Mar 15

Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas 2015 At A Glance

What is Visual Studio Live?
As the development world’s trusted educational provider of developer-focused content since 1993, Visual Studio Live! (VSLive!) provides attendees with cutting-edge techniques needed to solve development challenges with shipping or soon to be shipping technologies compatible with the .NET Framework and Visual Studio. No other conference, no corporate trainers, no one else compares to the Visual Studio Live! standard of editorial excellence and commitment by speakers, such as Microsoft Development Team members and renowned industry experts, to provide real-world, practical information.

When is Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas?
Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas takes place March 16 – 20, 2015.

Where is Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas?
Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas will be held at Bally’s Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV. For more information about the conference location, please visit the Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas Venue Page.

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Feb 15

Travel To GBTA 2015 @Orange County CC With A Tech Travel Agent!

Business and travel remind me a lot of my childhood...

My father sold insurance and was often away on business trips and to this day he still tells stories about what it was like being on the road all the time. Unfortunately for my father, he was traveling during the early-to-mid 90s and one of the most modern pieces of technology he had was a pager.

Goodbye Dad

Travel and business are just as prevalent today as they were back then and is now even large enough for a global scale. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) recently announced that registration is now open for the GBTA Convention 2015. The GBTA Convention is the largest and most comprehensive gathering of business travel and meeting managers, meeting planners, procurement professionals and suppliers across the globe.

GBTA 2015Every good convention needs a theme and the theme for GBTA Convention 2015 is #Sharing. According to the GBTA, #Sharing is the perfect way to describe the modern business travel environment. There are few other industries in the world that center around face-to-face meetings or where sharing is a main concept. This year’s convention plans on housing 7,000 industry professionals that are focused on sharing in a transformative experience. The whole focus of the convention is to determine what #Sharing can do for you, your company and the business travel industry.

Sharing Is Caring*

This year’s convention will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida and is scheduled to have world-class keynote speakers, over 80 education sessions, one of the largest business travel expo floors in the world and tons of professional development opportunities, among other things. This should provide attendees with the opportunity to build their careers, develop strong business relationships and get some serious work done.

According to GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick, “Business travel is an ever-evolving and constantly changing profession and together we have the opportunity to share ideas with other professionals, learn to navigate the sharing economy and innovate to achieve shared success. The GBTA Convention has always been a meeting point for the dynamic individuals who make up the business travel industry and this year, like the industry itself, Convention is moving forward fast. We are excited to once again join together business travel professionals from across the industry to share their ideas, inventions, innovations and discoveries.”

Orange County Convention Center

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The 80 education sessions are organized into more than 20 specialized tracks that are aimed at specific levels of experience, as well as a plethora of disciplines. In addition to that, there is also a 400+ com

Many Exposition that will showcase market choices unavailable at other industry gatherings. Sessions will feature world-renowned speakers and industry leaders along with a wide array of development opportunities for industry professionals.

Traveling and business have certainly come a long way since the days of my father. Gone are the days of pagers and fax machines. Now we have smartphones and tablets and giant worldwide conventions. If you are a traveling businessman or you work in this kind of industry then you don’t want to miss out on the Global Business Travel Association Convention 2015. Industry leaders, professional sessions, and world-leading keynote speakers are just a few things that you will find at this year’s event.

Registration for the event is now open, though I’m afraid the early bird special has already passed. The convention will be taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from July 25 through July 29.

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…And don’t forget to tweet about the event with #GBTA2015 and #Sharing!

Feb 15

Mac or Windows? Laptop or Tablet? Air or Surface? You be the judge…

When Microsoft put out the Surface Pro 3, they said that it would be able to replace your laptop for good. They also say that it can offer pretty much everything that the Apple MacBook Air could offer. To say these things about a tablet, it’s pretty hard to believe. But, you may be surprised at how they stack up against each other.

Surface 3

Let’s take a look at the hardware…

The two devices are around the same price range (sort of), and on paper the hardware looks pretty similar as well. Both devices use the last generation Haswell chip and can be configured up to the Core i7. The 11 inch MacBook costs about 1000 dollars, and the 12 inch Surface Pro 3 costs about $799. So already, you get a bigger display for less money with the Surface Pro.

Now that we have gotten to the display, we can discuss one of the big differences between the two devices. The Surface Pro has a resolution of 2160 x 1440 which comes out to 216 pixels per inch. The MacBook Air has a resolution of 1440 x 900 and only 128 pixels per inch.

