Backstage @ Robotics

Just some interesting stuff from my tour in Microsoft.

August, 2006

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Interesting stuff within MIcrosoft

I'll try to give you an inside look at what goes on in Microsoft as I continue to build my career in this company.

 

 

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    XNA Game Studio Express - This is how you reinvigorate developers!

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    Am at the GameFest event in the Washington State Convention Center and just came out of the keynote. How do I feel? Very excited. Why? cause I'm a developer at heart, and most of your fellow developers would understand, Game Development is the Holy Grail...
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    Beta Invite : Exam 71-540 Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 App Development

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    As reported here: http://msmobiles.com/news.php/5492.html , we've been working on this exam for a while now and the team is executing the beta phase next month. Read on for more details about this exam and how to register for the beta. Do it quickly,...
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    Having problems with the WM5 SDK on Vista?

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    I did! after installing the Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC SDK and Smartphone SDKs , none of the project types appeared. Took me a while to figure it out and the answer is just a building away. At Building 118, Fernando Zandona a Program Manager in the...
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    Kleinweder and his new QVGA Landscape Homescreens

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    Kleinweder is my hero. His homescreens have adorned my smartphones ever since the MPX200. Everytime someone looks at my homescreen, they go, "Wow, where did you download that from?". I've answered that question so many times that I can memorize his URL...
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    VS2005 vs DW8 apple-to-apple video comparison

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    I like stuff like this. It cuts through all the Marketing FUD that other companies use against Microsoft. Although, everyone claims Microsoft is the king of FUD , but from all the meetings, conferences and gatherings i've been too, the other companies...
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    Need some guidance on how to build Line of Business solutions on Windows Mobile?

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    Here you go. The 'Mobile Line of Business Solution Accelerator' kit. This resource built by our Mobile Consultant Extraordinaire, Rob Tiffany , helps developers understand the challenges and architecture that must be taken into consideration when building...
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    Brian Cross releases source code for WiMoBot NXT

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    For those of you who have been following, Microsoft recently announced the CTP for Microsoft Robotics Studio that has support for the new Lego Mindstorm kits . Our very own Brian Cross who first showcased his WiMo robot at the MEDC Keynote a couple of...
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    Free Microsoft Software! Really?

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    Blake Handler one of my readers has just upgraded his blog to the new Live Spaces and has a HUGE list of Microsoft software that is available free. Check it out : http://bhandler.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!70F64BC910C9F7F3!1231.entry his list is getting...
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    Sign up now for Mobility Connections in Fall

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    Mobility Connections is new this year from the DevConnections folks and this year, will feature updated Mobile content from the Mobile PC and Windows Mobile groups here at Microsoft. You'll also be able to take a look at the new tools and platforms that...
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    Windows Live Writer Beta now Available

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    If you're an avid Microsoft Blog follower, you might have noticed a sudden surge of blog posts about the new Windows Live Writer. Reason? We've been using this tool internally providing testing and feedback to the Windows Live Writer team as they stabilize...
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    SSEv Database Synchronizer (ADS) CTP

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    The SQL Server Everywhere Edition team has just announced the Community Tech Preview of the Access Database Synchronizer (ADS) which allows you to do what its namesake says, synchronize data between Access Database on a desktop and SQL Server Everywhere...
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    Busted on Stage

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    Thanks Mel for sending me this link. My moment was a few years back, I was demonstrating Visual Studio and Web Services to a CTO and his team of architects and developers of a large manufacturing company, when an old friend of mine sent me a message and...
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    Rob's Flickr Plugin for Live Writer

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    Rob just posted a plugin for Live Writer that he cobbled up faster that you can say his name. His Flickr Plugin allows you to browse Flickr for photos by Flickr ID and quickly inserts it into your blog post. here's a screenshot of the plugin: Pretty simple...
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    Microsoft Game Fest 2006

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    Microsoft's first Game Technology Conference will be held on August 14th and 15th, 2006 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, WA. Over 90+ sessions are being planned covering a myriad of topics covering all aspects of Game Development...
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    Windows Mobility Marvels Webcast - Mega List

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    For those of you who don't know already, here's a Ginormous list of Windows Mobility webcasts produced to date. Check it out! http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/msdnmobilit... What a fantastic source of information for developers who are either interested...
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    Enhancing Labcasts (Guided Hands-on Labs)

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    Not sure how many of you know of Labcasts. The MSDN Virtual Lab team have been delivering content to you guys through Webcasts, Virtualized Hands-on labs. Now they have created a hybrid "Virtual Instructor Led Lab", called Guided Hands-on through combining...
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    Maarten Struys shows us how to access Pocket Outlook

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    Maarten's our Embedded Rockstar in the Netherlands. He's a great presenter and got top awards at MEDC 2006. He just finished his latest episode and has published it on MSDN TV. Check it out, click on the picture to view.
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    Which versions of Compact Framework will VS 'Orcas' Support

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    Amit Chopra from the VS for Devices team has made this post a while ago and I would like to share this with you, if you haven't already seen it. This is really important as it gives you notice up front and perhaps early enough for you to think about impact...
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    Simple Search Gadget

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    I've built a very simple Windows Vista Sidebar Search Gadget a while back and just updated it to run on the Vista 5472 builds and above. Seriously, its VERY simple to write. I'm not a big fan of Javascript but there are tons of really smart and creative...
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    .NETCF v2 SP1 Patch Announced

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    Mark Prentice of the .NETCF Team just announced the availability of the .NET Compact Framework v2 SP1 patch. This patch also contains the final legal distribution rights so that developers can continue to distribute the patched .NETCF together with...
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    .NET Compact Framework v2 SP1 Patch is now live in all VS Languages

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    Developers who wish to update the build of .NET Compact Framework v2 to SP1 with all the legal redistribution rights on their development PC can do so with the .NET Compact Framework v2 SP1 Patch located at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx...
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    Too Funny

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    Watch this. Another one of those funny videos that wouldn't be funny if it weren't so bloody true. Here's one about making international calls and what the experience is like especially for our company as we do a ton of these calls every week. The only...
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    It's all worth it!

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    <- My Hero There are times during your career when something happens that just made your day and made you feel that all the sweat and tears you've put in for the company is all worth it. It happened for me tonight. Was speaking to an old friend...
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    Prepare for SQL Server Everywhere Edition Article Published on MSDN

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    Since we have announced that the new SQL Mobile will be called SQL Server Everywhere Edition , we got many questions from the community about the difference between the two and what features have been added. Scott Swigart has written an article on...
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    Wanna win some Dell XPS Laptops?

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    The Developer and Platform Evangelist folks in Microsoft is running a contest to see who can build the best Conversion tools for WPF/XAML. Here's a short blurb: Announcing...the official start of the WPF Conversion Contest , a contest that challenges...
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