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Ping 25: Comedians, SQL server, Photosynth, Facebook, Zune, Bingle

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For entertainment purposes only we decided to invited our friend, established comedian Kirk Fox into the Ping lair...here's how it all went down:

Jonathon Mann wins a BINGLE
Secret Service SQL Server
PhotoSynth and Facebook
What does Zune HD mean for you?
Do viral videos work?

And more...let us know your thoughts!


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  • Krik Fox's website has a tacky "Made on a Mac" link....


    You guys should get a Zune engineer on the show to talk about....something. Hardware or software. Interested to see what is coming. Is there a software update for existing owners?

  • Paul MestemakerPaulMest Former Ping Co-host

    Well, the website is nothing to brag about... so if it has a Mac tagline on it, I'm not too worried.  Maybe one of the 9ers could fix up his website using Expression Web Design?


    What'd you all think of Kirk Fox?  Do you like his comments and quips?  Should we have him back on the show?  Should we have more guests like him?  You can post your feedback here or email us at Ping <at> Microsoft dotcom.


    p.s. here is our new Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Ping/115099282054

  • Casey CannonThe All Gnawing The Following Comment is Critical to Your Survival

    The dude really don't look like he wants to be there, but I did enjoy his "So we can't mention something, is that what I learned from that?" bit. He's probably a lot funnier dirty.


    I'll really enjoy the Bingle waking me up at 2:30 in the morning and make me blindly, frantically look for the remote.


    SQL Server goes straight over my head too, so I'll skip that, lest I talk out of my * like someone on a Mac forum.


    It's obvious viral video does and will continue to effect consumer choices. Even though the product isen't out there and for everyone to see, it makes people care more because there's no hint of a marketing ploy upon first glance. It's like the infamous scene in A Christmas Story, where Ralphie decodes the Litte Orphan Annie message that turns out to be a commercial for Ovaltine. Even though it pissed him off, it was still fun for him to decode the message (it's worth noting that there never was such a message for the real Orphan Annie decoders, but you get my point). And as Laura brought up, Alertnate Reality Games like ILoveBees (it still works!) are prime, real-life examples of this. People like games, and digging around the internet for information on something that catches their eyes, however absurd, is fun. It's easter-egg hunting. And if it doesn't sell? Hey, it gets more peoples attention than just plain "I'm a PC". However, I do believe showing people what they can do creatively and fluidly with your product is the best way to advertise.


    Facebook. Social Networking. GNAWING SMASH! Photosynth is pretty cool though, so I guess if you can get it somewhere else, why not?

  • Tomasz Wisniewskiwisnia Tomasz Wisniewski

    For those who haven't seen the Bud Light TV spot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOu_zDnX54U

  • Tomasz Wisniewskiwisnia Tomasz Wisniewski

    Why on of my comments has been deleted?

  • figuerresfiguerres ???

    Zune - Zip, Nada, Zilch.


    as my mom used to say "A day late and a dollar short"

    sorry but WIndows Mobile and Zune are both going to need a *LOT* more work to get some good consumer market share.

    I hate to say this but after some time thinking about it and looking for other options I just got an iPod touch. I  do not own any other apple gear, but I felt that the iPod touch was the right device. and not for the "cool factor".

  • Which comment was deleted?

  • figuerresfiguerres ???

    not me Laura, Wisnia posted that. Smiley

  • Casey CannonThe All Gnawing The Following Comment is Critical to Your Survival

    Wisnia had replied to Intelman, saying something along the lines of...


    "So what if he has a Made On A Mac icon on his website. He's only human." (Not a direct quote)


    I believe he may have posted it before Paul replied to Intelman, but he definitely had before I posted mine.

  • Weird. We do not delete posts unless they are against the rules and offensive so that post should not have been deleted. I will ask around.


  • Tomasz Wisniewskiwisnia Tomasz Wisniewski

    I've replyed to the first comment with:

    "He's only human... and humans make mistakes" Wink

  • Isn't the Zune J Allard's baby?  I'd be interested in hearing his take on how the Zune evolved to the Zune HD.


  • for three weeks straight, your Vid Download Doesn't work Sad I imensly enjoy the informative show but have a hard time watching it at work. I grab the File, USB it and enjoy it on my phone in my spare time. Please fix the links Big Smile


    Keep up the hard work!



  • Which file is not working for you? I just downloaded the wmv file and it played fine for me. I appreciate you watching (and enjoying) our show and definitely want to fix the issue!



  • William Staceystaceyw Before C# there was darkness...

    I thought fox was funny and would like to see him back.  Doing commedy on technology is not done enouph.

  • Having guests could be a good thing, but Kirk Fox doesn't seem confortable which makes having half of the show trying to explain tech words, and lose a bit of the content.



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