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  • Blog Post: Cambridge/UK – a strange place.

    A couple of weeks ago I was in Cambridge/UK for business meetings – I arrived the day before meetings started to give me some time to shake off jetlag and walk around the city. The city has many of the landmarks you would expect from a typical English city, including iconic Telephone boxes… Amazing architecture...
  • Blog Post: Engadget: If Microsoft made toasters…

    Check out this Engadget article – If Microsoft made toasters Interestingly the toaster has a Microsoft Dynamics logo on the side… Perhaps this is the best thing since sliced bread… - Mike
  • Blog Post: Quote of the day…

    I’m working on a side project, trying to get some code up and running that uses an old software stack and was having some issues – I decided to write a quick e-mail to the developer that initially worked on the stack to see if he had some ideas on how to get the code working. The e-mail exchange went...
  • Blog Post: Disabled blog “Contact me” form

    I’ve temporarily disabled the blog e-mail contact form for my blog due to blog e-mail spam. I will re-enable at some point in the near future. if you want to send me questions you can do so at “mikehall @ microsoft.com” - Mike
  • Blog Post: This weeks international food tasting experience…

    A couple of weeks ago a few people in the team had an international food tasting experience, starting with Spotted Dick and custard – This week we decided to step up a notch, trying “Baked Beans” from around the world, in this case three US bean varieties (two Van Camps, and one Bush’s), and Heinz Beans...
  • Blog Post: Afternoon Snack… Trying out international food.

    Someone at work decided it would be good to try out some international foods over the next couple of weeks, this weeks treat… see below. Next week – a comparison of Baked Beans (US vs. UK) [why does US beans have a lump of pork in the can?]. - Mike
  • Blog Post: Am I a PC? (a quick comparison)

    Yesterday I posted “ I am a Device ” to the blog, and got a comment back that “we are what we eat”, so we could be a cheeseburger, or a slice of lemon loaf, but we cannot be a “PC” – but there are a number of similarities between a PC and a person, some of which are listed below – how many items need...
  • Blog Post: The Best Coffee Cart in the world?

    I've been in Cambridge, UK for the last few days, and spotted perhaps the best coffee cart in the world (see below). The coffee making kit is on the back of the car (click to get the large version of the image). Very cool! - Mike
  • Blog Post: Using Coffee Cups to detect phone signal strength

    While waiting for the Starbucks iCup machine to do it's thing I noticed that the stack of cups precisely mirrored the number of bars on my cell phone... spooky! - Mike
  • Blog Post: Dilbert and the role of Architect.

    Found this Dilbert cartoon quite funny (not even remotely close though). - Mike
  • Blog Post: Tuba spotted in Shenzhen!

    Spotted at the opening ceremony of the Embedded Systems Conference in Shenzhen - a marching band, one of which was carrying a... Tuba! - I assume that this was tucked away and out of sight for the trip in the car to the conference center! ( see previous post here ). - Mike
  • Blog Post: Don't play the Tuba on the freeway in Shenzhen

    I arrived in Shenzhen/China at about 8pm last night for the Embedded Systems Conference China - Just across the street from the hotel there's an interesting road sign... Which includes a Speed Restriction sign (40kph) and a sign that clearly shows that playing the Tuba while driving is not allowed (see...
  • Blog Post: Aachen to Nuremberg @ 130mph.

    The trip from Aachen to Nuremberg went pretty well, a few slow spots (around Frankfurt for example), and some heavy rain that slowed everything down. We did manage to make "reasonable progress" on more than one occasion - Mike Glass (back seat of the car) managed to take a slightly shaky photo of us...
  • Blog Post: Walk about in Aachen.

    Today we finished our meetings in Aachen (Germany) at a good time, jetlag was catching up with Chris, Mike, and I, you could easily see that there were a number of very tired looking people in the meeting room. So we decided to go and eat somewhere in the Aachen town center and then head back to the...
  • Blog Post: The trip from Dusseldorf to Aachen.

    Yesterday I took a flight from London to Dusseldorf and met one of my colleagues (who shall remain nameless for now) who was going to drive us both to Aachen for meetings at the European Microsoft Innovation Center (EMIC) - We had an Audi A8 rental car (same car used in the movie ' Transporter 2 '),...
  • Blog Post: What are you wearing to the office today?

    While waiting to get my morning Vanilla Latte (Grande, obviously), I noticed Randy Ramig from the Windows Mobile team wearing a lump of cheese on his head (see below). I can imagine the morning decision process... "Now, do I wear the Cheese, or the baseball cap"... Hmm.... - Mike
  • Blog Post: Which Transformer are you?

    I've just taken the Transformers quiz and it turns out I'm 79% Jazz! (I wonder what the other 21% is?) I AM 79% JAZZ Take the Transformers Quiz - Mike
  • Blog Post: The Matrix Fountain in Sydney

    After we completed MEDC rehearsals it was time to get some top shelf tucker out with a few mates who are also working at the event. While walking back to the hotel I noticed a fountain that looked oddly familiar, almost as if I'd been here before, perhaps a touch of déjà vu. To quote Trinity from "The...
  • Blog Post: Hotels and hot water ?

    Why is it that you turn on a hot water tap in your hotel room and you get instant hot water, but at home you have to wait for the hot water to come through ? - Mike
  • Blog Post: MEDC is just like managed development.

    MEDC is an event, right ? And the MSDN C# Documentation clearly states that Delegates are the basis for Events . Makes sense, right ? - Mike
  • Blog Post: ESC West: The OCC/Intel Chopper.

    So, here it is, the Intel/OCC Chopper - looks great from the side, looks really ugly from the front! More images available on the MEDC 2006 Team Flickr Site . - Mike
  • Blog Post: Crackdown - Build a Tank...

    ok, this is completely off topic, if you've been playing Crackdown on the XBOX 360 then you might find this amusing... You've probably seen all of the "Skips" laying around the place and have wondered how these might be useful... how about building a tank . - Mike
  • Blog Post: Embedded Systems West - Global Warming and Motorcycles.

    This week I'm at ESC West in Sunny San Jose, California, manning the Microsoft booth, talking to press and developers - if you are at ESC West drop by the Microsoft booth and say "Hi!" - also bring any questions you have about the .NET Micro Framework, Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded, or Windows Embedded...
  • Blog Post: Halo 3 T-Shirt - I bet you want one...

    Here's John Coyne, a Systems Engineer in the OEM Embedded group here at Microsoft. John appears to be sporting a rather fetching Halo 3 T-Shirt (and an equally sporty MSN Direct Watch !)... I bet you want one... Perhaps John can let us all know where he got it... - Mike
  • Blog Post: Arrived in Dallas...

    First leg of the trip to Phoenix is complete - it's 5:34am in Dallas (3:34am Redmond/Phoenix) - next flight is at 7:25am Dallas time. Interestingly, T-Mobile have a Windows Vista promotion running - which appears to give you FREE wireless access for a limited time - awesome! - Mike
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