…continue reading XAML and C#, or HTML and WinJS for Windows Store, Universal and cross platform apps?
I am not a designer and prefer to avoid things like animation as too difficult. On the other hand, I am writing an electronic card game and it looks bad if the cards move without any animation. There is also an issue in that animation is built into the standard controls, so if you do
…continue reading Getting animated: basics in Windows Store apps
Microsoft has completed its acquisition of Nokia today, a milestone in the turbulent story both of Nokia and of Windows Phone, which Nokia adopted in the hope of establishing a “third ecosystem” to challenge Apple iOS and Google Android.
Rumour has it that the Nokia acquisition was controversial within Microsoft and a large factor in
…continue reading Microsoft completes Nokia acquisition: what now for Windows Phone?
Microsoft has released its financial results for the first quarter of 2014. The year on year segment figures look like this:
Quarter ending March 31st 2014 vs quarter ending March 31st 2013, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Gross margin Change Devices and Consumer Licensing 4382 +30 3906 -23 Devices and Consumer Hardware 1973 +571 258 -135
…continue reading Microsoft financials: strong quarter especially in cloud services. We have a very different way to think about Windows says Nadella
…continue reading A little bit of magic from Adobe PhoneGap: instant app preview on a device
Two issues I have seen recently:
1. A Windows 7 laptop which belonged to a developer and was being passed on to a new user. However, although you could create the new user, you could not log in as that user. The error was “User Profile Service service failed the logon. User profile cannot be
…continue reading Windows problems: new users cannot log in, SQL Server 2014 install fails
Problem: You have a ListView containing data. You want to vary the appearance of items in the ListView according to the value of the data.
I spent some time on this in relation to a panel for a game I am writing. For example, you have a ListView containing numbers. How can you have negative
…continue reading Notes on styling a Windows Store app ListView to vary item appearance according to the data
One intriguing new feature in Micrsosoft’s SQL Server 2014 is the ability to create or attach databases whose files are in Azure blog storage. This sounds like something that would not work at all well: why would you want a database engine to mount files located hundreds or thousands of miles away? However, the feature
…continue reading Hands on: SQL Server 2014 with data files in Azure Blob Storage
Good to see these options when creating an Azure VM:
Puppet is for automating IT operations.
Chef is for modeling IT infrastructure and application deployment as code.
…continue reading Puppet and Chef come to Windows Azure
I experienced an odd problem on a Surface Pro (first edition). This happened shortly after upgrading to Windows 8.1 Update though not immediately after.
Symptom: I could connect to wifi but although I had five bars of signal strength, according to the notification area icon, I had no connection; and ipconfig reported “Media disconnected” for
…continue reading Fixing failed wifi on Surface Pro