#Tools – Move Mouse, a classic anti screen saver

Hi!

There are scenarios where for security reasons [usually via Domain Policies] a machine will be locked after a while if it does not have any user interaction. The problem usually appears when we require that these computers not be locked.

A couple of months ago comment how to enable presentation mode using a classic Windows App [presentationsettings.exe] (see references). Classic from the days of Windows Vista if I remember correctly. This option is valid, however, there is another App to help us:

Move Mouse

I know and use Move Mouse from the days when the source code of the App was available in the (sadly died) CodePlex. Today we can download the source code of previous versions to Windows 10 from GitHub. The best thing is to download the Move Mouse version from the Windows Store

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And find in it many very interesting options such as, for example

  • Define task agendas
  • Auto start with Windows
  • Hidden mode
  • Much more!

Finally, behind all this hides a very important trick to not activate the lock or screen savers >> MOVE MOUSE every N ssconds

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno

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#Tools – Move Mouse, un clásico anti salva pantallas

Buenas!

Existen escenarios donde por cuestiones de seguridad [usualmente via Domain Policies] se activa el bloqueo de este después de un tiempo sin interacción del usuario. El problema suele aparecer cuando requerimos que estos ordenadores no se bloqueen.

Hace un par de meses comente como habilitar el modo presentación utilizando una App clásica en Windows [presentationsettings.exe] (ver referencias). Clásica desde los días de Windows Vista si mal no recuerdo. Esta opción es válida, sin embargo, existe otra app que también nos puede salvar el día:

Move Mouse

Conozco y uso Move Mouse desde de los días en que el código fuente de la app estaba disponible en el difunto CodePlex. Hoy podemos descargar el código fuente de versiones anteriores a Windows 10 desde GitHub. Lo mejor es descargar la version de Move Mouse desde Windows Store

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Y encontrar en la misma muchas opciones muy interesantes como, por ejemplo

  • Capacidad de definir agendas de tareas
  • Auto arranque con Windows
  • Modo oculto
  • Mucho más!

Finalmente, detrás de todo esto se esconde un truco muy importante para no activar el bloqueo o salva pantallas >> MOVE MOUSE cada N segundos

Saludos @ Toronto

El Bruno

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#Hololens – Now you can work with Visual Studio tools for #Unity3D and #VS2017

Hello!

Every couple of months, I’ve had to reinstall my development environment from scratch. This time was not a software problem, this one was raised by hardware issue: my 2nd disc died (and I lost some of my not backup / sync information). As if it were a coincidence, I’ve taken advantage of an offer of Black Friday, Pink Saturday or something like that, and I have bought a 2 TB disk quite interesting (link). This leaves me with a

So let’s put a smile and see the bright side on this. I take advantage of an offer during Black Friday, Pink Saturday or something like that. I have bought a 2 TB 2.5” internal disk with some very amazing features. So now I have a happy  development environment again:

  • 500GB SSD main drive
  • 2 TB as secondary drive

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Now, because I started from zero (again) I decided to try to work purely and exclusively with Visual Studio 2017 RC. One of the first things I’ve noticed is Visual Studio Tools for Unity3D were available only for Visual Studio 2015. This meant a serious impediment, VSTU are part of the development of Hololens VS + Unity.

Fortunately, the latest version published today in Visual Studio Tools for Unity, supports Visual Studio 2017 in Beta (3.0) mode.

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It won’t work smooth from scratch, you need to perform some additional steps so everything works fine, for example:

  • In Unity, access the menu “Edit / Preferences”
  • Select [External Tools / External Script Editor]
  • In the combo choices we see MonoDevelop, Visual Studio 2015 and Browse.
  • Select Browse and select the path of the executable for Visual Studio 2017 [“%\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Enterprise\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe”]

At this time we will see VS2017 RC as the selected option and we can start to work with this IDE

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Here we see the instance of Visual Studio 2017, in mode debugging from which we can attacharnos at one instance of Unity and debug against the same.

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Now if we can forget about Visual Studio 2015 and follow created apps with Unity3D and Visual Studio 2107 Hololens RC!

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno

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#VS2015 – Icon Generator for #Xamarin Android app

Hola!

All developers knows  that you must spend some time to ensure the usability in an App. A good app, with a poor user experience, is going to fail for sure. This topic is huge and those who knows have written tons of materials about it. Also, I’m quite lazy, so I won’t write about this. Caution!, being lazy is on of the top skills for in a Developer. This type of mentality, makes sure that we always look for the more simple, effective and flawless solution for a given problem.

For example, if we start to create Android Xamarin apps with Visual Studio 2015, you need to create a complete set of resources in various formats for the graphics. In example, in the following image you can see the different formats of icons suggested by Xamarin, that we should create in our apps..

Lucky for us there is a great Tool Android Asset Studio. This website allows us to generate a similar set of graphic resources from a text, ClipArt or an image. A live samples is the better way to explain this.

At this point, we get the chance to download a ZIP file with all the images created from our initial image.

We can add this resources to Visual Studio and that’s it !!!

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Saludos @ Madrid

/El Bruno

References

· Android Asset Studio http://romannurik.github.io/AndroidAssetStudio/

· Xamarin Android Deep Dive https://developer.xamarin.com/guides/android/getting_started/hello,android/hello,android_deepdive/

#VS2015 – Asistente para crear los iconos necesarios para una app #Android con #Xamarin

Hola!

Una lección que los desarrolladores aprendemos a la fuerza, es que en cualquier tipo de app, hay que dedicare tiempo para que la usabilidad de la misma sea un PLUS. Una buena idea, pero con una pobre experiencia de usuario, va a fracasar seguro. Esta historia es larga y los que saben han escrito mucho al respecto y como yo soy bastante vago, pues no escribiré al respecto. Ojo!, que ser vago es un gran Skill para un Developer. Este tipo de mentalidad, hace que busquemos la salida más simple, efectiva y sin errores frente a un problema.

Por ejemplo, si vemos que para crear apps Android con Xamarin y Visual Studio 2015, es aconsejable completar los recursos en varios formatos, lo mejor es buscar una herramienta que nos genere estos contenidos. Por ejemplo, en la siguiente imagen pueden ver los diferentes formatos de iconos que deberíamos crear para nuestras apps.

Por suerte en Android Asset Studio podemos encontrar una serie de generadores de iconos que nos ayudarán en tan ardua tarea. Podemos generar los mismos a partir de Texto, de un ClipArt o de una imagen. Veamos un ejemplo a partir de una imagen.

El resultado final es un Zip con varios formatos a partir de nuestra imagen inicial.

Ahora solo nos queda agregar estos recursos en Visual Studio y a seguir con el código !!!

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Saludos @ Madrid

/El Bruno

References

· Android Asset Studio http://romannurik.github.io/AndroidAssetStudio/

· Xamarin Android Deep Dive https://developer.xamarin.com/guides/android/getting_started/hello,android/hello,android_deepdive/