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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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Modern UX Thoughts with Heather Wilde

Monday, November 12, 2018

How are user experiences evolving? Carl and Richard talk to Heather Wilde about her work with UX in a number of capacities, including helping to create the user experience of EverNote. The conversation dives into a number of poor UX designs, including frustrations around Windows 10 - but what's coming next? Heather talks about anticipatory design from the perspective of most people living with decision fatigue and being unwilling to make more decisions. So simplify your UI! Popular applications today need to be spartan and direct to help the user. The question is what the UX is attempting to do - help the user or help the business? Can it do both?

Building for the Cloud using Pulumi with Luke Hoban

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

How do you build out your cloud infrastructure? Carl and Richard talk to Luke Hoban about Pulumi, a start-up making open source software that helps you take Infrastructure-as-Code to the next level - not just simple scripts, but real programming languages. Luke talks about getting away from the cut-and-paste effects of Infrastructure-as-Code into building classes with enough sophistication that you're not creating technical debt each time you build a new cloud resource. With support for multiple clouds and multiple programming languages, this looks to be the next essential cloud development tool!

Web Performance Tools in 2018 with Benjamin Howarth

Monday, November 05, 2018

Web performance is still important - what are you doing to keep your sites fast? Carl and Richard talk to Benjamin Howarth about his current approach to web site performance - with a focus on dealing with older smartphones and lower bandwidth. The conversation runs through a huge gamut of tools that help you understand what your customer experiences when accessing your website, and where to focus to make improvements. Not everyone has 4G connections and top-of-the-line phones - be kind to your users!

Azure Durable Functions with Maxime Rouiller

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Functions are ephemeral and stateless - right? What if they weren't? Carl and Richard talk to Maxime Rouiller about durable functions in Azure. Maxime dives into the patterns that durable functions provide, starting with the chaining pattern, where you can declare a series (or chain) of function calls that only start when the previous function completes. And then onto the fan-out pattern that allows for an orchestrator to launch any number of simultaneous functions and then collect their results in whatever order they complete. There's more choices and a ton of possibilities in durable functions!

IoT and .NET with Bryan Costanich

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Is .NET ready for the Internet of Things? Carl and Richard talk to Bryan Costanich about the current state of IoT and how his startup Wilderness Labs is building next-generation hardware that runs .NET! Bryan talks about how microcontrollers have gotten much more powerful today, but the programming stacks are still back in the 80s. The expectations of customers today is cloud integration, auto-updating and mobile apps - which is expensive and time-consuming to write in C++! Enter Meadow, programmable with .NET Standard 2. Join the Kickstarter to get the first release of hardware!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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Samsung may be working on a foldable tablet, in addition to its foldable phone - BGR

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Samsung may be working on a foldable tablet, in addition to its foldable phone
At this point, Samsung apparently just wants to fold all the things. In all seriousness, the South Korea-based tech giant sees enough promise in bringing the foldable form factor to multiple mobile devices that it's begun taking more than one serious ...
Galaxy S10 Leak 'Confirms' Samsung's Nasty SurpriseForbes
Samsung Galaxy S10 Flagship Detailed In Most Credible Leak YetAndroid Headlines
Galaxy S10 May Skip the Notch for an Infinity-O DisplayDroid Life
PCWorld -SlashGear -PhoneDog -Tech Times
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Toronto Esports Team Pulls Out Of Overwatch Because It Couldn't Use 'Toronto' Anymore - Kotaku

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Toronto Esports Team Pulls Out Of Overwatch Because It Couldn't Use 'Toronto' Anymore
There's taking your ball and going home, and then there's whatever Toronto Esports just did. After a few days of unusual tweets from the organization's president and founder, including an unanswered challenge issued to Overwatch League's new Toronto ...
NBA players link up with app to promote stars' esports
Overwatch League Team Chengdu Hunters RevealedBleeding Cool News
eSports: The New Industry Leveraging Digital GamingDigital Media Solutions

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Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime Has Some Games He'd Like To Sell You - Kotaku

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime Has Some Games He'd Like To Sell You
Reggie Fils-Aime is in hype mode. That is the main gear for the president of Nintendo of America the week before Black Friday as he sits in a 38th-floor Manhattan hotel suite full of Nintendo game and system boxes. “As we look forward to the next 45 ...
Nintendo Switch Black Friday 2018 Deals In Early Ads: Games, Consoles, And Accessories On SaleGameSpot
Here Is Nintendo's Big Switch Bundle For Black Friday 2018Forbes
Nintendo's Black Friday 2018 deals include Switch and 2DS bundlesBGR
Polygon -CNET -Nintendo -Motherboard
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Apple is now selling refurbished HomePods, but Black Friday deals are cheaper - The Verge

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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Apple is now selling refurbished HomePods, but Black Friday deals are cheaper
The Verge
Apple has added refurbished HomePods for the first time to its online store, where they're selling for $50 less than the original price, via MacRumors. Both the white and space gray versions are selling for $299, but you're better off looking elsewhere ...
Apple's refurbished HomePod doesn't seem like a very good pre-Black Friday dealPhone Arena
Apple is Selling Refurbished HomePods for $50 OffiClarified
Sonos Beam vs HomePod: Which should you buy?iMore (press release) (blog)
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