Tag Archives: presentation

Powerpoint presenters mode in VirtualBox

After switching to Linux as my main operating system I was expecting problems. Even though it has come far, it’s not really your granny’s operating system. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t use much Windows only software, but one of the problems was definitely going to be working with Powerpoint.

So I figured VirtualBox with Windows and Powerpoint would be a decent solution. And it has worked like a charm.

But I did miss presenters mode when doing the talks, and never really thought it would be possible. Until I discovered that you can change the number of displays associated with your VM. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s not without it’s quirks, but doable if you get used to it. So you can do:

  • Plug in your external monitor
  • Make sure the Linux settings are correct with resolution and placement
  • Make sure the VM isn’t started
  • Go into settings > Display on you VirtualBox VM
  • Set the VM to have 2 displays
  • Boot the VM
  • Go full screen with the VM
  • Configure windows settings to reflect multiple displays and resolution and position
  • Start PowerPoint and do F5 for presentation

It should work now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with your presentation… ๐Ÿ˜‰


So last week I was lucky enough to attend XP2010 in Trondheim. It was an intense week with great people and great content. It’s kind of hard to process all this content, but it’s time to try.

After listening to the excellent advice of Ole Christian I attended the workshop of Chris Matts on Feature Injection . It was absolutely one of my best sessions at XP2010 and it turned out to be really relevant to what I’m doing at my current client. I think I’ll be able to use a lot of this when it comes to working with the requirements and really understanding what matters.

After an intense workshop it’s always good to listen to Mary Poppendieck talk about Lean in a nutshell . I’ve heard or read a lot of her stuff before, but she has a really unique way of explaining and selling her point of view. I always learn a lot from listening to her.

Ole Ellnestam and Daniel Brolund rounded off the day in a nice way with Mikado refactoring . It’s an interesting and structured way of doing large refactorings. I’ve done something similar with rolling back changes when I get stuck, but this is a nice structured way to approach it. Now if only my computer hadn’t been acting up I would actually be able to practice it a bit more.

The second day started out with a bang, first with a keynote by Scott Page, then listening to Cory Foy talk about craftsmanship. Head over to the program page of XP2010 to see the videos. It’s really worth the time. While you’re there also check out the talks by Mary Poppendieck and Marcus Ahnve.

Now I must admit that most of thursday was lost to my nerves, as I was holding two lightning talks that day. Of the ones I saw and really liked was the talk of Jonas Follesรธ about the Blackbox Recorder . This sparked quite an interest in the Java crowd, so some started the Java version: Jackbox Recorder . Sadly one of my talks was at the same time as the My Agile Suitcase Pecha Kucha, so I didn’t get to see it. I heard great things about it. Luckily there’s video out.

On the last day, conference fatigue were setting in. But I got a great session of Coding Katas. Interesting to both see other languages and other people code. I really also liked the workshop Cory Foy gave on innovation games. It opened my eyes on how to do facilitation around requirements and features, and tied quite nicely into the stuff from the first day with Feature Injection.

Well, this is just a try at writing down what I remember and process some of the information. I know it’s summary, just let me know if there’s something I should expand ont.

It was really a great conference, like none I’ve attended before. Thank you to all the brilliant people that I met and the organizers.

JavaZone 2009 over

So the big event for Java geeks in Oslo, JavaZone, is over. I had a blast as always, and a little less people. Moving the overflow area helped a lot. The less people was a conscious choice I’ve been told, and I wouldn’t really mind even fewer. But hey, I guess there’s some economics that has to work too.

My company, Capgemini was present as usual, and the bright girls and guys did an excellent job of tweeting and blogging from the conference. If you know norwegian check out our twitter stream and the technology blog.

We also had two full feature talks, and I was really satisfied with how they went. Always something to change, but over all very satisfied. The topics were (sorry only Norwegian slides):

  • Smidig Utrulling (Agile deployment) – Slides
  • Rules engine vs. Domain logic – Slides

For the Smidig Utrulling talk I spent a lot of time creating code and examples. They contain some simplified Maven setup and a Java program to do deployment from the Maven repo. Check it out at http://github.com/anderssv/agile-deploy/tree/master . Documentation is scarce as always, but let me know if I can make something better. And feel free to use.

The videos will be available later, but if you want to see the ones that are available (of others, some english speakers) you can check them out at http://tcs.java.no . Tandberg delivered the video equipment and it seems like they are doing a hell of a job for the community. Check out the videos, there’s a lot of good talks there.

Now for some vacation, see you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Two futures of software testing

Michael Bolton won an award for his talk on two futures of software testing. The message of it is in essence for testers to focus on the needs of the business instead of the plan. Even though it’s a presentation it has lots of notes and a lot of nice stuff there that turns testers to being more agile. Check it out.

JavaZone 2008 videos online

It’s been a little while since they were put online, but if you havn’t seen it check it out. These are my recommendations:

Check out the rest of the program for more great talks. These were my favourites from the ones I have seen. Should be many more good ones to discover there.