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  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Update - Error 8024401C - I'm sorry Dave I can't do that - Domain joined machine failure

    Windows 8.1 Update (aka Windows 8.1 Update for x64-based Systems (KB2919355) ) is great. I love the minimizable and closable Modern App windows, and the search button on the home screen. I have it installed on a Samsung Series 7 Gamer rig (notebook), an HP 810 Elitebook, a HP Elitebook 8540, and an ASUS...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Update - Is the kb installed on my machine already?

    I've spent alot of last week watching the Build 2014 Keynote Videos . Tuesday became my "Happy Day" as the Windows 8.1 Update arrived. I'm digging the cool features like windows "Modern" apps and feel a "must install now desire" to udpate a bunch of machines to put the update through it paces. I hop...
  • Blog Post: Best App of the Month Contest - Florida Devs ONLY

    Publish a Windows 8 App and win a shot at a Dell Venue Pro 8! One DVP a month will be given to the Best App published from Central and North Florida. The rules are simple. Be over 18, live in North or Central Florida, and publish a Windows 8 app. The contest ends June 30 2014. Apps will be judged...
  • Blog Post: GameMaker Windows Desktop App wouldn't run on my Dell Venue Pro

    I'd been working on my " MistleToe Kiss Me " app using gamemaker by YoYo games . I was targeting Windows 8 and Windows Phone for the end product release. The debug tools in GameMaker are much better for the Windows desktop output target, and I was working my app through its paces on a few various Windows...
  • Blog Post: Mistletoe Kiss Me released for Win8 and WP8

    Forgot to buy some MistleToe? Inspired by my new Dell Venue Pro 8, the perfect device to hold over my head with a Mistletoe app running on it, I'm happy to announce the release of "MistleToe Kiss Me" for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Download your app via the links below and give it a run. Simply...
  • Blog Post: HP u160 Flip-n-Fold Portable Monitor - Gadget Time!

    My primary laptop is a HP EliteBook 810 . Things I like about it include very small form factor, great battery life, i7 processor, 12 gig of ram, 256gig ssd for a hard drive, touch/swivel display, backlit keyboard, usb3, displayport, nfc, buildin gsm radio stack, mil-spec 810G tested for abuse, and more...
  • Blog Post: APIMASH and Game Dev Workshops - Fort Lauderdale - Fall 2013

    Announcing hands on workshop segments for South Florida in Fall 2013. Each workshop is a one to two hour lecture, followed by an opportunity to do "hands on" work. Co-work fduring the session on YOUR app using YOUR machine. There are two available workshop types. WINDOWS APP DEVELOPER - In this...
  • Blog Post: Florida App Hub by Z_Williamson - App Callout

    Zack Williamson is starting an effort to have a Florida Application Developer Hub to catalog our local development efforts. He's put together Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps that offer up catalogs of Florida developed apps. Unfortunately at the time of this writing the catalog is a bit light, but I...
  • Blog Post: Can't install GameMaker on Win8 - 0x80070026 Reached the end of the file

    SHORT VERSION If you're trying to install GameMaker and get a 0x80070026 error, run the FIX below. If you have a blank Windows Features dialog, the command below may work for you also. FIX If you're trying to install GameMaker and get a 0x80070026 error, run the fix steps as illustrated in my previous...
  • Blog Post: Windows Features Blank on Windows 8

    SHORT VERSION You're running Windows 8, and for some reason or another need to install the .NET Framework 3.5. Open up the Windows Features dialog, and its totally blank, without any add/remove options. What the heck? FIX Each of these command can take upwards of an hour to run. BE PATIENT, some of...
  • Blog Post: From Florida? Publish any Windows or Phone Apps to the store this past 12 Months?

    Each year, on June 30 our fiscal rolls over and a new year starts. So I'm in my 'reflective' mood. I know there were a bunch of apps produced from Florida. But who and what? That's really not public. So I'm asking for a "role call". In Florida and published apps? Post a comment with your App Name, the...
  • Blog Post: Porting BlastEngine HTM5 Game Into Win8

    I spent this weekend hanging with the crowd at the fifth annual Front End Design Conference in St Petersburg, FL. Dan Denney runs this annual event, which always sells out, and draws some top names in design and front end development from across the world. Needless to say, I was one of about eight PC...
  • Blog Post: APIMASH GeoNames Wikipedia API Walkthrough

