Wifi on the Road

I spend a lot of time on the road and often need to stay online.  Back in the Windows Mobile days, it was pretty easy to turn a WM6.x device into a personal Wifi hotspot; unfortunately this isn’t so easy on Windows Phone 7.  In fact, most of us now carry Verizon air cards/USB modems for alternative access.   While this has worked great, I often would prefer a hotspot:  I might need to have other devices like a Zune player get online, or might need to share an internet connection.... [More]

Azure Tech Jam

You’ve heard about cloud computing and already know it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread – and maybe you’ve already attended a Microsoft Azure Boot Camp or other event introducing you to the cloud and detailing the various parts of the Windows Azure platform.  Well we’ll do that too… in the first half hour!  The rest of the time we’ll have a bit of fun with Azure by taking a look at some cool demos and poking under the hood.  We’ll then t... [More]

Top Failed Bots

During a presentation the other day to the Charlotte ALT.NET group,  I made a joke that Rock, Paper, Azure is doing something completely ridiculous: we invite people to write code and we’ll run it arbitrarily.  (Well, not really arbitrarily, but it does present a unique security challenge.) We’ve naturally had a few interesting submissions, so I’m posting some of them here for interest sake. First up: Thread.Sleep(...);   We see this one fairly often.  In a game where you h... [More]

Rock, Paper, Azure Deep Dive: Part 2

In part 1, I detailed some of the specifics in getting the Rock, Paper, Azure (RPA) up and running in Windows Azure.   In this post, I’ll start detailing some of the other considerations in the project – in many ways, this was a very real migration scenario of a reasonably complex application. (This post doesn’t contain any helpful info in playing the game, but those interested in scalability or migration, read on!) The first issue we had with the application was scalability.  Every time pla... [More]

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