wow, such straight talk from laura and charles. remember when that one dude quit a long time ago and then posted some flame about who didn't refill the coffee maker - or something equally important - can't remember what exactly it was about. either way,
i thought it was awesome, just cause it made it seem like channel9 wasn't all NDA-ed up. i hope it stays that way.
in retrospect, i can understand that channel9 is evolving. it just seems like those pesky little marketing and pr folks are managing to work their sneaky little tentacles in just a little bit more as of late. seems like there isn't a faster way to get a
group of borderline asperger folks (developers) to tune out. example: those fancy screen shots during the wp7 interview. lame-o. just like a commercial, set to an interview. i know you'll have cool interviews going into depth on those screen shots - but as
it is, that whole video wasn't exactly useful. Here is the whole thing summerized: "WP7 release date: Sept 26th. Here are some screen shots".
"We are tasked with helping Microsoft reach developers, their minds and their hearts. Futher, we are tasked with doing the same thing for non-developer technical enthusiasts." -
Maybe another channel? My mom and myself will go to the same place and watch videos about MS products? Can't picture it. I know there are tags, I guess I should use the tags. To be honest I can't picture that working, but that is channel9's call.
d campus with my camcorder. I have to grow, too, right? - you know that dev that did more work than everyone else combined, and if he had moved to hawaii to surf you'd all be screwed? he was so awesome they put him in charge. then he had to deal
with devs that refused to write tests, or refuesed to document their api, and he had to document all conversations with that slacker who always came in hung over, and then he had to deal with that harrasment issue. then one day someone realized he no longer
coded. some people are perfect at what they do - then they get promoted.
All in all, Channel9 is awesome. Keep up the good work, just thought I'd bemoan the fact that it seems to have changed. Maybe I should welcome change. Maybe I'll get a different flavored latte this afternoon to celebrate change.
You know you have, and you can't say it here. Remember the amazing vids you used to do? Remember when you're CEO danced like a monkey and screamed developers? It was glorious. I connected with Microsoft that day. The original Channel 9? Amazing. I'd watch
a video a week - AT LEAST. You know it has changed, and not for the better.
It appears as if you and the founding members made something amazing, then all these slick marketing folks figured out how to ride your coattails to success. Sure, you might have more viewers, and get links put on digg and slashdot, or whatever the goal
is - but as a developer of MS tools I miss the original, better Channel9.
Remember those interviews you'd do with some developer with crappy mics, and it'd be in his office, and you could see some dude writing code in the office across the hall? holy crap! that was awesome. remember that dude who got on and swore about threads?
I watched those videos twice.
I can't imagine you like what has become of channel9, and I'm sure you couldn't say anything bad about in this forum - but go to your internal meetings and fight these fools. Have them go make their own outlet - keep them out of channel9.
I admire what you and the original channel9 folks have done. Your interviews are great and informative. The direction channel9 is taking is lame.
1. Channel 9 is all about the conversation. Channel 9 should inspire Microsoft and our customers to talk in an honest and human voice. Channel 9 is not a marketing tool, not a PR tool, not a lead generation tool.
This should probably be removed from your doctrine. Channel9 has become a marketing tool.