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  • Blog Post: Robotics @ Home Competition

    The Micro soft Robotics team has released a new software stack for controlling robots  – RDS4 Beta . There are a couple of very exciting new additions in this beta: Uses Kinect for the eyes A new reference design for consumer robots – write code once, run it on any robot. You can see a lot more...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Posts 30 August 2010

    One of the things I tell people when they ask me about why I came to work for Microsoft is that the company has grown up in many ways over the years. One of those ways is in giving back to the community both in general and education in specific. For example, last week it was announced that Microsoft ...
  • Blog Post: Make Haste Slowly

    On Monday I posted a link to An idiots guide to really bad programming . It is an interesting list but as I read though it I realized that most of what is lists are ways people take shortcuts. They are trying to do things quickly to save time. Most of these things do not save time in the long run. This...
  • Blog Post: What Sort Of Thing is Programming? Really?

    Every so often a thinking question comes to mind. Once upon a time I would either spend some time thinking about these questions and perhaps write a blog to help with the thinking. These days I tend to first toss the question out on Twitter and see what comes back. I find this actually to be a useful...
  • Blog Post: Exceptions, Data Validation and Political Correctness

    When I first heard the term “exception handling” as a replacement for “error handling” I was not impressed. At first glance it seemed like political correctness gone wild and brought into computer science. I’d been calling it error handling for a long long time and it worked for me . Why change the term...
  • Blog Post: What Would a 2000 Year Old Computer Look Like?

    A British museum has rebuilt a 2000-year old computer initially used by the Greeks. The ruins of this computer were found 100 years ago and only recently has it been possible to study the device well enough to reconstruct it. Interestingly enough the original and the new reproduction were both made from...
  • Blog Post: We Need Wireless Power

    New Hampshire was hit by a major ice storm last Thursday night. The power at my house went out initially around 7:30PM but my UPS system kept the Internet modem and Wi-Fi access point up for a while. The power came back briefly around 10PM but went out for good at midnight. This time the storm took out...
  • Blog Post: Links For Girls, Links for Career Stuff, and Going Green

    So I got a number of links to links today. OK some are direct to the items but some are to pages with just too many links to copy. Wouldn’t be right. The first big set of links I found at the NCWIT blog post titled 100 Recommended Resources on Gender in S&E (S&E  stands for science and engineering...
  • Blog Post: A future without programming

    One of the questions that frequently comes up when I give career talks is “ will the future provide tools that regular people can use that will mean that we will not need programming?” We see the occasional articles such as this one titled “ A future without programming ” that inspired this post and...
  • Blog Post: Engineering Links for Girls

    While some may dispute it I truly believe that we have a shortage of engineers in the US. Probably in the whole world. There are lots of reasons why this might be the case. Don Dodge wrote about some of them in his blog recently in a post called 50% of US engineering students dropout - Why? . One theory...
  • Blog Post: Fun With Formulas

    Last week I was in Denver for a large middle school STEM event. They had a large selection of workshops for well over 1,000 middle school girls. My co-worker Hilary Pike did three workshops while I took care of our booth. During a lull I had a chance to visit other booths and one of the booths I visited...
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