When you are looking at the two devices side by side, it is clear that the Surface Pro 3 wins in image quality. The colors are deeper, and the images are much sharper, in general. It’s not really clear why Apple hasn’t bumped up the resolution on the MacBook Air, but the point is that they have not, and it doesn’t look as good.

The other cool thing about the Surface Pro 3 is that it’s actually a tablet. So you can use the detachable keyboard AND take advantage of the touchscreen when you need to.

Surface Pro 3 Vs. MacBook Air

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But It Still Isn’t A Laptop

The downside to the Surface Pro 3, and the area where the MacBook Air wins is the fact that the Surface Pro 3 just isn’t quite a laptop. Both devices are made to do similar things, but the laptop experience just isn’t all there with the Microsoft Surface. The detachable keyboard can be weird to use when it is actually sitting on your lap. Sitting on a table, it is totally fine, but it still takes away some of the portability of an actual laptop.


The Surface Pro 3 isn’t the best tablet out, and it isn’t the best laptop out. The MacBook Air tries to be one of the best out, but it does have it’s downfalls. They both do a lot, and they both have their strong points and their weaknesses. If you show up to a business meeting with a Surface Pro 3 or a MacBook Air, you are going to be taken seriously either way. Basically, it all boils down to what matters to you the most. There is no clear winner.



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Feb 15

TEDxCincinnati Auditions At A Glance – March 5, 2015

TEDxCincinnati presents its 2015 Auditions and Networking Happy Hour Thursday, March 5 at The Next Chapter in Mt Adams.

The Happy Hour events are really cool, because they are placed right in between the big TED events and it is an awesome way to either get involved with TED for the first time, or stay connected with everyone in between main stage events.

Tedx Cincinnati

Featuring talks and performances by local people who aspire to be on the Main Stage! For information on how to apply to audition and tickets to be in the audience you can visit TEDxCincinnati.com. We are excited to have WVXU and WCPO Insider as our media partners.

What Is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxCincinnati, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxCincinnati event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Our TEDx happy hours are different than our main stage events. They are designed for everyone to connect and network.
Paint The Town TED Auditions & Happy Hour

Auditions will begin promptly for those chosen @ 6:30pm. There will be plenty of time to meet other TEDsters, start new conversations, have fun. These happy hours are designed to build a strong TEDxCincinnati Community in between our larger full performance events on the main stage. Join us!

When: Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST), Cincinnati, OH

Where:  Next Chapter, 940 Pavilion Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 – Website

Happy Hour Events — Get connecTED

TEDx Cincinnati Registration

Ticket Information: Eventbrite.com

The auditions will be for all of those who aspire to be speaking or performing on the main stage at the next TED event. There will be tons of local performers. Tickets are selling pretty quickly and it is expected to sell out. So with limited seating and limited time left, I would get your tickets locked down as soon as possible.

TEDx Cincinnati Vibrant Curiosity

For More Information:

TEDxCincinnati on Facebook
TEDxCincinnati on YouTube
TEDxCincinnati on Twitter

TED started as a conference based out of California that started 26 years ago. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to new and creative ways of thinking and spreading fresh, new, inspiring ideas. At events, the world’s leading thinkers are given 18 minutes each to speak about their lives. Different speakers from past TED events include: Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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Feb 15

Microsoft is ENDING SUPPORT for Windows Server 2003

If you’re currently using Windows Server 2003 I have some bad news for you, you won’t be able to use it for much longer. That’s right, Windows Server 2003 is coming to its end-of-life and Microsoft has officially announced the exact date it will be laid to rest. Windows Server 2003 will end on July 14th 2015 and while a lot of administrators are already well aware of this there are still as many as a million servers across the world that are running live applications on the operating system.

OS Released Nearly 10 Years Ago

One thing that is particularly alarming is the fact that so many businesses still rely on an operating system that was originally released nearly 10 years ago. Even worse is the fact that a lot of the Windows Server 2003 servers are running applications that were originally developed for a 32-bit operating system. Despite the fact that your Windows Server is probably stable at the moment it really isn’t a safe bet to run your applications on a server that will never again be supported as of July 2015.


In addition to that, almost all hosting service providers will ultimately force their customers to migrate to newer, fully supported platforms in order for them to continue to provide support and security promised in their service level agreement. Once Windows Server 2003 is officially unsupported that will no longer be an option. Unfortunately, most businesses fail to plan ahead in terms of their server migration and upgrade, which results in a last minute race against the clock forced migration, which nobody is a fan of.

