It looks cool! It's free (except shipping)! I want it! Maybe I should have read a bit more before I ordered the kit... Now I have to actually do something IoT. Note to self: Read, then click.
Day 1: The kit arrives. Time to connect to the world. Time to load Visual Studio Community. Time to load Azure Sphere SDK. Time to get an Azure account. I should have paid more attention to those Getting Started blogs.
Claim the device... okay... use the program you installed on your PC: Azure Sphere Developer Command Prompt Preview.
Ah! A Command Line Interface! I'm saved. Claim the device. Configure the WiFi.
NOW I can download the Daily Sync with Contest Server stuff and start being counted. I think it worked. I'll check the heat map in a few hours.
Day 2: Check-ins are working. Time to make this puppy do something cool. Looks like I'm going to need to buy some click boards or create a usable interface of some sort. This will take some time.
Started playing with the CLI. I like the structure. Note to self: Add your phone hotspot to the WiFi list and do tomorrow's check-in with that. Sideloaded Blink. More learning trying to get back to OTA. I'm learning the language. Someday I might even be able to speak to one of the natives.
Day 3+: Doing the daily check-ins. Added the cellphone hotspot because I had to work on the road for a week. It worked fine. I was also getting the WiFi not configured. Stumbled across a post that added a pause. I wish I could remember who posted it because I love it - even better than increasing the time delays - which didn't really work for me.
2.5 weeks in: Broke down and ordered some MikroE click boards. The workbench is a mess so this will be easier than finding and making my own interfaces. Decided to try to publish this and do updates - because I've not done this before either. WHEW!!! Looks like I can edit this without problems. Whoop-whoop.
3.5 weeks in: Click boards arrived today. Now I have to figure out how to interface with them. I'm starting with a Expand 2 16 bit IO expander and a Relay 3 dual relay output board. I'm going to have to go back to the Getting Started blogs to get back up to speed on programming this toy. I should have taken better notes.