Backstage @ Robotics

Just some interesting stuff from my tour in Microsoft.

March, 2007

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Interesting stuff within MIcrosoft

I'll try to give you an inside look at what goes on in Microsoft as I continue to build my career in this company.

 

 

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    Presentation tool of the month : ZoomIt

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    I wish I would have come across this tool earlier, it would have been a great tool for the numerous presentations that I've done previously. ZoomIt is a nifty little screen zoomer and annotation utility that is very lightweight and handy enough to be...
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    Rob's building something huge for MEDC

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    Rob Tiffany , our Enterprise Mobile Architect has just started work on building an amazing exhibit for MEDC 2007 called "Enterprise Mobility in Action". He'll be putting together over 27 servers and configuring them to demonstrate how scalable the 4-tier...
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    Deepfish Technology Preview available now

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    *UPDATE* Unfortunately, the limit for test accounts has been reached. The guys are LiveLabs just released Deepfish to a limited number of beta testers today so go get your account quickly. Deepfish enhances how you view and consume web content by rendering...
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    Microsoft Technology Summit session done

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    Was at the MTS event with Clark Butler (a Strategist in my group) at the Microsoft Convention Center in building 33 delivering an hour session on Windows Mobile in a Nutshell. We had a casual discussion about Windows Mobile and what our release cycle...
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    Windows Mobile SDET Opportunities

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    Just got an internal mail from the developer product team here at Windows Mobile looking to hire some SDETs (Software Design Engineer in Test) for our next release of Windows Mobile. Here's a snippet: If you are interested in an SDET position in Windows...
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    ZenZui Launched

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    As reported in TechCrunch , ZenZui just launched and is aimed at providing a more prominent way of marketing applications via devices ("getting on the deck"). Here's a snippet from TechCrunch's post: ZenZui’s zooming user interface was initially developed...
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    Misguided Me

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    This week, Microsoft is hosting an event called Microsoft Technology Summit 2007. It's a yearly event setup to have an open Sourced dialog with folks from the Open Source community and other non-Microsoft influentials about standards, technology, and...
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    Need help with MEDC Project

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    You guys know the Mobile and Embedded Developers Conference 2007 is coming soon, and at this event, we're planning to create a cool application that everyone will be able to download and install on their device. I can't tell you more about it as it's...
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    HSxPA and the Kaiser

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    I just read the specs carefully for the HTC Kaiser device , and it just occurred to me that there isn't only a HSDPA radio but HSUPA as well. For those of you who don't know this already, High-Speed Downlink Packet Access provides for download speeds...
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    Windows Mobile Speed Painting

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    Speed painting videos are coming very popular on Youtube with such talent as Macpulenta with his rendition of John Locke (from LOST) and EclecticAsylumArt with his art made with Ketchup and French Fries . Now here's another one from the creators of the...
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    How do I get my device upgraded to WM6?

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    That's a MFAQ, the "Most Frequently Asked Question" that we get these days. Gerardo Dada from our team working with OEMs and Mobile operators has attempted to clarify and answer this question in his blog post . Here's a snippet: Carriers will provide...
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    Nivek's Tractor Wimo

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    Checkout this humongous Wimo that "The Efficient Coder" built following Brian's lead. He used a JASJAR as the controller and has built in GPS. Jump over to his blog for more pics . Source: http://www.wimobot.com/community/nivek.aspx
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    Carnival of Mobilist #65

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    Judy Breck who runs Golden Swamp (a blog about Mobile learning) has taken over the reins of the Carnival of Mobilist and she has just posted episode #65. If you don't know what a " carnival " is, it is actually a digest of related blog posts contributed...
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    New Flipping Kaiser Pics

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    Nice :) Gizmodo just posted some images from http://www.mml.com.tw of the HTC Kaiser. I was right , the new fangled way of tilting the screen works. It first slides out like so: and then pops up Looks quite usable. I hope the hinge lasts or you'll have...
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    Mobile Penpals for Emerging Markets

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    Was reading an excellent article on Open Gardens about Mobile Penpals by Stanford's RDVP program and frankly, this is a relatively simple concept to implement in any Emerging Market. Not only are phone pervasive they're also very personal, linking an...
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    "Works on my machine" Certification Program

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    All the applications I've built in the past are automatically certified now that there is a new Certification Program called "The Works on my machine" Certification Program . The guys are Coding Horror has jazzed up the logo a little bit and clarified...
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    XBORG 360

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    "Resistance is futile. We are the Borg. We will add your cultural and technological distinctiveness to our own." (picture from Joystiq via Engadget ) Come April, I'll gladly be assimilated.
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    How Microsoft "does" it, mobile style.

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    Justin Emch and John Albertson are the ones responsible for setting up and maintaining our Mobile IT Infrastructure that serves over 40,000 employees in Microsoft. If you want to find out how they did it, watch their webcast on April 26th 2007. Register...
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    More Multi-touch from Jeff Han

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    Checkout Jeff's multi-touch large screen demo showed at TED 2007. He has a new company called Perceptive Pixel , a spin-off from his research at NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. (source: information aesthetics ) simply amazing.
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    How to get from 48 to 42 in 6 months without going to the gym.

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    Some of you have asked about my diet so here are my 5 tips for losing 6 inches in 6 months without exercise. (Note: NOTHING beats exercise. But if you're lazy, this guide might work for you). 1. Be and Stay Happy Enough can't be said about this. In order...
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    Overjoyed!

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    Taken today on March 17th 2007: 6 months ago: I'm very happy. :)
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    WM6? "Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy" Guide

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    Here's a quick guide and table that a colleague of ours, Deepak built. It clarifies the difference between Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6 AND talks about the new naming scheme (Pro,Std and Classic). I'll post the HTML and PDF versions...
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    MVP Visitors

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    How nice of Azali and Sin Min to visit me today in my office. They're here for the MVP Summit and dropped by before leaving for home. Sin Min's going to Oregon for what he says as "work" but I think it's all about the shopping. Have a safe flight home...
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    Top 5 indicators when you know your blog has come of age.

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    You have few decent comments and a ton of comment spam. You have people linking to your posts - finally. When you have consistently increasing traffic/subscribers for the past few months When you spend a whole day thinking about what to blog about. You...
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    Work Wherever

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    It's amazing that I didn't spot this earlier on. This series of viral videos was launched last year in December 2006! Maybe I'm not that connected in this organization :P I apologize if you've already seen this. Here's the link to the full series of videos...
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