Day 4 – Photo a Day May (Black & White)

Since this day was “Black and White”  it could have really been anything so I took some liberty with this one.













Although now that I think of it, I should have done a Starwars themed pic…  Oh Well.

Tomorrow is Zoom…. Zoom, Zoom,  Zoom……


Day3 – Photo A Day May (Glass)

It’s getting pretty hot here in Southern California but the mornings have been awesome.  The early morning and late afternoon sun sets the stage perfectly for my Glass picture.  Bonus points if you can tell me what the bottles were in their previous life.





















Tomorrow is Black and White… that leaves it pretty wide open.  We will have to see :)



Bonus Pics:  I had a little friend visit while I was shooting.  I think he was thirsty.

















Day 2 – Photo A Day May (Bold Color)

So todays Challenge was Bold color.  One of the things I love about my house is the back yard.  It is fully stocked and spring just makes everything come alive.  This is one of the bogonvias we have in the backyard with the morning sun hitting it.  I hope it does it justice because it looks great in person.















Tomorrows picture is Glass… hmmmm not sure what I am going to do for that.


Day 1 – Photo A Day May (Yourself)











I know, not very inventive but at least I started.  I am not sure if I look angry or tired… or a little of both.

I am looking forward to tomorrows picture which is Bold Color.





Being a developer evangelist is a  fun filled and action packed job.  It takes me to new places and forces me to learn new things.  That is one of the best parts of my job, is learning new things, but it also keeps me very busy.  A few months back someone asked me what I did with my time when I was not working, or what were my hobbies?   It was interesting because I am in this profession (Software development) because I love it.  I live and breathe it, so I had to think about that for a few minutes because I realized I really was not giving myself time for my hobbies.   Besides spending time with my family, there are really things I like to do, and many of you I am sure are unaware of what they are.  Gardening (Vegetables) and Photography.

I have been wanting to spend more time with my camera ( A Cannon 60D) and so I thought I would take up the challenge that is set forth in A Photo A Day May.  Its simple, a photo a day for every day in march.  If you do a search for this you will find many lists that have been put together to help guide you (Although you don’t have to use these).  I selected the one you see here on the left.  So I will be posting one picture a day here (and probablly Facebook, Flickr, and Pinterest) for every day in month.  Wish me luck.  I dont think it is easy as it sounds. :)





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Wrapup Intel Ultrabook

This is the third and final post on the Ultrabook that I received from Intel to evaluate.

Whenever you receive a new piece of hardware, whether it is from work, you buy it yourself, or you are able to get one for evaluation, there is always a honeymoon phase.  You know what I am talking about, its that feeling you get when you take it out of the box, it has all the plastic protecting every surface, you open it with delicate fingers not wanting to smudge it or smear it or even breathe on it wrong.  The phase can last a few weeks or a few months, but ultimately, it starts to end up being thrown into your backpack just like every other gadget you own. It is in the “The honeymoon is over” stage that you can really evaluate your hardware.  Does it have an annoying bug that just drives you crazy? Did the sheen wear off the outside? Does it weigh down your backpack like a ton of bricks?

I have to say that while the Intel Ultra book has a few things that I wish would work better, it actually has become my main machine. In so much as I have started to not take my back-up machine with me when I travel.

First, the things I wish I could fix. Number one, being a presenter, I am always, well… presenting, so not having a VGA output can be a pain,  most rooms, stages, offices are only equipped with VGA so I had to make a couple of purchases.  I bought two different items, a Mini HDMI to VGA M/F Adapter, and just to make sure I could always connect, I also purchased a USB to VGA converter witch helped me to present wherever I go.

Second, the mouse pad is just WAY too sensitive. Although I don’t hold this against the machine at all most laptops I have have this problem, if I even look in the direction of the mouse pad, it seems to sense the touch and move the mouse which does not help when you are coding in front of a crowd.

Lastly, the cord for this thing is a absolute brick. I think it weighs more that the ultrabook itself.  It takes up a bit of room in the bag too since the cord attached to it is the big think non bending kind too.

But that being said, there is much more to like about this Intel Ultrabook then not.  The sleek design that I like when I took it out of the box is still turning heads when I bring it out in public. I am always asked where it can be purchased.  It is still rugged enough to handle my lugging it through airports and conferences.  It is also my only machine that has the SLAT compatibility I need to do my Windows Phone Development, which has been a life saver. In addition, the touch screen and other sensors have been a great help with my windows 8 development as well.

So All in All, after using it for a good 5 months now, I will continue to be using this as my main machine for quite a while, and since I have 6 other laptops sitting around my office right now, that says a ton about how much I like this device.

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Windows Phone 8 Dev Requirements

I get asked all of the time what is needed to develop for Windows Phone 8 so I thought I would do a blog post on it to make it easier.

Of course you need the SDK. which you can find here.


System requirements

Supported operating systems: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro

  • Operating system type:
    • Windows 8 64-bit (x64) client versions
  • Hardware:
    • 6.5 GB of free hard disk space
    • 4 GB RAM
    • 64-bit (x64) CPU
  • Windows Phone 8 Emulator:
    • Windows 8 Pro edition or greater
    • Requires a processor that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)

    If your computer meets the hardware and operating system requirements, but does not meet the requirements for the Windows Phone 8 Emulator, the Windows Phone SDK 8.0 will install and run. However, the Windows Phone 8 Emulator will not function and you will not be able to deploy or test apps on the Windows Phone 8 Emulator.


That last part SLAT is very important. If you want to find out what SLAT is and how to check to see if you are compatible. How To Geek has a great article on it.