So I've been playing Battle Pirates to keep my sanity lately.
I've come up with a few different base layouts, and here is my current design:
Although I think the twisty channel is a good thing to have, I'm not happy with the placement of the turrets up front.
I had an alternate design that has a "kill chute" with a U bend - while it would force the attackers to come within range of most of the turrets before any could be sniped, I wasn't happy with the placement of the Outpost and it …
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 and then came up with version 1 of the block. I envisioned printing out a support structure for 3 pins on each plane to press fit into the 3.2mm holes …
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 a 30mm hollow cube (Sketchup file) (STL file) on my MakerBot Replicator.
I then used a mounting board (more details on those coming soon!) that I cut out of acrylic to …
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 the group. I also promised I would take pics, so here they are!
In December 2010, I purchased a new house with a garage which meant I now had space for the Zenbot CNC …
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 often more complicated. There is also the demand for enterprise applications to work in more of a consumer model on laptops …
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 the two frameworks.
There’s no real set agenda for the talks, we will basically do some demos and have an open …
Being a dev machine that hadn't been reimaged 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 time to upgrade to a newer processor and motherboard, more RAM and a solid state drive.
Once I received all of the pieces and parts (we'll get to that part shortly), I found out that I also needed to upgrade the power supply as …
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 feed moved to:
To fix the error, log into the admin panel, go into Settings, Gallery then add the …
I'm hacking on the Gadgeteer platform with my GHI Spider board and working with the MultiColorLED module (5 of them to be exact). I ran across an oddity when you call the .TurnBlue() method, the LED actually turns Green. When you call .TurnGreen(), the LED turns Blue. This behavior has been reported here and here.
As I mentioned before, I have 5 LEDs in my array, In the sample code below, If you only have one LED, change the first line from
arrLED = new …
Like many other legal organizations, the firm I work for is undergoing an Office 2003 to Office 2010 upgrade now that most of the vendors that make complementary software to allow us to do massive document productions and generate documents for certain jurisdictions are Office 2010 compatible. One of our trainers found the Office 2010 ribbon guides that are an interactive quick reference that lets you click on "File, View, Header/Fooder" in Word 2003 for instance and then it …
I saw this great post on encrypting your data using Windows Phone 7 by Rob Tiffany.
Rob makes several great points, including how easy it is to accomplish this task in Windows Phone 7.
Keep in mind that not only passwords and connection strings should be encrypted - anything that your application uses that may be sensitive to your application or company's way of doing business may be a candidate for encryption. That being said, just because you *can* encrypt everything, doesn't …
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 that I think are brilliant, seem to be missing.
Complaint #1 - "All of the work I have done for the previous Windows Mobile platforms has been wasted." Well, if you're …
Thanks to everyone who came to my session this morning at Richmond CodeCamp!
The Presentation and Demo Code can be downloaded here: (link) (6.9 MB)
Please email me with any questions you may have.
Great news, just heard that I have two sessions accepted for both of these learning events. Here are the details:
Richmond CodeCamp 2010.1 - Saturday May 22nd, 2010 - Richmond, VA. http://richmondcodecamp.org/
Introduction to Windows Phone 7 Series
Track / Area:
Developer / Mobile
Windows Phone, Silverlight, XNA
General / Specific Experience Level:
Beginner / Beginner
A lap around the new Windows Phone 7 Series platform - what has changed …
Last year I spoke at CodeStock in Knoxville, TN. This year, I have submitted 3 sessions for CodeStock 2010 - session selection is based on attendee voting, so please go vote for them if you would like to attend these sessions at this year's CodeStock!
Deploying Silverlight Based Web Parts with SharePoint 2007
Track / Area:
Developer / Applications - Silverlight
General / Specific Experience Level:
Beginner / Beginner
In this …
I am in the process of moving all technical content from my personal site (http://dsaxman.com) to this site. I'll do my best to get it moved over as quickly as possible, so please bear with me. I'll do my best to create a permalink in the old post to the new post so that people will be able to find the content. Do note that I am not moving comments as the amount of work it would take versus the number of comments that exist (and that weren't spam) is very low.
Last fall, I put together a NewEgg wishlist for a new 64 bit machine that I built. I tweeted about it, but evidently didn't make a blog post. The main purpose of this machine is to run Server 2008 in Workstation mode with IIS7 and SQL 2008. The specs are as follows:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz Processor
ECS P35T-A ATX motherboard
8 gigs (4 x 2gb) of DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) RAM from Corsair
PNY GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0x16 video card
Missed the event last year but am super psyched to be speaking at CodeStock 2009 this year. I'll be presenting my "Converting your LOB Apps to Silverlight" talk and hanging out in the OpenSpaces area otherwise.
Thanks to everyone who attended my talk on Converting your Line of Business Application to Silverlight at the Richmond DotNet User Group (April 2nd), Philly CodeCamp (April 18th) and Richmond CodeCamp 2009.1 (April 25th). As I mentioned in my talks, the demo application is one that is used at my current employer, so once I have finished the application internally and comment the code, I will morph it into a publically available sister application and provide the sample code and a working …
I'm working on a graphics conversion utility for use in my mobile projects as well as for a friend's web based application. My goal has been to write code that I can run both on the compact framework as well as on the full-featured version of the .Net framework.
Let's say we have an Enumerable type in our class as follows:
public enum Fixins