The SCOM clock – struck me as funny this morning…

Our youngest uses a stylish piece of SWAG as his alarm clock.  Its a Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 clock, given away at MMS 2008.

Pictures here (you can click the picture for a larger view):

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Since he’s been in school, we’ve not had to worry about shutting off the alarm in the mornings.  The alarm wakes our son, and then it goes off in it’s own time.  Being out of school for the past few days for the Thanksgiving holiday, we have come to realize that this thing does not have a Snooze button, nor any way of turning off the alarm except to remove the battery!

A SCOM (OpsMgr) Alert you CAN’T turn off!  Maybe there’s a MSKB about it somewhere.

Call for one more MMS 2008 SWAG bag

Right after MMS 2008 we started the MMS SWAG Bag Matchmakers service.  This worked out pretty well, with a bunch of SWAG bags finding new, loving homes.  I received a note from someone today who is looking for one.

If you have an extra, or one you’re not using and wouldn’t mind giving it up for the cause, drop me an email, using the link on the blog.  It will be going to a good and deserving home – I promise!

Here’s mine, btw.  This bag has turned out to be the best one yet.

MMS 2008 Conference Bag

I used it extensively during Alex’s track season.  It was great for stowing away warm clothes and rain gear in the event the weather turned during a track meet (which it did quite frequently, I might add).

Now, with soccer in full swing, I’m sure I’ll be putting it to an even more rugged test for the next few months.

Something really neat I did this past week – attended my first-ever Virtual User Conference

Stephen Wynkoop (remember him?  he’s almost like a big brother to has put together an amazing set of technologies that allow for a real-time virtual user conference.  Stephen has captured the ability to give the the same look and feel as a real-world conference, but you get to attend in the comfort of your office and at your desk.

Stephen contacted me last week to give me the opportunity to attend the vConference.  I was amazed.  I’m still amazed.

Here’s a page with a video demo:

…and, here’s a page with all the rest of the details:

If you get a chance to attend one of his conferences, I highly recommend it.

I have a con-call with Stephen this next week to work on putting together a vConference very soon.  I’m really sold on this idea, and particularly how Stephen has put it all together.  The experience is flawless.  You even get to “mingle” with other attendees in the lobby, talk with presenters, and even take a look at vendors’ products in the Expo.  The only things not included is the after-hours get-togethers, the provided meals, the SWAG grab, or the mad rush for the party button.

We’ll see how it all shakes out, but this has definite possibilities and it will be great to work with Stephen again.