19 Sep 2008

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Attending a virtual users group meeting (TSUG-VE)

I’ve just attended the inaugural meeting of the Team System User Group – Virtual Edition. The TSUG-VE is hosted in SecondLife and uses Livemeeting for demonstrations. I wasn’t sure how the experience would be but I followed the instructions, started up the apps and made my way to the appropriate auditorium on Microsoft Island. I found a seat and oriented my avatar towards the screen so I could watch the meeting get underway.

Here’s a screenshot of the stage area in SecondLife with our hosts Chewing Glas and Daven Finesmith.

TSUG-VE_Screenshot

SecondLife is great for the social interaction but not so good for doing demos and showing Visual Studio in all its glory. This problem has been solved by running a LiveMeeting session simultaneously and simply ALT-TABing between the apps when the presenters mention they are moving to Livemeeting or SecondLife.

Here’s a screenshot showing the Livemeeting experience during the user group. At normal size, the screen is quite clear and easy to read during the demos.

TSUG-VE LiveMtgScreen

In summary, the experience of attending a virtual user group was much easier than I expected. The switching between the applications wasn’t a problem and so long as I kept the SL window maximised I could hear everything that was going on without a problem. I’d have to say that I was very happy with the overall experience and rate the meeting as a big success.

And finally…. Great work to both Paul and Dave for getting this idea off the ground. (and for making the timeslot Australian friendly, even if by accident)

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