The Citizen Scientist blog site has been moved!

This blog will continue at http://citizenscientist.us Reason for the move: Time for the Citizen Scientist, me, to move on from Microsoft. Science for me is a passion now, Microsoft, Google and other large companies are very supportive of science but that is not their main job. Microsoft builds great tools for the scientist, hobbyist and…

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snapLogic, an easy way to connect to data in any cloud!

snapLogic at the OC Big Data meetup I attended the OC Big Data last night and the snapLogic presenter: Ravi Dharnikota did a great job showing the audience what a fantastic product snapLogic is!  Clearly, if you are worried about Cloud Vendor Lock, then snapLogic is a tool you want on your side! snapLogic is one of those…

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What does it cost to get a gram of mass to stationary Mars Orbit?

The question is: What does it cost to get a gram of mass to stationary Mars Orbit? Now what are the shipping charges to Mars? Recently India put a Mars Mission into transfer orbit for around $73,000,000. The launch costs were low due to the efficiencies India brings to every project, The ISRO Mars Orbiter…

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Azure in Space: What would a cloud system look like on Mars?

Cloud System on Mars Orbit What would a cloud system look like on Mars? In this case the cloud system would be like AWS, Azure, BlueMix, Google, Rackspace, etc. Just to be clear: Mars doesn’t have light fluffy clouds like on Earth. If Mars did have water based clouds, humans would likely have made the…

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//Build 2016 Skype Reaction: This is a tool for innovators

With the announcement that SpaceX Red Dragon package is going to Mars in 2018, time to innovate and get your project on board. How do you do that, I have no idea, but I do know if you wait till you find out if you can get on board, it will be too late. The…

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Links for Intel-Microsoft Collaboration in Phoenix

Welcome attendees to the Intel-Microsoft collaboration in Phoenix, AZ. Here are some links that you may find useful. I recommend that you have the following link open on both your phone and development computer. Link: Azure Edison instructions The following video will help you understand what the workflow looks like: Link to Fast Video that…

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Build 2016: Power BI embedded reaction!

Power BI Embedded, confusing name for me right? Does this mean I run Power BI Embedded on an Intel Edison board? No, of course not. Power BI Embedded uses Azure, instead of Office 365, and allows you to modify existing code, apps, web sites, mobile apps, to include interactive data displays. So my reaction is:…

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Visual Studio: C and C++ command line complile, 2 of 8

Node.js and C++, well I will get to it in one of the series, but C++ can be used in Node.JS. It’s powerful when you do combine the two. But in this initial series is to get you up to speed with C and C++ using Visual Studio. There are a few issues with C…

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Visual Studio: C and C++, part 1 of 8

There are so many computer languages, especially for the citizen scientist.  From FORTRAN to MatLab to Wolfram to Microsoft Machine Language to C to Node.js.  How to get started with science that uses computational power to solve problems.  This is different than computer science, as a scientist you are not interested in complex or hard…

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Intel Edison: Collaborating with Intel

I have been working with Intel in a collaboration for the past two months, and they are great to work with.  New ideas, new ways of doing things and new ways to use words.  For the latter it is interesting to hear how other large corporations kind mutate language to map to their own goals…

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