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A look at Embedded and other Cool Stuff.

January, 2005

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    Linux in Embedded Systems - The Windows side of the story.

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    A few days ago I posted an article from Cots Journal Online which discussed some of the shortcomings of Linux use in embedded systems. Based on some of the comments posted back to the blog it would appear that Linux is used because of the community which...
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    Linux in Embedded Systems ?

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    At last weeks CES show there were a number of attendees that wanted to know why they should consider using Windows CE or Windows XP Embedded in their embedded system rather than using Linux – there are a number of perceptions about Linux and Windows CE...
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    The Nerd Test

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    I spotted the "Nerd Test" on someone's blog over on MSDN so decided to take the test... Here's my score, which makes me a high-nerd - let me know how you fare on the same test (no cheating, be honest with your answers!). - Mike
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    Pocket PC running MAC OS-X ?

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    This from Engadget – Teddy the Bear has MAC OS-X running on his Pocket PC I’ve seen two versions of this article, the one from Engadget , and one from Wired – To access the Mac, Teddy installed a Virtual Network Computing, or VNC, client...
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    Linux - Really Free ?

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    I received a TON of feedback from my recent post Linux in Embedded Systems - The Windows side of the story. this looked at Windows CE and Windows XP Embedded and how they compared with Linux (thanks everyone for your comments!) – a number of the comments...
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    ActiveSync 3.8 available for download...

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    In case you missed the near silent roll out of ActiveSync 3.8, here’s the details and download locations… Microsoft ActiveSync 3.8 is the latest synchronization software for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones. ActiveSync 3.8 contains...
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    Windows Embedded ChallengE

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    The Windows Embedded ChallengE is back on (note the extremely clever capitalization of “C” and “E” in ChallengE), this time the competition is open to students across the world to enter teams – The competition challenges...
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    Mobile and Embedded Developers Conference

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    The combined Mobile and Embedded Developers Conference (MEDC) is coming up in May – are there any specific topics you would want to see covered at this years event ? content topics could cover: Windows XP Embedded SP2 Windows CE 5.0 Native Application...
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    CES - The lengths some people will go to to win a prize...

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    There were some give aways on the Micrsoft booth, these included SPOT watches and a Portable Media Center (PMC), all you needed to “win” was wear “SPOT Me” badges (for the SPOT watch) or “Windows Mobile” sticker –...
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    CES - Day two, the Microsoft Booth...

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    Day two from CES, another busy day – unless you’ve been to CES you just can’t believe how busy this place is, 115000 people through the event in a handful of days, the Microsoft booth seems to be packed from the time the doors open at the event though...
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    Thoughts from CES.

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    Day three of CES turned out to be somewhat quieter than the first two days, I talked to a number of attendees this morning about what they had seen at the event that was especially interesting – most noted that there wasn’t any obvious innovation...
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    Windows CE Video Tutorials available for download...

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    Hey, excellent news, the Windows CE 5.0 video tutotials are now available for download – when you download the files, run the installer (or open the .ZIP and extract the .WMV files directly) – if you go for the .MSI install process then you...
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    Help ! - how do I get out of here ?

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    I had meetings today in building 122, all of the external parking spaces were taken (there were a couple of visitor parking spaces free, but it wouldn’t be right to snag one of those) – so I parked in the parking garage across the road from the building...
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    Mobile and Embedded Developers Conference (MEDC) Call for Papers...

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    MEDC 2005 Call For Papers Microsoft MEDC 2005 ( Mobile and Embedded DevCon 2005) organizers invite you to submit proposals to speak at MEDC in our conference breakout sessions. MEDC is one of Microsoft’s most important annual technical training events...
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    What about documentation ?

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    Windows CE 5.0 and Windows XP Embedded SP2 ship with a ton of online documentation, but, do the products ship with the *right* documentation, or enough documentation for you to build and deploy the operating system images you need for your device ? If...
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    Windows CE 5.0 Live Chat - January 26th

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    Windows CE 5.0 Live Chat! January 26, 2005 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Pacific time Additional Time Zones Do you have tough technical questions regarding Windows CE 5.0 for which you're seeking answers? Do you want to tap into the deep knowledge of the talented...
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    Calling Managed code from Native Code.

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    In today’s Windows CE 5.0 online chat (which was pretty busy from start to finish) one of the questions that came up was whether Windows CE supports the ability to call managed code from native code (kinda like a reverse P/Invoke). There is limited...
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    Where is Real-Time Linux ?

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    William Wong ( Electronic Design ) has written an article discussing real-time support for Embedded Linux – The article seems to make for an interesting read until it dawns on you that there isn’t a single solution to obtaining real-time performance...
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    CES - End of Day one - a good find...

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    Day one at CES was pretty interesting, some good write ups of the BillG Keynote, check out the write up on the SmartphoneThoughts.com site – The post mentions an SBC demo which showed how to customize your TV viewing experience, the demo included...
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    MEDC - Save the Date !

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    The Microsoft Mobile and Embedded Developers Conference 2005 (MEDC) is coming to a Las Vegas near you, MEDC 2005 will be held at the Mandalay Bay , Las Vegas 9 th thru 12 th May 2005 – SAVE THE DATES !!! What to expect at this years event…...
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    RDP or VNC for Pocket PC.

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    Want to run an RDP client or VNC client on your Pocket PC – here’s two options… From PocketPCThoughts.com – VNC Viewer.NET (a completely managed VNC viewer) or use Nyditot software to set screen resolution and orientation and run the H/PC Pro RDP client...
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    Windows CE - GetTickCount - Problems ?

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    Jack W. Crenshaw has written an article for Embedded.com which is titled “ Time to re-evaluate Windows CE? ” – Jack looks at a specific API, GetTickCount( ); which returns an unsigned int, this value is incremented every millisecond. The unsigned int...
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    Mobile Application Development Toolkit v2.0

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    Version 2.0 of the Mobile Application Development Toolkit is now available for download. Overview The Mobile Application Development Toolkit provides all the resources you need to start building mobile applications for Smartphone and Pocket PC devices...
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    The world of iPod...

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    This is an odd video from Gizmodo - iPod everywhere... (it's in Apple Quicktime [obviously]). Thoughts ? - Mike
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    CES - Out for the evening.

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    A few of us managed to get out for the evening, a fantastic meal at Demonicos , followed by a walk along the Canal within the Venitian hotel (the canal is on the 3rd floor of the hotel! Note that the gondalas have electric motors, they’ve done a...
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