Daily Archives: March 8, 2006

520 bridge closed cause of high winds

How do you keep Microsoft employees who work at headquarters at work? Close the bridges!

Seriously, the bridge is closed because of high winds (live video too!).

I love the traffic map system in Seattle that shows you real-time traffic.

I don’t live across the bridge, but my way home is affected cause of the backup.

It’s interesting, everyone is emailing each other here internally. Turns out the bridge had a broken beam and there isn’t an ETA for it to be reopened. The commute is gonna be a mess.

By the way, that bridge is the longest floating bridge in the world.

Gizmodo: Microsoft has its evil back

Yeah, looks like Gizmodo is reporting that we’ve gotten our evil back. Whew, just in time! Implies that Origami is just a glorified media player with nasty DRM.

Unfortunately, the truth isn’t so fun. Origami devices (there are more than one) run the same Windows Tablet PC Edition that my full scale Tablet PC is running. So, the DRM story is no different on Origami than it is on any Windows laptop or Tablet PC. If your MP3s play on a Windows XP device, they’ll play just fine on an Origami device.

Damn, I was so looking forward to running with the Microsoft is evil theme some more. I was getting tired of our competitors having all the evil fun. ;-)

Who will hate the Origami?

One of the questions I ask in the video with Origami’s architect, Otto Berkes, was “who will hate Origami?”

Now we have our answer, thanks to CNET News.com: Bloggers!

OK, now that we got that out of the way, see ya in the morning tomorrow (I hear that we’ll be able to post the video by about 1 a.m.). I’m just snowed under with emails in the meantime. Sigh.

Update: Engadget has a first look at the Samsung version.

Live.com Upgrades in progress

Wow, that’s fast. There are a few teams pulling an all-nighter across the freeway from where I’m sitting right now (yeah, I’m still at the office at 1:46 a.m.) working on pushing up new code to Live.com and Richard MacManus already has a post about the changes.

Please be patient. We’re experiencing slow performance because the replication process is still underway and we’re getting an unusually high amount of traffic for this time of the morning. Probably cause Richard is checking out all the new features. Heheh. Just kidding!

But, still, it might be a little wonky (that’s a technical term) for a while. If it doesn’t work, just blame Microsoft for writing wonky code and come back in a few hours and try again.

When I’ve been able to get into the service, it’s quite impressive.

No RSS? Feed43 lets you make your own

This is gonna be controversial, that’s for sure. Your favorite site doesn’t provide news feeds? This service, Feed43, converts any Web page to an RSS feed on the fly. Subversive!

I wonder if it’ll make full text feeds out of pages that only provide partial text feeds? Hmmm.

Update: Another company, FeedYes, released a similar product today. They claim that FeedYes is easier to use and faster and has one-click adding to MyYahoo and MyMSN.