In addition to that, almost all hosting service providers will ultimately force their customers to migrate to newer, fully supported platforms in order for them to continue to provide support and security promised in their service level agreement. Once Windows Server 2003 is officially unsupported that will no longer be an option. Unfortunately, most businesses fail to plan ahead in terms of their server migration and upgrade, which results in a last minute race against the clock forced migration, which nobody is a fan of.

So what options do you have?

Well, your first option is to upgrade and migrate. In almost every single instance, this is your best choice. Your plan should definitely include phases for project scope, resource allocation, capability and budget. Obviously there are more specific details involved, but this is a good start. Another option is to upgrade your server. Performing an upgrade to your existing server, if that’s an option, will usually result in functionality errors with your applications, which will cause you to resolve them in a “live” environment. In addition to that, it is likely that the server itself is at least a few years old, which causes even more problems. I’m not going to lie to you, upgrading your server is risky unless you are 100% positive that there won’t be any significant application errors and that your business can withstand possible server outages of 48 hours or more.

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Your final option is to do absolutely nothing. This option is only viable provided you no longer need server support and are prepared for major vulnerabilities. If you actually rely on your Windows Server 2003 applications then you might want to avoid this scenario unless you are already underway with replacing your applications and servers with a new system, from the ground up. If that is true then all of the potential disasters are outweighed by the benefit of putting all of your resources into the overhaul effort of new applications.

So what have we learned here today?

We learned that the best strategy for server migration is to plan ahead! Plan ahead, be thorough and please, please, PLEASE do not wait until the last minute.

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Feb 15

The 3 Biggest Event Organizing Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

Panels are one of the greatest things a convention or conference can utilize. They allow a lot of different people to talk about similar topics while simultaneously answering audience-provided questions, getting everyone involved. But the hardest thing about a panel is making one that people want to go to. Take a look at the official Comic-Con, the world’s largest comic-book, sci-fi and entertainment convention in the world. Panels are a staple at the original Comic-Con and with literally hundreds to choose from you have to make yours stand out. The same goes for any convention or conference. You need a strategy, a plan to get people to not only come to your panel, but also to engage with it as well. Here are 3 helpful ways that you can keep your audience’s attention during your panel and keep the entire thing engaging and interesting.

Don’t put your audience to sleep with long-winded openers



Listen, we’re living in 2015. People are used to being connected to information 24/7 and are extremely keen on getting information into their brains as fast as possible. The attention span of people these days is a short one and nothing can turn people off or away from your panel quicker than the moderator droning on and on about the credentials and the achievements of the panelist. Most of the time, all that information is in the conference program anyways so don’t waste your time repeating it. Nobody wants to listen to the same information they just read spoken to them, they want new and interesting information so give it to them!


Pick the right moderator

Speaking of long-winded openings, another thing that can quickly turn off a crowd is the wrong moderator. Sure you want people on your panel that are interesting and capable of forming cohesive and complete thoughts but the moderator is the screw that holds the whole panel together. The job of the moderator is to facilitate questions that are both interesting and investigative, ones that will cause the panelists to openly discuss what they are asked intricately and thoughtfully. The moderator needs to focus the panel toward something instead of leaving it dead in the water. A lot of conferences and conventions hire television personalities to be panel moderators. These people are great at keeping the discussion going and avoiding those dreaded awkward silences.


Force your panelists to prepare what they are going to talk about

The absolute worst thing a panelist can do is simply show up and not prepare anything at all. This isn’t a chitchat amongst friends, this is an informative, professional panel designed to create discussion and provide valuable information. Panelists who don’t prepare anything are only wasting their time and the time of the people in attendance. If you’re organizing a panel then force your panelists to prepare something. Tell them that the moderator needs more information, ask them what kinds of questions they think they should be asked and ask them for short responses to those questions, allowing the panelist to create follow-up questions. There’s nothing worse than having a bunch of panelists with nothing to say.

Panels can be one of the greatest attributes of a convention or conference, but they’re no walk in the park. You have to work to make them productive, informative and engaging. Follow these tips and you will be well on your way to making a solid panel.

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Alright, now that we’ve talked business, let’s have some fun! Check out these photos of Vegas Nightlife like you’ve never seen it before:

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Feb 15

The Most Incredible Photos Of Vegas You’ll Ever See, Probably.

