My B20 Life

Musings about the technologies, people, and companies that enter through the doors at the Microsoft Platform Adoption Center, Building 20 on the Microsoft Campus.

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About My B20 Life

I work in Building 20 on the Microsoft campus, and Building 20 is where the Platform Adoption Center is located.  The PAC is a rather unique place where Microsoft invites forward looking software developers, hardware developers, and IT professionals to see and use new Microsoft technologies for the very first time.   Its where .NET, IIS7, and Longhorn were shown to the outside world for the VERY first time.   If you have been lucky enough to visit Building 20, you may have been one of the first hundred people in the WORLD to see something cool.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/pac  

There are only 2 guys from Microsoft that live full time in the PAC and I'm one of them.  We host an average of 4 events a week that showcase brand spanking new bits fresh from the product teams.   And since B20 is so close to the product teams, the speakers are often the lead developers of those very bits.    The information that gets presented here is often the first time its been presented in any form, and I swear, sometimes its even being created on the fly as the attendees and the product teams interact with each other.

The PAC is one of the few places (maybe the only one) where other companies bring their bits to work on with the assistance of the product teams.   In most cases these bits have never been seen in the outside world either and are just as interesting as any of the bits that Microsoft creates.  

In this blog I try, within the limits of NDAs and general common sense, to report or mention some of the things I see each week.   I also get to use some of the technologies and I write about that too.

 

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    Windows Vista for Professional Audio, Video, and Imaging

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    Introduction I recently got involved in making an internal video for the team I’m a part of it. Because I’m a big fan of Microsoft’s new operating system, Vista, and because there is little information about professional creative tools and compatibility...
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    Zune FM Transmitter Install

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    I made a video of installing a "pro quality" FM Transmitter in my dash so I could listen to my Zune. The consumer transmitters just aren't strong enough and so I went for something better. Video: Zune FM Transmitter Install
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    It's The Little Things

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    If it is possible for a man to love an operating system, it would be Longhorn server. I'm only just cracking the surface with it and NOTHING is cooler. The initial configuration tasks window you get after install is so refined and perfect. Who could have...
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    Sun Fire <heart> Longhorn

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    The forces of nature being what they are and B20's position in the Microsoft universe, it seemed inevitable that a unusual visitor might come my way one day. In this case, a Sun Fire x4100 . Wow, I mean, this is the closest I've gotten to a Sun product...
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    iSCSI meets ASIC

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    One of the events this week at the PAC involved compatibility testing of Longhorn with the latest bits for Volume Shadow Copy Service . VSS has 3 different pieces (storage management, application agents, and storage hardware) so once or twice a year Microsoft...
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    Preventing cross team access to VSTF projects

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    So I maintain this Visual Studio Team Foundation server (VSTF for short) for Microsoft's architect evangelists to use when working with outside companies on a common project, usually a technology adoption project or a proof of concept. Microsoft uses...
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    How we capture hi-def Vista video streams

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    We've developed a pretty novel way to capture presentation and demo content from Vista here at the PAC. There are a couple of old ways that don't work quite well, maybe you've used them: Convert the VGA signal to composite video. Use a continuous...
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