Out Of The Box

The blog of Jon Box, an Architect Evangelist in Developer & Platform Evangelism, based in Tennessee

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  • Blog Post: MSN Direct Lives On!

    Years ago, I loved SPOT watches. While the watches did not survive, the underlying technology evolved into the .NET Micro Framework , and the application went away - at least that is what I thought. Now, I see that they are involved in several app scenarios ( navigational devices and appliances ) including...
  • Blog Post: Jon Box Talks Mobility on "Thirsty Developer" Show, plus a little about Chicago

    Two weeks ago, I was in Chicago with the rest of the Central Region DPE team. It's always great to catch up with folks that you work with virtually and rarely see. We have a little fun but we work too. During the day, we're taking care of business - reviewing team plans (audience, customer, partner,...
  • Blog Post: AT&T Sumsung Blackjack II upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.1

    Yes, friends, the time has arrived. I've been using WM6.1 for months on my Blackjack. I've been loving the experience ( as I've noted before ) and now you can too. So, check this out from Samsung. Be careful as the directions were written by a techie evidently.
  • Blog Post: Showing GPS Altitude, Speed, and Heading on Windows Mobile

    Small update from yesterday's post - a screen shot to show Speed (knots I think) and Heading (360 degree based, Zero is north). This lat/long is at MaxTrain . Last night's post was done from my hotel. Interestingly, I'm am a little higher here than at the hotel (319 ft. above sea level, versus 231 as...
  • Blog Post: Managed GPS on BlackJack II

    This week, I'm leading the Mobility Metro this week in Cincinnati. During one of the labs, I had the opportunity to start looking at querying the GPS on my BlackJack II . And then this evening, I had time to dig in more. This is very cool stuff. Here's what I've done so far. Connect my BlackJack II...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assists Ailing Blackberry

    Well, although not what you might interpret by the blog post title, the below picture accurately shows how Microsoft provided another day of life to this Blackberry. It's just a joke, sort of! Yesterday, I was at the Memphis community launch event sitting in the back listening to Colin Neller and Ron...
  • Blog Post: How To Demo Device Applications

    This past week, I was teaching the mobility lab in St. Louis with Denny (Architect Evangelist) and Loke (Windows Mobile team). On the first day, we spent part of the time talking about existing momentum and products. One of the applications that we talked about was Live Search for Windows Mobile . While...
  • Blog Post: Just upgraded to WM 6.1, and I Like It

    I know that I just posted on my new Windows Mobile 6 device, but I had been using it for a few months. Another reason that I was glad about choosing the Blackjack was that a WM6.1 upgrade is supposed to happen for this device (and others carriers will not be so nice). The typically spoken list of WM6...
  • Blog Post: Error with BlackJack and Tethering

    I've heard folks talk about using Internet Connection Sharing with Windows Mobile. This on-device application allows a device to act as a modem for the laptop. While this sounds like a must-have for tethering users, so far I haven't needed it for my AT&T Blackjack setup. (AT&T leaves this...
  • Blog Post: My New Windows Mobile Phone - Blackjack II

    I've carried Windows Mobile devices for a long time now. When I started at Microsoft back in 2006, I was able to get a Treo (officially known as a Palm Treo 700w) with Verizon. Enjoyed the coverage of Verizon and the Windows Mobile 5 on the Treo. It was a good time but there were a few issues that I...
  • Blog Post: Guitar Hero 3 for $15, and it plays on your Windows Mobile device

    After seeing on Loke's blog that Guitar Hero 3 would run on Windows Mobile, I had to check it out - especially for $15 (15 songs). There's a subscription version for getting additional songs on a monthly basis. Anyway, it works pretty well on my BlackJack II . Let me know if you want to see a demo. Me...
  • Blog Post: Reasons for using WM6 and WM6.1

    I was reading the Windows Mobile Newsletter , the newly renovated March edition. There's so much information, tips, guidance, and free downloads on the Windows Mobile sites that I usually don't visit until I really have to - looking at a new device, or tip on how to do something on my phone. Anyway,...
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