Sam Stokes on Research in your life and studies

Sam Stokes writes about Research in a way that is accessibile by students in College or considering their College/University Career or someone who is a life long learner!

Microsoft’s Quantum Computing Station Q entangled in The Economist

Microsoft does Quantum Computing at UCSB, in a department called Station Q.  It appears that...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 02/27/2012

Make money with the cloud: Regret, Greed & Multi-armed bandit

If you are a student or professor, researcher or entrepreneur, we all want that edge.  Being...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 02/26/2012

Free learning tool for specifying concurrent systems: PlusCal

As in my previous blog, it is important to any manager to have people who know how to specify a...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 02/26/2012

Slayer? SLAyer? Check the way to make sure you have dangling pointer derefences

Driver software driving you CRAZY? Your program doesn’t launch fast? Bugs? Dangling Pointer...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 02/25/2012

Free Serenity through Zentity: Extending your existing data model

Student You need a project to demonstrate how researchers share data for science experiments, and...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 02/24/2012

Free eBook about TLA which either it means Three Letter Acronyms or Temporal Logic of Actions

[This blog was originally published at http://blogs.msdn.com/research] This will be the big hit,...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 02/23/2012

BEK or Meh? Automata-theoretic techniques, ooooh this will get the hits!

You are walking down the street and suddenly have a thought about Automata-theoretic...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 02/22/2012

FREE software and a Technical Oscars! Why you should get a CS Degree!

[This blog was posted originally to http://blogs.msdn.com/research ] Oh what in the heck is a...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 02/21/2012

Holey-Moley! Multiplayer Gaming for Smartphone

Here are a few papers that could give guidance on designing multiplayer games for the Windows Phone...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 02/14/2012

Changing your view: Rendering, what is it?

We all live in a fantasy right?  RIGHT?  Oh, maybe it’s just me.  But what is...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 02/08/2012

Oscars! Oscar for the QbaQ rendering engine and Azure?!!

Florian Kainz work the Technical Achievement Award for the design and development of the robust,...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 02/07/2012

Bek or Meh? Find out about how to use Bek to sanitize your real applications

What is Bek?  It is a way to Model Imperative String Operations with Symbolic...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 02/06/2012

Boogie in your browser? Try this Intermediate Verification Language

Boogie Nights. Interesting movie, had nothing to do with software, unless we consider those web...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 02/03/2012

Using C to program Excel? WTF! XLL ent

What the Freaking heck?  C and Excel? What?  No kidding? Check it out at:...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 02/01/2012

Why can’t students earn digital rewards for being awesome?

Seriously, what’s the difference between an A and a B?  Some random selection of skills that...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 01/28/2012

Free CS Video: Learn how to design an Auction-Based Marketplaces for Paris Hilton

Let’s say someone like Parish Hilton (a famous person around 2012) who made a bunch of cash off of...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 01/27/2012

Azure: Algorithmic Pricing of Online Services, what would Kim Kardashian say?

Normally you don’t see the word algorithm and Kim Kardashian in the same sentence.  But I just...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 01/26/2012

Free: Find out how Bayesian Analysis is used in real life using Free Tools

To find out more about how to do Bayesian Analysis for no cost see:...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 01/19/2012

Infer.NET: Probability distributions, or a quick guide because you need to do a project for class really quick after a party run

Well I have been there, where you are right now.  Last night was a blast, and you hung around...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 01/17/2012

Creating a Model, a math model that is

If you are like me an male, then the idea of creating a model has many manifestations in my mind. So...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 01/13/2012

My take on Microsoft Research: Infer.NET 2.4

Ok, I just watched the “Just Press Play” on the use of Games in Academics.  Nice interviews and...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 01/10/2012

Diabetes without needles? A contact lens?

Frankly I do not like contact lenses, but this video shows the work being done by Microsoft Research...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 11/01/2011

Future of technology

This is a cool video, thanks to Scott Kerfoot.  Many of these ideas are available through the...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 10/27/2011

Kinect and Windows Presentation Foundation

Windows Presentation Foundation, XAML and Kinect.  How to wire it all up? Well first I guess we...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 10/26/2011

20th anniversary gift: Free Computer Science Lectures: Seriously this is fun!

