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    Designing for Usability in e-Science Workshop


    Designing for Usability in e-Science

    An International Workshop on Interrogating usability issues in new scientific practice, within the Lab and within Society

    A workshop to explore both the design needs for EScience, and the implications of designing for eScience

    The National EScience Center
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    January 26-27 (Thurs-Friday) 2006

    Link to source...

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    Technology Review: The Year in Infotech and MSR SenseWeb


    It's great to see the MSR SenseWeb project picked as one of 2006 most significant advances in information technology by Technology Review.  Check out the SensorMap and you can see the JHU Life Under Your Feet Project sensors on the map.

    Geotagging. GPS is becoming a more common feature in mobile phones, cameras, and cars. The result is a world of people, pictures, cars, and data trails on maps. A Microsoft research project aggregates disparate sensor data to map the world in real time.

    Source: Technology Review: The Year in Infotech

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    F# 1.1.13 now available


     Don Syme annouced a new drop of F# - I especially like these samples:

    • New LAPACK sample.. See samples\fsharp\math\LAPACK
    • New WPF sample for use with F# Interactive. See samples\fsharp\WPF

    F# 1.1.13 now available!

    I’m pleased to announce that F# 1.1.13 is now available! You can download this release from http://research.microsoft.com/fsharp/release.aspx

    This is an exciting release, containing many important enhancements to the language that make F# programming simpler, more powerful and easier to explain and understand. We’re particularly pleased with comprehensions, which, although found in other languages, works beautifully in conjunction with other F# language features such as pattern matching. These also simplify the use of many .NET APIs and collection types.  We've also included named arguments, C# 3.0-style property setters and a host of improvements to the F# library, as well as a good number of bug fixes based on feedback from our rapidly expanding user base.

    Source: Don Syme's WebLog on F# and Other Research Projects : F# 1.1.13 now available!

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    The BioTeam Delivers Informatics Solution on Microsoft CCS


    This is great news for the Bio researchers...info at iNquiry Bioinformatics Portal for Microsoft Compute Cluster Server - they also mention the "The Scientific Desktop"

    "The scientific desktop" aims to build a bridge between common computing tools and everyday scientific computing tasks. One example is an Excel add-in that enables researchers to launch Blast queries directly from Excel and then get results back into their spreadsheet application.

    HPCWire: The BioTeam Delivers Informatics Solution on Microsoft CCS

    The BioTeam, a consulting collective that delivers informatics solutions to the life science industry, has announced that it is releasing their iNquiry software on the Microsoft's new Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

    The challenge is many informatics problems are data-intensive and require high computational power to solve. However, the individuals who work on these problems are not always experts in scalable computing. Science departments and other groups that are getting into high performance computing for the first time need a platform that is powerful but easy to use, and cost effective. The installation, customization and ongoing support of a scalable commodity cluster have traditionally presented a formidable challenge to busy scientists, and limited budgets.

    BioTeam's iNquiry software platform enables the rapid deployment of a ready-to-use cluster and web portal for use in life science informatics settings. It comes preconfigured with many open source scientific applications and can be extended to support additional commercial, open-source or internally developed applications.

    Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server (CCS) 2003 is a new HPC operating system specifically designed for group and departmental-level deployment.

    "Windows Computer Cluster Server 2003 has everything needed to quickly deploy a Windows-based cluster," said Michael Athanas, founding partner of The BioTeam. "The combination of Microsoft's product and iNquiry will be a solid and compelling compute solution platform for researchers and scientists."

    Source: The BioTeam Delivers Informatics Solution on Microsoft CCS

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    Behind the WorldWide Telescope Theater at SXSW


    This WorldWide Telescope at South by Southwestpast weekend at SXSW, Microsoft and the WorldWide Telescope team worked with NASA, Northrop Grumman and the Space Telescope Science Institute to deliver a one of a kind exhibit around the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). 

    The two main anchors of the exhibit was the physical model of the JWST and the WorldWide Telescope Theater.  Over the 3 days the WWT Theater hosted over 70 talks using WWT Tours, PowerPoint, and live Skype QnAs – all on a 20 million pixel wall sized display wall.  

