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keynote has started, billg is here in rare fashion: no powerpoint.  now clearly there is some powerpoint that *he* is reading from, but taking a step from the presentation zen, there is no visual slides that the audience is looking at — none.  none for billg.  rare.  i think he’s doing okay, but definitely getting used to it.  because there are no distracting informational slides, more attention is on bill.

the message here is clear: user experience matters.  bill’s comments are rife with that tone from all aspects of meda: browser, media center, mobility, origami, etc. — i think he is starting to mix too much technology speak into the user experience message.

he did announce atlas and go-live.  the atlas site was refreshed today: GO VISIT ATLAS.  if you want to implement atlas capabilities in an *existing* site, please also look at the install guide and the section that outlines how to do this: INSTALL ATLAS.

aber whitcomb (cto) of myspace is out now.  myspace.com has grown to 65 million users, 23 billion page views, and now surpasses msn.com as the #2 most viewed web site according to media metrix.  some quick stats: at 9M users, they converted to ASP.NET and saw immediate performance gains; at 17M users, they implemented a dynamic caching engine and achieved 92% cache hit ratio; at 26M users, sql2005 database was implemented.  their .net performance gains are pretty remarkable…CPU usage from 85% to 27%, and a reduction in servers from 246 to 150.

the myspace guys are now doing a demo of their site.  the url shows a lot of local file usage, not realtime demo…kinda disappointing i think, but there are probably reasons.  they showed a few new features they will be launching in the future.  the term “off the browser” seems to be hot.  myspace is showing a vista gadget they developed to interact with myspace.com features.  they also showed a new feature called atlas shuffler or profile 2.0, allowing the user to define what elements are implemented on their personal myspace.

ashley highfield (director of new media and technology) of the bbc is on stage now, showing their vista gadget (again, an “off the browser” experience) and this is VERY impressive…a HUGE use of avalon and all sorts of different features.  trying to write it here and describe it definitely doesn’t do it service at all…VERY VERY cool work, great job BBC!  almost an “itunes-ish” view of browsing media and sharing media contents, but the ability to share across users, send to media center, etc.  ashley is a pretty funny guy who made some humurous remarks aboout some english videos he is showing.

tim o’reilly is now coming out.  (he made a coment about safari running on sql 2005/asp as well as “having some books with monkeys on them”)

tim is aksing bill about the proliferation of the apis, making some good commnets/questions about api accessibility — pointing out that microsoft has a “sales” process in getting access to the apis (getting developer key, etc.).

i don’t think i’ll emit the entire conversation here (i’m sure the transcript will be available soon).


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