Check out these lectures at Microsoft Research, and I understand if these videos have a lower...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 10/26/2011

Research: Holo Deck from Star Trek, brought to you by Kinect

Oh this is amazing!  The Sensor Research folks have come up with a really cool 3D system, and...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 10/19/2011

Dennis Ritchie, creator of C programming language, has passed away

Wow, I remember wearing out a few of the K&R books, and for the old people like me you know what...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 10/17/2011

Triple Negative *** Cancer research

  Overview: I have been thinking about Triple Negative *** Cancer lately, one of my neighbors...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 10/05/2011

XAPFest at Microsoft Research, what did the Microsoft Interns come up with?

Find out via this video, if you are taking one of my classes, or attend one of my XAPFest, this is a...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 09/20/2011

Free Windows Phone Apps from Microsoft Research!

  Looking for apps for your Windows Phone that are useful and have depth?  Then check out...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 09/08/2011

Perceptron: Deep Neural Networks for Speech recognition, and not a Transformer character

Perceptor is a transformer character, Perceptron is a statistical approach to speech recognition,...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 09/01/2011

Project Hawaii: Windows Phone 7 and Azure for academics

  Uggh, Azure and academics, there is no MSDNAA freebie to help academics (Professors,...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 08/26/2011

Free Chemistry Add-In For MS Word

Like the Math Add-In for Word and OneNote, this is an awesome tool for Chemistry and Biology...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 08/25/2011

Free Math add-in for Microsoft Word and OneNote

Let’s say you are taking a beginning physics class and you are killing the grading curve, and there...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 08/24/2011

Free: Create a program on your Windows Phone

Think about it, can you develop a program on your Android?  On your iPhone?  Ummm? ...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 08/22/2011

Is SkimpyStash similar to SkimpyBikini? No, but it is way to Flash more.

Ok, SkimpyStash, SkimpyBikini and Flash, just beg for an HR violation here, but I won’t go...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 08/19/2011

The wonders of Real-Time Whiteboard capture and recording

I have all of these White board pictures in my Windows Phone 7 that I never look at except to...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 08/18/2011

I fell asleep and missed part of the online meeting

Is it me or do Online Meetings sometimes seem like a “play date with coma patients”? Ok,...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 08/17/2011

3D Head tracking

Giving some thought to the Muscular Dystrophy issues faced by a patient with the failing of their...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 08/16/2011

Collaborative Software Development using Visual Studio

I have been thinking about the difficulty of developing with other people over the internet. Sure...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 08/15/2011

What changed on that Web page since the last time you visited?

Check out this add on for IE 7,8,9 at: Diff-IE Add-on for Internet Explorer What is it? Diff-IE is a...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 08/12/2011

Kinect is fine for some uses, but could it be use for this one? (Muscular Dystrophy)

What if you have a child that has Muscular Dystrophy which means that your child will eventually...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 08/11/2011

Singularity, Free O/S from Microsoft: Singularity RDK, over 300,000 downloads can’t be wrong!

Download the Bootable ISO from: http://singularity.codeplex.com/ For more information you can also...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 08/08/2011

Does the Stock Market obeys the Law Of Gravity? What is the law of gravity, Feynman explains

I don’t know about you, but today is 8/8/2011, and the markets are falling, just this early Monday...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 08/08/2011

BarrelFish, free O/S from Microsoft: Sing#, Sing Sharp, Sing, Sing, Sing!

Sing#, Sing#, let’s all Sing#, oh-la-la, sing, sing, and then bing! Ok, that’s up there with the 100...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 08/05/2011

F#: No Install required, completely on the web, with graphics

This is really cool, if you want to learn a programming language, these tutorial are completely...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 08/03/2011

BarrelFish Free O/S from Microsoft: My computer is distributed system, why not my O/S

  Do you ask yourself the following questions? (And if you do, why didn’t you participate in...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 08/01/2011

Excel as a front end for the Cloud? Really? Cloud scale processing for your Excel spreadsheets!

I love that Excel can be used with the Azure cloud, and the video explains it better than I can...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 07/30/2011

BarrelFish, Free O/S From Microsoft: Filet-O-Fish DSL

Ok, the researchers used Haskell to do the DSL, weird, they could have used Visual Studio Ultimate...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 07/29/2011

BarrelFish Free O/S From Microsoft: A principled view of scheduling

Scheduling, Now scheduling for Multicore. Wow, that has got to be one heck of a fact project meeting...

Author: Surf4Fun Date: 07/28/2011

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