Does Windows take too long starting up before you can get to work? Wouldn't it better if things could startup at a lower priority? Learn how to launch processes, use performance counters, monitor files, and run tasks in
Create an animated holiday light show for indoor or outdoor use using some Phidget Interface Kits, extension cords, and .NET.Brian PeekDifficulty: IntermediateTime Required: 3-6 hoursCost: $100-$200Software: Visual Basic or Visual C# 2008 Express Editions, Phidgets .NET librariesHardware: Phidget…
Have you ever wondered how much you work in a day? You might keep track of when you start and stop, but do you really keep track of every interruption? In this article, learn about how to keep track of user activity and see how to build a component to add
to the Visual Studio…
In this application, Brian Peek demonstrates how to create two spooky Halloween applications to trick your friends and colleagues.
Less than 1 hour
Software: Visual Basic or Visual C# Express Editions,
DirectX SDK (for…
In this article I'll take you along for the ride as I attack the learning curve required to create a fun, interactive application using both the Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and the Windows Communication
Foundation (WCF). Afterwards, you'll have a flexible trivia…
In this article, Brian Peek will demonstrate how to use a Nintendo Wii Remote (Wiimote) as a controller for Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D.
Time Required: 2-3 hours
Cost: $60 for Wiimote and Nunchuk
Software: Managed Library for Nintendo's…
Are you more productive with more monitors? Would you be even more productive with better wallpaper management? I thought so! In this article, see how to create a utility to manage your Windows desktop wallpaper with separate
images per screen. It's addicting!
Are you tired of battling piles of papers at home? From work, to your kid's school, to old bills and receipts, it can be too much to keep up with! In this article, learn about how to scan, crop, and set metadata for your
Do have a GPS receiver laying around? Do you travel? Do you blog? If you answered yes to these questions, you might be interested in this Windows Live Writer plugin. People who travel and like to blog about it can just
click a button to insert their current coordinates along with a…
In this article, Brian Peek will demonstrate how to create an add-in for Windows Home Server that will allow users to view their Outlook mail from a web browser.
Time Required: 2-3 hours
Software: Windows Home Server, Microsoft