Official Kinect drivers are released

If you’re like me, you’ve been itching to get under the hood of Kinect. The prospect of a true, Minority Report-like interface is too alluring to resist.  Rejoice, for the moment is at hand: PrimeSense, the company behind the Kinect 3D technology, has just released the drivers. To give you a hint of what’s possible,…


Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch

Loyal readers know that I’m enthusiastic about the Windows Phone developer story, so here are some events to help you get started with Phone 7. You can register here: The official word: Windows Phone 7 offers a new world of opportunity for passionate, creative developers. Get ready to capitalize on this exciting new frontier…


Patterns and Practices guide: Developing Applications for the Cloud

Download the code samples. The MSFT P&P folks have come up with some great stuff over the years – I have a particular fondness for the original .NET Framework Application Blocks, which made life so much easier, what with the database access and the event logging. So nice. Now they’ve published a new tome, Developing…


Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools are live

Download: Windows Phone Developer Tools RTW I have high hopes and an app or two in mind for Phone 7. Here are a few handy links to get you started. Windows Phone Developer Portal. Brandon’s blog post has more details on this release. Windows Phone Development docs on MSDN. Register for Windows Marketplace, so you…


IE9 Beta is posted

Download. I’m a bit late to the party, but here’s a quick blurb on IE9. I was impressed with the preview, and now the Beta is posted. I can’t decide what the coolest feature is, but what comes to mind first is the blazing speed. Here’s a nice feature gallery. And here’s a nice collection…


Again with the brainwaves

I’m still playing around with the EPOC neuroheadset by Emotiv, as described in previous posts, such as Realtime Brainwave Data with WPF and Fun with brainwaves, part 3: Here’s some code. This time, I’m converting brainwaves into soundwaves in realtime (well, near-realtime). I’ve built a simple signal processing pipeline, and I feed it signals from…


Test driving the fourth IE9 Platform Preview

At a recent demonstration of Apple’s xCode IDE, the speaker asked the audience how many people liked the Objective C language. One hand went up, with enthusiasm (not mine). The speaker muttered something about the ancient schism between Smalltalk and Simula. This made me feel old. After installing the latest IE9 Platform Review and running…


Near-realtime power usage reporting up and running at my place

I’m something of an environmentalist and also a data collector, so I was delighted when Microsoft Hohm announced the availability of a near-realtime power monitor for home use. Even though I participate in Seattle City Light’s Green Power and Green up programs, it would be great to get detailed feedback on my home power consumption….


Don Burnett compares iPhone development to Phone 7

Providing a nice follow-up to my recent post on modern programming environments, Don Burnett compares the developer experience for Apple’s iPhone to Microsoft’s Phone 7. Windows Phone comes out on top, as Don explains in this nice slide deck. iPhone versus windows phone 7 coding View more presentations from More evidence that MSFT can…


Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta is posted

Download from here: Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta After my recent pleasant introduction to Windows Phone development, I’m now an enthusiastic advocate. Two of the new features that really catch my eye are: Blend support – Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone is now integrated into the setup of Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta. XAP…