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A look back in time reveals an unnoticed pattern.

September 3, 2013
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For years I thought I was working on technologies and product development. But recently I have looked back on my career only to realize that I may not be what I thought I was. In some form or another, I have always been a project manager.

I have been managing projects since before I graduated from college. Granted, many of the first projects were small in size, but they usually included managing budgets, schedules, resources, objectives and restrictions. As any Resident Assistant, Student Government leader can tell you, managing student projects or activities reveals to the organizer a lot about themselves to themselves. In my case it just didn’t sink in right away.

GSD
Sometimes I was leading the project, other times I managed only a portion of the project. In almost every project I was involved with, I would be the “go to” guy. This is not because I know everything there is to know (because I don’t), but rather I seem to know how to fill in the gaps. I know how take steps to get a project to completion. One of my clients likes to refer to me as the GSD guy (Get S#^% Done). Up to this point I have been fortunate enough to be able to exercise one of two options to maintain that title. One: find the appropriate person or company to perform the task, or two: teach myself the required skills to complete the task myself. This in and of itself is not necessarily a good thing. The better approach, is to have plan in place prior to reaching the requirement of getting the task finished.

Analytical
As the people around me are already aware, I am not an emotionally charged person. I am not always very vocal. I tend to take in the situation and conditions before I begin to make decisions and take action. This trait seems to lead itself well to managing a project, where a number of issues could derail success. Having a plan, as well as alternative solutions, allows for quick reaction to changing situations. I had always considered this trait to be the most important for my designs and product development. But now I realize that it is even more critical for project management. Where I am not the sole developer, where teams of experts have to be brought into the project with aligned goals and time lines, this trait has proven the most useful. Where this trait is not very useful is during interviews and self-marketing. But that topic is for another post.

What is the punch line?
Not so much a punch line as it is a moral to the story. I suggest that from time to time, reflect back on your past experiences and how you handled stressful situations. You may find a common thread in all of your actions, roles, natural responses to reveal a side of you hidden from yourself. As someone close to me has recently discovered a natural talent to do business analysis, and market research, a hidden talent can be hard to recognize.


Windows Embedded Compact 7 updated to 2816

August 29, 2012
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Windows Embedded Compact 7 has been updated with build 2816. This is the 13th update released. This update includes a major upgrade to Windows Embedded Silverlight Tools.

You can update Windows Embedded Silverlight Tools independent of Windows Embedded Compact 7, but it is generally recommended to allow Windows Embedded Compact 7 handle the upgrade for you. Simply let WEDU notify of you of the update, or launch the WindowsEmbeddedCompact7.exe installer from Add / Remove programs and select update.


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Uninstall WindowsEmbeddedCompact.exe no matter what

March 14, 2012
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If you ever find your self in a situation where you are unsure of the state of you machine, you can uninstall the program with the command line.

Here are the steps to uninstall the whole program:

·Acquire the latest version of WindowsEmbeddedCompact7.exe. At this time the version is 2811.

*note {The Evaluation version program will work for this uninstall procedure, and can be downloaded from Microsoft.com.}

·Place the file on the system where the user can access it. For example c:\2811

·Open the Command Prompt with Administrative rights.

·Run WindowsEmbeddedCompact7.exe with the uninstall and quiet parameters. For example “c:\2811\WindowsembeddedCompact7.exe” –uninstall –quiet

·This will run WindowsEmbeddedCompact7.exe in the “Background”. To view the progress of the program use TaskManager. Under the Processes tad, two WindowsEmbeddedCompact7.exe Image names will be listed when the uninstall is taking place.

·When the WindowsEmbeddedCompact7.exe Image names are no longer present in the list of processes, the uninstall should be complete.

·To confirm that the uninstall finished successfully open the Add and Remove programs from the Control panel. Windows Embedded Compact 7 Should not be listed.

·Windows Embedded Silverlight Tools will remain in the Currently installed programs list.

·Uninstall Windows Embedded Silverlight Tools at this time.


Update 3 has been released for Windows Embedded Compact 7

October 15, 2011
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Friday, 10-14-2011, Update 3 was released for Windows Embedded Compact 7. This is a very useful release that includes updates and fixes for Platform Builder, and Compact Test Kit. This is a larger download for each architecture than the previous updates. A lot of hard work was done to make the update as small in size as possible. You will see a Service update, an Update 3, and an Update 3.1 package get downloaded. Most of the the files that require an update could be delta patched. Which means the file will be edited in place. This greatly reduces the size of the package that handles that part of the update. Files that could not be edited on disk, are replaced with a whole file. The number files that required this was relatively low, which helped to the keep the size of the update lower.

Files will now be backed up if they have been edited. Users who have edited files to suit their needs will appreciate this feature. When updating, the user’s work is now safe. The edited file will be backed up to a sub-folder in Wince700 folder named Backup.


Introduction

July 25, 2011
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For my first post, I will give a brief introduction of myself. I own a small technology company that started with PLC programming, and has progressed to software testing and quality assurance. Along the way I have performed tasks in mechanical and electrical design, CAD, CAM,  system integrations, automation, motion control, simulators, SCADA, CNC, and network management. Currently I perform contract work for Microsoft, in the Windows Embedded Compact 7 setup team. There was a learning curve involved with setup the team as it uses WIX, MSIEXEC, C#, C++, HTML, as well a number of other tools. As team setup, we have a main focus of Windows Embedded Compact 7 software installation. However we also support several other customers.
This blog’s focus will begin on the offerings of WindowsEmbeddedCompact7.exe. Primarily the focus will be on the installation and maintenance of the software. The next blog will explain update process the user will experience when using the software. Other points on the software will be explained in future posts. Other topics may also arise such as: PLC programming, CNC machines, and possibly a UAV side project. I welcome questions; I will answer them to the best of my ability.
Thank you for reading.
Kyle

Links to more information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programmable_logic_controller

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCADA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CNC

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer-aided_design

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer-aided_manufacturing

http://wix.sourceforge.net/