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A look at Embedded and other Cool Stuff.

October, 2004

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    Head up display - Laser directly into your eye... hmmm...

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    Check this out, on the engadget site. Looks like some science nerds at the University of Washington’s Human Interface Technology Laboratory have hooked up a screenless heads-up display they call the virtual retinal display (VRD), which, unpleasurable...
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    Windows XP SP2 - What is that application ?

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    If you've installed Windows XP SP2 you've probably noticed security popups when you run certain applications (Instant Messenger, ActiveSync and others) - this morning when I booted my laptop I got a security message about an application called backweb...
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    12:01am November 9th - Where will you be ?

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    Halo2 is set to take the world by storm on November 9th - those fabulous EB-Games folks are going to have their stores open at the stroke of Midnight on November 9th ( Here's the list of stores ) so folks can pick up their copies of Halo2 and be back...
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    Bad Weather in the UK...

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    ok, how do you fancy being on this train ? This from Yahoo news , bad weather battering the UK - reminds me of the bad storms along the south coast of the UK probably about 12 years ago now, I turned up to work to find most of the roof missing from the...
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    WE-DIG November Meeting - November 3rd - Mobility.

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    Check out the agenda for November's WE-DIG (Windows Embedded-Developer Interest Group) This months meeting focuses on Mobility, we will have devices, demos, pizza, and discussion, what more could you want ! November 3rd 6:00 Meeting Opens 6:15 Open Mike...
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    Talking of Robots.

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    In my last post I mentioned the Microsoft Robotics club , you may have seen the "tour" of the club on MSDN Channel 9 some time ago - so I was wondering how many people that read this blog are doing anything with robotics, what type of processor (8/16...
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    Windows XP Embedded - Deploy Images to H/D

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    If you're working with Windows XP Embedded (or a Windows CE device that boots from H/D) then you may have been struggling with how to image the hard drive - I have a couple of small reference boards (ICOP and AMD) that both have 128MB RAM can boot from...
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    Anyone interested in working as a Microsoft Partner Manager working for ARM INC ?

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    I received the an e-mail this morning from someone working at ARM - ARM are looking to recruit a Microsoft Partner Manager working for ARM INC - job spec can be found on ARM's web site here . - Mike
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    Linux - Get the Facts

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    Steve Ballmer sent out an executive e-mail today that discusses a number of independent analyst reports and customer case studies that compare the cost of deployment and maintenance of Windows vs. Linux and UNIX. Some of the studies were commissioned...
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    New Generation of handheld video/game players...

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    I've just seen an article on Engadget about the Playstation Portable (PSP) - IMVHO the device looks pretty darn cool (photo below) - it looks like the PSP will retail for around $200. As for battery life, Sony has gone on record to promise “between four...
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    Robotics Programming Framework.

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    I received an e-mail from one of the guys attending the Embedded RFP in Cambridge (remember that?), the mail describes an initiative to develop a programming framework for robots using a managed programming language (C# or VB.NET) - Take a look at the...
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    More thoughts on PC Upgrade.

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    I'm running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 on an HP 864 PC - Media Center 2005 is awesome, each release of the Media Center software is better than the last, the 2005 release really is the best yet, really well thought out UI, all the most commonly...
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    Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 - WinTV-PVR 250

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    I'm running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and had some problems with my existing Tuner Card - so I replaced the existing card with a Hauppauge WinTV-PVR 250 card - The Media Center has been working reasonably well, but once in a while the Cable...
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    Consumer Electronics too Complicated ?

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    MetaFacts have run a survey of over 32,000 PC and non-PC users, it seems that most users think consumer electronics are too complicated for the average user to operate - what do you think ? - Mike
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    Talking of sports...

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    Some of my colleagues are confused by the game of Cricket, so I decided it was time to explain this simple game to them... here's the explanation. You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and...
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    Red Sock fan spotted at ARM Developers Conference...

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    MSN Messenger 6 - Plug in

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    One of the TSG (Tech Support Guys) working at the ARM Devcon has a plug in for MSN Messenger that provides a number of coolio enhancements to the MSN Messenger IM client - go check it out ... (note that this is not a Microsoft product). - Mike
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    Red Sox - World Series...

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    I flew into San Jose last night and headed over to the Santa Clara convention center to check out the hands on labs for the Windows Embedded Summit that's running at the ARM Developers Conference today - the bar at the hotel was full of people watching...
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    Swatch SPOT

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    Swatch has now started shipping SPOT watches bringing the era of Dick Tracy wristwatch radios one step closer. As usual Swatch are producing some cool looking watches... Here's the story on MSNBC - Mike
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    Consiparcy Theory: Technology - Great Advances or Big Brother ?

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    I was reading some articles in Time Magazine on the flight from Seattle to San Jose about the American Elections, it's amazing to see how both sides are using technology to build monster databases that provide intelligence on potential voters, this includes...
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    CETK Test Fest - Tools and Managed Code.

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    Today is turning out to be a busy day - the morning got started with a presentation on Application Verifier, creating custom CETK tests, device drivers, and Win32 applications - one of the questions that came out of the discussion was whether Application...
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    Pocket PC Network Programming Book.

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    Steve Makofsky has written a book on Pocket PC Network Programming , if you are writing applications that need to connect with other devices then this would seem to be a pretty useful book (I've not read it, but have a copy on the way, so will read and...
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    Interview with Martin Taylor - Microsoft's Linux Expert.

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    vnunet.com is running an interview with Martin Taylor , Microsoft's Linux Expert - this is discussing desktop/server technologies, but still makes for an interesting read. - Mike
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    Intelligent Devices ? - TV calls for help...

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    From ABC News - A Toshiba TV set that was malfuntioning called for help by transmitting on the international distress frequency - the first the owner knew of the problem was then Air Force rescue, Police and other authorities turned up at his front door...
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    Pocket PC Robot - Walking.

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    Joseph Wu has been busy working on his Pocket PC Robot - It looks like the robot has a limp, that's because o ne leg is using digital servos and the other leg is using analog servos. So only one leg can hold the weight of whole body. Joseph is planning...
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