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I recently went on vacation and over the week was switching back and forth between taking pictures with my Lumia 920 and my wife’s iPhone 5. It really got me to thinking how much better the Windows Phone is as a camera. The images in this post were taken using my Lumia 920. The main issue that got my attention was the faster shutter, or at least the perception of a faster shutter. I think it is the fact that Windows Phone has a dedicated camera that I can prefocus in order capture action images where ...
This Christmas our household got its first Android devices. They were a couple of off-brand tablets and I have come to hate them. We bought them because they were cheaper. In this post I will be looking at this from an average consumer perspective. What was the experience and how does it affect my view of the platform. The main issue is the ability to download apps. This particular tablet did not come with the Google Play Store app. Instead it came with a link to download the Amazon Store app. I ...
So as you can see this blog has not been the best in the world lately. Life changes and burn out are killing me lately. Don’t get me wrong I love my job. I love writing things in Visual Studio, in fact this week I got to work with MVC3 for the first time ever. I am completely hooked on MVC3 and will further explore that in the upcoming months. I have entertaining a completely different idea, because I think it would be fun and interesting. The downside is it involves me buying an Apple computer. ...
I’ve had my 15” Mac Book Pro for a little over a year now, and its hands-down the best laptop I’ve ever owned…hardware wise. And I tried, I really really tried, to like OSX. I even bought Parallels so I could run Windows 7 and all my development tools while still trying to live in an OSX world. But in the end, I missed Windows too much. There were just too many shortcomings with OSX that kept me from being productive. For one thing, Office for Mac is *not* Office for Windows. The applications are ...
This blog post is not to hurt any one, just a thought that I got in my mind when I was walking from an Apple Store to a Microsoft Store. I am not judging any one here but if you are from the DC area and been to Tysons Corner’s Apple and Microsoft Store you can see the change on how the migration happened from the Apple to the Microsoft Store. Lets all do a time travel back to couple of centuries , we have sees lot of videos, documentaries & movies that showed us how and what people were doing ...
A good article by the man himself as to why Flash is not supported on iPhones, iPads and iPods, at http://www.apple.com/hotnew... there is also a long history between Apple and Adobe as mentioned in the book by Walter Isaacson. This could explain the resistance by Steve Jobs to Adobe Flash. Excerpt from Steve Job's Biography by Walter Isaacson'sTo make this work, the iMac needed to have great video editing software. So Jobs went to his old friends at Adobe, the digital graphics ...
This was a big week for Windows 8 news (given the relative secrecy around the whole project). At the beginning of the week we learned that the Consumer Preview (fka the "Beta") of Windows 8 will be released at the very end of the month in concert with the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona (MWC). Then, just yesterday, Windows and Windows Live Division President Steven Sinofsky uploaded an 8600+ word post to the Building Windows 8 blog detailing Microsoft's plans for Windows on ARM (i.e. ...
Mac type grid view control for asp.net/java web applications For one of my project, I made a very dynamic grid which is totally HTML based and very fast while rendering data from server. Features: 1. No viewstate 2. Dynamic grid which gets data on scroll using REST based WCF service in JSon 3. No DOM modifications which makes the rendering very fast 4. Custom control which can be integrated in any web application – Java / Asp.Net (However I built it for Asp.Net) 5. Support for very large record set. ...
Not sure why this is being blocked, must be the word Amazon or maybe the link? So I am posting my review here word for word and hope they unblock it.ReviewGot it yesterday for my anniversary as a gift and was loving it. Great size for a tablet, hardware performs well, screen is good, and it's priced very well. If you want a tablet to read and watch "some" video it's a good purchase, that would be even better if they had TV show and movie rentals like Amazon. It would have gotten 4 starts, but this ...
I was just pointed to comment on my friend Andrew Brust’s blog about Silverlight versus HTML 5. Andrews blog is here: http://geekswithblogs.net/a... You can get another idea from another friend of mine Billy Hollis here: http://geekswithblogs.net/j... The commenter is raving about HTML 5 and how that’s the ...
