Customize a Windows Phone 7 Live Tile

Windows Phone 7 “Mango” adds a lot of great new features to Live Tiles.  An app can now create Secondary Tiles that are controlled programmatically and deep link directly into the app.  One feature that I could not find, however, is the ability to control the appearance of text on a tile.  This seems to…

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Hello Windows Phone OS (codenamed “Mango”)

Perhaps you’ve heard already about Windows Phone OS (codenamed “Mango”)?  Here is a list of some of my favorite great new features of the update. ·         Windows Phone OS (codenamed “Mango”)  is a free update for all Windows Phone 7 devices ·         It will have the IE9 browser to support HTML5 websites ·         3rd party…

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Windows 7 slate PCs Part 3

Last time I gave some specific guidance on  Dynamic objects, OAuth and HttpWebRequest versus WebClient.  This time, I’ve got a hodge podge of different topics for you! NB: Code presented here is of example quality only. Please don’t cut and paste this code into your solution. Proper error handling, logging and graceful failures are not…

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Windows 7 slate PCs Part 2

Last time, I gave some motivation and context for this series and discussed a couple of topics.  This time, we will look at identifying the user (Authentication) using  OAuth and calling web services using HttpWebRequest. NB: Code presented here is of example quality only. Please don’t cut and paste this code into your solution. Proper…

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Windows 7 slate PCs Part 1

I’ve been working on these things quite a bit …   We call them “slates” … specifically Windows 7 slate form factor PCs.  They are pretty cool devices.  I’ve worked on some projects and there are others on Product Scout.  I’ve learned some tips and tricks architecting and developing for these devices, so I thought…

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Access to Windows Phone 7 Camera Roll from a Silverlight App …

Or “Why is my RootPictureAlbum null?” Download the code for this example. In order to get programmatic access to the available media libraries on Windows Phone 7, you need to use some XNA libraries even in a Silverlight application.  I will give an example of how to use legal APIs from XNA.  I will also…

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Outlook 2010 Plain Text Folder …

Download Source A customer asked me recently “I would like to see a plain text version of selected emails without sending them to the junk folder.”  I looked for a rule, but I couldn’t find one.  I looked for a setting, I couldn’t find one.  The only other way I could think of doing it…

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Coping with “It’s all been done” syndrome …

Sometimes I get down on myself.  You see, dear reader, I’ve been trying to think up a good application to write for WP7.  I’ve thought of a few good apps, a couple of mine are actually up in the marketplace and earning money.  But, then I say to myself, “It’s all been done before!  Every…

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Cloud Economics … You’re Fired!

We just published a great paper on the Economics of the Cloud.  It does a very thorough analysis of current IT practices and gives some concrete ways that the Cloud (both Public and Private) can lead to IT cost savings.  Unfortunately, it also white washes one of the most important economic factors of the Cloud,…

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Post Architect’s Master Class initial thoughts …

I must tell you, I hate training.  I hate it! I hate it! I hate it! This is me in a training class … Just a sad sack. Why? Because most training sucks, that’s why!  I always feel like give an equivalent amount of undisturbed time, I could learn more on my own.  In one…

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