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I finally got around tonight to getting my sim card from Rogers (Canadian 3G cellular telco)*. I bought my Focus unlocked from Expansys, so I get to avoid the annoyance that is cellular contracts. So here are some things you need to know about setting up your unlocked phone with a different provider, specifically (obviously) Rogers: You will require to hard-reset your phone. After putting in the SIM card, I looked *everywhere* for a setting that would let my device see my SIM card. No dice, displayed ...
In this Issue: goldytech, Rob Eisenberg. Chris Rouw, Denis Gladkikh(-2-), Mike Taulty, Mohamed Mosallem, Mike Ormond, and Vuyiswa Maseko(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight basics. Validation. Part 1. DataAnnotations & ValidatesOnExceptions" Denis Gladkikh WP7: "Live Tiles on a Schedule" Mike Ormond Blend: "Blend Bits 18–Sample Data" Mike Taulty Shoutouts: Rob Eisenberg has a contest going... check it out: Caliburn.Micro Contest Braulio Diez & Sebastian Stehle have a great-looking ...
You don't have to come to Redmond to drink the Kool-Aid, you can mix up your own batch at home! The entire Firestarter is streamed online... so curl up in front of your monitor, or find another bunch of like-minded geeks and have pizza delivered! In all likelihood, unless you live in the sticks, somewhere nearby might be a UserGroup having a Firestarter day event. However you attend, I've been told I can say that you shouldn't miss this event! If, however, you are going to be there in person, ping ...
In this Issue: Brad Tutterow, Kevin Dockx, Richard Waddell, Roberto Sonnino, Dustin Horne, Tim Greenfield, Rod Paddock, Timmy Kokke, Tim Heuer, Manuel Felício, Mike Taulty, and Brian Noyes. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using Visual States in custom controls in Silverlight" Timmy Kokke WP7: "Leveraging the Silverlight ecosystem with Windows Phone 7" Tim Greenfield Silverlight/JS: "JavaScript Can't Do Math - SilverlightCalculator A New Silverlight OSS Project" Rod Paddock Shoutouts: Telerik announced ...
In this Issue: Gill Cleeren, Peter Kuhn, Erik Mork, Jesse Liberty, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Michael Crump, Brad Tutterow, Jay Kimble(-2-), and Rob Tiffany. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Part 1 of 4 : Tips/Tricks for Silverlight Developers" Michael Crump WP7: "Using the Pivot Control" Kirupa Chinnathambi Shoutouts: The SilverlightShow folks have a good webinar series going. The next one is December 15th: Building a Silverlight 4 Application End-to-end with Gill Cleeren. From SilverlightCream.com: Using ...
The new WLW 2011 has been a shock to the system. I am used to having my history/drafts and and plug-ins at the ready down the right side of the window. Plug-ins are now under the insert tag on the ribbon. The history and drafts are now under a drop-down file menu in the ribbon. I’ll have to see if this configuration works for me. There doesn’t seem to be an option for a “classic” setup so I may end up looking for a new blog editor that is more efficient for me. I realize to some people these may ...
I just got my first WP7 (an LG Quantum) about ten hours ago. Since then I’ve explored it, played games on it, registered it as a dev phone, deployed my project that’s nearest to completion and tested that, taken some pictures, transferred some essential albums to it, downloaded some apps and some trials, and setup my twitter account and several email accounts both standard and custom. Between one thing and another, I never had a chance to use an actual phone until now. So I’ve been running on pure ...
I was lucky enough to attend Visual Studio Live! in Orlando on November 14th-17th. There were so many great speakers and the networking was great. I met a lot of really cool people and we talked about everything .NET (from WP7, Silverlight, C#, ASP.NET WebForms, AJAX, MVC 3.. and so forth). I took a lot of notes during all the sessions and wanted to provide it to those that could not come out. If you follow me on Twitter then you have seen most of these. Most of the authors put slides/source code ...
