That's what Microsoft's Azure services and apps have been doing today, and it turned out to be a good illustration of how its cloud can track virality in real time and scale up to meet demand. And then, no doubt, scale back down in a few hours when the whole thing blows over. The feeding frenzy started yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, 29 April), with a post on Microsoft's Machine Learning Blog: Fun with ML, Stream Analytics and PowerBI - Observing Virality in Real Time A couple of software engineers -- Corom Thompson and Santosh Balasubramanian - had been exploring "Microsoft's newly released Face detection API's through a webpage called http://how-old.net." They emailed a couple of hundred users to get some beta-test feedback, "optimistically hoping that at least 50 people would give it a shot." In a few hours, they had 35,000, albeit around 29,000 were from Turkey. Today, the conflagration spread through Twitter and, as you know, Twitter drives the tech media industry. The result … [Read more...] about Microsoft website goes viral by telling people how old they look
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posted on 22 Dec 2014, 03:23 2 1. Aploine (Posts: 437; Member since: 24 Oct 2013) #! Any good Chrismas theme? posted on 22 Dec 2014, 03:46 12 2. Planterz (Posts: 2116; Member since: 30 Apr 2012) How far do I go? posted on 22 Dec 2014, 04:58 0 10. Mittal (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 2011) showoff :P posted on 22 Dec 2014, 05:04 3 11. Planterz (Posts: 2116; Member since: 30 Apr 2012) If only I knew how to code and create (or at least modify) things myself. I can only use what others much smarter than I have created. 39. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010) Try android kitchen for start. you can cook your own roms based on others sources. posted on 22 Dec 2014, 12:04 4 25. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011) lolololololololololololololololol posted on 22 Dec 2014, 12:51 1 26. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008) They will never understand unless they take the plunge and do it … [Read more...] about Comments for : Poll: Android customization – how far do you go?
As the helm of the Treasury Department, Jacob Lew has been wading into a variety of initiatives outside of the commonly understood scope of the job, including counter-terrorism measures and efforts to tap into big data to improve Americans' access to the financial system. [ Related: CIO role is crucial to federal data governance ]Secretary Lew spoke this week at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, where he affirmed the administration's commitment to press ahead with needed reforms and policy initiatives in the waning days of President Obama's second term."I'm a firm believer that you keep your pedal to the metal until the end," Lew says.Big data has become a broad, administration-wide priority, with the White House naming the country's first-ever chief data officer and encouraging departments and agencies to develop processes and applications to make sense of the vast troves of information they collect and generate meaningful insights that could help shape smarter … [Read more...] about How the Treasury Department looks to use big data
Want to convert your old boxes of photographs into digital images and add them to your digital photography library? If you have a flatbed scanner, you're ready to start. Get OrganizedSort your old photos into meaningful categories such as by year, by event, or by person. On your computer, create folders with suitable names for each category. Jettison any out-of-focus prints or duplicates. As you scan your photos, you'll assign them to the appropriate folder. Get CleanUse canned air and a lint-free cloth to remove any dust from the scanner's glass and from the photos prior to scanning them. Choose the Right ResolutionAre you are scanning photos for a family Website or are you looking to print a book of wedding photographs? The right resolution to use in scanning the photos depends on the destination you have in mind for the images. The more pixels per inch (ppi) or dots per inch (dpi) you specify for your scans, the more detail will show in the final image and the larger you can … [Read more...] about How Do I Convert Old Photos Into Digital Files?
article on September 12, 2006.Mailing a form letter to all clients living in a particular city. Creating a slew of envelopes addressed to all customers that purchased your latest gizmo. Printing labels for each employee in your organization. What do these tasks have in common? Two things:Each can be easily created using Word's mail merge featureWithout Word, or some kind of automated system, these items would take a whole lot of time to developIn this How do I... blog entry, you'll learn how to create simple form letters using lists of names in Word. In my next article, I will show you how to integrate Word with Excel or Access, allowing you to create form letters, labels, birthday cards (anything you can imagine, really) using existing information. The version used throughout this tutorial is Word 2003.Let's jump right in to creating a form letter so you can see how much time you could save with Word's mail merge.To get started, open a new document in Word and, from the … [Read more...] about How do I… use Microsoft Word’s Mail Merge feature to save time and effort?
