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Happy 1 Year Birthday to microframework.dk

Today (31th December 2009) it is exactly 1 year ago I registered the domain name microframework.dk

The reason why I did that was to have a place to blog about the world of my .NET MicroFramework discoverings especially in relation to the Microsoft Dare to Dream Different contest, which I at that time hoped to be part of. Luckily my entry was accepted as one to move on to round 2, but that was as far as it went. I had a great time developing my project (HACS - House Access Control System with fun doorbell, which you can read about in another article).

Time has shown that I did not find all the time to blog as much as I wanted to do, so I have not released as many articles as I had hoped. But that does not mean that I have not been working with the .NET MicroFramework!

In order to let you see some of what I have been doing (and maybe what will come) I will today on the last day of the year, release 2 videos illustrating that the MF can really control motors. One video shows the control of a Stepper Motor and the other video shows the control of 2 Servo Motors. For now the articles are meant as a teaser, so stay tuned to see more.

Happy Birthday to microframework.dk and Happy New Year to everyone else



A few words about my blog

I regularly receive a number of comments, questions and requests for my blog, and instead of answering each of them one at a time I will try to cover some of the recurring issues you ask or comment.

When you comment

Some comments are regular SPAM and I try to keep that out of the system, but sometimes it can be a little hard to see if a comment is really a comment to something I have written or just a waste of time. Please make your comments as clear as possible and add a real link to a website and email of yours! I welcome statements about projects and articles, but if you don't like the looks of my blog, then I don't need to hear about it. I will change it if I feel for it - not because you tell me to!

If you comment - please add your real name at the end of your post. That way is is more personal and I can see there is a real human at the other end.

The language 

The language on this site is English and there will not be a translated version into any other language. I try my best to write in a way so that it is understandable, but as my native language is Danish there is no guarantee for my English. If I write something that can offend somebody, then please accept my appologies as that is never intentional.

Why am I doing this? 

I maintain this blog because I want to give back something to the .NET Micro Framework community. I don't make money on this, it cost me money and time, but I personally learn a lot from other peoples web sites, so this is my way of paying back.


In case there are any companies who would like to sponsor some hardware then I will receive this with open arms. There are quite a number of nice development boards and other hardware stuff out there. If I receive something from you, I will try to make use of it in a project and write and article for this blog. I will be happy to mention your company name in the article. This way I hope it can be a win-win situation for both of us. If you are interested, then please write me an email.

Blog engine

For those interested in knowing which blog engine I use then I use "BlogEngine.NET" and I have modified the standard "StableStart" theme. It had to be easy to install and maintain and I don't need too much fancy stuff you see on some blog engines. It stores data in XML files, so it can be run on any server that support windows and .NET.

Site Statistics

My site seems to be more popular than I expected it would be as I receive around 50 unique guests each day. Some days it even goes above 100 - this is great :-) I know that many of you are returning guests and that I don't get 50 new visitors each day - if that was the case, then I'm sure we would see a lot more web sites about the micro framework. That would be cool though.

Guest posts

I do not accept guest posts because I simply do not have time to manage this.

Writing for others

Some of you ask me if I want to write articles for you, but the answer is no. I thank you for your request but I just don't have time to write for others!
Time is a scarce ressource and I have trouble even to find time to write articles for this blog. I have a pipeline of articles to write for this blog but as long as there is only 24 hours per day and I must share this between my family, my job, my blog, my programming interests and all my other interests, then I run out of time. Oh, and I also need to sleep...

Take care. Keep sending comments to my posts.



Getting started...

My intention with this blog site is to write about hardware and software that is related to the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework.

Making electronics and electromechanical devices come alive because of the software you write is an amazing thing. I just love it!

I hope you will have fun here and will be able to find some useful stuff - if not now then later...