Jonathan Hassell

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How Windows to Go can protect data for business travelers

Often, Microsoft presents technological solutions to problems experienced by only a tiny percentage of its customer base. Windows to Go was like that — a nice solution to a problem that was virtually non-existent back when it was first released in 2011. Six years later, though, Microsoft is looking prescient, since its solution fits a new problem that a lot more people want solved.

What is Windows to Go? It’s a way to take a Windows installation with you on a USB thumb drive. You pop that thumb drive into any computer, boot from the USB, and your personalized installation of Windows — with all of your applications and files and access to corporate resources — is there. When finished, shut down, unplug the USB thumb drive, and away you go. It’s essentially portable Windows.

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PowerShell: Learn to tap the pipeline

Microsoft PowerShell is a powerful scripting language and administrative framework for Windows, and one of the key elements that makes it so powerful is the pipeline — the assembly line of data and results that moves between and through cmdlets. In this piece, we’re going to talk about how you glue stuff together — or, more specifically, how you take the output or results from one PowerShell cmdlet and send it into another for further processing.

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Scriptshow: Performing five common administrative tasks using Windows PowerShell

Sometimes it’s easiest to learn something new simply by using it, and to my mind PowerShell is no exception. Often we discover new capabilities and features in looking at what tasks other people are accomplishing using PowerShell, and specifically, looking at how they’re using the scripting language.

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Can Microsoft’s Azure bring machine learning to the masses?

Machine learning makes software smarter and more aware. It’s becoming as integral to our collective computing experience as the Internet itself. But how can developers really get started with it? What’s the first step? Microsoft aims to make that leap a little easier with its Azure Machine Learning service.

A brief overview of how machine learning works

Computer scientists create software designed to work with copious amounts of data. Machine learning evolved from the creation of algorithms that can train itself – in other words, learn from – and make predictions on these huge volumes of data.

Where machine learning really shines is in variable analysis: The human brain can only consciously consider a few variables at the same time when trying to make a decision or form a conclusion about some issue. Software, however, is capable of considering far more variables than a human making the same decision, which, the theory goes, will almost always result in a better, higher quality decision—without a fear of so-called “analysis paralysis,” when you refrain from consciously making a decision or rush to a conclusion because your brain cannot handle all of the different variables.

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