Remember how I blogged about rolling with the punches? So today my buddy and Prairie Dev Con speaker James Chambers went to present on Microsoft MVC. He brought his fancy new Dell XPS laptop, which he had used to do presentations and stream internet video to a projector before. But today, the technology gods were not smiling… James tries to connect his laptop to the projector. Nothing. The projector just can’t recognize the connection. Realize that we’ve already had two sessions in that room already, ...
This is what I think about Microsoft Windows Phone. If Microsoft were in our shoes looking at various phones available their configurations, memory, front facing cameras etc. Microsoft disappointed the USA customer base again by not getting Nokia Lumia 800. The Past: If we talk few years ago, few business people were on their Blackberry’s and few Gadget lovers were on crappy Windows OS devices. The world was all going right till Apple came with a revolutionary device iPhone, which completely changed ...
The much ballyhooed release of Nokia’s first Windows Phone handsets finally took place Wednesday at the Nokia World event in London. There had been a lot of anticipation building up to this “reveal,” and it is genuinely a watershed moment for the Windows Phone platform. That’s because Nokia’s adoption of Windows Phone brings several firsts: For the first time, a major mobile phone player has standardized on Windows Phone as its exclusive smartphone platform. For the first time (apparently) an OEM ...
So Apple released iOS5 yesterday, and Apple servers are getting slammed with people trying to download iTunes 10.5 and iOS5. I downloaded and installed iTunes 10.5, plugged in the iPad, and clicked Check For Updates. "You're on 4.2. You're current!" - it says, or something like that. You would think clicking Check For Update over 100 times would have burned the message into my brain. I even downloaded the iOS5 IPSW (link below) and tried to Shift-Click Check For Updates, but I got the pesky 3002 ...
As the song says “War! What is it good for?”. Well, maybe not absolutely nothing, but it is definitely a distraction. Whether we are talking about Apple vs. Microsoft, C++ vs. Java vs. .NET, Lotus Notes vs. Microsoft Exchange, Nikon vs. Canon, Cubs vs. White Sox or Bears vs. Packers our world is filled with fan boys ready to go to battle. Just cheering for your favorite isn’t a problem. It is when you have a driving need to put the other guy down and prove that you are behind the winner. Let’s take ...
In the hours since Steve Jobs death was announced, the world has seemingly fallen into a conjoined state of mourning…well, at least according to my Twitter feed. Quotes Steve made over the years fill the stream, along with reports of people gathering at Apple stores with some garnering memorials outside their doors. Very rarely has someone from the corporate world garnered such a response to their passing. Even more rarely does a corporate individual get a statement from the US President. But its ...
Today is a weird day. I just got the news, as I woke up, that Steve Jobs passed away last night. This news affected me more than I thought it would. I felt the need to write about these emotions, and about my history with Apple. This is probably more for myself than for the reader, so feel free to skip ahead if you don’t like this, but it felt appropriate to keep a few thoughts at this time. Read the rest of this entry » ...

Nearly instant update from Apple event...

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Over the past eight years I have been trying to make the switch to Apple from a PC for knowledge and education. I still feel Mac OS X is severely lacking when it comes to actual business or server computing needs, but as a home platform for base operations to the laymen it is a viable option. Recently I upgraded may Apple hardware to a new I 7 Macbook Pro from my Dual Core Mac mini. Boy has this turned out to be a less than just merely frustrating experience. For all the Apple fanatics who claim ...
As I write this post, Microsoft’s Windows 8-focused //build/ conference has just ended. The apprehension so many developers had around the show is now dissipated, the developer platform and tools have been detailed, and we have all been able to work with the operating system, and develop apps for it, on a touch device, for about 72 hours now. Most people, myself included, like what they saw. The OS is touch-friendly without being an iOS copycat; our developer skill set investments are nicely protected; ...