    Behind the scenes – this immersive experience was pulled together by Microsoft WP_20130308_005Research and our partners for the theater – Epson, NVIDA and Scalable Display Technologies.  The 8 Epson projectors worked flawlessly pumping out pixels for over 14 hours a day and this was in a tent without air conditioning and lots of humidity – especially during the first two days of rain.  The 8 projectors were driven by 2 NVIDIA Quadro K5000’s in a single PC.   The display wall needed the DirectX 11 support to show off the latest WWT Eclipse Alpha build that leverages DX11.  Delivering all those pixels to the display wall was one piece, but to make the images seamless and immersive the Scalable Display Manager (SDM) was used.  The (SDM) software with it’s EasyBlend technology, made it a snap to wrap and blend the pixels coming from the individual projectors into a really seamless experience. 

    This whole setup allowed the team to utilize the wall as a very, very large WP_20130310_023Windows desktop and take advantage of all the Windows applications for the presentations – including

    • PowerPoint 2013, which takes advantage of DirectX and hardware acceleration and was able to handle the unique aspect ratio so the whole display was used for content
    • Skype – probably the largest Skype image for Skype session on a desktop you’ve ever seen
    • OneNote 2013 – used for displaying notes and twitter names for a NASA Social at SXSWWP_20130310_001
    • SkyDrive – was used to deliver PowerPoint presentations and WorldWide Telescope Tours to machine driving the display wall and kept them in sync – so edits were always captured
    • WorldWide Telescope – used to deliver tours exclusive created for the JWST SXSW exhibit. 

    While most of you might not need to create a wall sized display like this one – it shows how desktop technologies created for Windows scales to create immersive experiences.  Let me know if you decide to create one….

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    Books.Live.com is Live


    I finally had sometime to check out Books.live.com and it is wild - there are tons texts to look at...very interesting....

    A couple of books I found - The Life of Columbus in Pictures and I especially like this inscription from the "Orators of the American Revolution"


    Students who are not Drones,

    Christians who are not Bigots,


    Citizens who are not Demagoues,

    Link to Live Search Books: Orators of the American Revolution

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    Moved into new MSR building


    It's been a bit hectic for the last few weeks - which included moving into the new MSR building 99 on campus. 

    Microsoft Research Moves into New Headquarters

    On Nov. 12, Microsoft Research Redmond moved into a brand-new building on the company’s West Campus, adjacent to NE 148th Avenue in Redmond. Building 99, the new organizational headquarters, features a four-story atrium, an expansive outdoor meeting space, and indoor and outdoor dining areas.

    Building 99 entry
    Building 99, the new home of Microsoft Research’s flagship Redmond lab.

    The building, part of a campus expansion in Redmond, is designed to facilitate collaboration among researchers and includes areas small and large for individuals and groups to meet and exchange forward-looking ideas.

    Microsoft Research Moves into New Headquarters

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    MS eScience & Berkeley Water Center


    Here's a really good article from the Berkeley Lab View on the work that Catharine Van Ingen and Stuart Ozer from MSR have been involved with w/ LBL and the Berkeley Water Center.  The use of SQL Server Analysis Services and Reporting Services have made a real difference in how scientists can explore AmeriFlux and water sensor data.   You can see the datasets for the AmeriFlux and the Russian River at http://bwc.berkeley.edu/ Also Deb Agarwal and team have done a real good job w/ their User Manual outlying how to access the data via the web and Excel

    Lab Team Helping Smooth Flow of Water Data

    By Jon Bashor

    A collaboration among Microsoft, Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley is underway to make it easier for researchers to access and analyze collected data on water, with the goal of accelerating research in the increasingly important areas of water supply and climate change.

    Called Microsoft e-Science, the project is part of the Berkeley Water Center’s effort to marshal expertise from public institutions and the private sector to enable researchers to easily access and work with water data. The year-old center is the brainchild of Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division (CRD), UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering and UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources.

