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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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State of Mobile Development Panel from DevReach

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

How do you build a mobile app in 2018? Or should you? Richard moderates a panel from DevReach in Bulgaria with Sam Basu, Jen Looper and Jo Franchetti about their experiences with different tools building mobile apps. The conversation ranges over Xamarin, Cordova, NativeScript and good ol' fashion mobile web. Is the Progressive Web App good enough now to skip going to the app store? Or do you want your PWA to appear in the app store? How awful are app stores? Great thoughts around testing, accessibility and more!

IoT and Edge Computing with Jared Rhodes

Monday, December 10, 2018

What can edge computing do for you? While at the Update Conference in Prague, Carl and Richard chatted with Jared Rhodes about his work building Internet of Things solutions with a variety of hardware and software. Jared talks about building reliable IoT solutions that are simple of customers to interact with - or work without any interaction at all. There are a lot of different choices in the IoT space right now, and no one right way - it is worth experimenting!

The Source Control of Windows with Ed Thomson and Jill Campbell

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Windows represents the single largest Git source control library in the world at 300GB - but what does it take to work on it? Carl and Richard talk to Ed Thomson and Jill Campbell about how Azure DevOps (formerly known as VSTS) functions under the load of 33,000 people working on the Windows project with 11 million work items. There are many things in Azure DevOps that can cope with that scale, but some aspects don't make sense to add directly, like moving millions of work items. For that, the team has built extensions available in the Visual Studio marketplace - check them out, maybe they can help you!

Dependency Injection with Steven van Deursen

Monday, December 03, 2018

What's your dependency injection solution? Carl and Richard talk to Steven van Deursen about his work building SimpleInjector and why there seem to be so many different dependency solution options out there. Steven talks about how he came to build SimpleInjector and what makes different DI solutions valuable - including when the .NET Core team tried to build an abstraction over dependency injection that resulted in an anti-pattern! Dependency injection helps you code in a maintainable way, but the tooling you use affects everything. It takes time to make the right fit for you application.

Morality of Software Development with Bill Buxton

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Is there a morality to software development? Carl and Richard talk to Microsoft Principal Researcher Bill Buxton about his thoughts on what software can do and what our responsibility as software creators is. Bill talks about Melvin Kranzberg's Laws of Technology, starting with the idea that technology is neither good nor evil, nor is it neutral. Ultimately software is a tool, and people decide how that tool is going to be used. We shape tools, but tools ultimately shape us as well. It's always wise to check in on what your shape is. Lots of great thinking!

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Wisconsin’s Scott Walker Signs Bills Stripping Powers From Incoming Governor - The New York Times

Friday, December 14, 2018

  1. Wisconsin’s Scott Walker Signs Bills Stripping Powers From Incoming Governor  The New York Times
  2. Wisconsin's Walker signs sweeping lame-duck GOP bills  POLITICO
  3. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs legislation stripping incoming Democrats' power  CNN
  4. Scott Walker to strip powers from incoming Wisconsin Democrats – live  The Guardian
  5. Scott Walker Signs Wisconsin GOP's Massive Power Grab Into Law  HuffPost
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NFL official involved in exchange with Bills' Hughes fined a game check - Buffalo News

Friday, December 14, 2018

  1. NFL official involved in exchange with Bills' Hughes fined a game check  Buffalo News
  2. NFL reinstates ref involved in Hughes incident
  3. NFL fines official who had confrontation with Bills DE Jerry Hughes  Yahoo Sports
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Apple Music now live on Amazon Echo speakers using Alexa - 9to5Mac

Friday, December 14, 2018

  1. Apple Music now live on Amazon Echo speakers using Alexa  9to5Mac
  2. What parents need to know before buying Google Home or Amazon Echo  The Washington Post
  3. A Parent’s Guide to Not Feeling So Bad About Using Alexa  New York Magazine
  4. Apple Music support hits Amazon Echo speakers  The Verge
  5. Apple Music Now Playable on Amazon Echo Speakers via Alexa in United States  Mac Rumors
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Robinhood said to not be properly insured to offer checking & savings - TechCrunch

Friday, December 14, 2018

  1. Robinhood said to not be properly insured to offer checking & savings  TechCrunch
  2. Robinhood didn't give key industry watchdog a heads-up about the launch of its free checking account  CNBC
  3. Robinhood rocks banking with 3-percent savings interest rate  USA TODAY
  4. Robinhood’s 3% Interest Checking Is Just a Money-Market Fund  Bloomberg
  5. Robinhood launches no-fee checking/savings with Mastercard & the most ATMs  TechCrunch
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Trump administration not to blame for ‘tragic’ death of 7-year-old girl in Border Patrol custody, White House says - The Washington Post

Friday, December 14, 2018

  1. Trump administration not to blame for ‘tragic’ death of 7-year-old girl in Border Patrol custody, White House says  The Washington Post
  2. 7-year-old girl dies in U.S. custody after entering country illegally  CBS News
  3. Dems, progressives quick to politicize death of migrant girl in Border Patrol custody  Fox News
  4. 7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion  The Washington Post
  5. Migrant caravan: Girl dies after being taken into custody at Mexico-US border  BBC News
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