ChromeCast in Australia

s5-productheroChromeCast is now available in Australia for only $49 and current available at JB Hi Fi, Dick Smith and Google store. When it was released I had to buy one on the next day.

Connecting To Your TV

Connecting the device is very simple, you just plug it into one of your available HDMI ports at the back of the TV and if you have a USB port connect the USB to it so that it can power the ChromeCast. But if you don’t have a USB port on your TV you can use the power supply that came with it. I also like how it’s tucked away behind my TV so that it doesn’t use up space. (more…)

Writing Python Scripts on Android Mobile

I found a cool app on Google Play recently, QPython 3 which allows you to write Python scripts and run it under a console on your Android mobile phone. I tried typing using the built in keyboard, but if you’re a coder like me and need to type fast you can still connect a USB or Bluetooth Keyboard to your mobile phone.


In the console window you can still enter your code and run it on the fly or you can choose to write your script in their text editor called QEdit from the menu.

wpid-tempFileForShare.jpg Console Screen.

wpid-tempFileForShare.jpgQEdit – Text Editor


How to Convert JSON to a Class in C#

I have been working on .Net projects where I need to work with JSON to a class in C#. I came across a web site created by Jonathan Keith using the popular JSON.Net library by James Newton-King.

The web site allows me to copy and paste JSON code to a form and by pressing the generate button I was able to get back a class that I can copy and use in my .Net project. This web site is very useful to me since I am also using the JSON.Net library in my current project to Deserialise JSON data in to an object.


Running Windows 8 Preview On Your iPad

If you don’t own a Windows based Tablet/Slate and you would like to test out Windows 8 Developer’s Preview with the tablet experience and you own an Apple iPad, well there is an app for this.

A company called SplashTop has developed an app that allows you to remotely connect to your Windows 8 machine, to make this work you will need to download the streamer software for Windows 8, and then purchase a copy of the Win8 Metro Testbed app from iTunes.

How does this work? Well it streams your desktop to your iPad, it’s like using a Remote Desktop application but with touch gestures to give you the metro experience.

Instructions and Downloads

Windows 8 Developer’s Preview Extending The Expiration Date

Today I tried to run Visual Studio 11 Express and I received a few errors and a message telling me that my version of Windows 8 has expired on 11 March 2012 and I need to purchase the release version. I was thinking to myself there is no release version yet, and there must be some way to extend the expiration date. So I Googled and found out that Microsoft has released an update to extend the expiration date to the 15th January 2013.

If you are having the same experience as me right now, all you need to do is go to Control Panel and into Windows Update and click on Check for Updates. Some how I noticed that the Automatic Update didn’t detect the latest updates.

For further information on this update and instructions click here.

Windows 8 Developer’s Camp 2012 – Perth, Western Australia

Ok Windows 8 Developer’s Camp 2012 is coming soon to Perth Western Australia, it will be held at University of Western Australia. This event is free and it’s a full day event filled with lessons on  developing metro style applications for Windows 8. The event will be held  on the 16th June 2012 from 9:00am to 5:30pm Saturday. 

If any developer’s from Perth, is reading this blog and would like to go and meet up at the event send me a message on twitter @david_loo.

For further details of the event and registration in your local area go to the link below:

Windows 8 Developer’s Camp Registration