Windows Embedded Blog

A look at Embedded and other Cool Stuff.

December, 2004

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    [Book] The age of spiritual machines

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    Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, and it’s time to start thinking about something to read over Christmas – Brad Tipp recommended The Age of Spiritual Machines, when computers exceed human intelligence which arrived in the post...
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    The Code Room - Reality TV for Developers ?

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    Inside an intercity warehouse sits a desk, a laptop, and a few partially charged batteries. Three attendees are taken to The Code Room by host Jessi Knapp, following a free developer seminar and asked to complete a complex software challenge. With limited...
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    MSN Desktop Search.

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    MSN today introduced the MSN Desktop Search Beta – you can download it from here http://beta.toolbar.msn.com . You can also find a video demo and interviews with the team is up on Channel 9. I’ve just installed the software which is currently indexing...
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    Akimbo - the next gadget to try out...

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    No that I have the XBOX Media Center Extender up and running it’s time for me to try out some more gadgets – some time later this week I plan on grabbing one of the new MSN TV boxes from one of the guys on the team and have a look at simple...
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    Enter the 2005 Windows Embedded Student ChallengE

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    Enter the 2005 Windows Embedded Student ChallengE Up for a real-world challenge? Enter the 2005 Windows Embedded Student ChallengE, where you’ll partner with three fellow students and a faculty mentor to develop a computer-based system that solves a real...
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    Setting up the XBOX Media Center Extender

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    On Friday I picked up an XBOX Media Center Extender and decided that I would spend some of the weekend setting this up… The good news is that the entire setup process took less than 10 minutes for the XBOX and for the Media Center PC. Setup is a...
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    Blogging in Ink.

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    I see more and more people using Tablet PC’s around Microsoft Campus, and more applications are becoming “Ink Aware”, so it’s only natural to take this to the next logical step which is to allow Blogging in Ink, or BLInk –...
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    XBOX and Media Center PC Weekend...

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    At lunchtime today I purchased a Media Center Extender for XBOX , this is an XBOX title that streams Media Center content to your TV set – so the plan for the weekend is to get this up and running with my Media Center Edition 2005 PC. The Media Center...
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    Craig Neable has nothing to say on his blog...

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    Craig Neable has started blogging (and aboot time to!) – Craig is a pretty interesting guy, even though he doesn’t think so, and knows a ton of stuff about the .NET Compact Framework – I’m sure Craig is going to have a ton of interesting stuff to say...
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    Application testing and the .NET Compact Framework ?

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    I presented at a conference a couple of weeks ago (no surprise there, I appear to be the talking head in the Mobile and Embedded Devices group these days), my session covered application testing for Windows CE, primarily using the Remote Call Profiler...
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    BlogCast on using Smartphone.

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    Eileen Brown from Microsoft UK has a Blogcast on her blog that shows some of the cool features of Smartphone – here’s a link to the article . Which leads to a question… [watch the Smartphone video first] Would you be interested in seeing...
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    Channel9 - Don Box, giving a great demo/session.

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    You’ve all heard of Don Box, right ? – he’s the guy that gives SOAP talks from a bathtub (see below). I grabbed some time with Don to talk about giving a good presentation or conference session, the MSDN Channel 9 video is now live,...
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    Beta Flash Player for Smartphone...

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    Now this is pretty cool, running Macromedia Flash on your Smartphone, the code is still in Beta, so you should back up your device before trying this out… The Flash based clock can be found on the CoolSmartphone.com web site. There are instructions...
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    Brad Pitt in my office today...

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    I met with Brad Pitt yesterday afternoon and again this morning, how cool is that!!, and here’s the proof, Brad, sitting in my office today. What ? – “that’s not Brad Pitt” I hear you say, oh, whoops, my mistake, this is...
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    My first Visual Basic Application...

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    As many of you know, my background is in low level O/S and application development, starting out in Assembler, then C, moving onto C++, and now writing most of my desktop code and samples in C# (you’ve got to try writing in C#, it’s awesome...
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    The Moth - Compact Framework runs HVAC Application.

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    In an earlier post (today), I asked what you are using to write applications for Windows CE/Embedded devices – Daniel Moth posted a comment to the blog which explains why his company chose Windows CE and Compact Framework for an HVAC unit –...
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    What OS are you, take the test...

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    I met with Gudge this morning, it was great to see him, we’ve not hooked up in a while (probably because I whooped him at squash some time back ), which prompted me to go and check out his blog , one of the postings has a link to an online quiz which...
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    Pocket PC Thoughts - BodyNet ?

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    Pocket PC Thoughts has an interesting article which looks ahead to the year 2020, will we still be carrying mobile phones, or will the phone be imprinted directly into our heads, what about communication between devices, perhaps the BodyNet will be implemented...
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    .NET Compact Framework Advanced Memory Management.

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    Mike Zintel has an article on his blog which talks about .NET Compact Framework Advanced Memory Management – if you are new to .NET Compact Framework programming, or moving from C++ to C# (or VB.NET) then this article should be interesting for you...
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    Newsforge - What are the real vulnerabilities of Linux ?

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    From NewsForge, what are the real vulnerabilities of Linux? – Here’s some extracts from the article. "The [Linux] users who use default settings or do not harden for security are increasingly at risk," Dunham said. "They don't harden against attack -...
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    WE-DIG January 2005 - Smart Clients and Thinking in Ink.

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    I’ve just come straight from WE-DIG HQ (conveniently located in the Starbucks next to Barnes and Noble in Bellevue) – the WE-DIG meeting is usually held on the First Wednesday of the month, but for January we’re going to move to Wednesday...
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    OS News - Definition of Today's Geek.

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    Take a look at this article on OS News – the document describes “Today’s Geek”, see if you fit into the category or can at clearly be identified as a true Geek… – Mike
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    Motorola MPx Approved by FCC

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    I think the Motorola MPx is probably the ideal hybrid Pocket PC/Smartphone device, it’s a clamshell type device that can either be used as a phone, or hinge the lid in another direction and you get a usable keyboard for entry – anyhow, the...
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    WE-DIG, your input... (or, we "dig" your input).

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    We’ve been through one cycle of WE-DIG meetings covering Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded, Windows Mobile, and some miscellaneous topics (like location based server), we’ve structured the content to run in cycles, CE, XPE, Mobility. So, given...
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    Microsoft in Consumer Electronic Devices.

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    Business Week have an interview with Robert Bach, talking about Microsoft’s Consumer Strategy. The article lists some of the devices that are now shipping that have Microsoft technology inside, this includes XBOX, Media Center PC, Media Center Extender...
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