Archive forJune, 2012

Why isn’t Windows Phone 8 an update for Nokia Lumia’s ?

Yesterday’s announcement of Windows Phone 8 not being an upgrade for the latest Nokia phones, including Lumia 800, 900 et al, has been met understandably with both disappointment and anger from many existing handset owners. I’ve also seen some articles/comments that suggest it is needed for the greater good; articles which clearly missed what WP8 […]

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Windows 8, actually.

The North American TechEd videos are online now. The keynote from Day 2 is about Windows 8 and is worth watching. Actually, whilst watching the day 2 keynote see if you can count the times “actually” is used, actually        I guess it’s better than “So…” Biggest moment of irony in the video is when […]

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Windows 8 mail app

My first impressions of the windows 8 mail application … Accounts : The mail app seemed to work straight away with my @live account, and looks like it will offer good synchronisation with multiple accounts however I am unable to get the “accounts” charm to stay open when running in a VMWare VM, so haven’t […]

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Why a little bit of VB is a bad bad thing

Scott Hanselman posted about VB6 and showed a snippet of code : Public Function Fib(ByVal n As Integer) As Integer     Fib = IIf (n < 2, n, Fib(n-1) + Fib(n-2)) End Function What Scott probably didn’t realize that the IIF function in VB (both VB6 and later) is a Function not an operator. That […]

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Lightswitch suddenly becomes relevant

The LightSwitch team announced that LightSwitch will render to HTML5 + javascript. This is huge in expanding and liberating the client requirements including mobile devices !! see the LightSwitch team blog for more details ..

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What I’d really like in a phone

The software a phone runs is important but the hardware is even more so. My current day to day phone is the Lumia 800, and the previous one was a HTC mozart. To me the difference is massive. The lumia has a much better display, better reception (which is really important to me), and better […]

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Visual Studio 11 ALL CAPS

The following is my response to the VS blog post about the design for all caps in top level menus: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2012/06/05/a-design-with-all-caps.aspx First off, why would you want to add *EMPHASIS* to menus when the design philosophy stated for the new look of VS was it didn’t distract from the content we are creating? Second, the […]

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Rotate your Calculator on Windows Phone

Today I has having some discussions over the right roof pitch for a car port, so I grabbed my phone, rotated it and did some quick trigonometry.  Ten minutes later I tried to do the same and I could only see HEX and BIN, not Sin and Tan et al.  I’d forgotten it all depends […]

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