Updated: Neowin ROCKS Toronto: Neowindex North America 2010 comes to a close

Neowin's annual "Neowindex" staff get-together starts today. Staff from the Western side of the pond are meeting up in Toronto, Canada, for a fantastic weekend of brainstorming, sightseeing, and general debauchery in true Neowin.net style. With delegates from California to Newfoundland and everywhere in between, the weekend is already shaping up to be the hottest event of the Neowin summer.

Kicking off the weekend, the staff will be touring the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) production facility right here in Toronto. After the tour, we intend to post a focus piece for our readers. The piece will cover everything from mobile gear, to in-studio equipment, and even the web aspects of CBC's operation. From there, we're participating in the record breaking "World's Largest Smoothie" in an attempt to beat the scorching heat here in Toronto.

Other weekend events include various tours and and sightseeing, and will most likely include a trip to the CN Tower and other famous Toronto attractions. We also intend to take in the tastes and smells of this truly metropolitan community.

Don't worry, we aren't leaving you out either! Follow us on Twitter here to keep up on the ongoing action, and if you're in the city and you spot one of us, give us a wave and Andrew will buy you a beer. (If you're of age, obviously). You can also follow the action here as well, or search for the #nwi10 hashtag!

Staff include: 

  • Anaron
  • Andrew Lyle
  • Brian
  • Fred Derf
  • gigapixels
  • Joshua
  • rm20010
  • Simon

We will update this piece as the weekend unfolds.

UPDATE: The weekend is over, all involved parties had a great time with team-building and other activities. The CBC tour was extremely informative, and you may have caught us during a live segment as we were present on the news floor. We have an article forthcoming, documenting the photo tour. We will be detailing the hardware, software, and how exactly CBC gets its content from the floor to web/TV. The remainder of the trip involved various work projects between staff, and some fun events to help strengthen current working relationships. Video-conferencing with staff not in attendance was very helpful during the brainstorming process and enabled us to reach our collective goals.

The pervasiveness of the internet meme in real life was also explored. During the Wonderland excursion, one of the ride operators was obviously familiar with internet culture. Singing the always popular "If you're Happy and You Know it", the operator quickly made his own adaptation. Instead of the final line that includes "clap your hands", the operator modified the original to include: "If you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it, if you're happy and you know it: clap your feet" followed by a very clear and deadpan "FAIL". Good times were had by all.

Overall a very productive trip led to a successful close to Neowindex 2010 North America. Neowindex on Twitter is still active, and will remain as such. Neowindex Out.

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That's nonsense whining. Even if they take up 100% of their neowin revenue for party, then so be it. They worked for creating this site and they can do whatever they want with it.

What do you pay for with your subscription? No ads, access to this and that? That's right... you're still enjoying that. Now shut your pie hole and let them enjoy their a$es!


PARTY ON, WAYNE!

oh man this really sucks, the one time u guys come to toronto im to busy to come out, hope u guys have fun and don't forget to post some pics.

spartyjohnson said,
Commence rioting people! This is what occurs at conventions in Toronto. Just Kidding!
trust. if i was there, there'd be mass riotting and looting

6 of us actually live in Toronto, that's why we picked this place to meet up. All the tours and such, we are using our own money.

Andrew Lyle said,
6 of us actually live in Toronto, that's why we picked this place to meet up. All the tours and such, we are using our own money.

Then i guess you dont need my advice about places to eat

V-Tech said,

Then i guess you dont need my advice about places to eat


I'm actually from Mississauga, but a few others are actually from downtown, so I hope they know where to eat!

Andrew Lyle said,

I'm actually from Mississauga, but a few others are actually from downtown, so I hope they know where to eat!

Well, i live really downtown at Yonge and Harbour so i know some nice places in the area... Of course all of you MUST have a dinner at The Keg The keg mansion is recommended

V-Tech said,

Well, i live really downtown at Yonge and Harbour so i know some nice places in the area... Of course all of you MUST have a dinner at The Keg The keg mansion is recommended
Ooh, I could go for a steak...

Simon said,
Ooh, I could go for a steak...

Steak is always good!
Will probably go there tomorrow or saturday, taking a friend that visit me.

Andrew Lyle said,

I'm actually from Mississauga, but a few others are actually from downtown, so I hope they know where to eat!

