Azure Heroes is a program for the community from Microsoft, that aims to recognize and empower technical Azure practitioners to achieve more. Recognized community members will be rewarded with a digital badger, that is backed by blockchain (from Enjin). You can see the public ledger here. You can reach out to me also directly (via Twitter, Teams, or email) if you have any questions or feedback with regards to the program. Individuals can nominate themselves,… Read More »Azure Community: Azure Heroes is now live
Microsoft Edge, the new Edge, is now Generally Available. You can download it here for Windows 7, 8, 10, and macOS. It’s also available for iOS and Android. I’ve been an avid Google Chrome user since 2008 when it was initially released. I was working at Microsoft at the time and happened to be at the office early in the morning on September 2, 2008. My oldest son was about 4 months old, so I… Read More »Microsoft Edge is now available!
Quick book review: Smart Marketing for Engineers: An Inbound Marketing Guide to Reaching Technical Audiences
I’ve been reading more lately, and it’s a mixture of articles, books, blogs, and whitepapers. I enjoy them all, but books often give me more ideas, as I need to concentrate more and find time for reading. One of the books I finished early this year was Smart Marketing for Engineers: An Inbound Marketing Guide to Reaching Technical Audiences by Rebecca Geier. I purchased the book for Kindle, and read it quite rapidly during two… Read More »Quick book review: Smart Marketing for Engineers: An Inbound Marketing Guide to Reaching Technical Audiences
I’ve built PCs since I was a kid. Planning and designing which parts to get, figuring out your budget and sourcing components have always been a fun experience for me. Waiting to get the parts, building the system and powering it on even before building the case “just to test it” is the highlight. And finally running benchmarks to satisfy your inner curiosity that “it’s that much faster, so it was a good purchase.” In… Read More »Building a high-performance workstation PC for professional use (Part 1)
I’ve been an avid smartwatch and fitness watch user for years. Previously I had the Garmin Fenix 3 HR (Sapphire Edition) for three years, in non-stop use. Before this, I had numerous devices in use including a Fitbit device and an Android Wear watch. Out of these, the Garmin Fenix 3 was spectacular. It’s a real fitness watch to track sports, and very robust. I bought the HRM-Run belt, which is an HR belt with… Read More »My experience using the Garmin Fenix 6X Pro fitness watch for 100 days
Yet another year has just ended, and it was memorable, and a great year. I was busy, met amazing people, spent a lot of time with my family and friends, and enjoyed life. I wanted to put some things in numbers, as I feel they make things more tangible, real and also rewarding for me. In 2019 I had a chance to: Write two books – one on Azure Governance, and another on getting started… Read More »Hello, 2020! And thanks 2019 – you were awesome!
Don’t worry. This is not one of those end-of-the-year/end-of-a-decade posts. I’ll do that next week. I’ve taken the habit to reflect, reminisce and gather up my thoughts a few times a year. I did that a few months ago in October, and before that in June. As I’ve perhaps mentioned, I’ve been on an extended leave of absence since April. I spent the summer finishing up some projects, focusing on my well-being and spending time… Read More »So, what’s up?
I spent some time in early December building an integration between Azure Log Analytics (and Azure Sentinel, obviously) and Office 365 Audit Logs. The latter exposes the logs through Office 365 Management Activity API, which is very handy, albeit slightly cumbersome to use. I wrote about that experience here. I noticed that there is also a separate Office 365 API I found useful, called the Office 365 Service Communications API. It’s much simpler to use,… Read More »Building a monitoring solution for Office 365 service availability using Azure Logic Apps
I’ve wanted to start a new podcast for a few years now. It’s been a project that I put into the lowest priority when something more urgent comes up. And there’s already something more urgent. I’d been chatting with Tobias Zimmergren on and off about work-related stuff, and we both came up with the idea that a podcast would be great. I wrote about this experience a few months ago here. Our podcast is named… Read More »Getting started with a podcast – the equipment, setup, and logistics
Building a monitoring solution for Power Platform events using PowerShell, C#, Azure Log Analytics, and Azure Sentinel
I’m writing this from the beautiful and sunny city of Prague, where I’m attending the European SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure Conference. It’s a 4-day event, with hundreds of sessions, and some very insightful keynotes also. I’m delivering two sessions here, and one of those was on monitoring and managing Power Apps and Power Automate. As you probably know, Power Automate used to be called Microsoft Flow. They are both parts of the Power Platform,… Read More »Building a monitoring solution for Power Platform events using PowerShell, C#, Azure Log Analytics, and Azure Sentinel