Azure: Dreamspark Azure, decent offering by Microsoft

Hey I have been checking out this Dreamspark Azure offer, and not sure how it compares to the other companies, but it’s cool.  There is no credit card, no your webapp doesn’t work some weird reason.  It isn’t much, but since you can keep for as long as you want, consider using it to demonstrate your…

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List of four Kinect Security items

For a device that should be all about games, people are sure thinking up ways to use the Kinect for things like medicine and security.  With security you might want to take a look at the following URLs: In home paranoia: Kinect Long Term Privacy Issues Daunting? A cover for your Kinect: Address Security and…

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Designing for the Windows Kinect: Hover Buttons

Hover buttons, pretty cool, but not well explained in the documentation that I have found.  Hover buttons add a cool effect and cause hovering of an object over another object to appear to be similar to a click. The best examples of using the Hover buttons are found at: http://raychambers.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/kinect-mix-and-match/ Ray Chambers uses the skeletal…

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5 things you need so you can to start programming with C++ and Kinect

Here are the 5 or so things you need to program C++ and Kinect: There are four chapters of an excellent book at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh145619(v=vs.88).aspx Buy a Windows Kinect, not the XBox 360 Kinect, shop around, but the Windows Kinect will be supported longer.  If you have an XBox 360 Kinect because you bought an XBox…

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List of items to help you get started with teaching C++ using the Kinect

Yeech.  C++. After nearly 20 years of advancement in software development, C++ is returning.  Sort of like that old girlfriend (or boyfriend, your choice) that you dumped years ago, now you are divorced, and you run into her (him) at Starbucks.  She/he looks just the same as they did 20 years ago.  That’s the problem,…

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5 Ways To Make Money with the Cloud!

Number 1 with a bullet! Read Bruno Terkaly excellent article about how the Microsoft Azure Cloud works with mobile platforms and not just the Windows Phone 7.  Bruno is no Microsoft Fanboy and you should definitely read his blog, I do.  But it doesn’t help with my style, Bruno’s blog is excellent. MSDN Article: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/hh781021.aspx…

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Kinect: Curriculum for the classroom

In case you are a high school teacher you might want to download this free curriculum: https://www.facultyresourcecenter.com/curriculum/pfv.aspx?ID=8920&c1=en-us&c2=0&Login=&wa=wsignin1.0 You will need to have a LiveID to get to the document. This does not show you how to program the Kinect, but it does give you curriculum that uses the Kinect on the XBox in the classroom….

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Kinect: Autistic Children respond to Kinect!?

Some questions have come up around the use of Kinect and Autistic children, as usual any good questions are fuel for my blog! Bear in mind I don’t have children, and only deal with Computer Science students and professors as well as fellow team members and managers at Microsoft.  But the question comes up: Can…

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