My September 2011 Live Blogging Events

I’ve decided to try my hand at “Live Blogging” starting with two events here in the Phoenix, Arizona area this September. Two major events are taking place that I couldn’t pass up (actually, there was a third major event taking place but I had to pass on that due to scheduling).

Unless there are some odd scheduling conflicts, I will be attending the following events:

Phoenix VMUG User Conference

When: Thursday, September 8, 2011 | 8:00am – 4:30pm -8UMT

Where: Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa 9495 West Coyotes Blvd. Glendale, Arizona 85305

What: You can check out the agenda to see what will be talked about. The usual suspects will be giving some talks in the breakout sessions. Cisco, EMC, Veeam, CommVault, Nexsan and etc. I’m particularly interested in Nexsan since I’ve been a fan of theirs for the last few years. I was worried about their product map when Oracle did what they did with Solaris. Perhaps I can chat up some of the reps while I’m there.

Interface 2011

When: Thursday, September 22, 2011 | 9:00am – 4:30pm -8UMT

Where: Radisson Fort McDowell 10438 N. Fort McDowell Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85264

What: Interface is an InfoSec, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery event that takes place in major cities across the US. It’s an invitation-only event so unless you have a vendor invite or are good at party crashing you’ll be turned away. I suspect that live video will be discouraged, so I don’t expect to be streaming anything from this event (more on that below). I find it funny that the event is poised as a Phoenix area event, the Radisson’s address is Scottsdale but in reality the location is Ft. McDowell just outside of Fountain Hills. Moving on…

Here’s the schedule for the event. I’m mostly looking forward to the data protection and PCI compliance talks. I see a lot of mentions of “Teh Clouds” so it could be either really bad or really good. Hope for the best. Expect the worst.

My Methods

The Blog: This will be my main means of communicating the events. My plan is to publish a blog post first thing in the morning on the day of the events. The initial post will set up what the event is and what can be expected from it. I’ll have the post open and be updating it with information in the various sessions. Barring any battery issues or problems with the wireless connection, I hope to update the post about every 15 minutes, unless something especially interesting happens.

The Twitters: Of course, I’ll be quick with the quips and snapping some photos to share on Twitter with everyone. Follow me if you’d like to see the mayhem: @Nonapeptide I’ll be using the #AZVMUG and #AZInterface hashtags. during the respective events.

The Flickrs: I’ll add some of the “better” snapshots, assuming I take some moderately interesting ones, over on my Flickr account. I’ll be making a set for each event.

Streaming: With the latest iOS, streaming live video on the iPhone does not require jailbreaking. I have a account for my blog that I might use to broadcast certain portions of the events. My broadcasting of the events depends on a few things

  1. My willingness to even bother with it. I’m not a huge fan of live streaming and much prefer static pictures and written words. I may or may not bother with this, but I’ll make mention of it within the blog when I’m going to start broadcasting. I really don’t want to run my phone’s battery down and have to worry about charging it.
  2. I’m not sure about the rules concerning video within the events. They may or may not like it.
  3. The ATT cell signal isn’t great in some parts of the greater Phoenix area and who knows if there will be free WiFi.
  4. My willingness to even bother with it. Did I mention that I’m a bit blasé about live streaming?

I hope these events will be fun and informative. Good thing I have a stack of disposable business cards. You can bet I’ll be stuffing every fishbowl I can find full of them.

Let me know if there are any tracks that specifically interest you. If I’m ambivalent about the tracks that are available, I’ll go to the ones that people would prefer. Let me know in the comments below or in the comments of the day’s event post.

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