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PackBits in C#
If you do a search for PackBits and C#, you don’t find much. I found an Objective C implementation, a C implementation, the Apple Guidelines from 1996, etc. but no solid examples in C#. For my implementation, I had to stick to the basic rules (no bigger than 128 byte chunks, in particular) for the print controller that I’m sending data to. Other compression mechanisms will not work for what I need, since the marker only understands PackBits and Monochrome Bitmaps. For what I needed, compressed byte ......

Posted On Monday, December 14, 2015 4:23 PM

XModem Implementation
Today, I had to write an XModem implementation to upload fonts to an ImTech Mark 605 print controller. The binary upload wasn’t working as expected, which left the XModem implementation, which does seem to work as expected. These print controllers are really nice and are enabling us to do some pretty cool stuff, which I can’t describe here. Before creating my own implementation, I spent quite a bit of time searching. The stuff you find on XModem tends to not be terribly helpful. Eventually, I stumbled ......

Posted On Thursday, December 10, 2015 4:48 PM

Windows Live Writer is released as Open Live Writer!
I haven’t been blogging much, and honestly, a large part of that is because Windows Live Writer stopped being actively developed, which was a crying shame. Well, thanks to a bunch of people’s hard work, Microsoft has released Live Writer as an open source project! That’s right, it’s now Open Live Writer. You can read the announcement on Scott Hansleman’s blog or at the open live writer website. This is great news! Thank you everyone who is involved ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 9, 2015 5:57 PM

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