John Lawrence (MSFT)

Managing development with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System & Team Foundation

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  • Blog Post: Seismographic information via RSS

    The recent earthquake tragedies must have been on my wife's mind heavily, because last night she woke me up at 4am because she was convinced she had been woken up by a tremor which had lasted for several minutes. I spent the next 15 minutes in a semi-comatose state trying to determine whether there...
  • Blog Post: All the cool kids are talking about AJAX

    It seems that everywhere I look today people are talking about AJAX . For a variety of reasons, web apps with highly responsive UIs have been of interest to a few of us on the Team Foundation team on and off for a while. When Google Suggest came out we were all over it, trying to work out how it was...
  • Blog Post: Very cute kid's blog template - virtual fridge

    [definitely not Team System related] Some our best friends, Mike and Hester Higton , have just switched their daughter’s blog from Movable Type to Wordpress (largely to help manage the comment spam they were getting) and they’ve taken the opportunity to update the template. Now it’s a virtual fridge...
  • Blog Post: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy trailer looking good...

    As a British geek, it's inevitable that I grew up loving Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy Series. One of the many other British geeks just sent around a link to a new Hitchhiker's Movie Trailer I must admit I was ready for a Hollywood butchering, but it's looking like it could be very...
  • Blog Post: Michael Creasy has a blog

    Until recently Michael was one of the most prolific testers that the Speech group ever had (and consequently the bane of developers' lives...). Unfortunately for us, he recently moved to the Media Center group where he is playing with lots of cool toys. He just started a blog at http://blogs.msdn...
  • Blog Post: You snooze, you lose!

    A very amusing message went on our newsgroup today. One of our Test Leads, Tom Faber, had been trying to help a customer work through some issues with the SpeechControls. Unfortunately Tom didn't follow up on one of the customer's replies, and so this  was posted to the newsgroup! "I still...
  • Blog Post: Position filled!

    Finally I've managed to fill the open position on my team - I'm extremely happy :-) It seems like it has been open for a ridiculously long time, and I had been starting to despair. If positions stay open for too long, there is always a risk that the open position could be transferred to another...
  • Blog Post: Having a blast

    I've just got back from spending the afternoon and evening working the phones at Microsoft Technical Support providing volunteer cover to help people with virus problems. This week the MSBlast and Sobig viruses seem to have completely taken over. Even on uninfected computers, access to web pages...
  • Blog Post: Perks of the job

    One of the great things about working here at Microsoft is that I have the opportunity to get involved with lots of cool stuff beyond my own project. I don't know if there is anywhere else where I could be working on speech technology, but then be able to take a couple of hours of an afternoon out...
  • Blog Post: Disappointing news

    I just found out that Vocalis, another speech recognition in Cambridge is in trouble (see  Talks on Vocalis sale ). Vocalis were obviously local rivals for us at Entropic when were still in Cambridge. At the time Entropic was acquired I had an old friend working there, and it looked as...
  • Blog Post: What it is to be popular

    Someone on the team today discovered that Beta 3 of the Speech Application SDK has risen from being ranked #5,539 most popular download from microsoft.com to a new peak of #209 today. When you consider that the download is 211MB this is pretty cool - we're even more popular than the Rallisport...
  • Blog Post: About me

    I think it's appropriate to start this blog off with a bit of backround about me: what I do, how I got here, and why I'm blogging. What I do I'm a Dev Lead working on the Speech Application SDK. We're responsible for the tools that are used to author, debug and tune speech enabled ASP.NET...
  • Blog Post: Go ahead... mingle!

    When I started investigating the idea of launching my own blog here I was hoping I'd have plenty of time to compose my thoughts and come up with some thought provoking or entertaining opening comments. Clearly this has not proved to be the case - it has all been so quick and painless to...
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