Archive for October, 2012

Win8 failed certification: Your app doesn’t meet requirement 4.1 (privacy policy)

Grrrr. You rush to complete a win8 app submission and then the requirements have changed from previous submissions to other app stores, eg: Windows Phone.

On a positive note though I think this is a good thing.

For information on how to correct C# version, javascript version.

Note, for C# fix above, you will need to know:
using Windows.UI.ApplicationSettings; // for the Charm bar
using Windows.System; // for Launcher

For full requirements.

From a comments post by Karl Oots on Balassy’s blog:
Btw, the newly published MSDN articles Resolving certification errors and Avoiding common certification failures are quite useful for covering the opt-in scenarios and other certification related errors as well.

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Posted by admin - October 31, 2012 at 11:14

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Microsoft web servers slowing down?

Am I the only one to notice this – or is it localized to Finland?

Recently with the Windows 8 release and with the Build conference ongoing, Microsoft servers seem to be creaking under the load. If I log into the Windows 8 app store, it takes about 5-10 minutes for me to be spent my log in code.

Hopefully this is just temporary….

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Posted by admin - October 31, 2012 at 11:06

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FinnGo Privacy Policy

FinnGo uses the internet to access the translation service and foreign web pages. These URLs are the only information transferred to an external server – all other data is stored locally. No personal information is transmitted.

Current data stored on your device:
Windows Phone = all data destroyed at end of session. No user data stored currently.
Windows 8 = all data destroyed at end of session. No user data stored currently.
Android = user can define their own urls and languages. This data is stored permanently on the device. It is not transmitted to external devices. This data can be accessed and modified by going to the menu/settings.

To my knowledge, the above complies with applicable laws and regulations. If you want to report a violation or are unsatisfied or want further information, please email to and I will fix it (timelines will depend on certification of the various app stores).

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Posted by admin - October 31, 2012 at 10:31

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Business Cards

New business = new identity = new cards

In all the startups & companies I’ve been part of, I’ve never had to do these myself. They are actually pretty expensive.
Anyway I eventually chose to use mainly because their bulk prices are good (especially for US people) and their interactive chat was so useful, even if they did keep calling me Dave and I had to use googletranslate on their German state and mark Finland as a county of Germany (some American web site designers need to study Europe a bit more). Took me about 1 week to sort out – but most of that is down to me being new. Runner up was

To design the cards, I first started off with powerpoint (I am an ex-consultant after all :-)). However I eventually ended up using a trial copy of Adobe Illustrator. Actually once you get your head around the user interface, it has most of the same features as powerpoint (send to back, align, etc) as well as visio (with layers). Biggest challenge for me was handling alphas and I never did find the colour picking tool.

On the way I found an amazing artist: ruddall30.

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Posted by admin - October 26, 2012 at 21:06

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Win8 Hardware

I went to an MS conference here in Finland. As well as seeing the home screen of the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 (Nokia weren’t allowed to show anything else), I saw some of the OEM offerings for Win8. My favourite form factor is definitely the laptop combination where the screen slides off to become a tablet. I also definitely want Win8 Pro and not RT, so the first version of the Surface is a no-go.

Some of the machines in that area:
1. HP Envy X2. Upsides: guerilla glass, NFC, beats audio. Downside: 1.8GHz CPU and no USB 3.0 (unbelievable). Availability December 2012
2. Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro. Upside: USB3.0. Downside: very little information.
3. acer iconia w700 (W700P-6821). Upside: USB 3.0, full resolution
4. asus transformer book. Upside: i7, USB 3.0, full resolution
5. dell xps 12 or dell xps duo 12. I don’t like this form factor (I can imagine being hit quite hard on the head)

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Posted by admin - October 26, 2012 at 11:25

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FinnGo on Win8: it’s in

It’s 15 minutes to midnight and approaching October 26 – and I just submitted my first Win8 app into the store. It’s been a tough journey, some notes:
– had to reinstall Win8 and Visual Studio this afternoon as the Win8 link was not RC/RTM but preview and that causes problems with Visual Studio
– had to pay another sum (37 EUR) to access the store… gotcha: you then need to enter the amount charged (in local currency – I thought it was the USD amount)
– submission process is much better, but takes a lot longer… it took me about 2 hours to package and do my icons/screenshots
– (not sure if this is my computer) had to hit the submit buttons up to 3 times before finishing
– description was marked incomplete and whatever I did, I could not work out what was wrong… gotcha: hit enter after typing in the caption for your screenshots
– store menu in Visual Studio is *very* nice. Did not work for me on last step (submit app – I did that directly from the dashboard), but other steps worked ok. Gotcha: store/create app package took some time: it launched the app about 6-7 times.

