I am at the Microsoft Studentpartner Summit 2006 in Duesseldorf-Mettmann at the moment. And of course I made some panoramic views:
Man, I was exhausted after one day – as usual. But after all it was a great day with many great talks. Even Promise listened to what I had to say… and that’s astonishing…
But since I had the chance to sneak behind the scenes at the Microsoft booth I want to present you a little bit of the pictures I just made…:
The presentation theater as everyone can see it…
That’s the theater from behind… a huge projector and a really big mirror render the HD projection perfect…
that’s hall 2 – which I traditionally do a panoramic view of…
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:
Source 1: Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006
Source 2: Demo Video
thanks to namenlos
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.
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.
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.
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.
Funny thing beside that: we got our own /24 subnet here – peered with 10GE directly to the Berlin CIX. How cool is that ;)
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.
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).
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:
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!
sorry for the bad quality…it’s just my little cam.
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.
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. “
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.
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…
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…
For teasing purposes here are some panoramic views of the excursion we made on this friday:
the audience is listening
the main entrance