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  • 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: Free XBox if you buy a Windows 7 Laptop?

    Skipping over my usual blah Apple is not secure, blah blah, Chrome is the most insecure browser blah, blah, blah.  What about a free XBox if you buy a Windows 7 laptop over $699.  This means you can get a laptop with 8 gigs of memory and run 64 bit Windows nicely! Get a real keyboard, big screen...
  • Blog Post: Protecting your Windows 7 machine from viruses and phishing

    First off take a look at the following URL: http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/cu_sc_virsec_master?ws=support#tab3 Make sure you have done what is advised on that site, and please make sure that other people in your household, friends and family know about it. You never know if your Uncle...
  • Blog Post: University of Wisconsin, Madison finds GIANT number of security bugs during Windows 7 production

    In a paper titled: Incremental Compositional Dynamic Test Generation , researchers from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, during the production phase of Windows 7, found one-third of all of the security bugs in Windows 7, using a process called Satisfiability Modulo Theories (SMT) solver or as it...
  • Blog Post: Random numbers, are they really random?

      Output of 25,000 rolls of a 6 sided dice, somewhat distributed using my eyeball, but if I am rolling craps in Las Vegas, I might not be real happy about that distribution, let alone if I used one of the statistical analysis tools.  So what if I roll it again? Bleh, it’s worse.  No sixes...
  • Blog Post: Designing Web pages for Phones, especially the Windows Phone 7, free paper

    AppHub did a great job in writing a paper on how to design for the Windows Phone 7 browser, which is based on the IE7 browser.  To download the paper go to http://create.msdn.com/en-US/education/catalog/article/Designing_Web_Sites_for_Phone_Browsers This is a detailed paper that shows you how to...
  • Blog Post: 70-511, Exam Guide: Sorting Data

    Boring.  Sorting Data.  You would figure that sorting data would be the same for every language.  It’s not.  Every language creator or language community thinks that it can do data sorts better than the other language communities.  So if you are going to sort data in Windows...
  • Blog Post: Excellent UML video learning links, really these are AWESOME and good use of time

      Soft Skills App Dev Video: MSDN Video: UML with VS 2010 x x Part 1: Brainstorming a Project Link: http://www.microsoft.com/showcase/en/us/details/492bd50f-5c90-4619-86e5-f7a5bd36c35a x x Part 2: Organizing Features Into Use Cases  Link: http://www.microsoft.com/showcase/en/us/details/43c7a1aa...
  • Blog Post: Free Exam Guide 70-511: Resources Programmatically

    There are three approaches that can access resources programmatically.  XAML is a mark-up language, not a programming language, if you are using C# or VB then you will need to utilize the resources are programmatically. References: Link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms752326(VS.100).aspx...
  • Blog Post: Free Study Guide for Exam 70-511: Defining Static resources

    For the 70-511 exam you will need an understanding of resources. Resources is a way to reuse commonly defined objects and values, similar to the concept of CSS. For instance, you might want to have the ability to quickly change pages to reflect the colors of the seasons, and this would allow programmatic...
  • Blog Post: Free Study Guide for the Windows Presentation Framework exam 70-511: Items Control

    For this blog entry, I did a bunch of links, scroll down to see the code and short video If you are using a Windows Phone, there is an app that you can download to view the YouTube videos   A current example on MSDN, it’s a beauty! http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms752299.aspx How to do...
  • Blog Post: Free Study Guide for the Windows Presentation Framework exam 70-511: Grid, one of the derived Panel Classes

    The Grid is one of the derived classes from the Panel base classs allows the developer to build in adaptability for the user interface, similar to a spreadsheet. As a class the Grid the elements are controlled in a hortizontal and vertical positions, (From 10626A Developing Windows Applications with...
  • Blog Post: Free Study Guide for the Windows Presentation Framework exam 70-511: StackPanel, one of the derived Panel Classes

    StackPanels are one of the derived Panel Classes, and is commonly used in many examples and sample code for the Windows Phone 7. It is a good looking way to present child elements in either a horizontal or vertical manner. Buttons, Bing Maps, Calendars, progress bars, all look great in a vertical stack...
  • Blog Post: Free Study Guide for the Windows Presentation Framework exam 70-511: Canvas, one of the derived Panel Classes

    The canvas derived Panel class, this class defines an area in which you can position child elements by coordinates that are relative to the Canvas area. (From 10625A Developing Applications with Visual Studio 2010 page 3-7). Because the position of child elements is absolutely from the upper left...
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