Holy smoke, it’s an explosive demo

I've spent the last couple of days in London helping out with the first Exchimageange Unplugged 2007 events, which have gone really well. One attendee to the first session, held with BT at the Tate Modern, said in 15 years of working in IT, it was the best Microsoft event he'd ever been to. Let's hope the rest can keep the standard so high.

Anyway, today's event (in association with Dimension Data, at the Radisson Mayfair hotel) had an unexpectedly dramatic turn. Brett's demo server (used to run all the demos for the first 3 sessions, running numerous VMs in Virtual Server) gave a sudden burst of fan noise and emitted a puff of smoke, during the 2nd session. The noise continued throughout the session in bursts, and there was a funny ozone-like smell close to the box...

Somewhat amazingly, it carried on and he wisely decided to leave it on, until after the 3rd and final session was complete. Just as well, since after it was powered off, it wouldn't come back online again - power supply failure, methinks.

Anyway, here's Brett and Julian standing by with precautions, in case it happened during Julian's brilliant unified messaging demo session.


They got through that session and hopefully a replacement Shuttle box will have arrived before the third event of the week, tomorrow!

Comments (6)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Check this

  2. Anonymous says:

    One of the things I really like about the Exchange Unplugged Tour is how the team have put together a

  3. EwanD says:

    Cheers Adam – Brett’s got a replacement Shuttle machine now, and is still singing its praises. We’re having the box sent up to Glasgow for the final gig on Monday, then he needs to figure out how to get it back down south on a plane… and out to Barcelona for IT Forum later this month…

  4. Phil says:

    You gotta laugh at the wording on the shuttel web site "and a particularly efficient, 80 PLUS certified 400-Watt power supply takes care of this black powerhouse without compromising its performance."


  5. adam says:

    You were raving about that at the BT day, bet you are not so impressed now!

    Great day guys, really enjoyed it, very informative.

  6. Smoking!!! says:

    Nice one Brett!   Wish I thought of that in my demo days – its a great way to ignite the audience 😉



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