    Source: [Read More] Berkeley Lab View -- March 16, 2007

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    SQL Server 2008 info


    The latest version of TechNet Flash has some good pointers to details on SQL Server 2008 and the CTP available for download.  Some of the things scientists might find interesting are:

    • Language Integrated Query (LINQ) enables developers to issue queries against data by using a managed programming language such as C# or Visual Basic.NET, instead of SQL statements.
    • ADO.NET Entity Framework enables developers to be more productive by working with logical data entities that align with business requirements instead of programming directly with tables and columns.
    • SQL Server 2008 provides new data types that enable developers and administrators to efficiently store and manage unstructured data such as documents and images.
    • Support for advanced geospatial data has been added

    Organizations today thrive on data. Understanding data trends and having a vision of the requirements of your data-driven applications is crucial in meeting the needs of these applications going forward. For a view of the Microsoft data platform vision, and to see how Microsoft SQL Server 2008 will deliver on that vision, the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Product Overview white paper is a great place to start. And Microsoft recently released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) version of SQL Server 2008 for you to download and provide your feedback to the SQL Server development team. For a quick look at the key improvement pillars in the SQL Server 2008 CTP, click over to the SQL Server 2008 June CTP Highlights.
    Over the next month, we are also featuring a series of SQL Server 2008 TechNet Webcasts including the SQL Server 2008 Data Management Overview on July 26. Check out the Webcasts section below for the entire series.

    Source: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/abouttn/subscriptions/flash/archive/07-25-07.htm

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    Dual Boot CCS and Linux Whitepaper


    Just saw VolkerW post info on the whitepaper to help understand how to setup a cluster to dual boot between WinCCS and Linux...very helpful.

    Dual Boot CCS and Linux

    Project1 Hot off the (virtual) press: "Windows® Compute Cluster Server 2003 and Linux." Many partners, especially in academia, have asked about and experimented with getting a system to dual boot a Linux distro and Windows Compute Cluster Server (CCS). Microsoft has published a whitepaper describing the installation and configuration of a High-Performance Computing (HPC) cluster for a dual boot of Microsoft Windows CCS and the Linux OpenSuSE Operating System (OS).

    Download the doc here.

    Virtually Yours

    VolkerW's WebLog : Dual Boot CCS and Linux

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    SecPAL Preview Release for Microsoft .NET


    Grid folks and security researchers should be interested in the SecPAL preview release - The goal of the SecPAL project is to develop a language for expressing decentralized authorization policies, and to investigate language design and semantics, as well as related algorithms and analysis techniques.

    SecPAL Preview Release for Microsoft .NET

    The Security Policy Assertion Language (SecPAL) provides a flexible and robust declarative authorization language developed for large-scale Grid Computing Environments. This installable MSI includes a preview release of the .NET implementation of SecPAL, developer document describing the SecPAL programming model and scenario based samples intended to support evaluation of SecPAL.

    Source: SecPAL Preview Release for Microsoft .NET

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    Lang .NET 2006 Symposium (July 31-Aug 2)


    Just ran across the Lang .Net 2006 Symposium - is a forum for discussion on programming languages, managed execution environments, compilers, multi-language libraries, and integrated development environments. The conference will be held on the Microsoft Campus, July 31 through Aug. 2.

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    GridFTP and GRAM for the .NET Framework


     Marty Humphrey and his team have released an .NET implementation of many of the popular services provided by the Globus Toolkit.

    Globus Interoperability for the .NET Platform

    This site provides client and server implementations of two of the most popular services provided by the Globus Toolkit. The Globus Toolkit v. 4 (GT4) implementation of GridFTP, a data transfer protocol, and GRAM, a job execution protocol, are widely deployed in many scientific grids. We present implementations of both GridFTP and GRAM, services and clients, that run on the Microsoft .NET Framework and are interoperable with their GT4 counterparts.

