Daily Archives: April 7, 2006

The quietest room at Microsoft

Charlie Owen, of the Windows Media Center team, gives us a look at the quietest room at Microsoft (cool place to listen to music, it's totally soundproof and has anti-sound-wave-reflection treatment on the walls) and then gives us a taste of what's coming from the Media Center team in Windows Vista in an interview I did with him for Channel 9. Then they show how to develop your first Media Center application.

Update: On his blog Charlie links to a couple of people who got Media Center running on their new Macs.

Daily Kos crashes Microsoft’s gate

Tamara Pesik has the coolest job at Microsoft. She arranges for cool speakers to come on campus as part of her efforts over in Microsoft Research. Today she had Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Zuniga over to talk to Microsoft employees (here's a picture of her introducing Markos, left, and Jerome, middle). They wrote an excellent book (yes, I have read it, thanks to Raines Cohen for giving it to me at SXSW) about the state of politics (from the progressive view) in America. Those who don't recognize these names might not know that Markos started the "Daily Kos" site. Very popular. Gets half a million visits per day. Jerome started MyDD political site that gets more than 50,000 visits a day and they both worked on Howard Dean's campaign.

I didn't realize that many of these talks are put onto the "ResearchChannel" site. If you visit there you'll see all sorts of technical talks given by leading experts around the world with a few business and political talks (Malcolm Gladwell has a talk up there, for instance) interspersed. There's a ton of talks there done by computer scientists (most of whom don't work for Microsoft) that you might find interesting too.

Tamara says that the talk today should be on the site in a few weeks, so I'll point that out when it appears. In the meantime there's a treasure trove of good stuff to watch.

Oh, and if you want to see Jerome or Markos, they'll be giving two more talks in the Seattle area. One tonight, one tomorrow. Details are on their book site.

They worked on Howard Dean's campaign and have many interesting insights about the state of American politics. If you care about that topic, this is a "don't miss."

Markos was on the Colbert Report last night, the CrooksAndLiars blog has links to the video.

The conference vs. unconference drama continues

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Eric Norlin, the guy who is planning the Syndicate conference (where I'll be interviewing Richard Edelman) says "Not the same ole same ole."

Kevin Werbach defends his speaker list at the SuperNova conference.

Marc Canter says "let's do an unconference at the same time as Supernova."

Just to be an ironic old fuddy duddy I'm attending all three of these events. Same ole, same ole. Heheh.