Past Meetup

Mr. Charles Petzold Will Be Speaking at vNext_OC!

This Meetup is past

78 people went

Price: $15.00 /per person
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The grand prize winner is Phillip Chan. Congrats, Phillip!

vNext-OC has raised almost a $110,000 dollars in prizes for this event!!!

If you would like to pay for your ticket ahead of time please visit and enter password charles.

Bring your business cards, not only to network with everyone in the lobby while eating, but the SECOND PRIZE will be chosen by raffle out of the bowl of cards!

This awesome event is brought to you by (please click on the donors text to the right or underneath the banner ad, they are links, including the people) :



Scott Hanselman

Individual Donors:

Kim Schmidt
Marek Schmidt
Gary Holbrook
Michael Washington
Jane Chen
Rajmund Rzepecki
Angella Allen
Philip Chan
Arish Labroo
Aqua Pro Pool Service
Schedule of Events
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm: Food and Networking
6:45 pm: Enter Presentation Room: Be Seated
6:45 pm - 7:00 pm: Sponsor Introductions and Thank You's
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Charles' Presentation
8:00 pm: Please Remain Seated While We Arrange the "Roundtable Area"
8:00 pm - 8:15 pm: Short Interview: "What's Coming Next with Charles Petzold" Discussion
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm: Q&A with YOU and Mr. Petzold!!!
8:30 pm - 8:35 pm: Please Remain Seated While We Give Away 2 Grand Prize Winners
8:35 pm - 9:00 pm: Autographs (see your gift bag) By Charles Petzold, Simultaneously While Our Volunteers Hand Out $110,000.00 in Raffle Prizes :-)
9:00 pm: Evening Ends, Thank You All for Coming!
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: (address above: Note - this is the area of Newport Beach that's practically touching Irvine) 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 9:00 pm 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.