Windows Embedded Blog

A look at Embedded and other Cool Stuff.

January, 2006

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    Coding - Hare or Tortoise ?

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    You have a product to build, this requires an embedded operating system (of course!) and applications/services - you have a choice of application development tools, languages and frameworks Assembler - small, fast, error prone, takes for ever to...
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    Barcode Capture in how many lines of code ?

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    I'm working on a demo to show at Embedded World in Germany next month - My plan is to show how Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded, and Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS) can streamline your embedded operating system development experience in much...
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    What's on your Windows Mobile device ?

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    Here's a question for all of the Windows Mobile users out there... Windows Mobile devices (Pocket PC and Smartphone) ship with a number of built in applications (Internet Explorer, Media Player, Office applications etc...), what (if anything) have you...
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    USB Barcode Scanner - Here's my code...

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    Here's my code to read barcode data and display the data in a ListBox - of course this could also be extended to lookup the barcode data in a SQL Database or XML file and provide more information like "Grande Vanilla Latte", "Lemon Pound Cake", and todays...
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    Bug Density - A reason for considering Managed Code ?

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    I had an interesting discussion with someone from India last night about embedded software development, one of the subjects we discussed was why someone should consider using Managed (C#/VB) vs. Native (C/C++) application development. Perhaps some...
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    Embedded Operating Systems : Componentized or Vertical Focused ?

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    We've seen just how easy it is to build a Point of Service device using the WEPOS (Windows Embedded for Point of Service) SDK , I wrote the code needed to support a Barcode Scanner in about two minutes using around 10 lines of code, adding additional...
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    Get Pumped by Windows CE.

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    Check this out, on the Engadget site there's an overview of the Dresser Wayne Ovation iX Windows CE powered gas pump - this was displayed at CES (outside the convention center next to the Windows Automotive area) - The device has a 10.1" LCD panel that...
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    Toshiba Gigabeat Portable Media Center - Better than iPod?

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    During the BillG Keyote CES the Toshiba Gigabeat was shown for the first time, the Gigabeat is a version 2.0 Portable Media Center device, devices come with up to 60GB storage - more information here and on the CNET news site - Portable Media Centers...
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    Converging Devices - Windows Mobile AND Windows XP

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    Geekzone have a blog article that shows a DualCor cPC device that runs two Micrososft operating systems (each running on their own processor), Windows XP and Windows Mobile (which is of course Windows CE 5.0) - the operating systems share the single display...
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    SumoSPOT at MEDC 2006 ?

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    Remember the delegate parties from the last two years Mobile and Embedded Developers Conference (MEDC) events and the awesome Sumobot competitions ? Anyone interested in taking part in a Sumo competition at this years MEDC ? Would it be absolutely...
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    Not using Windows Embedded - What's your excuse ?

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    There are some interesting case studies on the Windows/Embedded web site - Devices include medical, industrial control, robotics, crane safety devices, and other cool devices. Chaveriat Robotique : Robot Manufacturer Wins Market Share Thanks to...
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    Windows CE AMD-GX Reference boards on eBay !

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    This is a little odd, 12 AMD Geode GX thin client reference boards (RDK) have appeared on eBay link here - at the time of this posting the bid is open for another two days - starting bid per board is $199.95 The board is capable of running Windows...
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    Windows CE 5.0 Real-Time Tutorial now (nearly) Live !

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    Some time ago I recorded an interview with John Eldridge (Windows CE Architect) to talk about Windows CE 5.0 real-time capabilities, the video has now gone live on the MSDN/Embedded tutorials page . Enjoy. <Update> The feed is currently broken...
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    Visual Studio CoreCon API's?

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    Anyone that's worked with Windows CE or Windows Mobile devices has probably at some time or another come across the "Platform Manager", also known as PlatMan, also see my MSDN article on writing Remote Tools for Windows CE - with Visual Studio 2005 there...
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    Barry Bond - Building an ARM Emulator Video now posted.

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    If you were not able to attend this months WE-DIG meeting you missed a great presentation by Barry Bond - Chris Muench (author of the world famous Pocket Jongg .NET application for Pocket PC devices!) recorded the session which has now been posted to...
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    MEDC Europe 2006 - Nice/France

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    Marcus Perryman has posted information about MEDC 2006 Europe (Mobile and Embedded Developers Conference) - this is running June 6-8 in Nice, south of France (which is going to be awesome!). I first presented at the Acropolis Conference Center in 1997...
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    Windows XP Embedded Resources.

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    Andy Allred (and team) have posted a useful list of resources for Windows XP Embedded developers - here's a link to the XPE Blog post . - Mike
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    Windows CE Licensing - What's in Core, what's in Pro...

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    Windows CE (as we all know by now) is a small footprint, hard real-time, componentized, embedded operating system that gets used in a range of cool and interesting devices, from cow milking machines, medical devices, industrial control systems, robots...
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    Off to CES for the week.

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    I'm going to be at CES for the week, sharing time between customer meetings and booth duty - I'm hoping to get some time to look around the (absolutely massive) event [you don't get a feel for how big CES is until you've been to one]. Let me know if...
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    Writing an ARM Emulator in an evening...

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    At last evenings WE-DIG meeting Barry Bond developed the core of an ARM emulator, all written in "C" in a console based application in Visual Studio 2005, this included code for the cpu, memory, and peripherals - this was a cracking session, all code...
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    MEDC 2006 - Content, content, content...

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    MEDC 2006 is drawing ever closer, all the signs are there, yesterday was the first monster session review meeting, this required all content/track owners to spend more than three hours reviewing the submitted sessions and take the first cut on sessions...
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    The Chris Pirillo Show - Live!

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    Last night I was over at Chris Pirillo's house with Vikram Dendi (Vik lives in the office next to me) Chris was busy recording The Chris Pirillo Show - This weeks show covering Windows Evangelism and Automation There were a number of well known...
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    Chris Lanfear (Industry Analyst) Embedded Blog

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    Chris Lanfear inustry analyst on Embedded Systems has started a blog On Target: Embedded Systems (actually started in December 2005) - Looks like this might be worth keeping an eye on... Chris has covered a number of subjects, including a look at Windows...
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    Rory Blyth - Windows Mobile Development Tutorials.

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    Rory Blyth of MSDN fame has created a series of Windows Mobile application development tutorials - the latest talks about using the notification, camera, and message interception API's - it's worth taking a look, here's a link to the blog . - Mike
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    MSDN Channel 9 - Interview with Suzan DelBene VP for Mobile and Embedded Devices

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    Check out the MSDN Channel 9 interview with Suzan DelBene , VP in the Mobile and Embedded Devices group <snip>Meet corporate vice president Suzan DelBene as she talks about the smallest but fastest growing division at Microsoft, the mobile and...
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