• frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Not clicking, waving….

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    I’ve been helping my kids with their homework, and one of them (I wont name who, so as to avoid any embarrassment) had to deliver a presentation in PowerPoint. I wanted to add a bit of pizzazz to the experience looked at hooking up a Kinect so that they could present with gestures, rather than clicking with a mouse.

    skeletonSeems like a good idea, right?

    I grabbed the Kinect for Windows SDK, and went looking on codeplex for kinect related samples, where I found the Kinect PowerPoint Control. It was nice, but It didn’t do exactly what I wanted.

    By coincidence, Dr Neil sent me an email about nsquared slyda, which just lets me change between slides using hand gestures.

    Perfecto!!

    We had a practice session and kiddo can move forward and back, with a wave of the hands.

    Next stop, the classroom!!!

    BTW – I see that boffins at nsquared solutions are working on more Kinect apps. I got a ping last night from Dr Neil about nsquared spydar, which is like the Coding4Fun Kinect Turret minus the violence.  I got it set up – now let’s see who comes and uses my PC when I’m away….

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Ready, Set, Download : Windows Vista Beta 1 on MSDN

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    You've seen the news, now download the bits from MSDN Subscriber Downloads and TechNet Downloads ... http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/default.mspx

    And while you are downloading, have a look at the Windows Vista Dev Center on MSDN or watch the interview with Chris Jones on Channel 9

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    My Work Shirts

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    I have a number of "Geek" work shirts which I tend to wear a lot.


    and my personal favorite

    They all are great conversation starters and I love it when people DONT get the joke - heheheh

    For those of you who DONT know what 31337 is all about, here's a link to help explain.

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Design

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    Lovely day for a guinnessI’m still getting used to summer in the middle of the year. To me summer is associated with the end of the calendar year, with Christmas, with New Year celebrations, playing in the pool and lots of Cricket.

    The other thing I’m struggling with is the long break the kids get from school. They have almost 3 months off. That’s just insane! On a related point, there’s a whole chapter on this topic of summer vacation in Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, but I digress……

    I spent a week in Ireland with my family recently.  It was a chance for Moira to retrace her family roots, and for me to get “off the grid” and spend some quality time with my kids.

    We wandered around castles, got lost in a maze, explored really old buildings, became vikings for an afternoon, visited pubs, discovered a dolman and basically chillaxed. The surprising thing is that in every town we stopped in, from Stephen's Green in Dublin to The Workhouse Square at MacDonagh Junction in Kilkenny and lots of places in between, we were able to find free Wi-Fi. Even where we stayed at Croan Cottages in Dunnamaggan!

    I’ve got another trip coming up to “Hotlanta” for our annual MGX gathering.  It will be great to catch up with folks from all over the world, including my old Aussie team!

    This will be my 4th trip to Atlanta and following my recent Ireland adventures, I’m kinda inspired to go visit the Georgia Guidestones which were featured in a recent Wired article American Stonehenge: Monumental Instructions for the Post-Apocalypse or I could just go to The Varsity for an M.K. Dog and Strings.

    Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what the title has to do with this post. It’s a clue for those playing a game - DPE/MGX Hint: What does the “D” in STEM-D Stand for?

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    The Microsoft Unlimted Potential (UP) Community Conference *again*

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    I'll be speaking at the upcoming Microsoft Unlimted Potential (UP) Community Conference next week.

    I've been asked back following my session at the last conference

    The case study I featured back then is now turned into it's own session on podcasting - way to go Mike!

    Speaking of Mike, he has called out to me to collaborate online, via tags and to answer some questions he posed.

    OK, i'll give it a try.

    Mike asks about Microsoft information about podcasting - specifically subscribing to them

    Yes,  podcast subscribing support isn't embedded directly in Windows Media Player. However, there are some superb applications that make it simple. I have used Doppler for a while and my current favorite client is Feed Station from those clever guys at Newsgator.

    Would it be good to see this baked into Windows Media Player - sure, but here's a way to Roll your own podcasting support for WMP 11

    Mike also asks if Microsoft has a service for upload audio/video to a store in the cloud. Well, we have Soapbox for video. In terms of 3rd party services, I can see that there are heaps, but I don't know of any preferred services.

    Finally, Microsoft uses podcasting from a content delivery perspective. Just look at the Podcast directory over on Channel 9, and don't forget the local Sydney Institute Podcast series

    Mike - I hope this makes sense. Looking forward to seeing you next week

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