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Silicon Valley Code Camp 2012 and RUSSCAM

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I was the luck winner of an ComponentOne Ultimate™ Control Library at Silicon Valley Code Camp 2012 and was interviewed by Russ Fustino at Code Camp. That is me near the end of the video. Thanks ComponentOne!

This video if from ComponentOne’s Popular Videos page.

Surface Tablet to be released October 26

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Microsoft today released the pricing for the Surface table $499 for 32GB model, $688 for a 64GB model. The keyboard, touch cover add $119 or a full keyboard for $129. Bundled price of Surface with keyboard add $100. It comes with gyro, accelerometer and compass. No word if it has a GPS on board, and it is only wireless no cell. I was looking forward to this device, but because of the pricing, I will wait a bit or maybe skip this version. Still waiting for the pricing on the Windows 8 phone and what carriers will handle them.

Without a GPS, then that renders the tablet nearly useless for augmented reality and my apps, I really hope they decided to add it in.

Update: The Surface table specs does not include a GPS. Well i guess i will focus only on the phone for now

 

11 Days and counting and still no SDK

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Today is Friday the 12th of October, in eleven days Microsoft is going to do the Windows 8 kick off, and rumors have it the Windows 8 Phone and Surface Tablet with Window RT. There is still no SDK for Windows phone. This must be some great feature you going to demo for these new products to make you developers so unhappy by keeping the SDK closed. I hope this does not backfire. I know as soon as T-Mobile puts up one of the Windows 8 phones, I will go get it. Depending on the price, I will buy the Surface tablet. By closing the SDK, making phones less than a year old obsolete, Microsoft is doing everything possible to kill this product. On the news today Apple will announce its mini iPad several dace before the Surface, stealing its thunder.

SVCC 2012

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Spend the last two days at Silicon Valley Code Camp 2012. Started the day by volunteering directing traffic, someone had to do it.

Saturday 10/6

1st class Windows 8 design speaker Jeremy Foster – Well done class

2nd class Advanced Windows 8 App Development with JavaScript speaker Jeremy Foster – Good class
Lunch

3rd class Mastering Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 speaker Deborah Kurats – I have always enjoyed her talks.

4th class IIS for Developers speaker Steve Evans – Unexpected joy.

5th class Windows 8 & Windows Phone XMA graphic and sensor integration by Bary Nusz- I especially enjoyed this class.

Volunteer Dinner – Excellent BBQ with chicken, ribs, brisket and smoke links. Volunteering has its rewards.

 

Sunday 10/7

Developing for Windows Phone and Windows 8 speaker Kenny Spade was canceled due to equipment failure however Jeremy Foster stepped in. I however, was running late and saw Kenny talking with Bary Nusz and never made it to class.

1st and only class Intro to Windows 8 Development by William Leong and Alice.

Lunch and prize drawing. They had several dozen prizes donated by their sponsors. I would like to thank all of them for their generosity, especially ComponentOne who put up a full version ComponentOne Ultimate, which I won. I was later interviewed by Russ Fustino for his Russ CAM show for ComponentOne.

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az’technology is a Silicon Valley consulting company founded in 1992 specializing in database driven website design, Windows Phone Apps and IT management of medical and commercial businesses.

Windows 8 Phone

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Nokia released today two new phones the Lumia 920 and 820.Not trilled about the case colors, oh well. We will see what is coming in the next couple of weeks. Going to a Nokia event on the 18th to see the new phone.

Original Post September 5, 2012

Window 8

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I finally got the new system up and running, dual boot to I Windows 7 and Window 8 on dual monitor. The video card has to be replaced from the stock one by Dell, still trying to see if I like it or not. May switch back to VGA to the monitor from DVI, not sure.

Original post August 16, 2012

The game of eight ball

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I really wish I could get behind and embrace Windows 8, however I cannot. Yes I will have a Windows 8 system at home for development, but at my 8-5 job, Windows 8 and VS 2012 is DOA. The problem is that we would have to have two version of out code, Windows 8 and all other version of Windows. The VS 2012, from all we have heard, will not compile to previous versions of Windows. That is a deal breaker. None of our clients are going to be using Windows 8, nor are we going to specify Windows 8 as a valid platform. It may be years before we approach this new paradigm. Sigh.
On top of that the final version of Visual Studio was released of Aug 15, and it refuses to download.

Original psot August 16, 2012