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Join us for a Community Event in Louisville to celebrate TechRepublic's 10th anniversary

TechRepublic's Community Event will take place in Louisville, KY, on June 26, 2009. We hope our members will come help us celebrate TechRepublic's 10-year anniversary. Find out more about the event and other places of interest while you're in town.

Since 2009 is the 10-year anniversary of TechRepublic's launch in May of 1999, we'd like invite our loyal community members to Louisville, Kentucky (where TechRepublic launched as a startup), to help us celebrate! This TechRepublic Community Event will take place on Friday, June 26, 2009, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Northeast Louisville (details listed below) from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, along with other informal gatherings on Friday night and Saturday.

Ever since we first announced this event in TR Out Loud a couple weeks ago, many of you have been asking great questions about what's going to happen at the event and what else there is to do in Louisville while they're in town - places to stay, good restaurants, attractions, and other places of interest. So, we're going to answer those questions in this post. If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask them in the discussion thread or send an e-mail to trol@techrepublic.com.

About the Community Event

Since this is a Community Event, it is open to all registered TechRepublic members. Aside from meeting your TR peers, you can expect to see a quick recap of TechRepublic over the past 10 years and hear a few words from the TechRepublic staff and TR members brave enough to come up to the microphone.

We'll have light refreshments, a few awards, and a special swag bag for all attendees. We realize that not everyone will be able to make it to Louisville, so we're also planning to broadcast the live event via streaming video and even offer it later as a video download on demand.

A dinner location (TBD) will be reserved for the community members who'd like to eat, mix, and mingle that evening, from approximately 6:00 to 9:30 PM. Each person will be responsible for his or her own drinks and dinner. However, the next morning, TechRepublic will pick up the tab for an optional brunch on Saturday (brunch location is TBD). A sign up sheet for brunch will be available at the Community Event.

Where to stay

The Hilton Garden Inn at the Summit location has not only graced us with a banquet room for the Community Event, but they have also generously offered a block of rooms at the discounted rate of $84 per night, available Thursday through Sunday night. All reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn must be made before May 24, 2009. When you call, mention the "TechRepublic" event in order to get the discount. Here's the contact information:

Hilton Garden Inn at the Summit

9850 Park Plaza Ave. Louisville, KY, 40241

1 (877) STAY HGI or (502) 423-0018

http://hiltongardeninn1.hilton.com/en_US/gi/index.do

Places to eat

There are lots of great restaurants in Louisville, and I've probably only eaten at a handful of them. The following list is a collection of favorites from the TechRepublic editorial team:

Ramsi's Café on the World

Lynn's Paradise Cafe

Shalimar

Saffron's Restaurant

Wild Eggs

Mark's Feed Store

Bristol Bar & Grill

Limestone Restaurant

The Irish Rover

Twig and Leaf

Corbett's

The Old Spaghetti Factory (horse and carriage rides are stationed here, giving tours of downtown Louisville)

Other Louisville Originals

Things to do

Sure, Louisville is known for being the home of the Kentucky Derby and where they make the Louisville Slugger baseball bats, but there is so much more than that to see and do while you're in town --especially if you've made a family trip of it and your significant other and kids want to know what they can do while you're living it up with your TR peers. Here are just a few of the many attractions that Louisville has to offer:

Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby Museum

Louisville Slugger Museum

Louisville Zoo

Louisville Science Center

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom

4th Street Live!

Muhammad Ali Center

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

Actors Theatre

Palace Theatre

Glassworks

Speed Art Museum

Locust Grove

Waterfront Park

The Belle of Louisville

Quail Chase Golf Course

Valhalla Golf Club

The Summit (shopping)

Other Louisville happenings, Visitors Bureau

Regional activities outside of Louisville

Mammoth Cave National Park

Kentucky Horse Park

My Old Kentucky Home

Tours of bourbon distilleries

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Other resources that may be useful

Consuming Louisville

LEO Weekly

About

Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

309 comments
boxfiddler
boxfiddler

I just bumped into GG who had just bounced off the space station. :0

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

Well after today I'm even more eager to see the event. I'm glad that it will be available via streaming video and as a download. All this talk of facial hair and the Blonde bomshell that was dropped today, I'm waiting in anticipation for the event to unfold. I bet that there will be a few more surprises. Edit: time check

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Planning time. Need to know. What and when is up with black and slinky? What day/night? Can we change out of it after? My black and slinky might be a tad much for a joint named 'Fox and Hound'. I mean, there's only 19 days left! :D

jdclyde
jdclyde

This is all reported as Eastern Standard Time (EST), right?

