Azure Reduced Pricing on Storage

Microsoft announced price reduction on it's storage service.  From the Windows Azure announcement:

We are matching AWS’ lowest prices (US East Region) for S3 and EBS by reducing prices by up to 20% and making the lower prices available in all regions worldwide. For Locally Redundant Disks/Page Blobs Storage we are reducing prices by up to 28%. We are also reducing the price of Azure Storage transactions by 50%.

Windows 8.1 on the big screen with Netgear Push2TV

After reading a few articles about Windows 8.1 support for Miracast for mirroring a device display to a big screen TV, I decided to order Netgear's Push2TV PTV3000 and test it with my Windows 8.1 devices.  What's Miracast?

Ultimately, Miracast is just a wireless way to duplicate or extend your PC's display ... literally, the wireless version of an HDMI cable.

The first thing you must do before using the Push2TV device, and the documentation is very clear about that, is a firmware upgrade.  The instructions were clear and the upgrade went very smoothly.  I then testing it with a Surface 2 and a Surface 2 Pro and both worked like a charm.  There's a little bit of lag (and that understandable) but it's very tolerable.  I then tested my wife's Dell Venue 8 Pro and while it was able to connect, the only mode possible was Extend and on a small tablet, this is useless.  However there were some Dell system updates waiting to be installed so I installed them and tested again.  Bingo!  This time duplicating the screen worked.

How was amazed at how small the Netgear device is.  It's smaller then a deck of cards!


Connecting is almost as simple as connecting to a projector.  Open the Windows charms and select Devices and Project.

Click on Add a wireless display and select the Miracast device.

The device will display a security code.

You only have to enter the code once.

For more info:
Windows Experience Blog: Windows 8.1 on your big screen with Miracast
Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows: Windows 8.1 + Miracast 

Hilarious video on conference calls

At my current client, the staff can work from home a couple of days a week and the daily scrum looks exactly like this:

Visual Studio Talk Show: Big Data et Hadoop

Nous discutons avec Eric De Carufel de Big Data et Hadoop. Big Data est une expression anglophone utilisée pour désigner des ensembles de données qui deviennent tellement volumineux qu'ils en deviennent difficiles à travailler avec des outils classiques de gestion de base de données ou de gestion de l'information. Hadoop est un framework Java libre destiné à faciliter la création d'applications pour le Big Data.

Passionné, impliqué et minutieux sont des qualités qui décrivent bien Éric De Carufel pour qui le développement logiciel est une quête constante d'amélioration pour atteindre l'équilibre entre la perfection et les besoins du client. Son approche architecturale est simple : élaborer une architecture où il est plus facile d'appliquer les bonnes pratiques que les mauvaises. Son implication en tant que conférencier et blogueur est reconnue par Microsoft, qui, depuis 2009, lui a décerné le prix de 'Most Valuable Professional in Visual C#' (MVP C#).

Visual Studio Talk Show: Ingénierie sociale

Nous discutons avec Joel Hébert de l'ingénierie sociale utilisée par les escrocs pour exploiter les failles humaines et sociales d'une organisation pour accéder à ses systèmes informatique. L'ingénierie sociale (ou social engineering en anglais) est une forme d'acquisition déloyale d'information et d'escroquerie, utilisée en informatique pour obtenir d'autrui, un bien, un service ou des informations clefs.

Joel Hébert est architecte logiciel chez Opulent et MVP ASP.NET. Spécialiste en sécurité informatique, il a développé des applications Web à grande échelle et des outils informatiques de vérification assistée par CaseWare IDEA. Il travaille actuellement sur des projets au gouvernement fédéral.

Gartner Recognizes Microsoft as an Application Platform as a Service Leader

Gartner's analysis need to be taken sometimes with a grain of salt but anyways, in their latest Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service, the position Microsoft'a Azure as leaders. 

Read Gartner's analysis here and Microsoft comments here

Free F# presentation - Montreal Jan 29, 2014

If you're interested in F#, there's a free presentation coming up in Montreal on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Here's the description:
F# is increasingly used in domains such as finance, gaming, mobile and web development, testing and more. The language makes it possible to solve complex problems with simple, maintainable and robust code.Learn more about the possibilities of F# and functional programming with two experts: Tomas Petricek and Phil Trelford from Skills Matter, a UK firm specialized in F#.

Register for free here 

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Azure Week

Microsoft Virtual Academy is hosting a free full week of Azure training January 27-31, 2014.  Each day, a different topic will be covered: 

Get Started with Windows Azure Today Jump Start: Overview Day, Monday January 27
Join Scott Guthrie. Azure guru and Microsoft Corporate Vice President, as he builds a real-world application from scratch, and hear about the platform in a nutshell.

Designing Applications for Windows Azure Jump Start: Architecture Day, Tuesday January 28
Developers, do you wonder how to design apps for the cloud? Are you interested in best practices for architectures that include services that run in the cloud? Join Marc Mercuri for a day of design and architecture lessons for Windows Azure developers.

Building Windows Azure Applications Jump Start:Developer Day, Wednesday January 29
If you’ve been thinking about Windows Azure for your next application, but aren’t sure where to begin, join this deep dive with Scott Hanselman and Scott Hunter to get started building applications for the cloud today.

Windows Azure IaaS Deep Dive Jump Start:Infrastructure Day, Thursday January 30
Join Cheryl McGuire for Hybrid Cloud Day, a deep dive on integrating Windows Azure into your infrastructure. She will explore details about creating VMs, how they behave in Windows Azure, and how to configure good network communication to get things up and running in the cloud.

Mobile Apps to IoT: Connected Devices with Windows Azure:Mobile Services Day, Friday January 31
Join Miranda Luna for a comprehensive, infrastructure-focused look at how your mobile apps can use cloud data, manage users with ease, and quickly deliver push notifications at scale.

For more information and how to register, click here

Visual Studio 2013 Update 1

Visual Studio 2013 Update 1 is now available for download.  Fixed issues are listed here.

Brian Harry has blogged hints on some new TFS features that will be available in Update 2. 

Azure January new features

Yesterday, ScottGu announced a series of new Azure features.  Here's the list:

  • Web Sites: Staged Publishing Support and Always On Support
  • Monitoring Improvements: Web Sites + SQL Database Alerts
  • Hyper-V Recovery Manager: General Availability Release
  • Mobile Services: Support for SenchaTouch
  • PCI Compliance: Windows Azure Now Validated for PCI DSS Compliance
He even hinted about Web Jobs, an über cool Web Sites new feature.  Get all the info on Scott's blog

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