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Charles Petzold Will Speak At vNext_OC on this Date

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NOTE: The Grand Prize of the Evening, Entries Due to [masked] by midnight, January 6th, 2013:

To win, you must submit your answer to the question "Express yourself in any way 'Why did I want to hear Charles Petzold Speak?" Be your creative self and / or your left-brained self through written words, video, creating an object (tangible, not code), creating a graphic, creating a game? Nothing will be excluded unless it's adult content or offensive in any way. This is the GRAND PRIZE!!!/b>

NOTE: Bring your business cards, as there will be a substantial raffle prize chosen out of the bowl of cards!

This awesome event is brought to you by (please click on the donors, they are links):
~Cylance - A Stealth Company Dedicated to Solving the World's Most Complex Security Challenges

~UXSynergy (site updating)

~Microsoft Press

~Individual Donors:

~Michael Washington

~Angella Allen

~Philip Chan

~Jane Chen

~Gary Holbrook

~Rajmund Rzepecki

~Arish Labroo

You can get your own copy to use at or email [masked]

<6:00pm - 7:00pm: Food and Networking>

7:00pm - 7:15pm: Introductions and Sponsor Acknowledgements

7:15pm ~ 8:15: Charles' Presentation

8:15 ~ 8:30: Short Interview: Charles' Petzold's Future Plans and Q&A with attendees What an Opportunity!

8:30 - 8:40: Two Big Prizes then Normal Raffle Prizes

~8:40 - 9:00: Book Signing by Mr. Petzold

~9:00pm ~ 10:00pm: More Networking and Clean Up

Charles' Presentation Synopsis: Analog vs. Digital: Rhythms of the Natural World, our Struggle to Compute Them, and Windows 8:

If digital technologies are so great, why do we increasingly hide digital computation under fluid and bouncy user interfaces? If analog computers are so lame, why are they also so clever, so elegant, and so fascinating? Join Charles Petzold in an exploration of analog vs. digital computation of natural processes in a talk that connects Vannevar Bush’s Differential Analyzer of the 1920s to Windows 8 and other modern user interfaces.

Charles' Bio:

Charles Petzold has been programming for Microsoft Windows since 1985 and writing about it nearly as long. He wrote the first magazine article about Windows programming, and one of the first books on the subject. That book, Programming Windows, is now in its 6th edition, having recently been entirely rewritten for Windows 8. He is also the author of books on .NET programming, and Windows Phone 7, as well as two unique books that explore the origins and underpinnings of digital computing: Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software and The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour through Alan Turing’s Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine. He is currently writing a column for MSDN Magazine on DirectX programming, and working on a book about the roots and concepts of analog computing.

The Venue: Parking is FREE: The Gate to the Parking Area Goes Up at 6:00pm. You can see photos of the venue here:

Please be courteous and leave as close to 9pm as you can, unless you are a clean-up volunteer. We have a lot going on and we need to stick to schedule. Therefore, there will be no bio-breaks. If you need to go, quietly leave the room and return.

For LA Sluggers, if you haven't RSVP'd on vNext_OC's Meetup site, please do. That will assist in keeping track of how many attendess so we know how much food and drink to get. Much appreciated!!!

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    (FYI to avoid double-counting) I also RSVPed on vNext_OC

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    • Kim S.

      Thank you!

      February 7, 2013

  • Naish S.

    Looks interesting

    October 27, 2012

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