I've been meaning to write a blog post for a while about how we implemented a scatter gather pattern at one of my clients. Ive recently been reading Richard and the gangs new book which discusses a very similar pattern but with a different design decision. Based on that I have decided to expand on the original planned post to talk about what we did and our decision process using the decision framework discussed in the book. The aim here is to show that the "it depends" principle means that there ...
There are several ways to chain demux IC’s to get more outputs than the ones that a single IC can get you. In these posts I’ll explore the ones I could find and use successfully. The first one has to do with the differences of inverting and non-inverting IC’s. In this video, I have 2 iC’s driving 16 LEDs. With this configuration I could drive as much as 64 LEDs with these 2 IC’s. I simply didn’t have the patience to connect them all: 16 LEDs with 2 IC’s In my previous post I mentioned that the 74HC138 ...
Readers of my blog and/or column know that I am a big fan of PowerPivot. And because of that, I was excited to see, both at June’s Microsoft BI Conference (part of Tech Ed) and this week’s PASS Summit, that the PowerPivot technology will become more entrenched. What Microsoft showed in June was that the full-fledged SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) product would support the in-memory BI (IMBI) engine, known within Microsoft as VertiPaq. This cool columnar, in-memory technology will not be limited ...
The release of the recent update to the Xbox 360’s dashboard has caused quite a commotion among the Xbox LIVE Indie Games (“XBLIG”) community. The primary reasons for this have been a negative response to various changes that have occurred in regards to XBLIG’s look and presence on the Xbox. Unfortunately, what was an “Indie Developers Unhappy With Dashboard Changes” story has been slowly corrupted into a “Microsoft Wants To Kill XBLIG” story. I undoubtedly played a part in that with my post here ...
In my previous post I used a lot of transistors (not very successfully, I might add) to drive 4 LEDs with 2 digital GPIO pins from a Netduino. I mentioned that there are Integrated Circuits (ICs) that may be used for that. In this post I’m going to use one of those ICs (specifically, a 74HCT138) to do the exact same thing. First, here is how it looks: Very simple prototype of the use of a 74HCT138 The code I’m using is exactly the same as before. I have the Encoder class, which will receive a single ...
WARNING: I’m probably doing something terribly wrong here. In my last post, I mentioned that using transistors you can do boolean logic. This is the fundamental basis for computers to work. I wanted to test the concept. In that article, I was using a single Netduino digital output to drive two LEDs. In this experiment, I’m using two digital outputs to drive four LEDs, using some transistors. Here’s the video: Driving 4 LEDs from 2 pins using transistors You can see the LEDs turning on in order when ...
In this Issue: René Schulte, Walter Ferrari, Amyo Kabir, David Anson, Jesse Liberty, Mike Taulty, Erik Mork, Jeremy Likness, and Joost van Schaik. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Swapping two elements in a bound ObservableCollection" Joost van Schaik WP7: "Tracking Sales Statistics with the Silverlight Analytics Framework for Windows Phone" René Schulte Sharepoint: "how to build a small Silverlight 4 utility to upload files in a List or Library of Sharepoint" Walter Ferrari Shoutouts: Mike Taulty blogged ...
My coworker John Sonmez had a great blog post recently illustrating how to refactor a switch statement. In short, he outlined how to take a switch statement covering all known values of a C# Enumeration and convert it into a Dictionary “map” object allowing you to quickly determine what action to take given any valid enumeration value. I really like this approach as I think it leads to more readable code. The one thing that’s always bothered me about enumerations though is that they can change with ...
Anyone reading this knows I go by the AKA "WynApse". I've used it since Windows was a puppy, we still had "DOS Apps" and "Win Apps", and I needed a business name for selling my shareware. I only re-state that obvious because I want to make it clear that you're only going to see me on a forum with that name. That being said, you may or may not have not noticed, but I don't visit the forums. I don't because there are folks that seem to camp out there that are way better suited to answer questions than ...
JavaScript was created to add interactivity to Netscape 2.0 back in 1995. A consequence of this limited scope is that the language was given only a minimal standard library. Should you ever try to solve a significant problem with JavaScript you will quickly feel the need for more advanced library methods than what JavaScript provides. Underscore.js Underscore.js is a library of utility functions for JavaScript. Most of the functions add functional capabilities to JavaScript. Simply add a script reference ...
