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New mini PCs

March 26, 2007 Leave a comment

I am getting the itch to get a new PC that I can use on the bus to and from work, plus to lighten my load going to and from work every day. I could simply have a docking station at work (maybe at home too) and need nothing else. Although a 2nd PC would be great for running virtual machines and competitive products. Here’s what I’m looking at (dreaming of):

The HTC Shift 
htc-shift

The Sony VAIO UX Series
Sony VAIO UX Series

The OQO Model 02
oqo-model_02

Who knows if I’ll get one anytime soon, but it’s great to see full-functional Windows Vista machines in such a small device.

Wicked

March 23, 2007 Leave a comment

Jeff Johnson was in town last night, so we got last minute tickets to Wicked and even ended up with great seats. It’s a clever story and is all about how the witches in the Wizard of Oz came to be, along with how the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Lion became who they are.  

Video of what Bill Gates and I played with at TechFest

March 21, 2007 Leave a comment
 
Go to 4:45 in the video to see the technology that I Bill Gates and I played with as I blogged about a few days ago. In the video, they show two people writing on the same sheet of paper, but located in different places. Then again playing chess.  
 
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St. Patrick’s Day in London

March 19, 2007 Leave a comment

I took a little time on Sunday to visit Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square to see the St. Patrick’s Day events in London. I saw a bit of the parade too, which means I saw a few guys playing bagpipes, but heard quite a few more than I saw. There were also other odd things/people in the parade (see the photo), but no big floats like in the US. The fountains in Trafalgar Square were full of green water, which tastes just like regular water (just kidding).  

 

Race on the Thames

March 17, 2007 Leave a comment
Today (St. Patrick’s Day) Milo and I saw a regatta on the Thames, but no green water. Hopefully we’ll see more green tomorrow when most of the Irish festivities take place in London.

Bill Gates and I at Microsoft TechFest

March 9, 2007 1 comment

Today in Redmond I attended Microsoft’s TechFest 2007, where people from Microsoft Research show off what they’ve been working on to a bunch of other Microsoft employees. I only had about 45 minutes between meetings to cruise through and see a few things. As an employee, I am under NDA regarding most of the stuff I saw, but thankfully this is not thing is not since it was briefly written about in the Seattle PI: Surface Computing.  

While walking around TechFest, I saw a table with folded pieces of paper on it, a couple of XBox game controllers, and a projector above it. There were little toy cars being projected onto the table, so I figured the game controllers must be for controlling them. Sorta like a table-top video game, but without a TV – just paper on a table. The photo shows what I saw.

There were a couple people around the table just talking, so I was about to grab the game controller to see if I could make the projected cars drive around. But as I got closer, the two guys picked up the controllers and started playing. One of them was Andy Wilson on the left in this photo and the other was Bill Gates. I’ve been at Microsoft long enough that I’ve had other encounters with Bill, but this was different. The 3 of us stood there chatting about this invention as we would move the pieces of paper around to change the landscape of the game. Just like the guy in the photo has his hand on the table; so did I while I had Bill drive his electronic car up my arm. It’s difficult to explain, but basically we were playing and talking about interacting with the technology. It was fun to stand there talking to Bill about a piece of technology that we were both interested in.

After a few minutes though, Bill and Andy got into the details of the technology and sort of lost me. That’s no surprise given that Andy has a PhD from MIT and Bill Gates, is well, he’s Bill Gates.

To see more of what was at TechFest, go to http://research.microsoft.com/techfest/ and see these articles:

London’s Lunar Eclipse

March 4, 2007 Leave a comment

Saturday night Lorie, Anne, Milo, and I saw a nice bright and full moon earlier in the evening and at at 11pm we saw a dark red moon. It was a Lunar Eclipse, which means the Earth was between the moon and the sun.  The BBC has a good writeup about it and so does NASA. It rated a 3 or 4 on the Danjon Scale of lunar eclipse brightness. It was nice and clear out, but we got lucky with the weather, since it was raining earlier in the day and it rained again on Sunday.

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