    Having a hard time getting your Windows 8 apps jumpstarted? Wouldn't it be nice to have some templates out there that allow you to easily integrate in data from various sources? Good news for you who are wanting a jumpstart accessing various internet APIs! DPE East has put together a series of APIMASH...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Training Kit - April 2013 Update

    The updated Windows Phone 8 Training Kit is live! http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38782 This kit contains 20 Hands-On Labs and a set of 6 presentations that can be used to drive code camps or for general training purposes. HANDS ON LABS include: Hello Windows Phone Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: IDFLinkable 2013-04-13 : Views from the fish fry

    Links and apps and Florida flavor I’ve found interesting since the last time I posted this! GENERAL Construct2 GitHub Repository for C2 templates by Jim O'Neil - https://github.com/jimoneil/Construct-2 Functional Programming in Csharp - free ebook - by Oliver Storm - http://it-ebooks.info/book/1419/...
  • Blog Post: Superscript / subscript in XAML

    If it takes more than 5 minutes to write up and wasn’t easy to “bing” then its something that should be blogged for SEO purposes later in my life, as my memory fades, and I need to find things again! Recently I was asked how to super and subscript in XAML using TextBlocks. My...
  • Blog Post: IDFLinkable 18 March 2013

    EVENTS Legal Hackathon Miami - May 10-11 - http://mobileappjdmia.eventbrite.com/# - Native code (aka Win8 or Winphone ) counts as "other" WEB ASP.NET and Web 2012.2 Update - from da gu - http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2013/02/18/announcing-release-of-asp-net-and-web-tools-2012-2-update...
  • Blog Post: IDFLinkable 11 Feb 2013

    WINDOWS 8 Making it easier for your tester - http://michaelstark.azurewebsites.net/?p=1511%3Ftitle%3DMaking+it+easy+on+your+tester Surface Pro - note the pen and usb 3.0 usage - take that evil fruitco - http://www.wpcentral.com/surface-pro-struts-its-stuff-video WINDOWS PHONE Making JSON Web Requests...
  • Blog Post: WinJS Grid Template – overriding load causes HierarchyRequestError

    Interesting query I responded to recently regarding WinJS apps and the base JavaScript / Grid template. The person wanted to preload some data in the load method before running the page. Makes sense…. Basically the coder simply created a new Grid template application. Then they went into...
  • Blog Post: IDFLinkable - 14 Jan 2013–favorite links and Florida flavor

    Essential Apps for Windows Phone - http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/collections/essential-apps/2ac293c6-7765-4118-9c1a-8d92f714c62e Essential Games for Windows Phone - http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/collections/essential-games/1b72dde0-e923-4b74-8449-af96e9e65670 Mark Cuban on Windows...
  • Blog Post: FREE Windows 8 Dev with HTML5 Exam Voucher

    I’m loving this offer. Get a free promo code for MCP Exam 70-480 “Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 ” . Note this exam is about HTML5 dev, not Windows 8 dev (thanks @armen). All you have to do is complete the online course “Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and...
  • Blog Post: HOW TO: CREATE YOUR FIRST XNA/MONOGAME FRAMEWORK APPLICATION FOR WINDOWS 8 METRO [ported]

    Many people were quite annoyed by the decision to not ship XNA as part of the Windows Metro Development space for Windows 8. The MonoGame project has stepped in and is building a cross-platform game solutions for XNA. Note that MonoGame is still under development, and you may hit some things that don’t...
  • Blog Post: Design and Technical Guidance for Windows 8 Developers

    If you're working on Windows 8 apps, hopefully you've found the 30 days worth of Windows 8 lessons for developers at GenerationApp . But once you've developed an app and are thinking about publishing it, what are some resources Microsoft provides to help you along? Well, we have some goodies over...
  • Blog Post: Win8 Release Preview to RTM Migration Guidance Available

    Migrating your developer project from Windows 8 Release Preview to Windows 8 RTM ? If so, then download and read the linked document below. I counted 140+ tips in the document. Areas include General Porting Guidance, Windows Runtime Type System Validations, C++ Updates and Changes, WRL Updates and Changes...
  • Blog Post: CustomCursors in Windows 8 CSharp Metro Applications

    Recently I came across the question: "I want to change the cursor in my Windows 8 Metro style application to a custom cursor I've designed. So, how can I use the custom cursor in metro app ? The Windows.UI.Core.CoreCursorType.Custom parameter for the Windows.UI.Core.CoreCursor constructor seems to indicate...
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