Tagware Crew goes to Future Decoded at Excel – “Computers that will power themselves”

Is the last one really a prediction?

We already have a device that grabs power out of the air and utilises it to power a sensor on atmospheric conditions by FreeVolt™ This system can already power low-level devices. CPU power requirements are also going down under the same speed as More Law is for CPU computation has gone up.

Anyway, that was the keynote sessions done with. Dawson and I took a stroll to the breakout sessions during the afternoon. The first session we ended in was a session call “Windows Universal Platform“.

OK. What’s that then? What Microsoft developer has now got to play with is a core set of Windows functions that can work from IoT (Like Raspberry PI or Arm) or a Microsoft Games Platform or controller, Microsoft Phone or Desktop. Now, that means that providing the elements that you need are there. The code, on the whole, will not need to change.  This was given as a working example of controlling the Microsoft Ball. We started on a PC then migrated to a phone, then to a Raspberry PI than to a Microsoft games controller. The additional code was left in place and didn’t error. You only had to add to the base library on specific elements. For example, the Raspberry PI has I/O port pins rather than the conventional ports on a Desktop PC. However, within the hour the control program had been ported to all of the platforms and run without error.

Even as an old BASIC programmer. Not into all this new, we will do it for you object oriented programming stuff. I was impressed. Dawson looks quite pleased as well. He’s into the latter.

So, all in all, we took away some interesting points!

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Tagware Crew goes to Future Decoded at Excel UK.

Well, what did we find?

First of all. Microsoft invited us back after last year’s event! So, we must have been on best behaviour last year.

This year they invited us to download a purpose written APP to help in guiding us around the event without issue. As you might expect. There were a few teething troubles with some folk saying that they couldn’t log in and the APP thing crashing everywhere. Hey, what did you expect? It’s Microsoft after all. I can hear you say!

Well no it wasn’t. It was a crew that was contacted by our Microsoft friends to clean up the entry to the event after a busy entrance last year. In truth, I think Microsoft events, was behind the curve last year and got caught by the sheer numbers that turn up.

However, I can report that this year’s event was back to it’s normal USA style efficiency in checking people into the event. They also carefully reminded everyone to bring the 5 digit code. So, that most of the process was complete by us. This surprisingly works out really well. As we were all technical bods anyway! I did help out by wearing one of our sweatshirts that have ‘TAGWARE’ embroidered on the front. I have saved you from looking at the picture of me wearing it. Are you grateful?

The only issue that Dawson quite rightly pointed out. The app wanted to suck up all of the contact information from our phone contact list. Which, would normally be ‘Commercial in Confident’ level of information? Bad Microsoft! However, if you use Windows 10, then, there is nothing that is off limits. However, that’s for another post.

So, Dawson and I swan into this large hall where we learnt about Microsoft’s new ideas. I believe that most of the speakers at the event have video’s which can be viewed at However, for those that like to read the overview, it’s here.

Well the most informative session of that morning to me was the COW mission. Yep, I can hear you now saying “what do Cows have to do with technology”?

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