First the link to ScriptIt, in case you just want to download and get cracking with scripts – http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winntas/downloads/scriptit.mspx
Tomorrow is the Windows Embedded Essentials event in Bangalore, India – the folks at the local Microsoft Sub have been excellent, helping to configure hardware for the hands on labs – we have 75 PC’s to configure for the labs – I was hoping for one “Master” PC to configure, and then to run Ghost to capture and copy the image – unfortunately we have 50 IBM PC’s, 15 of another make, and 10 other PC’s – so we need to setup three “Master” images – the labs are going to be Windows CE .NET 4.2, Windows XP Embedded and Visual Studio .NET 2003 (Compact Framework) – one of the problems with setting up software for labs is spending the time clicking the right options on the installer, and of course entering the PID.
I spent some time over at the Microsoft TSG (Technical Support Group) on Friday of last week setting up more hardware for the labs we’re running at ESC West/Electronica, and the WEE in SanFran – same issues, time spent clicking the options and entering PID’s when setting up software – thankfully, one of the TSG guys (Peter Hennes) had a solution – it would appear that Windows NT Server shipped with a scripting utility called “ScriptIT” – you build simple scripts that look for window titles and enter keystrokes… – I didn’t have time to play with this last week, but did have some time to work on script files yesterday… I now have working script files to install eMbedded Visual C++ 4.0 SP2, and Platform Builder 4.2 – I didn’t have time to work on Windows XP Embedded or Visual Studio .NET 2003 – perhaps tonight back at the hotel room… – here’s the link to ScriptIt – http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winntas/downloads/scriptit.mspx
Yesterday, tonight, or tomorrow, depending on where you are in the world right now is the final Windows Academic ChallengE online chat – this is the last chance to ask questions about Windows CE O/S or application development before the big competition this coming weekend – I’m really looking forward to the competition – I will take some photos and get these posted to the Blog.
Oh, I nearly forgot, just as a total aside, this is the first city I’ve presented Windows Embedded Technologies technical sessions that doesn’t have a Starbucks – come on chaps, time to open a store over here !
Also, I have this useful utility running on my desktop that shows the current temp in Redmond (it’s currently 48F), cool eh ! (in more ways than one), the utility can be downloaded from the Komo4tv web site (under the weather link) – the temp is shown next to the clock in the system tray – like so…
It’s not an icon, it’s a Window (I’ve used SPY++ to view the window details) – I’ve looked on MSDN to see if there’s any information about adding your own custom windows to the system tray and didn’t find anything, I think there are a ton of useful utilities that could be built into a systray window application – if you have any idea how to create a sys tray window then add a comment to the blog…