@DennisDel: Correct, Acer S7
Yes, Rick now works for Microsoft
My personal thoughts are that for indie developers, we provide a totally free way to watch *every* session online in < 24 hours. That's unheard of in our industry. The total cost is $0.
If you are an indie developer, then I totally understand the importance of reducing costs. Traveling and airfare to an event can even cost as much as a pass to a conference like Build ($250/night for hotel, $400-1,200 on airfare depending on domestic vs international, food, etc).
If I was an indie developer, I would:
- Watch the live streams and ask questions during live Q&A
- Watch all the sessions that are relevant to me
- Attend FREE Microsoft training like our 1-2 day dev camps on Windows, Phone, Azure, Web - http://www.devcamps.ms/. The best thing about these camps is that they are so many that you may not have to incur any travel costs to attend.
Great to see the number of comments on this post
I held up YouTube as an example of the best possible engagement for video. I just don't think it's a fair comparison to Channel 9. While the stats are slightly out-of-date, YouTube was like 20% of all internet traffic and 60% of video traffic ~2009. Despite how big it is, it still can't get engagement past a fraction of a percent. And I agree, if you compare Channel 9 to YouTube in terms of engagement, we'll always lose.
Based on your previous jQuery search, searching on vimeo.com for "jQuery" or jQuery tutorial
- http://vimeo.com/6353874 - 2,500,000 views, 2 comments (0.00008% response)
- http://vimeo.com/116991 - 197,000 views, 21 comments (0.011% response) - This is a high comment count for Vimeo as the speaker is the creator of jQuery (John Resig)
- http://vimeo.com/2428228 - 30,100 views, 2 comments (0.00664% response)
Your previous assumption for C9 was
- 50,000 views, 5 comments (0.01% response)
- 50,000 views, 25 comments (0.05% response)
Compared to vimeo's stats, our engagement is inline (at our worst), or several times better.
I'm not saying we can't do better, and YouTube as a goal would be great to achieve, but we should at least compare apples-to-apples.
What browser are you using? Saving the file as RSS.aspx is fine, you'll notice that when you open it up, is it an XML file