“All-star bloggers” group liveblogging at PDC 2008

I’m putting synergy to the test next week as I’ve gathered seven of the most interesting Microsoft bloggers to come together for an interesting collaborative liveblogging experiment at the Microsoft PDC 2008 event. In alphabetical order, Ed Bott, Mary Jo Foley, Kip Kniskern, Rafael Rivera, Paul Thurrott, Tom Warren and myself (Long Zheng) will be group liveblogging all three PDC keynotes from October 27-29.

How it’s going to work is that we’re all going to be contributing to a single Coveritlive liveblog so you’ll be able to read all of us live from this and everyone else’s blog. What I think will make it unique and worthwhile will be the all different opinions/commentary each of us provide, assuming we’re all as interesting and knowledgeable as we make ourselves appear. Or you can also watch in anticipation of a trainwreck.

Either way, join us for what should be some pretty interesting keynotes. You can note the time and date as follows or import the iCal which I’ve prepared earlier.

  • Monday, October 27 8:30am – 10:30am (PDT)
    Keynote – Ray Ozzie, Amitabh Srivastava, Bob Muglia and David Thompson
  • Tuesday, October 28 8:30am – 10:30am (PDT)
    Keynote – Ray Ozzie, Steven Sinofsky, Scott Guthrie and David Treadwell
  • Tuesday, October 28 11:00am – 12:30pm (PDT)
    Keynote – Chris Anderson and Don Box
  • Wednesday, October 29 8:30am – 10:00am (PDT)
    Keynote – Rick Rashid

Update: Added Chris Anderson and Don Box’s keynote.

32 insightful thoughts

  1. Long, how about invite Bill Pytlovany, a respectable blogger and fellow Microsoft Valuable Professional, into the group?

    He makes a really great program, Winpatrol, and you can find his blog here: http://billpstudios.blogspot.com/ .

    Tell us what you think 😉 !! I really hope you guys at least give him an invite 🙂 .

  2. Ah! CoverItive is an excellent option. Though there is lag and sometimes it leaves you stranded. But, it does work. Looking forward to it.

  3. Aside from Rafael, all those in the lineup are my favorite MS bloggers. (I just heard about WithinWindows from one of Paul’s WW netcasts.)

    Can’t wait for the coverage, I’m sure it’ll be top-notch.

  4. hey guys, Long is going to PDC 2008 Otherwise how will he cover it live? All the bloggers listed are my favourite people in this industry. I would be following every single minute of it for sure. All the best to Long. hope you give us a very good coverage of this event.

  5. well hot damn!!!

    it doesnt get better then this….thats an all-star line up right there!!

    cant wait…to follow this!

    *good luck guys and gals, t’is should be wicked fun!


  6. Stephen you are my newest addition to my bookmarks. I’ve been reading your blog for about a month or two now. Keep it up.. You remind me of the late Utakz.. He was all about giving glimpses of early builds of Longhorn and news.

    Anyway Long, are you going to post the webcast links when they become available? While a liveblog is very cool especially with the list of writers. Being able to watch for yourself is even better.

  7. haha, thanks a lot, Matt. =) I was just kiddin’ with Long when I said that. 7 livebloggers are more than enough… especially when it’s those 7 (even though they need to worry about Rafael hacking the live feed, hehehe).

  8. I just want to say that I’m not dissing Rafael. I just didn’t include him as one of my favorite MS bloggers because I only learned about him/his blog from Paul during a recent Windows Weekly podcast, and I haven’t followed him enough to say that I visit his site/blog as much as I do the other bloggers named in Long’s list 🙂

  9. @Rafael: Haha… that and I think it was Paul’s only Windows-related news on Windows Mac Weekly Break 😉 Since you cover Windows and some have said that Windows Weekly talks more about Apple/Mac than it does about Windows. LOL It’s a great netcast though, and I think I saw you posted on the chat either during last Thur’s or the one before.

    BTW, Rafael: I did get a great Windows Live Calendar from your site. You tip about removing that annoying advert at the top of the page.


  10. Is it still possible to register for PDC? Could you please provide an update on that? Thanks

  11. @sw: I thought it was standard to use surname order. And I’m used to being last on the names list. Actually is cool since I always have a good idea where I am.

  12. This is going to bomb. Everyone will be blogging the same thing and nothing will get done. Such a waste.

  13. Hi, I saved your ical, dragged it into Vista Calendar and precisely nothing happens? Is the ical corrupted?

    Secondly, since you’re at the PDC – is there any chance you could find out if non-attendees can buy the slide material anywhere? I’m in London and unable to get to LA .. but wanted to get hold of the session webcasts and slides after the event and wondered how?

    Finally – can you give the actual link to where your collaborative blogging session will take place?

    Many thanks and well done for such a great idea 🙂

    Best regards

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