In this Issue: Mark Monster, Paul Sheriff, Andrew Tokeley, Sharker Khaleed Mahmud, Joe McBride, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Jeff Blankenburg, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Richard Waddell(-2-), and Manuel Felício(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 4 Borderless Windows" Andrew Tokeley WP7: "Windows Phone List Box with Images" Paul Sheriff Special Mention for all the effort for the community of WP7 devs: "31 Days of Windows Phone | Day #31: Charting Data" - and the entire series Jeff Blankenburg From SilverlightCream.com: ...
Windows Live Messenger–Program Cannot Start because DWrite.dll is missing from your system When you see the now infamous: You have probably installed Live Essentials 2011 – and Messenger is buggered. Check the following and download the hotfix applicable to your OS: http://support.microsoft.co... It was no fun running this down. HTH’s… ...
It’s been a while since my last post so I thought I’ll write a filler. Forgive me but I’m going to start off with some rant. My windows mobile marketplace account hasn’t been accessible for a couple of weeks now. Every time I try logging in I get this annoying error which says, “WE’RE SORRY. AN ERROR HAS OCCURRED. We encountered an issue connecting your App Hub account with your Xbox Live Profile. Please visit Xbox.com and update your contact information. After you have updated your contact information, ...
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 » ...
I deal in user experience. At the core, I’m a developer. If you want to label me, I would say that I specialize in front-end development, or the presentation layer. Generally speaking, when I talk about user experience development I get the following assumptions being made: I’m a designer, and ultimately live and die by the words of my master Adobe Photoshop, but dabble a bit in software development I only see user interfaces and usability. Meaning, when it comes to anything outside making UIs look ...

I was trying to configure Live Writer to publish post on my LD Express. Whilst the initial configuration of blog was fine, the test post and theme download fails. Live Writer KB indicates that community server and similar blog platforms has a delay between post and time it takes for the blog platform to publish the same. I would try to bring the same to the attention of support team to see if this can be fixed and solve.

So, while I didn’t get to attend PDC2010, I did get to watch it live at the Microsoft Offices in Johannesburg. It had all the usual things I was expecting, Windows Phone 7 Demo’s, Azure Demo’s and Balmer giving a great pounding impersonation. For me though, the highlight of the whole thing was mention of TFS being made available in the Azure Cloud, with a CTP due early next year. I have been eyeing TFS for a while now but decided against it because of the poor reviews I heard of it in a remote setup. ...
PDC 2010 is happening right now and if you are not in Seattle, you can watch it live at www.microsoftpdc.com Just a few minutes ago Dean, CVP IE announced the HTML5 capabilities of IE9. Lots of exciting stuff being announced and i would save them for the next few posts As of today, its time to listen than write Cheers, Harish ...
Today I have been invited by Microsoft Switzerland to present three of our awesome Windows Phone 7 applications on stage at their yearly Shape conference. It was a great moment, and I felt super proud to show the IMDb app, the Twitter app and the SBB Mobile app. The response was excellent, I didn’t have one single demo effect, was able to stream a movie preview live from the IMDb app, to show most features of the Twitter app, to load a timetable and purchase a ticket from the SBB app, and all this ...
Be warned: this will be very basic. I find it amazing nonetheless. As a newbie, I went out and bought a 5V led to be used in an output port in the Netduino. This will of course not work, as the output ports of the Netduino are 3.3V. “No problem”, I thought, “I’ll just use some resistors”. The only problem is that resistors don’t work that way. You can take 5V to 3.3V by using resistors (although you could take 5V to a 3.3V led). I ended up giving the led to a friend who does very cool led projects, ...
These days it seems that everyone has a crush on Ruby. I presented two sessions at this year’s Adelaide Code Camp: BDD with StoryQ and I Am IronRuby. After the standard IronRuby demonstration (creating a new project and scaffolding) I showed off some of what I like about Ruby. I started with a file containing Ruby comments describing nice features of the language. Then I worked my way through the script writing the Ruby to demonstrate each feature. The result is similar to my JavaScript Koans, but ...
