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  • Blog Post: Schooling for the little ones

    This week my wife and I went to check out a school that we plan to send our two kids to next year. Although the city we live in (Bellevue, WA) has a good school district, we are not very pleased with the results from the elementary school near us. We considered moving (my wife is a real estate agent...
  • Blog Post: Usability reading list

    Several weeks ago I took a usability class here at Microsoft. Usability, of course, is very important at all levels here at Microsoft and much effort goes into making sure our products are usable by their intended users. Honestly, though, I came away with mixed reviews of the class, which was more about...
  • 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: More thoughts about learning multiple languages

    As many of you who know me already know, foreign languages are a major hobby of mine. I currently know Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, and German and can speak and understand some Thai. I am currently working on Mandarin for a possible trip to China next year and I have found that I need to make major...
  • Blog Post: Recognizing non supported languages for vocabulary words

    As I mentioned in a previous post, I am working on rebuilding my foreign language vocabulary program to support a number of new features, with one of the key features being speech recognition. This poses a number of challenges, the primary challenge being we do not have recognition engines for several...
  • Blog Post: Learning multiple languages at a time - my system

    As some of you may know, foreign languages are a big hobby of mine. I currently can speak French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Italian and am slowly building up my Thai. I have already started learning some Arabic and Mandarin and hope to learn those better soon. My love of languages was one reason...
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