Developing .NET applications for Symbian?

I have always wanted this to be true and it seems like it is going to be! 🙂

I know; some time ago AppForge CrossFire was able to do that, however for some reason, it was discontinued and its intellectual property was sold to Oracle. At the time, I was new into these things and didn’t have the chance to try it out.

However, it seems that I have another chance now! The company redFIVElabs has released a product named Net60 that enables mobile application developers to use the .NET Compact Framework 1.0 to develop applications targeting the broad range of S60-based Nokia smartphones.

You can try out the trial application at here. For .NET developers out there, this is their best bet, since there is no built-in support for using .NET to develop mobile applications that run on Symbian devices.

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"Run as.." for .msi files

Have you ever encountered the situation where you can not right click an .msi file and select "Run as.." to run it as another user?

Well, if you have, then you know it is frustrating. A quick workaround to this issue is right clicking "cmd.exe" and selecting "Run as.." to run it as the administrator(or another user) and then drag and drop the file that you want to be executed with administrator privileges. Voila! 🙂

Well, if this is something that happens quite regularly, then you are better off with changing the registry settings. Here’s how you do it:

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Windows Mobile 6.1

From Wikipedia:
"Windows Mobile is a compact operating system combined with a suite of basic applications for mobile devices based on the Microsoft Win32 API. Devices that run Windows Mobile include Pocket PCs, Smartphones, Portable Media Centers, and on-board computers for certain automobiles. It is designed to be somewhat similar to desktop versions of Windows, feature-wise and aesthetically. Additionally, third-party software development is available for Windows Mobile."

The new features in WM 6.1 includes:

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Strange problem on Windows and How I solved it

2 days ago; I have encountered a very strange problem. Out of nowhere, Windows started to report errors while writing to the disk and told me to run chkdsk.

Well, I did. It said that it solved some problems associated with the file system. After a while, it started popping up errors in the file system again.. Since I haven’t restarted the system in a while (I always use it in standby mode, even my desktop :p) I thought a restart could solve some problems.

After I restarted, the file system was gone.. It turned into a RAW file system. I discovered this after I inserted my Bart’s PE live cd. I actually intended to use the live cd to backup my files to my external hard drive, but I could not access my boot partition.

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Google Android GPS Application “Enkin”

2 guys that are studying Computational Visualistics in Koblenz, Germany made a really interesting mobile application with the Google Android SDK for the Google Android Developer challenge. Actually it seems that it has been a while, but better late than never, eh?

” ‘Enkin’ introduces a new handheld navigation concept. It displays location-based content in a unique way that bridges the gap between reality and classic map-like representations. It combines GPS, orientation sensors, 3D graphics, live video, several web services and a novel user interface into an intuitive and light navigation system for mobile devices.”

Watching the video, I am impressed 🙂 This application should be integrated into the handset, it eliminates the boring 2D view of traditional apps.

Now that I look at the Top 50, it seems these guys didn’t win anything at the Developer Challenge. Sad for them 😦 They must have worked a lot to get the application working.

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Pardus 2008

Pardus 2008 is out! The turkish linux distro has released a new version on June 27!

I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet; but I surely downloaded it 🙂

Website: http://www.pardus.org.tr/

Download: http://www.pardus.org.tr/indir.html

World’s First Robotic Barman

Robots are everywhere! They are soon to replace our barmen!
The days of being ignored by the barman while others are served around you may be over, thanks to a robot called Mr Asahi.

The £100,000 mechanical wonder is the world’s first robotic barman. Made in Japan, it took eight engineers 200 man-hours to construct the one ton machine.

Robot Barman

Robot Barman

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Blog Writer Desktop Application

Hello there!

I just started trying the Windows Live Writer application to write to this blog. Since it seems that this particular start to write blog posts will not end as my earlier tryouts;(it always came to an end after 4-5 posts before 😦 )  I thought I could need the flexibility of a desktop application. When you add an image file; it automatically uploads it to your blog’s server or an ftp server of your choice.

WL Writer

It seems good enough right now; so I will be using this application for some time. Though I am sure that there are many other applications like this on the internet. Know of any portable, feature-rich application that does this job? Drop a comment or two if you do.

C ya!

Java IDEs

Recently, I needed to head out into the Java environment to write servlets, jsps, and JME applications for a project that I am enrolled in at my internship. So I looked up for IDEs(integrated development environment) to work with. I have used Eclipse and NetBeans until now and I think NetBeans is the best based on my experience and the articles that I have read on the internet. I really don’t know why Eclipse is known around so much better than NetBeans. The NetBeans IDE comes with sample applications for EJB, UML, JSF. And also you can develop JSF applications visually with the editor.

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Samsung Instinct

Hi there, as a first post, I wanted to talk about a new phone. As some of you may know; Samsung Instinct Touchscreen cellphone was released last month; and has a lot of interesting features.
Samsung Instinct

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