Monthly Archives: October 2009

Tuesday 27 October – Main Meeting – 6–8 pm

Alex Zaharov-Reutt

On October 22, Windows 7 finally comes to market for consumers, available to buy off the shelf in upgrade and full versions, and available to buy preloaded or bundled with new retail or whitebox PCs.

It will mark the end of the Vista era, and even as some consumers and businesses will continue to require and use Windows XP, the Windows 7 era will have finally begun in earnest.

With Microsoft still having over 90% of the desktop computer operating system market, and with Windows 7 being a genuine improvement over Vista, let alone Windows XP, it seems destined to be the true mass market success that Vista was meant to be, even though Microsoft is under competitive assault from all sides, be it from ever improving versions of Mac OS X, free Linux distributions such as Ubuntu and a host of online apps from companies like Google that don’t care which operating system or device you’re using, as long as it has a browser.

So, on Tuesday October 27, our main meeting guest is Microsoft’s “Professional Geek”, Nick Hodge, who will come to show us all the features and power of the Windows 7 operating system!

Nick has presented to the group in the past, in his capacity as a representative of Microsoft, and we’ll be taking advantage of having two speaker slots available to have Nick fill them both, for a mega-presentation on Windows 7, its features and benefits and all the activity around it, from the free Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus/anti-malware suite, to the free Windows Live Suite which includes Windows Live Mail, Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, Writer, Family Safety Software and much more.

Amongst other capabilities, Windows 7’s multi-touch capabilities will also be on display, and there will be two copies of Windows 7 Ultimate to be won on the night in the raffle, so our October main meeting promises to be jam packed, and a chance, as always, to ask questions in the Q&A, and questions of our guest presenter.

If you’ve got any friends who are interested or curious to learn more about Windows 7 from Microsoft’s “Professional Geek”… bring them along!! The more, the merrier!!

See you there…

Alex 🙂

Profile: Nick Hodge

Nick Hodge

A Professional Geek for Microsoft, Nick has over 23 years of IT industry experience in a variety of sales, technical, management, marketing and strategic roles. As a sought-after presenter, prolific social networker and a closet workaholic, Nick just loves technology. Especially software technology.

“Online” since 1987 and before the web, subsequently working with Internet technologies more years than there have been browsers, Nick has a strong belief that the current revolution of connection, collaboration and communication is going to have dramatic and unforeseen effects on the human condition. Some call this hyperconnectivity.

As a presenter of technology to all sized audiences, Nick loves to inspire people by showing them “shiny new things” that will change their life, the way they communicated, their organisation, community and business.

Currently working with Dynamic and Functional Languages for software development; and explaining to a variety of audiences what a Professional Geek from Microsoft actually does.


Web Design SIG — with Singing

Have you ever tried to have a serious technical meeting (a Special Interest Group, or SIG) with singing ?

Well, we did for the recent October 17th Saturday afternoon meeting of the Web Design SIG.

At our usual venue there are three meeting rooms on the first floor. Each is separated by a thin movable room-divider. At the tops and bottoms are visible air-gaps which make very poor acoustic shields.

We usually have Room 1, but this time we were shunted into Room 2. You can guess what was being held in Room 3!

Right – a so-called a capella singing group. They started off with 3 or 4 repeats of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot then went on to long single-notes held in a round i.e. some taking a breath then rejoining. Then came the DRUMS !

Quoting Dave Letterman, “I wouldn’t give your troubles to a monkey on a rock!”