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Thanks for all the feedback on the TechEd North America DVD issues with viewing the content once Silverlight 2 released.  In trying to do a good job providing a good user experience to viewing the content easily, the TechEd team created a Silverlight 2 Beta 2 player for the TechEd Online site as well as the offline DVD content.

Obviously, when Silverlight 2 released and people installed the final version on their machines, the DVD Silverlight player stopped working and presented you with an “Install Silverlight” badge.  This was, of course, due to the use of Beta 2.  This doesn’t render the DVD set useless as the content is still there, but you just aren’t able to use the Silverlight player from the DVD.

The team has updated the player in the online version of the content already.  Unfortunately you can’t service burned DVDs (aside from burning new sets and sending them to the thousands of people, which isn’t efficient, cost effective or environmentally friendly), but we can help you understand the maze of content folders.  We’ve finalized the document that maps out where the content files are as well as providing you with a “content map” of the codes to the session descriptions and the speakers who delivered the sessions.  This list was made based on your feedback and the team tried to include as much information as they could to make it easy to discover.  You can download a PDF copy of this content map here: TechEd 2008 North America DVD content map.

I’ve also taken the liberty to make a quick Silverlight application to help you do some quick filtering of the data.  It’s uploaded into Silverlight Streaming so you can embed it into your site or as well into your Intranet if your employees or others in your organization are needing to navigate the DVD set as well.  You can select which conference (Developer or IT) and also type some filter in there that will search the speaker/title and filter it down.

In hindsight, choosing to burn a copy of a Beta 2 application to a distributable disc was not a good idea.  We admit that and apologize.  Hopefully you can see that the content is the king here and that is not lost or unusable.  Thanks for your patience while we created the content map based on your feedback!

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution By license.

10/31/2008 1:47 PM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Yes, that was not the best idea... we have a major event here in Canada (www.techdays.ca) where MS is giving the TechEd DVD set to every attendees... not a good gift in fact!
10/31/2008 2:41 PM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
What about offering a downloadable VPC with an eval of Windows XP that's pre-configured to play the TechEd North America DVD?

11/1/2008 6:51 PM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Or maybe a WPF desktop application that allows people to play the DVD contents?
11/2/2008 4:02 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Great idea from Ken

"What about offering a downloadable VPC with an eval of Windows XP that's pre-configured to play the TechEd North America DVD?

11/3/2008 8:25 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Can you please publish the files in silverlight 2.0 rtm format? Then we can run the DVDs from harddrive og reburn them.
11/3/2008 8:41 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
havard: I'm not responsible for the actual DVDs, but I'm sure if you logon to the teched online site you can find the XAP :-)
11/14/2008 3:09 PM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
It may not be efficient and cost friendly to send out new DVDs but it is the right thing to do when they messed up that bad. People pay thousands of dolloars to attend TechEd and part of the experience is working DVD's.

They can take the cost hit on this one.
11/15/2008 8:24 PM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
a pdf? genius!
11/18/2008 6:31 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Am I the only one who still can't access the DVD content even with the "DVD workaround" instructions? I am running XP-64. The first instruction: "Step 1: From the start menu, click on "Computer"". There is no such option! I can only find "My Computer". Assuming this is what's meant, I then go to Step 2: "Right click the DVD and
select “Explore” from the option menu". OK, I have done this.

Now here is the killer: "Step 3: Select the session folder
you wish to view based on the session code (see list below) and
select either A) “Player” to view the session recording, or
B) The PPTX folder to view the PowerPoint file"

After selecting my session folder, I see no "Player" option. The only playable is the wmv file inside the folder, which would only give me the sound without simultaneously seeing the slide or demo. I really need to view this content while disconnected. I think Microsoft should make this content available on DVD as this was part of the package when we paid the conference fee. If necessary re-issue the DVD because we paid for it. I don't expect to go into a shop to buy a shirt, then be told by the retailer after paying my money that they can't give me the shirt in order to save trees!

11/18/2008 9:10 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Charles: The 'player' is meant to indicate whatever media player you use. In most cases this will be Windows Media Player (i.e., double-clicking on the file will open it up).

