Windows Embedded Blog

A look at Embedded and other Cool Stuff.

March, 2005

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    Windows Mobile vs. Windows CE

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    You’ve probably heard of the Windows Mobile platform, or the Windows Mobile operating system, what is this, and is there any relationship between this and Windows CE ? – This is a question that comes up all the time, so here’s my attempt...
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    Getting Podcasts onto your Smartphone (or Pocket PC)

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    Now that I’m a Podcaster (if there is such a thing) I thought it would be interesting to sync my podcast files down to a Smartphone device running Windows Mobile 2003 – it’s so easy, even someone with an MBA should be able to do this… (anyone remember...
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    Windows CE - BIB, DAT, REG, DB, and CEC Files.

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    One of the questions that’s come up in the Windows Embedded Student Challenge is what REG, DAT, BIB, and DB files are, and how CEC files are contstructed. CEC Files and how to include files into your O/S image with Windows CE 4.2 or Windows...
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    Transparent Monitor Screens

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    This is pretty wild - fancy a Transparent Monitor ? – Mike
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    Replacing the NK.BIN image...

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    Assuming that you’ve built a Windows CE image that supports H/D (or compact IDE Flash on the eBox ) and have downloaded the image to RAM from Platform Builder there are a number of ways to get an image onto the underlying media of the device. ...
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    Windows Mobile or Ultra Portable PC ?

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    I have an OQO to play around with for a while, this is a fully functional PC in a palm sized (depending on the size of your hand) form factor. The device runs on a Transmeta processor which seems to scale from 300MHz to 1GHz depending on processor load...
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    Windows CE 5.0 - "Core" or "Pro"

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    So, you’ve just built a Windows CE 5.0 based operating system image and are not sure whether the operating system components are in the “Core SKU” or the “Pro SKU” – how can you find out ? – there’s a downloadable...
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    And now... Windows XP vs Windows XP Embedded...

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    Just to round out the story, I should also compare Windows XP with Windows XP Embedded... How does the story begin... oh, yes, that's right... </clears throat> A long time ago, in... Windows XP Embedded can be traced back to the days of Windows...
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    Windows CE 5.0 - CEPC Debug Serial on COM1

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    You may have noticed that if you are building and debugging Windows CE 5.0 images on a CEPC that COM1 has been stolen by the debugger to send debug output to a listening terminal (or terminal application). You *should* be able to stop the serial debug...
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    Tutorial - Adding files to Windows CE 5.0

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    You’ve built your Windows CE 5.0 operating system, and you now need to add some files, perhaps this is an application you’ve written in Visual Studio .NET 2003, or an MFC application written in eMbedded Visual C++ 4.0 SP4, or some resource...
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    Speech Enabling your Windows CE Device.

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    There seems to be some confusion around Speech Enabling a Windows CE embedded device - Windows CE 5.0 exposes a set of Speech API's known as SAPI (or Speech API), this doesn't include a speech engine, which is a required component - you will need to license...
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    OpenNETCF - GPS Library.

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    Those darn clever OpenNETCF guys have been at it again, this time they've been working on a GPS library in Managed Code! - they've called this GPS Library Reloaded - how very cool is that! It's now time to provide feedback on the library - go here to...
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    Podcasting on your Pocket PC

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    I have to admit that I’m totally hooked on Podcasting, both creating podcasts (exposed from my blog) and syncing and listening to Podcasts, every morning I sync a number of podcast feeds to my laptop and listen to the content in the office –...
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    Voice Command 1.5 now available !

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    Voice Command 1.5 is now available (duh, I've already said that in the title of the post!!!) New! Additional features to assist people with impaired vision. For consumers who have difficulty reading a small screen or using a key pad, Voice Command v1...
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    It's Podcast time again - Meet Cathy Kerr, Technical Documentation Writer and Djembé (Bongo) Player !

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    It’s Friday afternoon, so that must mean it’s time for a Podcast – Today I met with Cathy Kerr from the Embedded Documentation team, if you think the documentation role is just about writing documentation then you should listen to this Podcast – here...
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    My first play with a Sony PSP

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    I took some photo’s (below) to compare the size of the PSP with an HP iPaq Pocket PC – the PSP feels good in the hand, has a fantastic display, and the controls ‘feel right’ – I can certainly see why someone would want to play games on here, I’m not sold...
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    CEFileWiz Updated.

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    It would appear that some developers PC’s have HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Platform Builder\5.0\Directories\OS Install Dir that doesn’t include a final backslash, this casues problems when launching the CEFileWiz application – I’ve...
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    Windows XP Embedded - Horm

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    Are you interested in Hibernate Once Resume Many (HORM) - this is a new feature in Windows XP Embedded SP2 - there's a great article on MSDN that discusses HORM . – Mike
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    This weeks Survey...

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    You're a developer, right ? - that means that you watch Star Trek, right ? - ok, take this weeks Survey - it's time to find out which was the best series… – Mike
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    Orb is now FREE - watch video, see photo's, listen to music over the network.

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    Orb networks have announced that their service is now free – this looks like an interesting product , if I get some time over the next couple of weeks (very slim chance) then I will have to install and have a play… – Mike
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    [UPDATED] Windows Embedded Student Challenge - Adding H/D support to your image.

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    This question has come up a number of times recently – how do you add support for a hard drive (or access to the internal flash) in your Windows CE 5.0 operating system image – those nice chaps at ICOP have a tutorial here that explains the steps. Sorry...
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    Bod on the Pod.

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    Now that my Podcast hardware is setup and running it's time to get down to some recording, today I plan on recording a couple of interviews, one with our VoIP guy, and with one of the Windows CE documentation team - if all goes well I will have both live...
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    Windows XP Embedded Supplemental Toolkit.

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    From Windowsfordevices.com – SJJ Embedded Micro Solutions has released the Windows XP Embedded Supplemental Toolkit . Described as "more than just a book," the toolkit offers new tools to help developers with creating components, finding dependencies...
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    Windows Embedded - Training, Academia, and Cricket.

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    Today I had the pleasure to talk with Ivan Joseph, a Product Manager in the Mobile and Embedded Devices group at Microsoft – Ivan runs training and academic programs, and is also responsible for the Windows Embedded Student ChallengE (note the extremely...
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    Beverage Survey Results are in...

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    We had a total of 75 completed surveys, 113 surveys started… What coffee providers to you use on a regular basis? Prompt Count Pct Starbucks 44 58.67% Jitters 2 2.67% Seattles Best Coffee 2 2.67% Home Brew 20 26.67% Java (huh?) 2 2.67% Tullys 2 2.67%...
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