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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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Salesforce for .NET Developers with Jay Janarthanan

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Developing in Salesforce? What's that about? Carl and Richard talk to Jay Janarthanan about the kinds of software being built today against the Force infrastructure that runs the Salesforce CRM SaaS product - and so much more! Jay talks about why you would want to do extensions to Salesforce, and how in the past few years enterprises have been building entire applications with the Force tools and infrastructure. The language of Force is Apex, and Jay is building an open source project called ApexSharp to let C# programmers use their favorite tools to build Salesforce applications. Check it out!

Implementing DevOps at Microsoft with Lori Lamkin

Monday, December 11, 2017

What does it take to implement a DevOps practice at Microsoft? While at Connect in New York, Carl and Richard talked to Lori Lamkin about the efforts of the VSTS team to deliver more value to customers faster. Lori talks about changing the tempo of deployment for TFS from 24 months to three weeks and the re-organization of the teams so that developers are responsible for features from conception to operations. The role of operations also evolves to one that focuses on monitoring, rather than deployment - it's a lot of change, but worth it!

Show 1500 - the History of .NET

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Show 1500! What better to celebrate another aught-aught milestone of .NET Rocks than a look back. Richard has been working on writing a book on the History of .NET (maybe Christmas 2018?) but to celebrate a milestone show, he dives into the topic with Carl. .NET has had a lot of twists and turns through the years and .NET Rocks has been there the whole time - throughout the conversation, there are opportunities to point to specific shows that represent part of that history. Here's to another 1500 show and 15 years of .NET!

Visual Studio Tools for AI with Seth Juarez and Paige Bailey

Monday, December 04, 2017

Ready for some AI tooling? While at Connect in New York, Carl and Richard sat down with Paige Bailey and Seth Juarez to talk about the newly announced Visual Studio Tools for AI. The conversation starts out talking about what we really mean by Artificial Intelligence, focusing on machine learning and deep learning. There are a variety of tools out there to make building the models of AI easier, and the Visual Studio Tools for AI bring all those tools together into one working environment. Tons of cool links below, check them out!

Visual Studio Thoughts and Directions with Mitra Azizirad

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Where has Visual Studio come from and where is it going? While at Connect in New York, Carl and Richard sat down with Connect owner/organizer Mitra Azizirad to talk about her show and long career at Microsoft. Mitra comes from a technical world but moved into developer marketing - and she's a huge fan of developers! Lots of interesting historical references about Visual Studio and more!

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Windows 10 Surface rival: Samsung's new Notebook 9 Pen 2-in-1 packs latest i7 chip - ZDNet

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Windows 10 Surface rival: Samsung's new Notebook 9 Pen 2-in-1 packs latest i7 chip
Among Samsung's three 2018 Notebook 9 models is the new 13-inch foldable Notebook 9 Pen 2-in-1. Image: Samsung. Samsung has updated its lightweight Notebook 9 series from 2017 with Intel's 8th generation Core i7 chips. Samsung's Notebook 9 2018 series ...
Samsung's Notebook 9 Pen is ready for your scribbles, drawings and morePCWorld
Samsung updates its Notebook 9 ultrabooks with even bigger batteriesThe Verge
Samsung Notebook 9 Pen, Notebook 9 (2018) Laptops AnnouncedUbergizmo
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Cheetah Mobile's Android launcher is the first to feature Microsoft's Cortana - Digital Trends

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Cheetah Mobile's Android launcher is the first to feature Microsoft's Cortana
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Voice activated assistants are all the rage. Apple has Siri, Android has Google Assistant, Samsung has Bixby, and now Microsoft's Cortana has found a mobile partner — Cheetah Mobile. You may recognize Cheetah as being the company behind apps like ...
Microsoft is making subreddits more searchable with BingThe Verge
Microsoft's path to a smarter Bing and Cortana includes tapping Reddit users' opinionsPCWorld
Microsoft adds more AI-powered updates to Bing, Cortana, Office 365ZDNet
Engadget -CNET -TechCrunch -PCMag
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Ghost Recon Wildlands details Predator crossover event (Updated) - PC Gamer

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Ghost Recon Wildlands details Predator crossover event (Updated)
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Update: After teasing its Predator-inspired event yesterday, Ubisoft has now detailed exactly what Ghost Recon Wildlands' The Hunt entails. Set to kick off today through "early January", The Hunt is free and celebrates the original movie's 30th ...
Ghost Recon Wildlands Is Getting The Predator For A Few WeeksKotaku
Free Ghost Recon: Wildlands DLC Lets You Hunt The Predator (Yes, From The Movies)GameSpot
The Predator Is Coming to Ghost Recon WildlandsCinema Blend
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Twitch Releases Statement In Support Of Net Neutrality - GameSpot

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Twitch Releases Statement In Support Of Net Neutrality
The FCC plans to vote tomorrow on a sweeping overhaul of internet regulations that would roll back protections for net neutrality. Today, Twitch became the latest of dozens of tech companies that have come out in opposition to the FCC's plans. Twitch's ...
Comcast says it loves net neutrality, hugs it to deathThe Verge
Net Neutrality Repeal Would Hurt #MeToo Movement And Minority WomenNewsweek
What's at stake if we lose net neutrality? A guide for the perplexedSalon
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