# Monday, 28 September 2015
# Thursday, 24 September 2015

zure 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, 24 September 2015 13:04:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# 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.

DXHack
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.

https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/DevRadio/DR1610

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
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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)