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The recent earthquake tragedies must have been on my wife’s mind heavily, because last night she woke me up at 4am because she was convinced she had been woken up by a tremor which had lasted for several minutes. I spent the next 15 minutes in a semi-comatose state trying to determine whether there had…

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All the cool kids are talking about AJAX

It seems that everywhere I look today people are talking about AJAX. For a variety of reasons, web apps with highly responsive UIs have been of interest to a few of us on the Team Foundation team on and off for a while. When Google Suggest came out we were all over it, trying to…

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Very cute kid’s blog template – virtual fridge

[definitely not Team System related] Some our best friends, Mike and Hester Higton, have just switched their daughter’s blog from Movable Type to WordPress (largely to help manage the comment spam they were getting) and they’ve taken the opportunity to update the template. Now it’s a virtual fridge, and it’s probably the cutest blog I’ve…

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Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy trailer looking good…

As a British geek, it’s inevitable that I grew up loving Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy Series. One of the many other British geeks just sent around a link to a new Hitchhiker’s Movie Trailer I must admit I was ready for a Hollywood butchering, but it’s looking like it could be very…

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Michael Creasy has a blog

Until recently Michael was one of the most prolific testers that the Speech group ever had (and consequently the bane of developers’ lives…). Unfortunately for us, he recently moved to the Media Center group where he is playing with lots of cool toys. He just started a blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/mcreasy where you can read about his…


You snooze, you lose!

A very amusing message went on our newsgroup today. One of our Test Leads, Tom Faber, had been trying to help a customer work through some issues with the SpeechControls. Unfortunately Tom didn’t follow up on one of the customer’s replies, and so this was posted to the newsgroup! “I still have no reply from Mr…

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Position filled!

Finally I’ve managed to fill the open position on my team – I’m extremely happy 🙂 It seems like it has been open for a ridiculously long time, and I had been starting to despair. If positions stay open for too long, there is always a risk that the open position could be transferred to…

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Having a blast

I’ve just got back from spending the afternoon and evening working the phones at Microsoft Technical Support providing volunteer cover to help people with virus problems. This week the MSBlast and Sobig viruses seem to have completely taken over. Even on uninfected computers, access to web pages is slow and inboxes are swamped with e-mails…

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Perks of the job

One of the great things about working here at Microsoft is that I have the opportunity to get involved with lots of cool stuff beyond my own project. I don’t know if there is anywhere else where I could be working on speech technology, but then be able to take a couple of hours of…


Disappointing news

I just found out that Vocalis, another speech recognition in Cambridge is in trouble (see Talks on Vocalis sale ). Vocalis were obviously local rivals for us at Entropic when were still in Cambridge. At the time Entropic was acquired I had an old friend working there, and it looked as if Vocalis were going to…