Daily Archives: November 9, 2006

Another committee takes the "soul" out of Robert Fripp

Alec Saunders notes that there’s not much of Robert Fripp inside the audio in Windows Vista (he was the guitarist who recorded the four notes that you’ll soon be sick of. They’ll probably be used in all the marketing and are the startup sound for Vista). I was there while he was recording this, and I TOTALLY agree. You should have heard the raw sounds while they were being recorded. He did THOUSANDS of iterations.

I wish Microsoft would have given me at least a few dozen to choose from for my own startup sound.

Instead we got the sound that won’t piss anyone off.

Sigh.

Where’s the rock guitar sound?

The edgy jazzy sound?

The weirdo techno sound?

If I were Steve Ball I’d come out with a free Vista addon that adds back some of the funky sound that the committee killed.

And, yes, a committee did kill this.

Here’s a test. Take a world famous guitarist. Have him record thousands of iterations of something. Now, give those sounds to 20 really freaking smart people. Watch what happens.

Music is personal.

By trying to make it please everyone they miss exactly what the user generated world is all about.

Piss me off, Microsoft, please! Get rid of your committees. Show some SOUL.

For Vienna BE TRANSPARENT during the choice of the sound and LET US CHOOSE OUR OWN FREAKING SOUND!

Have you had your cute overload today?

Need to see something cute? Then I have a Website for you!

And, no, this is no Ajaxian. Cute Overload doesn’t have anything useful. Just cute pictures of dogs and cats and stuff like that. Oh, so cute!

But if you want to learn something, especially when it comes to Ajax stuff, Ajaxian is my choice.

Today they show off a continuous scrolling trick like what Google Reader uses.

If you watched my Microsoft Research video last night you’d know that eye track research shows that scrolling is good (the second demo we got there was with a guy who does EyeTrack research on how people use the Web). It’s why I argued to make PodTech’s pages scroll down so that surfers could scroll through the river and fish for interesting stuff. If you watch the MS Research video you’ll actually see how this works on an EyeTrack machine and we talk about why Live.com turned off its continuous scrolling capabilities (the engineers there couldn’t make it work smoothly on all browsers).