PDC 09 So Far

November 19, 2009

Sitting most of the time near to Sasha Goldshtein leave no room for a another good post related to the PDC lectures content. Beside the keynotes most of the lectures that I attend are the FT – Future technology. The main message of the conference is that we are at the beginning stage of evolving from SOA based applications to Cloud based. Be it a global or private Cloud. Combine the server side features of the Cloud such as Hosting, Storage, SQL Server on the Cloud, Virtualization and Management with the new abilities of Silverlight and ASP.NET 4.0, you...
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PDC09 – On the Fly(ight)

November 17, 2009

39,000 feet, no Internet, no phones, on the way to PDC 09. I am sitting in the plain with Sela COO, which also happens to be my brother (Nepotism!). This is the first time in this week that we can relax and enjoy the flight, yes it is sound strange but I hope that it will be a looooong flight. This is not my first PDC, actually this is the third time that I attend the conference. However the numbers of attendees from Sela rise exponentially. In 2005 there were two of us (Noam King and myself), last year...
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Upgrading my HTC Touch Pro II to Windows Mobile 6.5

November 9, 2009

Unlike my old Jasjar that I have upgraded several times using baked ROM from XDA, this time I decided not to loose HTC warranty and to do it the right way.  For that I had to have the Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM. Trying to download it from HTC support web site I have found that my device is not built for the US (although I have bought it in the US). I have called the USA HTC support. I provided my serial number and got the origin of my device. It is a Philippine device, the ROM will be...

Touch me now – The smallest cheapest Windows 7 multi-touch machine

November 8, 2009

I think that I’m correct when I say that the Asus Eee PC T91MT is the smallest and cheapest multi-touch enabled computer. I haven’t got the chance to check it (Probably I will very soon) but to pay about $100-$200 more than equivalent netbook and be able to play with multi-touch and demonstrate the Windows 7 touch capabilities, this is a good deal. The drawbacks: it’s pity that the hard disk is small (32 GB) and also they could have better screen resolution (1024 X 600) and also a better CPU. In a second thought small...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 & Windows 7 – Under the Hood

November 6, 2009

Anyone that missed the Windows Platform Developers user group meeting and the lecture about kernel changes in Windows NT 6.1 (I know at least about someone that asked me about a video recording of the event) don’t worry. In the coming SDP event, Dima and I will have a lecture about the internal of Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2 and about the new changes and enhancements of the system.  This is the agenda: 29/12/2009 (11:00-12:15) Server Side (SSD101) Come and explore the engine of Windows NT 6.1. In this lecture you'll see...

Thanks to the people that came to the first meeting of the Windows Platform Developers User Group

November 5, 2009

Thanks for all of you that despite the traffic jams, made it and came to the first meeting. And thanks again for your feedbacks, all of them were excellent! Here are the links for the resources that we talked about: Windows 7 Training Kit Visual Studio 2010 Training Kit – The kit contains the MFC labs for the Windows 7 features XP2Win7 – stay tuned for a new release next week, or two. Removing the Kernel Dispatcher lock by Arun Kishan ...

The first meeting of the Windows Platform Developers User Group

November 4, 2009

Come and join Pavel and me to the first meeting of the Windows Platform Developers user group. If the Windows platform is interesting you (and it probably does, otherwise you won’t be reading this post) you have to come. This is the chance to influence the spirit of the group. Pavel and I wanted to have a group for people like us. Those who develop for Windows with any needed tool, not just .NET or C++ but both and even more. The first meeting will be about Windows NT 6.1, this is the shortest way to say Windows 7...

Atom Based Computer with Windows 7 Runs My Home Automation Server

November 3, 2009

I own a Dual CPU Pentium III computer. This machine is 10 years old. I used to take it to companies back in the beginning of the millennium to teach about multi CPU programming. I have also developed and tested device drivers on it. around 2004 I began to use it as a gateway to my home automation system. It runs Windows XP with all my home automation related applications and code that I have developed. The machine became very noisy, I have replaced all the fans and put some oil but still the decibel level is too high....

Sela Developer Practice

November 2, 2009

We are going to the PDC. And when I say we, I mean 17 experts and 3 managers from Sela. This year we are going to be in all sessions and meet many key professionals from Microsoft and other companies. We will also have a booth. Why do I tell you that? Not just to tell you that it is fun to work at Sela (It is, but it is also very demanding) and that we are investing in our people, but to announce that we are going to talk about all current and new technologies that will...

More Windows Ribbon Tools & Resources

November 1, 2009

As the co-author of the “Introducing Windows® 7 for Developers” book  I wrote the two chapters about the new Windows Ribbon Framework. The first Ribbon chapter deals with the Ribbon markup language and the second chapter deals with the code behind. To let the reader the ability to understand and play with the markup language before reading the code behind chapter, I have created an open source project named RibbonExpolorer. The Ribbon team from Microsoft has also created such a tool named PreviewRibbon that they have just released.    Both tools are good and...