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  • Microsoft Research TechFest - Intro, DynaVis, and FastDash

    Massif wrote:
    Y'know, there comes a point when you need to be less paranoid (not really the correct word, but close) about criticism and Beer.

    I can kinda see Bazul's point, because you've used the line "I'm new to this thing" or variants, a fair bit. It probably only makes an impact if you watch a bunch of your videos one after another. Aside from that you're seeing criticism where there isn't any! We all like your content, but you'll see a disproportionate amount of criticism because that's the way forums work.

    Oh, and you don't need an account to watch videos, so there's no reason to doubt the claim that they've watched a stack before deciding to comment.


    I said I'd "file it" under Beer28 - I can tell a genuine Beer post from a non Beer post. He does have a certain style that gives him away (not just talking about content).

    The reason I saw it as a troll was that we've been hit by someone who's creating accounts with which to troll. It's hard not to be suspicious when I find negative comments posted with brand new accounts.

    As for the annoying stuff... I've been public speaking/blogging/podcasting/whatevering for so long now that none of this stuff requires any kind of conscious effort. I have to watch these videos as I'm editing them, and I have no idea what Bazul was talking about.

    Again, if someone's going to provide any kind of feedback about something specific (and it sounds like there's a specific complaint here), it helps to point me to what is offending rather than just telling me that I've got a "shtick" and that it's irritating.

    When I critique something (or flat out complain), I do the object of my critiques the favor of specifying exactly what it is I'm talking about. I don't just say "You stink" and then walk off. That's not helpful.

    There's also been so much negativity around here in recent months that it's getting harder and harder to tolerate. I hope to have a "breakthrough moment" when I suddently decide to stop caring about it, but it hasn't happened yet because I'm still in the stage of caring about my job and how well I do it.

    In my last job, I read thousands of comments from customers. The vast majority were extremely positive.

    The few negative comments usually fell into one of these categories:

    - Personal Preference: These were the people who didn't like my style and kept the comment simple, down to a few general adjectives and adverbs from which I could learn absolutely nothing

    - Insane: Some people would leave a few comments in Klingon amid grease stains left by their unwashed hands - I didn't pay a lot of attention to these

    - Experience: You'd be shocked at the number of times I got rated down because someone didn't like the muffins

    - Ignorance: Some people just didn't know any better and left scathing complaints to make it look like it was somehow my fault their IQs were in the low double-digits

    - Valuable: These were the rarest complaints, but I dd get them every now and then - From them, I was able to improve what I did, and avoid making certain common mistakes, but it required the effort on behalf of the audience member to come up with something specific to say - Without specifics, it was right back to the "Personal Preference" flavor of complaints...

    After getting so many insulting comments, I got a little tired of it.

    But those interactions were one way. I collected the comment sheets, read them, and couldn't respond.

    Now I can respond, and I think that what I initially said to Bazul was entirely valid:

    If you have a problem with how I do my job, then your comments will get a lot more attention and respect if they're specific and respectful - I don't respond well when someone calls my personality "shtick" - it may prove that this is the case and that I'm the wrong guy for this job, but I know absolutely nothing more about how to do my job well after having read Bazul's comment than before.

    That, and with all the mud-slinging I've been seeing here (there's a reason I stopped frequenting the Coffeehouse), it's hard to tell the real comments (yours) from the bait.
  • Microsoft Research TechFest - Intro, DynaVis, and FastDash

    Bazul wrote:
    A general Rory video comment (there may be a better place to post this), I may be the only one but I'd like to see him lighten up on the shtick.  Not really "new to this thing" anymore and it's approaching Bevis and Butthead level.

    I like the videos, like Rory and like the friendly banter but it's getting a little old.  I guess the reason I post this is due to the fact I watch a lot and over many videos it gets annoying. If this is Rory in real life I'd suggest spending time watching the videos and trying to polish on-air presentation skills. 

    P.S. Love the content!


    Never mind.

    I just saw that you only joined today, so I'm assuming "Bazul" is just another alias for someone who's already had accounts here (you claim to watch a lot of these videos - even over and over - so I'm guessing you already had an account).

    I'll just file this away under "Beer28".
  • Microsoft Research TechFest - Intro, DynaVis, and FastDash

    Bazul wrote:
    A general Rory video comment (there may be a better place to post this), I may be the only one but I'd like to see him lighten up on the shtick.  Not really "new to this thing" anymore and it's approaching Bevis and Butthead level.

    I like the videos, like Rory and like the friendly banter but it's getting a little old.  I guess the reason I post this is due to the fact I watch a lot and over many videos it gets annoying. If this is Rory in real life I'd suggest spending time watching the videos and trying to polish on-air presentation skills. 

    P.S. Love the content!


    It's not a "shtick" - I'm just being myself.

    If you don't like it, you're at the wrong place.

    I don't even know what you mean by "shtick" - I've seen so many critiques this week from so many people who don't even bother to explain what they're talking about.

    As for polishing my "on-air presentation skills" - do you have a site I can visit? A book to describe how? A set of motivational DVDs I can buy? An informative pamphlet?

    I'm assuming that you know a thing or two since you're questioning my skills.
  • Microsoft Research TechFest - Technology on the Wall

    NETallica wrote:
    Actually, this is my personal request and it's not related to the topic. I understand that C9 is the site with tech resources for the developers around the world. Some of us might not catch all the words from the videos here.


    Yeah.

    Thanks.

    I give you a 1/9 for tact.