ALL of the content is there on the DVDs, it all works, and is all accessible. Yes it is unfortunate that they shipped it with an online player experience that would not work after Silverlight was released, but I do want to stress that it does not diminish the content that exists and the access to it. You could also use your TechEd online account to view online if so desired. Even get creative and get the XAP file from online and burn a new DVD using it.
11/19/2008 4:53 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Hi Tim,

Including the Abstracts would have been more useful in the Silverlight application. I put together http://test.coryl.com/teched.aspx to search for content.
11/19/2008 5:07 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Martin: Your link is not displaying anything for me in FF3. But thanks for extending my idea!
11/20/2008 7:19 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Oops! That's what I get for trying to roll my own hosting ASPX page. Now working fine in FF3.
11/30/2008 7:24 PM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Does your silverlight application only work using Internet ? OR Can I download and install it on my local machine. I usually watch TechEd DVDs while commuting to work on a stand alone laptop with no Internet connection.
12/3/2008 4:29 PM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
The XML data is stored in the Silverlight application, so you could try saving the Web site and view it offline. I've not tried, but it might work...
12/3/2008 4:45 PM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Prashant/Martin: Actually the XML data is stored online, so using my application you would need to be connected. If you want the code, I can provide it to you though...but remember Prashsant my app is just a listing, it isn't the viewer.
12/5/2008 8:57 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
They don't need to burn and send a new set to everyone, they just need to make a set of updated ISOs available on the TechNet website for download. You'd think someone over there at MS could have figured this out, but then again, they were stupid enough to create this problem in the first place, so maybe I shouldn't give them so much credit.
12/5/2008 8:59 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
TechEd website I mean, not TechNet.
12/5/2008 9:00 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Chad: Good idea, I'll forward it to that team. Just a note though generally good ideas that come with insults don't go very far. I'm not sure if they thought of the ISO thing before, but I'll ask.
12/10/2008 10:11 PM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
I've actually found a workaround to this one... you may to check if it works for you too. Here it is: http://jtabadero.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!BF49A449953D0591!209.entry

12/16/2008 7:32 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Looks like with the teched 2009 page going up, the links no longer work for the 2008 content. So after 6 weeks of functional, silverlight-enabled online content, it disappears...

Any chance the content can be represented?
12/17/2008 2:06 PM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
What would be the easiest way to link all this content to our internal SharePoint site?
12/17/2008 2:48 PM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Ryan, you can use the PDF or matrix to map hyperlinks to the various WMV files if you wanted -- in fact taking my little quick datagrid application here, you could easily modify the grid to make the column a hyperlink that launches the WMV file on your network directly.
12/18/2008 6:40 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Ok great -- haven't done anything with Silverlight yet, would I need to download your code for the grid to accomplish this, or should I be able to snag it from this page as is and incorporate it on our site?

12/28/2008 1:38 PM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
I second the idea of making updated DVD's (via ISO) available for download. It shouldn't be that big of a deal.

Thanks Tim!
12/28/2008 2:07 PM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Oh, and one more thing... The online version doesn't seem to work either. I've tried with different computers (Vista and XP) with the updated Silverlight software, and all I recieve is an error.

I posted various comments while I was at Tech Ed 2008 and frankly Microsoft seems to demonstrate their technology in this area very poorly. I realize Silverlight can do some cool things; however, seeing how it's been demonstrated, I think would tend to stick with Flash for the time being. :)

I realize you're not the one to blame, but please pass on the frustrations of us loyal attendees. All we want is something that works, not failed atempts at demonstrating software that doesn't seem to be ready for prime-time...

1/11/2009 1:15 PM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Why not just create a menu to the DVD as a simple html page (just don't use html 5 beta)? Code the paths as absolute, say .NET Interface-Based Programming . If someone's DVD drive is not D:, they can just find and replace D: with whatever their drive is. I think anyone who is watching the teched DVDs can handle a find and replace in notepad. Seriously, this should take like 20 minutes. The Sessions.xml that is already on the disk, just transorm it into an html page.
1/31/2009 12:45 PM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
I like David's idea, or a small app that has the catalog of sessions and requests the DVD to be inserted - user can define DVD location or ISO location?

I am a DBA not a hard core devGuy. Can someone place an application on the microsoft.com/downloads to do this?
2/1/2009 10:31 PM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Scott/All -- there likely will not be such an application to download. The content on the DVDs is still valid, just the player is outdated. Use the downloaded reference sheet to map to the appropriate content.
2/11/2009 10:09 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
Laurent Duveau has posted a tool to fix: weblogs.asp.net/.../...ou-ve-been-waiting-for.aspx
2/20/2009 2:10 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
I'd like to see this application. Where can download the code for this please?. I'm working on the toolkit Autocomplete box, and it does not work for me. Like other people having problems, I have the same.

I'm using WCF, to get data, and on each keystroke, and my data is List<Person>. The text box does not show the full text, but plainly does a Tostring() of the datatype. I want the actuall Person.FullName please.

Any help?
2/20/2009 8:33 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
9/14/2009 4:26 AM | # re: TechEd 2008 North America DVD Update
can you please public download (direct) link/url ?

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