The always fun and beautiful Tallahassee Code Camp 2010 is upon us! I invite you to join me and 40+ other speakers and hundreds of our dearest friends to this live FREE event. As usual free bfast and lunch provided. And be sure to come by the after party! For more details and sing up for this free event go here: http://tallycodecamp.org The Windows Phone 7 Developer track at this event is in full force: 8:15am - 9:30am Windows Phone 7 Overview by Joe Healy 9:45am - 10:45am Intro to Silverlight Development ...
Los días 26 y 27 de octube se estaran transmitiendo webinars tocando temas para developers e IT impartido por Microsoft Student Partners de toda Latino América. Los días 28 y 29 de octubre se tendra el PDC10 con conferencistas profesionales transmitiendo desde la cede de Microsoft en Redmond, EEUU. Se publicarán los temas, expositores y horarios esta semana. La semana del evento se publicarán las direcciones para Live Meeting. Vía la aplicación de Facebook Maraton Latam de Tecnologias y PDC se dará ...
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The 3D Platform for Feature Films and Television Jonathan Dern – President and co-founder Cinedigm John Rubey President AEG LIVE Greg Foster – Pres Filmed Entertainment IMAX Corp Jim Hannafin – SVP Reliance MediaWorks Pete Routhier VP 3D Product Strategy at Technicolor Chuck Comisky – 3D Stereo VFX Supervisor for Avatar Marty Shindler – CEO Oculus3D I haven’t seen any basic changes of concepts since Avatar – Chuck Comisky Avatar had two goals – not to tire people’s eyes out. We wanted the 3D to enhance ...
My notes from a session at Digital Hollywood in Santa Monica. SPEAKERS: John Penny – EVP Strategy and Business Development at Starz Entertainment Curt Marvis – President of Digital Media at Lionsgate John Calkins – EVP Global Digital and Commercial Innovation at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Hardie Tankersley – VP Innovation at Fox Broadcasting Company Paul Yanover – EVP and Managing Director of Disney Online Ira Rubenstein EVP Global Digital Media Group at Marvel Entertainment – Moderator In ...
This is from a session at the Digital Hollywood Fall conference in Santa Monica, California. Here are my notes from the session. Speakers Simon Morris – CMO LOVEFiLM (Netflix for Europe) Matt Milne – Divx recently acquired by Sonic Solutions (Roxio Now) Jeff Schultz – SVP Business Development, Clicker Michael Alexander – Strategy & Growth Initiatives at IBM Global Telecommunications Industry Jim Funk – VP Development at Roku Stuart McKechnie – Director of Strategic Marketing at Zoran Amy Hoffman ...
In the last year or so I’ve discovered the wonders of GIT for managing source code and we’ve now moved the majority of our live code base in to repositories at work. However, as with most learning curves, you make some mistakes at first. One thing that’s been really bugging me is that I didn’t know about the ".gitignore" file when creating my first few repositories. This means that all the binary files were also initially added. As soon as I learnt about the ignore file I went back and added it. ...
I’m writing this post from Bulgaria, where the annual DevReach conference is taking place. A number of well-known American and Canadian speakers from the Microsoft-focused conference world are here with me. The combination of speakers who have known each other for a while and an unusual location for their gathering typically makes for camaraderie, and a lot of discussion. Before long, that discussion usually turns into an industry analysis bull session. And just two days ago, we had such a bull session, ...
Chris Nicola left this excellent comment on Justin Etheredge’s blog: Even with a competitive way to do SSJS [(server-side JavaScript)] on the Windows platform, I just have to ask... why would anyone? Server-side JavaScript means that the server portion of a web application is written in JavaScript. Personally, I believe that server-side JavaScript will be the next big advance in web development. If I were Microsoft I would be looking to hit a touchdown out of the ball park with server-side JavaScript, ...
