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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Pocket PC Mouse - [Think Outside]

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    Pocket PC devices use a touch screen for input, right ? – that sure used to be the case, at a recent mobility meeting I spotted a number of people using Pocket PC’s in Landscape Orientation and an external foldable keyboard to take notes – but you still...
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    Akimbo - Video on Demand

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    I got to play with an Akimbo Video on Demand (VoD) player tonight, the box looks exactly like a set top box, and includes an IR remote control – the only thing missing from the box is the channel number, and this is deliberate. Akimbo run a service that...
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    FeedBurner: RSS Reader for Smartphone

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    RSS Feeds come to Smartphone – Handango have the FeedBurner RSS Reader for Smartphone going for about $8.00. Pretty cool, eh? – this could be useful for getting news headlines or status information from your servers etc… The FeedBurner...
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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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    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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    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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    500+ posts and still going...

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    I’ve just been responding to some interesting comments around my Windows CE and Windows XP Embedded post from yesterday – and noticed that I’ve just passed the 500 post mark – this month is going to be somewhat quiet since I’m...
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    Portaloo Drag Racing ???

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    ok, so this was fartoo good to pass up, this taken from Engadget – We’re not exactly sure what kind of drag races you’d want to get this thing into, but if you’re the Al Bundy type, why not go on the go? Strapped to a 750-pound...
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    Microsoft and Robotics - interview with BillG

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    At a student conference in France (November 17 2004), Bill Gates talks about Robotics – It will be interesting to see more robotics projects based on Windows CE and Windows XP Embedded – here’s the complete transcript MB : So universities are key players...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Windows XP Embedded SP2 Tutorials.

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    Windows XP Embedded SP2 is now available for download – this provides a number of updates from Windows XP Embedded SP1, including Hibernate Once Resume Many (HORM), updates to the Enhanced Write Filter, all of the XP Pro security updates (Security...
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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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    Compact Framework 2.0 Beta - what's new ?

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    If you’ve been programming against the .NET Compact Framework 1.0 (and if you haven’t, then shame on you!) then you probably have a wish list of classes that would have been nice to have in the 1.0 product (like serial support for instance...
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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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    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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