The Mixed Bag of Windows 8 Chips

Ivy Bridge. Clover Tail. No, wait, Cloverview. ARM? Atom! Understanding the processors that drive today’s tablets and laptops is definitely like wading through alphabet soup. If the fact that there are two versions of the latest Windows operating system (Windows 8 and Windows RT) isn’t confusing enough, there are literally dozens of CPUs available and…

Acer Iconia W510 After 10 Days (or so)

I wanted to follow up on my initial review of the W510 after some longer real world usage. And heavy usage it is! I’m still hugely enamored with Outlook 2013 on a tablet so found myself grabbing it for that initial round of emails when I start my day instead of sitting at my desk.…

The Future of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Development

Does the snapped view required for Windows 8 apps provide insights into the future of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 development? Windows 8 app developers are required to create a snapped view for their applications. This is the one option for on screen multi-tasking in the Windows 8 world. The usefulness of this view…

ASUS VivoTab RT Review

I recently purchased an ASUS VivoTab RT (the TF600 SKU, 32 GB of storage). As it is one of the less popular WindowsRT models I wanted to write a short review to explain why I made the purchase and how it is working out. Why Get a WindowsRT Device? The first question is, of course,…

Enumerating Cameras and Camera Locations on Your Surface RT

When I teach classes at Microsoft, I often precede a juicy tidbit of information or code sample with the statement “Here’s a good interview question for you.” Well, here’s a good interview question for you – especially if you want the interviewee out of your office as fast as humanly possible. How do you get…

Automatically Updating .SLN files to VS 2012

Visual Studio 2012 finally gave us backwards project compatibility so you can slide between VS 2010 and VS 2012 as you needed. It’s a great feature and one we’ve sorely needed for a long time. When I upgraded my projects to .NET 4.5 or the new C++ compiler, I did so inside the IDE. That…

Review: Acer Iconia W510 Intel Tablet and Windows 8

Living in Seattle has its benefits. It’s an amazing city as we’re on the ocean and only an hour from world class skiing in the mountains. We can now even smoke all the marijuana we want except it has to magically appear from the sky to be fully legal. Even better I could walk five…

Going Old School on Windows 8

The other day I was browsing some archives on an old disk drive and came across the T64 formatted binaries of some demo software I wrote for the Commodore 64 in the 1980s. Demo software is fun to write and is more about tricks and optimizations than business rules or data models. I had written…

Dogfooding Windows 8: I Tell All

The other day I read an article about Windows 8 and “six long-term Windows 8 users tell all.” The premise? Several columnists over at ZDNet had been using Windows 8 for quite some time, and were interviewed about the experience. You can read about the results in the original article. I am also a writer.…

Koch Snowflakes on Windows 8 with XAML

A few years back I wrote a little program that would generate Koch snowflakes in Silverlight. After brisk walk in the cold weather today, I decided it was time to port it over to Windows 8, more just to see how easy it would be. It turns out it only took about 5 minutes to…

It’s Deja Vu All Over Again… Timing… Timing… Timing… Azure Storage Keys and Your Computer’s Clock

< p class=”MsoNormal”> The demo code for my upcoming book on Windows Azure storage inexplicably began reporting that “The remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden” on every operation. Investigating the problem using the integrated Visual Studio 2012 Server Explorer to view objects in cloud storage was also problematic… Visual Studio reported that the “current…

Introducing MyComix Reader, Version 0.5

As I wrote the Contoso Cookbook app and accompanying labs for Microsoft last winter, I found myself thinking that it would be cool to build another end-to-end Windows Store sample – one that could go beyond the basics and demonstrate fun features and programming techniques that Contoso Cookbook did not. At the same time, I’ve…