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Windows CE kernel and storage technologies and system tools.

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    CE6 Virtual Launch keynote: post 1

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    I am watching Craig Mundie's keynote at the CE6 Virtual Launch online. I don't think I've ever seen him before; he has a raspy deep voice. He's talking about the evolution of Windows CE over time, since its first release (Handheld PC) in 1996. Happy...
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    CE6 Virtual Launch!

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    Posted by: Sue Loh It is last minute notice, but in case you missed Mike Hall's post about it and didn't receive any other launch materials, CE6 launches tomorrow! Here's a link to the launch site: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/embedded/ce6launch...
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    What is Virtual Memory?

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    Posted by: Sue Loh This is really a generic topic, not something specific to Windows CE, but I’ve had to explain it to a few people so I thought it would be worth writing up. If you had asked me what virtual memory was several years ago, I’d have given...
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    CE 5.0: unresolved external symbol __imp__CeGetVolumeInfoW referenced in function WinMain

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    It turns out that we shipped Windows CE 5.0 with a mistake in the coredll .def file: the CeGetVolumeInfo API should have been exported as CeGetVolumeInfoW instead of CeGetVolumeInfo. This mistake causes link errors when building executables that statically...
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    KITL Troubleshooting Tips

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    Posted by: Upender Sandadi (reposting since text formatting got messed up first time) This is the second entry in the KITL series. In the first entry we learnt aboust basic KITL packet layout . In this we will look at some of the common things we have...
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    Understanding the Variable Tick Timer

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    Posted by Sha Viswanathan. Today I wanted to talk a bit about the variable tick timer, and how it affects the Windows CE scheduler. The timer is interesting because it provides the ‘heartbeat’ for every Windows CE system. On each timer interrupt, the...
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    Windows Embedded Student Challenge 2007

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    Posted by: Sue Loh You may already know, our WESC competition is now part of the larger Imagine Cup event. The embedded piece of that event will be very similar to WESC of the past. The main differences are that there will only be 15 finalists instead...
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    Windows CE 6 kernel and driver videos online

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    Posted by: Sue Loh Hello all, sorry it has been so long since I've posted any real info. Thank goodness my teammates are picking up some of the slack. Have a few posts I hope to get to Real Soon Now. In the meantime, a quick link. As Mike Hall just...
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    Understanding Memory Sections in config.bib, boot.bib, and OEMAddressTable in Windows CE 5.0 and 6.0

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    Description of config.bib, boot.bib, and OEMAdressTable in Windows CE5.0 and 6.0...
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    RTFx Powertoy Linker Error, and a solution

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    Posted by Dave Edson If you get this error when building a plugin for the Microsoft Smart Devices Remote Tools Framework (RTFx): Error 1 error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "__declspec(dllimport) public: static long __cdecl CDeviceRemoteTool...
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    New Powertoy Released

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    Posted by: Dave Edson Hello Everyone... The Microsoft Smart Devices Remote Tools Framework Power Toy 1.0 has been released to the web. Let's call it RTFx for short. It's a framework to make it easier to write remote tools (like Remote Heapwalker...
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    KITL Overview: Packet layout

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    Posted by: Upender Sandadi Overview of KITL KITL, which stands for Kernel Independent Transport Layer, is the basic debugging protocol used for debugging Windows CE devices. The KITL layer on the desktop and device manage both the transport and...
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    WESC: Finals Judging

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    Posted by: Sue Loh We just completed the final competition of the Windows Embedded Student ChallengE. Congratulations to all of our contestants. Once again, the creativity and the quality of your work were truly amazing and inspiring. I hope that you...
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    TESTING WITH TUX: MULTI-THREADED TESTS

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    Posted by: Vadim Yushprakh After giving a talk about Tux at MEDC ’06 in Las Vegas , a lot of people asked me about multi-threaded testing scenarios. The basic problem is this: a tester has coded up a test function, which tests a particular component...
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    INTRODUCTION: VADIM YUSHPRAKH

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    Before coming to Seattle I was a longtime resident of California , and originally I am from Belarus . I graduated from UC Berkeley in May ’02. I joined Microsoft in 2005, as a Software Development Engineer in Test, focusing on Windows CE file system drivers...
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    Thread names and CeLog

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    Posted by: Sue Loh [Back from MEDC-Europe and I had a great time! It was nice to talk to our European customers and fun to meet some people in person who I'd only previously "met" online. I liked Nice too, though as someone who's used to Atlanta now...
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    Flush-On-Close Registry Flushing

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    I received several questions in the past regarding registry testing related to the Flush-On-Close functionality. So I'll talk about this a little bit in this blog. This functionality is for the hive-based registry and it is disabled by default. When...
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    Stress Test Best Practice

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    When doing testing, we always want to cover as much area as possible. Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to test all possible combinations areas all of the time. Stress test can help covering areas that normal testing might not touch. The main purpose...
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    Want more Shared Source?

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    Posted by: Sue Loh Is there source code that is not part of our shared source, that you wish was? Then now is your chance to request it: https://live.datstat.com/MED-Collector/Survey.ashx?Name=Shared_Source_Survey Of course you might not be able...
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    MEDC 2006 Vegas is now over.

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    Posted by: Sue Loh Well, another year over and I think it went well. We got to finally announce the Windows CE 6 beta and talk about the features in CE 6, which was very exciting. Those of us on the kernel team have been working on this for quite a...
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    WESC: How to write a good report

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    Posted by: Sue Loh I have been reviewing reports for the Windows Embedded Student ChallengE and was inspired to write up this explanation of how to write a good report. Too bad it's too late for everyone in this year's contest. :-( Sorry everyone....
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    INTRODUCTION: JIM MULIAWAN

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    Originally from Indonesia, I came to study in US, graduated and worked on embedded systems for about 4.5 years. I started to work for Microsoft in 2005 as a test developer in Windows CE core, especially around file system and storage area. I want to...
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    MEDC-Vegas less than 2 weeks away!

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    Posted by: Sue Loh Do YOU have YOUR tickets? I am pretty psyched. I will be giving 2 talks plus an instructor-led lab (which I'll be giving twice): EMB310, EMB311 and ILL330. Plus I'll be sitting on the sidelines for a few other talks, like those...
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    Structure Packing

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    Posted by: Russ Keldorph Structure packing is an extenstion to the C++ language supported by many compilers, including Microsoft's. In our language, packing is achieved with either #pragma pack(N) , which allows fine-grained control over structure...
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    Windows CE Native Compilers

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    Posted by: Russ Keldorph Hi, I'm Russ Keldorph, the dev lead for the native (ARM, MIPS, & SH-4) C++ compilers and runtime libraries for Windows CE. I started an MSDN blog a while ago, but came to realize that I'm a terrible blogger because I just...
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