It’s been a busy holiday season with a couple of flights to visit family. I ended up getting a few interesting tech related gifts this year. First, I’m enjoying a nice new sound system from Cyber Acoustics for my computer from my mother. It’s hard to believe I’ve gone this long with the built-in laptop speakers.

My sister-in-law bought me the book Learn PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches. PowerShell is a skill I’ve wanted to pickup for a while. I’ve already dived into the book and it seems pretty thorough on teaching the tool. It doesn’t emphasize scripting, so I may pick something up for that later.

Finally, my dad got me a Netduino Go Starter kit. This is just for fun. I’ve really turned a cold shoulder to hardware in the past, but I’m thinking it’s time to warm up to it a bit. I’ve only had time to set it up and test it really quick, but that went pretty smoothly. The kit didn’t come with any documentation and the online information is a little fractured. However, I managed to create my first program that blinked the power LED in Visual Studio 2012 despite the lack of specific assets like project templates for this version of Visual Studio.

The following is my equivalent of a hello world application for my Netduino Go:

using (var led = new OutputPort(Pins.PowerLed, true))
{
    led.Write(false);

    while (true)
    {
        Thread.Sleep(500);
        led.Write(true);
        Thread.Sleep(500);
        led.Write(false);
    }
}

On the professional front, I am managing a major internal ERP software upgrade. It’s affecting pretty much every software system we have internally. Hardware is affected as well and we’ve already purchased and installed a new Dell 3-2-1 solution. We have most of the servers virtualized at this point. MVC will be a major technology I use for some projects as well WPF as I continue to crawl towards combining some of our more archaic systems.