While I am sitting far and away from Silicon Valley, I will be watching as the second Silicon Valley Code Camp happens this weekend. I want to tell all the developers, coders, architects, hackers, or whatever techie names they want to call themselves who live in or near the Valley how lucky they are to have such a great event there. Some of my favorite techies will be speaking at this event. People like Douglas Crockford, Juval Lowey, and Matt Mullenweg will be taking time to share their knowledge and experiences with the rest of us and thanks to the hard work of folks like Peter Kellner who have spent countless hours organizing this event, it will all be for free. Believe me, people from other parts of the country or the world do not have this same luxury to drive a few minutes from their home and listen, learn, and share with such a powerful group of software engineers and pioneers involved in such a divers array of technologies. Fortunately, the word has gotten around and over 700 people have registered. Unfortunately, many of those who register will not show up. Mainly because registration is free and the barrier to entry is nothing. So at the last minute, they decide to do something else or feel lazy or … I don’t really know why. All I know is that this is a great opportunity. People pay hundreds of dollars at conferences to see the same speakers give the same talks and folks in the Valley have a wonderful chance to take advantage of it for free this weekend. So don’t let this opportunity go by. If you have not registered, register now. If you have registered, set your alarm clock for Saturday morning and go down there. You are blessed with the opportunity to live in the valley and take advantage of this. Take full advantage of it.
I wish I was there.
For my talk at the SF launch I need to do a demo of a client computer calling a SharePoint server. Since I have one computer to do this on, I have to run the server inside a VPC and install the client software on the host computer. Then I need to use the Microsoft Loopback Adapter to connect these two. Here is the details on how to install and configure the Microsoft Loopback Adapter on Windows Vista.
1. Install the Microsoft Loopback Adapter
Control Panel à Add Hardware à Click Next on the “Welcome to Add Hardware Wizard”
On the page that comes up click the “Install the hardware that I manually select from a list” button then click Next à Choose Network adapters click Next à Under Manufacturer choose Microsoft Under Network Adapter choose Microsoft Loopback Adapter. Click Next à Click Next …
2.Assign a static IP Address to the Microsoft Loopback Adapter
Start à Control Panel à Manage Network Connections à You see a new network registered with a name like “Local Area Connection 2 Unidentified Network Microsoft Loopback Adapter” à right click it and select Properties à click on TCP/IPv4 à click Properties à Click use the following IP address à enter 192.168.1.10 (of course the two first numbers are what is important) for the IP Address and 255.255.255.0 for the subnet mask à Click OK.