D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

December 2010 Entries

Prairie Dev Con 2011–Call For Speakers!

The Prairie Developer Conference is now accepting session submissions for our upcoming June 2011 event! We’re looking for compelling sessions featuring Microsoft, Java, Ruby, Agile, ALM, and pretty much anything that we think our attendees would find valuable and interesting!

Head on over to the Call For Speakers area of the site to get all the details and download the submission form!



MS TechDays – My WP7 Talk’s Links and Notes

I hope those that attended my Windows Phone 7 talk this morning at Winnipeg TechDays enjoyed it! As promised, below are relevant links and info from my session. Differences Between Silverlight on Windows and Windows Phone http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Isolated Storage Best Practices for Windows Phone http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Class Library Support for Windows Phone http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... ......

WP7 – Oh, You Wanted to Develop On Your New Phone? That’ll Cost Ya!

Had an interesting Twitter convo today about WP7 development. Question was raised on how to use a WP7 device as the deployment target from within VS.NET. Thinking that this would be an *obvious* question, I replied that you need to set the right value in one of the drop lists in the IDE… I did this, hooked up my device, then tried to run my app, just as a final test that it was as easy as I thought it would be. It wasn’t. So first, your phone can’t be locked, so make sure you unlock it. Also, don’t ......

WP7 – Setting Up Outlook Account Mostly Painless, Annoying “Feature”

I set up my work Outlook account on my Samsung Focus today. Overall, the process was pretty painless and its working as expected (my calendar is updated as well). One small FYI though: don’t dilly-dally when entering the Outlook account settings. As I was trying to set it up, I got into a conversation with one of our network admins. While talking to him, the phone – which was in the Outlook account settings screen – exited out on its own and displayed my Gmail account. All the settings I had entered ......

WP7 – My Phone Can’t Connect to Wi-Fi or Cellular Data! Now What?!

Out with friends tonight, they wanted to see my WP7 device. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really show them anything because my phone’s data connectivity disappeared. With my data connection on my cellular settings turned on, and a 3G symbol visible, I couldn’t connect! Seeing that we were at Boston Pizza, and they provide wi-fi, I get the password and try to connect. While I was able to connect to the wi-fi network, there was no place to actually put the pass code in! So no dice for data. I come home, ......

WP7 – Samsung Focus May Never Do MMS? We’ll See…

I blogged last week about my experiences so far with my Samsung Focus on the Rogers network (phone is unlocked and branded AT&T). So far, so good, except for MMS – Multimedia messaging. In fact, nobody who’s using an unlocked Focus on a different network seems to be able to get this working. My buddy Colin did some digging and even contacted Samsung’s support account on Twitter. Here’s the horrendous response: Over at WPCentral they have an article talking about this issue, and they mention that ......