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

have to settle for a Zen attendance and send everyone Zen Hugs. You'all have a nice time, you hear.

Jaqui
Jaqui

well, if money wasn't so tight I could make it. but I just can't afford the trip right now.

jdclyde
jdclyde

NON-Boxie style... :D

jdclyde
jdclyde

Not counting today, and figuring arriving in on Friday. :p

jdclyde
jdclyde

what did I miss NOW???

BFilmFan
BFilmFan

You just made Coco Chanel roll over in her grave! There is no such thing as too black or too slinky....

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

Kentucky that is, I am not Scummy you know. :p ;\ At least, my guess it would be EST for East Kentucky time.

jdclyde
jdclyde

what is it you would be equipped to do behind me? :0 Sorry, exit only.... :p

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Ernest, we plan to offer live streaming video of the event, so I hope you'll be able to be with us virtually. Let's see here, 2:00 PM EST is 4:00 AM your time. Set your alarm! ;)

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

of my limited vacation has already been assigned for the year =( Since last Christmas... And KY would be a much shorter drive =\

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Now who's going to cause all the lights to go dim, and electronics batteries to inexplicably drain?

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

A Style that people can understand. I used to have someone like Boxy do my Tax. After 3 Audits and lots of fines I gave them the flick though I do admit that it was interesting watching the Tax Auditor going insane slowly. Didn't help that I was agreeing with them all the time while asking the accountant why he did things that way. :^0 Col

jdclyde
jdclyde

Not counting today, and figuring arriving in on Friday. :p

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

of too black or too slinky. Just a qualified too black or too slinky. :D :D :D

jdclyde
jdclyde

set your computer to EDT, if you can find it.... :p

jdclyde
jdclyde

"KY time" is generally referred to the time Scummy spends at the rest areas..... :0 EKT? oh my....

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

as there's a big song down Melbourne way about his behaviour, it's called - Up There Cazaly - and the chorus is - Get up there an at 'em, show 'em your might - and it's about a bunch of Aussie Rules football players. These are the guys that like to go around jumping each other all over the field, and in public.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Run Away and hide while you are not looking. :D After all what else is she likely to do give you a Prostrate Examination? :^0 Col 0:-)

jdclyde
jdclyde

a wall of monitors for people with webcams to log into? :D

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

already, without having to be pushed into frightened sleepless. With my luck I'll get up the wrong day and be 24 hours early. Now I go to go figure which day it again. I make no promises, but will try.

jdclyde
jdclyde

looking about an 8 hour drive. The plan as of now is to leave thursday night and get out'a dodge..... Gets in town early enough to get some sleep and then raise some heck! :D Even if you can't leave until after work on friday, sat night is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime event. ;\ That, or you could just wait for the 20 year celebration..... :p

OH Smeg
OH Smeg

GG will need replacement batteries for her Gadgets. So that will account for all of the dead/drained batteries. :0 I'm sure that she'll demand that the Lights get dimmed as well when she plays with all of her Gadgets. ;) Col 0:-)

jdclyde
jdclyde

is say "again"...... ;\

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I particularly liked one Bean Counter driving another Bean Counter Insane. I was about to say that I would willingly pay to see that but as I did pay lots of money to witness it I suppose I can't say that. :( Col :D

jdclyde
jdclyde

Bean counters are the bane of the IT department.... ;\

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it. :D

jdclyde
jdclyde

ETA. Wonder if GG and Shell will be up at 3am our time?

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

roughly related to the time I'll be leaving here pop-up to remind me what time it is. I plan to arrive about 1500. I sit down at this computer and as often as not lose track of time. etu (Thanks, btw, for that timer. :D )

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

you plan to arrive at 0600 on Thursday?

