2017 "Budget" CAD / Dev Laptop comparison

A recent post by a member of the Tormach Operators group on Facebook asked for help in locating a laptop that could run Fusion 360, in the $500-$1,000 USD price range.  I had just helped a friend spec out a similar laptop to run landscaping/hardscaping 3D planning software, so of course I volunteered the recommendation […]

FBBC (GHI FBB Connectors)

GHI Electronics introduced their FBB (FEZ Building Blocks) to allow mounting of Gadgeteer components on plates and in box formats. Discussion of the FBB product is here, on the tinyclr forum – a great resource for anything .NETMF related. In the discussion thread, we were discussing ways of assembling the blocks, I had an idea […]

Gadgeteer Mood Cube

I’m working with a few .NETMF folks and have been talking with @ransomhall (http://ransomhall.com) about projects to collaborate on. Eric created a Mood Cube using a GHI FEZ Rhino and 4 BlinkM Smart RGB LEDs. I created a Gadgeteer version using a FEZ Hydra, USB ClientDP Module and a MultiColor LED Module. I printed out […]

Why Windows Phone 7 is better than Windows Mobile 6.x

After having several discussions at CodeCamps, seeing the debate on Twitter and even the comments on Charlie Kindel‘s recent post “Hey, You, Get Off of my Cloud” on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, I felt compelled to answer a few of the points that quite a few people, including quite a few the mobile developers […]

Zenbot 12×16 CNC Intro photos and info

I’ve been meaning to get around to this post for a while but never seemed to make time to do it.  I recently joined the Unofficial Zenbot User’s Group on Yahoo Groups and someone asked about IGUS wire chain.  Since my setup took some “perfecting”, I was more than happy to post the dimensions to […]

Interested in a mobile / embedded developer user’s group in Central Virginia?

I am gauging interest in running a Mobile / Embedded Developer user’s group for the Central Virginia development community.When people think of mobile applications, they immediately think phone based native applications on fairly tiny screens, however with the proliferation of tablets with larger displays and netbooks pulling apps from the cloud, the mobile scenarios are […]

Richmond Software CraftsmanShip Group on 3/29/12 – It’s embedded development night!

Mike Huffaker and I will be talking about embedded development this coming Thursday at the March meeting of the Richmond Software Craftmanship Group.  We meet at the SnagAJob.com offices in Glen Allen, VA.  Mike will be discussing Arduino development and I will be talking about .NET MicroFramework (Netduino and Gadgeteer) development and we will contrast […]

Ultimate Dev Workstation 2012

Being that my dev machine hadn’t been re-imaged in over a year or so, I was starting to have some issues with the current Win7 x64 image that I had on the machine I built in 2009.  Since I was going to have to do a reinstall of the OS, I figured now was a good […]

Getting a 404 error when trying to download/update Orchard packages from the Gallery?

If you’re trying to download new or update installed packages/themes from the Orchard Gallery, you may receive the following error once you click the “Install” link: The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found. This doesn’t really explain much, but it’s because the feed moved a few months ago in November of 2011.  The […]