Wot u do with .net

All the fun things you can do with .net from extending Media Centre to robotics to game development.

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    Do you know how to get Microsoft Technical Support?

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    When the chips are down and you’ve reach the point where you need help, it is reassuring to know Microsoft Support Professionals are only a phone call or maybe an email away. We want you to know what your paid-for and free Microsoft Support options are...
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    Windows 7: Building your own sensors

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    Windows 7 has a built in sensor and location platform, the key feature of this is any sensor devices connected to it become operating system level resources which any number of applications can utilise the data from. Up until now, sensor devices (like...
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    VS2010, .Net 4 and Windows 7 Multitouch WPF apps!

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    Hi all, I've been doing a little playing around with MT on Win7 using the VS2010 and .Net 4 Beta 1 to get some WPF MT demos running. Here are the videos! Basic how to get MT going code example: Some internal demos that I've made to work on VS2010 and...
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    XNA: Gaming across many platforms and the cloud

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    I’ve been working with UK XNA MVP Charles Humphrey on project ZuneRay. ZuneRay is a raycasting engine built by Charles’ for the Zune HD using XNA 3.1. With Windows Phone 7 Series in the pipeline we used the Zune HD as a target test platform with the intention...
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    Get kids programming with Wowwee bots!

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    Getting children into science and technology is one of the big challenges facing UK education today. Getting kids into programming is even harder. Or it used to be. Yesterday I met up with Jane Braybrook and Peter Kibble of Q4 Technologies. Jane (a...
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    Aspire Ferrari One – rocks. A netbook as netbooks should be

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    My latest purchase is an Acer Ferrari One netbook. This is a netbook like no other and the way netbooks should be! It is the same size as the current restricted Atom 11.6” screen netbooks, with 1366x768 res - but this one runs the AMD Athlon X2 L310 processor...
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    New releases sneak out

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    While I was travelling last week two new product releases 'snuk' out. Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 and XNS Games Studio 3.0. Both now supporting the VS 2008 products which makes for a more comfortable environment on Vista. Microsoft Robotics...
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    PDC 09 attendees get free Win7 laptop

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    Steven Sinofsky announced at PDC09 day 2 keynote, that all PDC 09 attendees would receive a MSFT designed, Acer built, Windows 7 laptop free of charge. The laptop has a touch screen, full sensor and location functionality, is 64-bit and fully loaded up...
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    Windows 7 on a Samsung Q1

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    Ian Dixon (Media Centre MVP, UK) has been playing with Windows 7 a bit and has successfully installed it on a Samsung Q1. Ian's Q1 is the 1GB RAM, Celeron M model. You can read about his experience here . I'm very tempted to try the current pre-beta on...
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    Windows 7 application UI enhancements

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    Heya, how’s it going? If you have Windows applications built using .Net you may be wondering how to add all the cool new Windows 7 taskbar and common dialog features? These are all accessible as native api but we’re in .Net dude – looks like we’re pinvoking...
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    Making your app shine on Windows 7: Jumplist

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    This post is one in a series of posts covering the Windows API Code Pack. The code pack provides a managed code framework for using the new native Windows 7 features.   After thumbnail previews the next item you’ll be looking to implement for your...
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    Win 7 beta download stopping 10th Feb

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    The Windows 7 beta is only available until the 10 th February to download, so get your copy now ! MSDN and TechNet Subscribers will continue to have access to the Windows 7 Beta bits throughout the Windows 7 Beta phase. The above dates do not apply to...
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    Home automation - easily and cheaply

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    I've been playing with some of B&Q's HomeEasy range of automation devices - switches and dimmers . These nicely designed pieces of kit are inexpensive - £20 will get you a remote and 3 on/off mains plugs. The remote controls and switches have a range...
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    1st XNA UK user group bar camp - registrations now open!

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    The first ever XNA UK user group bar camp is taking place on the 21st March at iCentrum in Birmingham. Book your attendance here . There are 12 slots that can be pre-booked if you want to show off your latest XNA game for peer review, your latest coding...
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    XNA 3.1 install onto Windows 7

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    I nuked my machines to move up to a clean build of Windows 7 RTM. In rebuilding them I hit a snag with the XNA3.1 install. The install would start and then rollback just after the redistributables copy started. To overcome this issue I set the runtime...
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    Modding the Acer Aspire One

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    My experience of Windows 7 on the Acer Aspire One continues to be highly satisfactory and I've turned to exploring how I can customise the machine. I first looked at memory - I only have 1Gb, and the device can support 1.5Gb. With 512Mb soldered into...
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    Making your app shine on Windows 7: Tabbed Thumb Nails

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    This post is one in a series of posts covering the Windows API Code Pack . The code pack provides a managed code framework for using the new native Windows 7 features. In this post we’ll examine how to implement thumbnail previews for a tabbed application...
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    Tablets reborn

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    Have you seen the new HP TouchSmart tx2 ? Development of the tablet PC now with HP's TouchSmart technology. It looks pretty awesome and is getting some good reviews but I could only find it on the US HP site - come on UK don't dilly dally!! Key thing...
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    Widget development in Windows Mobile 6.5

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    I had two sessions to present at Over The Air 09 . The first was all about the new Widget runtime included in Windows Mobile 6.5 . The runtime brings a Microsoft implementation of W3C Widget support to Windows Mobile for the first time. Our implementation...
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    SharePoint 2010 on Windows 7 x64

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    I’m just completing the installation of a standalone development environment for SharePoint 2010 Beta on my Windows 7 x64 netbook. There are a few gotchas to doing this which I wanted to share with you, it turns out that they are all well documented by...
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    London: Pluralsight courses coming up

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    Scott Deadrick dropped me a note regarding some up coming Pluralsight courses. Details below: We have two, high profile instructors teaching three courses in London in the coming months. I thought your customers might be interested. Volume discounts are...
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    Remix08: DIY Multitouch device

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    At the Sneak Peek keynote we showed off the MSR Cambridge Family Archive project. A research project that uses a multitouch tabletop hardware solution to enable families to record, store and view digital images of items important to them. As well as the...
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    Seadragon Goes Mobile : Microsoft Live Labs

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    Microsoft Live Labs has made available a mobile SeaDragon client for the iPhone you can get it from the iTunes App store. The application utilises the Sea Dragon platform to browse Deep Zoom images. Read more here: Seadragon Goes Mobile : Microsoft Live...
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    XNA UK Bar Camp 21st March

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    Are getting ready to come to XNA Camp? We have a great selection of speakers AND creators club memberships to give away to attendees (4mths) and speakers (12mths). Everything in fact to get you building games or building more advanced games! With the...
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    Windows 7 - the boy band...

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    Ok so 'fun' videos seems to be of the moment.... PDC 2008 is coming… and I can’t wait!
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