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I'm that tech guy…you know the one. When things are broken, I fix them. When they don't make sense, I explain them. When nothing is getting done, I do it. When a void occurs, I fill it. When there is silence on the call, I state the necessary. I'm that guy in IT that is relied upon by the competent as the nth tier of support, overlooked by management, and despised by the slackers. An InfoTech professional, aficionado of all things technological. I've been getting my geek on full-time since 1993, and have worked with information technology in some capacity since 1997 including VB 4-6, ASP, .Net, SQL, Java, HTML, ColdFusion, VBS, JS, Crystal Reports, COGNOS and more. I've worked on global scale environments for Fortune 500 companies and as a software engineer for local government agencies. My expertise is in Visual Basic currently in the .Net flavor, and focuses on user applications. I am also currently active in the ASP.Net programming arena, specializing in DotNetNuke Module development, site creation, and administration. Stated simply, if you need to get information from a-to-z, I'm the guy you want to see.

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Security for Non-Profits with Cameron Birge and Tarek Dawoud

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Whether you're a multi-national NGO or your local church group, every non-profit has cybersecurity issues! Carl and Richard talk to Cameron Birge and Tarek Dawoud about tools, techniques and mindset to protect data and resist hackers. While the practices are broadly applicable to any organization and applications, non-profits have specific challenges that make cybersecurity all the more challenges - how do you train volunteers that turn over steadily? How can you be sure that a volunteer software developer is doing the right thing security-wise? Lots of good thinking about how to prioritize your security needs, it's a journey, not a destination!

Amazon Machine Learning with Kesha Williams

Monday, February 12, 2018

How is machine learning different over in the land of Amazon? While at NDC in London, Carl and Richard talked to Kesha Williams about her work building machine learning solutions using various Amazon technologies. The conversation starts out talking about the challenges around bias being amplified by machine learning technology - there are no simple solutions. Kesha talks about building a crime risk evaluation system using image recognition and machine learning. Just a prototype, but it opens the door to a deep conversation about the moral obligations on developers today. And the tech is cool too!

Building Cloud Native Apps in Azure with Scott Guthrie

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

What does it mean to build a cloud-native application? While at NDC in London, Carl and Richard talked to Scott Guthrie about the latest features available in Azure. While there are always the Infrastructure-as-a-Service options of VMs and the like, you don't really get the power of the cloud until you move into more of the platform features. Scott describes how existing applications and be lifted-and-shifted into VMs in the cloud, and then broken apart to take advantage of various services. The ultimate manifestations use technologies that are cloud-specific, like CosmosDB and Logic App features so that you focuses solely on your code.

More on Blazor with Daniel Roth and Steve Sanderson

Monday, February 05, 2018

What if you could program in C# in your browser? Carl and Richard talk to Daniel Roth and Steve Sanderson about the evolution of Blazor - Steve Sanderson's amazing project using WebAssembly to put .NET In the browser. The big news is that Blazor is moving from a Sanderson research project into the ASP.NET GitHub repository - the team is going to work on it! Still experimental, the Microsoft team is keen to see what all of us will do with Blazor. If you want a C# experience end-to-end in web development, you need to check it out!

Postgres and Curious Moon with Rob Conery

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

How can space science help you learn Postgres? While at NDC London, Carl and Richard talk to Rob Conery about his latest book, A Curious Moon. Rob talks about being inspired by Andy Weir's The Martian to write a book that teaches Postgres by using the data from the NASA Cassini mission to Saturn. The book is part story, part tutorial about using Postgres, data loading and analytics. And the data is real - you're working from the actual data from the Cassini mission. The book is an innovative way to learn and starts you down the path of doing real data analytics, looking at what your data says!

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Monday, February 19, 2018

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Apple Releases Important iOS 11.2.6 Update: What Features Are Included? - Forbes

Monday, February 19, 2018


Apple Releases Important iOS 11.2.6 Update: What Features Are Included?
Today Apple released iOS 11.2.6 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 11.2.6 did not go through any beta tests before it was released to the public. iOS 11.3 is currently being tested by developers. What Is Included In The iOS 11.2.6 Update ...
Apple releases iOS 11.2.6 to fix iPhone crash bugThe Verge
Update for iOS and Macs negates text bomb that crashed devicesTechCrunch
Apple issues iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS updates with fix for Indian character bugAppleInsider (press release) (blog)
CNET -SlashGear -Engadget -BGR
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The WyzeCam is a $20 security camera, and it just got better - The Verge

Monday, February 19, 2018

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The WyzeCam is a $20 security camera, and it just got better
The Verge
I've never owned a security camera, so don't quote me as an expert, but I've been reading some WyzeCam reviews this afternoon and they're a little astonishing: a good, functional, easy-to-use, and feature-rich streaming security camera for $20. Well ...
The $20 Wyze security camera gets a sequel with improved intelligence and Amazon Echo supportTechCrunch
The WyzeCam gets a smarter sequel that still costs only $20Engadget
WyzeCam v2 raises specs but not $20 price (for now)SlashGear
ZDNet -Digital Trends
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Samsung's Galaxy S9 is coming: Here's what the rumors say it will be - USA TODAY

Monday, February 19, 2018


Samsung's Galaxy S9 is coming: Here's what the rumors say it will be
Spring is almost here which means its almost time for Samsung to release its latest Galaxy. More: Mark your calendars: Samsung preps for Galaxy S9 launch. Whereas Apple uses the Fall to announce new iPhones, Samsung prefers to release new Galaxies in ...
Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S9The Verge
Latest leak may have uncovered the Galaxy S9's most exciting secretBGR
The 3 leaked Galaxy S9 features to get you to upgradeSlashGear
Ars Technica -Engadget -Digital Trends -CNET
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Mario may finally be getting his own encyclopedia in English this October - The Verge

Monday, February 19, 2018

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Mario may finally be getting his own encyclopedia in English this October
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Mario may finally be getting his own English-language encyclopedia on October 23rd, a tome that tracks the three decades of his existence in Nintendo games, as spotted by Kotaku. The original book came out in Japan in 2015, and an English translation ...
This Super Mario encyclopedia is a must-have pre-orderSlashGear
The Definitive Super Mario Encyclopedia From Dark Horse Is Available to
'Super Mario Bros.' encyclopedia comes to the US October 23rdEngadget
TechSpot -Kotaku -Twinfinite -Ubergizmo
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