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Larry Larsen LarryLarsen "Lightbulb"
  • An interesting perspective on Metro

    @kettch: That sounds like The Magic of Reading paper Bill Hill wrote. It looks like the links to it on Poynter (hey, I put that there) and Slate are now 404'ing. I'll find that doc and put it somewhere. Here you go. Bill once told me he sent it to Bill Gates when he first wrote it and Bill read it front to back twice. It's worth reading twice.  

    In part 4 of my discussion with Jeff Han and Bill Buxton going up next week Jeff talks about LCD manufacturers quite a bit. 

     

  • Recommended programs to increase video volume level?

    If it's just a file you're playing, VLC will allow you to set your volume up to 200% with the wheel on your mouse. That's typically what I do when I can't hear a video file. 

  • American Idol. Yes, that's my son

    Congrats - That's awesome!

  • anyone saved a copy of 'Defrag Tools: #8 - Mark Russinovich' ?

    We haven't removed aliens from videos since the Win7 launch. DOH! I've said to much.

  • Wacom Tablet

    I've been using a Wacom since, well, I don't want to date myself that far back.

    I currently use a Bamboo (MTE450). I have to say I'm just not that into it compared to my old serial port ArtPadZ's (I have 4 or 5 of them). I really like the pens from the older ones. They fit behind my ear better, they were more pencil like and less mont blanc-ish.

    My best advice would be to go with a 4"x5" pad. I always scratch my head at people who get really big Wacoms. For me it's the efficiency of motion, going from one corner of the screen to the other with a little wrist, and moving my whole arm on a Wacom would get tiring. Plus a 4x5 fits better on a desk IMHO. If you need precision, you can always use zoom in the application. 

    I really believe that there is no faster (or accurate) pointing device than a Wacom.

  • So I finally got round to trying Win8 on hardware

    @Dr Herbie: Here are a couple things that might help you out. For bringing up the Charms, just hit Windows+C on your keyboard. You can also hit Windows+H for the share charm, Windows+I for the Settings charm, Windows+K for the devices charm, or if you're doing a search you can use Windows+F to search files, Windows+Q for search charm.

    If you have any other questions, send them to defragshow@microsoft.com and Gov and I will find out for you.

    Thanks,
    Larry

  • aspConf video broken

    Once we finish a live event, we have to close the publishing point to complete the event. We usually wait a period of time to do this since not everyone is watching live and we want to give them a chance to finish, usually a couple hours after event close. We typically have videos from our live events rendering and/or published within 24 hours, so it's a short window of unavailability.

    For future events, I'll look into what we can do to keep the publishing point open a bit longer.

    Thanks,

    Larry

  • Post your work area.

    @ryanb: Top row 

    RG-550, currently only used as a MIDI controller. 

    Custom Ibanez I made myself with two 'monkey grip' handles, painted by Darren Michaels who did all the original swirl paint jobs for Ibanez/Vai. It's thin like a Parker Fly. Signed by Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Joe Dispangi. It has the elusive hand guard plate over the tremolo that Vai came up with but never really shipped due to a patent suit from Kahler. 

    LNG Jem 777, #103. Signed and numbered at the factory, and then signed again "To Larry - Steve" Also has a tremolo handguard on it that Steve gave me. 

    Bottom row: 

    My daughter's pink hello kitty Fender Strat mini. 

    Kramer ?, used only when something needs smashed. 

    Charvel Model 2. A poor replacement for a much-loved Charvel Model 4 that was stolen. 

    The posters are all signed by the G3 peeps, backstage patches and Vai's picks are in the corners. 

  • Post your work area.

    @kettch: You are correct, sir. It's a Neuralizer prop from Men In Black 1. Smiley I like to collect movie props and guitars. The other side of the room looks like this:

     

  • Post your work area.

    Here's my home office. Some things have changed since it was taken (retired the TabletPC for instance). Main concept is that I like to see as few cables as possible.