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  • Microsoft Research TechFest - Technology on the Wall

    Massif wrote:
    While these are all cool ideas, it seems unlikely that people will want to buy into them.


    Yeah... but that's one of the points of TechFest and MSR.

    Bits and pieces of the research will make its way into projects. I don't know if any MSR stuff goes straight from project to product.

    It's kind of like going to a car show and seeing all the concept cars. Nobody's ever going to buy them as they are (except as collector's items). They're just examples of what the future might hold.

    There'll be a time when installing a picture frame like the one shown will be just as easy as hanging a regular mirror.

    Actually, that particular bit of tech would be just as easy to hang. It takes its own photos, so all you'd have to do is hang it and plug it in.

    Not too hard.

    As for the other things... it's true that digital picture frames are mostly only popular among geeks right now, but the same can be said of the PC in the 80s, of the internet in the 90s, and so on.

    Every tech has its early adopters.

    TechFest exists to exhibit what even the early adopters can't buy (yet). It's just supposed to make you feel happy and warm inside...
  • Microsoft Research TechFest - Intro, DynaVis, and FastDash

    Lorin wrote:
    Pretty kewl stuff.

    BTW, you should deinterlace your video as a first step before doing any resizing or compressing.  Will make the text shots turn out clearer, and also any vertical motion will be more natural.

    Wish TechFest could still be going on next week since I'll be on campus.  Oh well.  But seeing these videos is the next best thing!  Looking forward to the next one in the series.



    I've had the same thought about deinterlacing, but we're working with some fairly limited tools. We have to make a compromise between quality and speed in getting these out the door Expressionless

    I'll look into it, though. I've slowly been modifying the way I produce my videos. They're generally smaller (in file size), but higher quality than they used to be.

    I though I might have been the only one who was bugged by the interlacing problem, but now that you've mentioned it... it seems more "real" to me all of a sudden.

    Anyway...

    Sorry you won't be able to visit TechFest in person - this is my first time, not even having known about it before since I wasn't working on campus, and it's a wonderful event. The things you see are just insane.

    And wait for Friday - I have a really nice one planned Smiley

  • Microsoft Research TechFest - Intro, DynaVis, and FastDash

    JohnLam wrote:
    Rory, he was referring to Don Syme, who does work at MSR Cambridge. I just saw Don today in a meeting, and he is here at TechFest.


    Whoops Smiley

    I think my memory has hit some kind of critical density.

    Too many names. Too many faces. Too many people.

    Thanks for clarifying, though. Hopefully the name'll stick. I really do think my head's full.
  • Microsoft Research TechFest - Intro, DynaVis, and FastDash

    dot_tom wrote:
    

    Rory will you get a chance to talk to Don about F# 1.9 ? It would be great to get some of that on video, esp. if Don has some F# and LINQ action going on! Smiley



    It might be possible to get that interview, but it wouldn't be part of TechFest.

    Don works in the non-research portion of Microsoft.

    The toughest thing about getting a Don interview is that he's a really busy guy...
  • Anand Iyer - Life in the Field, Racism in the Tech Industry, and More...

    Massif wrote:
    
    Rory wrote: 
    I'm looking for feedback on this stuff.

    I want 9 to be more than just pointing cameras at people inside and asking them about what great new products they're pushing out the door.

    I thought the whole reason the site started was to get the human story, but I feel that we've been losing it in the technology.


    I want the human story behind the technology, the interesting answers as to why certain behaviours have been adopted.

    I guess I want a video Old New Thing, as well as all the Going Deep, WM_IN and this kinda stuff as well. But the marketing-y "let's talk to someone about their new version of X" videos I could happily do without. (Unless X is about to dramatically change my life as a dev.)


    What you're saying is dead-on with what I finally figured out (yeah - it took me a while - but at least I got here, yeah?).

    It was part of yesterday's (and I really hate to use this word) epiphany that I need to get away from what I consider to be abuse of Channel 9. Since I've arrived, I haven't known what to say Yes or No to, and I've played a major part in posting videos that were basically just long, cheap infommercials.

    I'd rather not continue to do that.

    So.

    Word.

    Things are going to improve. It might take a little while, but I have a much better understanding of what I should be doing here.

    Thanks for your feedback, yo.

    See you over at neopoleon Smiley
  • Anand Iyer - Life in the Field, Racism in the Tech Industry, and More...

    Chadk wrote:
    
    Rory wrote: 

    I'm looking for feedback on this stuff.

    I want 9 to be more than just pointing cameras at people inside and asking them about what great new products they're pushing out the door.


    I would for sure like to see more like this. Marketing can be a bit too much at times.

    We need to see who the persons are, that make the products. We dont just wanna hear them say "OMFG BUY THIS PRODUCT, COS ITS COOL". If so, we wanna hear why they did thing x, and what they considered, etc.

    Im not interrested in show-off of products, unless its really cutting-edge(WPF videos are always good )


    I feel exactly the same way, and it's nice to get some validation for that from a customer.

    When I first started, I didn't know what I was supposed to be doing. But, yesterday, and I swear it happened this way, I just woke up and "got" precisely what I should be doing.

    Hopefully, then, in the future, I'll do a better job of getting things closer to where they should be.

    I also have some other ideas planned for some fun stuff. There's something I want to shoot and edit by next week, but it might be too complex to finish in time.

    Still... I'm going to try.

    Again, thanks for your comments. This is such an open-ended job. The only way to find out what people think is to experiment - throw different kinds of videos out into the wild and see how people react Smiley
  • Anand Iyer - Life in the Field, Racism in the Tech Industry, and More...

    Chadk wrote:
    I like this kind of interviews.
    Really interresting!


    Thank you, Chad Smiley

    I'm looking for feedback on this stuff.

    I want 9 to be more than just pointing cameras at people inside and asking them about what great new products they're pushing out the door.

    I thought the whole reason the site started was to get the human story, but I feel that we've been losing it in the technology.

    Anand's an old, and good, friend of mine, and I've been angry for years about some of the things that were said to him.

    It's nice to have the chance to be able to discuss it at a place like 9.
  • Anand Iyer - Life in the Field, Racism in the Tech Industry, and More...

    daSmirnov wrote:
    Well you've got things backwards.  It's western companies exporting jobs to India or other countries.  So they can reduce costs.  It's called capitalism.


    This is what I was talking about, and also what gets me.

    It's not "Them" stealing the jobs.

    It's us sending them away.

    daSmirnov wrote:
    Cast your minds back to the 1930s, when all the press were slamming the Jews for stealing your jobs, the 1950s when it was the Indians, then the Africans, and now the Poles and Romanians.  Of course all its doing is shifting the blame from those responsible, the capitalists, onto a scapegoat.


    Reminds me of the first time I ever heard a recording of Ezra Pound's political ranting.

    At the time, I didn't understand (I was about seventeen), but his voice, and the anger behind it, both stuck around in my head until I finally learned about what it was he was angry about.

    Your short paragraph does a good job of summing it all up.

    But, you forgot one group: women. Whem women started working in the US, they were a threat to the men.

    Are people angry at women? Should we get rid of them?

    Something to think about...
  • The C# Disco Floor Guy - Clint Rutkas

    Ion Todirel wrote:
    cool, Rory add to Tags: Coding4Fun


    I was thinkin similarly, but I want to see first if it makes sense to add the extra tag.

    I think it will be, but I want to wait a little...
  • The C# Disco Floor Guy - Clint Rutkas

    littleguru wrote:
    Rory touching somebody with his hands?


    I bumped my dose of Zoloft (sertraline) up a bit, and it seems to be helping out a lot with things like hand touching.

    It still makes me feel weird, but I feel more comfortable now than before.

    That said, I only touched his knuckles - for some reason, that's OK with my neuroses Smiley

    This is a common maneuver of mine. To avoid a handshake, I'll often offer to hug someone or to do knuckles.

    Plenty of human contact, so people are happy, and I can avoid getting any diseases (which doesn't seem to have worked - at home with a bad flu right now - blah).
  • The C# Disco Floor Guy - Clint Rutkas

    z2bass wrote:
    That's really awsome... the guy on your RIGHT (our left) should go to Walmart and buy a cheap timer thermostat... $5 max! (an no C# required)

    BTW.... C# = VB.NET!!!!! BOTH MERGE TO IL!!!!


    I know - I screwed up on the right/left thing.

    I was just excited Smiley
  • Sampy Gets Shot in the Face - A Channel 9 Exclusive

    KevinB wrote:
    Rory, calm down. I know it must be incredibly frustrating when you get feedback like that, but honestly, whats the point in arguing with him.

    Trolls are trolls, if he or she sees that they are annoying you, then they will just continue, which is pretty shitty considering this was such a fun thread.


    I guess this guy just stepped over a line, and did so on the wrong day. I've been pretty stressed out (for personal reasons), and this troll provided me with an easy target.

    Plus, he called me out. Usually, trolls slam products or ideas or whatever - that doesn't bother me so much, as products don't have feelings (as far as I know).

    But, it got to me. And I think I won.

    That is the point.

    I just don't let people walk all over me. I've been this way my whole life - trolls in forums, or jerks in "real life" - if my patience is low, I'll respond.