Embedded Musings

Musings, ramblings and thoughts on embedded systems and other random stuff that pops into my head.

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    Major update for .NET Micro Framework site

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    Jan Kučera has updated his web site about Microsoft .NET Micro Framework www.microframework.eu . Along with a new look and new content he is announcing distributor relationships with .NET MF hardware vendor Device Solutions . This is great news for European...
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    How many trips to the electronics store does it take to make a Jack O' lantern?

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    How many trips to the electronic store does it take to make a Jack O' Lantern? Well it turns out a lot more than we thought! John Leier (Technical Product Manager for the .NET MF) and I took on the task of making up some Jack O' Lantern for the Microsoft...
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    How do you make the wind blow indoors?

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    So if you want to have a demo that uses an anemometer to measure wind speeds - how do you make it work indoors where there is no wind? This is a problem that John Leier (Technical Product Manager for the .NET Micro Framework) and Jim Mateer (Program Manager...
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    Buy .NET Micro Framework Porting Kit from Microsoft Store (really!)

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    You can now buy the .NET Micro Framework Porting Kit from the Microsoft Store . At this time the store only supports credit cards in the US or EU. Other regions will need to contact netmfbiz @ Microsoft.com to arrange an order.
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    Download details: .NET MF 2/2009 Doc Update

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    There's an update for the .NET Micro Framework Documentation available Download details: .NET MF 2/2009 Doc Update It contains documentation on some classes that were missing from the RTM release and other minor updates.
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    Building a WPF Emulator Part II

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    OK, this time we’ll get to some code. (and a new blog theme style that makes fitting code a lot easier!) In previous posts I’ve outlined the concepts involved with links to more detailed info on the general patterns etc… Now we’ll have a look at some...
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    Download details: .NET MF Port Kit

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    In case you hadn’t noticed or seen it. The .NET Micro Framework Porting Kit V3.0 is now freely available on MS downloads. This isn’t a new version, it’s the same one we released in 3Q08. It’s just a free download now. Work is progressing on the next version...
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    .NET Micro Framework V4.0 Beta

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    The .NET V4.0 Beta is coming to a PC near you. Sign up on Microsoft Connect to get your copy when it becomes available!n Lot’s of great new features and SOURCE CODE in this release!
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    FusionWare.SPOT V3.0 now available

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    The V3.0 release of the FusionWare.SPOT libraries is now available! This version supports VS2008 and the .NET Micro Framework SDK V3.0 RTM. Check it out at codeplex now!
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    Contest tools and SDKs

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    The Dare to Dream Different contest is connected to the launch of version 3.0 of the .NET Micro Framework. V3.0 is scheduled to be released later this month. Currently a release candidate of the V3.0 SDK (with emulator) is available for download from...
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    One day into Maker Faire and we have existential dilemmas

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    Well one day at Maker Faire is passed, and it was a long day, we arrived for setup around 8am he event opened at 10am and ran through until 10pm! It was a long day but the attendees are a whole lot of fun loving creative people that keep things entertaining...
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    Everybody run, the marketing guy's got a soldering gun!

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    Here at Maker Faire the excitement is all around making stuff. So we set up a section of the booth to create some simple, blinky lights samples. The attendees loved to watch someone putting things together and it provided a great opportunity to talk about...
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    Whoohoo! Microsoft gets "Editors Choice" award at Maker Faire

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    Congratulations to the teams from the .NET Micro Framework and Microsoft Robotics Studio!
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    Anouncing the FusionWare.SPOT library

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    The FusionWare.SPOT library is now available on codeplex . This library began it's life as part of the SDK for the Tahoe Development kit from EmbeddedFusion (Now owned by Device Solutions ). While it always had a BSD like license associated with it, that...
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    Interfacing LCD with 3 wires from .NET Micro Framework

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    The ever clever Pavel Bansky has created a new sample of using Alpha numeric LCD displays with the .NET Micro Framework using only 3 GPIO pins in the process! Check it out! Interfacing LCD with 3 wires from .NET Micro Framework | Pavel Bansky
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    .NET Micro Framework V3.0 RC0 Now Available!

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    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! .NET Micro Framework team posts Release Candidate 0 of the SDK on connect site . Yes, ladies and gentlemen, and anyone else reading this that doesn't fit one of those categories. (Is there anybody reading this? If I write...
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    New chapter of MF book released at APRESS

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    APRESS has posted the Table of contents and the Intro chapter to Jens' new book APRESS.COM : Expert .NET Micro Framework : 9781590599730 Technorati Tags: .NET Micro Framework , Embedded , C#
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    Interop shminterop! What's all this talk of Interop?

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    NOTE: The technology discussed in this BLOG post is of an early BETA form and may change significantly by the time the product is actually released! You have been warned. Question: With the .NET Micro Framework providing a bootable runtime for .NET...
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    If I'm living in a managed world, why do I need Dispose()?

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    It's inevitable that at some point a C/C++ programmer migrating to .NET and C# will run into the need to use Dispose() or IDisposable and ponder the reason for their existence. After all - the idea of a managed environment like .NET and a language like C# is that you don't have to worry about memory management problems any more right? While that is, generally speaking true, there are more things an application has to keep track of then just memory. This is what Dispose is really for but the reasons are not clearly understood by most C/C++ developers, particularly those used to controlling things very closely in embedded devices. Furthermore, the correct implementation of Dispose() is often a source of considerable confusion. This article is intended to help clarify that and make life easier for developers to create code that does the right thing with regard to resource management. ...
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    REALLY small low cost hardware platform for .NET Micro Framework

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    GHI Electronics just announced the USBizi system. It's VERY small and only $99 in QTY-1. Nice work and congratulations to the team at GHI! I can't wait to see what people will do with this! GHI Electronics, LLC. | USBizi Development System
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    Why do I need Dispose()

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    In working with C# myself and with customers I've discovered an area of confusion and hidden bugs. Resource management, the RAII pattern and Dispose() are typical trouble spots for those of us who deal with C# and C/C++. I've just completed an article...
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    I/us/we vs you/them/those @#$#@$!

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    Well here I am, a new Microsoft employee/Former MVP. I'm a Program Manager for the .NET Micro Framework . This role is a new twist on my already convoluted career path that I'm rather excited about. I'm very excited about the Micro Framework and embedded...
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    New .NET Micro Framework book

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    After what I am sure is a lot of labor and work Jens Kühner has finished his book on the .NET Micro Framework titled: " Expert .NET Micro Framework " you can pre-order it now on Amazon. Jens has been quite active in the Micro Framework focused newsgroup...
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    Free book chapter posted!

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    Windows For devices has posted a chapter of Jens' new book to help readers evaluate if they want to purchase it. Here's what Jens had to say about it in a recent newsgroup post: Expert .NET Micro Framework will be published end of April and is available...
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    Preparing for the MVP Summit

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    On occasion Microsoft invites all of the word Wide MVPs to come to a summit on campus at the company headquarters in Redmond. The MVPs for the 2008 summit began arriving over the weekend. I'm a bit sad I'm not joining them at all the events and sessions...
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