Backstage @ Robotics

Just some interesting stuff from my tour in Microsoft.

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  • Blog Post: TEN YEARS!

    Wow. and I’m still here. You know when folks come up to me and ask me how are things in my part of the world, I find myself saying “great! I’m still surviving.”. It’s funny how I’ve transitioned from “Awesome! just great” or “Fantastic” to “Still surviving”. I guess all the changes within the company...
  • Blog Post: First-Person Makerbot CNC Unboxing Video

    Got my Makerbot a week ago and filmed the whole unboxing thing using my ContourHD Helmetcam . It’s featured on Makerbot.com’s Blog . I recorded this in the middle  of the night so apologies for the volume, I had to speak softly so I don’t wake my kids.
  • Blog Post: Stylus be gone!

    This is how I roll these days. In order to ensure I do my part to make our products better, I've decided to toss out my stylus and survive on using my finger. That way, i) I won’t get confused anymore which I should be using, and ii) I feel every little nuance of using the finger to operate my phone...
  • Blog Post: Follow me if you will...

    Sounds like a really old shampoo commerical. :) Yes I haven't been blogging at all, there were too many other distractions. I've been mucking around with more and more social networks/interactions these days that blogging seems more of a chore. Anyway, if you're interested, follow me using these services...
  • Blog Post: Chicken Chicken

    Just got sent this link and I thought it was HILARIOUS. Watch this amazing presentation by Doug Zongker from UW. Don't forget to stay till the end, best backup slide ever!
  • Blog Post: Happy Chinese New Year!

    Wow! One year can go by so quickly . If you don't know what the New Year means to the Chinese people, here's a great Wikipedia entry that explains almost everything you need to know: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year This year is the year of the Rat and is welcomed as a bringer of material...
  • Blog Post: What's in your Pocket? (PC)

    After switching to the new awesome Blackjack II recently, I took the opportunity to clean up my list of useful applications. I never realized that I had SO MUCH CRAP on my phone. So after moving my Micro SD card over with my personal data and reinstalling "mission critical" :) apps, here's what I have...
  • Blog Post: Wii-ed at last

    So how many of you have one? After a year, I managed to get one from a local Fred Meyer who had it tucked away in the back of the counter. I asked them why they had never put it out for display and the store manager answered "It never last long enough for us to put it up on display". Geez. Still as popular...
  • Blog Post: Ok everybody, say it with me...

    LINQ is not pronounced "Link-You" just as FAQ is not pronounced .... (saw this on a friend's status message)
  • Blog Post: Thanks to Stomach Flu

    I made it to 36. For the past few days, I've been suffering the ill effects of having stomach flu . My daughter brought it back from school and it has been doing it's rounds in my family except for my wife. For those of you who have felt this, it's one of the most uncomfortable illness to have, although...
  • Blog Post: Woot! 96.8wpm

    Saw this over at The Moth's . Try it yourself : http://www.typequick.com/ttest/testyourskills.html How fast can you type?
  • Blog Post: New to Wine? Interested to learn more?

    I've been a fan of Winelibrary TV for a while now and I find the videos very entertaining and learned a TON about wine from them. If you're new to wine like I am, checkout Gary Vaynerchuk's series of videos for beginners covering topics such as : Remember, wine is all about FUN. How to taste wine. Do...
  • Blog Post: Video Chat via the browser. www.TokBox.com

    This is pretty cool. TechCrunch revealed them today and I quickly went over to take a look at what all the fuss is about. To my surprise, the web browser integration is pretty slick. There is hardly any setup required and the traditional barrier of entry to get video chat up and running is gone. There...
  • Blog Post: Say Happy Birthday to Derek

    So three days after my birthday, Derek celebrates his 24th birthday. Go over to Derek's blog and send him some wishes!
  • Blog Post: Made it to 38

    After a month's hiatus from dieting (was traveling to China and Berlin for MEDC 2007, seriously, no-one can diet when they're in Berlin. All the Beers and Bratwursts), I made it to 38. Woot! Look out Francis! Some of you remember that I used to be a size 48 , and after 10 months of dieting, I've lost...
  • Blog Post: Tagged by the Moth

    ugh not again. Got tagged by Daniel Moth . So here goes, 8 Random Things about me. I can't decide between carrying the Touch or the Cavalier as my primary device. I have the Cavalier in my pocket right now. Can't let go of HSDPA. I've not cut my hair for 3 years. It's almost reaching my butt...
  • Blog Post: What's been consuming my time?

    Facebook . I'm on bloody Facebook. Never thought I'd do it, but Derek and Mel convinced me to join. So if you're on it and consider yourself a friend of mine, then add me now: oh and don't forget the cool mobile experience when using Facebook at http://m.facebook.com
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Roundtable

    Was late for a meeting today and just when I stepped into the room, I see this funny silver contraption placed right in the middle of the huge rectangle meeting table in room 2389. For the next few minutes, the geek in me took over and started fiddling around with this gadget until Kristi, the meeting...
  • Blog Post: Happy Independence Day!

    Here's to another great 4th of July to all our American Friends! We were at the Carnation's 4th of July Parade this morning to celebrate Independence Day. Was a really hot day I almost melted if not for the loads of Frappuccino that we consumed. Here are some pictures: Uncle Sam on Stilts: Queen Kim...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour Done!

    After : 107 hours of flight time 4.45 days in the air 46 days on the road 45,812 miles traveled 7 types of planes (752,747,777,773,737,Fokker,332) 4 different airlines (Northwest, United, Singapore & KLM) 6 cities in 5 continents The MEDC world tour is complete, again....
  • Blog Post: Currywurst is good!

    We came across this small stall at the side of the Joachimstaler Straße (pronounced Strasse) in Berlin and remembered that an old friend of mine, Sze Foong recommended that we should try Currywurst . And so we did! Here are the different types of sausages you can have, obviously all of us went...
  • Blog Post: Reisen nach Berlin

    Finally we're done with MEDC China. Only one more event to go and we're home. We're on our way to Berlin today and should arrive in the evening. Rob, Dietz, Derek and Brian will arrive earlier because they're flying on Lufthansa and I'm on KLM with a 6 hour transit in Amsterdam. Gonna be a long flight...
  • Blog Post: Mobility at the Ming's Tomb and more

    The Mobility Developer Marketing team took a short tour yesterday to visit the Great Wall of China and the Ming Emperor's Tomb . Here are some pictures: Da Crew in front of the "Soul Tower" just in front of the burial mound (more like a small hill) where the 3rd Ming emperor is buried. View...
  • Blog Post: Blazingly fast Internet in China

    We just got into China this morning and after traveling 20 hours, I couldn't wait to check into the hotel. I left my laptop downloading some files while I took a well needed shower and when I got out, this was on my screen. Maybe it's just during the wee hours of the morning but what sweet speeds they...
  • Blog Post: MEDC India done, leaving for Beijing

    MEDC India or TechMela ended yesterday. It was an interesting experience. Hope everybody had a great time and learned a lot from the speakers and content we delivered. After the event ended, we took a quick tour to the Gateway of India and took some pictures. Here's a panoramic picture of the Gateway...
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