Winter Parking Restrictions in Effect


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Just wanted to give a heads up…  there have been quite a few snow emergencies lately in Minneapolis, including one that just ended.  Well now Winter Parking restrictions are in effect.  That means no parking on even sides of the street until further notice.  I created a Snow Emergency app last year and it almost […]

I won a design session from Nokia, Microsoft, and WPCentral


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A few weeks ago I attended a UX/Design web conference hosted by Nokia.   The session was lead by Arturo Toledo who worked for Microsoft and was a major contributor to Windows Phone design and UX.  At the end of the session they asked attendees to submit their app for a chance to win a free design […]

Hacking my WeMo with Windows Phone


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I picked up a WeMo a few weeks ago.  It is a pretty handy little device.  Basically, it allows me to turn a light switch on an off via the internet.  You can also connect it to IfThisThenThat (ifttt.com) for some interesting automation possibilities. When I picked up the device, I already knew that an […]

Data Visualization


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This is just a short and sweet post about data visualization.  Over the last week or two I have been trying to display alerts for the next version of Space Weather, in a smart and meaningful way.  In earlier versions of my app, I displayed only the most current alert in plain text and only […]

Snow Emergency App Now Available for Windows Phone


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Over the last few weeks I have been working on a new application for Windows Phone.  The app is called Snow Emergency.  It  is an application that reports the current status of a Snow Emergency in Minneapolis Minnesota area.  This is something that really hits home for me because 1) I live in Minneapolis 2) […]

Windows Phone 7.8 SDK – One Tile code base to rule them all


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Previously I wrote about how to use reflection to take advantage of Windows Phone 8 tiles on Windows Phone 7.  I recommended this for those who want to keep the same code for both version of Windows Phone instead of branching it and making one version for Windows Phone 7 and one for Windows Phone 8.  I […]

Use reflection to take advantage of Windows Phone 8 tiles on Windows Phone 7


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Now that Windows Phone 8 is released the first thing you want to do as an app developer is update your app to Windows Phone 8, right?  Wrong.  My recommendation is to only update to your application to Windows Phone 8 if you need to take advantage of Windows Phone 8 features.  Some of these you can do without upgrading […]

Remote Debugging With Visual Studio 2012 and a Surface


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So you just got your Surface and it’s all personalized, sync’d, app’d up, and ready to debug your Windows Store app?  But wait, everyone tells you that you can’t install anything outside of the Windows Store on this device since it’s an ARM based PC, and the Visual Studio Remote Debugging client doesn’t come pre-installed…  myth […]

Windows Phone 8 is Here!

Windows Phone 8 launched just hours after Windows 8.  This is the next evolution in Windows Phone and I feel one that really sets Windows Phone apart from any other smart phones out there.  You can see in the video below how customizable the interface is, and anyone with any other smart phone is probably somewhat envious […]