# Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Earlier this week, dozens of technologists from the Microsoft DX Team met in San Diego for a team hackathon.

Some brought projects they started back home; some brought hardware with them to control via Bluetooth or USB cable or through the Internet; some brought an idea for a software project; some for a hardware project.

I came with a desire to learn more about Azure Machine Learning. I was inspired by the work that my teammate Jennifer Marsman was doing analyzing EEG data with AML. (link)

I began by walking through a couple tutorials: here and here.

Then I tried it myself. AML provides some sample data sources, so I imported the xxx data. I cleaned the data and applied a Category algorithm.

Machine Learning seems complex and the AML tools are not all intuitive when you first begin working with them; but they are not difficult to master. And the graphical interface of ML Studio lowers the learning curve considerably.

I'll provide more details and instructions about this project in a future blog post.

For now, my message is that building something yourself is the best way to learn any technology. Pick a project, set aside some time, and build it. I know that not every company invests in a day of hacking like mine did, so many of you will need to invest your own time in order to get this benefit. But it’s worth it.

My project wasn't nearly as sexy as some created by my colleagues. But my knowledge of Machine Learning is an order of magnitude greater than it was a week ago.

My Machine Learning experiment

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 22:48:13 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Tuesday, 22 September 2015

A few weeks ago, Seth Juarez of Channel 9 invited me to be his guest for an interview. We talked about Microsoft's support for open source software and Azure's support of non-Microsoft technologies. You can view this interview below.

Azure | Channel9 | OSS | Video
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 13:09:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 21 September 2015
Monday, 21 September 2015 13:02:31 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Recently, I interviewed technologist Andy Abbott about his startup BookdeOut, the technologies involved, and how he and his team leveraged the cloud to build the application.


Tuesday, 15 September 2015 11:18:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 14 September 2015
Monday, 14 September 2015 23:08:54 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Friday, 11 September 2015

At That Conference last month, Jason and Carl of the MS Dev Show set up a small recording studio in the middle of a hallway and interviewed speakers, organizers, and interesting people. I was fortunate to be included in this list. The show is below and my part is at the end

Friday, 11 September 2015 14:53:17 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Thursday, 10 September 2015

Azure storage includes built-in redundancy by default. In this screencast, I explain the Replication options that allow you to configure how many copies of your data are created, where they are created, and how they can be accessed.

Azure | GCast | Video
Thursday, 10 September 2015 14:02:42 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Tuesday, 08 September 2015

Recently, I sat down with my old friend Manohar Kamath to talk about his new startup – Pursuits. Manohar describes Pursuits as a CRM for career transitions because it helps graduating students and other job seekers manage their job search.

He talks about the startup process, his choice of platform (Pursuits is built on Azure) and how BizSpark helped.

You can view and listen to the entire interview below or at this link.

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 15:35:26 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 07 September 2015
Monday, 07 September 2015 16:20:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 06 September 2015

Today I am grateful for an afternoon yesterday at the Chicago History Museum.

Today I am grateful for my first visit to Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo and for a Spartan victory last night! ‪#‎GoGreen

Today I am grateful that I get to spend so much time with passionate developers and entrepreneurs.

Today I am grateful for the pleasure and privilege of raising of my son Tim, who turns 21 today.

Today I am grateful to the Azure support team, who fixed my web site, even though it was totally my fault.

Today I am grateful that my cousin Sharon is cancer-free and her ovarian cancer is in remission following 3 months of chemo and radiation treatments.

Today I am grateful for a minor league baseball game last night.

Today I am grateful that my custom Illinois license plate finally arrived after months of delays.

Today I am grateful to all the Purdue students who came out to yesterday's Microsoft event.

Today I am grateful to be able to ride my bike to work.

Today I am grateful that my bike is repaired and fit to ride for the first time in years.

Today I am grateful I got my Angular Service demo working yesterday.

Today I am grateful that, for the first time in over a decade, I am living in a place of my own choosing.

Today I am grateful that, although I lost money on my house sale, I did not have to bring a check to the closing to cover any of the mortgage principle, as some folks in Michigan have done.

Today I am grateful for a day in East Lansing and an evening with the local user group communities.

Today I am grateful for an excellent evening with the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group - one of my favourite tech communities. Missed you guys! It's been too long. #MIGANG http://migang.org/

Today I am grateful to spend a few hours with my mother in her new home last night.

Today I am grateful for: 1. Selling my house yesterday 2. Dinner with Michele 3. Patrick providing me a place to stay last night.

Today I am grateful for 11+ years in this house.

Today I am grateful for coffee in Minnesota with Derek yesterday.

Today I am grateful for: 1. My first game at Target Field 2. Speaking for the first time at #MidwestJS.

Today I am grateful to Sarah, Brian, Brian, Paul, and David, who made me look good with all their hard work at #ThatConference this week.

Today I am grateful to those that work so hard and make #ThatConference great every year.

Today I am grateful for so many good conversations yesterday.

Today I am grateful for a busy, hectic, crazy, productive, successful first day at #ThatConference.

Today I am grateful for seeing so many old friends yesterday.

Today I am grateful for all I've learned about AngularJS this past week.

Today I am grateful for my son's new job offer.

Today I am grateful for: 1. Lunch with Manohar yesterday 2. A good crowd for my presentation last night at the .NET meetup.

Today I am grateful that nearly all of my possessions are now in Chicago.

Today I am grateful to Ondrej, who drove over 600 miles yesterday to help me move.

Today I am grateful for all the things I sold, gave away, and threw away the past few days.

Today I am grateful for dinner in Dexter last night with my sons, Nick's girlfriend, and her parents, who I met for the first time.

Sunday, 06 September 2015 16:17:38 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)