We typically imagine robots looking like humans, but there’s a real advantage to other “form factors” that mimic pack animals.

For example, check out this new robot that MIT just made: a mini cheetah robot, the first four-legged robot to do a backflip.

At only 20 pounds the limber quadruped can bend and swing its legs wide, enabling it to walk either right side up or upside down. More practically, the robot can also trot over uneven terrain about twice as fast as an average person’s walking speed.

In this episode of the IoT Show, the subject is Azure Maps. Chris Pendleton, PM Lead for the service, gives us an overview of what Azure Maps is, who uses Azure Maps, how Azure Maps is being used across our customer base and how you can start using Azure Maps today.

Tune in to watch the Azure Maps IoT Show Deep Dive episode live on March 6 at 9AM PST or later on demand at https://aka.ms/iotshow/iotdeepdive/002

Learn more about Azure Maps: http://azuremaps.com

Create a Free Account (Azure): https://aka.ms/aft-iot

Fifteen years and one week ago, I started up this little technology blog as part of FranksWorld.com. Thanks to the WayBack Machine, you can see it for yourself in all its retro 2004 glory.


I would point you to the original link, but ClearDB had other plans when they wiped out all my posts from 2004 to 2017.

In any case, 15 years of consistent blogging is a milestone and in 2017, despite losing all my data, I pressed on and refocused the site’s efforts on data science and AI. While losing that much data hurt, in the scheme of things, it was minor. Let’s face it, who is looking for Silverlight design pattern code these days?

When I say consistent, I mean it. I have posted at least once a month (usually more) since that fateful February. In fact, being the data nerd that I am, I have a spreadsheet that tracks exactly how often I posted over that span of time.

Here are the numbers:

Min 1
Max 225
Total 6527
Avg Posts Per month 36.03314917
Median 30
Standard Deviation 30.35843
Mode 34
Posts since ClearDB wiped me out 952

And a pretty chart:


And why not celebrate such a milestone with some cake? And this time, the cake is not a lie!


With the Keras integration, and Eager Execution enabled by default, TensorFlow 2.0 is all about ease of use, and simplicity. In this episode of Coding TensorFlow, Developer Advocate Paige Bailey (Twitter: @dynamicwebpaige) shows us the tf_upgrade_v2 tool, which helps with the 2.0 transition by converting existing TensorFlow 1.12 Python scripts to TensorFlow’s 2.0 preview.