Aug 242016
 


Are you a blogger? Or do you love blogging but feel lazy to login to your CMS (Content Management System) in your website to publish them? If so, Microsoft has created the perfect tool for you. The name of the tool is Windows Live Writer. It is a desktop application for publishing blogs which eliminates the hassle of logging in to the CMS everytime. It was first launched on November 6th, 2007 as Windows Live Writer 2008 and its last stable release was launched on August 7, 2012 as Windows Live Writer 2012. Windows Live Writer supports the blogging platforms like WordPress, Blogger, SharePoint and many others, therefore, allowing the bloggers using various platforms to publish their blogs without hassles.

Now, let us move on to setting up Windows Live Writer for blogging. Through this post, we will teach you about setting up Windows Live Writer for blogging at TechNetNepal.net, which is a teaching-learning-sharing portal of Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal. For being able to blog at TechNetNepal.net, you will first need to have a blogging space. For getting your very own blogging space, you will have to create an account at TechNetNepal, then send an email to mic@micnepal.org, requesting them to provide you a blogging space.

Step 1: Download Windows Essentials 2012 from here. And run the file that is downloaded.

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Step 2: After showing the blue colored window (shown above) for a while, you will be displayed a window with the question “What do you want to install?”. There, choose the second option saying “Choose the programs you want to install.”2wlw

Step 3: In a window asking you to “select programs to install”, put a tick mark on ‘Writer’ and click ‘Next’.3wlw

Step 4: Then, the installation will begin. It will take some minutes. As soon as the installation completes, a similar window will appear on your screen. Click on ‘Close’.4wlw

Step 5: Now, go to Start Menu and run Windows Live Writer. You will be shown Microsoft Services Agreement. Click on ‘Accept’ and a configuration wizard shows up.5wlw

Step 6: Click on ‘Next’ to see the wizard asking you “What blog service do you use?”. Since we are trying to connect TechNetNepal’s account here, you will have to choose ‘Other services’ and click ‘Next’.6wlwStep 7: Now this (the window shown below) is the place where you will have to input the URL of your blog (i.e. http://technetnepal.net in our case), and your login credentials (the login credentials are the credentials that we use for logging in to TechNetNepal). You can put a tick on ‘Remember my password’ if you want the application to keep your credentials saved for the future purposes.7wlw

Step 8: A window showing “Setting up your blog account” will be shown for some minutes. After the setup is finished, you will be asked to “Select blog type”. Choose ‘Community Server’ from the dropdown list. And set the remote posting web address to http://technetnepal.net/blogs/metablog.ashx. Then, move ahead by hitting ‘Next’.8wlw

Step 9: Now, you will be asked to select your blog. Choose your blog from the list shown and click ‘Next’. In my case, it’s ‘Sagun’s Blog’.9wlw

Step 10: You’ll again see the “Setting up your blog account” window for some time and after its completion, you will see the message “Your blog has been set up”. Finally, it’s time to click on ‘Finish’ and ‘Start’ blogging!10wlw

Now you’ll be taken to a window which will be similar to the screenshot given below. Now, to publish your blog, you’ll have to set the title of your blog and write up the content. Then you can finally click on ‘Publish’ button at the top left corner of the window to get your blog published on your TechNetNepal blog.11wlw

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May 062016
 


Let’s imagine something today. Let’s think about a tiny plug-in device which can be carried with us anywhere and be used to train advanced artificial intelligence (AI) systems – or, let’s say to build a robot which is emotionally intelligent. The creation of such a device may sound impossible to a mass of people.

1461855269-Screen-Shot-2016-04-27-at-3.13.16-PM_1425_830_s_c1However, the device which we were imagining about just some seconds ago has already come into existence. Yes, chip maker Movidius has taken its step forward in a creation of a device that can be carried anywhere to train artificially intelligent systems and named the device as ‘Fathom Neural Compute Stick’, which has been dubbed as “the world’s first embedded neural network accelerator”. This device is simply a USB stick containing a deep learning processing accelerator in it.

Movidius’s Fathom Neural Compute Stick can be connected to an existing Linux machine in order to bring increment in the efficiency of neural networking tasks by 20 to 30 times. This device has the capability to perform its task at a speed of 150GigaFLOPS (Billion Floating Point Operations Per Second), at the power consumption of less than 1.2 watts.

It has been explained on Movidius website that this ‘compute stick’ containing a full-fledged Myriad 2 VPU, not only enables rapid prototyping, but also delivers high levels of neural network compute to existing devices through the use of a USB port.

This ‘compute stick’ looks like a USB device and it even does work like a USB device. It also allows almost all ranges of Linux devices to handle neural networks, which act as the basic building blocks of AI.

Specifications:

  • Rapid performance tuning of Embedded Neural Networks
  • Myriad 2 MA2450 VPU in compact USB stick
  • Native fp16 & 8 bit precision
  • 512MB LPDDR3 in package
  • Upto 150GOPS performance below 1W

System requirements:

  • Linux 64 bit
  • 50MB of free disk space
  • USB 3.0 for highest transfer speed

After plugging in Movidius Fathom, it allows a computer to perform different functions like image recognition, language comprehension and pattern detection. TensorFlow, Google’s machine learning software has been embedded inside this tiny USB stick. It will grant devices like drones, cameras, and robots to run computer vision applications. It can be a handy tool for people involved in development, research and invention, who are curious about the ways to make their creations even more advanced.