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Ridiculously Cheap Subscription and Payment Services with Stripe and Azure Functions

Online businesses which sell goods direct to consumers are often powered by online payment services.  The server code which communicates with these payment services typically runs on hosted machines in datacenters which can be costly to service and maintain.  In many cases, operators of these types of businesses have little concern for the underlying technology, they simply require a…

Configure Squid Proxy in Azure to Watch Olympics via Canadian Broadcast

The Rio 2016 Olympics are currently underway and millions around the world are tuning into the various events taking place.  Like many, I want to watch the action in the comfort of my living room with my family and friends.   Unfortunately, I was stuck with pretty much two options for watching the event.  I could view the glory…

Video Series – Guide to Developing with Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2

Introduction Today’s post focuses on a five-part video series that will show you everything you need to know to get started developing with Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2.  The series covers everything from Installation, an overview of the Operating System, Development tools, GPIO interaction, helpful extension libraries, interacting with Analog sensors, and finally concludes…

Internet of Trees – Soil Saturation Monitor Using Particle, Azure, and Power Bi

The Internet of Things is all about employing physical sensors on internet connected devices to gather information about the physical world, typically storing that information up into the cloud for archival or post-processing (i.e. aggregation or machine learning). Some of the more innovative projects in this space solve very interesting problems (Nest Learning Thermostat) and…

Visual Studio IDE improvements announced at Connect

This year marked the first edition of  Connect(), a live virtual event which took place in New York on November 18 – 19, 2015.  The event focused on a variety of announcements surrounding the popular Visual Studio product line including Visual Studio Online and the Visual Studio IDE.  The topics range from utilizing Azure alongside your…

Windows 10 IoT Core Breathalyzer

Background: Windows 10 IoT Core was created to build powerful solutions on low-powered devices with the potential to bridge the physical world into the nearly endless power of the cloud.  It offers a world of synergistic opportunity within the Microsoft ecosystem, which includes technologies such as Visual Studio, .NET, and Microsoft Azure.  All of this is available…

RPi + WinPhone + MS Band + Azure + Excel + Audio-Controlled LEDs = Hot Tub Time Machine From the Future

Hot Tub Time Machine from The Future – Music Entertainment System The Internet of Things and Houston weather have one thing very much in common.  They are sooooo hot right now!  Inspired by this, I have been thinking a lot about outdoor projects that interact with the cloud, for example my recent Spark Core powered Hot Tub…