Setup your new Nokia Lumia or any other Windows Phone

Back again after a year… 😉

OK. So you bought a new Windows Phone (probably a Nokia Lumia) and you have to get started. I assume that you already have a Microsoft Live account with your contacts, calendar and OneDrive (SkyDrive) files. Let’s begin:

  • As the User’s Guide says, first fully charge your smartphone – hahaha I’m just kidding…
  • If it is bought outside Greece, you need to change your regional settings at Settings/system–> region, your language (probably) at Settings/system–>language and add your keyboard at Settings/system–>keyboard (needs reset after download/installation and you can have as many keyboards as you want).
  • Connect it to a WiFi hotspot because you’ll need to download and setup everything over the internet.
  • Check if there are any OS or Firmware updates at Settings–>phone update – 99% there will not be anything since it’s a new device, but you may be lucky to buy it just after Microsoft issued an update.
  • Connect your Hotmail/Live/Outlook/whatever_MS account to bring your contacts/calendar to the phone.
  • Connect to a Nokia account (you only need to give your Live account to go on) – you will need this account for Nokia apps like Here Maps where you can save your favourite places.
  • Setup backup of photos/SMS/videos.
  • Enable Battery Saver at Settings/system–>battery saver.
  • I also enable SMS notifications at Settings/applications–>Messaging.
  • And of course download the Greek map for offline use (or any other country you will need) at Settings/applications–>maps–>download maps.
  • When you finish with the installation of apps, go back to Settings/applications–>background tasks to check if there apps that you don’t want to waste energy…

What are the essential apps to start working?

  • Nokia camera (and then switch to this app as the default camera app at settings/applications–>photos+camera)
  • Nokia Car App (and setup your speed dial contacts)
  • HERE Transit (incredible flexibility if you also have a data connection – I took a night bus in London directly to my hotel and skipped the taxi!)
  • HERE Drive – the difference with HERE Drive+ is that in plain Drive you can only navigate with your country’s map (your SIM defines your country), but you can still use ANY online/offline map to show you the way in HERE Maps
  • Skype
  • Facebook
  • Messenger (by Facebook)
  • MeteoGR
  • PDF Reader (by Microsoft)
  • Battery by Semenov (not needed in WP8.1)
  • ConnectivityShortcuts (not needed in WP8.1)
  • Εορτές
  • Calculator Toolbox Free
  • World Clock (by Microsoft)
  • Unit Converter
  • Fotor
  • Nokia Creative Studio
  • Bing Health & Fitness (it also has a very nice GPS Tracker)
  • Bing Food & Drink (with an impressive list of Greek wines)

And what I also use for my work/life:

  • Whatsapp (Viber is also available)
  • Evernote
  • OneDrive
  • Office Lens
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Amazon Mobile
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Kayak
  • Translator (by Microsoft – you can download offline dictionaries)
  • TeamViewer
  • Nokia Beamer (amazingly simple app)
  • Nokia Video Trimmer
  • Nokia Video Upload
  • Instagram (beta)
  • SophieLens for Nokia or SophieLens HD
  • Picture Perfect
  • CamScanner
  • Bing Weather (or Accuweather)
  • Shazam (with Cortana in WP8.1 it’s now useless)
  • MusiXmatch lyrics player (mainly for the lyrics)
  • TuneIn Radio
  • Free GPS Speedometer
  • Speedometer by Sygic
  • Adidas miCoach (not that I’m running, but I have paid for the miCoach hardware)
  • Currency (xeCurrency)
  • ATHAirport
  • Audio Recorder
  • Flightaware
  • How far from?
  • HubiC (another cloud storage solution – check it, it’s European)
  • IMDb
  • Is it down? (for a quick look on the status of your websites)
  • Lufthansa
  • Network Tools
  • NFC Writer Reader or  Nokia NFC Writer
  • Office 365 Admin
  • Office Remote (it’s not very stable for big presentations but it’s a good start…)
  • PassWorld (with WiFi hotspot passwords around the world)
  • Remote Desktop
  • Smart Resize
  • Softlayer Mobile
  • SpyCamera (it’s funny)
  • TouchDevelop (check it – it’s amazing…)
  • Trellizzo (an unofficial app for Trello)
  • Weave News Reader
  • Windows Phone App Studio
  • WordPress
  • YouSendit

Final tip: Playing with the regions (avoiding setting up the Greek region actually) gives you Nokia MixRadio which is amazing

Docear – An academic literature suite for searching, organizing and creating academic literature

Are you working on a thesis? Are you a researcher managing a lot of reference material for a paper? Docear can solve most of your problems in searching, organizing and creating academic literature. Docear was created by German developers to address these issues first through SciPlore mind mapping software and now through their latest software suite. Give it a try: http://www.docear.org/

I like the name of the product/company:

The term ‘Docear’ has two meanings. First, Docear is an allusion to “dog-ear”, the folded down corner of a paper page.  Second, “docear” in Latin means “I may be taught”.