I've just installed the Windows 8 Developer Preview. These are some first impressions: Installation of the preview was quite smooth and didn't take too long. It took a few minutes to extract the files onto a virtual image, but feature installation then seemed to happen almost instantaneously (according to the feedback on the screen). The installation routine then went into a preparation cycle that took two or three minutes. Then the virtual machine rebooted and after a couple of minutes more preparation, ...
So I’ve played with the developer preview of windows 8 today. I’m trying to like Metro. But, at least on the desktop, it feels wrong. In fact, its not really windows anymore. In the sense “windows” are less in favour compared to full screen apps. It really should be called Boxes 1.0 I played around a bit with the new visual studio with metro templates….. great tools as usual. But…designing metro apps feels like a subset. The variety of apps in the windows world would find it hard to translate into ...
Para los que quieren smartphones con Mango, cada vez hay más a la venta. La compañía Taiwanesa HTC es la segunda en sacar lanzar smartphones con Windows Mango. Mango es la última versión del sistema operativo para celulares de Microsoft. Este sistema operativo ahora si podrá competir contra iPhones y smartphones con Android. Los dispositivos HTC Radar y Titan saldrán primero a la venta en Europa y Asia, para nuestros países latino americanos Nokia parece prometedora. Microsoft debe ahora apurarse ...
There are plenty of posts and articles out there that provide retrospectives of, and pay homage to, Steve Jobs’ tenure as Apple CEO. I’m not an expert on Apple or Jobs, and this is not one of those posts. But Steve Jobs’ resignation from the CEO post does mark the end of a related era I know something about. It’s the era that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs defined together. And now that both of them have ended their CEO runs and receded to roles as Chairmen of the Board, it’s important to consider just ...
I’m on vacation this week, and I didn’t intend to write a blog post. But after the sea changes in the mobile computing industry and, ironically, my extra time to ponder it, I really couldn’t stay silent. In the space of four days, Google may have effectively taken Android “private” and HP seems to have euthanized webOS in public. It’s really hard to believe all of this is happening. But we can at least have a go at understanding what it means and what might, or might not, come next for Microsoft ...
I just got back from Microsoft’s 15,000 attendee-strong Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Los Angeles, and I have to say, the company and its partners are pumped. How can this be, given the number of people who have written Microsoft’s eulogy of late? If Amazon owns the cloud, if Apple owns the consumer, if Google owns search, if Cisco owns unified communications, if EMC/VMWare owns virtualization, if Oracle and SAP own ERP and if Oracle/Siebel and Salesforce.com own CRM, how can Microsoft be ...
I figure it should be in bloody good fun to start off my first real post with a rant on the future of Microsoft Windows, or the lack thereof. You see, my issue is that I have seen the preview of Windows 8 video. It is just further evidence of the fact that Microsoft still does not “get” our issues with the OS. I don’t need a new skin on my OS, I need new and more secure plumbing that actually works. Don’t put the OS into tiles and call it fun. Redesign the bloody thing to make it more secure, easier ...
I wanted to take a moment and jot down some of my initial impressions on the announcements coming from the Apple hype machine today at the keynote. Not being able to attend - largely due to it selling out in two hours - made me especially bitter that Apple would not allow the event to be streamed live. Steve said during the keynote that if they sold more tickets he didn't know where they would hold it. Considering it takes place at Moscone West, the smaller of the two centers, try moving it across ...
Yesterday, at the Wall Street Journal’s “All Things D” conference, Microsoft’s President of Windows and Windows Live, Steven Sinofsky, showed the world a preview of Windows 8 (officially, that’s the code name). And in a YouTube video, Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management for Windows User Experience, provides his own detailed Windows 8 demo that you can check out right now. What both men showed us was an early preview of a next next version of Windows that looks a lot like Windows Phone 7, ...
