Hello New Bing 👋

Bing is getting a new look and feel, powered by Microsoft AI and OpenAI (ChatGPT) and was announced yesterday. There is a lot of buzz around this, and I thought I would share my thoughts on this as I got access today. What is the new Bing? Well, it is the thing that is making the 800-pound gorilla in the room, Google, come out and dance on its toes. 🦍...

February 9, 2023 · Amit Bahree

Moving from WordPress to Hugo

I had been thinking for a while to move away from WordPress for the blog to something simpler and cleaner. WordPress has been great for me when I first moved to it from another engine. However, over time, I found that things have gotten slower, as I added themes and add-ins. Some of these have been great, and others are not really needed. I also wanted to dogfood some of the things we built at work, though in my case that wasn’t the primary motive, just another nice to have....

November 20, 2022 · Amit Bahree


A key virtue of a programmer is laziness. As an example it is what inspires me to automate my home to the point where I don’t have to lift a finger to switch on the light. Removing friction from a system is a anesthetic joy. The drug of efficiency, feels really good. I still write code and people get surprised by that sometimes - maybe it’s the quality of the code 🤓....

May 2, 2019 · Amit Bahree

Docker container running Ubuntu on Windows

Containers are all the rage right now and rightfully so - not only do they help abstract away some of the complexity and dependencies of your apps and solutions, they also make managing of environments, and, deployments much simpler. And the fact that you can do it in a consistent, and repeatable fashion is just icing on the cake. As a simple example, with Docker, on Windows (as in my case), I can run a dockerized app, on a different OS than the host, which can also be interactive....

December 7, 2018 · Amit Bahree

Happy New Year

December 31, 2016 · Amit Bahree

Monkeying Around with Holograms

I guess you can see the similarity. No? 😈

April 29, 2016 · Amit Bahree

HoloLens - Device Portal (Part 2)

In addition to the HoloLens Device Portal ( see part 1 ), another option is using the UAP HoloLens companion app which you can install from the store . I think this is a little more end-user friendly, and perhaps a little less developer focused. It exposes a subset of the same functionality. Once you install it, you connect more or less in the same manner; I think most people will like the live streaming option....

April 26, 2016 · Amit Bahree

HoloLens - Device Portal (Part 1)

One of the advantages of running Windows 10 on the HoloLens is that it has all the regular features that you would expect. From a developers perspective, one of those being the Device Portal which is awesome. It is essentially a web server that is being hosted on the machine, and allows you to manage your device over Wifi and USB. It is a must have if you want to stream your apps (including Holograms) so that others can see it, or alternatively you can record and then share....

April 25, 2016 · Amit Bahree

Creative Coding

As we start to play and explore with new AR/VR mediums like Oculus and HoloLens there is a stronger shift from the traditional medium of working from a more transaction with-known-outcome based model to a more expressive and exploratory model. In the context of many enterprises this is a bigger shift - albeit some of it they have started seeing with mobility but still not the same. I really like how Rick explains and expresses this both in terms of definition and thinking....

April 22, 2016 · Amit Bahree

Testing LaTeX

Can we see the formula displayed in lovely maths? (and trying a simpler equation, as the last one did not parse properly) $$i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial t}\left|\Psi(t)\right>=H\left|\Psi(t)\right>$$ Ohh, looks pretty! Though some LaTeX is being finicky, need to take out time to start posting some stuff here, given this is supported. 😁

March 24, 2016 · Amit Bahree

Z-Wave visualiser?

At home I have a multitude of sensors and devices - ~80 or so which are a combination of water sensors, motion sensors, door sensors, humidity, temperature, etc. A good bunch of these are controlled and integrated with Smartthings, and some I can interact with other apps (e.g. Amazon Echo or Philips Hue etc.). Most are Z-Wave based and some are WiFi. I wanted to know if there are any z-wave visualisers?...

