panoramic view tools: Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006


I was asked today what tools I use to create the panoramic views on this website. I personally prefer easy to use – “let the automatic do”-tools. That’s why I used Ulead Cool360 for years to create the panoramic views. But since some months I am using the brand new Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006 to create the panoramic views out of the raw pictures.


The first step is to load all the pictures into the Suite:



then Tools→Panoramic Stitching…



then you have to select which pictures you want to use for the panoramic stitching process:



Digital Image Suite now creates a preview for you where you can adjust in whatever way you like – unfortunately no perspective adjustments are possible – but normally not necessary if you took the pictures well:



Click Next and you get the “Stitching in Progress” Dialog…waiting … waiting …



And finally: The Result! You have to select the display window – because maybe – like in my example – the pictures are a bit tilted.



Oh… if you want all that a little bit more compressed…have a look at the demo video I made:



demo movie…click on it!


Source 1: Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006
Source 2: Demo Video

inside the Phone Operation Center (POC)


Since we are kind of interested in providing a large user DECT network on the campus of our university we spoke with the Eventphone guys about their setup: and as far as we can tell it’s far more sophisticated than expected.



little panoramic view of the POC server room



the Alcatel machine rear view



patch panel



front view



front view with logo



switching switch



audio patch panel



the actual POC service area in the main hall


Well sorry that there are more pictures than text – it’s just because we have to compile all the information we got and pile it all together into a nice and well understandable text for your reading pleasure.

the trip to the 22c3, the arrival and some food.


Well here we are – packed with equipment we arrived in Berlin and successfully tested the first encoding-run for the upcoming 22c3 which starts in two days.



hmm… bad weather



this text was on the equipment to discourage thieves



rest place at the A9



finally some food – well maedness had some sandwiches – but finally something hot



the fairy dust has landed


Since we arrived we unpacked all the equpiment and drawn-in our new “office” for the next days: the video studio – which is kind of above/around hall 1.



so here we are… on the right side you can see into hall 1 through the window.



concentrated calculating power – our four encoding machines + one fallback.


Funny thing beside that: we got our own /24 subnet here – peered with 10GE directly to the Berlin CIX. How cool is that ;)

short trip to dresden, panoramic views and a Ford Galaxy that survived

I spent the whole day in Dresden – introducing Lars Iwer into his new job at Microsoft. But because that did not take the whole day I had some time to walk along Dresden. Actually I underestimated the fact that it’s getting dark quite early at wintertimes. That and because my digital camera isn’t as good as it should be is the cause that there are just some panoramic views from Dresden – not showing any of the usual sights ;-). Oh. I should mention the heroic presentation the Ford Galaxy gave us – yes, Sixt decided to give me another one after the death of the first one.




who designed that?!






since the big picture is >19000 pixels width you can
get a medium size version here.

the perfect working environment part 2

It’s been some time since I made a picture of my workplace…and since that time one more display arrived… so here are two up-to-date pictures:



as usual from left to right: Mac mini (Samsung TFT 910T), custom P4 (Samsung TFT 910T+19″ Highscreen), HP compaq nc8000 (Belinea 108025, built-in 15″ TFT).

Source: The perfect working environment part 1

TechEd Europe 2005: The Party – Studio 7

That was the coolest Microsoft presented party I’ve taken part in. The live band was great: Scissor Sisters. Man that was an awesome show. So I took some pictures of the location which was calles “Studio 7” – Actually it was Hall 7 of the RAI Conference Center…but see for yourself how it looked:



that’s what I saw when I came into the hall


Well sine there were no refreshments we relied on the fact that there would be proper food at the party. And there was. At about 7 locations inside the hall you could grab Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Fishburgers and Stuff.



So. I don’t want to bore you with food pictures and blahblah about the organisation… here are the Scissor Sisters!



a short video…it’s shaky but it gives a feeling.




sorry for the bad quality…it’s just my little cam.



that’s a guy up there…controlling the spotlight.



that’s no genetically modified vaccine or something…it’s just alkohol B-). Hmm.. I don’t drink it actually…it’s just for educational purposes.

TechEd Europe 2005: Holistic Security

As I am a true fan of the sessions of Rafal Lukawiecki. And the fact that he is talking about really interesting subjects leads me directly to his todays session “Holistic Security”.


“You know all the security technologies, but are you secure? How much should security cost? The tough realities of today make security of enterprise systems one of the highest priorities on most IT Professionals’ agenda. This conceptual, rather than technical, session will overview security from a holistic, process-oriented perspective. While still uncommon, this approach seems to best model the threats that affect our installations. This way of looking at security is based on risk assessment and worries about all aspects of the system equally: we do not want to be building bullet-proof steel doors in a house made of paper walls. After discussing the main challenges that make achieving optimal security difficult, we will concentrate on three process-based holistic approaches: OCTAVE, Simplified Security Risk Analysis, and Threat Modelling.”



This panoramic view is in my opinion by far the best I’ve made this week. Enjoy.

TechEd Europe 2005: Microsoft and Opensource Chalk and Talk

We attended the Chalk and Talk Session “Microsoft and Opensource” today… Actually a very interesting session, but I spare any comment on it here, just not to annoy anyone (which would otherwise be possible).



Many customers have questions about Microsoft’s view of Open Source and its ability to coexist and interoperate in a Microsoft environment. The session aims to answer your questions about Open Source and provide information and guidance on Microsoft’s position on open Source. “

TechEd Europe 2005: Windows Internals & Advanced Troubleshooting 1st Break


the break-of-the-session panoramic view


In the first Session of todays series of “Windows Internal & Advanced Troubleshooting” Preconf Sessions Mark Russinovich and David Solomon talked about some tools and how to use them. Especially the Sysinternals Process Explorer was part of some very interesting demos.


Source: http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/ProcessExplorer.html

ADAC Driver Training panoramic views




on the day we had our training Daimler Chrysler had an event on the track…so they had every car Daimler Chrysler is building for fun purpose…



the reception…



pole position!



a short briefing before the fun starts…



this is a 360 degree panoramic view of the brake-test-track. Beware: it’s huge!



the gyro…drive as fast and as safe as you can … the white area is slippery … was especially fun to drive with disabled ESP … in the front of the picture you can see the cars waiting for their turn.


a short movie of the A4 in the gyro



the pylon track…and the cars waiting…



another line of cars waiting for the start…

some more from the Technical Summit 2005

Well, here are some more pictures and panoramic views.

Since my focus for this summit was on the mobile devices, Windows Mobile 5.0 in particular I only had the time to attend Track 3 which had the following talks:



But now some more pictures:




Frank Prengel and Dirk Primbs on the stage…



many people are needed to fill the gap between two sessions



Dirk and Frank again in action.



Frank again.