A nice Metro code editor for Windows 8

Code Writer is a free text and code editor app with active syntax highlighting that updates as you edit documents and has 20 supported file types. A tabbed document interface allows for quickly switching between open documents.
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The app has been built from the ground up with Windows 8 design principles in mind. It’s fast and fluid, and gives you the power to edit documents with features you’d normally only find in desktop apps. Code Writer is perfect for editing any text-based file, doing code reviews, or giving presentations with code samples.

The core text editor screen allows you to edit documents in full-screen mode without chrome distractions. Only the scrollbars and line/column display are visible by default. Find/replace and advanced features like tabify lines and convert case are available.

Find it on the Windows Store: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-US/app/code-writer/5149f454-94a7-40bc-90ef-eafd38355079

Find your way without a car…

Nokia Transport (older name was Transit) will tell you when the next train, bus, or tram is arriving, right to the nearest minute. It’ll guide you to the nearest stop or station, listing transfers and changes on the way, with step-by-step walking directions. And it’ll even tell you when to get off. The amazing part is “live routing” for Berlin and Potsdam in Germany! For Greece, even timetable routing is useless…

You can also find the same information on the web: maps.nokia.com/directions. An updated list of the cities is always here: Nokia Transport City Coverage

Austria

Public transport routing

Graz, Salzburg, Vienna

Belgium

Timetable routing

Antwerp, Bruges, Gent

Public transport routing

Brussels

Croatia

Public transport routing

Dubrovnik, Zagreb

Czech Republic

Public transport routing

Prague

Denmark

Timetable routing

Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Odense

Estonia

Public transport routing

Tallinn

Finland

Timetable routing

Helsinki

France

Public transport routing

Amiens, Avignon, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Colmar, Cote D’Azur, Lille, Lourdes, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nancy, Nantes, Orange, Orleans, Paris, Rennes, Saint Tropez, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Tours, Versailles

Germany

Live

Berlin, Potsdam

Public transport routing

Aachen, Bremen, Cologne, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Lubeck, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Wurzburg

Greece

Public transport routing

Athens, Kos, Rhodes, Thessaloniki

Hungary

Timetable routing

Budapest

Ireland

Public transport routing

Dublin

Italy

Timetable routing

Brescia, Padua, Turin

Public transport routing

Bari, Bologna, Catania, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Penisola Sorrentina, Pisa, Rome, Venice, Verona

Latvia

Public transport routing

Riga

Lithuania

Public transport routing

Vilnius

Luxembourg

Public transport routing

Luxembourg City

Netherlands

Public transport routing

Amsterdam, Rotterdam

Norway

Public transport routing

Oslo

Poland

Public transport routing

Czestochowa, Gdansk, Krakow, Poznan, Torun, Warsaw

Portugal

Public transport routing

Guimaraes, Lisbon, Porto

Russia

Timetable routing

Chelyabinsk, Kazan, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Rostov on Don, Samara, Saratov, Ufa, Volgograd, Voronezh, Yakaterinburg

Public transport routing

Moscow, St Petersburg

Slovakia

Public transport routing

Bratislava

Slovenia

Public transport routing

Ljubljana

Spain

Timetable routing

Barcelona

Public transport routing

Bilbao, Cordoba, Elche, Granada, Madrid, Oviedo, Palma De Mallorca, Salamanca, Santiago De Compostela, Segovia, Seville, Tenerife, Valencia, Zaragoza

Sweden

Public transport routing

Gothenburg, Stockholm

Switzerland

Public transport routing

Bern, Geneva, Zurich

Turkey

Public transport routing

Ankara, Bursa, Istanbul, Izmir

UK

Timetable routing

London

Public transport routing

Bath, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham

Ukraine

Public transport routing

Kiev

South Africa

Public transport routing

Cape Town, Johannesburg

UAE

Public transport routing

Dubai

Canada

Timetable routing

Brampton, Burlington, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Mississauga, Montreal, Oshawa, Quebec, Toronto, Vaughan, Winnipeg

Public transport routing

Niagara Ca, Ottawa, Vancouver

USA

Timetable routing

Arvada, Atlanta, Aurora, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Boulder, Burbank, Cambridge, Carlsbad, Carrollton, Centennial, Chicago, Chula Vista, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Coral Springs, Dallas, Denver, Downey, El Monte, Elizabeth, Escondino, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Wayne, Fort Worth, Garland, Glendale, Hartford, Henderson, Hialeah, Hollywood, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Inglewood, Irving, Jersey City, Lakewood, Lancaster, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Miami Gardens, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Miramar, New Haven, New Orleans, New York City, North Las Vegas, Norwalk, Oakland, Oceanside, Palmdale, Pasadena, Paterson, Pembroke Pines, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Plano, Pomona, Pompano Beach, Portland Oregon, Richardson, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, South Gate, St. Louis, St. Paul, Tampa, Thornton, Torrance, Westminster, Yonkers

