Combining Byte Tags to Get Beyond the 256 Limit

May 7, 2009

I was working with identity tags and byte tags today, and the obvious short-comings of both became apparent to me.  The identity tags have an enormous number of unique values possible, but there is no tool to create them right now.  The byte tags can be created and printed now quite easily, however there is only 256 different possibilities when using a single byte tag.  So I threw together a way to add multiple byte tags onto a single object to create far more possible values.  4 byte tags together will give about 4 billion unique values.  One thing to remember is that you can’t be sure which byte tag the surface will recognize first, so you need to employ permutations of byte tags here, not combinations.  For example, “0D” and “DD” is the same as “DD” and “0D”.  Anyhow, I just came up with the concept and threw something together, so there are many ways to improve this sample I’m sure.  Download the sample then rename the .doc extension to .zip before unzipping the files.  If you improve upon this please send me a copy if you can and I will share it with everyone, giving credit where it is due as well.



WPF Developer Wanted – Microsoft Surface Development

April 14, 2009

Hello everyone,

The company I work for CSG in Denver, CO is looking for WPF developers to work on Microsoft Surface projects.  No experience with Microsoft Surface is necessary, just WPF.  Any knowledge of XNA would be helpful, but not necessary.  If this interests you please send your inquiries or resume to hiring [at] csgresults [dot] com


Microsoft Surface – Drag and Drop Tutorial Series – Part 2

April 13, 2009

This is Part 2 of my series on implementing drag and drop in Microsoft Surface.  In part 1, we created a Surface Window with a Surface ListBox and a ScatterView in it.  We hooked up our ListBox to a data source of products coming from  Now we will get to the good stuff and make drag and drop a reality in our application!

I posted this tutorial on The Code Project since it was easier to deal with the download and formatting issues there.  Please see the article at:

Microsoft Surface – Drag and Drop Tutorial Series – Part 1

April 11, 2009

This is going to be part 1 of a multi-part tutorial on how to implement drag and drop on Microsoft Surface.  In this part we will add a Surface ListBox and a ScatterView to our Surface Window as the basic controls we will need here.  We will also show how to use the web service to populate your list box with anything you like.  We will not get into performing drag and drop in this part, we will simply set ourselves up to do this starting in Part 2 of this series.

I moved this tutorial to The Code Project since it was much easier to deal with downloads and code formatting there.  Please check out this tutorial at: