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Rob Miles

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Rob Miles University Lecturer and Microsoft MVP. And tall.

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AI Frenzy with Chatbots and Added Pizza

The lucky audience I did my chatbot talk today. It went very well, which means that all the demos worked and the audience laughed in all the right places. Thanks for being a lovely bunch of people to talk toI’ve put the slides here if anyone wants to take a look. Read more →


Writing about Chatbots

One of the things on my list of things to do is “Write the presentation for the Barclays AI Frenzy event”. Which is tomorrow…..I reckon that it can take up to a day to write a good one-hour presentation. So it’s a good thing I’m starting now. I’m talking about chatbots, which I’m quite familiar with. But pesky Microsoft keep making the bot framework different and better. This means that while the… Read more →


Busy List

Back to work today. It seems I have lots of things to do. I wrote an enormous list of them and then cheered myself up by crossing one of them off. Well, it was the work item “Write a list of things to do”. Read more →


American Museum in Bath

Sunday sees us at the American Museum in Bath. A favourite of mine. Inside a lovely English country house are a whole set of rooms imported whole from America. It’s fascinating to see the transition from the simplicity of the early rooms to the intricate decadence of the more recent ones. The story of the origins of America is very well told and we had the added bonus of a couple of really good ex… Read more →


Visiting Concorde

When we’re in Bristol we always go down to Filton and take a look at the Concorde they have there. We went today and I think I’ve finally managed to get a reasonable picture of the controls. Read more →


Buy Nintendo Labo VR

This is awesome. I’ve stayed away from buying any of the Nintendo Labo kits because, after all, they are only cardboard. However I couldn’t resist the purchase of the Labo VR kit above. And I allow myself one silly purchase after giving a course (thanks GSK). And I get to play Zelda in VR.So today we tracked down a copy of the game and starting folding things together. The game comes in a box arou… Read more →


Building Robots at GSK

We’ve taken “Build a robot in a day” on the road and today we spent a lovely day today down at GSK in Weybridge. Things went so well that at one point we thought we might have to rename the course “Build a robot before lunch”. Everyone got their robot moving around and interacting with them. If you were on the course (or are just interested) you can find all sample programs here.If you want to wor… Read more →


Insider Dev Tour 2019

Last yer I gave a session at the Insider Dev Tour in Manchester. It was great fun. And they’ve invited me back to do it again. Different topic (IoT) but probably the same jokes. If you fancy coming along; keep the 20th of June free. The sign in page will be coming soon. Read more →


Octoprint is wonderful

I mentioned on Sunday that I was a bit worried about the SD card reader on my lovely 3D printer being potentially unreliable. For years (seven actually) I’ve been writing my gcode files onto an SD card and then plugging into the printer for each print. This is probably not a good idea (and hasn’t been one for a while). Anyhoo, a couple of failed prints on Sunday left me wondering about a better, a… Read more →


Bringing an Alien back from the grave

Me and my Alienware laptop go back a long way. We need some spare laptops for a course that I’m helping with, and I was wondering how hard it would be to get an 8 year old laptop to run Windows 10. It turns out to be a bit tricky, but possible. I had to ignore dire warnings about graphics cards and press on with the installation anyway.. Then, afterwards I found some original drivers and installed… Read more →