AlphaJax and forever ‘Shuffling Tiles’

I’m a big fan of AlphaJax for Windows Phone, mostly because it’s a Microsoft Studios product and it’s something other than Words With Friends! Lately though, when I open the app, it tells me that it’s ‘shuffling tiles’ and just sits there until it errors out, letting me know if can’t reach the XBOX Live…


Notification hubs and the dreaded RegistrationAuthorizationException

I’ve been playing around with the awesome Windows Mobile Services and Notification Hubs in Windows Azure. I ran into a problem recently where I couldn’t register for a native notification using Notification Hubs in my Windows Phone app and looking around for a resolution I came across someone else having this exact same issue:…


Add Windows 8 Pro Pack or Windows 8 Media Center Pack to your edition of Windows

If your PC is running Windows 8 Pro and you’d like to get Windows 8 Media Center Pack so you can watch and record live TV with Windows Media Center, follow the steps below! Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. (If you’re using a mouse, point to the…


Sending mail via Exchange Online (aka Hosted Exchange) using SMTPClient

Recently I had a need to send mail from a website I have on one of the major hosting companies via my exchange online account. Easy I thought, just code up a quick class using SMTPClient and send the mail using my account. Well, not so much… Every time I tried to send a mail…


Shaping up with Kinect in 14 days – Day 6

Again I mixed it up a bit tonight, doing pretty much the same workout I did last night. So not much more I can add, except for the stats! Calories burned: 203 Total Calories burned since day 1: 1103 Jason


Shaping up with Kinect in 14 days – Day 5

Tonight I decided to mix things up a bit and rotate through a bunch of different workouts: Cardio Boxing Stack em up Loop-a-hoop Light race Virtual Smash Zen Cardio Boxing is still the best for calorie burning (and fun), with Stack em up being the least effective (although also fun and it does work some…


Shaping up with Kinect in 14 days – Day 4

Finally tonight after a brief break due to a date night and illness, I managed to get a workout in. I’m still not feeling 100%, but I felt good enough tonight to do a reasonable workout in the hope that it would make me feel a little better, if only briefly. So, tonight I focused…


Shaping up with Kinect in 14 days – Illness break edition :-(

Just a quick note to apologize about the lack of workouts yesterday and today – I’ve been sick My daughter has been sick with a virus since last week and I started coming down with something late Friday night (it must have been the date night ), and I’ve been sick ever since. Rest assured…


Shaping up with Kinect in 14 days – Day 3

This workout was a little easier, so maybe my body is getting into the rhythm of things, or it’s just past the point of hurting anymore I started my workout today with some fitness classes, including Cardio Boxing (which I love btw!) and some Zen (Yoga). After burning 167 calories in those two classes,  I…


Shaping up with Kinect in 14 days – Day 2

Tonight was hard! My muscles are still aching from the first workout – in fact they hurt more today than they did last night! Still, I pushed through the pain with the hope that it would get better as each day goes on. Besides, I couldn’t disappoint you, dear reader Tonight I did three separate…