Backstage @ Robotics

Just some interesting stuff from my tour in Microsoft.

February, 2007

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    How to: Monitor calls on Windows Mobile using C#

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    Someone just sent me a mail and asked if we had any C# samples / source code for monitoring status of incoming and outgoing calls. It all really depends on what you want to do with these calls, are you just trying to get the status? or trying to capture...
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    Windows Mobile 6 - What's in it for developers?

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    *exhale* phewww, finally. Now that Windows Mobile 6 is announced , we can be more open about it. As you know we've been putting a lot of work to improve a user's experience in the core Windows Mobile OS, but what exactly is available under the hood for...
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    MEDC International Dates Final

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    Nice, Mike has posted the final dates for MEDC International. Las Vegas - May 1-3 (April 30th for Pre-Conference tutorials) India - May 10-12 Australia - May 16 Taiwan - May 29 Korea - May 30 Japan - June 6 Singapore - June 8 China – June 21 Berlin -...
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    Will o' the WISP Lite

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    Windows Mobile 6 contains a new API for Ink input and gestures based on the Tablet PC WISP ( Windows Ink Services for Pen Windows Ink Services Platform , that's what the Tablet PC guys call it). It is a reduced set of features for a PDA/Phone device form...
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    Nice free GPS Navigation

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    You guys know about Windows Live Search mobile right? Well one of the cool features that I just found out and decided to record is the "Center on GPS" feature which effectively turns your Live Search application into a free GPS Navigation software. Only...
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    GXFC.Year++;

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    For those of you who celebrate Chinese New Year in this year of the Pig, (how nice if Ang Pows came with these instead of cash) Here's to a good and prosperous year ahead. "恭喜发财" "Gong Xi Fa Cai" "Kong Hei Fatt Choy" "Keong...
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    Play Atari 2600 games on your Smartphone

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    From Brian of Hackszine through Makezine , here's a cool video tutorial on how you can play Atari 2600 games on your Windows Mobile device using the STELLA emulator . And I can attest to it working fine on Windows Mobile 6. You can also buy ROMs from...
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    Windows Mobile 6 Business User Features Demo

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    Checkout the video screencast of the cool new business user features of Windows Mobile 6 that Jason Langridge and I recorded last week. or if you prefer Soapbox: Windows Mobile 6 Demo ** Yes I know it's looooooong. It's only 9mins 11secs....
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    Benefon to launch Windows Mobile 6 GPS devices in June

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    I know I'm a little late with this news but it's nice to know that we're beginning to see more Windows Mobile devices from Finland. Benefon announced it will launch three smart devices in the TWIG product line running Windows Mobile 6. Here's a link to...
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    Chinese New Year Shopping

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    The Chinese New Year festivities are picking up in Chinatown, Singapore. I was there to buy a couple of packs of Ang Pows for my wife because she's trying to introduce some foreign Chinese culture and crafting activities at her pre-school in Redmond....
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    WMDC is available for Vista

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    There you go, now we're alright. We've just released the Windows Mobile Device Center for x86 and x64 today (officially, although the download files were published on the servers yesterday). Go ahead to the official WMDC site to download the updates....
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    Talk about motivating speakers...

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    Derek Snyder (our MEDC Content Lead) has gone and done it! He's taken a camera on a quest to motivate speakers for MEDC 2007 to hand in their presentation decks according to schedule. We spent the whole of yesterday afternoon on what he calls the Prize...
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    WM6 not WM6.0 *shake fist*

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    Just wanted to clarify the naming convention for Windows Mobile. "Windows Mobile 6" is the official name for the latest version of Windows Mobile, not : Windows Mobile 6.0 Windows Mobile 6.x Windows Mobile Six Pocket PC 6 Smartphone...
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    Custom Windows Mobile shell anyone?

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    This is by far the most requested feature (in my opinion) by the users of Windows Mobile devices that I meet wherever I go. "How can I change the UI? How can I replace the Today screen? How can I have my own program launcher?". Rabi Satter, one of our...
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    Mobility Touchdown for Architects and Developers

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    If you're interested in Line of Business development for Windows Mobile devices and have 3 days to spare, come attend the Mobility Touchdown series of workshops that we're running around the US and later on other cities in the world (UK, Malaysia, Australia...
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    Make your mark, Mobile style

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    For those of you who don't know already, TechEd 2007 this year will be at Orlando from June 4th to 8th and this time round will showcase over 440 breakout sessions over 14 core technical tracks . This year, Mobility gets its OWN track, which we're very...
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    Vista Gadgets on Windows Mobile?

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    Is that possible? Yes of course. Thanks to Mel Sampat . He's uploaded an interview that Laura Foy recorded on10.net . Although just a start, you can sort of guess what we're working on in the Dungeons of Building 118 :)
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    Mobility LOB Workshop Questions & Answers

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    We've just completed the a Train-the-trainer hands-on workshop for Accenture and a bunch of internal Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) and Certified Partner for Learning Solutions (CPLS) trainers in Singapore. During the Tech Discussion we received...
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    Mobile Blogging

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    How many of you blog from your mobile device? Not view, but POST. Personally I've done this about 5 times mostly when there was a power outage all over Washington during the Windstorms a few months ago. The experience left a stale taste in my mouth, perhaps...
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    Windows Mobile 6 on10.net

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    Laura Foy has invaded the Windows Mobile team and conducted an interview with Derek Snyder about Windows Mobile 6. Pretty cool! Click on the image above to see the video for a full demo of the power of Windows Mobile 6 and some new devices. Love the Vox...
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    Voice Command in Action desu.

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    This is a cool video demo of the Microsoft Voice Command running on a Dell X51v . It's mainly in Japanese but you can definitely get the idea. What's amazing is that Voice Command works so well even with such a thick Japanese accent. Something must be...
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    Here's some meat..

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    Good news! While we wait for the availability of the Windows Mobile 6 SDK, the .NET Micro Framework team released the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework 2.0 SDK today! To find out more about .NET Micro Framework, bet the whitepaper , watch the webcast , view...
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    Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum!

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    Wow, I want this at home.

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    So I'm sitting in the Sphinx room at the Microsoft Platform Adoption Center in building 20 in the Redmond Campus trying to get the machines setup for our Mobility LOB Train-the-trainer workshop next week. I've just gone through a semi-complicated 9-step...
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    What do I do? what do I do?

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    Got a request to update my Vista machine today and saw this list of available updates. My god, what should I do? Should I check the optional update? Wonder what it is for. I hate to gripe about my fellow colleagues over in the Vista org , but hey, not...
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