    Source: GridFTP and GRAM for the .NET Framework

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    Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 - Announcement: Community Preview Release 4 Now Available


    Announcement: Community Preview Release 4 Now Available

    Community Preview #4 is now available for download in the downloads section of http://connect.microsoft.com./ This will be our last Community Preview - after this we'll be posting Release Candidates. So please let us know of any bugs you find or other feedback you may have. You may post your bugs and feedback either on the beta newsgroup or in the feedback portion of this site.
    Go to
    Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003

    Guide to migrating your UNIX HPC codes to Windows

    This guide is designed to provide process and technical guidance to help you migrate your existing HPC applications from UNIX to Microsoft Windows as well as set up the requisite HPC infrastructure (including hardware, network connectivity, and software tools) to run those applications on Windows. It will help you choose the optimal HPC system architecture for your business, and once you have made that choice, it will provide detailed guidance for you to plan, migrate, deploy, and operate your HPC system. Go to Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 
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    Windows Live Folders now Windows Live SkyDrive


    I've been waiting for it and now it's available more broadly - a way to share files in the could...take a look at SkyDrive.  I can see a science project utilizing Spaces, SkyDrive, Astoria, etc to put all the pieces together to make it work...


    • An upgraded look and feel — new graphics to go along with your new features!
    • "Also on SkyDrive" — easily get back to the SkyDrives you’ve recently visited
    • Thumbnail images — we heard you loud and clear, and now you can see thumbnails of your image files
    • Drag and drop your files — sick of our five-at-a-time upload limit? Drag and drop your files right onto your SkyDrive
    • Embed your stuff anywhere — with just a few clicks, post your files and folders anywhere you can post html

    Check out their team blog - http://skydriveteam.spaces.live.com/

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    New update of Microsoft ICE– Cool video to panorama feature


    The latest update to Microsoft ICE – Image Composite Editor is available and it has a feature I’ve been waiting for – being able to create a panoramic stitched images from video…now you can take videos with your cellphone or Flip Video and easily create large seamless images.

    Here’s a panoramic stitch I made while in Copenhagen, just selected new video panorama and cropped it…


    You can also do more interesting panoramas by selecting objects you’d like to appear in the panorama – here are two “motion summaries” of the same sets of images – they give you a different feel of the action.

    Dozier Stitch


    new features:

    • Stitching From Video
    • Automatic Vignette Correction
    • Improved Blending
    • and More Smile 

    Matt Uyttendaele ICE lead has more details on the new release on his latest blog post.

    Microsoft ICE update–video to panorama, lens vignette, improved blending

    We are pleased to announce our latest update to Microsoft ICE.  The download is available by following these links:  ICE for 32 bit Windows  -or-  ICE for 64 bit Windows

    After installing, you will find some exciting new features.

    Stitching From Video

    The first is that ICE can now automatically stitch a panorama directly from video.  One fun use of video panoramas is “motion summaries,” like this result that ICE produced:

    Ski jump 4

    In this video the photographer was panning the camera to follow the motion of the snowboarder.  I used ICE to indicate “Start” and “End” points, and I gave a few hints about which video frames were interesting. The motion tracking and final composition was then done automatically by ICE.  You can access this feature by selecting “New Video Panorama” from the File menu.  This will bring up the Video Panorama dialog (shown to the right), where you can play or single-step through videos in order to choose start and end points. You can also optionally draw regions of interest on individual video frames to ensure that certain elements are present in the final composition. ICE supports most common video formats (avi, mov, wmv, and more).  Of course the results can also be uploaded to Photosynth. Note that this particular feature is only available for ICE running on Windows 7 (for other versions of Windows this menu item will be disabled).


    And More

    In addition to the above main features, we have also made a few other enhancements:

      • An options dialog to control scratch disk location and ICE memory use.

      • Enable perspective projection for wide field-of-view panoramas

      • 1/3 less disk usage when stitching large data sets

      • ICE is now more robust to corrupt metadata in source photos

    Microsoft ICE update–video to panorama, lens vignette, improved blending | HD View

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    Family.Show from Vertigo


    Every once in a while you run across really neat application that uses the latest technologies...while providing a real compelling user experience and in this case it's to map your family tree.  The experience is so intuitive - the one feature I'd like to be able to do - is grab my family contacts from Outlook and drop them directly into app - that would probably make building up these relationships even easier.

    The other good news is that it's a ClickOnce install and even runs in Firefox and the source code is available.

    I see Dead People, with Windows Presentation Foundation

    For a hobby that revolves around dead people, genealogy is remarkably  popular: it's the fastest growing scene in North America. And a perfect study for Vertigo's next Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) reference application for Microsoft.familyshow

    Our designers employed every trick in the WPF book– styles, resources, templates, data binding, animation, transforms– to present an innovative visualization of the classic family tree, freeing our developers to concentrate on behind-the-scenes features like XPS, P/Invoke wrapper for Windows Vista common dialogs, and ClickOnce for WPF.

