Not everyone dislikes Zune.. ;-)

To follow up to my previous post, it turns out not everyone dislikes the Zune. Perhaps surprisingly, Leander Kahney – Wired’s “Cult Of Mac” columnist – wrote a piece entitled In Praise of the Zune. It’s worth reading if you want to balance out to all the negativity out there on the Interwebtubes. I particularly liked this comment:  “But…

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Windows Mobile Docs, wherefore art thou?

Hopefully you are aware that the best place to read the Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK documentation is on MSDN. And certainly that’s something I’ve been trying to mention in this blog as much as I can. However, there is a small hitch in that MSDN is currently moving content to a new, faster, spiffier web…

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Why do people dislike the Zune?

Sorry that this isn’t a Windows Mobile related blog entry, but it’s a snow day today – an inch of snow fell on Redmond, and so the city ground to a halt – and this has been bugging me.Yesterday, I bought a Zune. I’ve owned iPods since they were first released: I remember fondly my first…

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Windows Mobile: SDK Documentation Update

The Windows Mobile SDK Documentation has been updated today, with a release dated September 2006. Please use this update as your primary source of information on the Windows Mobile SDK. This release replaces all others, especially the out-dated documentation that ships by default with the Smartphone and Pocket PC SDKs. The easiest way to use…

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Windows Mobile: Wizard vs. Freestyle

Remember in the old days, how almost everything you did on a computer was driven by a series of menus or Wwzards? Everthing, and I mean everything, was done by selecting an option from a list. Then game the Graphical User Interface, and suddenly we were going freestyle – we had to go hunt out the applications…

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Windows Mobile: Simplicity = Power

I recently moved from using a Palm Treo to a Motorola Q device as my everyday device. This isn’t due to any preference, I just keep cycling through all the hardware I can as it helps me know the products I’m trying to help developers support. Like the Treo, the Q is a device with…

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Windows Mobile: Debugging Tip when Developing in Managed Code

If you are developing a Windows Mobile 5.0 application in C# (or even Visual Basic .NET), here’s a useful little tip for getting some information whilst your application is running. By including the Diagnostic class – like this: #using System.Diagnostics; in your application, you can pepper your code with lines like this: Debug.WriteLine(“The tricky part…

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Mouse with a frickin’ laser on its head

This is just too cool: the latest Microsoft mouse has been released, and it’s amazing. Not only does it use BlueTooth, but it has buttons for controlling PowerPoint, so you can walk around the room giving your stirring speech whilst casually moving from page to page. (Make sure to use Live Search on “Edward Tuffte and…

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Windows Mobile: Heroes

A little over ten years ago, back in Ireland, I was working as a freelance writer and reading with great excitement about this new thing called “Windows CE” and new hardware “Handheld PCs” coming from Microsoft. I’d always loved the idea of portable, personal hardware, and the Handheld PC from Philips – the Velo1 –…

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XNA: Beta available now

If you are looking for a way of practicing your C# programming skills, you might want to hop over to the MSDN site and download the beta release of the XNA Game Studio Express development tools. Based on C# Express (my favourite version of Visual Studio, ‘cos I worked on the documentation), you can start get writing…

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