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Thursday, March 4, 2004
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This was FUN!

I am finally home and just want to crash at this point as it has been a long day. But I wanted to write this up while the emotional impact of the day is still with me.

First of all, a big “Thank You“ to all of the folks who came out.

The Washington D.C. DevDays was held at the Ronald Reagan Convention Center and the prep work started last night. We got an email from our local DE Justin about the practice and logistics session between 5 and 7 p.m last evening. Justin is a great guy who talks with a rather unique accent and has pretty much been the primary coordinator of the entire D.C. event. Just don't ask him if he is from Australia ;-)

So, last evening, armed with mappoint directions and a false sense of confidence, I made the decision to drive into D.C. Needless to say, I hit D.C rush hour, missed a turn and ended up cruising the highways and byways of D.C for about an hour and a half before I actually found the place. I have to admit though, D.C. does have some very scenic areas, especially around the Washington monument. I think I found them all!

NOTE TO SELF: Do not EVER drive into D.C. again. D.C. has excellent public transportation. Take the Metro and save yourself the pain. A fellow user group member forwarded me the link to the D.C. RideGuide ( http://rideguide.wmata.com/index.html ) which is excellent.

After going through the security inspection at the building in order to get into the parking garage, I went up to the Atrium to meet all of the other guys who were doing the presentations ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/devdays/agenda/washingtondc/default.aspx ). I also finally met Dwayne Taylor who turned to be pretty funny and extremely knowledgeable. We then went to get miked by the AV guys. After speaking into the mike a couple of times, I was informed by them that I was just a very loud person that I would be specifically fitted with a "low gain" mike so that I would not blow out the ear drums of the audience :-)

I verified that all of my demo's worked and the presentations were set up and ready to go. At the end of the session, Andrew, who is a lot more familiar with D.C. than I am, was kind enough lead me out of the maze that is D.C. Thank You!

Since I try very hard not to repeat my mistakes, I made sure that I took the commuter train into D.C. today. Needless to say, I made it into D.C. without any problems!

Then it was onto the presentations!

Andrew, who gave the "ASP.NET Web Application Security Fundamentals Overview", did a bang up job. He is a veteran of talks like this and I have seen him present before, both in a small group setting such as a user group and to a large audience like at ASP.NET Connections.

Next up was Dwayne, who did the "scary, evil cracker demo" presentation (Threats and Threat Modeling - Understanding Web Application Threats and Vulnerabilities). Dwayne really enjoyed his work!

Hyped up on an Apple and a bottle of water for lunch, I was up next for "Defenses and Countermeasures - Secure Your ASP.NET Applications from Hackers" ... :-)

After me came Vishwas who closed out the track by doing a walk through of the Open Hack Reference Application. Vishwas is a very knowledgeable guy, who also happens to be a Microsoft RD. Needless to say, he did a great job.

Just walking around afterwards and getting comments and questions from people, my general impression was that people were extremely interested in the topic and got a lot out of the sessions. We also had an excellent turn out and I think some people who were expecting a lot of marketing fluff were very pleased with the hardcore and actionable content that they got.

Tags:: Security
3/4/2004 9:57 PM Eastern Standard Time  |  Comments [4]  |  Disclaimer  |  Permalink   
Sunday, May 8, 2005 12:06:51 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
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Sunday, May 8, 2005 12:06:51 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
"I was informed by them that I was just a very loud person that I would be specifically fitted with a "low gain" mike so that I would not blow out the ear drums of the audience :-)" - Anil, you WERE successful in blowing out the eardrums of the audience. I suggest that, in future, you should not be outfitted with a mic, since your voice is amplified enough to carry through the entire DC !
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Damaged_Eardrum
Sunday, May 8, 2005 12:06:51 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
LOL. Thank You.. I will make sure that I ask for a noise cancellation mike the next time :-)
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<br>Seriously, I appreciate the feedback. I am afraid that I do tend to get very excitable when speaking on a topic that is near and dear to my heart.
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<br>Hopefully the noice level did not detract from the value of the content.
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Anil John
Sunday, May 8, 2005 12:06:51 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
&quot;I am afraid that I do tend to get very excitable when speaking on a topic that is near and dear to my heart.&quot;
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<br>I can totally sympathize! :)
Paul Murphy
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