Public transport routing

Charlotte, Detroit, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Memphis, Nashville, Niagara Usa, Orlando, Washington DC

Argentina

Public transport routing

Buenos Aires

Brazil

Public transport routing

Belo Horizonte, Bertioga, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Chile

Public transport routing

Santiago

Mexico

Public transport routing

Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey

Venezuela

Public transport routing

Caracas

China

Public transport routing

Ankang, Anqing, Anshan, Anyang, Baicheng, Baise, Baishan, Baoding, Baoji, Baotou, Beihai, Beijing, Bengbu, Benxi, Binzhou, Bozhou, Cangzhou, Changchun, Changde, Changji, Changsha, Changzhi, Changzhou, Chaohu, Chaoyang, Chaozhou, Chengde, Chengdu, Chenzhou, Chifeng, Chizhou, Chongqing, Chuzhou, Dali, Dalian, Dandong, Daqing, Dazhou, Deyang, Dezhou, Dongguan, Dongying, Erdos, Fangchenggang, Foshan, Fushun, Fuxin, Fuyang, Fuzhou1, Ganzhou, Guangan, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Handan, Hangzhou, Hanzhong, Harbin, Hebi, Hefei, Hegang, Hengshui, Hengyang, Heyuan, Heze, Hezhou, Hohhot, Hong Kong, Huaian, Huaibei, Huaihua, Huainan, Huangshan, Huangshi, Huizhou, Huludao, Huzhou, Jiamusi, Jiangmen, Jiaozuo, Jiaxing, Jieyang, Jilin, Jinan, Jingdezhen, Jingmen, Jingzhou, Jinhua, Jining, Jinzhong, Jinzhou, Jishou, Jiujiang, Jiyuan, Kaifeng, Kunming, Laiwu, Langfang, Lanzhou, Lasa, Leshan, Lianyungang, Liaocheng, Liaoyang, Liaoyuan, Lijiang, Linyi, Lishui, Liuan, Liuzhou, Longyan, Loudi, Luoyang, Luzhou, Lvliang, Maanshan, Macau, Maoming, Meishan, Meizhou, Mianyang, Mudanjiang, Nanchang, Nanchong, Nanjing, Nanning, Nanping, Nantong, Nanyang, Neijiang, Ningbo, Ningde, Panjin, Panzhihua, Pingdingshan, Putian, Qaramay, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, Qiqihar, Quanzhou, Quzhou, Rizhao, Sanmenxia, Sanming, Sanya, Shanghai, Shangluo, Shangqiu, Shangrao, Shantou, Shanwei, Shaoguan, Shaoxing, Shaoyang, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Shiyan, Shuozhou, Siping, Suqian, Suzhou1, Suzhou2, Taian, Taiyuan, Taizhou1, Taizhou2, Tangshan, Tianjin, Tianshui, Tieling, Tongchuan, Tonghua, Tongliao, Tongling, Urumchi, Weifang, Weihai, Weinan, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuhu, Wuxi, Wuzhou, Xiamen, Xian, Xiangfan, Xiangtan, Xianyang, Xingtai, Xining, Xinxiang, Xinyang, Xuancheng, Xuchang, Xuzhou, Yanan, Yanbian, Yancheng, Yangjiang, Yangquan, Yangzhou, Yantai, Yibin, Yichang, Yichun1, Yinchuan, Yingkou, Yiyang, Yongzhou, Yueyang, Yulin1, Yulin2, Yuncheng, Yuxi, Zaozhuang, Zhangjiajie, Zhangjiakou, Zhangzhou, Zhanjiang, Zhaoqing, Zhengzhou, Zhenjiang, Zhongshan, Zhoushan, Zhuhai, Zhumadian, Zhuzhou, Zibo, Zigong, Ziyang

Australia

Public transport routing

Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

India

Public transport routing

Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Surat, Vadodara

Indonesia

Public transport routing

Jakarta

Malaysia

Public transport routing

Kuala Lumpur, Penang

New Zealand

Timetable routing

Auckland, Wellington

Public transport routing

Christchurch

Philippines

Public transport routing

Manila

Singapore

Public transport routing

Sentosa, Singapore

Taiwan

Public transport routing

Kaohsiung, Taipei

Thailand

Public transport routing

Bangkok, Pattaya

An alerting app for IT admins with a WP7 smartphone

Every IT administrator is sleeping with one eye open to check for the status of the infrastructure under his responsibility. To help into this direction, Derdack, based in Potsdam, released a new enterprise alerting app for Windows Phone 7,  message master® Enterprise Alert. The app enables Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), Service Manager (SCSM), HP Operations Center and IBM Tivoli Monitoring users to manage business critical incidents directly from a WP7 smartphone.

