@Trancecoder: We had many similar internal conversations leading-up to MIX10. If you believe that the web is only something that's delivered through a browser, then I can appreciate the perspective (though WP7 can absolutely handle browser-based content too). If you believe that the web is a basic component of almost any modern application, then this makes sense. Every day, more devices are connecting to the web. If we exclude games, how many of the top 50 applications in any mobile marketplace would cease to work if they were cutoff from the web? From my perspective, the web may have started out as browser-exclusive, but it's grown well beyond that.
The timer is a wonderful plot device, and it adds a bit of drama to the conversation. The fact that viewers are passionate about it at all (not always in a good way) tells me that it's working. If we were just a 10-minute show without the annoying buzzer,
what fun would that be?
Congratulations, exoteric! While the instruction set might not be perfect, you did provide the correct answer. So that we can track the solution in this thread, will you briefly explain your solution here? Also, drop an e-mail to pdc09 (at) microsoft.com
so we can coordinate the t-shirt.
And special thanks to Adam for submitting this Hard Hat Challenge. Looks like it's time for a new puzzle.