# Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Earlier today, Microsoft held an event in New York city to talk about devices that support Windows 10. Most of these devices (Surface Pro 4, SurfaceBook, new Lumia phones, Microsoft Band v2) will be released in the next few weeks, while the Hololens will likely be out next year.

Personally, I am most excited by the new phones (Continuum is amazing) and by the upcoming SurfaceBook (which I did not know about before today), but there was impressive news in every category.

Below are my notes while watching this event:

  • Keynote
    • 110+ Million devices now running Windows 10
    • Facebook, Audible, Uber building universal apps for Windows 10
    • Upgrading all Xbox Ones to Windows 10
    • Xbox One will play Xbox 360 games
  • Hololens
    • Mixed reality
    • "Project X-Ray" mixed reality game
    • Holograms you can hold: Gauntlet that moves with his arm
    • Robots know where the walls and furniture are
    • Holograms interact with each other and the real environment
    • Spatial sound
    • No wires; no phones; no connection to a PC required
    • Applications accepted today for Hololens dev kit. Starting Q12016. $3000
  • Microsoft Band
    • New version released
    • Comfort: Curved screen; no hard edges
    • New Barometer sensor
    • Estimates VO2 Max: Maximum oxygen intake
    • Golf app
      • Tracks golf strokes
      • Recognizes practice swings
      • Knows which tee you are on
    • Microsoft Health app works across phone, PC, tablet
    • Available 10/30: $249 retail (Pre-order today)
  • Microsoft Lumia (phone)
    • 950 and 950XL available in November
    • 2 antennas
    • LED screen
      • 500 dpi
      • 5.2" and 5.7" display
    • Camera
      • Triple LED RGB Natural flash: better color; no red eye
      • Stabilizer
    • Quick charging: <30 mins = 50% charge
    • Windows "Hello" (biometric ID) now in Beta on phone
    • Continuum
      • Microsoft Display dock
        • HDMI and display port
        • 3 USB ports for accessories
      • Plug in mouse and keyboard
      • USB access
      • Keyboard shortcuts (CTRL+C; CTRL+V; ALT+TAB)
      • Taskbar
        • Displays open apps
        • Highlight current app
        • Task View
      • Full apps (e.g., Word, PowerPoint)
      • Phone experience not interrupted while Continuum is active
  • Surface Pro 4
    • Available 10/26. Pre-order now.
    • Starts at $899
    • 98% of people who use Surface Pro 3 recommend it
    • Faster processor
    • 30% faster than Surface Pro 3
    • 50% faster than Macbook Air
    • Up to 16GB RAM; 1TB storage
    • Thinner than SP3 (8.4 mm)
    • 12.3" diagonal (larger screen but same footprint)
    • Fingerprint reader
    • Screen
      • "PixelSense" technology - pen and touch
      • Cover glass: 400 microns thick gorilla glass
      • 267 ppi screen (5 million pixels) 60% more pixels than SP3
      • G5 chipset
    • Pen
      • 1034 points pressure
      • 1 year battery life
      • Built-in Eraser
      • Magnetic pen storage
      • Hold down pen: Calls Cortana
      • Interchangeable pen tips (fine-line, felt tip, etc.)
    • Surface Pro docking station
      • Works with SP3 and SP4
      • Connects to USB
    • Keyboard
      • Light
      • Works with SP3
      • Backlit
    • Trackpad
      • 40% larger
      • 5-point multi-touch larger track pad
  • SurfaceBook
    • First laptop built by Microsoft
    • 6 million pixels
    • 13.5" diagonal
    • "Pixelsense"
    • Thin gorilla glass
    • Trackpad - 5 touch points
    • 12 hours battery life. Doesn't burn battery while closed.
    • 2x faster than MacBook Pro
    • Works with docking station
    • Starts at $1499
    • Available 10/26. Pre-order now.
    • 1.6 lbs.
    • 7.7 mm thin
    • Detachable screen
    • GPU is in the base
    • Supports pen and touch
    • "Muscle Wire" locks and unlocks screen
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 8:35:53 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, October 5, 2015
Monday, October 5, 2015 2:15:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, October 4, 2015

Today I am grateful for time spent yesterday with friends at the MSU football game  and dinner afterward in downtown East Lansing.

Today I am grateful for 1500 Twitter followers.

Today I am grateful for a chance to spend an afternoon with Bill Fink and his family yesterday.

Today I am grateful for my first tech presentation at the University of Illinois and the premiere of a new talk last night.

Today I am grateful for a chance to meet up with local MVPs last night.

Today I am grateful the 3 cloud camps are successfully behind me.

Today I am grateful for -A call from my brother yesterday -A chance to see the super blood moon last night from my roof

Today I am grateful for a good night sleep 3 nights i a row.

Today I am grateful that I did not gain weight while traveling the last 3 weeks.

Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Jason Fox.

Today I am grateful for Texas barbecue.

Today I am grateful to Eric, Michael, and Randy for helping make the first cloud camp a success yesterday.

Today I am grateful for a chance to visit my mother this past weekend.

Today I am grateful for John and Kim's wedding celebration yesterday.

Today I am grateful for: -The MDOT worker who rescued me when my car died on the freeway yesterday. -Dinner & drinks with college friends last night.

Today I am grateful for: -A week in San Diego -Dinner with Nick last night -A place to stay this weekend, thanks to my sister and her family -A good night sleep (finally)

Today I am grateful for yesterday's events: -Improv training -An afternoon at a San Diego beach -A party on the USS Midway

Today I am grateful for time with the DX team from all across the country this week.

Today I am grateful for a chance to learn about Azure Machine Learning at yesterday's hackathon.

Today I am grateful for a chance to visit yesterday with Steve for the first time in years.

Today I am grateful for my first trip to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego to watch the Chargers-Lions game yesterday.

Today I am grateful to watch a huge Spartan victory from the um campus. #GoGreen

Today I am grateful my son stopped by to visit yesterday while I was in town working the hackathon.

Today I am grateful for a full room last night for my first time speaking at the ACM Chicago chapter.

Today I am grateful I was able to make it to Purdue yesterday in spite of a driving rain storm.

Today I am grateful to spend time with WhatsThe BigIt yesterday for the first time in months.

Today I am grateful for my first game at the current version of Busch Stadium last night.

Sunday, October 4, 2015 3:27:06 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Saturday, October 3, 2015

Earlier this week, I interviewed John Brengman of Radication Games. He and a group of students have created applications that teach about diseases and their treatments while playing games.

DevRadio | Games | Video
Saturday, October 3, 2015 3:19:09 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, September 28, 2015
# Thursday, September 24, 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, September 24, 2015 1:04:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Wednesday, September 23, 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, September 23, 2015 10:48:13 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Tuesday, September 22, 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, September 22, 2015 1:09:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, September 21, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015 1:02:31 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Tuesday, September 15, 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, September 15, 2015 11:18:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)