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CNN has posted a PhotoSynth of the moment that President Obama was sworn in. With the millions of people who were at the inauguration, they set up a crowd sourced capture, and included their own professional shots. The basic idea was that they would get anyone in the crowd with a camera, even a cell phone camera, to take a picture at the same time. The moment President Obama placed his hand on the bible to be sworn in. With the problems they were expecting on the cell towers anyway, my guess is that photos will continue to roll in for the next couple of days, and be added into the Synth.
This has the potential to be the most captured moment in history so far. You can check it out at http://cnn.com/themoment/
If you are interested in building your own PhotoSynths, they’ve got a great guide up on the PhotoSynth site at http://photosynth.net/howtosynth.aspx I’ve made a couple of PhotoSynths of art that I’ve seen at different schools I visit. You can check out what I’ve done at my profile at http://photosynth.net/userprofilepage.aspx?user=KennySpade
I’ve been using the beta since then, and things are going great. I’ve posted some feedback to the Windows team through the links on all of the windows, but they’ve mostly been little things like the mismatching case in HomeGroups and homegroups. I worked tech support and wrote user manuals for a product I worked on in my first development job, so I get a little obsessed about those things. I have to fight not to highlight errors in tech books I read through.
Most applications have run without a problem. I did run into a problem with Skype, but it was actually just a popup that came up when I was running the install that told me that it wasn’t going to work, so I should download the latest beta. I did, and it worked fine. Another thing I ran in to was getting my phone connected to it. I have a Blackjack II that is really particular about how it charges off of USB, and unless it is recognized, it won’t take juice from the port. I plugged it in, and the driver tried to install, then failed. I looked around for some information on it, but couldn’t find any, so I just tried installing the Windows Mobile Device Center for Windows Vista x64, and it suddenly found my phone and everything worked great. The final thing I ran in to was a problem with Live Mesh. I use it a lot, so I couldn’t be without it on any machine. I even got it on my phone (They just expanded the CTP), but on Windows 7, Live Mesh didn’t play well with Aero. Turns out there was a fix for it ready, but it was being held off of until the holiday freeze on new installs was off. It should be available tonight. I’ll let you know how it works.
Update: The site with the process I followed for creating the USB drive installer is at http://kmwoley.com/blog/?p=345
Live Mesh has been working great with the new update, though I did have some problems remoting into my 7 desktop from my Mom’s place over the weekend, but I think it may have been in part because her internet barely qualifies as broadband.