Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

PowerShell is open sourced and is available on Linux

Friday, August 19th, 2016

[embed][/embed] Microsoft is announcing PowerShell on Linux and open source, that is available on GitHub: Today, we are taking the next step in our journey. I am extremely excited to share that PowerShell is open sourced and available on Linux. (For those of you who need a refresher, PowerShell is...

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Posted in open source | 1 Comment »

Visual Studio Express 2013 downloads available

Friday, October 18th, 2013

The Visual Studio Team shares the news that Visual Studio Express 2013 is now available for download. Visual Studio Express 2013 provides Microsoft's latest version of this popular free software, which allows developers to quickly and easily create applications for devices, cloud, desktop, server and game console platforms, and includes...

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Posted in software | 9 Comments »

Fedora pays M$ boot tax to access consumer’s hardware

Monday, June 4th, 2012

According to an article posted on BoingBoing, Fedora Linux has agreed to pay Microsoft what amounts to an access tax which will allow Fedora products to run on MS locked down hardware. A quiet announcement from the Fedora Linux community signals a titanic shift in the way that the computer...

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Posted in Linux, News | 14 Comments »

MS announces new Kinect for Windows hardware

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Microsoft has announced they will be making a special edition of the Kinect available designed especially for Windows hackers. The new Kinect will include optimized hardware components and firmware adjustments to better enable PC-centric scenarios. The unit will complement the Kinect for Windows SDK. MS reports:Simple changes include shortening the...

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Posted in Development, News | 2 Comments »

Microsoft Robotics @Home contest

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Microsoft is sponsoring a robotics design contest known as Robotics @Home. They write:Here’s your chance to show us what you’ve got. Describe that cool idea to us in a PPT, PDF or Word Doc and submit it. If your concept is picked, you could be one of 10 finalists to...

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Posted in contest, robotics | 5 Comments »

Serial port monitor software

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

The crew at Adafruit remind us of a handy serial port monitoring tool for Windows known as PortMon. PortMon is an old school Microsoft utility used for monitoring all serial and parallel activity on a system. While USB rules the day for most PC-peripheral communications, PortMon can help when reverse...

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Posted in software, tools, utilities | 8 Comments »

Microsoft demos a Kinect-driven armchair

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Microsoft demoed a Kinect-driven armchair at the MIX11 conference in Las Vegas. This proof of concept device controls a motorized platform armchair using hand gestures. The source code for this project will reportedly be made available with Microsoft's release this Spring of its Kinect for Windows SDK which will open...

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Posted in hacks, News, sensors | No Comments »

MIT uses kinect on quadcopter

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

MIT has developed a system using the Microsoft Kinect as part of an autonomous flight controller, allowing navigation and mapping when a gps signal is not available. At MIT, we have developed a real-time visual odometry system that can use a Kinect to provide fast and accurate estimates of a...

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Posted in robotics | 1 Comment »

Open Data Protocol (OData)

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

The Open Data Protocol (OData) is a Web protocol for querying and updating data that provides a way to unlock your data and free it from silos that exist in applications today. OData does this by applying and building upon Web technologies such as HTTP, Atom Publishing Protocol (AtomPub) and...

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Posted in code, data transfer | 5 Comments »

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