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Microsoft band first thoughts

I was in Seattle 2 weeks ago so I bought a band. Here’s my first thoughts:
1. Heavy. It is quite heavy – I feel it when I go running.
2. Battery. Requires charging every 2 days.
3. Waterproof. Cannot handle shower but can handle rain.
4. Heart rate. I’ve noticed big differences between band and and an HRM belt.
5. Pedometer. Big differences between Garmin vivosmart and band – but I am wearing them on different wrists.
6. Cortana. Cant figure out how this works, nor twitter.
7. Music. Why cant I start and stop music?

Things I like:
1. Ecosystem. Its part of the ecosystem so it should get better.
2. Data. It collects a lot of data – including gps when running. Where does it all go? Would be great to have Endomondo interface…
3. Sleep %. Ok one for data freaks but quite interesting to see % efficiency of sleep and how many times you woke up…

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Posted by admin - March 31, 2015 at 22:44

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Hyper-V on vmplayer

I’ve been trying out some combinations of virtualism.

First, the easiest to use is Oracle’s VirtualBox is the easiest to use and is pretty robust. Networking and file sharing is a doddle – unlike some of the other solutions.

Then I use vmplayer, as it is our company standard on our win7 laptops. Really great feauture here is shared folders, but remember to install the extensions before they work properly. (If you cannot see the folders, look in networks).

Finally I use Hyper-V on my win8 laptops. Pass-thru networking and “shared folders” are pretty hard to set up. However by double clicking on the vhdx file, it creates a drive on the host that you can use (so sort of shared folders).

Some other notes:
1. Hyper-V does not exist on win7
2. Hyper-V on vmplayer win8 does not allow you to create/import VMs (you need to be on top of a physical processor), so you just get a connect to option

Hyper-V on vmplayer

Hyper-V on vmplayer

Hyper-V on win7

Hyper-V on win7

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Posted by admin - August 19, 2013 at 21:18

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free sound effects for games

In my recent game, I had to put in some sound effects. A really good (and free) source was soundbible.

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Posted by admin - November 20, 2012 at 10:46

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rate it… rate apps with windows phone

This link was really hard to find…
Allows an application to launch the Windows Phone Marketplace client application and display the review page for the specified product.

Note, when I was running the emulator, I then got error: 805a0194. I am hoping that is because I am running this on the emulator…

Example code used:
MarketplaceReviewTask reviewTask = new MarketplaceReviewTask();
reviewTask.Show();

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Posted by admin - April 7, 2012 at 11:17

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Nokia Development

OK, so I thought I would try to port FinnGo over to my new Nokia E7. Unfortunately it is really hard to work out how to do this. The Nokia developer site is really impossible to navigate… it seems I have to work out what generation of Symbian I have, whether I can use Qt or Maemo, etc. Android site was so much easier (I was up and running on my┬ácomputer in about 30 minutes with Android, downloads and all). Luckily I work for a large company that has Nokia as a client, so I am hoping someone in there can help me out…

Update @21h35: http://www.forum.nokia.com/Develop/Qt/Getting_started/. Also should use Qt, not Maemo now. I have a suspiscion this will all be in C++, rather than new world languages like Java (or C#). Have to dust out my mallocs, frees and indirection pointers…

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Posted by admin - March 26, 2011 at 15:53

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