Getting Ready to Rock (Paper and Scissors)

We’re gearing up for something that I think will be truly exciting – but I’m getting ahead of myself.  This is likely going to be a long series of posts, so let me start from the beginning. About a year or so ago, at the Raleigh Code Camp, I stumbled into a coding competition that was run by James Avery and Nate Kohari during a few hours in the middle of the day.   The concept was simple:  write a program that plays “Rock, Paper, Scissors” – you would take your code, compiled as a DLL, ... [More]

Returning to Chess

Many years ago, I was a reasonably active person in computer chess and OTB (over-the-board) chess playing, though admittedly I was more interested in the computer science behind chess rather than my own chess playing strength.   I owe this resurgence in my interest to my daughter as her interest in the game has grown.   I’ve broken out the nice pieces, chess clock, and of course, software! I’ve been searching for casual chess meetups in the Greensboro, NC area, and haven’t had much luck... [More]

Acer 1420P (PDC Laptop) Service Manual

There aren’t too many Acer 1420P netbooks out there – this is the one given out at PDC 2009.  I was recently having some problems with it and needed to disassemble (to the bone).  If you’ve ever disassembled a laptop, you know you pretty much need a service manual to guide you.  I love my laptops, but working on them makes me really appreciate the modular ATX design in many desktops. The problem was finding the service manual – I’m not exactly sure where I ... [More]

New Worldmaps Reporting Site

Thanks to the folks at Infragistics, there’s a new reporting site for Worldmaps!   This Silverlight application not only looks great, but provides many new ways to drill down into the data: One of the cool things you can do is easily compare to sites – the app has tabs that allows you to add multiple sites (unlike the still-existing old dashboard which showed only your neighbors in the leaderboard): What’s even cooler is playing around with the Gapminder stats: A Gapminder chart is idea... [More]

Connected Show: Migrating To Azure

I recently sat down with Peter Laudati, my cloud colleague up in the NY/NJ area, and discussed Worldmaps and the migration to the cloud in Peter’s and Dmitry’s Connected Show podcast .   Thanks guys for the opportunity! Connected Show - Episode #40 – Migrating World Maps to Azure A new year, a new episode. This time, the Connected Show hits 40! In this episode, guest Brian Hitney joins Peter to discuss how he migrated the My World Maps application to Window... [More]

Folding@home SMP Client

Wouldn’t you know it!  As soon as we get admin rights in Azure in the form of Startup Tasks and VM Role, the fine folks at Stanford have released a new SMP client that doesn’t require administrative rights.  This is great news, but let me provide a little background on the problem and why this is good for our @home project.  In the @home project, we leverage Stanford’s console client in the worker roles that run their Folding@home application.   The application, h... [More]

Windows Phone 7 App Sales

I wanted to make my app experience as open as possible, so now that reporting for Windows Phone 7 app sales is out, I’m going to share my details with the world for those interested in developing for Windows Phone 7.  First: device sales, as of this writing, have not been released by Microsoft.  I don’t know them, and won’t speculate on what that means.   As Joe B pointed out in his interview with Walt recently, it will be a process over time.    But, now that reporting fo... [More]

You Know You’re a Geek When…

Over the long weekend I decided to start cleaning out the garage – a project, by my estimates, will take several years to complete.  I came across some old software that has been hiding in some box for … well, decades.  I found many 5 1/4” floppy disks of some old favorite games I used to play.  Recognize any?  (Many of the labels are in pretty bad condition.) First up is the original Zork.   Nothing more really needs to be said on this one. I probably put the most number... [More]

Distributed Cache in Azure: Part III

It has been awhile since my last post on this … but here is the completed project – just in time for distributed cache in the Azure AppFabric!  : )  In all seriousness, even with the AppFabric Cache, this is still a nice viable solution for smaller scale applications. To recap, the premise here is that we have multiple website instances all running independently, but we want to be able to sync cache between them.   Each instance will maintain its own copy of an object in th... [More]

Windows Phone 7 App Roundup for 10/25

Ah, closer to launch and more apps in the marketplace than a single byte could hold!   This is my personal look at what’s hot and what’s not in the phone marketplace.   Surely I’ll miss a few things but hopefully will catch them next time. What’s Hot: Netflix (Entertainment), free Really not much more to say, is there?  Browse titles, view your instant queue, play back, etc.  It’s clean and simple.  What I haven’t done is tried to use this over 3G while in a moving car,... [More]

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