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  • Blog Post: What Happens in Vegas… gets blogged

    Come find Keith Combs and Matt Hester at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas on 4/3/2008 as we talk with the folks at the Windows Server 2008 launch event.  We’ll have some fun on camera and give you the opportunity to speak your mind.  This is a great opportunity to talk about your pet project...
  • Blog Post: Expression Encoder 2 has a new plug-in for Silverlight Streaming

    The Expression Encoder developers have released a new plug-in for Encoder SP1.  The new Silverlight Streaming plug-in allows you to easily publish video, screencasts, etc. to the silverlight.live.net service.  The plug-in is still a pre-release product but it’s working well for me. There are...
  • Blog Post: Earth Day is April 22

    In honor of the upcoming Earth Day on April 22, here's a video that illustrates the beauty of our home, and why you should care. Pay no attention to the Great White having a snack.
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup US Finals - Photography

    Chris Henley   spent some time in Los Angeles California this last week working with college and university students from around the United States.  They were competing in the Imagine Cup Finals in the categories of photography, software design, and game design.  He was so impressed with...
  • Blog Post: How much power is your PC consuming?

    Adam Carter just posted an interesting video over at http://edge.technet.com about PC power consumption.  I thought it was pretty interesting.  See http://edge.technet.com/Media/How-much-power-does-your-PC-consume/ for the details and of course the video.
  • Blog Post: Plains Milky Way by Randy Halverson

    Be sure to click Plains Milky Way or the picture above for Randy Halverson’s amazing video work.  You won’t be sorry.  When you start playing the video at his site, be sure to go full screen with the HD video.  Very kewl.
  • Blog Post: Brush your teeth and shave – LifeCam Cinema HD on the way?

    I have not seen an official announcement so I have no idea if it’s real or a mock-up. But if it’s real, I want it. Especially if it works with Camtasia, Expression Encoder 3 and Vegas Movie Studio Platinum Edition 9 and above. My screencasts will never be the same and it’s looking like it’s time to buy...
  • Blog Post: "Making any money on your island?"

    Avatars.  Islands.  Second Life.  Innovation that's the rage.  Or is it?  I thought it was fascinating that IBM made the following commercial.         This is a stark contrast to the IBM Real Business in 3-D Internet section of ibm.com and of course their...
  • Blog Post: The Exchange Team goes on camera

    At TechEd 2008 Harold Wong managed to snag a bunch of the Exchange Team and get some interviews on camera.  Harold does a really good job of interviewing them and as you can see he has now posted some of the videos to the edge.technet.com website. To simplify matters a bit, I grabbed the embedded...
  • Blog Post: ITE’s corner a DPE – Glen Gordon interview

    Check out this interview with Glen Gordon who is a Developer Evangelist in the DPE organization.  Glen was on the MSDN team when it was part of my organization so we’ve known him for many years as this point.  He’s a funny guy to have around, even if you’re doing events in the cold of Alaska...
  • Blog Post: How do you learn?

    A recent Wall Street Journal article, " The New Workplace Rules: No Video-Watching " written by Bobby White highlights the fact that many people are watching videos at work. It's even more interesting that the heaviest consumption of those videos takes place during the lunch hours. I worry about this...
  • Blog Post: IIS Media Services 4.0 Released to the Web !!!

    IIS Media Services 4.0 was released yesterday, just in time for Streaming Media West . Coming just one year after the previous major release, IIS Media Services 4.0 allows you to encode once and deliver adaptive streaming content to three screens across multiple file formats and protocols. Keep reading...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Media Services Announced

    LAS VEGAS — April 16, 2012 — At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2012 conference today, Microsoft Corp. announced new media services and guidance to enable content providers and customers to realize the power of cloud computing. The new cloud-based Windows Azure Media Services is designed...
  • Blog Post: Pride

  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Template Test

    This is a test post to confirm SL2 SP1 template playback is working.
  • Blog Post: Expression Encoder 4 SP2 - now available for download

    Expression Encoder is an advanced audio/video-encoding and live-broadcasting application especially suited for generating content that takes full advantage of the rich graphic and interactive capability of Microsoft Silverlight playback scenarios. You can also generate Windows Media video and audio files...
  • Blog Post: Interview with Harold Wong - Exchange Guru

    While interviewing customers at the Windows Server 2008 launch events, I managed to snag Harold Wong on his way to lunch and ask him about fifty questions.  The video turned out really well which is surprising because Harold didn't act like he really wanted to be on camera.  But Harold was...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research LightSpace Demo

    Fun stuff.  Reminds me of all of the KINECT hacking taking place.
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Update - an Interview with Andrew Brown

    Windows Phone 7 launched in Europe last month and is launching in North America next week.  You’ve seen the commercials.  You’ve seen the demos.  But have you heard much about the update infrastructure we’ve put in place for the devices? Probably not.  It’s isn’t as sexy as the glorious...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Streaming v2 Test - check this out

    I'm doing some work with the Expression Suite v2 Beta and part of that is control over the player properties for the streaming video. This is pretty important for posting to my blog. But I do believe I have this figured out now. Here's a HD 720p stream. In order to play this video, you probably need...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Environmental Technologist – Mark Aggar interview

    This years Imagine Cup has an environmental sustainability theme.  The projects all focused on the environment and our impact on it.    Busloads of High School kids for around the greater  LA area came in to look at the projects.  It was so nice and refreshing to see their...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Bling

  • Blog Post: Side-by-Side Player Comparison

    Here’s another video test with some high bit rate video. The video data rate is just over 6MB so your internet connection is going to need to be pretty fat to play these back without stuttering or buffering. On the Silverlight 2 Standard Player with the controls that are always displayed, you’ll notice...
  • Blog Post: Fixing Quicktime Error 46: Could not load or find the QuickTime ActiveX control

    I've been fixing some stuff on my home Dell XPS 420 and in the investigation to fix a Zune issue, I ran into a Quicktime issue.  I'll get to the Zune issue in a moment although interestingly enough the fix was strikingly similar.  First the problem.  Apparently the latest version of QuickTime...
  • Blog Post: Interviews from the Phoenix and Las Vegas launch events

    Matt Hester and I just got back from Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada where we attended the Windows Server 2008 launch events on both locations.  We took along our video cameras for the ride and captured some customer and partner conversations.  As soon as Matt has the videos from his...