Windows Embedded Blog

A look at Embedded and other Cool Stuff.

December, 2004

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    I will NEVER use Windows CE or Windows XP Embedded !!!

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    That’s quite a strong statement, right ? – so why wouldn’t I use Windows CE or Windows XP Embedded ? The operating systems are too big There’s no support for real-time functionality The operating systems are not secure It’s too hard to configure an operating...
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    Optical Illusion...

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    Ok, this is pretty wild, stare at the image below for a few seconds, you should be able to make out a Giraffe… – Mike
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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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    .net cpu development system.

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    I’ve managed to get my hands on a .netcpu development system (SPOT Development System), I’m going to get this setup and working over the next few days, I will of course document the components that come with the development kit, and take a...
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    Pocket PC/Smartphone customization ?

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    Question: if you have a Pocket PC or Smartphone device, how many of you have customized the Today/Home screen ? – if so, what software did you use to customize the UI ? – what customization features are important to you, image rotation, image...
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    Christmas - Action Figures ?

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    I guess Christmas must be getting close, it’s cold and wet outside (actually that closely describes most days in Seattle), and the stores look like they are getting ready for Valentines day, or Easter, or something like that… I see that you...
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    Getting Dumber ?

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    I needed to take my car for a service today (I had some strange knocking noises coming from the engine), while the mechanic was delving around under the hood and making appropriate mechanic sounds (the odd ‘hmm’ here and there – which is always a little...
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    The end of DVD's

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    Technology is moving forward at a startling rate, think about how we get music – over the last 50 years we’ve gone from using records which were great for random access play (lift the needle, move to a different place on the record and drop...
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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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    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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    OQO - first impression

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    One of the attendees at tonights WE-DIG meeting was using an OQO device, this was running Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Office, and other desktop applications, the device is not much bigger than a Pocket PC [4.9 inches long, 3.4 inches wide, .9 inches...
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    XBOX Live over 802.11g

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    Last night I decided to setup an 802.11g network at home so that we could remote my son and his XBOX from the main family room to the kids play room – the plan is to also use the newly connected 802.11g XBOX to remote the Media Center UI – I already have...
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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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    ASCII Art with C# and ASP .NET

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    This weeks CodeProject e-mail arrived with the usual interesting topics covering managed application development, controls, tools, Win32, C++, MFC etc… (I’d like to see more embedded articles on CodeProject – perhaps I need to start writing some) – one...
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    Jump into the Way Back When Machine...

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    This is taken from a 1954 “Popular Mechanics” magazine, 50 years ago the RAND Corporation built a prototype of how a Home Computer might look in the year 2004 (that’s about now, right?). At the time some of the required technologies were not available...
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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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    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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    Master Chief now has a friend in the office...

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    Just in time for “the holidays” Master Chief gets a friend, The “Channel 9 Guy” I plan on taking the Channel 9 guy to CES with me, so look out for the “C9 Guy” from CES… – Mike
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    Embedded Systems UI

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    I’ve decided to read a number of books over the Christmas period, one of the areas that interests me is user interface design, especially for embedded systems, there are some really, really bad user interfaces out there, and also some good examples...
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    FurryGoat - Windows CE on a USB Key.

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    Steve Makofsky has been having some fun – check out the “Portable CE” project over on the FurryGoat blog . Steve has a USB key with an emulator image of Windows CE booting, from here he can run his Internet Browser or local applications...
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    Christmas or Valentines ?

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    I was out doing some last minute food shopping yesterday afternoon and found the display of Valentines clothing in Fred Meyers – is it just me, or are holidays and special days such as Valentines just blurring into one long shopping experience ...
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    Helping Victims of the South Asian Earthquake and Tsunami.

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    It’s been pretty awful watching the news over the last few days, hearing about the thousands that have lost their lives, homes, families and belongings, it was only this morning that I heard on the news the number of people that are in desperate need...
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    Windows CE 5.0 Features.

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    Following on from the I’d never use Windows CE or Windows XP Embedded post one of the requests that came up was for the list of features or technologies contained in Windows CE 5.0 (and a comparison against Windows CE 4.2), one reason to choose an embedded...
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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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    MSN Introduces New Communication Service That Enables Blogging, Picture Sharing and More

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    at 9pm PST tonight two new Microsoft services come online, a Beta of MSN Messenger 7.0, and MSN Spaces MSN Spaces: More Than a Blog The MSN Spaces beta version is a free service available in 14 languages and 26 markets worldwide. MSN Spaces was designed...
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