Nick's initial Agenda
Nick's first C# program
More C# program (ettes)
Nick's notes about C#
Andrew's comments on the PDC
Microsoft PDC site
|The reason - we were attending the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference held in Orlando July 2000. This is Bill Gates' chance to pre-announce the future to 6000 software engineers.|
|The PDC was held at the Orange County Conference Center. This is a huge extensive purpose built complex that could easily coped with twice the number of nerds.|
|Feeding of the 6000?|
|Bill gets up to talk.|
|Wednesday evening we visit Shamu et al.|
|Nick was delighted to be a Star Club
Member. Turn up 4 times to a PDC and then you're in!
I stole a bottle of water from their lounge. I've still got it!
|Friday Night is Cirque Du Soleil
"It's an eye popping wonder from start to finish." (NY Daily
|Saturday is the time for fun. Epcot is Big!
(So big that Epcot is in the FrontPage dictionary, but Orlando isn't!)
This is Disney for big kids.
|A close up. The Spaceship Earth "exhibit" held inside the sphere is excellent. Exhibit is a totally weak word to use here.|
|A replica England exists.
Here is a typical scene of a late Tudor / Elizabethan house.
Fish and Chips with Beer available.
|Andrew and Nick admire a resplendent Solar
PV array of 8 panels.
(Note for Bernie:
Each panel is rated for 1000W/hr irradiance at 55W 17.4V at 3.15A
Siemens Solar Industries)
|Sunday - we do the beach. Nick enjoys a McDonald's|
|I catch a sand shark. It's a really great place to relax.|
|There are some fat bastards about. See how
the beach cleared when this Englishman starts rolling up his trollies and
(The knotted handkerchief was edited out using Photoshop.)
There are two separate, distinct "Worlds" at Epcot: Future World and the World Showcase.
Future World is made up of separate pavilions.
|The Living Seas||8/10|
|Universe of Energy||5/10|
|Journey Into Imagination|
|Wonders of Life|
|Test Track||2hr queue|
The World Showcase is made up of 11 separate "countries" located around a 1.2 mile walkway circling a lagoon.
|Mexico||beer and tortillas. Do the boat ride.|
|Norway||Pickled fish and trolls|
|China||epic 9 screen cinema|
|Italy||Italian coffee - not as strong as home.|
|The American Adventure||next time|
|Japan||Excellent shop and food|
|England||Home from home.|