Click the image or link for a full gallery of the stunning photography taken from a helicopter a mile above Vegas nightlife taken by talented filmmaker (DGA Director) photographer, producer, entrepreneur, teacher, and advisor out of NYC & LA: Vincent Laforet.

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IMAGE COURTESY: VINCENT LAFORET: AIR: Sin City 10.8K- The “World” Amidst a Sea of Darkness

To see more work by Vincent Laforet, you can also visit his Storehouse page for 13 additional photography stories such as:

Air: Gotham 7.5 K, Paniolo Cowboys, Beauty inside & out (a wedding story), and much more!

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Feb 15

The National Association of Broadcasters 2015 Vegas At A Glance

Show Overview

The world craves quality content. And for the pros who hunger to create and deliver it, the 2015 NAB Show® is the only source to satisfy your appetite. Overindulge in hands-on experiences with emerging technologies and the latest innovations, limitless networking and learning opportunities, and the inspiration to take your work to the next level.


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Attendees representing every sector of the industry will be there. Broadcast, Digital Media, Film, Entertainment, Telecom, Post-Production, Education, Houses of Worship, Advertising, Military/Government, Retail, Security, Sports, IT and more converge in Las Vegas for six days to feed the need of next-generation content.

Popular and fresh attractions served up in 2015 will include Connected Media|IP, focusing on the consumer experience; the Drone Pavilion, featuring a fully enclosed “flying cage” for demonstrations; New Media Expo (NMX), hosting celebrity bloggers, podcasters and digital content creators; SPROCKIT, where market-ready startups present their new ideas; StudioXperience, a live studio using all the latest tools; and so much more. Taste the future of media and entertainment being cooked up for the 2015 NAB Show. Join your community today!

Registration Packages

Package pricing varies depending on registration types and is subject to change. NAB Members enjoy a savings of at least $125 on the SMART Pass, Conference Flex Pass and Post|Production World Packages. Please have your Member ID ready at time of registration. Discount rates also apply to certain passes for Government employees and Students with proper ID.



Show Hours

Monday, April 13th 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14th 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15th 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, April 16th 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Signature Sessions

Every Attendee wants a show to remember… and every year, NAB Show® delivers on the big stage. Don’t miss these Marquee Events featuring the pioneers, thought leaders and disruptors in the world of media and entertainment.

Attractions and Pavilions

Looking for what’s hot and what’s next? Don’t miss these special attractions and technology-focused areas on the Show Floor.


Las Vegas Convention Center:  The LVCC is one of the most modern and functional meeting facilities in the world — a 3.2 million square foot structure located within a short distance of more than 100,000 guest rooms. Operated by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), the center is well-known among industry professionals for its versatility.

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Feb 15

Local Ohio University Buys 31 3D Printers, 3rd In The Country

Xavier is now home to 31 3D printers — more than any other private institution in the country. This local Ohio University made history early this year after senior Alex Miliken spent the first two days of her Intro To Human-Centered Making class building a whiteboard with her classmates.


Why? Because Xavier’s new Center Of Innovation didn’t have whiteboards yet.

This story originally appeared on SoapBox Cincinnati-Xavier University makes history with purchase of MakerBot 3D printing center, click to continue reading.




Jan 15

GDC15: Game Developers Conference 2015

It feels like New Year’s Eve was yesterday and now March is right around the corner. That means this year’s Game Developers Conference is fast approaching, and naturally as a huge gamer, I’m extremely excited for this year’s event. This conference looks to be one of the best so far with their list of speakers and panels.


Representatives from just about every gaming company will be there. Companies like Insomniac Games, EA Games, Ubisoft, and even Sony Computer Entertainment will be attending this years event to discuss panels on different tracks such as the Business, Marketing, and Management Track, The Production Track, and The Design Track.

This entire conference is designed in a way to show innovation in today’s gaming and seeing where that can lead us in the future for gaming.


If you’re looking to attend this year’s event, it will be held:


GDC: March 2-6, 2015
GDC Expo: March 4-6, 2015
Summits, Tutorials & Bootcamps: March 2-3, 2015



Moscone Convention Center
North, South, & West Halls
747 Howard Street, between 3rd & 4th Streets
San Francisco, CA 94103


This is a professional’s only event, but you can be sure that we will be seeing some great things come from this year’s conference. After all the GDC is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only gaming industry event. Just about every job you can think of in the gaming industry will be making an appearance at the event. All of the tracks housing the 400+ panels will each play a role in shaping how we continue enjoying and interactive with our video games.


Just think of all the better graphics…



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