Vittorio Bertocci

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  • Blog Post: Fun with Blink(1) and Claims: Unboxing and Identity Providers’ Synesthesia

    [ WARNING : this post has no business value whatsoever, and that is by design. Please do not take any of this post as something you’d do in your applications. I got a new toy and I am just goofing around with it :-)] If you’ve been reading this blog through the years, you know I am a big fan of gadgets...
  • Blog Post: Detachable Lenses Give Your Smartphone the Gift of Supersight

    [Yes, another non-identity and non-cloud related post about gadgets: after all, it’s Saturday! But the next one will be a serious post, I promise] Being able at any time to pull out from your pocket a phone capable of capturing megapixel pictures & videos is awesome, but oftentimes I do miss the...
  • Blog Post: Dell Venue Pro: a Jewel and a Race Horse in a Single Chassis

    Long time readers know that, besides being far too interested in weird security protocols, I am kind of a gadget freak . Well, after much kicking and screaming I finally managed to put my fangs on a brand new Dell Venue Pro: and ho boy, was it worth the wait. The last phone I bought was an HTC Touch...
  • Blog Post: Unboxing of the Zotac ZBOX ID34

    [warning: no identity or technical content here] It’s so long that I don’t write a post about gadgets that the term disappeared from my tag cloud. Well, tonight after dinner I took a break from the usual grind and decided to pay homage to this ceremony that gadget lovers seems to have grown accustomed...
  • Blog Post: HTC * ( Touch Pro2 vs Universal )

    [warning: no identity in this post] Ahh, immense joy. Today coming back from work I found a nice surprise: a brand new HTC Touch Pro2 . Well, not exactly a surprise, since I spent every idle moment refreshing the FedEx tracking page; but it’s always a nice feeling to unbox a new gadget (as long as it...
  • Blog Post: Live Mesh: ...because I can

    I am sure you already fell in love with Live Mesh : I know I did. Today I did a little experiment, which probably shows how desperately I need to go in vacation ASAP: I wanted to do a mega-remote session that would go through pretty much all the physical machines I am using there days. The sequence is...
  • Blog Post: My new Fujitsu U810

    [warning: this post does not feature any identity related content, and it's probably useless] I feel for the UMPCs an unhealthy (walletwise) attraction, since the very moment they came out. In fact, if you dig in the early years of this blog you'll see I am a gadget freak: I am still proudly going...
  • Blog Post: A (fiscal) year in review

    It's that time of the year again: the end of June marks the end of the fiscal year, and for us it's time to reflect on what we've done in the past 12 months. Vast majority of the things I've done are internal-only or with high profile customers that can't be mentioned publicly until their PR departments...
  • Blog Post: Securing a Sidebar Gadget with Windows CardSpace and WCF

    In short: I discuss Sidebar Gadgets, and I show you how to invoke a CardSpace-protected WCF service from a simple Gadget. Full source code is provided, along with detailed commentary on the road I've followed for getting there. Added bonus: the code shows how to apply an arbitrary configuration file...
  • Blog Post: WCF on Windows Mobile

    Well, I guess a lot of people waited for this . Being able to write WS-* apps on phone? THIS IS GREAT!!!!
  • Blog Post: Consumer side RFID killer app!

    OK, we've all read for the last x years about how RFID is going to be a breakthrough technology for the supply chain. But what about more immediate consequences on the daily life of everybody? I've found the reason for which IMHO it's worth waiting for a widespread adoption of RFID tags on goods. Think...
  • Blog Post: Making sense of the TabletPC Accelerometer, round II

    Ahh. The Sunday's post about the little toy for playing with the accelerometer of certain tablet pcs had a notable success. Evviva! :-) Few answers to common questions: I DON'T use any Accelerometer API. I'm not aware of any public ones, and that's the only way I'd make use of them. I instead rely...
  • Blog Post: Making sense of the Tablet PC Accelerometer: WinGimcana

    Hi everybody! At the address http://workspaces.gotdotnet.com/wingimcana you can find a small toy I wrote in order to play with one of the coolest but least mentioned M200 features, the Accelerometer. Winform is pretty far from my daily bread (web services), but I have to say that GDI+ is very powerful...
  • Blog Post: Power without cables

    http://splashpower.com/ I'd say that if it works they have a bright future. Considering than now I have a different adapter for each of the following (not everything is mine, but all of them are around): phone(s) bluetooth headset bluetooth GPS antenna port replicator tablet pocketpc camera router access...
  • Blog Post: Spoiled by .NET, connectivity, etc

    It's too easy to get spoiled by .NET and by all the related initiatives. I have the SP3 just from Christmas, and I'm already completely addicted to the idea of being able to write my own little apps with the Compact Framework (earlier I had the MPx200), and being able to connect wirelessly all sorts...
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