Python code for calling DALL-E2 API in Azure OpenAI service
I haven’t had this much fun in a long time writing a few lines of sample code and getting it to work. Calling the REST API for the #dalle2 in #azureopenai service was a breeze. What made it fun were the bugs in the example code generated by the DallE2 Preview Playground page in the Azure Portal and while fixing them I was able to learn how the service works. You don’t need to deploy a model in Azure for this REST service, unlike the text completion Davinci models. I also played around with the Text completion Davinci models using both AzureOpenAI and #openai APIs directly as well.
Where did my weekend go?
It is another Monday morning & I get up wondering where did my weekend go? I was super busy the last few days and I was not doing any paid work. Instead, I was doing sysadmin tasks at home: Assembling a #Windows10 PC for #Plex Media Server & creating the media libraries within it; Install #PopOS Linux on an old laptop for testing; Cleaning the numerous #MicrosoftAzure subscriptions I have accumulated over the years, bringing them under one login; and Moving to #Microsoft365 E5 Dev from E3 plan On Facebook, a few friends had asked me the configuration of the above, here you go: Plex Media Server running on Intel…
Democratize development with Power Apps for Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon
In recent months I have delivered a few talks on low-code platforms and Microsoft Power Apps. Today it was at the Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon 2021 event, which is a free, online, 60-hour event happening April 26-28, 2021. The event had content going the whole time with speakers from around the globe – In English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. I really enjoyed delivering a session on “Democratize development with Power Apps & AI Builder” for the #m365virtualmarathon conference on the Boston Marathon Track. I get so excited talking about the endless possibilities of #LowCode #NoCode Platforms like the Microsoft #PowerApps to empower businesses around the world.
Microsoft India Ignite 2019
Microsoft India had their Ignite the Tour 2019 at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Mumbai on the 22nd May 2019. The conference focused (as expected) on Microsoft’s Cloud and Azure offerings. My quick summary of the day’s event as a video:
Microsoft Build 2019 – Watch from Home
I am an unashamed enthusiast of products and services from Microsoft. I follow closely the developments from Redmond and I am their partner with the honorary title of “Microsoft Regional Director“. As a result, there are two annual conferences that I don’t miss – Microsoft Ignite (meant for developers, IT implementers and purchase decision makers) and Microsoft Build (primarily targeting developers) – either I travel in person to the USA or watch the on-demand videos later. Nowadays, due to the cost involved I keep the travel to once every few years, this was my last trip. This year I watched the recordings of the Build 2019 including the keynote by…
Windows Azure Portal–Trouble logging
At my firm Vishwak Solutions as a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner we were one of the earliest users of Windows Azure & Office365. Initially we used Azure mainly for providing additional scale in production situations. With Windows Azure adding IaaS recently we are nowadays using it more often for Development & Testing scenarios. For one of our internal data capture applications we were using SQL Azure for standalone Database workload. We created a separate Azure account for this purpose using our corporate email ID (email@example.com) but provisioned as a Microsoft Account (aka Windows Live ID). Incidentally we are using Office 365 (Exchange Online) as our email service for Vishwak.com. Around…
Free & Easy way to learning Windows Azure
On June 7th, Microsoft announced big improvements to their cloud offering – Windows Azure platform. The new features announced included “Free” Websites, Linux Virtual Machines, Media streaming & Big Data (Hadoop on cloud). You can watch the day’s keynote by Scott Guthrie here. Having heard this news, few from local Dev community asked me through social networking on whether they can begin Windows Azure programming using the “free” edition of Visual Studio called as Visual Studio Express. After an email to my contacts in Microsoft I found out the answer to be “YES”. I tried it out myself in a clean Windows 7 machine, it was a simple process that…
Presentation on “Windows Azure & MS Online Services”
Last Friday (24.Sep.2010) I made a presentation on “Windows Azure & MS Online Services” for a program titled “Benefits of using Cloud Computing for your Business Growth” at Andhra Chamber of Commerce, Chennai organized by Cluster Pulse and Sponsored by Microsoft India. The audience were mostly of CXO & CEO level and members of the Chamber, so I wanted to cut all the marketing fluff & technical jargons. I covered the need for a Cloud OS and how Windows Azure meets this need perfectly along with some demos of Microsoft BPOS. You can view the presentation (PPTX) I used from here and the video recording from here. My thanks to…