Oct 10

apacheWhen developing all kind of projects a good strategy for logging can save you a lot of time and frustration. Personally I am very found of using Apache log4net and this post will describe the most important features in log4net and how to implement and use this in a .Net Compact Framework project.

log4net can be configured with different appenders that logs to different sources (file, output window, smtp, server ++). You can also configure what kind of log levels will be written to the different appenders (info, debug, warn, error and fatal).

Most of the time I use two different appenders: I use the DebugAppender to log to my output window in Visual Studio, I like to set this appender to log all levels. I also like to use a LogFileAppender to log to a file on the device, I usually set this appender to only log error and fatal.

You can read documentation and download Apache log4net at

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Jul 07

Finally the summer has arrived and vacation time is closing in. During the summer and especially during my vacation I will spend as little time in front of the PC as possible, but I still want to be able to access the most important services. Luckily the amount of mobile applications have exploded the last years and you can find an application for almost everything these days. You also find a lot of creative not so useful but quite interesting applications. tweeted about one of these not so useful but fun applications earlier today:

IntoMobile: Mobile app tips you when to have a restroom break during movies

I will list the applications I have installed on my HTC Touch Pro that I will be using this summer as a desktop/laptop replacement. As you can see from the list below the most important for me this summer is to be able to check/send e-mails and to follow/participate in my social networks on the net.

PockeTwit (Windows Mobile app)

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Jul 07

MyMobileRUsually I use SOTI Pocket Controller when I want to remote control a Windows Mobile device (post about SOTI Pocket Controller). Today I were working on a laptop with no remote control software installed and since SOTI is licenced I started looking for a freeware application. I found MyMobileR and it took me 5 minutes to install active sync, MyMobileR and connect my HTC Touch Pro to the laptop.

MyMobileR works very well and have the most important functionalities for a remote control application:

  • View the mobile device screen on your PC and use it with you mouse pointer
  • Take screen shots
  • Record videos
  • Zoom in/Zoom out
  • Rotate screen
  • Open file explorer for the mobile device

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Jun 20

ZoomIt is a tool from Windows Sysinternals and enables you to easily zoom and draw on your screen. This tool is perfect for technical presentations and product demonstrations. ZoomIt is easy to install and it takes you no more than five minutes to get used to using ZoomIt.


The image above shows how you can zoom and draw using ZoomIt. When ZoomIt are running it will zoom and center on the mouse pointer position when you click Crtl + 1 . Ctrl + 2 enable you to draw either free hand drawing, box, ellipse or arrow. I have seen presentations were the presenter used ZoomIt, I was so impressed due to the professional look ZoomIt added to the presentation. I’m not so impressed anymore because I know that it takes you 1 minute to install ZoomIt and about 5 minute to get used to learning it:) Great presenters tend to have great tools.

You can choose your own key shortcuts from the ZoomIt options screen.

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May 22

delivr-logoI have been testing for a while now and I must say that I see great potential in this service. I have been in contact with David Harper (CEO of and he told me that is in an early beta right now, but still it’s very functional. I have never experienced any problems using this service so by beta I guess David Harper means that there will be much more functionality added later on.

What can you do by using

You can create a short mobile/twitter-friendly url, kinda like tinyurl. For example the url for my blog is: (to make it even shorter you can remove your user name: The unique with this url is that if you go to the url via a mobile device you will get a mobile friendly web page showing your content.

Delivr creates a mobileOK landing page for media and web sites you share

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Mar 08

soti_screenshotIf you want to remote control your Windows Mobile device from your computer SOTI Pocket Controller is the right tool to use. You simple connect the device to your computer with USB or BT. The first time you try to remote your device with SOTI a small application is installed on your device. When this is installed you can use all the functions available on your device from your computer.

I have used SOTI when I am developing C#.NET Compact Framework applications. It’s then very easy to test and debug your application on the device but you run it from the computer. SOTI have a lot of nice functions like screen capture and print screen. Very handy when you are documenting your application.

I also like to have my phone connected to SOTI remote controller when I’m at my computer, then I can navigate in my phone using the mouse on my computer and I can write SMS using my keyboard.

This tool is very good to use for presentations when you need to show a live demo of your application. There are also functionalities like file synchronization, registry editor, system information, task manager etc.

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Mar 07

deliciousI recently started in a new job and after a day or two a colleague of mine asked me if I used Delicious. I had never heard of it and he kindly showed me how it works. After using it for a few hours a new world (within my bookmarks chaos) opened up for me. This is just a fantastic tool and I can not understand why I have not heard about this before.

You simply create a user account and start adding your bookmarks there. You can specify title, description and tags for each bookmark you save. Delicious have plug-ins for the most used web browser and by installing the plug-in you get fast access to the main functions. I installed it on FireFox 3 (my preferred browser) and it works very smoothly.

You can also share your bookmarks with other users.

When using delicious you can easily access all your bookmarks no matter what computer you are using.

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