Scott Hanselman

Mix09: Hanselminutes on Channel 9

March 28, 2009 Comment on this post [8] Posted in ASP.NET | ASP.NET MVC | Channel9 | Microsoft | Mix | Podcast
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Channel 9 Guy While I was running around Mix09 and the MVP Summit this last few weeks I was taking video with my Flip Ultra and my new Creative Vado HD (I took the Flip Mino HD back, as I thought the quality was poor). I put a bunch of these videos up on Channel 9 and declared it "Hanselminutes On 9." It's not official, but maybe if you leave comments they'll make it a regular thing. Some of the videos are pretty cool. Others, totally useless. ;)

While Channel 9 recompresses my already compressed streams, I want to point out that the letterboxed 16:9 videos were done with the Creative Vado HD, then the aspect ratio was changed with Expression Encoder. The 4:3 videos were done with my regular Flip Ultra. Let me know which ones you prefer more.

If you like this idea, I'll start taking my cameras everywhere and when I talk to interesting people, I'll throw the videos up on Channel 9 as I make them. I started doing this almost two years ago with Rory and a bunch of videos were recorded, but those recordings are lost in the sands of time. Here's the first "pilot" episode of Hanselminutes on 9 with Polita Paulus, though. You can see from the old comments that it was a pretty decent show, that.

Johnny Lee
Johnny Lee on Computer Vision
Wow. I just bumped into Johnny Lee in the halls here at Mix09. I'm a huge fan boi with a man-crush on this dude. You've seen Johnny before on Channel 9 talking to Robert Hess.  Johnny's a legend (in my mind) in the computer vision space, and he put up with me gushing at him here at Mix09. We chatted in the hall about computer vision, what he's working on, how he got the gig at Microsoft and where he sees the future of human-computer-interaction.
Eilon Lipton
Eilon Lipton and the ASP.NET MVC Rumors
In this episode of Hanselminutes on 9, I break into Eilon Lipton's office and demand the real scoop on who or what wrote ASP.NET MVC. The word on the street is that ScottGu wrote the original prototype, codenamed "Scalene" on an airplane. Is this true? I pretend to turn off my camera and fool Eilon, the lead developer on ASP.NET MVC, to give up the goods.
See how he gazes lovingly at me? That's just the kind of bromance that Eilon and I have.
Phil Haack on the ASP.NET MVC 1.0 Release
This Hanselminutes on 9 video was filmed at the MVP Summit on the Redmond Campus. I was on campus for the week with my trusty Flip Video camera and I pulled Phil Haack outside and demanded the real scoop on ASP.NET MVC. I beat him about the head and ears and asked questions like "what qualifies you to be a PM at Microsoft!" If you like this kind of hard-hitting journalism, tell the folks at Channel 9 to give "HanselminutesOn9" its own Tag or Category for Pete's Sake! Wink
Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood preparing for StackOverflow Keynote
Security is tight here at Mix09 but I've snuck past the guards and followed Joel Spolsky (JoelOnSoftware) and Jeff Atwood (CodingHorror) up the escalator to their Keynote Rehearsal. The fans went wild! Well, one fan. A lady on the escalator recognized them. But still! The air is electric. Let's listen in...
Rob Conery and the MVC Storefront
I'm wandering the halls in Building 42 and bump into the man himself, Rob Conery. This is amazing for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that Rob lives in Hawaii. I put the hot lights up to Rob and get him to confess to a number of transgressions. Turns out he IS still working on the MVC Storefront and will be giving us the source in some form or another. Most likely in the form of source. So, we got that going for us.
Brad Wilson has Lunch
In this completely useless video (you have been warned),  Scott bumps into Brad Wilson in the halls of Building 42 and finds out what Brad is having for lunch. He also says a little about the Data Annotation-based Model Binder that they showed at Mix 09. A glimpse at what is to come in the unholy marriage of ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET Dynamic Data. I shudder to think of the possibilities. A small shudder, to be clear, but it's there. Almost palpable.

I also want to point out, that while it's not totally obvious, there are some tiny icons next to the images when you get to the Channel 9 site. They look like this:

Picture of Tiny C9 Icons

These icons are clickable and mean each video is available in a number of formats, including portable device ones, and also that you can easily share these links/videos on various social networking sites. So please do.


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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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March 29, 2009 0:12
What, no tweet this link?
March 30, 2009 0:29
I just watched the original Hanselminutes on C9 again 2 years (almost exactly in fact) after I last watched it.

It was interesting to watch you asking questions to Matt Gibbs about MonoRail and note how Microsoft just shipped their own MVC framework built on top of ASP.NET. Isn't BLINQ the original incarnation of what is now ASP.NET Dynamic Data? There was a shout-out to John Lam and RubyCLR, and now the DLR team is close to finishing IronRuby 1.0, Microsoft's implementation of Ruby.

This interview was prescient of many things to come out of Microsoft the past couple years. I wish Channel 9 had more videos like this. I hope you keep doing Hanselminutes on C9! Maybe we'll get more glimpses at what's to come from Microsoft. For instance, I have high hopes that somebody like Johnny Lee will play a big part in improving the way we interact with computers.

Thanks, Scott!
March 30, 2009 0:57
Oh, lost of video, Thanks for you hard work!
March 30, 2009 4:34
Hey Scott, will you do a blog comparing Flip Ultra and Creative Vado HD? Which do you prefer and why?
March 30, 2009 22:01
Is this what it's come to, watching Joel Spolsky ride an escalator? He should have twittered it: "I'm riding an escalator with Jeff Atwood & Scott Hanselman."
March 31, 2009 11:35
i like the c9 hanselminutes
reminds me of really old channel9 stuff, just walking the hallways and talking to people who where barely prepared :)

what ever happend to rory anyways? isnt he working at microsoft anymore?
April 01, 2009 18:42
I ordered the Flip yesterday based on your review, the videos I've seen, and other reviews on Amazon. While I would have liked the Vado it was out of the budget that would still meet the wife-acceptance-factor.

After ordering it I realized I'm running Windows 7 on the main PC I'd want to use it with, just wondering if you'd seen any issues with the Flip and Windows 7? Don't care too much about the bundled software as I also ordered the Adobe Premiere Elements/Photoshop Elements bundle at the same time. If the built in software works it'll be gravy as far as I'm concerened.

Like aL3891 I'm enjoying the "walk around" videos, fun stuff very informal but informative. Just got done watching Phil Haack one taken durng the MVP summit on my Zune 80, brought back lots of nice memories of the summit (it was my first one).


April 01, 2009 20:16
Robert - Nope, had no trouble with the flip on 7, and didn't install the Adobe crapware.

Dan - I like both. I use the Ultra for little stuff where quality doesn't matter. I use the Vado when I want high quality, large files and 16:9.

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