JohnFrum JohnFrum

Niner since 2009


  • Ping 164: IllumiRoom, Skype, Ballmer & Basketball, Surface Pro

    @hongcho0:Probably depends on the person but I've never had any problem using my surface rt in my lap. The touch keyboard is plenty rigid. I think it's a question of angle and if your legs are long enough to support the keyboard and the stand. I'm not tall (5'10") so I think it works well for most people.

    And resolution seems a bit like thinness in that there's a point beyond which the gain is negligible and it just becomes a marketing number.

  • TechFest 2011: 3D Scanning with a regular camera or phone!

    Very Very cool

  • The Outlook calendar starts in 1601 - But Why?

    They won't cease to exist.  They will transcend to a higher existence and no longer have a need for schedules.


  • Ping 29: Silverlight & Movies, Company meeting, Tweets, Win7, Viral Vids

    Paul, I think you're way off base when it comes to DRM.  "The vast majority of people won't be able to copy..." you said?  True but the vast majority of people don't want to copy and don't like being treated like criminals.  DRM is not transparent to the average user.  It only hurts the honest customer and it needs to be set aside, not embraced.

  • Silviu Calinoiu: Inside Windows 7 - Fault Tolerant Heap

    Neat feature and good video.  I learned about this feature a few weeks ago while debugging my service.  It had been crashing and then it seemed fixed and I couldn't repro it again.  Moved it to another box and it started crashing again.  Finally I noticed a line in the debugger that I knew wasn't mine about FTH and thought "WTH?  Ahh, nice!".  I like it but I'll turn it off on my test systems.

  • Stefan Is... scrutinizing the user experience of Live Search (Episode 005)

    "If it's the former, MSN makes sense..."

    I don't want to get too far off track since I mostly wanted to focus on how great Live is but I have to disagree.  I don't think MSN ever makes sense.  It's that bad.  It tries to do so much that it doesn't do anything well.  I just loaded it again to make sure I was being fair.

    The first thing to grab my eye is an add for Nissan.  Just left of that is a slide show of random news items.  Below that are some categories of news items that are so cramped together that it's difficult to feel interested in looking at any of them.  On the far left is a video highlight of Opera for some reason that's not very clear.  More adds for Geico and Hotmail are sprinkled about.  There is a search bar at the top which is fine but it's dwarfed by a list of various categories of items to click on that reminds me of AOL or Gopher.   As if that's how we're really supposed to find things on the internet.   It's all just a disjointed crazy mess that doesn't know what I want so it tries to give me everything at once, which is not at all what I want even from an instant content site.

    My real point is that msn was a failed attempt to imitate Yahoo.  Live is a successfull attempt at imitating Google and is even better imo.  Who is more successful, Yahoo or Google?  Google.  So live should get top billing over msn.


  • Stefan Is... scrutinizing the user experience of Live Search (Episode 005)

    When I set up a new system, one of the first things I now do is set the default page to  I love the hotspots.  Which brings up an interesting question.  Why is MSN still the default?  MSN is horrible for a number of reasons.  It just boggles the mind that MS would put an effort into making something good like live search and then snub it by letting the clearly inferior msn be the default.