Ali B’s Nugget

What would you do if your Managing Director said he was spending a day in your department to better understand what you do? Several late nights preparing slides, maybe? Polish up your CV? Take a sickie? Well how about firing up VS and getting him to write some code? Alistair Baker is the Managing Director…

Windows Mobile 5.0 Local Authentication Sub System (LASS) – Part 3

In Part1 I looked at the power-on-password replacement options for Windows Mobile 2003. Part 2 introduced the new Windows Mobile 5.0 LASS architecture and how to create a simple LAP. This post will look at a slightly more complex LAP, converting the LetMeIn power on password sample that shipped in the Windows Mobile 2003 SDK. I…


Windows Mobile 5.0 Local Authentication Sub System (LASS) – Part 2

In Part 1 we looked at the power-on-password replacement options for Windows Mobile 2003. In this blog I want to take you through the new Local Authentication Sub System (LASS).   This new architecture can be found in Windows CE 5.0 and Windows Mobile 5.0 devices and brings a uniform authentication system to both Smartphone…


Active Sync 4.1 download available

At the VS launch event I was asked about the availability of 4.0 version of ActiveSync which felt like it was in beta for ever! A quick look over on the download page revealed that ActiveSync 4.1 has shipped very recently (18th Nov) and is available here for download. Windows Mobile 5.0 required AS version 4.0…


My first 64bit machine

I built my first 64 bit machine this week with an ABIT KU8 motherboard and AMD Semperon 2800 chip. As usual it all started with a member of my ‘extended’ family mailed me saying he had bought some new bits to build a machine and couldn’t get it working, please could I take a look….


Windows Mobile 5.0 Local Authentication Sub System (LASS) – Part 1

I came across another new feature of Windows Mobile 5.0 recently when trying to install an application that we originally created for Windows Mobile 2003 on a WM 5.0 device. The application, called Pocket Beat, is designed to provide Police officers with query access to the UK Police National Computer whilst away from the station….


Secure Code

In case you have been hiding under a rock for the last couple of months, Visual Studio 2005 has launched (along with SQL 2005). We are in the middle of a country wide tour taking some interesting presentations and Chalk Talks to Birmingham (done!), London (next week), Harrogate and Edinburgh. One of my tasks at…

We Share Your Pain (WSYP)

I don’t really know what to say about this except you have to check it out! I will be checking my office chair a bit more closely in future! Marcus


Orange Code Camp

Just got back from this years code camp organized by Orange – very different and interesting event! Take 400 people (mostly from Europe) with one thing in common – a passion for mobile computing, and put them in a somewhat isolated environment but exclusively booked for the event. Then provide facilities for lots of fairly…

Installing CF 2.0

CF 2.0 is about to release on Nov 7th but obviously no device will have the bits in ROM for some time. If you are writing code now that relies on CF 2.0 how can you deploy it?   Firstly the CF bits need to be shipped with your installation. There are a number of…