    (What is it with people lately?)
  • Microsoft Research TechFest - Technology on the Wall

    Massif wrote:
    While these are all cool ideas, it seems unlikely that people will want to buy into them.


    Yeah... but that's one of the points of TechFest and MSR.

    Bits and pieces of the research will make its way into projects. I don't know if any MSR stuff goes straight from project to product.

    It's kind of like going to a car show and seeing all the concept cars. Nobody's ever going to buy them as they are (except as collector's items). They're just examples of what the future might hold.

    There'll be a time when installing a picture frame like the one shown will be just as easy as hanging a regular mirror.

    Actually, that particular bit of tech would be just as easy to hang. It takes its own photos, so all you'd have to do is hang it and plug it in.

    Not too hard.

    As for the other things... it's true that digital picture frames are mostly only popular among geeks right now, but the same can be said of the PC in the 80s, of the internet in the 90s, and so on.

    Every tech has its early adopters.

    TechFest exists to exhibit what even the early adopters can't buy (yet). It's just supposed to make you feel happy and warm inside...
  • Microsoft Research TechFest - Intro, DynaVis, and FastDash

    Lorin wrote:
    Pretty kewl stuff.

    BTW, you should deinterlace your video as a first step before doing any resizing or compressing.  Will make the text shots turn out clearer, and also any vertical motion will be more natural.

    Wish TechFest could still be going on next week since I'll be on campus.  Oh well.  But seeing these videos is the next best thing!  Looking forward to the next one in the series.



    I've had the same thought about deinterlacing, but we're working with some fairly limited tools. We have to make a compromise between quality and speed in getting these out the door Expressionless

    I'll look into it, though. I've slowly been modifying the way I produce my videos. They're generally smaller (in file size), but higher quality than they used to be.

    I though I might have been the only one who was bugged by the interlacing problem, but now that you've mentioned it... it seems more "real" to me all of a sudden.

    Anyway...

    Sorry you won't be able to visit TechFest in person - this is my first time, not even having known about it before since I wasn't working on campus, and it's a wonderful event. The things you see are just insane.

    And wait for Friday - I have a really nice one planned Smiley

  • Microsoft Research TechFest - Intro, DynaVis, and FastDash

    JohnLam wrote:
    Rory, he was referring to Don Syme, who does work at MSR Cambridge. I just saw Don today in a meeting, and he is here at TechFest.


    Whoops Smiley

    I think my memory has hit some kind of critical density.

    Too many names. Too many faces. Too many people.

    Thanks for clarifying, though. Hopefully the name'll stick. I really do think my head's full.
  • Microsoft Research TechFest - Intro, DynaVis, and FastDash

    dot_tom wrote:
    

    Rory will you get a chance to talk to Don about F# 1.9 ? It would be great to get some of that on video, esp. if Don has some F# and LINQ action going on! Smiley



    It might be possible to get that interview, but it wouldn't be part of TechFest.

    Don works in the non-research portion of Microsoft.

    The toughest thing about getting a Don interview is that he's a really busy guy...
  • Anand Iyer - Life in the Field, Racism in the Tech Industry, and More...

    Massif wrote:
    
    Rory wrote: 
    I'm looking for feedback on this stuff.

    I want 9 to be more than just pointing cameras at people inside and asking them about what great new products they're pushing out the door.

    I thought the whole reason the site started was to get the human story, but I feel that we've been losing it in the technology.


    I want the human story behind the technology, the interesting answers as to why certain behaviours have been adopted.

    I guess I want a video Old New Thing, as well as all the Going Deep, WM_IN and this kinda stuff as well. But the marketing-y "let's talk to someone about their new version of X" videos I could happily do without. (Unless X is about to dramatically change my life as a dev.)


    What you're saying is dead-on with what I finally figured out (yeah - it took me a while - but at least I got here, yeah?).

    It was part of yesterday's (and I really hate to use this word) epiphany that I need to get away from what I consider to be abuse of Channel 9. Since I've arrived, I haven't known what to say Yes or No to, and I've played a major part in posting videos that were basically just long, cheap infommercials.

    I'd rather not continue to do that.

    So.

    Word.

    Things are going to improve. It might take a little while, but I have a much better understanding of what I should be doing here.

    Thanks for your feedback, yo.

    See you over at neopoleon Smiley
  • Anand Iyer - Life in the Field, Racism in the Tech Industry, and More...

    Chadk wrote:
    
    Rory wrote: 

    I'm looking for feedback on this stuff.

    I want 9 to be more than just pointing cameras at people inside and asking them about what great new products they're pushing out the door.


    I would for sure like to see more like this. Marketing can be a bit too much at times.

    We need to see who the persons are, that make the products. We dont just wanna hear them say "OMFG BUY THIS PRODUCT, COS ITS COOL". If so, we wanna hear why they did thing x, and what they considered, etc.

    Im not interrested in show-off of products, unless its really cutting-edge(WPF videos are always good )


    I feel exactly the same way, and it's nice to get some validation for that from a customer.

    When I first started, I didn't know what I was supposed to be doing. But, yesterday, and I swear it happened this way, I just woke up and "got" precisely what I should be doing.

    Hopefully, then, in the future, I'll do a better job of getting things closer to where they should be.

    I also have some other ideas planned for some fun stuff. There's something I want to shoot and edit by next week, but it might be too complex to finish in time.

    Still... I'm going to try.

    Again, thanks for your comments. This is such an open-ended job. The only way to find out what people think is to experiment - throw different kinds of videos out into the wild and see how people react Smiley