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The Floating City

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Yesterday we cruised along the eastern coastline of Lake Garda. Plan A was to visit Malcasine and take the cableway up to the top of Monte Baldo, but since the line at the ticket center resembled one of a Justin Bieber concert, we skipped the cableway. Maybe we'll give it another try later this week, but then earlier in the day. We continued our journey along the coast, passing past several genuinely picturesque villages. We stopped in Garda for an elaborate lake side lunch, before continuing to our last destination that day, Sirmione. There we visited the
medieval castello Scaligero and after climbing the numerous steps inside the castle, we rewarded ourselves with an oversized typical Italian gelato. 


Today we made a trip to Venice. After a 2 hour drive, we parked our car at Venezia Mestre train station, to enter the Floating City by train. We soon found ourselves lost in a maze of fairy alleys and waterways, searching for the main tourist attractions. First we headed for the Mercato Rialto, which is probably the best market in the world, but we can’t confirm that since it was already cleared out when we got...(Read whole news on source site)

How to Create AdRotator using JavaScript?

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If you are ASP.Net developer, you might be aware of the AdRotator control. The AdRotator control is used to display a sequence of ad images from an XML file which stores the ad information in proper format.   But if you want to use the same in a non-asp site, how can you develop it? Exactly, I was looking for such answer for one of my friend and later found a solution which uses plain JavaScript to build the adrotator in a simple HTML page. A simple knowledge of JavaScript coding can help you on this. In this
post, I will share the same code with you. So, if you want to implement it, you can take direct reference from here.   Problem Statement One of my friend had an issue that he uses blogger platform and there he wanted to integrate custom monetization such that, when a visitor reloads the page, the visitor will see a different image. First I thought to suggest him the ASP.Net adrotator control but when I heard that he uses the blogger platform which doesn’t......(Read whole news on source site)

A quick talk timer using the Netduino Go and Komodex seven-segment display

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In this post, I show how to create a simple talk countdown timer using a Netduino GO and the komodex Seven Segment Display Module. Yesterday, I received the Seven Segment Display Module I pre-ordered from komodex systems. Matt Isenhower did a great job with designing this board and making it an attractive piece of kit. It has a lovely shiny black silkscreen, professionally installed surface mount components, and lovely white silkscreen with graphics and lovely proportional lettering (likely done as a graphic). The display itself uses white LEDs, and supports four digits (or custom characters), a colon, and an apostrophe. There are two ICs on board: an STM8 processor for
gobus and a TI TLC5925 16 channel constant current LED driver. In the spirit of open source hardware (which this is), the full schematic is available here. (Also in the spirit of open source, Matt answered all my questions about how he had the board manufactured - information I plan to use when manufacturing my own GO and Gadgeteer modules.) The LED display, like most white displays, has a yellow tint when off. It's dead simple stuff, but it comes together quite nicely. I already had all the Netduino GO and .NET Micro Framework 4.2 stuff installed, so all I had to download was the Seven...(Read whole news on source site)

Microsoft BUILD 2012 – Tips

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With the announcement of BUILD 2012 I thought I would put together a list of tips – mainly aimed at fellow developers from the UK but there may be something here for everyone! Accommodation If you are on a tight budget and can book early try the Homestead Suites.   It is next to the Microsoft [...]

Data Science Workshop: R Bootcamp (Afternoon Session) - Boston Predictive Analytics (Boston, MA) - Meetup

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Data Science Workshop: R Bootcamp (Afternoon Session) - Boston Predictive Analytics (Boston, MA) - Meetup:


This 3.5 hour course is the first in a series of hands-on workshops focused on learning R which is fast becoming an essential tool for data mining, machine learning, predictive analytics, and traditional statistics.  Facebook, Google, and the New York Times all use R for complex data analysis as well as elaborate graphics; and numerous employers are actively seeking strong R skills.
The workshop is designed to get folks up and running, and will cover the basics of R including data management and moving
real-world data in and out, performing analytics and generating data visualizations using various graphic packages.  After completing this hands-on workshop, you'll have a foundation for moving onto more extensive analysis in R.
The workshop is being taught by David Weisman and Jeffrey Breen. David Weisman has consulted in computer science and software engineering for 25 years and has also earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology, focused heavily in bioinformatics and big data mining. He uses R extensively throughout his work. Currently, he is consulting in the analytic field including helping with the design of a grad-level data mining course; as well as researching and...(Read whole news on source site)

Using SignalR for real time data updates

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In a previous post I showed how easy it is to create a simple chat application using SignalR. And chatting on the internet might be popular but as it turns out there are rather a lot of applications that need to do more than just chat. As it is there are a lot more CRUD style applications, where users edit data usually stored in a database for some purpose, than chat applications. So in this blog post I am using a simple CRUD, without the delete part, application to show the power of SignalR. Traditionally HTML
based CRUD would generate all HTML on the server based on the user selecting something and then using an HTML form and an HTTP POST to send the changes back to the server. The newer generation of applications might just send the HTML skeleton to the client and some client side JavaScript would run, load the data and display it to the user. Updates would be done in a similar fashion with some JavaScript. To be fair the JavaScript would be using jQuery in most cases and would be quite trivial to write against some REST service. However...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows Azure and Cloud Computing Posts for 7/23/2012+

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A compendium of Windows Azure, Service Bus, EAI & EDI,Access Control, Connect, SQL Azure Database, and other cloud-computing articles. Note: This post is updated daily or more frequently, depending on the availability of new articles in the following sections: Windows

Testing HTML5 Web Workers (A Demo)

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Yesterday I started a series of blog posts on HTML5 apps oriented architectures. You can read the first post HERE. The demo lets the user select a video that they want to watch and then, when the click on the link, the code dynamically download’s that video and plays it for the user. The next [...]

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