Mike Ormond's Blog

Musings on mobile development and Windows Phone 7 in particular.

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    Wacom Graphics Tablet

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    I got given an Expression branded Wacom CTE-440 graphics table a while back. I didn't really get on with it. Whatever drivers I installed also enabled a bunch of Tablet PC functionality that I didn't want and I struggled with the pen interface (fine on...
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    Spatial Data in SQL Server 2008

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    I'm going to re-plug my Spatial Data Generator for SQL Server 2008 as I've had a lot of very positive feedback about it and I know it's been used in various events around the globe - maybe this is my 5 minutes? (That reminds me of Melvin Udall: "What...
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    A Few Running Tips

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    Andy's just secured a place on the Great North Run (fantastic!) and asked me (of all people) for a few tips based on my Marathon experience. I did a bit of a brain dump and this is what I came up with (disclaimer: I'm not a professional athlete not trainer...
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    Deep Zoom Demo now with Mouse Wheel Support

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    I've updated my Deep Zoom demo to add mouse wheel support for zooming. There is no way to capture mouse wheel events in managed code in Silverlight 2 so I tried a couple of approaches. Firstly I tried to attach a managed event handler to the DOMMouseScroll...
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    My Marathon Hell by Mike Ormond Aged 39 and a bit

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    We (we being my fiancé Gemma and I) lined up on Sunday morning in Greenwich Park @ 9.45 in what had already become an uncomfortable temperature for running even a short distance. We took our place with tens of thousands of other runners in red start area...
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    Moving to Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh - A Quick Checklist

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    Here are a few things you'll have to change in your Silverlight 1.1 apps to get them working with the 1.1 Alpha Refresh: Replace the current Silverlight.js file with the new one from the SDK *** Change any references to Sys.Silverlight.* namespace (like...
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    Belkin Wireless G USB Network Adapter - Why did I buy this thing?

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    Okay so it was (relatively) cheap but the reviews were, well, mixed. Still I splashed out £9.99 (down from £16.41) as I was buying some stuff from Amazon anyway (this limited my choice a little) and it seemed like a good deal. The horror stories...
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    I've Just Bought a VW Camper

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    Beep beep! Am I mad? Technorati Tags: vw , camper , money-pit?
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    So You Want to Build a Vista Sidebar Gadget?

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    I've spent a bit of time building a SideBar gadget recently and had a lot of fun doing it. I thought it might be worth sharing some of the stuff I learned along the way by building out a gadget that does something. Maybe not something useful but something...
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    Building a Live.com Gadget

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    For those of you that missed the announcement (shame on you!), Microsoft announced Windows Live and Office Live back in November of last year: Designed to deliver rich and seamless experiences to individuals and small businesses, the new offerings...
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    Word 2007 Content Controls, the Custom XML Store and XML Mappings

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    In my last post I referenced an excellent blog post on modonovan’s blog which talks you through how to use Word Content controls to map to custom XML. This is a really powerful concept – particularly for generating documents on the server – as there’s...
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    ASP.NET 4.0 Enhancements to Data Controls

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    Picking up where I left off some time back on ASP.NET 4.0 , today we take a look at some of the enhancements we’re making to data controls in ASP.NET 4.0. Let’s start with the easy stuff. Cleaner HTML Over the years we’ve made significant advances in...
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    TaxiRoute – A Windows Phone Application

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    Some time ago, at a Windows Phone User Group meeting in Cardiff, I saw Trevor Daniel talk about his application TaxiRoute . It’s an interesting concept – and one we can all relate to – how much is a taxi going to cost me from A to B? (Or how much should...
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    Disk2vhd and native boot – Or how to capture and use an OS snapshot

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    I keep returning to this issue and this time I think I might have cracked it. Here’s my problem: I have an existing Windows 7 install on a 160GB SSD drive. From time to time I’d like to create a “branch” to install software that either [a] I will only...
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    Displaying HTML Content in Windows Phone 7

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    In the run up to the launch of Windows Phone 7, we did a lot of work with customers building early applications to help them bring their app to market for launch and to provide guidance and assistance in terms of application design and compliance with...
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    Windows Phone 7 Iconography

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    I don’t know about you but I find creating the various application and marketplace icons a bit of a chore. Perhaps because I’m not very gifted artistically or perhaps it’s just because there are quite a few things to remember. I've created a set of templates...
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    Simplifying Cross Browser Compatibility Testing

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    Microsoft Expression Web includes the capability to render web pages using a variety of different rendering engines. Importantly it includes the IE6 rendering engine so you can render pages in both IE6 and IE7 or IE8 on the same machine. We’ve now made...
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    Vista + FireFox + Cassini Web Server (Visual Studio Web Server)

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    I've been having problems with this combination - pages served by Cassini take an age to load in FireFox - and I did a search yesterday and noticed Rick Strahl and others were also having problems so it wasn't just me. I've pinged the ASP.NET team and...
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    SlickRun

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    We expect to get questions at events when we’ve finished a presentation but it’s surprising how many people come up and ask “What was that application you were running that allowed you to type commands on the desktop?”. Well, the answer for the uninitiated...
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    MileageTracker

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    Everyone at work has been ribbing me over a little mobile application I’ve been developing. I don’t get it – I think it’s great. I carry this phone around with me everywhere. Once in a while I make / receive a call on it but it can do so much more. I...
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    Silverlight 1.1 Projects Running From Filesystem

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    I've seen the same question a few times now about how you can create a Silverlight 1.1 project that doesn't run from the filesystem. By default, when you create a Silverlight 1.1 project in Visual Studio 2008 and hit F5 (run), IE will fire up with a filesystem...
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    //TODO (before rebuilding your machine)

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    I rebuilt my machine earlier in the week (the Remote Installation Service lets me flatten and rebuild to a Windows Vista + Office Enterprise 2007 image in about half an hour). Of course there's still a lot of work to do to install VS, SQL Server etc etc...
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    Hacking AJAX Applications

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    Following on from my post about XSS vulnerabilities (not AJAX specific) I've just been watching a great video on AJAX Hacking (and prevention using ASP.NET) . Well worth a watch - there are some great real world examples of exploits and what to do about...
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    Silverlight 2 Deep Zoom Demo

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    With inspiration and a bit of help from MikeT , Daniel and Yasser (and John in his comments) I had a crack at a simple Silverlight 2 demo with Deep Zoom. You'll find links to all the tools etc in the linked posts but essentially I took some images and...
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    Silverlight OnFullScreenChange and AddEventListener()

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    I spent too long this weekend trying to hookup an event handler to the OnFullScreenChange event in my Silverlight 1.0 application using something like the following: this .plugIn.content.addEventListener( "OnFullScreenChange" , Silverlight...
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