For the full press release, read here: DERDACK News and Events.

Γράψε το δικό σου ERP με το Visual Studio LightSwitch

Καλά, μπορεί να μην είναι δυνατό να γράψεις ένα ERP (κυρίως γιατί η ανάλυση είναι το πιο δύσκολο κομμάτι και όχι ο κώδικας) αλλά η Microsoft υπόσχεται ότι θα μπορούμε χωρίς εμπειρία σε deep development να φτιάχνουμε business εφαρμογές με το νέο εργαλείο Visual Studio LightSwitch που θα είναι διαθέσιμο από το τέλος του μήνα. Εφαρμογές για το desktop αλλά φυσικά και για το cloud.

Η λογική μου θυμίζει Visual FoxPro (που για καιρό την είχαμε χαμένη, αλλά ίσως κάποιοι απλά να ετοίμαζαν την επάνοδο με νέο περιτύλιγμα). Όσοι την είχαν χρησιμοποιήσει, είχαν εθιστεί σε σημείο να αρνιούνται να την αφήσουν για να μάθουν κάτι πιο σύνθετο. Ήταν απίστευτα απλή, έστηνες πολύ γρήγορα μικρές και μεγάλες εφαρμογές διαχείρισης δεδομένων και είχε και πολύ καλή ταχύτητα (στην πράξη για την δεκαετία του ’90 ήταν απίστευτα γρήγορη για μεγάλα data sets).

Από τον επόμενο μήνα, θα μπορεί κάποιος με στοιχειώδεις γνώσεις να δημιουργήσει πολύ εύκολα και γρήγορα φόρμες για να δουλέψει με την βάση δεδομένων της επιχείρησης (σε SQL Server φαντάζομαι 😉 )  ή να δημιουργήσει τη δική του βάση δεδομένων χωρίς να γράψει κώδικα. Τα παιδιά της ομάδας έχουν δημιουργήσει και μια σειρά από εισαγωγικά videos για να προχωρήσετε κατευθείαν στο ψητό χωρίς πολύ διάβασμα.

Για λεπτομέρειες και resources, μια επίσκεψη στο LightSwitch Developer Center είναι αρκετά χρήσιμη. Για επαγγελματίες προγραμματιστές το LightSwitch Architecture θα εξηγήσει τα ενδότερα.

 

Elephants love mangoes

I only had two missing apps to be completely satisfied with my Windows Phone 7, Skype and EverNote (there are still a lot of missing features that Mango, the upcoming update, will mostly provide). Skype has already been announced and will be available (probably with the Mango update) in Autumn and now EverNote released their first version for WP7. A simple but very useful EverNote client that can handle my basic needs. Not bad at all.

Detailed functionality here: Evernote for Windows Phone 7 Is Here! « Evernote Blogcast.

Read a detailed technical post about Evernote (and development) on WP7: Elephants love mangoes – a look behind our Windows Phone 7 client | Evernote Tech Blog. Damian Mehers, the developer of the WP7 version of EverNote writes:

Superb Tooling

As WP7 developers, we are spoiled.  Not only do we have a powerful, mature and rich IDE in Visual Studio, with great plugins such as Resharper, but we also get a fast emulator, and also a complete, standalone design tool in Expression Blend.

The emulator actually runs as a proper Virtual Machine, using the hardware virtualization features of your computer.  The upside to this is that you get snappy performance, but the downside is that you cannot develop inside a virtual machine, since the emulator will not run inside a virtual machine.

Blend lets you design, animate and tweak your app’s UI.  Although it was primarily created as a “high-end” tool for designers, there was such an outcry from developers, that Microsoft have made it available for free for WP7 developers.  It is a joy to work with, letting you focus on the look and feel of your UI, building storyboards and animations, without worrying about code.

Great Community

The existence of a strong community around WP7 development is far from unique to WP7, however perhaps because Windows Phone is something of an underdog right now, the community feels particularly tight.

Beyond the usual suspects such as Stack Overflow, and Microsoft’s own forum, there are sites such as Windows Phone Geek that provide a constant stream of high quality tips and tricks and articles.

Which suite is more secure? Microsoft Office vs. Oracle Openoffice

It’s funny to read about security flaws especially when an article shows that popular preconceptions are usually wrong. Microsoft has managed to bring its Office 2010 suite to a very good state regarding security while Oracle inherited OpenOffice unwilling to further evolve it. LibreOffice is the new open source “branch”.

Read the whole analysis here: CERT/CC Blog: A Security Comparison: Microsoft Office vs. Oracle Openoffice. For a teaser look at the following chart:

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