    Source: Vertigo: Family.Show

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    Code Camp 8 Registration: Rise of the Silverlight Surfer


    For you eScience folks in the Boston area - here's a real opportunity to hear/see how Silverlight can be utilized...

    Code Camp 8 Registration and Call for Speakers Open!


    We're live and ready (thanks, Chris Pels!)  Attendee registration and the Call for Speakers are both now open for Code Camp 8: Rise of the Silverlight Surfer!

    The Details

     Code Camp 8: Rise of the Silverlight Surfer will be held at the Microsoft offices in Waltham, MA on the weekend of September 29th and 30th.  Registration at 8:30 AM, sessions start at 9:00.  As always, it's a completely free event (and you'll probably walk away with some swag as well.)

    What's a Code Camp?  They are learning and networking events driven by and for the local developer community.  There's no set agenda for what kind of sessions can be submitted (despite the attempt at humor with the Silverlight subtitle) - you and your fellow developers and architects define the content.  See the Code Camp Manifesto for more and scan the summary of Code Camp 7 for an idea of what you might see at CC8.

    Chris Bowen's Blog : Code Camp 8 Registration and Call for Speakers Open!

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    Electric Vehicle Conversion Project


    It’s great to run across professors that try ideas out – especially outside of their field.  Last week I was at Purdue University attending the Dept of Computing and Information Technology Industrial Advisory Board meeting – and found out about Mike Kane's (heads up the Bioinformatics Lab) conversion of a ‘73 Bug to Electric for $4500.  It’s perfect for commuting to/from campus :-)

    First EV Conversion: 1973 VW Bug (Summer, 2008)

    The first project was funded/completed by Professor Michael Kane and involves a 1973 VW Bug. The VW cost was $1,500 (without the engine) and had already been renovated (interior and exterior, looks great!). The conversion involved adding a 12-hp* DC motor to the existing VW transmission, as well as a dedicated potentiometer (i.e. throttle box), controller, contactor, shunt, and batteries (deep-cycle marine/RV batteries). The batteries cost $600, and the motor and controlling electronics cost $2,400. Note that the design of this EV was aimed at a "low cost" conversion rather than "high performance", and there are many different components and configurations that allow you to best balance cost-to-performance.

    Total cost: $4,500

    Video - WLFI television coverage


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    Data Mining for the rest of us...


    If you've ever been interested in using datamining tools - but don't have the time to figure out how it all works...take a look at these add-ins for the Excel2007.  With the data in a spreadsheet - you can kick off an analysis.

    I can see this a great way to clean and analyze data...especially scientific data.

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Data Mining Add-ins for Office 2007 (Data Mining Add-ins) allow you take advantage of SQL Server 2005 predictive analytics in Office Excel 2007 and Office Visio 2007. The download includes the following components:

    • Table Analysis Tools for Excel: This add-in provides you with easy-to-use tasks that leverage SQL Server 2005 Data Mining under the covers to perform powerful analytics on your spreadsheet data.
    • Data Mining Client for Excel: This add-in allows you to go through the full data mining model development lifecycle within Excel 2007 using either your spreadsheet data or external data accessible through your SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services instance.
    • Data Mining Templates for Visio: This add-in allows you to render and share your mining models as annotatable Visio 2007 drawings.

    Source: Download details: SQL Server Data Mining Add-ins for Office 2007 CTP

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    New Year - New Opportunity


    To give my eScience contacts an update - as of last week - I moved groups within Microsoft, going from MSR to work for Tony Hey in our Technical Computing group.  In my new position, I'll still have my hands in the eScience efforts at Microsoft but the new contact in MSR for eScience is Simon Mercer. 

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    Sim Water at UC Berkeley using OLAP cubes


    I really like to see this collaboration between the researchers at UC Berkeley and Catharine van Ingen from MSR's eScience group - they are using data mining and cubes to help with the scientific research.  This is really neat stuff...

