Yesterday the first usergroup meeting took place in the computer pool of the faculty of mechanical engineering. Sven and Nico had their lectures for which you can get the slides as soon as possible on the website of the usergroup.
Windows Presentation Foundation (Sven Hubert)
AJAX with ASP.NET (Nico Orschel)
For the upcoming 23. Chaos Communication Congress and for Virtual Machine testing purposes FeM bought a brand new DELL 2950 Server with impressive specs: 2x Dual Core Xeon 2.0 Ghz (5130) + 8 GB RAM + 2x 73 GB 10k upm + 4x 300 GB 10k upm (all SAS).
I spent the last day installing Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 on the machine which leads to the well known hardware driver issues. But everything solved, the RAID is up’n’running and the machine seems to be a seriously fast one.
Since it’s a DELL machine it’s tidy, which is great since I’ve seen enough machines from other manufacturers where something must have been seriously gone wrong in production phase.
“You’ll have to sit through three Microsoft webcasts or virtual labs on the products, but that’s a small price to pay considering you’ll actually learn about the software features. There are some relatively minor restrictions, however this is an offer you just can’t refuse. These packages can cost you upwards of $300 or more out-of-pocket, so I’d consider this time well spent.”
Oh and there’s the downside: only for US residents… well…
Source 1: http://www.powertogether.com/
Source 2: jkontherun