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  • Microsoft Campus Tours - Microsoft Research Part 2 - Manual Deskterity

    I would have liked a much shorter section on Pen and Touch and more content about the campus and the choices for the working environment. Microsoft is a beacon in this field and I'd guess that people are attracted to this series for that reason.

  • BBC iPlayer Set to Go Global

    I was watching Horizon yesterday on the laptop while cooking and was thinking how such high quality programming makes me feel proud of my citizenship, or rather it would if other people knew what the British are producing.

    Then I thought it was a shame that sharing what I'd seen via Twitter would be pointless because most of my followers are outside the UK, which made me wonder what's taking the Beeb so long to start profiting from their great content?

    Apparently nothing.

    Thanks for the news, Terry.

  • Twitter on Windows Phone 7: Hands on Demo

    There's a "show videos in HTML video tag" (words to that effect) option in the Channel9 profile page, so I assume it'll bypass the Silverlight player.

  • endpoint.tv - Windows Azure AppFabric

    That last comment by Ron was a salient one. Would leveraging just this part of Azure invoke cost, say if we're hosting our own site?

  • Web Camps TV #2 - OData Overview with Jonathan Carter

    Dude, check out Aaron Skonnard's webcasts. They're very good quality and at a nice pace. CH9 of course...




    (maybe Jon can quickly look at the link and let us know if anything's changed since Aaron posted these videos).



  • Understanding the Value of Prism (Silverlight TV #37)

    N2Cheval has raised something I've been thinking about for a while. The pace of change in both technologies, patterns and philosophies and the dogmatism behind each is reaching a critical mass where I cannot keep up.


    Generally I get one project out of a technology before it is superceded. Learning a technology is so hard. The reading involved to glean a few vital nuggets of information is a massive burden and discovering the known issues inherent in every technology is incredibly frustrating; it rinses the joy out of programming.


    To vocalise these concerns seems taboo. The other day, I announced on Twitter that I didn't have time to use Unit Tests, especially since they didn't work right out of the box in VS (no time to troubleshoot, one thing too much on my plate). I was shot down by some random sitting on a Twitter search who told me that there was something wrong with the why I work if I wasn't testing. He doesn't know me or the pressures I'm under.


    Where are these fundamentalists that are pervading programming coming from? Is it because of the evangelism movement? Does is steep too much expectation from ourselves and others?


    N2Cheval, if you don't want to use Prism, don't use it. I won't judge you.


    Thanks for listening, Luke.

  • Madan Musuvathi and Sebastian Burckhardt - Concurrency Fuzzing with Cuzz

    Does Chess work with VS 2010 Ultimate??

  • Hanselminutes on 9 - Social Networking for Developers - Part 1 - Every Developer Needs a Blog

    A few things Scott has said have roused my attention and are linked;


    Wearing Suits

    In the UK we don't make anything, instead we have fostered an environment for investment banks and the companies that service banking. If you want to earn good money and be involved in mentally demanding projects, there's only one serious option*. I don't know a bank that doesn't block social networking sites, or doesn't enforce suits.


    Employment/Recruitment and Blogs

    In my experience, the banks don't spend much time looking at CVs to look at a blog. In a recent interview with a "billy big potatoes" WPF-on-the-tradefloor consultancy, they complained about candidates that don't research stuff mentioned in interview, and yet when asked, they interviewers hadn't checked my blog and even asked questions that they only knew the answer to because I had highlighted it on MSDN in the comments section.


    Even more importantly, recruitment consultants strip out real names and blog information from our resum├ęs!! The situation is ridiculous and is negative for everyone involved.


    MSDN Comments

    Lastly, I'm amazed how little there is in the comments sections on MSDN. I make a point of going back to the article and adding something to help prevent other humans feeling the excruciating frustration that I went though to make something work. We blog about x and get answers on Stackoverflow to y but why aren't we getting that information put on the documentation? The facility is right there. I think its because MS don't push the rewards system enough and so there's no glory in it.


    Thanks, Luke


    (Scott: great talk as always, keep the humour coming)


    *the UK has a big bio-chem and medical base in Cambridge but they tend to draw from their own universities. Maybe we have formula one automotive engineering or Rolls Royce in Derby but in terms of job abundance, the City of London is the only reasonable go to. (Discuss).

  • TechFest 2010: Microsoft ICE - Image Composite Editor

    Just extrapolating this, forgive me, but stills from video > Photosynth > point cloud > 3D mesh > automatons with cheap camera eyes > robots that understand their spacial environment in great detail > autopiloted vehicles > world domination.


    Seriously, and a little digressively, this and the other work in 3D interpretation of a scene has huge potential in remote control systems and orientation of automated devices. Does NASA have this kind of technology in the Mars rover?

  • First Look: Windows Phone 7 Series Hands on Demo

    My feedback for the Phone7 product team is: refine, refine, refine. I noticed that touch drags were slightly jumpy and sometimes the gestures were 'missed'. This product has huge potential but it must not suffer a death from a thousand cuts. Perfectionism and obsessing over details is what made the iPhone.