    Environmental science has enjoyed an explosion in data collection and storage, thanks to ever-improving sensors and computer hardware. But real-world data can be mess and sensors in the field can always be hit by birds or otherwise made to give false readings. The problems compound when data comes in different formats from multiple sources. Digital Watershed is a watershed event for the field, an unprecedented collaboration that will bring all the water data together.
    Full story and photos: http://www.coe.berkeley.edu/labnotes/1106/vaningen.html

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    RESTful architecture of Microsoft Robotics Studio « Jon Udell


    Ran across Jon Udell's screencast on the Robotics Studio and is' RESTful architecture...I've seen the demos in person and they are quite impressive.  Also, I've run across a number of folks that have used the Robotics Studio infrastructure for modeling other processes outside of robots...even scientific models.  I think it's quite an interesting system to investigate for working on scientific problems.  I'd be quite interested in hearing about those explorations... 

    Henrik Frystyk Nielsen on the RESTful architecture of Microsoft Robotics Studio

    Henrik Frystyk Nielsen used to work for the World Wide Web Consortium on some key pieces of infrastructure including the HTTP specification and libwww. He left the W3C in 1999 and now works for Microsoft where his current project is Robotics Studio, whose tagline is: “A Windows-based environment for academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to easily create robotics applications across a wide variety of hardware.” What that description doesn’t tell you, but today’s screencast shows, is that the Robotics Studio is based on a RESTful architecture, and that applications are built by composing lightweight services in ways that will be instantly familiar to every web developer.

    To drive home that point, much of the action in this screencast occurs in a web browser, where you’ll see Henrik explore a distributed directory of services and view XML snapshots of the current state of bumpers, cameras, and laser range finders.

    From a read-only perspective it’s all HTTP GET, and you can do things like subscribe to robotic sensors using RSS feeds. When you control a robot, SOAP is used to optimize fine-grained updates. But either way it’s a loosely coupled and late bound system that leverages the fundamental flexibility of web architecture in a very different domain. In one compelling demonstration of that flexibility, you’ll see a generic controller — which had been controlling the robot in Henrik’s office with no prior knowledge of the device, purely by interface discovery — switch over to a simulated robot and drive it by means of the same kind of discovery.

    Henrik Frystyk Nielsen on the RESTful architecture of Microsoft Robotics Studio « Jon Udell

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    New WorldWide Telescope Release–includes Martian experience WWT|Mars


    Today at the MSR Faculty Summit we released the latest version of WorldWide Telescope - the Apogee release.  Included in the release are two major features

    • TeraPixel – Worlds largest, smoothest seamless image of the sky
    • WWT|Mars – The Martian experience – collaboration with NASA to bring the HiRise imagery to WorldWide Telescope.  See info on NASA site as well…

    Also – with in the release there more cool features including Asteroid belt in the Solar System, mouse over images pop up in the view, and etc more…

    We’re really excited to share the new experiences with you – check it out and let me know what you think….

    WorldWide Telescope Provides Detailed Mars Exploration and Enhanced Night Sky Image

    Now you can use WorldWide Telescope (WWT) to explore the features of Mars as never before, thanks to the addition of more than 13,000 incredibly detailed images of Mars from various NASA spacecraft. Zoom in on the Red Planet and experience the Martian surface in unbelievably lifelike 3-D rendering, and learn more about our planetary neighbor with new interactive guided tours of Mars. And the enhancements to WWT don’t stop there. Now the WWT view of the night sky is even more amazing, with a seamless, high-resolution representation that smooths out the contours between discrete images. Gone are the visible “tiles” – those sharp edges where individual telescopic photos were combined to create the night sky panorama. This enhanced view, called the Terapixel sky image, provides an extraordinary sensation of panning the sky with the world’s most powerful telescope.

    WorldWide Telescope

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    pptPlex from OfficeLabs – making PowerPoint fun again


    I’ve been using the internal drop of pptPlex from OfficeLabs for awhile and really enjoy using the zoomable canvas.  glad to see they’ve made it available to a wider audience.  I especially like being able to combine different presentations together and tailor your presentation to the audience.  Try it and let me know what you think.

    Project: pptPlex


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