Backstage @ Robotics

Just some interesting stuff from my tour in Microsoft.

September, 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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    Installing WM Dev Environment on Vista RC1

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    After cleaning my house , I needed to go through the painstaking process of getting my dev environment up and running on Vista. Here's what I got installed and the order I did it. Windows Vista RC1 5728 Visual Studio 2005 Team System Windows Mobile 5...
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    Zune Zune Zune!

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    So the cat's out of the bag. $249.99 on Nov 14th. Finally, and they promised that Microsoft Employees will all get one in the holiday season, no repeats of what happened when XBOX 360 went retail. Great news! my only concern was the preloaded content...
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    Mel urges developers to look at Vista and VS2005 SP1

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    Mel Sampat our PM at the Windows Mobile dev team, points out that we should not be afraid of moving our development environment over to Vista even at RC1. He's been running VS2005 on Vista for months now building applications for Windows Mobile without...
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    How I wish we had this in Redmond

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    Microsoft has a huge campus in Redmond covering many different locations such as the Main Campus, Lakeridge, Red West, Millenium, Sammamish and others. In terms of size, Microsoft is considered to have the world's largest single location headquaters facility...
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    A breath of fresh air

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    For months now i've been dual booting Windows XP and Windows Vista. XP off my primary drive and Vista on my secondary drive bay. And after a while of switching back and forth, i ended up using Vista more for my work and XP for home/pleasure. to the point...
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    blogs.msdn.com upgrade failed!

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    We're supposed to be running on Community Server 2.1 now, but because of some unforseen issues, they had to rollback to the old system. I'm looking forward to see what new features they'll be adding. here's a list of features but i'm not sure which we...
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    Windows CE Virtual Launch Registration Opens!

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    Make sure you attend this virtual launch event and learn more about working with Windows CE 6.0. This are the technical sessions built by Mike and team that will be available on demand. Session 1: CE 6.0 Overview Session 2: Windows Embedded CE 6...
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    Seeking feedback for Lab Content

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    Are you a corporate developer? do you build line-of-business (LOB) applications? preferably those that run on Windows Mobile? If you are, I'm looking for some feedback on a 4-day lab that we're building to provide technical readiness / instruction for...
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    Of Whiskeys, Chainsaws and Tall Trees

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    Mike Hall explains to us mere mortals why the team chose those Windows CE product Codenames and how it has progressed from Trees to Whiskeys. Read the whole post here. I wonder what the next codename would be. I'd vote for Glenfiddich . Let's see how...
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    Motorola to buy Symbol for $3.9 Billion

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    Amazing news . Checkout the blurb: Motorola Inc. said Tuesday it will acquire Symbol Technologies Inc. for about $3.9 billion in a deal that expands the world's second-largest cell phone maker's presence in the market for business-oriented mobile devices...
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    Jason Fuller releases Virtual Earth Mobile 1.67

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    Fixed the app to support the "Find Business" feature change on the server. Traffic Overlays added from Traffic.com Features I want updated/added: GPS - Follow Me function, instead of having to hit Locate Me from GPS every 1 second. GPS - Add Pushpin or...
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    Jim Allchin encourages Developers to build for Vista

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    Just got a note saying that Jim Allchin posted an Open Letter to developers on MSDN to encourage them to build, port, test and run their applications on Vista. here's a short blurb: Why should developers target the Windows Vista? Windows Vista provides...
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    The Moth Talks about Sharing Assets between WM and Desktop

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    Daniel Moth , a former MVP, who is now working for Microsoft is hosting a Webcast titled "Sharing Assest between Windows Mobile and Windows Desktop" for the Windows Virtual Mobile Group on September 20th, 2006. Tune in and learn !
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    A Presenter's Toolkit

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    So guys, how many of you deliver presentations on a regular basis? either to a small 5+ audience or to large (hundreds and thousands) of people? If you do, I'm sure you have a "toolkit" or a "toolbox" of presentation type gadgets that are in your repertoire...
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    Webcasts on a DVD?

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    We've gotten numerous requests especially from bandwidth challenged countries about on-line streaming videos and webcasts. Although webcasts work well mostly in the US and Europe, the experience is never good in other parts of the world. I used to be...
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    One Step Closer to Gaming Nirvana

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    So with all the devices available for Portable Gaming, one that we have not exploited yet is the Windows Mobile device. Yes you might argue that we have casual games a all that, but in order for the device to TRULY be a gaming device, you need a couple...
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    Best of MEDC 2006 Virtual Labs are Up!

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    We’ve taken five (5) of the best Hands-on Labs from MEDC 2006 and made them Virtual Labs . These are basically Hands-on Labs that are available for anyone via a Web Browser. They can download the Lab Manuals and walk through the entire lab at their own...
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    Mel uploads a tutorial about using ScreenLib

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    As discussed a few days ago, Screenlib is a simple tool that Mel built to help Native C++ developers build resolution independent application easily without writing a whole lot of code. This capability has been available for Managed C#/VB developers via...
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    Network Analyzer PowerToy now Available

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    The New Network Analyzer PowerToy for Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs and Smartphones, contain tools such as ping and ipconfig that you can run from within your device. Handy tools which should have been default on these devices. Very useful when trying...
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    Under the Radar

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    Came across an interesting blog about new business concepts and ideas called " Under the Radar - Tracking Early Stage Technology Innovation ". It's a great site that lists new ideas and businesses that are on the bleeding edge of innovation. Why do I...
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    Having Issues Synching with Vista RC1?

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    Thanks to Mel who sits right next to Lydia, the Program Manager for the Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC), we have the answer for your woes. Go over to Mel's post to read up his extensive explanation about why you can't run WMDC on Vista RC1, for now...
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    HTC Announces 4 new Devices

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    It just gets better and better. It's been a long decade since the first CE PDA appeared on the market and look at how we've progressed. HTC's latest line-up of PDAs and Smartphones are just simply sexy. Engadget , Gizmodo , msmobile.com , Smartphone Thoughts...
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    New Vista Drivers for Vista RC1

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    For the "men" who are on the bleeding edge running their primary OS on Vista RC1, NVIDIA and ATI has upgraded their video drivers for Windows Vista RC1 that included a few fixes. · https://support.ati.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=894&task=knowledge&questionID...
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    Neopoleon does Data Aware Mobile Applications

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    Rory's back! After having a few personal ups and downs which i'm sure most of you know of. He has put together a video Introduction to writing Data Aware Mobile Applications and have uploaded Part 1. Download it here.
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    Something light for the long Weekend

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    Chris Pirillo is funny. Some say he's weird, but his comics are entertaining. Really. Love this one about Cell Phones. http://blaugh.com/2006/08/30/cell-phone-overkill/ how true.
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