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    Finding Martin-Office Hours

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    Updates coming soon.
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    Building Your First WinJS Universal App (code and Screen cast)

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    I did an event on 9/11 covering creating a WinJS Universal App.  The topic was building applications for Windows and Windows Phone using Windows Universal apps.  Universal apps allow you to build app targeting Windows Phone and Windows 8 with...
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    Disabling Lenovo Track Pad Edge Swipe

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    For me the track pad edge swipe happens when I don’t want it to, so after a bit of digging I found the approach to disabling it.  From the control panel I selected Mouse and then walked the dialogs below to disable edge swipe.
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    Multi-cursor in Visual Studio

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    If the lines are consecutive select the location in the first line and then use Shift-Alt and the up and down arrow keys to select multiple lines.  In the image below see the light blue highlight before the time…. indicating these four rows are selected...
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    Building Your First Windows Universal App V2 (Screencast and code)

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    Doing a second event on 9/3 with some updates (e.g. improvements) to the code from 8/27.  I did an event at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) where we had students from Computer Science (CS), Information Technology & Management (ITM...
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    Microsoft Student Partner

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      Become a Microsoft Student Partner Are you passionate about technology? Do you aspire to a career in technology? Are you ready to get going now? The MSP program is for you - a great opportunity to be the voice of Microsoft on campus and lay the...
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    Windows 8 Task Manager - App History the megabytes of a telling tale

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    I hit Ctrl-Shift-Esc to bring up the Task Manager on Windows 8.  This time around I paid a bit more attention to the tabs at the top of the Task Manager.  Yes, you know these… This time around I took a look at the tab labeled App history Now...
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    Scanning a QR Code with Windows Phone 8.1

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    It turns out things have moved a bit in Windows Phone 8.1 when it comes to scanning QR codes.  The QR code scanning is no longer hung off of search.  To scan QR codes you need to access the Bing Vision lens.  How do you access Bing Vision...
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    WinJS for the C# guy: Getting started.

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    I have been learning about building Windows 8.1 apps using WinJS.  This has been a pretty big paradigm shift for me as I have been a strongly typed C# Win Forms, WPF and then WinRT guy for quite a while.  However, learning something new is always...
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    Windows RT Application where are my app directories

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    I have found and lost this information a couple of times, so now it’s time to make it a more fixture on my blog that others may need to benefit from as well.  As you might be aware for Windows RT apps your have unrestricted access to the local, roaming...
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    begin

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    private void TextBox_OnKeyDown(object sender, KeyRoutedEventArgs e) { // Supports numbers and a single decimal // By default this should be the "." for US English, but lets get the system assigned value just in case String decimalString = System...
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    XAML Storyboards

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    <TextBlock>The the TextBlock below validates its input using the KeyDown event</TextBlock> <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal"> <TextBox Width="100" HorizontalAlignment="Left" KeyDown="TextBox_OnKeyDown"><...
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    Outlook custom form regions

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    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/library/vstudio/bb386301.aspx
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    NIU OMIS 351 Summer of your app

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    Let’s do the pre-work to publish an app Hello spring OMIS 259 and OMIS 351 Students.  Instructions for getting started and building your app can be found here: http://1drv.ms/1lvtqDP
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    Dude Where’s my Car? Ever lost your car? No more!

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    Ever lost your car at the airport or parking lot at the mall or the park?  Happens to me often (don’t judge me).  I was thrilled to discover the Car Locator for Windows Phone.  How does it work?  Before you leave just run Car Locator...
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    Math Flash Game

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    Nice math flashcard game .  The fact you can configure if you can do addition, subtraction, multiplication, division is really nice.  Also you can set the range of numbers you can use which allows you to tailor it to your child's current skill...
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    Tally Tool App for Windows Phone

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    Ever needed to count the number of laps you or your child does or the number of 25 foot (the length of my tape measure) segments you’ve measured.  Trying to hold this information in my head hasn’t typically worked to well.  I stumbled across...
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    BMI Calculator For Windows Phone

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    I had been wondering about my Body Mass Index (BMI), when I came across a BMI app, BMI Mobile , on the Windows Phone ( http://aka.ms/BMImobile ) that provided this information.  I downloaded the app and provided feedback to the author on some cool...
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    Don't tell the boss – Fun WP 8 Fire My Laser

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    I have been playing, Fire My Laser - http://aka.ms/FireMyLaser , which I find to be a fun, challenging and engaging game for Windows Phone 8.  It’s built with the Unity engine and has good production quality.  One of the things like about this...
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    Rating Windows Phone and Windows Apps

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    Rating an app and especially providing feedback via comments can make a huge difference as an app developer.  If you’ve built an app and published an app you are eager to get feedback, even negative feedback, because this provides a clear path to...
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    WP App – Piggy Banker – saving for what you want

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    I have been using the fun, engaging and easy to use app called Piggy Banker .  I have been wanting to save a few bucks for a not required, but desired item and have needed to track my savings.  I discovered Piggy Banker a Windows Phone app that...
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    Unriddle and other sports games.

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    Here are some fun sports games I am playing:   Unriddle: NFL teams http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/c544c76c-e8b5-4306-a3c4-daa6cb6cccaa NCAA Football Teams http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/a6400e4f-9f26-4fe0-a159-b45a583a19cf...
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    Velin Student apps

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    IIT prolific student app publisher Velin is back at again with some great new titles for Windows 8.  These apps are fun and engaging and cover a board set of interests. · Harry Potter Trivia: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/app/harry-potter-trivia...
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    John Martello Student Game Dev Games

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    I met John at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).  I have been working with John to get his game titles into the Windows Store.  John’s games have been doing well in the store and I wanted to share some of my favorites. MLB Team Trivia...
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    Get your Windows Phone app URL

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    Here are the simple steps to get the URL for your Windows Phone application. 1. Navigate to http://dev.windowsphone.com 2. Click “Dashboard” 3. Click on “Apps” 4. Select the App your App 5. Click on “details” 6. Scroll down the page and copy the “Link...
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