Archive for December, 2006

Warney, got a job and things

December 27, 2006
– Yesterday we went to the Boxing Day Cricket Test (Aust v England) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The highlight was seeing Shane Warne take his 700th (and 704th) wicket.  That will be the last time we see him at the MCG (except for those who attend for England’s 2nd innings) given that he is retiring after the Sydney ( next) test… It is also the last time we will see Glen McGrah in a test becuase he too will retiring later next year after the ODI World Cup.  It was great to be there amongst the 89,000+ crowd, gust short of the world record for a test.
– I signed on to a new job with VPAC today as part of the Automotive CRC.  This is a 6 month contract starting next week.   I still intend to develop a consulting business for embedded development and training.  I will set this up over the next 6 months.

White Christmas

December 24, 2006
There’s snow on them thar hills…
Black ice on the Monash Freeway…
Snow (possible) in the Dandenongs!
Have a good Christmas fire fighters.

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2006
Well it’s Christmas eve.
I am reminded of an Australian poem. It is called "The Fire at Ross’s Farm" by Henry Lawson.
It was in one of my primary school readers.
It was about about a squatter and and an adjoining landowner.
You see squatters just came and settled on the land without purchasing it or being given it by the government.
So squatters were viewed by land owners as a lower class, to be despised.
Anyway, in the poem it is a typically hot Christams eve in the outback and bush fires are raging.
The squatter and the land owner join forces to put out the fire.
The poem ends with ..
"Two grimy hands in friendship joined.  And it was Christmas Day!"
The poem can be found it:
The Victorian fires ARE largely out.  Only one area is under warning.
So most of the fire fire fighters have gone home for Christmas.
We expect hail in Melboune tomorrow.  It will be one of our coldest Christmases on record.
And they DO expect snow in the Alps where the fires have been raging.
Merry Christmas to all.

Mobile Connectivity / VS SP1 & CE 6

December 23, 2006
[1] I found this on Windows Mobile Team Blog at:
"..device connectivity using the pass through feature in ActiveSync or Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC). In this settings dialog, what’s the difference between Automatic, Work Network and The Internet? Specifically, when should I change the setting to something other than Automatic?"
ie. When to use Automatic/Work/Internet for CE/Mobile device,

Here’s a quick summary of what these settings mean:

Automatic: Detect if a proxy should be used when passing connections through the desktop, and if so detect the proxy on the desktop and configure it on the device. Best if connecting your device to a laptop that may be used at home (with no proxy), as well as a corporate network.

Work: Assume a proxy should be used when passing connections through the desktop, and use whatever proxy is already configured on the device. Best if connecting your device to a desktop computer that is always on your corporate network.

The Internet: Assume no proxy is necessary when passing connections through the desktop. Best for home PCs that are connected directly to the Internet through ISPs like Comcast.


This is needed for CE 6 application development.
Need to remove beta version before install.
See Mike Hall’s Blog for details.
From Mike’s Blog:
  • Windows Embedded 6.0 platform and tools support
  • New processor support (e.g., Core Duo) for code generation and profiling
  • Performance and scale improvements in Team Foundation Server
  • Team Foundation Server integration with Excel 2007 and Project 2007
  • Tool support for occasionally connected devices and SQL Server Compact Edition
  • Additional support for project file based Web applications

    Note that there are two additional updates in the works that you should be aware of, the first is for developers using Vista known as "Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Vista Refresh Beta", the second update is a Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Service Pack – dates are not available for these updates, I will post more information on these updates as it becomes available.

  • The Fires

    December 22, 2006
    It got to about 35 deg C today and very windy.
    But .. the rain came!
    Not a lot but but short and heavy while it lasted.
    Hope the fire regions got lots.
    Much more is expected on Christmas eve including snow in the fire regions.
    That would be a good Xmas present!
    Some showers expected next week too, but I hope it doesn’t rain on Boxing day .. I’m going to the Boxing Day Test (Cricket) at the MCG.

