Smart Stuff 2

After the unsatisfying attempt to install a smart light switch, I had some interesting responses. Mostly they are a variation on the theme, “so what did you do?” Let’s start with why was I doing this at all? Usually, a good question and one what humans seem to be able to ignore. I am, more…

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Smart Stuff

I’m not an early adopter. I wasn’t on the iPhone bandwagon. I had a Windows Phone. Maybe that says everything you need to know about me. In the past couple years, I tried out some smart Internet-of-Things stuff (IoT) in my house. My conclusion is meh. I’m sure this says something about my age, but…

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About Francis. X Langlois

After working at Microsoft Corp. in various capacities over 17 years, I returned to being a small business owner. I founded eehoo as a place to offer content development and engineering initially, but that expanded organically over time. If you work a small business, you discover the many hats people wear and gradually your focus…

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Welcome Amy and Photo Organizing

Eehoo group is pleased to welcome Amy Langlois to the group. Amy brings a wealth of talents but is focused on extending our content management offerings to photo organizing. Amy has been organizing her own photos for years. Now she is expanding her skills and getting APPO certified. Photo organizing is an exciting new field…

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I am a dinosaur

I realized that I am a tech dinosaur today. I went to download WebMatrix from Microsoft and found out it is sunsetted. WebMatrix might not have been a great tool, but it was a fully integrated tool capable of creating sites in ASP, PHP, WordPress and others. It was also a nice integration of a…

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Move to Android from Windows Phone – 2

Mostly, in the last post, I tried to say that moving to Android was not that bad and that I wished I had done it bit sooner. Putting aside the difficulty of switching to any new phone (moving contacts, video, pics, etc.), yes, the switch was painful, but using the Android was smoother than I expected.…

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Move to Android from Windows Phone

So long, Windows Phone. If you have read any of my past blog with a previous employer, then you know that I’m a fan of the Windows Phone. I have been using some version of the phone or device since switching from the Palm to Windows Mobile. That’s a lot of Windows device usage. I…

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Help and Manual

I have used plenty of authoring tools and Content Management Systems (CMS) over the years. My time at Microsoft permitted me to see at least 5 tools that were going to change the authoring world. They all more or less had their day but mostly the introduction of a new tool represented a evolution in…

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Context sensitive help

Hello compiled help format with context sensitive help in desktop application. Long time, no see. My recent project required me to essentially step back in time to help authoring as I remember it in the 90s. For the most part, CHM files were a sturdy format that got a lot of mileage and plenty of…

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