April 2008 Entries

RoboChamps!
In a nutshell - use .NET Code to build virtual robots that can: 1) Navigate their way through a maze with hidden traps and surprises 2) Explore a virtual Martian surface 3) Navigate a car though an urban setting 4) Rescue a person trapped in ruble after a major disaster 5) Sumo-wrestle another robot Introducing RoboChamps from Microsoft. If you remember the .NET Terrarium back in the day this sounds similar. Check out the link and get started! http://www.robochamps.com/ ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 30, 2008 7:27 AM | Comments (0)

Windows Mobile slide deck and demo code posted
I've posted the slide deck and demo code from my user group presentation the other night. You can download it from my VBMobile blog: http://ilovevb.net/Web/file... The demo code shows basic SMS Messaging, State & Notifications Broker, Call Blocking (using the State and Notifications Broker) and using System Settings - all in VB.NET. Enjoy ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 22, 2008 9:56 AM | Comments (1)

What would you do? Trapped for 41 hours...

Saw this video of a man trapped in an elevator for 41 hours (it's a time lapse video). This happened back in 1999...I can't imagine being trapped in an elevator that long.

Take a peek: http://www.newyorker.com/online/video/2008/04/21/080421_elevators

Posted On Tuesday, April 22, 2008 6:19 AM | Comments (0)

GC.NUG Meeting - thanks guys!
This post-meeting post is actually a little delayed because I went from giving my presentation at the user group straight to the hospital where my son (Little Lou) was being admitted. To make a long story short, he has a rare medical condition which every now and again causes problems which require him to be admitted to the hospital. It's to the point now where when we notice the signs and symptoms, we just call his surgeon and then the surgeon calls the hospital and arranges for him to bypass the ......

Posted On Monday, April 21, 2008 8:36 AM | Comments (2)

I see D'Arcy closing in fast on Chris..what's gonna happen next?

The All Time GWB Posting Record looks about to be shattered....

 

Posted On Sunday, April 20, 2008 5:18 PM | Comments (0)

GC.NUG April Meeting - April 17, 2008 6PM
Location Our meeting will be held at Benefit Focus on Daniel Island. If you ever attended the past meetings at Blackbaud, you probably remember passing Benefit Focus on the way there. If you need directions follow this link from Benefit Focus: http://www.benefitfocus.com... Register Please! Let us know you're coming! Please RSVP at EventBrite: http://april-gcnug.eventbri... Topic 1 We’re going to explore Windows Mobile development a little deeper with demonstrations and code ......

Posted On Monday, April 14, 2008 9:16 AM | Comments (0)

How about an ASP.NET Web Server that runs on Mobile Devices?
Came across an article about Padarn today. What is it you ask? A pretty cool concept if you ask me. It's basically an ASP.NET web server capable of running on mobile devices (CE 5.0 and 6.0). I've seen similar attempts at writing and hosting a web server on mobile devices, however this is the best one I've seen yet. I can imagine this being useful to more and more devices as the project grows. Go ahead and check it out! http://www.padarn.net/ ......

Posted On Friday, April 11, 2008 10:48 AM | Comments (1)

What's your Web IQ?

Saw this on MSN this morning - while I'm sure most reading this would "ace" the exam, it did bring back some interesting memories. I had to guess at the answer for the iTunes question...

http://encarta.msn.com/quiz_308/Internet_Quiz_2.0.html?GT1=27004

Posted On Thursday, April 10, 2008 10:15 AM | Comments (0)

Experimenting with GPS programming...
Since my Tilt has an integrated GPS I've been anxious to try development with it. I've started now by converting the GPS helper that comes with the Windows Mobile 6 SDK from c# to VB.NET and working with that. I've noticed (like many other VB developers) that more and more examples are not being done in VB so this is my little part toward making spreading VB.NET to the mobile world...since especially in Windows Mobile most examples are either c# or c++. Eventually I'd like to use this little app ......

Posted On Thursday, April 10, 2008 8:10 AM | Comments (3)

Windows Mobile 6.1 announced
Microsoft has officially announced Windows Mobile 6.1 - and it looks like a number of devices will be able to get it as an update in addition to the newer devices coming out this year already having it. You can see tons of screen shots at Gizmodo. While I was already planning to update the ROM for my Tilt (a known/reported start button issue - it's occasionally unresponsive), now I may just wait and see if I get the 6.1 upgrade at the same time ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 1, 2008 10:02 PM | Comments (0)

Book Review – The Rational Guide to Building Technical User Communities
The Rational Guide to Building Technical User Communities By Dr. Greg Low Published by Rational Press 2007 ISBN: 978-1-932577-32-7 Running and maintaining a user group over time can be quite challenging and rewarding at the same time. Having recently stepped into a new role as leader of our local user group I was looking for additional help and ideas that would provide me with the wisdom of others who have been far more successful at this than I have been in the past. I think it was actually through ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 1, 2008 9:46 PM | Comments (0)

10 Signs your Project is about to be cut

An interesting read from the folks at Global Knowledge, their article 10 Signs that your project is about to be cut sums up several things I've seen a bit in projects I've worked on in the past though thankfully I've not witnessed #10 first hand. For me it's usually been #6 or #9 though I did have a #4 that I was able to successfully detach myself from.

 

 

 

Posted On Tuesday, April 1, 2008 10:31 AM | Comments (0)

GC.NUG Extending it's presence online
Thanks to the good folks at Culminis and Microsoft I plan to start hosting some GC.NUG presentations on LiveMeeting in the somewhat near future...though I'm still going over the logistics of time and such. I'd be interested to hear if anyone else is doing this so I can learn any potential pitfalls to avoid :) ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 1, 2008 9:02 AM | Comments (0)