Windows Embedded Blog

A look at Embedded and other Cool Stuff.

October, 2004

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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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    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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    Joseph Wu - Pocket PC Robot.

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    Joseph Wu, a software development engineer in the WDM team has been building a robot based on a Pocket PC.- here's an outline of the project from Joseph. I watched a lot of Japanese cartoons when I was a kid so I always wanted to make an android. I saw...
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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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    Robots, Robots everywhere...

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    A couple of days ago I posted an image of Joseph Wu's Pocket PC Robot , there was a TON of interest in this device, so it's only natural that I follow this up with another couple of examples of Microsoft 'hobbyist' robot projects, this time running Windows...
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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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    Word Processor for Windows CE ?

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    Windows CE 5.0 ships with Office (and PDF) file viewers, but what about creating content on a Windows CE based device - Pocket PC devices ship with "Pocket" versions of office applications - if you're a device developer and want to give your customers...
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    Giant Bugs Spotted at Mt St Helens...

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    Where's it going to end? - not only is Mt St Helens getting ready to erupt, but Giant Bugs are now swarming the area - see the image below from the Mt St Helens Volcano Cam... - Mike
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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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    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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    Halo 2: Gone Gold ! - Roll on November 9th !

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    from the Bungie Web Site - They said it couldn't be done! Actually, they didn't say that, but if they had, we'd have proved them all (the fake people who didn't say anything) wrong! Halo 2 has gone gold. We finished every line of code, every pixel of...
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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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    Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

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    GamePC.com have a write up and screen shots of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 - looks pretty cool. Having the functionality of a Media Center PC based on Windows XP Embedded would be kinda cool, a device that boots directly into the Media Center...
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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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    Weekend, what weekend... (or, Laptop H/D Meltdown)

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    So, how does this start... oh yes, a call to the IT helpdesk mid-week Me - "Hi, my Toshiba M200 Tablet PC Hard Drive is making very loud knocking sounds" Helpdesk - "We will send a Tech over to take a look" (or have a listen!) A few of your earth minutes...
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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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    Windows XP Embedded SP2 Tech Preview - Go get it!

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    Windows XP Embedded SP2 Tech Preview Windows XP Embedded SP2 Tech Preview is available for you to download and start playing... There are several enhancements to Windows XP Embedded SP2, including... .NET Framework 1.1 Bluetooth Support Hibernate once...
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    Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 - Launched.

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    Windows XP Media Center 2005 is all over the news today - check out some of the stories news.com - Sony, HP, Toshiba, Dell, and others are all launching their latest PC's running Windows XP Media Center 2005 news.com - photo's from the launch, including...
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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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    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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    The future of Windows XP Media Center Edition - Intel Announces the EPC.

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    I've had a Media Center PC for just over a year now, this is running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 (thanks to the Windows XP SP2 update), I initially intended to use the Media Center PC as both a Media Center and a general purpose PC, during the...
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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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    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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    Holy Old Laptop Multimon Batman !

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    I've been reading Charlie Kindels blog, keeping up to date with his home server projects (boy, CEJ sure does have a ton of data for a home user). My "dev" PC has three monitors hooked up, excellent for coding, debugging, etc... - but I also use a Tablet...
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    Watch Bill Gates unveil Windows XP Media Center 2005

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    There's a pretty cool video of Bill unveiling not only Windows XP Media Center 2005 but a range of media services and devices. The Media Extender box and Media Extender for XBOX look pretty interesting... Click the image below to see the video. - Mike
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