Another Martin

Another Martin Another Martin

Niner since 2005


  • Bill Hilf: Open Source at Microsoft

    Good stuff, like being in IT economy class. Very clear.

    I'm no too thrilled about the microphone though, it picks up a lot of background noise. Perhaps making it directionally sensitive somehow or decoupling it from its fixture could improve this?


  • Jeffrey Snover - More talking about Monad

    staceyw wrote:
    "Hmm...the video is upside down and all green when it streams at 111kbps."

    Dude, I get that all the time.  About 50%.  Was starting to think I was the only one.

    No you're not. I had it a lot just after I upgraded from Media Player 9 to a pre-release of 10. I am not entirely sure if that had anything to do with it but after I got the final release of 10 it didn't happen that often anymore and 9 never gave me any trouble.

    Occasionally it still flips into upside-down-green-mode but typically only for a couple of seconds so it seems something did get better along the upgrade path. The IP stack video still gave me a couple of these glitches, it may be a combination of a bug and lack of bandwidth. Then again, I can only remember experiencing this with Channel9 videos. A codec related problem perhaps?

    This Monad video didn't give me any trouble at all, it was perfect.
  • RoboCoaster Powered by Windows XP and Commercial RTOS on Single Computer

    Those people have no idea how "exciting" this ride really is. The Kuka people who organized this stunt should be locked up for a while.

    In these systems there will typically be a separate watchdog process monitoring the servo to see if it isn't lagging too far behind. If it is lagging too far, the system will brake and the kids would remain hanging upside down until someone can be bothered to reset the controller and bring them down. So let's assume that kind of fail-safety is there. Then still you cannot safeguard against plain mechanical failures. The head may brake, the chairs are likely not designed for shaking people upside down, it is a temporary exhibition setup so the base fixtures will not be tested properly and the whole thing may tumble. If the controling software flips a bit or has a bug, the watchdog process will not complain because the programmed path (into the concrete) is being followed just nicely.

    While the robot brake system is likely to be fail-safe (it brakes when the power drops), the chairs did not seem to be designed that way at all. They are one-size-fits-nobody-but-your-200-pound-6-feet-bloke-type of chairs. The smaller children they apparently did let in didn't seem to have any kind of support and could even slip out.

    "No worry, we use interrupts!" Yeah, right. Idiots.

  • Channel 9 Team - Welcome to our new design

    wacko wrote:
    I think you must admire the fact that atleast they listen and are willing to admit fault even though complainers such as yourself have nothing better to do then look at the faults of something that truely is good.
    I do not so much admire but certainly appreciate the interactive nature of Microsoft's promotional efforts. I also assume they will appreciate my feedback not any less than the "good job!" and "I love it!" types of comment. If it wasn't for critisism, little would get better.

    Complainers such as myself find themselves defending Microsoft products and explaining why things are the way they are to people who just heard a thing or two and convinced themselves that everyone at Microsoft is both evil and stupid. Any Microsoft site advertising Microsoft technologies should not give them any reason to believe that what they heard is true and I am just helping to achieve that.

    I don't care if anyone claimed to do anything right or not, doing anything wrong on a technical level is simply emberrassing for a technology promoting site. "Microsoft kills standards" is the first and most important argument I get from people who are not into Microsoft tools and technologies. I want to be able to say "There used to be some issues with old standards and compatibility but Microsoft is now leading using and implementing the new standards. Have a look at that Channel9 site and see for yourself!"

    That's not complaining, that's motivating [A].

  • Channel 9 Team - Welcome to our new design

    AdamKinney wrote:
    Well a week is a bit optimistic, one of the first difficulties that pops in my head is that we allow users to enter their content in html, so its possible they could enter invalid html.
    Okay, I was being too agressive with the week. It doesn't seem much of a problem though to have content that is submitted by users validated before it is inserted.
    AdamKinney wrote:

    And there's more, I need to finish my more thorough reply.
    That should be interesting to readers who are working on standard compliant web sites as well.

    By the way, I watch most of the videos and I appreciate the content. In addition to improvement of the rough video-editing I complained about earlier I would like to see a posibility to step into a video at "milestones". I imagine a couple of links with every video like "[start of demo]", "[entering Joe's office]", "[talking about standard compliancy]'' so that you can easily get back to the interesting bits or the bits you didn't understand the first time. I'm not sure if this is technically possible at all with the way the videos are currently presented, just a thought.

    Regards, Martin.
  • Channel 9 Team - Welcome to our new design

    wacko wrote:
    awww yes, the anti-microsoft type, we love your kind here. We are glad that you have taken time out of your busy day to admire the works that good people have put a lot of time into. They still got you to sign up, so can you dislike them that much

    I mean honest to god who the heck cares...

    I do, the man is right. There is little more annoying than things that are bad for no good reason. If the pages are not compliant its a good thing that at least someone is paying attention and points it out. It is bad advertising if anything, to put up a "new and improved" site targerted at a technical audience, that does not comply to the basic standards.

    As for functionality, I do not notice that big a difference. Let's call it "a promising start" and hope that Mr. Kinney will do a better job than he did at Xamlon which was one of the most disappointing and annoying pieces of software I ever tried.

    They are going to prove everyone wrong you see, in a week this site will be fully XHTML compliant and even the most suspicious developers will love it. As a developer's forum, it is going to be exemplary. Right?
  • Erik von Fuchs - Tour of Hardware Lab, Clip Four

    Okay, good stuff, I'm a big fan, there's just one thing about the videos I want to complain about. At the end of each there's always someone farting (no not really, the video comes to a crude end and then the player makes a rattling noise). Could you do some sort of fade out to prevent this? I don't want to be left with the idea that all Microsoft staff have bad manners.

    And another small thing, please try to make a sport of NOT starting the conversation with "so" (now how hard could that be <grin> ). If it isn't any of you 9-guys but your target, just stop and say "I'm sorry, we have to start over, you started with the little S-word that we try to avoid." You only want to use that word when it leads to a logical result of something that was said earlier. It occured to me that "so" in the videos typically means "Hey, listen up!" Is it a Seattle thing? Or just Microsoft? (there may be a patent in it)