Build an app in 5 minutes or less… coding skills optional


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  Today I taught around 60 students from Minneapolis area high schools how to build a Windows Phone application in 5 minutes or less.  My goal was to show them how easy it was to get started building applications for mobile devices.  I did stress to them that leaning programming is a valuable skill to […]

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 […]

If you have Windows 8, you’ll want to update to Windows 8.1… like now


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Microsoft released Windows 8.1 today, a free update for everyone running Windows 8.  Just open the app store, you can’t miss it.   What do you get with Windows 8.1?  Quite a bit actually. Start button is back Better search Better apps Better app snapping (more multitasking) Outlook on Windows RT Integrated SkyDrive Better Start […]

How to Boot Directly to Desktop in Windows 8.1


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If you are tired of the Start screen showing up as soon as you log in your PC you can easily change the way it behaves now in Windows 8.1.  All you have to do is set the option to do so. You must have Windows 8.1 to do this. Right click on the task […]

Why I Chose to Return My Surface


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It was a sad day at the Mall of America today.  I decided to return my Surface after 12 days of use.  I spoke pretty highly of the Surface hours after buying it (and even listed quite a few reasons why I had to have the device) however after having the device for a little while […]

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 […]

Why I Chose a Surface


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  The days leading up to the Windows 8 launch I thought I knew what I wanted.  I was convinced months ago that I was going to buy a Surface.  As the days grew closer and closer to the launch of Windows 8 and the Surface,  I started to convince myself that Windows RT was […]

How to Restore the Desktop Shortcut in Windows 8


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This may be obvious to some, though I think it may still need some explaining to those who are new to Windows 8.  If you find that the desktop icon is missing in Windows 8 you can restore it simply by repinning it. If you’ve accidentally unpinned your Desktop icon/shortcut from the Start Screen in Windows 8 you can […]