Thursday, June 03, 2004

The CD has left the building!

Wow. After months of development, VBSalt 1.0 shipped. The blue and silver CDs arrived today from the printers. They look great. It's hard to believe that months of work turns into just a bunch of bits.

I saw the movie “Pieces of April” last week. It’s about a woman, April, who is trying to cook Thanksgiving dinner in her little apartment. The stove breaks, and she spends most of the movie wandering her apartment building trying to borrow a stove. Things get worse. The bird gets kidnapped. A dog bites off a leg. She starts to think this dammed turkey will never get cooked.

If you’re thinking that wandering the halls with a half-cooked turkey in your arms sounds a lot like developing a software product, you would be right. Well, our “bird” is ready thanks to the unending persistence of

Fouad & Jim (chefs)

Dicky, Hui, and Val (associate chefs)

Mark and Bela (chief tasters)

Melanie (invitations)

Mark and Andrew (menu selection)

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Calling Microsoft

Now that John Lawrence has moved to a new position, his blog is no longer dealing with Speech Server. We need some other Microsofters who work on speech server or the SASDK to start blogging.

For instance, today we were dealing with a false barge-in problem on our MSS-based Auto-Attendant. There are a bunch of TIM and SES settings for controlling the sensitivity of the speech detector. Without a lot of playing around it's hard to know which one to use. A great subject for a little blog from the folks who know, like the one
The Old New Thing does so well.

When we learn how to prevent false barge-in, I'll post here.