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Mesh Your Ride

 Posted by at 1:48 pm  Gadgets, Work
Dec 052008
 
Mesh Your Ride

This may be old news to some, but it just popped up on my radar:  Ori Amiga, frustrated with the lack of truely usable and connected smart devices in the automotive market, built his own custom touchscreen PC console for his Porsche.  It’s a full-on PC running Vista and loaded up with GPS, WiFI, BlueTooth, […]

Dec 012008
 

The Live Services team will be hosting a live webcast to discuss and demo Live Frameworks development topics next Monday December 8, 2008 from 8am to 10am PST (12am – 2am GMT).  This will be a great opportunity to listen in on technical topics on developing applications with Live Frameworks, both standalone desktop apps as well […]

Nov 242008
 

SondreB asks I’m working on a scenario where I need to process mesh data at intervals. My concern is how I can do delegated authorization in a secure way. How and where do I store the user credentials (or their auth token) in my Windows Azure service? Is there a way of doing interval based […]

Nov 192008
 

Scott Guthrie gives us a status report on the Silverlight 2 deployment and key design wins worldwide.  100 million downloads of Silverlight 2 in the past 4 weeks.  Silverlight is now on 1 in 4 PCs on the web. BlockBuster and Netflix both use Silverlight for their online movie players. Scott also sketches out some details […]

Nov 182008
 
Client-Side Live Operating Environment: What’s It For?

Dare Obasanjo has written up his characteristically frank first impressions of Live Framework and how it compares to Google’s GData API.  It’s a good read:  Live Framework (LiveFx): Is It Microsoft’s GData or Something More?   Dare closes the article with this: On the flip side, the client-side Live Operating Environment is a technology whose benefits […]

Nov 142008
 
How Do I Mesh Thee?  Let Me Count The Ways

A few folks I’ve talked to in the Live Frameworks CTP forum or in email have expressed a little bit of confusion or a lot of surprise at what you can do with the Live Mesh platform and Live Frameworks. Let’s run through a few of scenarios to give you an idea of the breadth of options you have to leverage Live […]

Nov 062008
 

Now that the PDC crowd is back home again and has had a chance to digest the mountains of information collected during the conference, we’re seeing an uptick in blog posts talking about writing apps for Live Mesh using the Live Framework Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio. Here are a few posts I’ve stumbled into […]

Nov 052008
 

Oran Dennison has been dissecting the new Live Framework Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio (“VS tools”) and raised a few questions about how the VS tools are uploading Live Mesh application files into the cloud. “Why does VS upload files to the cloud individually instead of as one zip file?” VS uploads individual files to the cloud because […]

Nov 042008
 

We’ve discovered a bug in how the Live Framework Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio (“VS tools”) set permission values for Live Mesh-enabled web apps uploaded using the VS tools.  This results in your mesh app running with fewer permissions than the intended default permission set, which will prevent your app from modifying mesh feeds for contacts or news. […]

Oct 292008
 

In looking back at yesterday’s post on Windows Azure and Live Framework Tools I suddenly realized I didn’t provide any links to content about the VS tools I work on!  Let’s see if we can remedy that… Live Framework SDK and Tools  (dev.live.com) Getting Started using the Live Framework Tools (msdn.microsoft.com) Cloud Computing Tools Technology […]

Oct 282008
 

Yesterday at PDC Microsoft unveiled Windows Azure, a new platform for global scale distributed computing services, often called “cloud computing”. Today Microsoft rolled out tools for creating apps that use Live Services, access the same Mesh Objects you see in Live Mesh, or execute in the Windows Azure cloud.  Mesh-enabled web applications can even update themselves thanks to Feedsync-enabled Live Services […]

Oct 142008
 

Dion Almer of Ajaxian fame has announced he is leaving Google to head up a new developer tools group at Mozilla with longtime friend and Ajaxian cofounder Ben Galbraith.  The two are quite the dynamic duo in the web development sphere and should bring a lot of energy and fresh ideas to the table in […]

Oct 082008
 

Here’s a quick note for a solution I discovered the hard way that isn’t covered well in the MSDN documentation:  If you are writing a Visual Studio extension and adding a menu item to an existing menu (such as the project context menu) using a .vsct (Visual Studio XML Command Table) file, the priority field of […]

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Oct 062008
 

A reader responded to my March article on Parallel Make in Win32 with a question: I’m trying to get the *.idl files to compile while using the -j flag. I’m having a problem when you run make -j and the idl compiler compiles the *.idl files (that works just fine), but right after that, it […]

Sep 302008
 

Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) this year sounds like it’s going to be a landmark event. According to tidbits offered on the PDC website, this year’s headliners will be the first peekat Windows 7 (with prebeta DVDs!) as well as Microsoft’s new thrust into the cloud computing space (no disks needed).  From the website:  Come […]

Sep 262008
 

Scott Guthrie has announced the availability of Silverlight 2 Release Candidate.  Scott’s post also delves into some of the details of this release, including new controls and near-final UI skins for the entire Silverlight control set.  Check it out!

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Jul 292008
 

I’m slowly gaining ground in the war against paper.  I’m a packrat, which immediately calls into question the structural integrity of my house and garage.  However, I’ve discovered that technology transcends the limitations of corporeal space.  I can still hoard precious tidbits for posterity in digital form without risking premature burial under collapsing stacks of […]

Jul 282008
 

In the fall of 2006 I was wrestling with VS debugging JavaScript in IE and Venkman in Firefox teasing out problems and holes in the cross-domain channel library we were building for Windows Live and the Windows Live Contacts Control. One of the most aggrevating aspects of debugging cross-domain JavaScript is that JavaScript debuggers do not provide the same […]