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Microsoft nerd reverse engineers Christmas lights, uses them as IM indicators

Apparently, even domestic Christmas lights are controlled by computers nowadays, and hopefully, as you all know, that means they're hackable. Andrej Kyselica, a Microsoft employee, took some GE-35 Christmas lights, hooked them into a .NET Micro Framework embedded controller, took another developer's work, developed a driver -- and voila! PC-controlled Christmas lights (video after the break). ...

monoTouch .net development kit now available for iPhone

While the Apple App Store is without doubt the largest available medium for a mobile developer to get their app in the hands of the users, for developers new to development using C / Objective C, the barrier to entry can be quite significant. Many developers working with other platforms (particularly Windows / Windows Mobile) have made significant investment into products developed in the .net l...

Chirp is a stunning Windows Twitter client, if you have tons of ram

Normally I wouldn't write about an application that uses somewhere between five and ten times the memory it likely should, but Chirp is just so damn pretty. Right now I'm using Pidgin-Twitter, which doesn't look this good until you have three or four pints. While Pidgin might not be much to look at, at least it doesn't use anywhere close to 100Mb of memory. No, I'm not kidding. Fire up Chirp, a...

MS Web PI provides an easy way to roll IIS, SQL, .NET

WAMP (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP) installers have been around for ages, and provide an easy way for anyone to quickly set up a platform for developing web apps on their Windows desktop. If, however, you're looking to play in the Microsoft sandbox, there's now a simple way to do that, too. The Web Platform Installer aims to streamline the process of setting up a Microsoft-powered web server. Dow...

Look, I are programmer

We don't know whether this is more an indicator of some hacker's bountiful free time or of the popularity of exploiting cats and kittens for cheap laughs online. Either way, we think it's gnarly. A user of the photo-sharing, feline-themed web site LOLCats.com has built a programming language using the preferred dialect of LOLCats users: which is a cross between toddler talk and l33tspeak. The fo...

Installing BlogEngine.net

Having trouble keeping up with your blog? If it's not lack of time, it might be having your precious thoughts and diatribes locked away in some blog hosting service; the -- not so irrational -- fear of having your blog hosting company go belly up and leave you unable to get your data back. Wouldn't it be better if you could manage it all yourself on your server? Or, maybe you don't like the way t...

Dev Chair : The Vista Tax

As regular computer user, I don't have much interest in migrating to Vista in the immediate future. I don't think it offers any great leap in usability or functionality over XP. UAC (User Access Control) is definitely much needed and will improve security overall but it can be annoying as hell for average users. Aero Glass UI is nice to look at but does nothing to actually let you work more effi...

Dev Chair : Rebooting the web

Two weeks ago at NAB, Microsoft announced their Flash competitor, Silverlight. At that time, I was like 'blah' about it, thinking it was just another reaction from Microsoft to Adobe. But when Microsoft elaborated more about their future web development strategy at MIX07 two days ago, I was stunned just like most Microsoft developers. CoreCLR, cross-platform .Net Framework, DLR, Silverlight,...

9 ways ColdFusion 8 will rule web development

Ben Forta and Adobe are getting into full swing with ColdFusion 8 Scorpio Pre-Release tour. Last night Ben gave us in Seattle a taste of things to come. Here is why it will kick the tar balls out of everything else on the market. Built in AJAX widgets. Create AJAX windows, auto complete forms, calendar popups, grids, WYSIWYG editors, and much more. All using simple ColdFusion based tags and g...

Domain name prices are about to get a little higher

Still holding out on that perfect domain name because you can't choose between a few different ones? Try not to hold back any longer, VeriSign, the company that controls the domain name registry for .com, .net, among others, is set to raise prices. Verisign will initiate a 7% yearly price hike effective October 15, 2007, raising prices from a wholesale cost of $6/ year to $6.42/ year. This amount...

Native Visual Basic now available for Linux

The open source Mono Project, which is sponsored in part by Novell, Inc. announced today that it has developed a Visual Basic compiler which allows software written in Microsoft's most widely used application programming language to be compiled and run on any platform which Mono supports. Until this announcement, Visual Basic applications could only be run on the Microsoft Windows family of operat...

Dev Chair : My love-hate relationship with Apple development

First, let me start with the full disclaimer: I develop Windows .NET application by day (and by night too for ecto) and use Mac OS X at home for everything else. Before getting my Mac Pro last December I used to work on ecto using a second Windows machine, but since then I have been using Visual Studio 2005 in an XP virtual machine using Parallels. Whether you love or hate Microsoft, you have to...

PAINT.NET 3.0 alpha is here

I have been using Paint.net for a while now, and it really is a decent editor. Everyone who needs something more powerful than the Microsoft Paint that comes with Windows, but can't figure out Adobe Photoshop needs to take a look at Paint.net. The new alpha release (for testing only of course) has a multiple document interface, which is one of the biggest improvements in the new version. Thou...

New Microsoft tool brings .net to VB6

If you have applications written in Visual Basic 6 (VB6) it would force you to rewrite the entire thing to bring it into Visual Basic.net. Have no fear, an add-in tool from Microsoft is here. Microsoft's Interop Forms Toolkit 1.0 (free download) is an add-in for VB6 that will bring .net WinForms to your VB6 application. Microsoft's goal here was to help developers stuck between both worlds to deve...

Microsoft's CardSpace may help enterprises

You've heard of Microsoft's InfoCard, right? Now it is called CardSpace, and it is an access control mechanism that may allow enterprises to grant easy access to a third-party locally, so the corporate red tape can be duly avoided. The technology is part of Microsoft's .Net framework 3.0 (formerly WinFX). CardSpace should allow local management to temporarily open access for third-party vendors wi...