Aug 08 2009


Category: Entrepreneurship,TelecomsTeknovis @ 17:42

I just heard this afternoon that a friend of mine has recently launched a new company called Glorsoft. In the company’s own words…

Glorsoft is a leading software company focused on the development of .NET based IVR and Voice Application development tools.

Our goal is to simplify telephony programming to the extent that any .NET developer can create voice applications without the need to learn any new skills.Velocity 2.0 is our flagship development toolkit.

I hope that this new venture experiences great success!

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Jul 15 2009

Download Dell Drivers Using HTTP

Category: InternetTeknovis @ 17:38

I had to download some new Dell drivers for an old desktop computer last weekend. I have always thought that Dell is the best computer manufacturer in terms of obtaining drivers. I simply love the way that you can enter the Service Tag number and you immediately get all of the relevant drivers! It is so convenient!

Dell has changed the download options since the last time I downloaded drivers. You must now choose between using the new Dell Driver Download Manager or the Internet Browser option. The former is a .NET application that must be installed before any files are downloaded. I think that this is a great way of making a simple process unnecessarily complicated! It appears that I am not the only person thinking this according to Dell Driver Download Manager and Dell Driver Download Manager is Optional.

So without any hesitation I chose the Internet Browser option. This tries to use FTP to download the drivers from That would be fine, except that the firewall protecting me does not allow FTP :( Thankfully, Dell also allows access to using HTTP!

Unfortunately, it is impossible to correlate the drivers on the download page with the files on the FTP server using the file names :( At least I could not!

However, I did find another way:

  1. Click on the File Title or the File Details of the driver to get more information about it.
  2. Click on Installation Instructions to expand that section.
  3. The name of the driver file appears in the first sentence!
  4. Find the file on the FTP server in the appropriate directory, download, and enjoy :)

Knowing this last weekend would have saved me a lot of time!

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Nov 25 2008

Microsoft Embedded Development and Robotics Event

Category: Software DevelopmentTeknovis @ 14:21

Microsoft are hosting an event focusing on embedded development and robotics in Dublin next Friday. The general theme of the event is described as:

You’ll see the Microsoft Windows Embedded family of products at work in the real world and discover how they are being used to power systems in factories, cars, your personal navigation or music player device or even your set-top box at home.  You’ll get under the hood of the Microsoft® .NET Micro Framework and also discover just how easy it is to build robotics applications for a wide variety of hardware using Microsoft® Robotics Developer Studio, the Windows-based environment.

There will be presentations and demonstrations by Microsoft researchers from the UK, France, and the US.

The event is free, but you must register beforehand. I have also heard that there will be Microsoft prizes for some lucky attendees!

Full details of this event can be found in Windows Embedded and Robotics European Tour.

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