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  • Ping 218: Impossible engines, Virtual body hacks, Surface Pro 3, Revisiting an old friend

    I get nostalgic for the games I played back then. Doom over coaxial network with friends and the original X-COM are at the top of the list.

    I also miss the CS dept computer lab where I spent much of my time back then with its rows of UNIX terminals and a person on the other side of a little window who would give you the code you printed out.

    But mostly I miss the bright eyed optimism of youth I had back then when so many roads yet untraveled lay before me. 

  • Ping 216: WP8 updated games, Bing outpredicts Google, NFL streaming, free group Skype calls and more!

    Load Runner has a nostalgic place in my heart. I spent a lot of time playing that on my old Apple II clone. Glad to see these games getting updated.

  • Ping 207: 1TB for OneDrive Pro; Reading List on WP8.1; ET rises; a Steal; and Swarm

    Interesting batch of topics this week.

    I check-in pretty rarely. Mostly I only do when I'm waiting for my food or in line at Chipotle and want to kill some time. As far as privacy goes I've decided not to worry about it. My facebook settings are set to public. That way I never make the mistake of thinking that I'm posting something private and only share things that I wouldn't mind the world seeing.

  • Ping 206: Rick is Back, Nokia is here, Funding for OpenSSL, Creating the Cleanroom, and more Peggle!

    I wish I would have had OneNote when I was in school. I probably still wouldn't have been a great student but it would have helped for sure. The office lens that auto-keystones and imports into OneNote would have been really helpful.

  • TWC9:Lang.NEXT, .NET Native Performance, .NET Framework Repair Tool and more...

    Funny episode! Really like Larry's pick. I'm not really a tattoo guy but if I did I think that could be a cool tattoo.

    Basic story: I got in trouble for something (forget exactly what) in 6th grade and had to write that I wouldn't do that again 100 times. I asked if I could type it instead and the teacher said yes. Basic for loop saved me a bunch of work.


  • Defrag: Build Binge Begins, Goodbye Windows XP, Hello Windows 8.1 Update and more...

    Had a great time at Build. Lots of really great info and things to look forward to. I also liked seeing C9 front and center this time.

    Another way to get touch to work on a second display (or if you have multiple touch displays) is to use the classic Tablet PC Settings control panel. The Setup button on the Display tab is used to associate pen/touch with the proper display.

    RIP XP. We had some good times for sure. :)

  • Thinking for Programmers

    It was a good talk and I enjoyed it. I'll admit that I still tend to dive into code without thinking sometimes. So it was a good reminder.

    I feel the presentation may have put some people out of their depth. When it delved into existential quantification several of the people around me reacted with confused laughter. So I think the quite rude response of the audience at the end when we couldn't ask questions because half of them were leaving at once wasn't an indication of the quality of the talk. I think it was just a reflection of the fact that many "programmers" these days don't have a CS background.

  • Ping 202: Office for iPad, Source code for DOS, .Net Google APIs, Build and Nokia, No more cheating in Titanfall

    Just got packed for my flight to Build. Looking forward to it!

    Really like the look of the UI on the fruit flavored Office. I want that on my Surface.

    Regarding Avatars, at one time we could use our xbox avatar. Does that no longer work? I don't see it as a profile option.

    Regarding Comments:

    I work with a guy that likes to slip puns into his comments. He's a funny guy.

    At the last place I worked there was a sr developer that would add feedback to other people's code in comments. Sometimes the feedback was positive and sometimes not so positive.

  • Ping 201: Leslie Lamport gets a Turing; OneNote Free and Everywhere; Sniping Zombies; Office Lens App; Age of Ascent

    Good show. Office lens is really nice. Unity is a lot of fun to use. So easy to get a basic game going. I'm working on a simple tower defense game and hope to have it done soon. So I guess if I'm repping anything right now it would be Unity. I've become a fan.

  • Ping 200: The Show 200 Spectacular!

    That was a fun show for #200. It was good to get a walk around. The head cam was great. Much better than the other soft lensed fuzzy cam. The outtakes were worth the wait but who is Bob? Did we ever get to see Bob or is he like "Jimmy" on Colbert?

    The future? What has stood Ping apart imo has been a willingness to take on topics tangential to MS and even discuss rumors. It made the show more real because it dealt with things people were really talking about. Obviously there's a line and we know that but I always liked it when a cool sounding rumor was handled with a discussion about it and the hosts would say "That sounds really cool! We don't know anything about it but we like it" or something like that.

    So I guess my hope is to keep getting more of that. There is a lot of MS related tech news that pops up. Just keep telling us what you think about it. Make it your own show. Put your personality into it and it will do fine. Only thing I'd add for sure is more robot news. Maybe get Clint on a bit more to talk about how his robot army is coming along.