still works, lying around and gathering dust that you'd like to put to good use? If you answered yes, then chances are good that you've thought about using your old drive as an external hard drive. Fortunately, building an external hard drive is an easy task. Since you already have the hard drive, all you need is an enclosure, a screw driver, and less than an hour of your time. Let's take a look. This blog post is also available in PDF as a TechRepublic download. A more detail visual example of how to build and configure a hard drive enclosure can be seen in this TechRepublic Photo Gallery.Hard drive enclosures are a pretty common item these days and chances are good that you can pick one up at your local computer store for under $50. However, before you go shopping, you'll want to figure out what type of enclosure you're going to need.There are several factors that you'll want to take into consideration when looking for a hard drive enclosure. To begin with, what is the physical size … [Read more...] about How do I… Build and configure an external hard drive enclosure?
Windows Vista or Windows 7. You may have run across the Users\All Users\Desktop folder and thought that this is where the shortcut should go. But Figure A shows what you will see when you try to open it to view its contents.Figure AYou will get an Access Is Denied error when you try to open the Users\All Users\Desktop folder in Windows 7 Explorer.If you look closer at the Desktop folder icon in Figure A, you will see a small arrow in the lower left corner. This signifies a shortcut to a folder. Actually, it is what Microsoft calls a Junction Point. A Junction Point is a way to automatically redirect access requests and provide backward compatibility.Since the Desktop and Start Menu folders are not actual folders, you get an Access Is Denied error when you try to open them in Windows Explorer. Note: Junction Points are visible in Windows Explorer only when Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives is selected and Hide Protected Operating System Files is deselected. To change these … [Read more...] about How do I copy shortcuts to the All Users folders in Vista or Windows 7?
As your organization's network continues to grow, you might find that you've outgrown your routers and switches and you need to deploy new ones. But what do you do with the old devices?In "Don't Donate Corporate Secrets when Discarding Old Hardware," I discussed how to make sure you don't inadvertently pass on corporate data. But this best practice doesn't just apply to hard drives. You must also take steps to clear information from all other network devices before donating or selling them to make sure you don't donate your corporate secrets along with the hardware.Wiping the configuration of your network devices is the best way to keep a black hat from gaining easy access to your network infrastructure. Let's look at how you can do this for both Cisco routers and switches.When it comes to clearing your Cisco router, you have two acceptable options. While most network administrators are familiar with both methods, they typically use them for different tasks.The first method involves … [Read more...] about How do I wipe data from Cisco routers and switches before discarding them?
In this How do I article, I will show you how to create right-click menu entries for both Defragmenting and Disk Cleanup that will show up when you right-click a drive in Windows Explorer. With these menu entries, you can avoid having to go through the steps of locating these tools from within the Microsoft Windows Start menu. I will warn you that in order to add these entries you will have to use the registry editor tool, so make sure you make a backup of your registry, just to be safe. As we all know, a corrupted registry can wreak havoc on your Windows machine. So back it all up before you undertake this task. With that said, let's get down to business. This blog post is also available in PDF format in a free TechRepublic download.This step should be old hat for most of you. Click Start | Run (Windows XP) or Start and then enter regedit in the run dialog (Vista and 7). This will open the registry editor for you. One of the first things you should do, once this is open, is back up … [Read more...] about How do I add Defragment and Disk Cleanup to the right-click menu in Windows Explorer?
Despite its premium price, the Blade Pro has arguably been Razer’s weakest laptop ever since 2014. That’s the year the 14-inch Blade (no surname) received a massive performance upgrade, bumping up to an Nvidia GTX 870M graphics card and a crisp 3200x1800 screen.Meanwhile the 17-inch Blade Pro stuck to the lower 860M-tier card and a 1080p screen—and at a higher price. Suffice it to say, it’s been awhile since the Blade Pro felt like it deserved its lofty moniker.For a time I thought Razer had decided to abandon the Pro model entirely and stick to the 14-inch Blade, but instead Razer was apparently scheming a way to put the Blade Pro back on top. Successfully, I might add. The latest Blade Pro is one hell of a machine, and an incredible return to form.Provided you can afford it.The Blade line continues to be one of the most recognizable gaming laptop lines, in part because Razer’s design barely changes year-to-year. That’s certainly true here, with … [Read more...] about Razer Blade Pro (2016) review: Now this is how you do a ‘Pro’ laptop