    Microsoft Virtual Server Hosting

    December 20, 2006
    I am considering setting up hosting Microsoft Virtual Server.
    The client gets
    – a specific Instance of MS Virtual Server
    – Fixed External IPs
    – DNS Registration for External IPs
    – Specific bandwidth and disk storage
    – a mechanism to manage the virtual server.
    It is then up to the client to provide the VMs to run on the Virtual server and Virtual server configuration.
    They choose from a specific combination and provide the required license keys.
    So everything that runs on the VM is sandboxed except for those services using the external IPs.
    Feedback is welcome on this.

    Fires and bike ride to Lara.

    December 20, 2006
    The fires continue to rage in NE Victoria.  Some properties lost.  One life lost as well as several injured firemen from New Zealand.
    Last I heard 3/4 million hectare had been burnt and the fires had linked up on a 10+ firefront.
    The fires are about 150km (as the crow flies) away form Melbourne.  Today we awoke to the smell of smoke and the sun not being able to be seen all day.  This was the day I planned to ride to Geelong along a new bike park and some back country roads.  I went anyway:
    – Essendon to Western Ring Rd at Brimbank Park
    – Bike Path along ring road towards Geelong Rd
    – New Bike path along old sewer trunk from Brookland to Werribee  (Break at Mum’s)
    – Werribee to Little River (Old Geelong Rd)
    – .. To Base of Flinders Peak in You Yangs (Lunch break)
    – .. To Lara
    – .. To Nth Geelong
    – Along Geelong Rd until could turn of and follow bike path along waterfront to pier at Geelong
    – The caught train home.  I was able to put my bike in the luggage area and relax on a nice and soft chair, all for $7.50.
    This fair was good for zone 1 as well back to Essendon.
    Exactly 100 kms, 4hr 57 min travelling time, averaged 20.7 k/hr
    The new sewer trunk bike path is a godsend.
    That used to be a dangerous and difficult part of the journey to Werribee.
    Geelong Rd is a bit hairy wheer there is no service road.
    The Southerly made it a bit hard going in places when I was tiring a bit but picked when getting to Lara.
    Smoke didn’t worry me, but then I don’t have respiratory problems.

    I’ve left RMIT

    December 17, 2006
    As of COB last Friday (15th July) I am no longer at RMIT.  At this point in time I am either semi-retired, unemployed or using up some of my vacation.  Given that we are one week out from Christmas I don’t mind not having jumped straight into another job.  It seems strange that after 17 years of puting my heart and soul into a job, that you are suddenly cast adrift.  Its hard to come to terms that my office etc are no longer mine.  All sorts of facilities are no longer available for my use. 
    My RMIT email address will remain active for 3 months.
    The last day was an anticlimax.  Only a few people around to say good-bye.  No correspondences from head, VC.  So I ended up having a long lunch which went into the evening with friends who made a point spending time with me given that I was leaving work.
    This is the way the world ends.
    This is teh way the world end.
    Not with a bang but a wimper.. TS Eliot
    Thank you and goodnight.

    Boe-Bot Robot

    December 10, 2006
    Working on the Boe-Bot Robot from Parallax with a view to running the Microsoft Robotics Studio on it.
    It took about an hour to build to robot from scratch without any prior experience (except the sumobot).
    Played around with it for an hour or so with fwds bwd, rotate etc.
    Got the whisters working OK.
    Next: Robotic Studio

    XPE versions, FP2007 and Uninstall: 4 Hints

    December 10, 2006
    1. There is the trial version and the OEM version of Windows XP Embedded.
      If you are developing products for end customers then you need the OEM version (along with licenses). 
      Trial versions will time out.
    2. The trial version database can’t be upgraded to OEM.
    3. Feature Pack 2007 public download can be installed to both versions of XPe.  It determines which version you have.
    4. If you have installed FP 2007 and want to revert to XPe SP2 without FP2007  DON’T UNINSTALL FP2007. 
      You’ll loose your XPe install.
      In add removed programs, click on show updates and uninstall the XPe SP2FP2007UPDATE.
      I "fellover" by doing the full install. 
      (Show updates can be usefull for other app upgrades).