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  • Boston Traffic Cams Developer Tear Down

    Tags: Adventures in Windows 8

    Inspired by my recent article for IE covering the “behind the scenes” coding work for Assassins Creed Pirates, I decided to write a similar “tear down” for my Boston Traffic Cam app. Granted, it won’t be quite as swashbuckling or have pirates in it, but driving in Massachusetts still is an …

  • Blogging from a Train

    Tags: Frank's World, PDF2014, CivicTech

    Right now, I’m on the train on the way to Personal Democracy Forum 2014 in New York City. It’s been a while since I’ve travelled by train and, I have to say, it’s nice to sit down, plug in and boot right up to do some writing. Granted, it’s early in the trip and Amtrak isn’t exactly Deutsche Bahn, …

  • Assassins Creed Pirates

    Tags: IE, WebGL, Game Dev, Games, Fun

    Recently, I had the chance to work with the IE team and some folks at UBISoft on writing a developer “tear down” on the web version of Assassins Creed Pirates. This gave me a chance to get back into writing articles (I love it!) as well as take a closer look at Babylon.js.

  • My Latest Windows 8 App Boston Traffic Cams

    Tags: Win8, AppDev, Apps, Boston, Startups, Open Data, Open Gov

    To commemorate the opening of District Hall in Boston and to show off the Perceptive Pixel there, I created the Boston Traffic Cam app for Windows 8. It leverages all the work done by Massachusetts to open their government data, including images from traffic cameras in and around Boston. The app …

  • That Is a Big Opportunity

    Tags: IoT, Opportunity

    My post yesterday hinted at this opportunity, it’s larger than I thought. I’m going to need to get a soldering iron.    

  • The Return of Shop Class

    Tags: Maker, Laser Cutter, IoT, Internet of Things

    Last week while on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, I had the opportunity to tour some of the Maker spaces there. It’s not just about 3D printers and soldering irons, as you’d think. It’s not even about large laser cutters like the one below. Most of the tools there would feel right at home in a …

  • New Role at Microsoft

    Tags: Microsoft, Frank's World Updates

    It’s been a little over five weeks since I started a new role at Microsoft. In that time, I’ve made two cross country trips to the Redmond campus, over 25 videos, and numerous tweets. The one thing I did not do, however, was write a blog post.  Shame on me.  Mostly because I really do …

  • April Fools Day

    Tags: April Fools., Frank's World, Frank's World History

    While most of the online world plays tricks on one another today (and DCTech is no exception), I remember April Fools Day as the day I got my first computer. It was a Commodore 64 and Crazy Eddie’s had them on sale.  If you’re not familiar with Crazy Eddie, it was an electronics retailer in …

  • DC Tech Minute for March 13 2014

    Tags: DC, DCTech, DCTech Minute, 1776, Startups, Startup

    SXSW DCTech Selfie Slideshow, Pre-Accelerators, and a Masquerade Ball   Show Notes Selfie By Southwest: The Best #dctech Selfies of SXSW Interactive http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/201...via @inthecapital Slides are up for the #StateOfMobile #dctech …

  • DCTech Minute Weekly Round Up for March 7 2014

    Tags: DC, DCTech, DCTech Minute

    Here’s what’s going on in #dctech this week.   March 3: Snowday Montage   March 4: Speek Raises $5.1 million. Will Elon Musk's Battery Disrupt DCTech?   March 5: Jobs in DCTech, Innovation in Developing Countries, and Top 10 DC Startups   March 6:  Digital DC …

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