Book Review (Book 5) – The Cloud of Unknowing

This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career – one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here. The book I chose for October 2011 was: The Cloud of Unknowing, Anonymous: The role of faith in life. Once again, this is out of…

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Bonus Rant: Conference Speakers and the Golden Rule

Fair warning: This isn’t a technical post. This is my opinion, and not Microsoft’s. I’ve been a public speaker at events since 1980. Interestingly, even though I’ve done this, it’s never been my paid job. I’ve spoken on technical topics at groups as small as 5 people to over 10,000, inlocal and global events. I’ve…

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Big Data and the Cloud – More Hype or a Real Workload?

Last week Microsoft announced several new offerings for “Big Data” – and since I’m a stickler for definitions, I wanted to make sure I understood what that really means. What is “Big Data”? What size hard drive is that? After all, my laptop has 1TB of storage – is my laptop “Big Data”? There are…

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Creating a Distributed Computing System Using a Windows Azure Queue

The Windows Azure Queue component, like all Windows Azure components (Roles, Storage, App Fabric, SQL Azure) can be used by itself or with other Windows Azure components. That’s why I refer to Windows Azure as “Distributed Computing” rather than “cloud”. Having a distributed off premise queue has a lot of use-cases. An interesting use-case is…

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Windows Azure Use-Case: Mobile Development

One of the most natural development use-cases for the Windows Azure platform is with mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and even embedded computers in cars and other devices. The reason this paradigm works so well is that most mobile devices are not as powerful as larger computers – they simply don’t have the room…

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Book Review (Book 4) – Predictably Irrational

This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career – one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here. The book I chose for September 2011 was: Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, by Dan Ariely. Why…

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