Richard Parker

Richard Parker Richard Parker Still looking for the floating tree-island

Niner since 2004

Working furiously to figure out, that, while you're holding 50 386 PC's in your hand with a typical iPaq, I still can't do anything that feels as cool as when I played Wing Commander for the first time.


  • Jason Flaks - Demo of Windows Media Connect

    What are the plans on getting RF-based remotes (say via WiFi or Bluetooth transports) into MCE or XP? I'm sick of infrared.

  • Ori Amiga - What kinds of apps can you build for the next version of Mobile Devices?

    Type of apps I want to build?

    How bout a Buletooth/RF remote control for a Windows Media PC?

    Not only control channels, etc, but be able have interactive components to the remote control application to compliment the real-estate on the tv. Maybe, for example, have the time-editing controls on the handheld instead of them cluttering up the television screen.

    How about handheld social networking tools?

    This is an underground movement in .sp, .ko, .eu and .uk coming to the surface soon. Being able to spot friends within the vicintiy (on the train, in a restaurant) and share location/time/contact/schedule information automatically.
    'Hey! What's Joe up to?" "Dunno" *checks phone* "Oh! He's here in the book store...and he's going to be at a movie later. Let's talk to him" *sends message*....etc etc

    How about advertising the use of a handheld as a smart, wireless memory key?

    This is already complete with ActiveSync, but no one seems to mention the complete picture. A user simply syncs contacts, calendar, files, media and much more, just by coming into range of his basestation PC. No ports/cords. Much more functionality than that of a USB key.

    How about making a bluetooth/wifi universal storage unit for the home?

    Handhelds, media pcs, pcs...all have access to a large array hidden in the house. Instead of operating on local memory/files, a handheld can be a window into the home network.

    Many more where those came from...


  • Ori Amiga - Tour of mobile devices with Visual Studio for Devices team

    I've been having a wonderful time developing for the PocketPC and SmartPhone and microsoft has been very helpful in answering API changes/questions...


    Microsoft needs to start kicking the hardware manufacturers to get these things out in the public. I can't justify developing applications when only two phones exist in the US Market (as of 10/1/2004). Three more are planned, but they've been in 'planning' since Apr 2004. No hardware. No applications. Seems the manus are saying "no applications, no hardware". Catch-22

    Also, the battery life in these puppies HAS to improve. When Nokia and Sony can put out Symbian60 phones that have similar capabilities (multitask, camera/video, media player, PIM) with 2-3x the battery life there's not much we can do as developers to make the platform more successful.

    When will the US get the HTC phones? the i-mates? Largest economy on the planet, something like in 5th place when it comes to the cellphone market. Pathetic.