Screenshots required (although some are optional):
store logo 50×50
logo 150×150
wide 310×150
small 30×30
badge 24×24
splash 620×300
promotion 414×180
screenshot 1366×768

Once submitted, here’s a rough guide to next steps. Most have times in hours, except content compliance:
– pre-processing
– security tests
– technical compliance
– content compliance (7 days)
– release
– signing and publishing

Now hoping to get my elite status from Microsoft (for submission before Oct 26).

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Posted by admin - October 26, 2012 at 01:00

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An application-internal exception has occurred

When coding with Win8 and Visual Studio 2012, I get the following error: “An application-internal exception has occurred”. This is after I created a new win8 appstore project and added a grid view from the toolbox.

Looking at the output or the file (App.g.i.cs) gives me no more clues. There is a flag which seems to point the way: DISABLE_XAML_GENERATED_BREAK_ON_UNHANDLED_EXCEPTION

In debug mode, I highlight the e and then in the “Locals” window at the bottom I can expand the variables to get the value of e, which is: Message “Cannot find a Resource with the Name/Key ApplicationHeaderForegroundThemeBrush [Line: 15 Position: 44]” string. This is in Common\StandardStyles.xaml. This has been auto generated with a new file, so looks as though this is a sync defect as the product goes to RTM.

Head banging continues…

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Posted by admin - October 25, 2012 at 15:07

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Win8 install with Visual Studio 2012 on Oracle VirtualBox 4.2.2

Trying to get an app into the Win8 store by end of tonight for the launch tomorrow (Oct 26)!

I started my win8 install yesterday thinking that everything should be stable to do some Visual Studio 2012 development. How wrong that was. It seems as though some of the versions are in RC/RTM and some are still in preview – which causes a few issues.

Specs: win8 = RC, but screen says Release Preview. Evaluation Copy. Build 8400. MS Visual Studio Web Express 2012 for Windows 8. Running on top of Oracle’s Virtualbox 4.2.2

For different vms (as not all, eg: virtualPC support Win8), read:

Gotcha when installing Win8 64-bit on VirtualBox – don’t use the Win8 64-bit setting, use standard Windows 8.

Gotcha on VisStudio license – use “visual studio express 2012 for windows 8”

Gotcha on getting Visual Studio working (error by error):
1. Error “The .Net Framework installed on this machine does not meet the minimum required version: 4.5.50709.” -> Enterprise Studio will not install as it does not have the right version of .net. To solve, follow: & look for text Wow6432Node
Gotcha: change ownership to Administrators, not Administrator.

2. “Error : DEP0700 : Registration of the app failed. Windows cannot install package Microsoft.SDKSamples.ControlsWebView.CS because this package requires a higher Windows version. The package requested Windows version 6.2 with AppModel version 1, while the current Windows version is 6.2 with AppModel version 0. (0x80073cfd) Controls_WebView”
to solve this follow: & look for text AppModel
Gotcha: change ownership to Administrators, not Administrator.

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Posted by admin - October 25, 2012 at 15:01

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Windows phone app fest wowzapp is open for registration

Grab your laptop and get ready to code apps for windows phone 8! For Finland, register here: This will be a global event with 24-hour support. Lucky we are in the land of the coffee addicts 🙂

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Posted by admin - October 23, 2012 at 10:03

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writing your own kindle book or self-publishing

One of my ideas has been to create my own book. I know what it would be called, I know most of the content – I just don’t know how to do it, nor have the time right now. Well part 1 solved thanks to Lisa Sabin-Wilson. She has a really good presentation on self-publishing at slideshare.

The 1 URL to remember: (amazon even do a free book on how to self-publish).

Key notes are:
2 weeks for TOC
4 months for chapters
1-2 months of Author review by copy editors, tech editors, project editor (queries, phrasing, clarify, technical info)
roughly 6 months to write a book
chapters = 10-12 pp, 5-15 images
1 chapter = 5-8 hours
goal: 2-3 chapters per week
15-20 hours per week

plus think about: public speaking, interviews, book signings, webinars, guest blogging, marketing and promotion
plan for marketing, frequent reprints, future editions
communicate schedule

Some tools: = iBookstore (amazon)

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Posted by admin - October 22, 2012 at 20:25

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