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  • Blog Post: List of 1 thing in Win8, Windows 8: Playing media files

    As I stated in my previous blog, App Bars and much of the documentation (read stuff I can reuse on my blog) hasn’t been written by the boffins in Redmond.  What is a boffin?  I have no idea and hope it isn’t an insult, but the British use the term to refer to smart, apparently a now defunct...
  • Blog Post: Free -- Visual Studio 11: XAML and C++? Getting on the Edge! Blend!

    Free O/S: For now, to use the Visual Studio 11 beta you have to load it on a non-production computer.  Get your Free O/S from: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/consumer-preview?ocid=O_MSC_W8P_MSDN_Site_EN-US XAML and C++ ???? Really?  Find out more, and of course you will need to...
  • Blog Post: 10 fresh links about Silverlight 5, Is Silverlight 5 Dead? Really?

    Michael Crump , find out more about Michael at his profile: http://www.silverlightshow.net/Profile/mbcrump.aspx And frankly, Silverlight 5 blogs are the highest numbers of any blog entries that I do, so there is interest in it.  I think it is time to pick up a positive tude about Silverlight! ...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization is virtually important for your developer virtual skills, really

    Ok, why should you know about virtualization as a developer?  Especially if you are a game developer?  Well you could get laid off, no, the job you are working on will eventually end, you will get tired of it or the company just gets tired of the work you are doing (not necessarily you though...
  • Blog Post: Speech Recognition using Visual Studio: Determining the BNA

    My original title was Stochastic Determination of BNA, but seriously who would read that.   Also, I was giving some thought to one of my managers (it takes many people to manage me) who is going through an eye operation, and it gave me an idea on how to do speech recognition.  This app...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 sharks using Expression Design, Free Blend & XAML

    In a previous blog I discussed using free for commercial and non-commercial use Office ClipArt, in my example I used a shark that I converted to a XAML usercontrol.  In this example my goal is to show you how to present 10 sharks on your Expression Blend Windows Phone App. Hopefully you tried to...
  • Blog Post: Free software with registration! WHY?

    You download Windows Phone Express or whatever stupid name it attached with the Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone, and after a period of some days you get this message, or similar: Why the F… does Microsoft make me register the software I am using for FREE?  Well I won’t go into the lengthy...
  • Blog Post: Free: Links to APIs and information about SkyDrive

      Doing some research on how to build an app that uses Skydrive, think leaderboard for games, and the search for useful items turned up a bunch of flotsam (which is different than jetsam by the way).  So here are some of the links I think might be useful, I have looked at most of them and Live...
  • Blog Post: USC: Totally cool index of How-To for Windows Phone 7

    Not being terribly creative today, out at USC I discovered that there was a complete how-to cheatsheet at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg278408(v=vs.92).aspx Which for the most part is shown below, of course you should go to the link above for the best results. (This was posted for use during...
  • Blog Post: Costa Concordia: Software Quality Engineer Certification

    So the Bridge Crew may have made an error, we don’t know yet.  Do we know if the software on the Costa Concordia wasn’t at fault and can you build a career around doing software quality control? If you are detailed oriented, then read on, if not, you can go ahead and read the material, it is interesting...
  • Blog Post: Kinect: Installing the Software Design Kit

    Let’s say you want to use Kinect to build an application, you will need to have two things on your system: Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone 7 Kinect Beta SDK (Software Design Kit) First off, install the Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone 7: Link valid as of 1/16/2012 http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Costa Concordia: Failure Mode and effects analysis (FMEA)

    Let’s consider a problem: You are designing a system and have to do a failure mode analysis, how do you do that?  Why do you do that? How? We will discuss it later in this blog.  Why?  If you are design things like Cruise Ships, you could be called into court to explain why a bridge member...
  • Blog Post: Costa Concordia: Human in the control loop

    Well we don’t know the cause of the Costa Concordia’s sinking yet, but there is some strong news stories, for instance the Belfast Telegraph  quoted the owners of the ship stating that the captain made “ ‘an unapproved, unauthorised’ deviation to his route”, http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news...
  • Blog Post: Converted an image to XAML and changed the XAML Image to a UserControl, then Kenny Spade had to save my assets

    I had converted an image to a XAMLfile using Expression Design 4.    Then I added the existing Image.XAML to Blend 4 then converted the Image.XAML from an image to being a Usercontrol, which means that it has a “code behind” C# project connected to it.  (I got turned on this process through...
  • Blog Post: Tombstoning in Windows Phone 7

    Again with the whole tombstoning thing.  In Arizona there is a city by the name of Tombstone, http://www.cityoftombstone.com/ , sometimes referred to as the town that wouldn’t die.  This is somewhat similar to your phone app, you don’t want it to die if the user receives a phone call right...
  • Blog Post: Social Game is the thane: Quickly implementing Pushy Phone Notifications

    While watching MacBeth, MacBeth is a “thane”, what is that?  Is it like being a vice president at a bank?  No, it is a rank below ealdormen or high-reeves, or a retainer, not quite an earl.  Likely higher than an esquire.  Got that?  Me neither.  I think it was someone who...
  • Blog Post: Free Game Design Tools, just in time for Christmas, part 3/5

    Following, rather late, on my blog posts from Nov. 2011: Free Game Design Tools, just in time for Christmas, part 1/5 Free Design Tools just in time for Christmas, 2/5: Installing the tools I have been working with a large number of students at Rio Hondo Community College, Golden West College, USC, CSUDH...
  • Blog Post: Oh crud, I turned in my app to app hub and all I got was: [NeutralResourceLangage] and no t-shirt

    So all excited and hopeful you submit your app to the App Hub, thinking, “WOW, I am a real software designer now!” and then you get the message back: And then you Bing it, you google it (really, you really want google to know what you are doing?), And you find this blog. Ha! Ok, here is the fix (you...
  • Blog Post: Adobe announced on Nov. 8 that they are ending Flash on mobile support

    Oh wow.  They are going to focus on HTML 5. Nice. Adobe has 99% of the PCs in the Marketplace running Flash, but not the mobile marketplace.  iPhone on one side, Microsoft Silverlight on the other side, it would appear that the Flash play would only be for Android, and with the multiple platforms...
  • Blog Post: Using the ILDASM

    What does the code look like when it is prepared for use by the microprocessor?  To do this you would examine the code using the Ildasm.exe (MSIL Disassembler), which is installed when you install Professional or Ultimate versions of Visual Studio or the Windows SDK.  Installation requirements...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: I got a medical idea for phone and no way to implement it, now you do with Health Vault, mobile SDK

    Yes you do. "   Health Vault! Health Vault, but if you go to the Health Vault site directly then you will find some tools that require either VS 2005 and VS 2008, and don’t work with the Windows Phone.  Soooo, where do you go? What do you do?  Sam is leading down that dark path he...
  • Blog Post: That Accelerometer simulator thingie, where is it?

    If you are starting with Windows Phone 7, welcome.  Here is the little secret, most writers assume that you are not a beginner, but rather have some knowledge about the emulation environment, etc. So if you want to use the Accelerometer simulator or Accelerometer emulator, here is how you do that...
  • Blog Post: Free ly thinking: Maybe MSDN isn’t such a bad thing for WP7.1 beginner devs

    Just when I thought that MSDN was a big pile of out of date information, confusing search returns, it morphs into a better place then I was thinking it about.  Or it might be that I h ve been listening to closely to the students who make up most of my customers.  After all, Steve Jobs pointed...
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