Useful Article on Pocket PC to Desktop control

by Mike Linnen 30. December 2004 07:16
Useful Article on Pocket PC to Desktop control

I think the Creating Desktop Application Remote Controls with the .NET Compact Framework (Part 1) article will prove to be helpful when I begin to build my Home Automation project. The Pocket PC can act as a remote for my entire system.

Couple things I might have it do:
  • Play audio
  • Control video equipment
  • Turn on/off lights
  • Enable/Disable the security system

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Pocket PC has Arrived

by Mike Linnen 17. December 2004 19:23
Pocket PC has Arrived
Well I got my Dell Axim x50v before xmas so I had to give it a spin. First thing I wanted to do was try some Video and Audio out on the Media Player. Well as long as you have a file under 10 mb the mp3s would work ok but over 10 mb the player would pause. Sounded like the player was having an issue with memory when trying to play a large file. So I searched around a bit and I found MortPlayer. It is a freeware application that handles the larger files. I played an 18 mb mp3 file with no problems at all. This application looks like it is packed full of features. I am sure it will replace Windows Media play just fine for my audio needs. Now I just need to find a good video player.

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List of .Net tools

by Mike Linnen 10. December 2004 15:18
List of .Net tools
Here is a great list of .Net Tools.

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DataSet Constraint issues

by Mike Linnen 10. December 2004 04:33
DataSet Constraint issues
I have run into the "Failed To Enable Constraint" exception many times while using datasets. I always find it to be a very tedious job to determine what the actual error is. Here is a good post that shows how to trouble shoot this problem.

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VS.NET locked files

by Mike Linnen 10. December 2004 04:25
VS.NET locked files
I like to have one solution with multiple projects that compile DLL's to a common folder that all other progects reference. The problem is that VS.Net locks the DLLs. Well this article tells how to get around this.

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SendMSN tryout

by Mike Linnen 10. December 2004 03:47
SendMSN tryout

I got a chance to try out SendMSN just a few minutes ago and I wanted to pass along my input.

The binaries are built on .Net 1.1 so I was unable to use it on my work machine since we are stuck on 1.0 Framework for now. I suppose I could have recompiled it on 1.0 but I wanted to give it a spin right from the download.
The configuration is very simple. All you need is your screen name and MSN Messenger login information.

The command line options are easy to use also. /m:"my message" /r:recipient@hotmail.com

You can even use the Emoticons in the message. The recipient must have you on his/her buddy list or else the message will not get to them.

Potential Uses:

  • Caller ID notification for Home Automation
  • Stock Allerts
  • IP Address change notification
  • Home Automation Alerts
  • The door bell rang. A URL could be sent along in the message that can take me directly to my video camera pointing at the front door.
  • The Home Security detected a break in My home
  • Video cameras detected motion
  • The snail mail arrived
  • Build notifications
  • Message was left on my answering machine

Since SendMSN needs to log into the Messenger, send the message and log out of Messenger there can be a delay before the message actauly reaches the destination. I might want to create a Windows Service that stays logged into Messenger to speed up the notifications for things like Security alerts.

I noticed that SendMSN can detect if the recipient is online or not. I may want to change the code so that a message can be guaranteed delivery. If the recipient is offline wait for him/her to come online and then send the message. I may also want to email the message if the recipient is offline.

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Interesting way to test web pages

by Mike Linnen 9. December 2004 20:40
Interesting way to test web pages
Just found a small article that details how to unit test web pages using Cassini. This is an alternative to using NUnitAsp. I have not tried this out yet but I thought it was interesting.

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SendMSN commandline tool

by Mike Linnen 7. December 2004 13:50
SendMSN commandline tool

I have to check this out to see how it works. I would like to send messages from my home automation system. The SendMSN command line tool allows you to do just this.  It is built on top of the managed MSN messenger library called dotMSN.

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Wifi enabled universal remote

by Mike Linnen 2. December 2004 20:37
Wifi enabled universal remote
I was looking at the Engadget site and I noticed this little Wifi Enabled Remote device. My first thought was that it would us your Wifi to control your media device anywhere in the house which is exactly what I wanted to develop. But it turns out the device uses Wifi for programing and updates.

Microsoft Media Center review

by Mike Linnen 28. November 2004 18:26
Microsoft Media Center review
Engadget just posted a Review on the 2005 Microsoft Multimedia Center. I am waiting for the hardware to come down in price before I give this a try. I bet after christmas sales will win me over :)

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