I’m crazy excited about the technology industry right now. We’re seeing evolution happen in real time, and at all levels. From the major platforms, we’re seeing Google’s overall story taking shape, Microsoft playing catch-up but showing with WP7 and Windows 7 that they are very much still a competitor, and Apple continuing to bolster their empire beyond fanboys with their quality technology and innovations. Then there’s the software platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and others that are ...

Kids really catch onto technology fast now a days.  Somehow he found the On button on the phone, and then started moving the lock slider around.  Finally he was able to drag it to the bottom of the screen, and baam!  Unlocked! 

He then moved my GPS on/off icon to a different screen.  I couldn't find it until I took a few minutes to track it down.  Now we'll see how long before my 7 year old figures out my Apple password for the App Store...

Ah, its all over the news. Some years back Microsoft was getting slammed for being heavy handed and they really learned a lesson. Last week it was and still is google. And this week its Apple. Turns out ios 4 is tracking us and storing that info on our devices. And the data is there in unencrypted form. Check out this news article: http://www.bloomberg.com/ne... This really ticks me off as I am going to buy an ipad 2 for a ...
In many respects is not really fair to compare these two products, as they are mostly targeted toward two different markets, however, the HP Slate 500 is the best offering that Microsoft and it’s partners have put forward to compete head-on with Apple and the rapidly growing tablet/slate market. As way of background I have been a Windows Tablet PC user since the product was first released as an extended version of Windows XP. I started by testing a Panasonic Toughbook convertible, moved on to what ...
Pleased to announce that my 6th App. has just gone live on the Apple AppStore http://itunes.apple.com/app/the-fillers-the-killers-tribute/id427958386?mt=8
First it was antenna defect in iPhone4 now it has been reported that some iPad 2 have display issues, Apple really needs to look at their manufacturing process. It doesn't help that workers are working like robots in their main supplier's factory Foxconn. More info on reported display light bleeding http://www.cultofmac.com/if... How to check your iPad for dead pixel / light leak / bleed http://www.theipadguide.com... ...
A couple of months ago I rebuilt the family’s Mac Mini (you can read the details in this post). Things had gone pretty smoothly until a few weeks ago. That’s when my wife mentioned that different applications would spontaneously crash. She kept track for a few days, and it turned out to be any or all of the applications that she uses (Safari, Quicken, Entourage, etc.) . I did some online research and didn’t really find too much – but then how do you do a proper Google search for “Mac OS 10.5.8 applications ...
My blog has been quiet recently, mainly because I've been spending a bunch of time putting together an iPhone app which talks to a set of RESTful WCF services hosted in Azure, backing onto SQL Azure for storage. This post is a technical walkthrough of that architecture and some of the learning experiences, but after this it will be back to normal. I have a couple of nice open-source projects which are coming soon, including a log4net appender which writes to Event Tracing for Windows (ETW), and a ...
The phone revolution that is under way at the moment is insanely interesting and continuously full of buzz about directions, failures, and promises. The movement started with Apple completely reinventing what a smart phone was all about and now we have the followers. Though – don’t dismiss the followers, they are usually the ones that come out with the leap frog products when most of the world is thinking about jumping on. Remember the often used analogy – the USA invented the TV – but it was Japan ...
Billy Hollis, my Visual Studio Live! colleague and fellow Microsoft Regional Director said recently, and I am paraphrasing, that the computing world, especially on the consumer side, has shifted from one of building hardware and software that makes things possible to do, to building products and technologies that make things easy to do. Billy crystalized things perfectly, as he often does. In this new world of “easy to do,” Apple has done very well and Microsoft has struggled. In the old world, customers ...
Timothy recently posted “Microsoft Shows Off Radical New UI, Could Be Used In Windows 8” on Slashdot. I took such grave exception to his post that I found it necessary to my senses to write this blog. We need to go back many years to the days of hand cranked calculators and early main frame computers. These devices had singular purposes – they were “number crunchers” used to make accounting easier. The front facing display in early mainframes was “blinken lights.” The calculators did provide printing ...
