Joining the Mothership

Posted January 13, 2012 4:31 PM Categories: Channel 9 | Coding4Fun | Microsoft | Personal

imageAt long last I have accepted a full-time position at Microsoft, working on the Channel 9 team, mainly doing Coding4Fun stuffs.  I'll be telecommuting from NY as I have been these past 8 years.  It's hard for me to believe that I've been doing Coding4Fun articles and projects for the team since 2006, but I'm excited that I now get to do it full-time.

Also joining the team is master UX-man Rick Barraza.  He brings a pile of amazing talent and skill that will really allow us to create some fantastic projects.  And, of course, we're joining the existing team of Dan Fernandez and Clint Rutkas, with Greg Duncan heading up the Coding4Fun blog and Kinect Project blog.

Also note that Coding4Fun is looking for a junior developer/program manager.  So, if you want to join the team, now's your chance!

Anyway, I'm very excited to be joining Microsoft, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what we can crank out as a team…

Windows 7 Launch Party in NYC

Posted October 23, 2009 6:05 PM Categories: Personal | Computing | Gaming | Events | Windows 7

win_logo I had the extreme pleasure of being invited to and attending the Windows 7 Launch Party in New York City on October 22nd.  I went down to the city with fellow MVP Bill Pytlovany, author of the popular WinPatrol security software.  You can watch a video of the entire launch below or at the official Windows 7 press site.  Be sure to watch to the end to get a glimpse of some super-awesome hardware that takes advantage of all Windows 7 has to offer.

All in all, It was quite a day, from getting a picture with Steve Ballmer himself to meeting segment producer and occasional on-screen Late Show with David Letterman character Brian Teta who was amazed I recognized him.  Mr. Ballmer was just on his way out of the bathroom only 15 minutes before show-time when Bill and I accosted him and begged for a picture.  Frazzled though he was, he agreed and Bill snapped this...

Ballmer and I

There were plenty of awesome pieces of hardware to play with, including a ton of high-power and super-light laptops, multitouch laptops, multitouch desktop monitors, all-in-one touch-screen PCs, and even an amazing setup of nVidia’s 3D Vision running Batman: Arkham Asylum on a large monitor, which I swear is the best consumer-level 3D experience I’ve ever seen, complete with wireless shutter glasses.  You may see a Coding4Fun article about those in the future, assuming I can convince someone to send me a set.  Again, be sure to watch the launch video above to the end to see a demo of many of these items and get a feel for what hardware is available now and in the near future.

And on the way out, everyone was given a goodie bag of Windows 7 items, including a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition, “signed” (i.e. embossed) by Steve Ballmer.

Goodie bagBadge and booksPuzzle and Playing CardsI'm a PC shirtLarge Win7 posterWin7 Ultimate Signature Edition

A fantastic day and I’m certainly glad I made the trip down to the city to take part in this.  I thank Microsoft and the MVP program for the invite and Bill for heading down with me and getting the pic of Ballmer and I.  I'm already looking forward to the next Windows launch.  :)

Mix09 Wiimote/C4F Meetup?

Posted February 25, 2009 9:14 PM Categories: Personal | Events | MIX09


Update: It looks like this is a bust.  Only 3 people have responded with interest, so I’ll just get in touch with them and we can meet up.  I’ll leave the survey open in case people were holding out on me.  :)

At the very last minute, I was lucky enough to receive a free ticket to Mix09 (thanks Jay!) and have decided to attend.  After posting about it on Twitter, Matthias Shapiro suggested that since both Johnny Lee and I will be there (Johnny’s giving a session on the Wiimote), perhaps we should have a Wiimote “hacker” get-together.  I think it would be great to get all Wiimote fans, and even fans of the Coding4Fun website/book together to put names with faces and have some fun.


I’ve put together a very quick, 3-question survey to gauge interest in having a meetup and what you’d like to do.  If you’ll be attending Mix and are interested, please take the 30 seconds to fill out the survey.  I’ll move forward with the plan based on how many people are interested.  There’s no sense in putting it all together for 2 people to show up.  :)


Brian and Dan on .NET Rocks!

Posted February 5, 2009 8:47 PM Categories: Personal | .NET | Coding4Fun | Wiimote | Coding4Fun Book

image This week, Dan Fernandez and I had the opportunity to be on the .NET Rocks! show with Richard and Carl.  We spent some time chatting about our Coding4Fun book (available at fine booksellers everywhere!) and several extremely interesting projects Richard and Carl have created in the past, including an anthromoporphic remote-controlled car, and a parrot who enjoys extremely right-wing politics.  I think you’ll just need to listen to the show to understand what those are about…

Coding4Fun Book News

Posted September 4, 2008 7:00 PM Categories: Personal | Gaming | .NET | Coding4Fun | Wiimote | XNA | Windows Home Server | Light Sequencer | Coding4Fun Book | Hardware | Visual Studio

Now that we have finished writing the book, we finally have an official title and chapter listing.  Someday we may even have a cover.

The title has morphed into Coding4Fun: 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, YouTube, World of Warcraft, and More and the final chapter listing (not necessarily in this order) is:

  • Alien Attack: Create a 2D clone of Space Invaders with XNA for the PC, Xbox 360, and Zune
  • LEGO Soldier: Create an action game using Popfly with a custom-built virtual LEGO character
  • World of Warcraft RSS Feed Reader: Use WoW's customizable interface to have feeds pop up while you're gaming
  • InnerTube: Download YouTube videos automatically and convert them to a file format for off-line viewing
  • PeerCast: Stream video files from any PC
  • TwitterVote: Create custom online polls on Twitter
  • WHSMail: Build a website with ASP.NET for Windows Home Server that lets you view the messages stored on a computer with Outlook
  • "Wiimote" Controlled Car: Steer your remote-controlled car by tilting the Wii Remote controller left and right
  • Wiimote Whiteboard: Create an interactive whiteboard using a Wii Remote
  • Holiday Lights: Synchronize your holiday light display with music to create your own light show

We also have an official web site for the book located at  This will be the “go to” place for source code downloads, forum discussions, updates to all projects as we continue to work on them, and everything else you will need to fully enjoy the book.

Get your pre-order in now and save 34% off the list price at Amazon!  Or, buy from O’Reilly with another book and get a 3rd free!

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