PowerShell is open sourced and is available on Linux

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 a task-based command-line shell and scripting […]

Visual Studio Express 2013 downloads available

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 integrated debugging tools. (While we […]

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

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 market will work from now […]

MS announces new Kinect for Windows hardware

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 USB cable to ensure […]

Serial port monitor software

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 engineering serial devices by sniffing […]

Microsoft demos a Kinect-driven armchair

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 up development using Visual Basic, […]

MIT uses kinect on quadcopter

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 vehicle’s 3D trajectory. This system […]

Open Data Protocol (OData)

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 JSON to provide access to […]