It's time to replace GIFs with AV1 video!

It is 2019 and we need to make a decision about GIFs (no, not that one! We’re never going to be able to decide that one!). GIFs take up a massive amount of space (often multiple megabytes!) and if you’re a web developer, then that’s completely against your ethos! As a web developer, you want to minimize the bits your users need to download so that your website loads fast. That’s why you minify javascript, optimize PNGs, JPEGs and sometimes turn JPEGs to WebPs as well....

April 28, 2019 · 9 min · Kay Singh

Detect Rolling Credits with Azure Video Indexer

Azure Video Indexer is one of my favorite services! It provides some amazing features such as: Identify faces and celebrities Extract text and objects (e.g. cat, table, car etc.) Detect scenes and shots Emotion and sentiment detection Audio effects such as clapping, silence & speech The full list of features can be viewed at Get the credits rolling! Recently, Video Indexer announced they’ve added the capability to detect rolling credits in the videos....

April 11, 2019 · 2 min · Kay Singh

The "Other Chromes": A Chromium-based browser market analysis

We’re living in a golden age of web browser choice. But before I begin this story, I need to take you back to 2006. You see back in 2006 as a young technologist, my choices of a web browser were limited. It was either Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. But then one day while browsing through PC World magazine, I discovered an alternate option – Opera. Opera had many differentiated features such as a customizable streamlined user interface as well as being more memory efficient and faster than Firefox....

March 9, 2019 · 8 min · Kay Singh

Microsoft Ignite 2018: VM Scale Sets + Shared Image Gallery = Infrastructure at scale - BRK3339

When you need to create a lot of instances from a custom VM image, VM Scale Sets and Shared Image Gallery are the services you need to use. In this session we walk through how to combine the power of VM Scale Sets & Shared Image Gallery to build infrastructure at scale.

September 27, 2018 · 1 min · Kay Singh

Microsoft Ignite 2018: What's new in Managed Disks - THR2263

Managed Disks make the managedment of disks a breeze in Azure. In this session I talk about the updates we’ve introduced to Managed Disks since Ignite 2017.

September 26, 2018 · 1 min · Kay Singh

Microsoft Ignite 2018: Migrating your IaaS infrastructure from ASM to ARM without downtime - THR2265

Azure Resource Manager stack has been released for almost three years now. In those three years many features have been added that are exclusive to Azure Resource Manager. In this session, I demonstrate the process of migrating your existing infrastructure to Azure Resource Manager without downtime. See a list of all the benefits here:

September 25, 2018 · 1 min · Kay Singh

Microsoft Ignite 2018: Share custom VM images with Shared Image Gallery - THR2264

Sharing custom images within an organization to different subscriptions globally has been a long standing ask from Azure customers. With Shared Image Gallery we’re making this dream a reality! Read more about Shared Image Gallery In this session, I present how customers can get started with Shared Image Gallery.

September 24, 2018 · 1 min · Kay Singh

Testing x265 encoder scaling on a 128 core Azure VM for 4K HDR

Video encoding has always been a fairly compute intensive task. With every new generation of video encoders, more computational power has been required to achieve the compression benefits. HEVC/H.265 is the latest state of the art video compression standard with x265 being the most popular open-source encoder used for encoding into the HEVC/H.265 format. In comparison to AVC/H.264 (the previous state of the art encoding format), HEVC offers about double the data compression ratio at the same level of video quality, or substantially improved video quality at the same bit rate....

August 19, 2018 · 6 min · Kay Singh

How do I discard unstaged changes in Git?

Often when I’m working on this blog, I work over multiple days and end up working on multiple devices. The blog is written in markdown and tracked in a Git repo on Azure Devops. The other day a scenario arose where I was customizing the theme of the blog but not getting anywhere. I decided to have another go at the customization few days later but this time on another device....

April 21, 2018 · 2 min · Kay Singh

Vertical Scale Runbooks Updated with the latest Azure VM Sizes

In the world of cloud, horizontal scaling is well understood these days. It is easy to use applications like Kubernetes to automate the scale out your containerized applications based on workload demand. For applications running on VMs, we have cloud native services like VM Scale Sets that make scaling in and out a breeze. However, for an on-prem application going through a lift & shift to the cloud, vertical scaling of the VM is still the king....

December 10, 2017 · 1 min · Kay Singh

Understanding the Azure B Series and CPU credits

Azure recently introduced its first burstable VM size - the B-series. This VM type is meant to compete directly with AWS' T2 instances. In the below few words (or more :smile: ) I try to explain what this means and why you should care. If you still have questions after reading, hit me up on Twitter or leave a comment below. So why do I need a burstable size anyway? If you have applications that remain idle for a long time and burst occasionally, then the B-series might be the perfect fit for you....

November 13, 2017 · 7 min · Kay Singh

Integrating Azure Automation Runbook Output with Logic Apps

Problem One of the challenges I have come across the last few days while working with Azure Automation & Logic Apps is how to integrate the output of the Automation Runbook in the Logic Apps workflow. Here’s the scenario, I have been trying to solve - Given an AzureRM resource Id, I want to parse out the name of the subscription, resource group & name of the resource. Here’s an example AzureRM resource Id for reference...

October 29, 2017 · 4 min · Kay Singh

Azure Cloud Shell + Solarized Dark = ❤️

I’m a big fan of typography! Clean and beautiful typography can make the experience of coding or reading an article so much better. It’s no wonder if you search for “best programming font”, there’s no shortage of font comparison articles. However, one of the things that is universally agreed upon is how terrible Courier/Courier New is. Azure Cloud Shell is a great product that takes away the complexity of figuring out the installation methods and authentication (esp....

October 23, 2017 · 2 min · Kay Singh