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Build Intelligent Robots with EZ-Robot and Microsoft Cognitive Services

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:00:35 +0000

What if a robot could tell how you are feeling? Microsoft Cognitive Services is a set of APIs and SDK services that can enable developers to easily add features that can detect emotion, identify objects and understand language understanding into their applications. Imagine utilizing that same set of features in a robot. Enter Calgary based...

Step-By-Step: Configuring a site-to-site VPN Gateway between Azure and On-Premise

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:13:54 +0000

Using site-to-site VPN gateway can provide better continuity for your workloads in hybrid cloud setup with Azure. This post will demonstrate how to set up site-to-site VPN Gateway to enable this. Requirements  Before start make sure you have following in place. 1) VPN device: A VPN device is needed on-premise to create the VPN connection with...

Tackling the Dragon – Converting a Java Based Game to Universal Windows Platform

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:00:53 +0000

Ragnarök is Nigh. Hamilton Ontario based Thrive games have been working on their lead game, Dragon of Legends for sometime with aspirations of delivering their game to the Steam platform.  The game uncovers countless mysteries of the past as players battle across platforms in a vibrant 2D world inspired by Celtic and Norse mythology. Our...

Powershell Basics: Using Variables In ActiveDirectory Filters

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:00:11 +0000

When working with the ActiveDirectory PowerShell module, the -filter parameter is sometimes required to search for accounts or objects in Active Directory. Utilization of variables in those filters may also be required to return a needed value. As an example, running the following command from the remote Exchange management shell returns an object that includes...

Augmenting Image Metadata with Cognitive Services

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000

Hello Folks, This week, the team from Microsoft Canada has partnered with 4 startup teams at Communitech, an industry-led Waterloo Ontario based innovation centre that supports and fosters a community of nearly 1,000 tech companies, to incorporate Microsoft Cognitive Services into their offerings. While I am unfortunately unable to be there, I wanted to share...

Harnessing Chatbots via Xamarin.Forms to Automate Disaster Recovery Resource Obtainment

Wed, 31 May 2017 07:00:23 +0000

Recently Microsoft partnered with Robust Choice Cloud Solutions to create an intelligent solution that would enable two-way mass communication with citizens affected by natural disasters. Robust Choice Cloud Solutions Inc., is a Canadian startup company formed out of the University of British Columbia’s entrepreneurship center in 2013. Robust Choice emerged from years of cutting-edge academic...

Step-By-Step: Migrating Active Directory FSMO Roles From Windows Server 2012 R2 to 2016

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:05 +0000

With Windows server 2016 was released for public (GA), many businesses are working on migrating their services to the new offering. This post will walk you through the steps needed to migrate Active Directory FSMO roles running on Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2016 Active Directory. The same steps are valid for migrating...

Teaching Drones to Aid Search and Rescue Efforts via Cognitive Services

Wed, 10 May 2017 13:32:08 +0000

InDro Robotics, a drone operating outfit based in Salt Spring Island British Columbia, recently connected with our team at Microsoft to explore how they could better enable their drones for search and rescue efforts. The team joined forces to create a Proof of Concept to test the ability of automatic object detection to transform search...

DevOps Basics: Harnessing Continuous Integration and Infrastructure As Code

Wed, 03 May 2017 11:02:43 +0000

Hello folks, A little while ago, Vancouver based start-up Roomsy and Microsoft collaborated in a Hackfest to explore how Azure Web App services and DevOps best practices could address their needs. Roomsy is a cloud-based Property Management System. It provides its customer a platform to manage their rental property, take reservations that are created through...

PowerShell Basics: Detecting if a String Ends with a Certain Character

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:01:26 +0000

Did you know you can detect if a string ends in a specific character, or if it starts in one in PowerShell? This can be doe easily with the use of regular expressions or more simply know as Regex. Consider the following examples: 'something\' -match '.+?\\$' #returns true 'something' -match '.+?\\$' #returns false '\something' -match...