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Kinect and I

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

I just realized that I probably never wrote a line about Kinect, despite the fact that I use it from quite a while (thanks to my girlfriend taking part to the first beta :) )

In short, I love it. I’m playing the most on Windows Phone at the moment, so I didn’t really try tons of Kinect games, but it was literally love at first sight when I saw the demos in the beta, and realized what Kinect is capable of.

Then came the SDK and drivers, and that’s when everyone realized that Minority Report wasn’t just a movie. Just look at what these guys were able to do in Linux (and there are equally cool and impressive examples on Windows)

Back to games, two of my favorites at the moment are:

I’m REALLY having a great time with them, it’s a whole new gaming experience that you can’t try anywhere else. If you didn’t pick up a Kinect sensor yet, stop reading and get one NOW.

Working on…

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

I’ve been working on a new project lately, and it’s honestly one of the most interesting I’ve been working on in ages.

It’s been years since I first said I shall drop (classic ASP first and then) PHP in favour of ASP.NET, but I never really got to it. Well, it looks like the time has come. Plus, I’m also learning the ins and outs of Windows Azure, which is another thing I had in my agenda from quite a good while.

The bad news? I can’t say a single word about this project right now.. so yeah, just take my word for it for the time being.. Zaam is a happy panda!

Windows Phone 7: 30K apps and counting

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

Yes, it happened yesterday!

But keep on reading to see what this number is exactly.


Straight to the point:

- 30.000+ is the number of apps that have been approved in the USA marketplace since I started keeping track (late November 2010)

- 25.564 is the number of apps actually available in the USA marketplace in this very moment. Where are the rest of apps you may ask? They’ve been removed. They may or may not come back, but technically speaking this is how many apps you can download.


What about marketplaces outside of USA? I currently track Italy and UK, and I know for a fact that they have a few apps that aren’t available in the USA marketplace, and surely this is the case for many other internation markets / regions.

I do have a plan to scan ALL the available regions, even just to total up the number of apps – it’s just a matter of time to put it to code (and possibly avoid to have my web server explode! )


So there you have it, hopefully this will clear it up, and if anyone tells you there’s more apps than that – either they are talking about international exclusive apps or they are lying! So yeah.. watch out! ;)