Backstage @ Robotics

Just some interesting stuff from my tour in Microsoft.

Blog - About

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.

 

 

  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Windows Mobile Twitter Apps

    • 31 Comments
    Alright, here’s a list of the 8 9 12 13 (currently) Twitter Applications for Windows Mobile that I know of. if you’re one of the authors, send me updates and if you’re building one, send me a copy too! Will update this list frequently. #1: TinyTwitter...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Blackjack II has great battery life

    • 28 Comments
    Those of you who have one of these phones would agree with me. By far, this is the phone with the longest battery life of all the new Windows Mobile 6 devices we've seen. I haven't stress tested it yet but my previous phone battery lasts around 8-9 hours...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Microsoft announces "Silverlight"

    • 25 Comments
    ** Here you go Robert . My first post was a mis-click on the publish button (too excited). As you know, we have blogging guidelines and was asked to hold on to blogging about this until tomorrow morning so I had to take it off. Makes me feel like an ass...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Need help with MEDC Project

    • 22 Comments
    You guys know the Mobile and Embedded Developers Conference 2007 is coming soon, and at this event, we're planning to create a cool application that everyone will be able to download and install on their device. I can't tell you more about it as it's...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Windows Mobile 6 - What's in it for developers?

    • 20 Comments
    *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...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Mount ISO on Vista RTM

    • 17 Comments
    If you're like me, we keep a lot of our stuff (backups, movies, install disks) in a DVD/CD image format (ISO), here's a great way of mounting ISO images on Vista RTM and it's FREE. (I'm running Vista RTM and mounting a Vista RTM ISO image file. Hope I...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Stylus be gone!

    • 17 Comments
    This is how I roll these days. In order to ensure I do my part to make our products better, I've decided to toss out my stylus and survive on using my finger. That way, i) I won’t get confused anymore which I should be using, and ii) I feel every little...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Top Five Best Windows Mobile Devices

    • 15 Comments
    *Updated with a new #4. Switched the Touch Diamond for the Excalibur* According to me. :) I know everybody has their own favs but here are my five in order of preference.   #1. Palm Treo Pro (Panther) - Designed for One hand operation, Palm did an...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    ZuneIt Howto: Get YouTube & Google Videos on your Smartphone

    • 14 Comments
    As reported by Lifehacker and Zune Thoughts , the ZuneIE Plugin (originally designed for the Zune) runs on Internet Explorer and allows you to download any YouTube or Google video and convert them on-the-fly to the .WMV format. All you have to do after...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    How to: Monitor calls on Windows Mobile using C#

    • 13 Comments
    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...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    WMDC is available for Vista

    • 13 Comments
    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....
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Mobile Blogging

    • 13 Comments
    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...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Beta Invite : Exam 71-540 Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 App Development

    • 13 Comments
    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,...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Speaker's Corner

    • 12 Comments
    Something funny happened to us today at the Speaker's Corner , The Domain in Sydney. We were looking for an opportune place to watch the bats fly off from the Botanical Gardens, when we came across a Speaker's Corner. Being from a country where free...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    A Wickedly Cool Conference Application

    • 11 Comments
    We've been working on an application for a few months now that a lot of you have asked for when attending Microsoft Technical Conferences. The most common request is the ability to have a conference guide on your Windows Mobile device that saves you time...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Tornado in Singapore?

    • 11 Comments
    Unbelievable. We just witness a very rare occurrence of a tornado just off the southern coast of Singapore. It ripped right through some vessels and tankers off the harbor. Here are some pics we took from Microsoft Singapore's office of this Waterspout...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Top 5 Windows Mobile Twitter Apps

    • 11 Comments
    Actually there are only five that I know off (so they’re all top!) and one homescreen plugin, but I thought the title makes it sound nice ;) #1: TinyTwitter ( http://www.tinytwitter.com/ ) Features: Very functional, GPS,  quick. #2: Pocketwit ( http...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    MEDC 2006 Conference DVD Available for Download

    • 10 Comments
    We're about to post the link to order the MEDC 2006 Conference DVD but in the meantime, we would like to allow everyone to download the conference DVD as well. As reported by Jason Langridge , you're able to download all the presentation slides, demos...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    How I wish we had this in Redmond

    • 9 Comments
    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...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    No Photoshop? No worry.

    • 9 Comments
    There's Paint.NET :) Yes that's right, almost 100% written in MANAGED CODE. I remember using this application when it was released as version 1 on my Windows XP. Although a novel idea at that time, the performance was very sluggish. Perhaps written without...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Bizarre policy coming into Mumbai

    • 9 Comments
    Just landed in Mumbai, India late last night for the TechMela event (June 14-16) and got stopped at customs. Was shuttled to a interrogation area and told, "I'm sorry sir, we have a one laptop per person policy. You can only carry one laptop". I went...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    My first WiMo

    • 9 Comments
    I'll be leaving for Kuala Lumpur on the 7th for TechEd SEA and have 2 sessions to present there. While I'm there, they've asked me to present to the academia on Windows Mobile and Robotics. So I went out and got a Lego Mindstorm NXT set and went to the...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Rendering Japanese & Chinese on Windows Mobile 6

    • 9 Comments
    I got this question from one of our Evangelists in Japan, Hiroshi Ota at TechReady 6. I couldn't answer it on the spot but he sent an email shortly after to let me know he found the solution. Instead of having to install a custom ROM image that supports...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Windows Mobile 6.1 Emulators available for download

    • 8 Comments
    The Windows Mobile 6.1 Emulator Images package adds emulator images to Visual Studio 2005 or Visual Studio 2008 that let you test applications for Windows Mobile 6.1. The emulator images can also be used as standalone without Visual Studio. They can be...
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    Need a free remote control, screen capture for your Mobile Device?

    • 8 Comments
    We use SOTI Pocket Controller here at Microsoft for all our demos and it's a fantastic utility. We do have a corporate license with SOTI but we realize that some of you are looking for a free alternative. Now you have one and it's called MyMobileR. download...
Page 1 of 26 (638 items) 12345»