Gates Foundation’s New Campus

31 10 2011

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In June 2011, the foundation will consolidate its operations on a new campus at 500 Fifth Avenue North, across from the Seattle Center, in the heart of the city.

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We want the campus to be a place that inspires and creates optimism and hope, and a hub for innovation and gatherings of experts from many fields, perspectives, and countries who are dedicated to improving lives here and around the world.

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“Our campus will be built to reflect our values and mission– to reduce iniquity, to promote health and opportunity and to ensure that every person, regardless of his or her life circumstances, can live up to his or her true potential. This work may span the globe, but it will always remain rooted in our home of Seattle and the valleys of the Pacific Northwest ”

William H. Gates Sr., Co-chair

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Read more about Gates Foundation’s guiding principles here.

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Melinda Gates, Bill Gates and Bill Gates Sr.

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“The headquarters will reflect our values and beliefs”- William H. Gates Sr., Co-chair

 

Downtown Seattle, Washington

This video spotlights our new campus near the Seattle Center, where we will move in the spring of 2011. Sustainable design elements, including water- and energy-saving features and over half an acre of green roofs, will help reduce our energy consumption while making the campus a beautiful and welcome addition to the community. The campus will also have a visitor center housing interactive exhibits that showcase the work of our grantees and partners.

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“…it will be built sustainably with water and energy saving features throughout”- William H. Gates Sr., Co-chair

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“This work may span the globe, but it will always remain rooted in our home of Seattle and the valleys of the Pacific Northwest ”- William H. Gates Sr., Co-chair

 

ciao

mags

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World’s 1st Virtual Oil & Gas Summit

18 10 2011

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Digital Oilfield Virtual Summit, October 18-19th 2011

Though I have moved on from Oil & Gas space to Public Safety, National Security & Defense (PS&NS) space, I joined the virtual summit because the technologies and many of the concepts, the learning and the thought processes used in O&G is cutting edge and hence applicable across Industries, including PS&NS industry. Beyond the content, I was also interested to learn more about how the virtual summit was presented as it is unique to be applied in such a grand scale- especially for an Industry summit. So far, I am extremely impressed with the quality of the summit; great job- I really see a new standard & bench mark in such virtual events.

Lobby:

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Quick access to common tools:

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Contents stored in a virtual briefcase:

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Virtual Auditorium:

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Session listing/content:

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Discussion board:

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Exhibit Hall:

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Exhibit Halls:

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ciao

mags





Watch Live Streaming of BUILD keynotes

13 09 2011

Watch Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky’s keynote live or on demand anytime.

Coming soon, we’ll also have Channel 9 coverage of the conference and interviews with Windows engineers. Recordings and slides from the big picture and technical sessions will be available here a day or two after the presentation.

Follow BUILD on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest updates.

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ciao

jsmags





Visualize your LinkedIn professional network with InMaps

9 09 2011

 

Very cool- it tells me lot things, including that I need to build/expand my network pertaining to my current job (based on the coloring)- very insightful!

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ciao

mags





Evolution of Windows Explorer

30 08 2011

The “Windows 8” team made an awesome blog post that gives us an early glimpse at the new Explorer in “Windows 8”; what was also great to see was a look back at Windows Explorer over the years, all the way back from Windows 1.0, when it was called “MS-DOS Executive” :)

Excerpts from the blog:

It’s exciting to have this opportunity to share the improvements we’re making to the file management capabilities of Windows Explorer. Explorer is one of the most venerable parts of Windows with a heritage you can trace back to the “MS-DOS Executive” in Windows 1.0!

Figure 1 - MS-DOS Executive in Windows 1.0
MS-DOS Executive in Windows 1.0

Over the years, Explorer and its forerunners have gone through several major iterations:

Figure 2 - File Manager in Windows 3.1
File Manager in Windows 3.1

Figure 3 - File Explorer in Windows XP
Explorer in Windows XP

Figure 4 - File Explorer in Windows 7
Explorer in Windows 7

 

And now- a glimpse at the new Explorer (with the familiar “ribbon” interface):

Figure 8 - File Explorer in
Explorer in "Windows 8"

 

And a video preview of the new Explorer:

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ciao

mags





USB 3.0 coming to a PC near you

24 08 2011

From Windows 8 team’s “Building robust USB 3.0 support” blog:

With throughput up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and improved power management that results in longer battery life, USB 3.0 introduces compelling reasons to improve the world’s most popular PC interface. By 2015, all new PCs are expected to offer USB 3.0 ports, and over 2 billion new "SuperSpeed" USB devices will be sold in that year alone.

Figure 1 - USB 3.0 PC Market Forecast

One of the important roles Windows plays as part of a broad ecosystem is developing support for new hardware. This is a pretty involved process and so for this post we wanted to take a look at supporting USB 3.0, something we know everyone is anxious to be using because of the improvements it brings. This is also our first video post – we aimed for "engineering" videos and not high production values but I think we make our point (note videos are embedded in HTML5 and available for download). If you’re like me when looking at the video, you might think that those file copy progress indicators are looking a bit dated…stay tuned. This post was authored by Dennis Flanagan, the Director of Program Management for the Devices and Networking group.

–Steven Sinofsky

Video demonstration of USB 3.0 in action within Windows 8:

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ciao

mags





Official Building “Windows 8” Blog

15 08 2011

Today Steven Sinofsky, President and head of Windows team, launched the official Windows 8 blog (engineering) blog- “Building Windows 8” or B8. The purpose of the blog, according to Steven, is- “to begin an open dialog with those of you who will be trying out the pre-release version over the coming months. We intend to post regularly throughout the development of Windows 8, and to focus on the engineering of the product. Welcome to “Building Windows 8,” or as we call it, “B8.”

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If you’re looking for notifications of posts, then be sure to follow the B8 team on Twitter @BuildWindows8.

PS. Also, please note that the “Build” event is completely sold out. Build is the new Microsoft event for modern hardware and software developers, which is to be held during September 13-16, 2011 in Anaheim, CA.

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ciao

mags