IASA South East Florida Chapter – February Meeting The topic for our February chapter meeting was Legal Issues in IT. Ms. Kennedy, Intellectual Property Attorney with an active litigation, trademark and copyright practice, presented: How Google, Wal-Mart & Apple Make their Millions – The Secret Ingredient: Intellectual Property This topic initiated great interest and the meeting room at Microsoft Ft. Lauderdale filled up to the last seat. Most Architects, Engineers, and MBA’s are not aware about ...
IASA South East Florida Chapter Meeting 02/15/2011 Meet 6:00PM Present. 6:30 PM Karin Kennedy Christopher & Weisberg, P.A. How Google, Walmart & Apple Make their Millions Intellectual Property: The Secret Ingredient Sign up for this exciting event at: http://tinyurl.com/4tta6qx Posted: Rainer Habermann, President IASA South East Florida Chapter ...
This weekend I decided to rebuild the family’s Mac Mini. It’s the early 2009 model and I hadn’t done it since we got it in March of 2009. Even worse, I had done the import data step (or whatever Apple calls it) which brought over all of the data files and apps from our previous Mac. AND that install goes back to before 2005, as far as I can remember. SO, to say that “cruft” had built up in the operating system, is probably a bit of an understatement. The rebuild went pretty smoothly, especially since ...
The news hit Monday morning that Google has decided to delay the release of its Google TV platform, and has asked its OEMs to delay any products that embed the software. Coming just about two weeks prior to the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Google’s timing is about the worst imaginable. CES is where the platform should have had its coming out party, especially given all the anticipation that has built up since its initial announcement came 7 months ago. At last year’s CES, it seemed every ...
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 ...
Good news emerging from the tech rumour mill! It seems that the next big WP7 OS update will be coming sooner than later – read: January. It’s also going to be “massive”, and speculation is that it will include copy/paste, custom ringtones, and multi-tasking support, among other things. Twitter comments from those that have seen it (or have some inside info on it…not really sure who Chris Walshie is, but anyway…) have included MS took 3 months to do what Apple did in 3 years. Let’s just say, they ...
Please buy XP Tablet edition - Steve Balmer, 2002 Recently there was a story on PC world explaining why tablet computing hasn't been successful with businesses despite the fact that hospitals, the sales industry and delivery services have been begging for tablets forever. Their explaination is that Apple's iPad gave users the freedom to figure out what to do with the tablets rather than force them into certain usage scenarios. Wrong. iPad was successful and tablets were not for one simple reason: ...
It takes a short overview of Microsoft development tools and platforms evolvement in order to demonstrate the importance of supporting Web Forms development for ASP.NET Ajax with HTML5 enhancements. In an article that Todd Anglin publishes in Redmond Developers, under the title "Silverlight: What Web Forms Wanted to Be", Todd says that ASP.NET was supposed to be Web Forms. A framework that meant to duplicate VB6 ease of development or rather its more mature successor Window Forms. Asp.Net was expected ...
So we are at almost two weeks since I purchased the 11 inch MacBook Air and the question would be asked, would you buy it again now that you had one? The answer, absolutely. I am amazed at the speed. Engadget suggested that it was slow on their podcast, but I have to disagree. I only have the 2gb and 1.4ghz model as well, the only upgrade I was able to purchase at the store was the 128gb SSD. I would say it is fast enough for what I use it for. Blogging, Word, Outlook, Excel, surfing, music, video ...
Latest update (and hopefully last update): Microsoft has published a few posts to clarify the debate. Please consider the following: PDC and Silverlight by Bob Muglia PDC Thoughts by Steve Ballmer *NEW* Silverlight Questions by Scott Guthrie Silverlight is dead. Long live Silverlight! by Tim Heuer Committed to Silverlight by John Papa ---------------------------... Read the rest of this entry » ...