Sunday, May 18, 2008

Rob Miles on the Micro Framework, also coming to DevDays

Rob Miles, a typical British lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the Hull University and a Microsoft C# MVP, has a cool video about the .NET Micro Framework. He will also host a session called Embedded Development on DevDays next week. I can't wait to attend this session!

See the video: What's the Micro Framework? | Posts | Channel 8

 

And here is another nice video about the .NET Micro Framework where an application gets written (Space Invaders to be exact) and is deployed on a board based on a FreeScale i.MXS microprocessor.

I looked at the site of FreeScale and saw that they are also selling the HC11 microprocessor! I've worked with these processors in the past. I can still remember the juggling of registers, setting of flags and staring at byte opcode.

Talk about a blast from the past...

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Quickly installing MOSS 2007 on Windows Server 2008

You can slipstream SP1 yourself, but it turns out there's an easier way.  First, install the trial version of MOSS 2007 with SP1 (32 bit or 64 bit).  After you install the trial version, upgrade from the trial version.

  1. In Central Administration, on the top link bar, click Operations.
  2. On the Operations page, in the Upgrade and Migration section, click Convert license type.
  3. On the Convert License Type page, in the Enter the Product Key box, type the new product key.

Thanks to Kirk Allen Evans for the tip!

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Friday, May 16, 2008

TED: Secrets of success in 8 words, 3 minutes

Richard St. John has a nice little talk featured on TED where he talks about the secrets of success. He interviewed several members of TED and came up with the following list of features:

  1. Passion, love for what you do
  2. Work hard and have fun
  3. Practice
  4. Focus
  5. Push Yourself
  6. Serve
  7. Ideas
  8. Persistence, through C.R.A.P.

Crap stands for Criticism, Rejection, Assholes and Pressure.

Never knew they could say words like that and publish them.

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Missing Microsoft Robotics Development Studio Templates in Visual Studio 2008

After I installed Visual Studio Team System 2008 and the April CTP of the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio, the Robotics project templates were missing from the Visual Studio 2008 project templates list.

After a bit of digging around I finally solved the issue. These are the steps I took to resolve it:

  1. Exit Visual Studio 2008.
  2. Go to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\ProjectTemplates\CSharp and create a folder called 'robotics'.
  3. In the folder 'robotics', create another folder named '1033'.
  4. Go to C:\Documents and Settings\<USERNAME>\Microsoft Robotics Dev Studio 2008\tools\Templates\CSharp and copy the three zipfiles CS_Hosting_2.0.730.3.zip, CS_Implement_2.0.730.3.zip and CS_Simple_2.0.730.3.zip to the folder '1033' you've just created.
  5. Start Visual Studio 2008 and take a look to see if the three project templates are listed under 'robotics'.
  6. If not, exit Visual Studio 2008, open the Visual Studio 2008 Command Prompt and execute the following: devenv.exe /setup.

Hopefully this helps someone.

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