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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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The Ethics of Big Data with Cathy O'Neil

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Can Big Data actually hurt society? Carl and Richard talk to Cathy O'Neil about her book, Weapons of Math Destruction. Cathy has been deeply involved with machine learning and big data for decades and has a broad view of both the potential and dangers of the technology. The conversation dives into understanding how this technology amplifies bias and how that bias ultimately shapes behavior. The trick is to acknowledge that the bias exists - once you see it, it is possible to overcome its effects. Lots of great thinking from an expert in the space!

Surviving Microservices with Michele Bustamante

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Michele is back and surviving microservices! Carl and Richard talk to Michele Bustamante about her work with microservices and the challenges that her customers have. Starting with the normal problems innate to any re-architecting exercise - what is the benefit to the customer? You can't make microservices because they're fun, they have to solve a particular problem - and typically it's the problem of over-coupling within a group of services. Update one and you derail the others. Picking what service to separate is a challenge - and how do you do it! Great conversation about containers, DevOps and management strategies!

Azure Success Stories with Christos Matskas

Thursday, March 15, 2018

How do you have success with Azure? Carl and Richard talk to Microsoft PFE Christos Matskas about some of the projects he's been involved in helping organizations deploy apps and services into Azure. As Christos says, it's not an all-or-nothing thing - some applications and services make more sense in the cloud, and some work great on-premises. But there are a bunch of moving parts to organize and understand to have success with Azure. Christos tells stories of where things go right, things go wrong, and how it has less to do with the technology involved, and more with how you think and work together as a team!

The .NET Core 2 Road Map with Scott Hunter

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

What is coming up for .NET Core? Carl and Richard talk to Scott Hunter, who leads all of .NET at Microsoft, about the road ahead for .NET Core. But first, a quick look back at where .NET has come from, including a discussion around performance and the impact of the Meltdown and Spectre CPU security flaws impacting performance across the board. Then into a huge raft of features coming up in the next year in .NET Core, including compilation and performance enhancements, as well as some old favorites like lazy loading in EF Core and SignalR!

Building Dashboards with Jessica White

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

How do you know how your software is working? While at NDC in London, Carl and Richard talk to Jessica White about her experience building dashboards to instrument operations, management and development. The conversation dives into what needs to be measured as well as how to represent those measurements in ways that help people understand - do it wrong and you can actually confuse people, or have your dashboard ignored. Jessica talks about how dashboards have to evolve with business needs. With new goals come new metrics and new dashboards to show those metrics. Your dashboard is no more static than your business is!

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West of Loathing, Bad North, and The Messenger All Coming to Nintendo Switch -

Saturday, March 24, 2018

West of Loathing, Bad North, and The Messenger All Coming to Nintendo Switch
Right on schedule, more indie games are coming to the Nintendo Switch. And given the success independent developers have found on the platform compared to other console platforms and PC, it's no wonder they are flocking. The latest batch: West of ...
Nintendo Switch Adds 12 New Eshop Games And Pokken Tournament DLC This WeekGameSpot
Nintendo Switch bundle, Sea of Thieves deals and more great game discountsPolygon
Decorating my Nintendo Switch: We Review PDP's Light Up Dock ShieldBleeding Cool News
IGN -GamingBolt -Geek
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Overwatch Avoid as Teammate Feature Being Tested - PlayStation LifeStyle

Saturday, March 24, 2018

PlayStation LifeStyle

Overwatch Avoid as Teammate Feature Being Tested
PlayStation LifeStyle
There's nothing worse than having terrible teammates in a competitive team-based title, and Blizzard is working on improving that. They're currently working on a new avoid as teammate feature that'll allow players to avoid those that they don't like ...
Overwatch League Code of Conduct LeaksGame Rant
Overwatch players can now avoid toxic or uncooperative teammatesPC Gamer
New Overwatch Feature Lets Players Avoid Others as
Bleeding Cool News -Kotaku -TechRaptor -VG247
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Forget Samsung Galaxy X. Apple Is Developing A Foldable iPhone For 2020, Analyst Says - Forbes

Saturday, March 24, 2018


Forget Samsung Galaxy X. Apple Is Developing A Foldable iPhone For 2020, Analyst Says
Apple iPhone X has a display that reaches to the very bottom of the device because it actually folds underneath. Apple has a folding iPhone up its sleeve, says Wamsi Mohan, an analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as reported by CNBC Friday. A ...
Projector deals, Apple Watch markdowns, and more Samsung Galaxy S9 bundlesThe Verge
How Smart Is Bixby on Galaxy S9? Here's Our Report CardTom's Guide
6 reasons you should buy Samsung's new Galaxy S9 instead of the Galaxy Note 8Business Insider
Android Headlines -ValueWalk -Tech Times -NewsFactor Network
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Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones - Ars Technica

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Ars Technica

Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones
Ars Technica
Enlarge / This screen in the Messenger application offers to conveniently track all your calls and messages. But Facebook was already doing this surreptitiously on some Android devices until October 2017, exploiting the way an older Android API handled ...
Guess What? Facebook Logs Your Calls, TextsTom's Guide
The payback: At last, mobile phone users charged a small fortune for junk texts are to get refundsThis is Money

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