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

I've a spare catsuit you can borrow. :D :D :D

jdclyde
jdclyde

naaa, better not.... :D

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

JD will find himself prostrate with a pain in his prostate... :D

Shellbot
Shellbot

especialy since i spent all that money on medictions to get rid of them ]:)

jdclyde
jdclyde

to have the seat next to you..... ]:) "No, really! Your blouse WAS unbuttoned when you went to sleep......"

Shellbot
Shellbot

ye gotta be kidding.. i sleep for a few hours on the plane..otherwise its just mindnumbing.. i do long hauls almost once a year..no way i'll be getting to bed till well after midnight...and chances are i'll sleep 2-3 hours.. midnight there is like 6 am dublin...body clock just don't like that and says "no sleepy for you beotch"

jdclyde
jdclyde

ganyssa isn't far from me, so she might come along for the ride. Was looking to ride with James, but he has a car full with his family coming along. Still working out the details, and after i know for sure I still have to get back to him on this. Having someone to share the driving with would make it a lot easier, that is for sure. It is sounding like a scotch and jagerbomb weekend! :D

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

so you have something else to do for the web cam after the pillow fight.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

so you can plug in the webcam during the pillow fight... ]:)

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

so I don't have to go snoozen! Are you still car sharing? :x GG

jdclyde
jdclyde

accusing poor Shell of having bugs.... :0

jdclyde
jdclyde

after the flight, the two of you are going to be snoozen. Figuring on getting in between 3am and 5am, depending on what time I can get on the road, construction, and traffic.

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

why you fink I typy there?! :p :p :p GG

Shellbot
Shellbot

definatly!! i don't trust jd...i reckon we gonna have to be real careful...

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

make sure it's NOT the bug detector...

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

my webcam and bug detector. Thanks for the reminder! ;\ GG

Shellbot
Shellbot

yer gonna miss the wild alcohol fueled pillow fight us girls are going to have on thrusday night.. ]:)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Are nothing more than a Transformer and a couple of Passive Components. So they have a Bridge Rectifier to convert AC to DC and a capacitor or 2 to smooth out any fluctuations from the mains. The reality is that the Plug Packs only provide the Devices Requirement so say it's a Mobile Phone they only supply the 6 or so volts that the Phone uses to recharge the battery. NB's work on the same principal but their Mains Adapter is all Electronic and uses Switch Mode technology and Chopping Transistors to produce a output similar to a Desktop Computers Power output from the Power Supply. Depending on the NB in question it can have either a single [i]Stable[/i] Input Voltage or it can have several Input Voltages to run the NB itself and charge the Battery. Most of the electronics inside a NB run on 5 V DC so things like the Optical Drive, HDD, and so on require 5 V DC and the CPU and RAM can use between 1.3 to 3.2 Volts. So most NB's only have a Mains Input high enough to charge the battery and run the monitor which chews up the most electricity in the unit. The other devices no matter what they are that are Dual Voltage are things like TV's where they run on a lower internal voltage and the 240 or 110 Mains is stepped down to the internal voltage required to run the unit. The older things had a switch something like the Voltage Switches on some Computer Power Supplies but the new ones do this automatically when they sense the input voltage through a simple clean design that removes the need for the switch. ;) Col 0:-)

Shellbot
Shellbot

what yer talking about.. i know you can't go UP from 100 to 240..duhhhhh ]:) GG and I live on the OTHER side of the planet where we have 240 volt..so if our electronics are new-ish, they will work, because the plug (thingy at the end which plugs into wall) has some doo-hicky in it to regulate the current or such.. For axample, the pluggy thing on my phone says 100 - 240 volts. So therefore, I CAN plug it in in the US, provided I have an adapter so I can jack into a 2 pronged socket. And it will work with 110 volts (so i am told) because the product has been designed to work between those volatages.. i wonder, is it a case that its actually running on 110 and the plug is restricting the juice? now.. pllsshhh

