Category Archives: Programming
Custom Cortana MQTT Commands


image Cortana can easily be extended to aid you with your DIY home automaton projects. In this example Cortana sends MQTT commands to open and close a garage door as well as ring the doorbell with custom jingles. By the way, you don’t have to use MQTT, you can also do a whole lot of other things as well from opening a file, opening a program, or launching your favorite websites.

As of the writing of this entry I am frantically trying to finish documenting the MQTT Doorbell and Garage Door Opener devices in separate posts. Hopefully I can get those whipped out in a few days.
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Netduino Tutorial, Knob and Sweep

In this video I show how to connect a servo to a Netduino and also how to program the servo library into a new solution. The sweep program will drive the arm of the servo back and forth while the Knob program will move the arm of the servo when you turn a potentiometer. Read More…

Add-In manager missing in Visual Studio 2010

Looking for the Add-In Manager in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express? Trying to figure out how to install Add-ins? Sorry to say, but the ability to load add ins is not included in the express versions of Visual Studio. 🙁  It looks like you need at least the standard edition of VS.

It took me about 30 minutes of searching to learn this so I thought I would make a quick post in case it helps someone out.