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Speech links: How to be rich

Coding with the enemy – Mr chairman, fellow toastmasters and guests.Recently I was enjoying my jet-setting hobby of visiting international airports.  I was sitting in the departure lounge at Singapore airport when a man walked up to me and said "Hi Sean, how are you".  It was Thomas; we had inadvertently booked ...
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Using the Aorus GTX 1080 Gaming Box with an XPS 15 9560

Coding with the enemy –  TLDR: Everything is twice as fastI recently purchased an Aorus GTX 1080 Gaming Box (see review)  for my 9560 (i7, 1 TB SSD, 32 GB ram).  I have been playing with an testing it for a few days and am pretty happy with my purchase.Initial impressionsInitial impressions are mostly ...
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September 2016

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Welcome to the revolution(s)

Coding with the enemy – The following is a rough transcript of my toastmasters speech 7: "Do your research"DownloadsPowerpointPdfSpeechThe Luddites were a protest group that primarily operated between 1811 and 1816.  They were primarily workers in the garment industry.  They started riots and destroyed machinery. ...
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September 2015

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Using the Visual Studio Android emulator inside VMWare

Coding with the enemy – I do my development in Virtual machines.  It makes it much easier to to back up and transfer my dev environments.  However not everything works inside a virtual machine :(.  Emulator that themselves rely on a virtual machine are problematic.When Visual Studio 2015 was released, I ...
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September 2013

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Slides - Cross platform programming with .net, xamarin and MvvmCross

Coding with the enemy – The slides from yesterdays presentation "Hot tuna - Cross platform development with .net, Xamarin and MvvmCross" are available from here.Useful links from the presentationMvvmCross Stuart Lodge - MvvmCross AuthorTwitter           @slodgeBlog ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Sean @ 2013-09-20 16:25

March 2013

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Using sqlite.net with POCO classes

Coding with the enemy – Normal 0 false false false EN-NZ X-NONE X-NONE ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Sean @ 2013-03-27 17:59

August 2011

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Delphi for iOS!

Coding with the enemy – I attended the Rad Studio World Tour today in Auckland. Delphi XE2 has some nice features (x64, OSX, FireMonkey) but the standout for me was the iOS support.Developing for the iPhone et al is mostly a pain in the proverbial. XCode is somewhat of a mess and Objective C was designed by someone with ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Sean @ 2011-08-04 20:17

June 2011

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Delphi image components, ImageEn has a new home

Coding with the enemy – If you have used image editing and manipulation in delphi, there is a good change you have used or heard of ImageEn components. I have used them in my photo printing program, Pics Print.The ImageEn component suite has now moved to delphi shareware company Xequte. You can find them at ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Sean @ 2011-06-11 17:54

March 2011

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Helpful tips for US based developers AKA Short date time is evil

Coding with the enemy – English is a bit like html. There is a standard, but not everyone understands it, and there are a number of slightly incompatible implementations.This is most obvious in spoken English where accents, and idioms vary wildly causing mutual incomprehension.The last time I was in the USA, I had the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Sean @ 2011-03-09 16:34

December 2010

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Developing on the Win phone 7 hardware without a developer account

Coding with the enemy – Microsoft have released a free toolset for developing Windows Phone 7 applications. However you cannot debug or deploy onto actual hardware until you create a developer account @ $99 per year.In my case, I only have a demo phone for 2 weeks so a developer account seems like a waste of money.To work ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Sean @ 2010-12-20 22:43
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Developing for Windows Phone 7 in a virtual machine

Coding with the enemy – According to Microsoft, installing the windows phone developer tools into a virtual machine is not supported. This is because the phone emulator is itself a virtual machine and, as Inception has shown, running a virtual machine inside a virtual machine gets really slow. The emulator also requires ...
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September 2010

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.net Unit Testing 101

Coding with the enemy – Links, slides and sample code from my .net Unit Testing 101 presentation.NUnit - unit testing library TestDriven.net - Visual Studio integrationLightspeed ORM Free or full version is needed to run the sample codePragmatic unit testing ebookPresentation and code
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Sean @ 2010-09-10 23:00

March 2010

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Windows Phone 7 - A party pack of sweets for developers

Coding with the enemy – They are playing advertisements for Pascall's Party Pack on TV at the moment. The tag line is "All sweets you love, and one you can't stand." That pretty much sums up Windows Phone 7 for developers. Lots of goodness with a few things that may leave a bad taste in your mouth.Despite the name, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Sean @ 2010-03-25 18:33

February 2010

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Solving a mid-life crisis with a Solid State Drive

Coding with the enemy – My development laptop is now 18 months old, which makes it older than me in computer years. As part of a mid-life refresh, I replaced the boot drive, (250gb 7200rpm) with an Intel X25M 160gb ssd.The result of this is that things are much snappier. How much snappier? I timed a few things of ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Sean @ 2010-02-13 16:05

January 2010

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[.net] Using sql server full text searching with Mindscape's LightSpeed

Coding with the enemy – Advance warning: This post is only of use to people using Lightspeed or suffering from insomnia. The problemFor my current c# project, I am using Mindscape's Lightspeed O/R framework. Lightspeed is a mighty fine product that makes object persistence a breeze. I would kill to have this in ...
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