OH Smeg
OH Smeg

Your Maths is Impressive to think that 240 Volts is lower than 110 Volts Just remind me to [b]Never[/b] allow you near my books. :p Much more importantly never send me a Bill unless you need it questioned. :D The problem with stepping up to 240 V from 110 is that you need twice as much current to have the same effect or do the same job. This taxes the 110 Volt Wiring and can overload it causing Circuit Breakers to trip or fuses to blow quite often. It will also cause Safety Switches to produce [b]False Positives[/b] or break the circuit to prevent electrocution. ;) While you are correct that most modern Electronics can handle Dual Voltages these days in GG case hers can't so that is the issue here. Also most of the Electronics today are built as Dual Voltage not to make things easier for World Travelers but to make it cheaper for the maker of those devices as there is no possibility of the wrong parts ending up in the wrong parts of the world or worse still a badly supervised Production Run of their products ending up with the wrong voltage for the destination country. I've seen that happen previously and then we had to convert every machine back to 240 V from the supplied 110 V. I'm told that the first person who plugged one of those in got a real surprise. But other than the light bulb blowing immediately I do not believe that it was at all impressive. It certainly wasn't like plugging in a 32 V to 240 V that is interesting and you don't forget it ever. That first happened to me in the early 70's and I can still vividly remember it. :D Col

Shellbot
Shellbot

that means i'm 1/2 right then and thats all that counts ]:) most electronics these days are variable anyones..

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

It's the input voltage to the devices which has to be changed, not the voltage the devices run on. The 120 V in the US would need to be stepped up to 240 V. It's actually fairly easy to get 240V outlets, but they have to be installed by a certified electrician to meet legal requirements.

Shellbot
Shellbot

as she's UK, all her gear is 240v..so just needs to convert them down...so i'm right.. haha

OH Smeg
OH Smeg

And the States runs on 110 Volts so you need to convert from 110 to 240 Volts. This isn't the cheapest way to go either. :( Col

OH Smeg
OH Smeg

You can step down from 240 V to 110 but you can not safely or cheaply step up the voltages. So going from 110 Volts to 240 Volts isn't practicable. Col

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

That's odd. Most of my chargers/adapters have "90~250 VAC" for the input voltage. It's usually the Europeans who have the multi-voltage kit and the Americans who have the 120 VAC-only stuff.

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

no, I didn't forget that one, it takes ordinary batteries, but I forgot to ask what voltage I'm converting to..... (rolls eyes) I'm on 240v..... what am I looking for?! oh look. GG is having another brain dead and dangerous day. No change there, then..... GG

Shellbot
Shellbot

GG..if someone doesn't have a friggin lappy ypu can borrow to charge yer mp4 for a bit i'll ..i'll... well, i don't know what i'll do... let me check tonight, i pretty sure i have an adapter ok.. don't go buying..

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

phone not dual voltage (told you I needed a new one!) Phone has to be on 24/7 for Ma and Pa, so won't get 3 days out of it. Will check voltage on camera charger. MP4 charges with USB, but I can't take the lappy (having trouble carrying anything heavier than a litre of milk after the crash!) ok, I'll head over to eBay for voltage converters, dammit. There goes some more of my spending money.... AAARRGGHH! X-( Thanks, Shell (that makes it 4 drinks, right?!) GG

Shellbot
Shellbot

you need voltage converter.. but ckeck yer stuff..soem of the newer stuff is dual voltage..but not everything.. why do ya need to charge the phone, surely you'll get 3 days charge out of it..yer hardly gonna eb using it much?? mp4..can u charge it with usb?

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

I have travel adaptors, and all I'm going to need them for is charging phone, camera and MP4 player. Do I [b] need [/b] a voltage converter too? Last time I was over there I used a combi unit, but that's long since died and these ones are just adaptors.... I SERIOUSLY can't afford to have all that kit explode on me! Help, peeples? GG oh, and the other "gadgets" take ordinary batteries.... 0:-) ]:) Edit(s): I can't type for Schmit today....

Shellbot
Shellbot

wasn't thinking about that..well..get a voltage converter i guess ]:)

jdclyde
jdclyde

now she needs to convert to our outlets to get her juiced up..... :D

Shellbot
Shellbot

she got plug ins for all that gear??

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