Application protocol over a WebSocket?

While working on a demonstrator app for the Reactive + Graph system I’ve been building in my spare time, I found myself wanting to implement a RESTful app protocol on top of WebSockets for in-browser app <-> service communication. I actually searched for “HTTP over WebSockets” but couldn’t find anything …


Are you using a digital personal assistant?

One of the design principles we established early with Cortana was the fact that a personal digital assistant is much more than just speech and conversational understanding, more than questions & answers, more than command & control of a device. By creating a deep understanding of the human over a …


Sharing my thanks… PCs for my primary school

Few years ago, the 3rd graders (at the time) from my primary school in Petinos (my village) reached out to me for a conversation/interview over Skype. I started following their progress and even visited them at the school on occassions.

When I was in primary school, we didn’t have any …


Wearable devices and natural user interfaces

As an advertisement, I find the video below really bad. However, the portrayed product features are an example of the transition towards more advanced and standalone wearable technology. Device form factors get smaller and can host software that is capable of addressing many of our communication, entertainment, and information consumption/publishing …


Playing with move semantics in C++ – Part 1

(Kjell Schubert contributed to these posts with ideas, discussion, feedback, and corrections).

I did a lot of C++ programming back in the 90s when the language didn’t have universal references, move semantics, lambdas, shared_ptrs, or any of the cool features that have been introduced since then. I moved to C# …

Leadership insights from a NASA flight director

Earlier today, I attended a talk by Gene Kranz (NASA flight
director during the Gemini
and Apollo programs).
I seriously enjoyed his insights into leadership, teamwork, org structure,
determination, focus, and TRUST amongst teammates. It was interesting to hear about
how information flowed to the mission’s leaders and how decisions …


Hey Facebook

facebookFew weeks ago I said farewell to Microsoft. Today, while at the beautiful island of Grenada where Mary and I have been relaxing for the last week, I decided that it was time to write few words about my next chapter. Well, I will be joining Facebook at …


Farewell Microsoft

mslogoIt’s been a wonderful 9 year-long stretch at Microsoft. I’ve had the honor of working with incredibly smart people. I learnt a lot.

From Newcastle To Seattle

I was a researcher at the University of Newcastle, working for Paul Watson (@paulwatsonncl). I will never forget the day …

Net neutrality

I am so happy the White House is finally taking a stance!

More than any other invention of our time, the Internet has unlocked possibilities we could just barely imagine a generation ago. And here’s a big reason we’ve seen such incredible growth and innovation: Most Internet providers have treated


Amazon’s echo

Amazon’s Echo looks promising. I’ve been a huge proponent of a ubiqutous, always-listening, ambient presence personal assistant experiences. There are many articles on the web speculating on the reasons Amazon is doing this.* Whether it’s about making it easier to order things from Amazon, to collect speech data, to take …