve never heard MS say “WordPress” so many times. Very kewl.

I shot a great deal of video so far and it will better tell the rest of the story. Once I have a chance to review and edit the footage. I’m just going to post images I have taken.

img_0085One of the atriums with tables and a Tim Horton’s Express. Microsoft provided coffee and breakfast, so I didn’t have to visit it. Win!

img_0077Breakfast: coffee black and a blueberry scone. Yum. That device is for real time voting. Kewl. We used it a bit, but we also just raised our hands. Twitter was also in full force.

img_0078David Crow just starting his keynote. Very kewl stadium class room. I’ve only seen these things on TV. So awesome. One problem is there were very few plugs. Laptop #Fail. Yes, that’s a Mac in the lower left-hand corner. This is Make Web Not War we’re all welcome. Macs, Linux, Windows all co-mingling. The blue mat is for a boxing throw down later in the day.

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img_0082Yes, this is a nice buidling. More to come!

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