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Steve  Richter SteveRichter
  • More Android Goodness


    what I don't understand is why MSFT dropped windows mobile. I understand the need to enforce a common set of features so that the consumer who buys a windows phone gets what they expect. But why not have something with a different brand name, like mobile OS, which provides the .net framework on any mobile device? I want to be able to buy a cheap used cell phone on ebay and write c# / .net apps for the phone. MSFT does not have to provide the drivers for every phone. And neither does the manufacturer of what might be a defunct phone. Just publish the specs so that 3rd party providers could sell the drivers or whatever it is that would be needed to exploit specific features of specific phones.


  • use PC DVD drive in a TV with built in DVD

    I have a 5 YO TV with a built in DVD that does not work very well. Half the time it can't play a movie at all. When it does play the content on the DVD it will pause every now and then, presumably recovering from read errors. Generically speaking, can I replace the DVD in a TV with DVD drive for a PC?   I guess I should open the TV and have a look. How will a DVD player in a TV be cabled?  Will the TV have the functional equivalent of a motherboard, with an IDE or SATA cable from the DVD player to the "motherboard" of the TV?



  • Microsoft Falls Further Behind

    , spivonious wrote

    Business will hold on to computers for a little longer, but even now we are seeing a move back to a mainframe/dummy terminal architecture with virtualized desktops and thin clients. Soon all that will be on the average white-collar employee's desk is a screen, mouse, and keyboard.

    and what if the in house server was easy to install and config?  Why store your data and apps in a remote host, having to pay monthly fees to the hosting company, if you could run everything just as easily and at less expense on a local system?


  • Microsoft Falls Further Behind

    It is kind of like Android is to phones what MS-DOS was to the early PC. Android is an OS that runs on all phones ( guessing ).  A programmer codes a phone app to the Android OS. Why has Microsoft turned its back on an approach that made it dominant in the PC space?

    Will the .NET Micro Framework run on cell phones? Maybe micro framework is to be the replacement for windows mobile. 


  • Douglas Crockford's Newest Video (JavaScript)

    really neat videos. I have Crockford's book and the video and transcript do a better job of explaining Javascript than the book.

    Why the low opinion of Microsoft's contribution to programming? Maybe it is a dynamic vs static language thing, where Crockford thinks dynamic is far superior.  Interesting that Microsoft does not offer a javascript like dynamic language for writing .NET apps.

  • windows phone night sky mapping app

    Is there a night sky mapping app for windows phone?  I am in northern NJ and every morning, 5 - 6:30 AM, I see a very bright object in the sky a bit south of east. It has to be Venus. Many mornings it is the only light visible in the sky.    How would a mapping app work?  Can the phone tell an app what direction the camera is pointed at?  How much of an angle it is off of perpendicular to the ground?

  • How to be a windows phone retailer

    What does it take to be a retailer who sells windows phones? selling the phones and the service contracts. I have a storefront in a town in NJ. I would like to put a sign in the window saying you can buy you windows phone from me.


  • Channel 9 Live at PDC10 - How Did We Do?

    , nic wrote

    @SteveRichter Do you mean Access the product or "access" as in '...to Microsoft people'?

    And when you say overproduced - are you referring to Channel 9 Live at PDC10 or just Channel 9 in general? I'm interested in your Channel 9 Live feedback specifically in this thread.

    the Anders presentation was great.  I watched the headline WPF presentation - disappointed in that one. No new features in WPF. The future LINQ presentation by Bart de Smet went over my head so fast there was a sonic boom. I use LINQ all the time, understand IQueryable and expression trees But with so much of the deep dive stuff on C9, unless Anders is doing the explaining, I have a very hard time following the presentation.

  • Channel 9 Live at PDC10 - How Did We Do?

    I am finding c9 more and more over produced.  You guys said access was great, and I tried it and found it really hard to use and understand.  The dropping of windows mobile is very confusing - all this computing power in a phone, why can't it run .net and c#? - C9 has not explained it.

  • it looks like the WPF team still exists, after all

    , magicalclick wrote


    Or you say,

    <StackPanel id="BulletList" template="myBulletListCSSLikeTemplate">

    <itemcontrol ... />


    ok, thanks.  I will try that.