GPT-3 vs other AI powered assistants

I have been kicking the tires with Open AI’s #GPT-3 . Based on the screenshot below, it might be easy to think “oh boy does the model think highly of itself”, but as with most things in life - the devil is in the details.😃 The screenshot below was a forked version of davinci engine and follows the Q&A structure. GPT-3 vs other AI assistants Using OpenAI’s API is quite simple; perhaps too simple!...

June 21, 2021 · Amit Bahree

WSL2 +Ubuntu on Window 10 (2004)

One of the key advances in the latest version of Windows 10 (2004) is WSL2 (Windows Subsystem for Linux v2) - and whilst a version bump, it offers so much more. This allows us to run with near-native performance linux binaries ( ELF64 ). Before we get into the steps outlined to install WSL2, I also recommend installing Windows Terminal , and winget . Although not required, it does make it simpler to use and a better (dev) experience - especially when setting up a new workstation....

August 5, 2020 · Amit Bahree

Azure Cognitive Services in containers is the smart way to go

{Cross posted from my post on Avanade } Containers just got smarter. That’s the news from Microsoft, which announced recently that Azure Cognitive Services now supports containers . The marriage of AI and containers is a technology story, of course, but it’s a potentially even bigger business story, one that affects where and how you can do business and gain competitive advantage. First, the technology story Containers aren’t new, of course....

January 13, 2019 · Amit Bahree

My Story Remix from Build 2017

In case you did not see Story Remix demos from Build, it is awesome. And here is my first take on it just using the photos that I took at Build 2017. Some of the things you saw at the keynote are not in the RS3 build I am running but interesting possibilities nevertheless. There should have been a video here but your browser does not seem to support it.

May 16, 2017 · Amit Bahree

On Culture

I have said in the past, Culture eats strategy for breakfast. One cannot fix culture - but rather lead with example and have others follow. This article on how Satya at Microsoft is expecting a culture shock to drive growth at Microsoft is a great example of this. Quite exciting days for Microsoft ahead.

February 21, 2017 · Amit Bahree

HoloLens - Spectator view - allowing others to see what you are seeing

Microsoft just announced an update around the HoloLens that allows you to share on what you are seeing (from a first-person perspective) with others to make to more interactive. This is a combination of MRC (Mixed Reality Capture) which already exists and some new updates that address some of the short coming of the MRC - especially when working with a audience. The main use case on the spectator view - as the name suggests is to allow those in the room not wearing a device to see the holograms but also the interactions that the folks wearing HoloLens with their mixed reality experience....

February 14, 2017 · Amit Bahree

Bing Blues

It isn’t often that one see’s issues with Bing - I can’t recall when I last saw it, but then when it does it sure is cute. We love Pandas so this can only be good. 😄

January 10, 2017 · Amit Bahree

How I feel each time I wear the HoloLens?

Honestly, I don’t think even Tony Stark can explain - this sums it up quite nicely and the music is just the cherry on top. :)

October 5, 2016 · Amit Bahree

Real-time performance capture - HoloPortation?

Some of the folks working on PPI and HoloPortation team from MSR left and went to setup a new company called PerceptiveIO . They have recently published a paper called Fusion4D: Real0time performance capture of challenging scenes. In that they cover some of the work around multi-view performance capture, the raw depth acquisition and preprocessing that needs to be done around that. This interestingly also handles deformation changes (e.g. taking off a jacket or a scarf) and these can be non-rigid and much more difficult to handle, but they are done beautifully....

October 5, 2016 · Amit Bahree

Bash and Windows 10 "Anniversary Update"

I am wondering, so what happens to PowerShell now?

April 6, 2016 · Amit Bahree

Bash on Windows

Hmm, what is it downloading from the store? I thought that is what The Add/Remove features would add.

April 6, 2016 · Amit Bahree

7GB of memory dumps!

Woah! Almost 7 GB of system error mem dumps! Seriously? I understand the value they provide but why do I need to manually go and clean them up. And 7 GB????? Does anyone even read them?

March 4, 2016 · Amit Bahree

God Mode in Windows 10

Got this tip via Jay Doscher at work. Right-click on the desktop Select New ==> Folder. Rename the new folder to this: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} You should now have an icon labeled GodMode and the icon changes too. And as you can see there are many things in there: PS - this also works in Win 7 and 8.

