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  • Julie Larson-Green - Diving into the new Office 12

    00:00 : (crossing arms)  I will not be impressed.  I have been around the block in IT, seen lots of stuff.  I will not be impressed.

    06:14 They know what I've been clicking???  I thought the Customer Improvement Program was to improve Customers!!!!

    07:30 (crossing arms again)

    08:18 Geez, it looks like she's running Windows XP.  I thought Office 12 was Vista-only?  Maybe you need XP + Avalon + Indigo...?

    09:03 Ok, so tabs are the new black.  <rolleyes>

    09:38 What was that magic incantation...?

    10:30 So what, she's hovering over font -- OH.  The document is changing as she hovers over each font.  Neat.

    12:01 Memo to me: check to see if clicknpick.com is taken.

    12:20 Ok, that's cool.

    14:10 Hmmm.  Maybe that should be "chik-n-pick," a restaurant where you choose your chicken entree from... a pull down menu?

    16:10 (crosses arms)  Ok so it's customizable.  <rolleyes>

    17:20 Powerpoint is bor. ring.

    17:53 Whoa.  Not so boring.

    18:12 Whoa.

    18:21 Whoa!

    19:05 Whoa!!!

    20:24 Impressive.  Oh wait, I wasn't going to be impressed.  (crosses arms loosely)

    21:58 Ok, that's useful.  Wow, and it works in the other apps.

    23:33 Nice. 

    25:30 Nice.

    26:32 Well what would any demo be without a bug...

    29:30 One less checkbox for using Word as your text editor.

    30:08 Was one of those reminders for "Call back Google recruiter"?  </joke>

    31:11 Er - there was an edit there.  Wonder what she said?

    34:10 What did she say?  "Floaty?"

    34:17 Oh this is going to suck so bad.  Floaty = Clippy 2005.

    34:27 OH!  Cool!  Ok, not so bad.

    36:00 Huh.  That is pretty cool.  I think.

    37:21 (eyes start to fill with tears)

    37:33 I will not cry.  I will not cry.  I will not cry.  *sniff*  Microsoft is sooooo cool.  I [heart] Microsoft.  *sniff*  (wipes nose on sleeve)

  • Bill Gates - A short chat with Microsoft's Chief Software Architect

    TDavid wrote:
    Just listened to the interview all the way and it seems you stunned Gates with the: "what would you ask yourself?" question.

    I got the impression that he was processing a recursive function.  In LISP it would be

    (defun ask(question)

    ...or something like that (sorry, I haven't coded LISP in a while)

    i.e. "But if I was in his chair, he would be in my chair, and I would be asking HIM what the question would be if HE was in MY chair, and then he would be thinking about what it would be like if HE was in MY chair, which he already IS..."


    He recovered gracefully, though.  He always does.

    I just posed the same question to myself... my CPU spiked and yeah, my I/O kind of dropped off too.

    I'll have to remember that question.  It's a good way to put people in a trance state.  LOL
  • Jason Flaks - Demo of Windows Media Connect

    Very interesting.  Thanks for the video.

    Any chance that streaming video will support anything other than WMV?

    The upcoming MSNtv apparently only supports WMV:

  • Chris Gray - Terminal Server Client, RDP, demo

    Yeah 2 Mbit kinda sucked here too.

    So is it Remote Desktop or Terminal Services?  A friend of mine calls it "RDP" which, strictly speaking, is the name of the protocol, but it sounds a lot better to say "I'm gonna RDP to the server" than it does to say "I'm gonna Terminal Service(s) in to the server..."

    Also, um, did we see anything remotely new here?  I know that if you've never used it, it's new to you, but I'm not sure Remote Desktop and "thin clients" are new concepts to the average Channel 9 viewer.  I mean, you might as well do an 11-minute video on the command prompt...
  • Scott Currie - Demo of Quake on .NET

    On a semi-related note, for those of you using managed code Wink


    And for those of you feeling smug about having Windows XP SP2:

    What is the difference between the .NET Framework service packs and Windows XP Service Pack 2?

    The .NET Framework service packs are not the same as Windows XP Service Pack 2. Both the .NET Framework Service Packs and Windows XP Service Packs are part of a global Microsoft effort to make its products more secure. The .NET Framework Service packs are providing security enhancements and bug fixes to the .NET Framework bits (that are compatible with several versions of the Windows client and Windows server operating systems). Windows XP Service Pack 2 is providing security enhancements and bug fixes to Windows XP. 
  • Kevin Schofield - Tour of Microsoft Research's Next Media group

    LOL "Sitting on????" Like it's done, but they won't ship it because they can't come up with a cool icon for the executable?!?

