TiVo Gadget v1.0.2 Enables Video Download

I made a very minor update to my TiVo Now Playing gadget that allows you to download recorded shows to your computer. While viewing the show details window, simply click on the title to begin the download. Because the video files are protected, you’ll be prompted for a user name and password. The user name…


Silverlight Slide.Show

Our friends at Vertigo have created a free application for Silverlight 1.0 called Slide.Show. If you have Silverlight installed, you should see a slide show of my photos within the body of this blog post. Most of them are from my collection of wallpaper images, and a few are from a cruise to Italy and…


TiVo Gadget for Vista

For awhile, I’ve wanted to try my hands at writing a gadget for the Windows Sidebar in Vista, but I could never come up with a project idea that was small enough to accomplish and useful enough to justify. Since we recently added two TiVo HD units to our home network, I thought it’d be…


SEAMonster: A .NET-Based Seam Carving Implementation

To avoid any potential confusion, this is a personal, spare-time project that has nothing to do with the cool Seadragon technology. Before you read my post, you should watch the short 4 1/2 minute video that demonstrates an image resizing technique called seam carving. The technique was presented at this year’s SIGGRAPH 2007 conference by Shai…


MOO, Blurb, Wallhogs, and Zenfolio

Can’t say I ever expected to type that post title! I take a lot of digital photos, and I thought I’d share some creative resources I’ve discovered on the ‘net either by recommendation or my own research. They offer unique services, and the quality of these four products is very high. Let’s start with MOO….


Dinner with Steve Wiebe (of The King of Kong fame)

This past Thursday evening, Ray Winninger, Jennifer Ritzinger, Arthur Yasinski, and I met Steve Wiebe for dinner at Pomegranate in Redmond, Washington. If you’re not familiar with Steve, he’s featured in the recent documentary, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. My wife and I saw the movie a few weeks back at Big…


Silverlight 1.0, Linux, Converters, and Swift 3D

Somebody stop me! I’m posting at the frenetic rate of one entry per month, and this relentless onslaught of information has to seem like you’re drinking from a fire hose! Call me prolific, if you’d like. Seriously…I won’t mind. 🙂 Okay…the big news of the day is that we released Silverlight 1.0 and Expression Encoder…


PowerPoint Slides in 3D

This past week, we had an offsite brainstorming session at the new Novelty Hill • Januik winery in Woodinville to discuss our upcoming MIX08 event in Las Vegas. Jennifer Ritzinger (who still doesn’t have a blog for some reason) challenged each speaker to come up with a creative way to present their topic using a…


A New SWF to XAML Conversion Tool…with Animation and Sound!

I’m very happy to announce that there’s a new SWF to XAML conversion tool in town, and although I haven’t had a chance to play with it myself (no demo version is available), it sounds promising. Specifically—and unlike my SWF2XAML utility—it also appears to convert both animation and sound. Check out the demo page for…


Introducing Microsoft Surface

We’re announcing our first surface computing product today at The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference in Carlsbad, California. The product is called Microsoft Surface, and it’s a table that integrates a 30-inch display that allows one or more simultaneous users to interact directly with images on the screen. Users can paint with their fingers,…