Hanselminutes on 9 - Raw Backstage footage before the Mix11 keynote with Jonathan Carter

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Scott and Jonathan Carter are freaking out backstage at Mix11. What's it look like? How much of the demos are real? (Most of it!) What's involved in prepping for contigencies if a demo fails? All this and more, backstage at Mix11.

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    ZippyV

    So what went wrong this time?

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    Ben Hayat
    Wow, Jon looks so much different than when he was in Florida. I think it's the haircut. He is a great guy!
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    Scott Hanselman

    It was a flawless web keynote for us. Everything worked, and Jonathan didn't need to change a thing.

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    Nick_Mc​Cready

    Cool stuff thanks for posting this!

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    Sebastien Ros

    John is great. Went to his session on OData and discovered his a great speaker.

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    felix9

    awesome ! behind the curtain !

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    jopapa

    Good sneak-up on Drew Robbins and his Orchard demo.

    I should have taken some the morning of the keynotes and shown the atmosphere, the rehearsing to the wall, the makeup people, and the goofiness that we all had Smiley

     

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    Jiew Meng

    Faked demos !!! LOL. I guess keynotes are meant to be inspirational ... great stuff

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    Scott Hanselman

    Jiew - Hey now, to be clear, Demos aren't faked. However, "dependancies" meaning, things that could BREAK a demo, like if Twitter was down or something, those are "mocked out." We call the same APIs, but the results are local, rather than from Twitter. make sense?

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    Ben Hayat

    @Scott Hanselman:
    Scott, I'm amazed how much control you have over your nerves on the stage. You literally own the satge and audience. I've never seen you nervous. Just fact that you can pause, laugh and make jokes, proves you're in control. You even crack joke at Gu sometimes. Smiley

    No ego trip, just fun time...

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    davewill

    Jiew - Hey now, to be clear, Demos aren't faked. However, "dependancies" meaning, things that could BREAK a demo, like if Twitter was down or something, those are "mocked out." We call the same APIs, but the results are local, rather than from Twitter. make sense?

    Interesting.  Why?  We (the generic development world) are pushing customers to be more dependent on 3rd parties all the time.

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    Elaine

    Scott H. is awesome. Thanks for this glimpse of what it takes to put on a big conference like MIX!

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    jwezenbeek

    I think it's very proffesional that measures are taken to prevent that we as an audience might miss the key point of the demo. Software can fail, especially when it depends on a lot of factors. I really enjoyed the presentations Scott did, it was fun and informative. He has a great presenting style, very relaxed on stage, very cool to see him at DevDays in the Hague yesterday!

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