    My guess is that if they did ship it tomorrow, it might have (on the side of the cardboard box) "System Requirements: Windows Longhorn 2006 (or later)."

    Still, it is a very cool app.  I'd like to see these concepts extended to browsing items other than pictures and movies -- the next "Windows Explorer," if you will.  A lot of those functions -- sorting, instantly filtering, zooming in on a selection -- apply to all documents, not just "media."  (X1 3-D, anyone?  Or should they call it "Direct X1?")

    The movie thumbnails should actually play a short loop of the movie (a la DVD title menus).

    Music thumbnails should show the album art and play the song on hover. Smiley

    If MS can get to work with hand/arm gestures and/or data gloves, then I can pretend to be Tom Cruise in "Minority Report" when I'm searching for my expense reports.  LOL
  • Peter Loforte - The Tablet PC has changed my life (in bed)

    I watched this video in bed on my tablet PC. Smiley

  • Joe Beda - What hardware will ​Longhorn/​Avalon need?

    Yeah, so what hardware will Longhorn/Avalon need??? Is 64MB a requirement for a Tier 1 experience, or is that subject to change?  Please change the subject to "Joe Beda mentions a specific graphics card and suggests Longhorn might just possibly work with it, but don't hold him to that."

    Also, have you considered "Presentation Manager" as a name for the desktop compositing engine?  Now that you guys are working with IBM again, I think it's fair game.  LOL

  • Bill Hill - There is only one space after a period

    Time for a new poll, I wonder?

    Two spacer here.

    Then again, I still refer to the Enter key as "Carriage Return," I believe lines should terminate at 80 characters as God and Herman Hollerith intended, and I expect Ctrl-G to physically ring a metal bell.

  • Bill Hill: Homo sapiens 1.0 - The world's most important operating system

    Graham wrote:

    Well just to keep it short could not audio/video become the new text of humanity.  I mean we have moved from picture grams to alphabets to grammar structure,  So why not the next step.  Flash yellow, flash blue blue, High tone, Flash red, low tone, kaleidoscope of billions of pictures, there you go the entire world history beamed into your head.  


    At first I was like "What drugs are you on and can I have some please" LOL  But I think I see what you're getting at....

    Let's assume that the compositing and communications problems go away -- everyone can easily create any video they imagine and easily get it to anyone.

    You could easily communicate certain concrete ideas (such as, "She sells sea shells by the sea shore"), but you run into difficulty communicating abstract ideas (such as "She sold sea shells last Tuesday by the sea shore of Tampa Bay, Florida, when she suddenly experienced a feeling of overwhelming ennui.")

    You could obviously add a caption to the video ("Dateline: Last Tuesday, Tampa Bay, Florida") and even a thought balloon above her head ("Sigh....") but that's resorting to text, isn't it?

    You could come up with a vocabulary of images and sounds to represent abstractions like "last Tuesday" and "ennui," but all you've done is increase the amount of bandwidth required to communicate those ideas.

    Basically, it seems that if you don't use a common vocabulary, your audiovisual "language" becomes completely subjective and hard to understand -- like staring at a piece of modern art and asking yourself, "What does it mean?  What is the artist trying to say?"

    On the other hand, if you do use a common vocabulary, all you've really done is re-invent the pictogram (such as Mandarin or Bliss symbols).

    Interesting thoughts though!

  • Bill Hill: Homo sapiens 1.0 - The world's most important operating system

    [quote user="planetp"]
    Smiley  Eric, I think you should re-consider.  With genetic engineering, and then nanotechnology humanity will never be the same.  We are already transitioning into Humanity 1.2 or perhaps 1.3 with all the prosthetics, memory drugs, lasix surgery, etc.

    Sure, in a relatively short period of time, we may see technological breakthroughs in human lifespan, healthcare, quality of life.  You might have new knee joints grown in a vat, or have nanobots scrubbing your arteries until they're minty fresh.  It's possible everyone will have better than 20/20 vision via adaptive optics, and live as long as Methuselah by taking drugs that repair frayed telomeres.

    But will this really constitute an upgrade of humanity?

    Won't people still lie?  Or steal?  Or kill?  Won't they still be greedy?  Or racist?  Or just plain stupid?  Unfortunately, H. sapiens seems to be hardwired for all those things.  Until that changes, I think all the technological improvements amount to a coat of fresh paint on a '74 Pinto -- hardly even a minor version upgrade.