Pumphouse grill or Ten =) I love mississauga my home town.

Andrew Lyle said,
6 of us actually live in Toronto, that's why we picked this place to meet up. All the tours and such, we are using our own money.

Thank you for a rational reply. Have a great time!

V-Tech said,

Well, i live really downtown at Yonge and Harbour so i know some nice places in the area... Of course all of you MUST have a dinner at The Keg The keg mansion is recommended

I actually have a keg beside my house

Andrew Lyle said,

I actually have a keg beside my house

pfft, i've got a Shoeless Joes and a Turtle Jacks within 5 minutes of my house. hahaha, i'd rather have the Keg

oh, i've also got a strip mall with a bunch of empty stores. lol meadowvale rocks

So, do the subscription fees some members contribute to Neowin pay for your little vacation to Toronto? Sure, you're touring the CBC, which may be interesting, but the rest seems geared toward your personal enjoyment.

I couldn't care less about Toronto, so please don't call me jealous. Just seems a little odd. If you guys are using your own money, then I have no problem with it.

COKid said,
So, do the subscription fees some members contribute to Neowin pay for your little vacation to Toronto? Sure, you're touring the CBC, which may be interesting, but the rest seems geared toward your personal enjoyment.

I couldn't care less about Toronto, so please don't call me jealous. Just seems a little odd. If you guys are using your own money, then I have no problem with it.


Yeah god forbid that we stop slaving away for YOUR enjoyment.

Neobond said,

Yeah god forbid that we stop slaving away for YOUR enjoyment.

I think he's got a point. You are obviously entitled to take a vacation and stop "slaving away" for us just like everyone else but my work doesn't pay my vacation expenses. It's one thing if you draw a salary from Neowin then use that salary to pay for your vacation it's another matter if Neowin just drops a load of subscriber money to cover your vacation.

Asmodai said,

I think he's got a point. You are obviously entitled to take a vacation and stop "slaving away" for us just like everyone else but my work doesn't pay my vacation expenses. It's one thing if you draw a salary from Neowin then use that salary to pay for your vacation it's another matter if Neowin just drops a load of subscriber money to cover your vacation.

Yeah nevermind the fact that most of the subs were given away for free.

Plus this isn't their full-time job, it's a team building event and reward for the effort they put into this site. We do fund it in part, as well as the Euro event coming up in October.

Neobond said,

Yeah nevermind the fact that most of the subs were given away for free.

Give subs away for free, then complain people are blocking ads and that the money is needed to run the site.

Wow just wow. Sometimes you guys need to relax a little. Organizations typically fund team building events and corporate events for employees and clients. This is no different.

Tom W said,
Wow just wow. Sometimes you guys need to relax a little. Organizations typically fund team building events and corporate events for employees and clients. This is no different.

I'm calm and hope they DO have a good time, I'm just pointing out what I expect to see.

Tom W said,
Wow just wow. Sometimes you guys need to relax a little. Organizations typically fund team building events and corporate events for employees and clients. This is no different.

I for one am not upset. I only posted at all because of the harshness of Neobond's response to the original poster. I do think it's a legitimate point he brought up if you agree with it or not (I'm not a subscriber myself so couldn't care less personally how Neowin spends it's money). If the response were not so harsh (such as with Andrew Lyle's more rational response below) it wouldn't have even registered with me as something worth commenting on. That's why I also made a point to immediately afterwards post a thank you to Andrew for his less harsh reply and wish them a good time.

Well, tonight and tomorrow it should start raining so the weather will be less nice..... Enjoy your time in Toronto, let me know if you need advice for good places to eat

Nice weather? You call 40 degrees nice? Maybe if you are sitting in an air conditioned building. Try walking around outside for more than 10 minutes and you'll have a river of sweat rolling down the crack of your ***. It's the heat-wave-o-death to me.

Conjor said,
Nice weather? You call 40 degrees nice? Maybe if you are sitting in an air conditioned building. Try walking around outside for more than 10 minutes and you'll have a river of sweat rolling down the crack of your ***. It's the heat-wave-o-death to me.
It's better than rain

Conjor said,

Matter of opinion I guess. Rain is awesome. Especially with Piña Coladas.
I hate rain...maybe it's because I lived in Vancouver for 10 years