Microsoft Custom Vision: Creating an Image Classification Model

Creating a model to classify images would usually involve creating your own deep learning model from scratch. This includes having a very large and diverse set of training images with a portion of them set aside as a test set, a good convolutional neural network as the model, and a GPU enabled machine to do…

Microsoft Custom Vision: Predict Images with C#

In the previous post, we showed how to train an image classification model using the Microsoft Custom Vision service as well as to perform a quick test on a new image. However, what if you want to integrate this model into one of your applications that is using C#? Whether it’s an app that runs…
.NET Core

Creating a Daemon with .NET Core (Part 2)

This little project is a practical implementation of a blog post I wrote about implementing daemons in .NET Core. This daemon is a .NET Core console app that is using a Generic Host to host an MQTT Server based on the code in MQTTNet, which has become my go-to library for MQTT for .NET apps…

Using Azure Active Directory to Add World-Class Security in Under an Hour

Thanks to all that made it out to the Azure in the ATL meetup last night and thanks to Microsoft and Agile Thought for sponsoring the event and to John Garland for leading the group.  Here are the slides from last night:  Using Azure Active Directory to Add World-Class Security in Under an Hour For…

How to REALLY delete an Azure Active Directory B2C tenant

You probably landed here after feeling a little of the pain inherent in attempting to delete an Azure Active Directory B2C tenant. I have read several FAQ’s, How To’s, posts, and forum pleadings on the topic and I’ve yet to find one that definitively helped me remove above 20+ test B2C tenants clogging my menu…

Evaluate Your Models with Cross Validation in ML.NET

Let’s say you’ve been working on a machine learning model and your initial evaluation on test data looks good but is that the same kind of performance you’ll get once you deploy your model to take on actual data it hasn’t seen before? This can happen if your model has overfitted to your data. We…
.NET Core

Creating a Daemon with .NET Core (Part 1)

Daemons are as essential to servers as caffeine and pizza are to developers. The executables run as services on a server waiting to receive input usually from a network call, and respond to it by providing something back to the the user who called it.  .NET Core is the venerable cross-platform development stack for Linux,…

Save and Read Models in ML.NET

Often times you’ll be iterating on your model to try to get it to perform well with new data, so you’ll be training on it for each of those iterations. However, once you feel like you have a model that you believe is good to use, what do you do next? In this post, we’ll…
Security

Security Best Practices for Docker Images

Docker Hub is a blessing and a curse at times. It’s a great way to share Docker images to the public, but it can be used by hackers to sneak code into environments with malicious intent. Recently, a hacker uploaded images into Docker Hub that were downloaded over 5,000,000 times. The intent was to turn…
Burnt Computer

Using Rclone with Azure for a Low-cost Backup

While backups are often one of the most overlooked planks in a comprehensive data security plan, they are are probably among the most important things one can do for data security. It’s works as an insurance policy against data loss which can be caused by a myriad of things ranging from accidental deletion, to drive…