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.