Azure Stack Technical Preview 1 Introduction

Microsoft announced this week Azure Stack Technical Preview 1.  In this 30 minutes video, Mark Russinovich, Azure CTO, and Jeffrey Snover, Enterprise Cloud Technical Fellow, explain how Azure Stack deliver the power of Azure in your own datacenter.

Happy Year of the Monkey!

Happy Year of the Monkey from the Windows Insiders Ninja Monkey himself!

Download the wallpapers for PC, Windows Phones and Band here

Make Web, Not War - Watch online

I you missed the Make Web, Not War: Live from Montreal event that took place on Friday February 5th 2016, you can now watch it on Channel 9.

Connecting IoT devices to Azure - Slide deck

Yesterday, I spoke at the Montreal Internet des Objets / Objets Connectés Meetup group about connecting IoT devices to Azure.  About 45 people attended and asked lots of questions so my 75 minutes talk was transformed in a 2 hours talk!  Here's the slide deck:

Parse shutdown analysis

Here's an interesting analysis by Ted Neward about Facebook shutting down Parse.

Visual Studio Android emulator setup failing

On one of my machines, I couldn't install the latest Visual Studio Android emulators.  I tried launching the update from Visual Studio 2015 or from the Microsoft Website but each time, vs_emulatorsetup.exe would stop but not freeze.

After killing the process and rebooting, vs_emulatorsetup.exe would restart automatically displaying this error:

The full source path being: C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\{CD422A3A-1A78-42A4-83C1-A89BD878269B}v1.0.50925.1\

WARNING: backup your registry before messing around with it

Friends at Microsoft suggested clearing my browser cache and uninstalling the previous version.  Nah, no good.  The conclusion was that there was a problem with my machine.  Oh great!  So I applied brute force...I grabbed the GUID, opened RegEdit, searched for the GUID and deleted all entries with it.  I then launched vs_emulatorsetup.exe and got to the same point.  Grrr!

I then applied more force.  This time, I searched for the version number (1.0.50925.1) and got more results.  I deleted all these entries, started the installer and bingo!  It worked!

Visual Studio Talk Show - CES, IOT et Big Data

Nous discutons avec Philippe Nieuwbourg du Consumer Electronics Show, ou CES, le plus important salon consacré à l'innovation technologique en électronique grand public qui se tient annuellement au début janvier à Las Vegas au USA. En plus de raconter son expérience, de par les intérêts de Philippe, on se pose la question si derrière l'économie de la donnée, ce sont les objets connectés et l’électronique grand public qui deviendront les principaux générateurs de contenu à analyser.

Philippe Nieuwbourg est analyste indépendant et journaliste, spécialiste des technologies d’aide à la décision et de traitement des données. Il a créé le site Decideo, qui réunit plus de 15 000 abonnés, en français et en espagnol, et est devenu la référence en matière d’information objective sur l’actualité des outils d’aide à la prise de décision. Il est le fondateur de Objecteo, une société de recherche, de formation et de conseil autour de l’internet des objets. Il est également chargé de cours à l’ISAE-SUPAERO de Toulouse, au Collège de Bois de Boulogne, et formateur professionnel pour Data Science Institute. Il anime de nombreuses conférences chaque année, en Europe, au Canada et en Amérique du Sud. Il a écrit plusieurs livres sur le Big Data, le CRM, les places de marché, et son prochain ouvrage soulignera le potentiel combiné des objets, des données et des algorithmes. Pour le contacter : @nieuwbourg ou philippe.nieuwbourg@objecteo.com

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CloudFlare SSL options

In previous posts, I explained two options to set SSL for an Azure Web App: by using CloudFlare and by installing a certificate from StartSSL.  Now that it's done, we can use the CloudFlare's Full SLL (strict) mode.  Full SLL encrypts the data from the visitors browser to CloudFlare and from CloudFlare to Azure without breaking the SSL chain.

Setting it up is very simple, click on the "Crypto" tab and select "Strict" from the SLL dropdown list.  That's it!

Make Web Not War - Online Web Conference

Make Web Not War brings together Canadian web dev experts to talk about modern web standards, Open Source, and Open Data innovations. Learn about the latest IETF & ECMA web standards, how to run and contribute to open source projects, the importance of open data in the world of journalism, open government, and more. Live online Feb 5, 2016. Participation is free. Register to receive exclusive content to accompany the live presentation.

Microsoft Datacenter Virtual Tour

Ever wanted to tour one of Microsoft's datacenters?  Good luck!  For obvious security reasons, it's almost impossible.  But how about a virtual tour?

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