August 11, 2015 · Amit Bahree

Visual Studio 2014 CTP4 and Windows 10 Preview (Build 9860)

Perhaps I am pushing the boundary here, perhaps not but I am having lots of issues with Visual Studio 2014 CTP 4 (specifically Version 14.0.22129.01.DP) and Windows 10 Preview Build 9860. There have been a lot of errors, and finally, it has gotten to the point where even the basic thing like creating a new Console Project results in the following error. I did do a in-place upgrade of Windows from the previous build, but everything else seems to be working out OK - except just can’t write any code....

November 8, 2014 · Amit Bahree

'Old' Surface (PixelSense) stuck on boot up

Samsung SUR40 which recently got stuck at boot up (see the photo below). Once the Kernel lib loaded, for some reason was getting stuck at: StrongROM version 03.30 Build:_P MS PixelSense not booting up Powering it off or on, did not help. Neither did trying to get into the BIOS to try and change some things. I did get this back up and running, and in the end the solution was quite simple - I had to physically take out the power cable (just powering it down was not enough); wait a few seconds and then plug the power cord in, and boot it back up....

March 30, 2014 · Amit Bahree

Alphabet Soup

I was cleaning up my documents, and found an old presentation where I talk about a lot of the new things coming out of Microsoft. Seeing this, did bring back memories. Some of it was very cool and head of its time. Not heard of DSL’s recently, wonder where the industry is heading.

January 31, 2014 · Amit Bahree

A must have Outlook add-in

I don’t know how many people have heard of that NoReplyAll Outlook Add-In from MSR - which is a must have IHMO for everyone. With this enabled, you get the following new buttons in the Toolbar and when composing emails, it will restrict the others from replying-all and help in dealing with some of the email-storms you get internally! You can NoReplyAll add-in this from here .

October 27, 2013 · Amit Bahree

Exception of the day

Sigh, why do I get to see all the ‘interesting’ errors. Not sure what do I get to make of this. :)

September 6, 2013 · Amit Bahree

VSTO download for Visual Studio 2012

I don’t know why it is simple to find, or even on the download section on MSDN, but trying to find the VSTO download specifically for Visual Studio 2012 is a real pain. It took me some time trying to find this and if you need to save some time then you can download it from here .

August 6, 2013 · Amit Bahree

My TechEd Presentation - Building cross-platform Modern Apps - the Design perspective

TechEd a couple of months ago was really fun and I am grateful to Microsoft folks for giving me an opportunity to be both part of the Keynote and also have a slot in the Architecture track. Sorry it has taken me a very long time to upload my TechEd talk “Building cross-platform Modern Apps: the Design perspective”. But as they say better late than never. 😏 You can download a copy of my presentation - Xamarin - Building cross-platform (pdf) ....

May 31, 2013 · Amit Bahree

Can Microsoft win against this?

After seeing this, I think I also want the “Apple 5”; supposedly this lady is true and has been waiting in line for 2 days. {Credit: }

October 1, 2012 · Amit Bahree

On Windows 8

August 30, 2012 · Amit Bahree

Large collection of Free eBooks from MS

Microsoft folks have released a large collection of free eBooks including Visual Studio, WP, Win 8, Office 365, SQL, Azure, CRM, etc. You can get more details from the following two posts where not only you can browse the catalogue but also download them. First post with free books Second post with free books Happy Leeching!

August 4, 2012 · Amit Bahree

Metro Apps in C++ anyone?

In Visual Studio “11” when I try and create a new C++ Metro app using the built-in template, I get the following error: “Can’t find localized resources”. I wonder if anyone else has managed to get around this? I am running the Consumer Preview Build of Win 8 (Build 8250).

May 19, 2012 · Amit Bahree

SkyDrive, Windows 8 and Domain Account

I am running Windows 8 on my primary work machine now, which is domain joined. When I try and use the SkyDrive metro app (which ships with Windows 8), it does not like that fact I am domain joined and wants me to switch accounts, which is something I don’t want to do. This of course works great for those who are not domain joined and essentially are personal machines. For many of us who will be using this on ‘work’ machines, this seems like we will be ignored....

April 25, 2012 · Amit Bahree