Speed up your Android virtual development with Intel Haxm

If you are annoyed with the slowness of the virtual android machines and are running an intel processor you can install Haxm which will speed up virtual android performance.

Download Haxm here

More info about Haxm with walkthrough

Mind = blown.. I just compiled and ran a C# console app on OSX Mac

This hurts my head a bit.

I just compiled and ran a C# console app on OSX Mac laptop on the terminal command line..

Asp.net MV6 .. vNext Asp.net is looking very interesting

Hold onto your seats everybody, Asp.net development is getting crazier. Crazy awesome that is.

For a breakdown on what’s coming check out this blog post
Excerpt:

  • Web Pages and MVC support HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript
  • Real-time bi-directional client-server communication is possible via SignalR
  • Web APIs support JSON and XML return formats
  • Fast startup time and low memory consumption
  • Running different versions of the ASP.NET vNext framework on the same server is supported (Side-by-Side deployment)

Asp.net vNext is fully open source and is on GitHub

More about ASP vNext here

What is really exciting is that now it is possible to develop vNext Asp.net applications on OSX! Mac Development info here

You can skip to the good stuff on OSX vNext here

JavaScript Survey…

Hey all, I recently started a JavaScript Survey. I found a list of 500 or so javascript plugins on a content delivery network and have been visiting each one and giving them snap evaluations. I know it’s not 100% fair to evaluate libraries based on a quick evaluation but with 500 out there I had to at least get a quick idea of what each does and if they are interesting enough to warrant future review.

Currently I’m a bit over halfway through the list and I have found so many neat ones that it’s really eye opening what is possible with JavaScript.

One of the very neat projects that I’ve run across is: JS Sequence Diagrams UML diagrams from text. It’s pretty darn slick and worth a checking out.

MVC ish stuff is pretty fun

Lately I’ve been working with ASP MVC using the razor view engine and OpenAccess as the model.

Verdict: Some things are easy and many things are made quicker and there are cranky fiddly bits but I really like working with it.

Access Mini-tutorial on changing the color of text in Reports

Really short tutorial in Access on how to change the color of a text box on a report. You can use this to create a “dashboard” style report.

Example and text of Access mini-tutorial

In VB code you can change the text color ( *.forecolor ) property of a textbox which is a long number. In this case the text box is ‘Approval_Rating’.

Unfortunately you can’t just say Approval_Rating.ForeColor = red but rather you have to use RGB( 255, 0, 0) to generate the correct color. Each parameter for RGB is a number between 0-255. You can look up the RGB value online for a color you want on sites like this or google it.

Making the Surreal Happen – Ignite Phoenix #14

Last Friday I gave a talk about one of my passions which is Painting With Light. I tend to do it on a bigger scale than some and I really get excited about it.

 

It’s been two years since I purchased my D7000

It’s been two years since I purchased my D7000!

I’ve taken a ton of pictures with it and I’m still very damn happy with the camera. I’ve taken around 28k pictures with it and it’s still doing pretty good.

The only problems that I have had with this camera is that the firmware didn’t deal well with two large SD cards initially. A firmware update fixed this issue thankfully.

Since then Nikon has released a lot of great cameras and I am anticipating an upgrade soon.

HeatSyncLabs balloon launch time lapse videos.

HeatSync Labs balloon launch -time lapse .m4v

HeatSync Labs balloon launch -time lapse iphone optimized

Flickr set of related pics

We had a successful launch and recovery of the weather balloon and payload. I was able to help with the launch and I made the time lapse video.

I will survive…

hey hey…

I’m still looking for work and have broadened my work search considerably. I’m glad I have degrees but they almost guarantee getting a full time non-professional job impossible.

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