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  • Blog Post: Various things I have been up to

    Those of you who follow my blog have probably noticed I haven't had much up here OCS or Speech Server related lately. The primary reason for this is I just moved to the OCS core team and I am ramping up on the infrastructure and product over there. Lately I have been reading a lot of specs, which hasn...
  • Blog Post: Writing globalized speech applications part III - Strategies for determining the language

    When creating a multilingual application, one thing that is often overlooked is how to determine what language the user speaks. Most applications follow one of the following strategies. 1) The application already knows the language. With this strategy, information already exists in the database stating...
  • Blog Post: A sobering thought

    It's funny how having kids can change your perspective on things. While perusing cnn.com I came across a story on the situation in Niger . I remember when I was younger the negative reactions I had when a commercial would appear showing starving children in Africa. Now as a parent when I see pictures...
  • Blog Post: Calculating balloon coverage

    Recently one of our coworkers travelled back to India for a month to get married. Obviously a vacant office for a month was just too much to pass up so we decided to fill his office from floor to ceiling with balloons. The idea of the prank was to fill every square inch of his office with balloons. In...
  • Blog Post: Pet peeves about directory and file referencing

    Since starting at Microsoft I have had to review a lot of code - both in code reviews and when debugging others' tests. Like most other people I have my pet peeves and nitty gritty details. For instance, instead of writing if (somevariable == null ) I often recommend that people use if ( null == somevariable...
  • Blog Post: A slightly different way to solve systems of equations

    I'm sure all of us remember solving systems of equations in high school. Back then I had the dreams of discovering a new branch of mathematics, earning the right to have some obscure function - or if I was lucky - a constant named after myself. Like most things when I was that age, I quickly lost interest...
  • Blog Post: Introduction

    This is my first run at blogging in general so please be patient as I get on track. I work on the Microsoft Speech Server team and my main focus here will be covering some of the cool things you can do with this product and possibly help where things are not too obvious. I will also have tidbits on general...
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