Bill Buxton Shows Us His Favorite Tech

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    hans ket

    What a dedication and a great way of thinking/looking at thinks. Learned a lot thanks to Bill!!!

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    USArcher

    Many thanks for putting that collection together.  I've been immersed for the last half hour or so.

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    Bas

    Great stuff.

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    ryanb

    Great video.  I wish it kept going for a couple more hours to hear Bill's insights about the other devices too.  Every designer at Microsoft should be required to spend some time with Bill and this display and learn some lessons from history.

    Thanks to the web team for putting the web site material together.  I have only briefly looked at it so far, but it is a nice collection.  However, my concern with both the MS display and the web site, is that the most valuable piece is missing.  The devices are presented with brief descriptions and comments.  But the real value comes in through Bill's narration -- providing his insights into the significance and lessons of each of these devices.  Most people, when looking over the collection, will see a nice collection of technology artifacts, but completely miss the lesson.  It's only through the explanation (as in this video) that the true significance of these objects starts to come out and become obvious.  Bill mentioned that more information will be added to the web collection over time.  If there is some way to add Bill's narration of these items to the collection as well, that would make it ever so much more useful as far as teaching the lessons of our technology history.

     

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    Calciol

    What is happeningi in the background 7:16-7:18 ! A Laptop disappearing ?

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    Calciol

    Fantastic video more Buxton on Channel 9, you rock !

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    Don Antonio

    Bill Buxton is the Seneca of our times I guess. The way he gets to the true nature of thinks is absolutely inspiring.

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    Richard.Hein

    Awesome.  I have or had quite a few of those devices.  My Kinesis Classic saved my wrists years ago - it's my favorite and I've been using it for almost 10 years now. 

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    Kevin_​Schofield

    @Calciol:Um, yeah, that was probably me. This video was shot the morning before the exhibit opened, and we were still putting the finishing touches on things. It's pretty amazing, nothing was stolen all week.

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    Kevin_​Schofield

    @ryanb: Bill is working on that. He wanted to use the exhibit this week to work on how to tell the stories. He knows he has a lot of writing to do now... but he's looking forward to it.

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    antremo2

    Very cool...want to see more! Big Smile

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    Bill Buxton

    @ryanb: Your comments about the MSR Web Team are right on!  They let me join their team and it was fantastic to be a part of that talent and energy.

    As for going forward, yes, there is no disagreement in terms of the important of the narratives and developing the underlying themes.  Yes, we are well on the way of doing more extended write-ups on each of the items in the collection, and these will start being added soon. 

    But, none of us will be happy as long as the site is justabout the devices or gadgets (not that they are not an important part of the story).  It is just that the site is imcomplete without balancing that part with fleshing out themes that can be illustrated by bridging across devices, and developing the associated narrative. 

    We just didn't have time to get that done prior to the event.  As it was, we all has a sleep-deprived month.  However, we are on the case, and we are committed to doing this.  One of the things that I got most out of the physical exhibit at CHI in Vancouver was the chance to get feedback from the exhibit visitors, as well as to "work the stories", a bit like how a comedian might work their material in comedy clubs before going on David Letterman.

    It will come, along with videos of use (already starting to appear), the longer descriptions, and additional items in the collection.

    In short, it is a work in progress, and feedback is more than welcome, and will be taken really seriously.  So, stay tuned, and keep the comments coming!

    Thanks.

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    ryanb

    @ Bill and Kevin:  Sounds great!  Looking forward to seeing it develop.

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    exoteric

    I love these gadgets. I've only skimmed the collection so far but what strikes me is how innovative many new electronic music instruments are. I've seen much more innovation in this area than many other places. I hope your collection will expand to include the wonderous world of electronic music instruments, if it doesn't already.

    See for example this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDLsjmsvD94&feature=feedu

    And this Eigenharp:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/eigenlabs#p/u/9/f9qPf31xYnY

    And this Continuum:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/copperleaves#p/u/3/Sa9Vx0svwdM

     

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    BlackTiger

    Love swiss knife morale. But constantly wondering why people don't understand such simple idea? "less IS more" everywhere and everytime.

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    trektech

    I love learning about tech history but when I saw that this was a 28 min video about gadgets (or so I thought) I figured I would get bored after 5 mins. and stop it. Instead, after 28 minutes of listening to Bill and sensing the humble genius's brain churning in the background pausing to search through the archives in his head for the right thing to say, I couldn't help being drawn in and wanting more. He has put together a great collection over the years and, unlike myself, he had the foresight to keep these devices for future generations to explore and learn from.

    Thanks for a very enlightening video and a great website to go along with it Bill. I wonder if the people who work with you realize how lucky they are? 

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