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    Map Projections

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    When displaying geospatial data you’ve got some decisions to make about what map projection to use.  One way to look at it is this: the world isn’t flat.  I know that isn’t news in the 21’st century, but that does turn out to be the problem...
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    Transforming Map Data for Display

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    Now that we’ve got some map data it would be great to actually display it.  But that still isn’t an easy job.  The problem is that we’ve got two wildly different coordinate systems.  For the map data, we’ve got degrees latitude and degrees...
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    Getting geospatial data from shapefiles #2

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    In my last post we were able to read the header. This time, we’ll actually drill in and get some actual map data. To start reading the individual records in the file we’ll need some more data structures. All of the shape records in the spec...
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    Getting geospatial data from shapefiles

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    There are lots of digital map files available from the Government. And in the case of the national atlas the data is stored in shape files. And, as luck with have it, shape files are easy to read. The ESRI Shapefile Technical Description is easy to find...
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    Blogging Again

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    It’s been more than 5 years since I wrote something in my blog. But it is about time to get back to it.  One of the things I’ve been playing with off and on in my spare time is location data.  This has been a long time interest.  As a matter...
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    Windows Media Connect doesn’t share my files from a network share

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    So, all of the issues from the previous post apply here. The file must be the right type, have the right permissions, and be parsed. However, there are a couple of different things to consider that are unique to network shares. There are a couple of...
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    Windows Media Connect can’t see my files

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    I’ll cover the common causes for Windows Media Connect (WMC) not exposing a file. I’m going to limit the information today to files that are on the same computer as WMC. I’ll cover network shares in another post. There are three common reasons why...
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    My Digital Media Receiver can’t see Windows Media Connect

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    You’ve got everything hooked up and Windows Media Connect (WMC) can see your Digital Media Receiver (DMR) but your DMR can’t see WMC. This one is very interesting. Let’s take a look at what could cause this problem. When the DMR wants to find WMC...
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    Windows Media Connect and Domains

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    A surprising number of people are running domains in their homes. Windows Media Connect (WMC) can work on a domain joined PC. Nearly every computer at Microsoft is joined to one of the corporate domains. That was true of me as well as I worked on WMC...
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    Windows Media Connect can’t see my DMR: IV

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    You've been trying to get it to work but Windows Media Connect (WMC) doesn’t see your device, and neither does the UPnP Subsystem. We figured that out by running the script pasted to the blog a few entries back. What could be causing this? Let’s get past...
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    Windows Media Connect can’t see my DMR: III

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    You’ve run the UPnP enumeration script and everything shows up just fine. That means that the problem is inside WMC itself. For some reason Windows Media Connect (WMC) a is getting device notifications from UPnP but isn’t showing the device. So, Let’s...
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    Windows Media Connect can’t see my DMR, Part II

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    You’re sitting there at your PC next to the open box for your Digital Media Receiver (DMR) and you can’t authorize your DMR because it doesn’t show up in WMC. We had a little lesson on the theory of how SSDP discovery works with WMC, but how do you track...
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    Windows Media Connect can’t find my Digital Media Receiver

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    Well so far you brought your Digital Media Receiver (DMR) home, hooked it up, and checked basic network connectivity. Then you went to the PC and installed Windows Media Connect (WMC) and got folder sharing started. Unfortunately, that is as far as you...
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    Windows Media Connect Folder Sharing Won't Start

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    After installation the next barrier that folks can hit is service startup. It looks something like this. You run through the first-run wizard and after it is all done you get a popup balloon that says “Folder sharing failed to start”. That doesn’t sound...
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    Manual Installation instructions for Windows Media Connect

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    For various reasons, it is often useful to have instructions for manual install or uninstall of an application. Perhaps you'd just like to "reset" all of the settings without actually deleting or re-adding any of the files. Here are the manual install...
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    Windows Media Connect Overview

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    The big day has arrived. You unwrap that shiny new beautiful Digital Media Receiver (DMR) or Xbox 360. The smell of new plastic and Styrofoam lingers in the air as you connect wire after wire (after wire, after wire) to your home entertainment system...
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    Resume

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    I started working on WMC 2.0 in the fall of 2004 just as it was coming together as a project. WMC v1 had just been shipped and we were trying to figure out what the v2 would look like. Over the course of the next year I spent most of my time on WMC v2...
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