March 8, 2016 · Amit Bahree


It has been a while since I blogged, and is something I want to try and get slowly back into. I did find this site which has cool visualization tools if that is something you are interested in. As an example, here is what a interactive bubble chart looks like for the blog: Build bubbles for your page Dashboards

July 9, 2015 · Amit Bahree

WordPress 4.1 and Firefox 34.0.5 Bug

I am on the latest version of both WordPress and Firefox as of this writing - namely v4.1 and v34.0.5 respectively and running on a TechPreview of Windows 10 (Build 9879 to be precise). My main browser is Firefox, and whilst I also have Chrome and of course IE - I use them only on occasions of in some cases when I have to use them for one reason or another....

January 4, 2015 · 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

Interesting Find #24

Here are the interesting finds of this time around. IDA - A cool debugger which runs on most platforms and different from the MS variety. TypeScript - as the name suggests, it is strongly typed JS which compiles down to standard JS! This can only be good I think given all the crazy things one can so in JS. More details here . Can you hide anything from NSA? TV Tuners - did you know they can let you spy - who knew?...

January 30, 2014 · Amit Bahree

Broken Nike FuelBand

The wife recently bought a Nike FuelBand which she was loving. However in about 4-5 weeks of regular usage, the strap on it broke and the links which hold it together fell apart. The device itself is working, but it cannot be worn now as it won’t lock making it quite useless. 😢 I was quite surprised as this is supposed to last more than this given both what it is meant to do and the cost of the device as well....

August 24, 2013 · Amit Bahree

Securing you DokuWiki

After my WHS died and I moved to a Synology DS413 and using that as a ‘home server’ and have been extremely happy with it! The only thing I miss is backing up the Windows machines automatically (as WHS did), but overall I think this is better, flexible and more powerful compared to WHS. I needed to look for a new wiki software. I recently moved from ScrewTurn Wiki (which was great BTW, but then is a dead project now) to DokuWiki which is perfect for my needs....

August 22, 2013 · Amit Bahree

WordPress 3.6 and IE10

I don’t know what WordPress thinks of IE 10 (running on Win 8), but when I upgraded to WordPress v3.6, and I login to the Dashboard, it does not like IE running in compatibility mode and shows me the following. It would think I am still running IE 6! Also whilst I don’t get this with the compatibility mode switched off, everything does not work correctly and one has to use either Firefox or Chrome....

August 10, 2013 · Amit Bahree

What is a Vodafone thinking with Site Timing?

This has to fall in the weird category. Vodafone’s Corporate Online site, where I need to login to see my company provided mobile bill has timings from 07:30 to 22:30 GMT - WHY??? Don’t they get it, this is online and the site can be up and running 24x7! This is not some technical support I am talking about where they have actual humans monitoring and answering - this is access to the billing system....

July 30, 2013 · Amit Bahree

Hello World

Yes, I am still alive. Between a baby and work, don’t have time for much else. I did want to say Hello World. Will try and be more regular here.

May 16, 2013 · Amit Bahree

Recommended WordPress Themes?

I am getting bored with the current WordPress theme on the blog and was interested in getting another theme (preferably free), got any recommendations? And nothing from the 10 ugliest WordPress themes please. :-)

May 29, 2011 · Amit Bahree

Interesting WordPress Plugins

After upgrading to the latest WordPress (v3.0.4), I also decided to have a look at the various plugins I am running. As part of that I stumbled across Ultimate Collection of WordPress plugins which are very interesting. If you run WordPress (and if you don’t, why not :)), I would highly recommend to check them out. I already was running some of these and not heard of others which are great....

January 4, 2011 · Amit Bahree

Postings from Android

First post from my brand new Android phone and the Wordpress app. Quite impressed with it so far. I sure do miss the keyboard though. Suggestions for any apps? My phone is HTC wildfire and nothing fancy so the apps should be able to run on this phone.

September 10, 2010 · Amit Bahree

Upgraded to WP 3.0

Just upgraded the blog to WordPress 3.0 - two clicks and I was done - can it get any simpler? What a pleasant surprise compared to the pile of crap that CS 2007+ turned out to be. Try upgrading that in something like two clicks? Ha! Well done WordPress!

June 28, 2010 · Amit Bahree

What we have learned ...

… the average wife spends nearly 8,000 minutes a year nagging her husband!

June 21, 2010 · Amit Bahree