how to try the xplat-cli before official installers release

I’ve shared these steps a few times in the past few days with other people, so wanted to note it down here in case I get asked again. Here is a way to get an early peek at new features or fixes in xplat-cli that are already publicly available on Github but not yet merged into an official installer.  …

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how to connect raspberry pi to azure storage

This one is for everyone out there who owns one of the over 5 million Raspberry Pi computers that have been sold thus far.   This is a nice trick for setting up access to Azure file storage from within your Raspberry Pi. I am using Ubuntu Mate on the RPi3 with the built-in wireless adapter, but these steps can work with…

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generating self-signed certificates with keyvault

Thankfully it is very easy to import pre-existing self-signed certificates into KeyVault.  But… what if you don’t have a pre-existing self-signed certificate? It is possible to have KeyVault generate the new self-signed certificate for you inside of your KeyVault.  One and done.  No import. No messy certificate residue left behind at your admin console. The trick to getting KeyVault…

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Good Cloud

I’m really excited to hear about this massive donation of cloud and connectivity for nonprofits, universities, and communities: http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/01/19/how-were-putting-the-microsoft-cloud-to-work-for-the-public-good/ Even though I feel like lately I’m all cloud all the time, this one totally caught me by surprise, kind of like that double rainbow my son and I weren’t expecting to see last weekend.  I can think…

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Math Night Fun

One of the local elementary schools invited me to volunteer at their “math night” later this month and I am dreaming up  some computer math demos that should be fun. I would really love to show them GNU Octave, Processing, Microsoft Mathematics, Mathematica on the Raspberry Pi, and any other software they can get for free…

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Test Patterns

Encouraging to see more thought and effort being put into software test patterns.  Alan Page recently posted on this topic over at the MS Press Blog.

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Iterative XML Tree Traversal

Here’s a C# code snippet for iterative tree traversal of elements in an XML document using XPathNavigator that takes advantage of parent pointers.  [ download source ] test.xml     1 <?xml version=“1.0“ encoding=“UTF-8“ standalone=“no“ ?>     2 <test>     3  <a/>     4  <b/>     5  <c>     6   <c1/>     7   <c2>     8    <c2i/>     9    <c2ii/>    10   </c2>    11  </c>    12 </test> test.cs     1 using System;     2 using System.Xml.XPath;     3 …

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Risk Management

My first article on the topic of security testing and risk management is now published in the March 2009 issue of Testing Experience magazine, pages 28-30. http://www.testingexperience.com/subscribe.php (free online subscription takes you to PDF download)

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Office Security Team

The Office security team typically targets memory-corruption bugs in the software like buffer overruns, integer overruns, and format strings… http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=159305

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Binary File Formats

“posting nearly 5,000 pages of new technical documentation for the Microsoft Office binary file formats for Word, Excel and PowerPoint” Press release:http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/jun08/06-30InteropUpdatePR.mspx Technical specs:http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=122062

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