Recent blog entries

Is "IoT Security" an Oxymoron?

Last night I attended a Meetup on Cyber Security with a IoT context sponsored by Kerpashky Lab. It was a great night with hosted by a female with three well credentialed females as the guest panelists. There was a interesting presentation on Cyber Security followed by a Q&A with the panel. This rhetorical question occurred to me.

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Visual Studio 2017 support for Google Android Things

Well it looks like Google is getting into the IoT business also. Microsoft has its IoT core platform that is basically a slimmed down version of its desktop Windows 10 offering targeted to the embedded Internet of Things market. Visual Studio 2015/2017 supports development for Windows desktop as well as IoT core using its universal platform strategy. Also included in VS is support for mobile phone development using Xamarin, which Microsoft acquired awhile back. Visual Studio through Xamarin has the ability write and debug IoS and Android mobile running on tablets and phones. Now that Google is in the IoT game also it will be interesting to see how their strategy pans out. Google, as expected, is leveraging all the Androids frameworks and middleware that makes sense for the IoT market. It is also extending libraries adding I2C, GPIO and UART interfaces to support user supplied hardware. As a simple test I built and tried to deploy a simple "hello world" Android mobile app, built with Visual ...

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Azure Mobile service to monitor server temperature

At THEORIS our server room temperature is controlled by an A/C unit, but we are facing two issues: 
1- In summer the room temperature may go above 30°C, requiring extra cooling capacity.
2- In case of a power cut the A/C does not restart automatically, a user action is required.

We solved these two issues with a connected IoT solution based on an ICOP Educake and Azure Mobile Service.

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Win 10 Phone running hot – Short battery life: Solution?

My Lumia 930, on the Windows Insider Fast Track started running hot and flattening the battery in about 4 hours, before Christmas after the most recent update.Sad smileThumbs down

I provided feedback but could not find a solution.  Final solution I found that worked was to do a a Factory Reset. I backed up my data first. On reset I let it reinstall my previous apps that were installed etc. SmileThumbs up

Publicise your GitHub IoT Projects

The ms-iot Community Samples site is now open for business. You can list your existing projects on the site along with meta information making it searchable.  http://www.sportronics.com.au/ms_iot_Community_Samples

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Outlook Custom Domains: You have to use Office365 now!

As of early December, as per a partly relevant message a few days ago, you can’t use Custom Domains from Office Outlook and Windows Mail apps. You have to migrate to Office 365.

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Simple solution to : Visual Studio not a valid value for property 'Width'.

I got the following message when I tried to publish a web site from Visual Studio (2015 U3) and when I tried to restart VS after a reboot yesterday:

Microsoft Visual Studio '-84' is not a valid value for property 'Width'. The solution is simple.

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A Nancy-Razor content oriented web site: ms-iot Community Samples (Now live)

Microsoft maintains a suite of sample IoT projects on GitHub at https://github.com/ms-iot/Samples.

Primarily it is a site for appropriate Microsoft staff to maintain the site by

  1. Contributing projects
  2. Extending existing projects
  3. Providing code corrections (bug fixes)
  4. Providing code improvements,

The question is, do they want community contributions? The site was originally worded in its ReadMe it appeared to seek community contributions in all four areas. During a recent discussion I had with the repository principals, it was decided that going forward in the long term, for maintainability, community contributions would only be sought in 3., bug fixes.

To that end, I have created a GitHub repository where developers can deposit a ReadMe.MD (ReadMe replaced by the project name). The file will have a simple textual database record at the top listing project properties, including a relative link to the project’s GitHub repository. The website as discussed here, is then able to get the deposited project ,md files and extract the database records, It then can import them to the site’s database (actually a json file) and save the .md file (without the db record) for display via the web site. The web site is able to list the records (key properties only) which can be filtered/searched and sorted based upon these project properties. Users are then able to select a project and view the complete db record. From there they are able to view the complete project ,md file.

This sequence of blogs briefly discusses the techniques/technologies used for the web site which include:

  • Nancy
  • Razor
  • GitHub API

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Strange HP Laptop Keyboard Fix–It worked for me.

Symptom: Cntrl Key and Fn Key don’t work

System: HP Probook 450G1

Without these keys you can’t do much development.

(Weird) Solution: ……….

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Avnet acquires Hackster .. What does it mean for the Hackster community?

Avnet has acquired Hacker . What does it mean about the openness of Hackster.IO which up to now has been platform and vendor neutral.

 

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Windows Embedded Compact 7

The Windows Embedded Compact 7 (Compact 7) getting started series is created to provide simple and easy to follow information to help academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to learn and engage in Compact 7 development.

***This is a series of 9 articles, with additional supplements, that cover the following subjects:

  • Development environment
  • OS design
  • Managed code application
  • Native code application
  • Silverlight for Windows Embedded application
  • SQL Compact database application
  • Debug and remote tools
  • More..

http://www.embedded101.com/compact7.aspx

Embedded101 Articles & Application Notes

Apr10CEDriverWiz Version 2.00: Using the Wizard
Created by David Jones on 4/10/2013 8:56:42 AM

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Apr10CEDriverWiz Version 2.00: An Example
Created by David Jones on 4/10/2013 7:28:32 AM

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Apr09Installing CEDriverWiz for Visual Studio
Created by David Jones on 4/9/2013 8:41:27 AM

Install Visual Studio 2012/2008/2005 (depending upon your version of CE/Compact) and all of t...
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Apr01CEDriverWiz V2.00: About this release
Created by David Jones on 4/1/2013 7:33:39 AM

This brings the wizard in line with our Wrox book: "Professional Windows Embedded Compact 7" . ...
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Apr01CEDriverWiz Version 2.00 User Manual
Created by David Jones on 4/1/2013 6:40:34 AM

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May15Configure Flash Storage to Launch Compact 7 OS Runtime with DiskPrep
Created by Sam Phung on 5/15/2012 8:41:50 PM

The DiskPrep powertoy is a useful utility to configure different type of flash storage to launch Wi...
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