Michael Minutillo posted the texas hold ‘em coding challenge to the oz alt.net mailing list. The challenge is to write a program that can take poker cards as input and return information about what hands players have and who is the winner. Solving this problem in my 9-to-5 language (c#) is not interesting to me, so I chose to do it with my beloved CoffeeScript. Compiling CoffeeScript The first challenge I faced was one that I have been working on for months – how to compile CoffeeScript on Windows. ...
In this Issue: Martin Krüger, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), Shawn Wildermuth(-2-), Dave Relyea, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Peter Kellner, David Anson, Andy Beaulieu, Pete Vickers, and Peter Foot. Above the Fold: Expression Blend: "Creating a Simple Action" Kirupa Chinnathambi WP7: "Architecting WP7 - Part 4 of 10: Client-side Data" Shawn Wildermuth Lightswitch: "Building Job Ads Management Module With LightSwitch Beta 1 For Silicon Valley Code Camp" Peter Kellner Shoutouts: Congrats go out to Jonathan van de ...
Light up your Silverlight skills with the all-new Global Silverlight Firestarter! What is the Silverlight Firestarter? An Event: A one day, global, live streamed and on demand event keynoted by Scott Guthrie Training: New self-paced labs and walk through videos Interactive: Got questions? Get your answers! Watch live and ask the Silverlight product team questions during the event. Why Silverlight? Silverlight is Microsoft’s strategic development platform for building interactive applications across ...
Jennifer Kavur recently published an article on IT World Canada’s website stating “Don’t use the Patriot Act as an excuse.” Let me sum up the article: You shouldn’t worry about it because Canada has their own anti-terrorism act that is close to the Patriot Act, so really Canadians are under similar scrutiny. Data isn’t guaranteed to travel only in Canada and could cross over wires to the US, putting it under US laws (i.e. Patriot Act). So it could go there anyway. Canadian and US authorities share ...
IMPORTANT: Before reading this post open this link and let it play. This is my response to the 2nd Developer Blog Banter. The question asked is How do you organise your tests. Do you separate your unit tests, integration tests and UI tests into separate projects? Do you do anything specific to keep track of your tests? What naming conventions do you use? Do you run them before a check in or is that what the build server is for? The first developer blog banter was about technology stack. I organise ...
Light up your Silverlight skills with the all-new Global Silverlight Firestarter! December 2, 2010 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm pacific time — It's completely free! What is the Silverlight Firestarter? An Event. A one day, global, live streamed and on demand event keynoted by Scott Guthrie. Training. New self-paced labs and walk through videos. Interactive. Watch live and ask the Silverlight product team questions during the event. Why Silverlight? Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating ...
I posted just the other day about some intricacies with the Windows Phone marketplace. I got some intel that the info that was available was outdated and that the program had changed, but nothing official was available online yet. Well, now its official, and the changes are definitely developer friendly! Instead of it being just a phone marketplace, Microsoft has combined the Windows Phone and XBOX Live development programs under one program. Registering for the App Hub allows you to submit for both ...
Just a quick tip: in case you are trying to register your windows phone 7 as a developer phone (so that you can deploy your app on it and debug directly on the device from Visual Studio 2010) and get the "Error communicating with the developer portal 0x64" error you might want to check that the regional settings for the Windows Live ID you're using are the same as the regional settings of your development machine where you're running the registration tool. In my case the Windows Live ID was set to ...
Just finished watching the Windows Phone 7 launch event that streamed live from NYC this morning. Was a great event that really set the stage for the platforms launch next month. My general thoughts are that the platform looks very promising and Microsoft is definitely leveraging lessons learned from Apple and Google’s phone offerings as well as the various platforms that they’ve developed (.NET, Silverlight, XNA, Zune, etc.). Of course, until people actually get their hands on the devices and put ...
With the upcoming announcements around Windows Phone 7, I thought now would be a good time to dive into the platform and see what its all about. For those thinking that writing apps for the WP7 platform would be like writing apps for any other platform, prepare for a reality check (unless you’ve written XNA apps for the XBOX Live marketplace…I’m assuming the process is somewhat similar). A key aspect of the WP7 experience is the Marketplace – a Microsoft controlled gateway to getting your mobile ...