Mar 31, 2010

Skinput - Turns your body into an interface

Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University, doing research for Skinput and showing how it can turn your body into an interface.   This product is still only POC. Check this video.



Sources:
http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=conWebDoc.34927
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35708587

Inside Microsoft Chicago data center

Microsoft opened its Chicago Data Center late last year. In its first phase, the ground floor of the facility is designed to hold up to 56 containers, each filled with anywhere from 1,800 to 2,500 servers.

Further said , building the data center required 2,400 tons of copper, 3,400 tons of steel, 26,000 cubic yards of concrete, and 190 miles of conduit.


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Mar 4, 2010

Calculating Elapsed Time Accurately (C#)

To calculate elapsed time in our code, we normally do ,

DateTime stTime = DateTime.Now;
.....
// Do some work here
....
DateTime etTime = DateTime.Now;
TimeSpan ts = etTime – stTime;
But, this method won’t always give accurate value. I found Stopwatch class in System.Diagnostics namespace to calculate accurate elapsed time. Should look into it.

using System;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Threading;
class Program
{
    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        Stopwatch stopWatch = new Stopwatch();
        stopWatch.Start();
        Thread.Sleep(10000);
        stopWatch.Stop();
        // Get the elapsed time as a TimeSpan value.
        TimeSpan ts = stopWatch.Elapsed;

        // Format and display the TimeSpan value.
        string elapsedTime = String.Format("{0:00}:{1:00}:{2:00}.{3:00}",
            ts.Hours, ts.Minutes, ts.Seconds,
            ts.Milliseconds / 10);
        Console.WriteLine(elapsedTime, "RunTime");
    }
}

Above example directly taken from MSDN. For more information check this link, http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.diagnostics.stopwatch.aspx