Steve Ballmer (CEO) and Robbie Bach (President of the Devices & Entertainment division) shared the keynote and CES. They talked about what Microsoft did in 2009 and what Microsoft will do in 2010. I live-tweeted the session and my raw tweets are included below. In addition, I’m including some of the big messages I heard in the keynote.

The biggest messages I heard in Microsoft’s vision and plans for 2010 are:

  • PCs will come in all shapes and sizes- including slates; there will be something for everyone.
  • The Cloud will be combined with software on the PC.
  • Adding the PC Experience to anything makes it better. (e.g., watching TV or playing games)
  • Xbox live will broaden its market to have something for everyone.
  • Xbox live will let you play games with Natural User Interfaces.  Project Natal will be available for the 2010 holiday season.

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New Year’s Day is always a time for reflection, especially when the new year ends in a 0. This morning I tweeted some tech thoughts I have on the 2010′s. I’ll follow up with blog posts dedicated to some of these topics. In the mean time, here are some of my first tweets for the new decade.

  1. The 2000′s: From Y2K to the geo-social-mobile web.
  2. The 2000′s and 2010′s: Search engine showdowns. Browser showdowns.
  3. The 2010′s: Fight of the Operating Systems!
    • Open Source OS’s or S.O.S.?
  4. The 2010′s: Rapid churn: in devices, in OS’s, in services, …
    • The 2010′s: Innovation in devices and devices+services. The emergence of the Client Cloud.
  5. The 2010′s: Devices get more senses. And services learn to use them.
  6. The emergence of client-cloud experiences: 2009: Mobile apps improve mobile web experiences. The 2010′s: PC apps improve PC web experiences.
    • 2010: Apps or browsers? In mobile? On PCs?
    • The 2010′s: Great strides in user experiences.
  7. 2009-2010: From notebooks to netbooks. 2010-2011: From netbooks to notebooks.
  8. The 2010′s: The rise of the platforms.
    • 2010: The year that many will realize that they are better as a platform.
    • The 2010′s: Better off as a platform: Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Microsoft, Google, …
    • The 2010′s: Social capabilities are built into the fabric of the internet as a platform.
  9. The social web: 2008: Finding your old friends. 2009: Meeting new friends & followers. 2010: Converting your followers into friends.
  10. The 2010′s: Immersive multimedia experiences… for entertainment and communication.

Well, that’s my tweetburst for this New Year’s morning. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Which do you think are most interesting? Which do you agree/disagree with? What would you add to the list?

Happy New Year and Happy New Decade!

Professor William F. Schreiber was my Ph.D. thesis advisor. He passed away in October 2009 at the age of 84. This article in the Boston Globe describes a bit about his life. His remembrance ceremony was held at the MIT Faculty Club on November 21, 2009. The room was packed with people who came to celebrate his life. His family, friends, colleagues, and former students attended, many of us flying in from across the country.

I have the honor of being Professor Schreiber’s last Ph.D. student. I was invited to be one of the speakers at his remembrance. These are the words that I shared in memory of Professor Schreiber.  Please feel free to share your Schreiber-isms and memories of Professor Schreiber below.

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In the world of image processing research, it is important to have standard test images so people can compare their results. The cameraman image is a test image that has been used for decades.  It can be found in many image processing textbooks and homework problems.

The Cameraman image is widely used as a test image for image processing research.

The Cameraman image is widely used as a test image for image processing research.

Imaging and photography has come quite a long ways since then.  Just for fun, here are a couple pictures I took during my trip to Cairo Egypt for ICIP 2009 and a brief introduction to some research that Professor Sabine Süsstrunk presented on Near-Infrared Imaging to improve digital photography in the years to come.

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Here are some people pictures we took by the Pyramids and the Sphynx during my trip to Egypt in Nov 2009.

The first picture is the Step Pyramid in a town called Sakkara which has 16 pyramids. It turns out that there are many different types of pyramids, and it took some experimentation to find the shape that worked best. I’ll post more on that later.

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I spent some time with the camels in the Egyptian desert at night, with the beautifully lit Pyramids of Giza in the distance. I’m sharing a few pictures that we took. I don’t know much about camels, but this seemed like a particularly happy crew.

The first picture has our calm, cool, and collected camel.  Notice his elegant stature, which is accentuated by the blue glow of the pyramid in the distance.

Camels relaxing in the desert with the pyramids glowing in the distance.

Camels relaxing in the desert with the pyramids glowing in the distance.

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I had the opportunity to be in Cairo, Egypt for ICIP 2009.  The banquet dinner was held in a tent in the desert at a spot where we could see the Pyramids of Giza at night.  While many people have seen pictures of the pyramids during the day, fewer people have seen pictures of the pyramids at night.  I am sharing a couple night pictures I took of the pyramids.  It is quite humbling to reflect on the fact that these pyramids are about 4500 years old!  Enjoy!

The Pyramids of Giza at night.

The Pyramids of Giza at night.

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You may know that I love playing team sports and applying those learnings to my career. One of my top ten career tips is to make your career a team sport. Here’s another lesson gleaned from playing team sports. Continue reading »

Brasberries, bread, and cheese

Brasberries, bread, and cheese

Just a quick update to let you know that I served brasberries to real guests last weekend.  I arranged the brasberries on a bed of rasberries and blueberries and set them next to bread and cheese and a bottle of wine. This was all placed on my island, which is the centerpiece of my living/dining/kitchen area. My guests brought a chocolate mousse cheesecake, and the brasberries matched splendidly. This shows the versatility of the brasberry, which can be served as an appetizer, along side the main course, or with or as dessert. Continue reading »

The NY Times published an article about President Bill Clinton’s visit to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong-il about releasing the two imprisoned American reporters, Laura Ling and Euna Lee. The result was simple and surprising- they were released! I found this article particularly interesting because it describes not only the result, but the approach that was used to achieve it. The article included the approach that was used for the meeting request and the meeting itself. As I read the article, I saw many parallels with the experiences that I have had when doing business in Asia. This post contains ten tips for doing business in Asia which I gleaned from this article and my experiences, which includes successes and failures. Continue reading »

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