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Pete Brown writes on a variety of topics from XAML with the Windows Runtime (WinRT), .NET programming using C#, WPF, Microcontroller programming with .NET Microframework, .NET Gadgeteer, Windows on Devices, and even plain old C, to raising two children in the suburbs of Maryland, woodworking, CNC and generally "making physical stuff". Oh, and Pete loves retro technology, especially Commodore (C64 and C128). If the content interests you, please subscribe using the subscription link to the right of every page.
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This is the story of how I moved my infrastructure out of my
house and into the hands of people who do this for a living.
In addition to six laptops (two for me, one for my wife, one for
each kid, one for my CNC machine) several PCs, and countless other
connected screens (tablets, phone, game consoles, smart tv, STB,
blu ray player, and more), I actively run three rack servers. One
We homeschool our two children. Ben, is kindergarten age, Abby
is pre-school age. My wife does, by far, most of the work there,
including trucking them to specialized classes (art, music,
gymnastics, karate, our homeschool group single day school, etc.)
plus all the playdates with the other kids, and special events.
Melissa even teaches several of the classes at the home school
I recently went to one of those Righttime
Medical Care clinics (used to be Nighttime Pediatrics) to get
checked out for a cold that had lingered for three weeks (turned
out to be a sinus infection). These are clinics, usually with a
long wait while in the office, but same-day appointments. They see
the usual things: colds, sniffles etc. as well as things that used
to mean a trip to the ...
Ok, that's it. I've had it. I want my pixels,
For a while, screen resolution has been going up on our desktop
displays. The trend was good, as I've always wanted the largest
monitor with the highest DPI that I could afford. I mean, I used to
have one of the first hulking 17" CRTs on my desk. I later upgraded
to a 21" inch job that was so huge, that if you didn't stick it in
I’ve interviewed a large number of people over the past 12+ years at Applied Information Sciences. I’m generally not interested in people who just want a job. I want people who love technology and programming (or some part of software development). I want passion and I want self-direction. While that passion is preferably in something related to what we do (either directly like, say, Silverlig...
Fellow Silverlight enthusiast (and great author) Chad Campbell called me out on this, so now it's my turn :) How old were you when you first started programming? That was either 6th grade or 7th grade, so I was around 12. I often question the people who tell you they were hacking systems at the age of 6, but who knows? :) How did you get started in programming? The first time I ever wrote ...
I like to mess around with computers. Every primary computer I've owned since my first 486 has been built by me (my previous computers, a 286 and a Commodore 128 were purchased). I also run a moderately complex network at my house which I realize I have never fully described anywhere. So, thought I'd tell you about it here. Why My first server was a linux box I had in our last apartment. It w...
Looks like Nokia has signed up with Microsoft to include Silverlight in its S60 and S40 mobile phones as well as Nokia internet tablets.The Register mentions (despite the unnecessary jabs at Nokia and backhand at Microsoft) that this will be demo'd at MIX tomorrow. More cool stuff to look forward to!Excerpt:But adding Nokia's S60, based on the Symbian OS, is a far bigger deal. Nokia is ...