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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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Securing your Dependencies with Nina Juliadotter

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

What does it take to make an application resilient to exploits? Caring about more than just the code you wrote! While at NDC in Sydney, Carl and Richard talked to Nina Juliadotter about securing all the code in your application - including the open source libraries that your application takes dependencies on. Nina talks about building tests into your CI/CD pipeline to evaluate all the libraries in your project to figure out what is in your application and what the current versions are. Do you keep all your libraries up to date? They're the most likely versions to be secure!

Embedding Power BI with Peter Myers

Thursday, October 11, 2018

What can PowerBI do for you? While at NDC in Sydney, Carl and Richard talked to Peter Myers about Microsoft's modern data analytics tool. The conversation starts out exploring the history of data analytics at Microsoft and how it has landed at PowerBI. Peter talks about how PowerBI is both a Software-as-a-Service tool and Platform-as-a-Service component. You can embed PowerBI in your applications to do dashboards and dynamic reporting. It consumes virtually any data source and has great programmatic extensibility - add it to your application!

Coding in Q# with John Azariah

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Start programming quantum today! While at NDC in Sydney, Carl and Richard talked with John Azariah about Q# and the Quantum Development Kit that he has helped create. The conversation starts out with a refresher on quantum computing in general, including exploring a number of the myths and fallacies - John brings up the really important problems that quantum can tackle, including (no kidding!) world hunger and climate change. John dives into what Q# is all about, being able to abstract away from the quantum hardware and various emulators so that you can explore quantum functions. You may not have the hardware today, but some day you will!

Reading Other People's Code with Patricia Aas

Thursday, October 04, 2018

How do you read other people's code? While at NDC Sydney, Carl and Richard talked to Patricia Aas about the fine art of studying code you haven't written - and even more challenging, understanding it! Code doesn't read like a novel, there really is no beginning or end, it's always an exploration. The conversation also turns to being respectful of existing code, recognizing that it is as good as it could be at the time and that there are always ways to make it better. And when you're writing code, the challenge is to write it so that it can be read and understood by others!

Making Bots with Adam Stephensen

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

You need a bot for that! While at NDC in Sydney, Carl and Richard talked to Adam Stephensen about his experiences building bots. The bot craze has died down a bit these days, but that means that more serious work is being done. Adam talks about what it takes to build a good bot, looking beyond the FaqBot and into more context-sensitive and service-oriented bots. In the end, a bot is just another front-end over your well-organized services layer that can handle web and mobile front-end services as well. But what does it do that is unique? How does it help people? Are bots just a fad, or are they here to stay? Adam has thoughts!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Essential Lays Off Some Staff, Sharpens Focus on New Product - PCMag

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Essential Lays Off Some Staff, Sharpens Focus on New Product
The startup behind the Essential Phone is cutting staff. On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that Essential Products had laid off about 30 percent of its workforce. The affected employees were part of the company's hardware, marketing and sales divisions.
Essential cuts 30 percent of workforceThe Verge
Essential lays off nearly one-third of its staffTechCrunch
Essential decides a third of its staff isn'tAndroid Police
SlashGear -Digital Trends -9to5Google -Bloomberg
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Apple's new privacy management tools throw epic shade at Facebook and Google - BGR

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Apple's new privacy management tools throw epic shade at Facebook and Google
Tim Cook is a pretty straightforward guy. Dresses like your uncle. Avoids the flash of his predecessor. And he has a few key things he repeats, mantra-like, in that distinctive Alabama drawl. Things like – privacy is a human right. And, you are not our ...
Apple Customers in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand Can Download a Copy of Their Data Starting TodayMac Rumors
How to request your personal data from Apple9to5Mac
How to download the personal data that Apple collects from youMacworld
Gizmodo -Business Insider -TechCrunch -Reuters
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Upgrade your phone and get unlimited data in one of T-Mobile's best deals of 2018 - BGR

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Upgrade your phone and get unlimited data in one of T-Mobile's best deals of 2018
T-Mobile is launching what it says is one of its best deals of 2018 this Friday for everyone who's ready to trade-in their phone for a flashier handset — and get some extras in the process. Here's the rundown: You bring in your current phone to any T ...
T-Mobile's 36-month payment plan will be available this weekThe Verge
T-Mobile announces new trade-in deal, expands 36-month EIP to more devicesTmoNews
With 36-month financing and a trade, T-Mobile has high-end phones priced as low as $10 per monthPhone Arena
PhoneDog -Android Community -Business Wire (press release)
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Here's what photos from the Red Hydrogen One camera look like - CNET

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Here's what photos from the Red Hydrogen One camera look like
Cinema camera-maker Red's eagerly anticipated Hydrogen One phone is almost here -- preorders are slated to start shipping this week -- and I had a whirlwind night and day to shoot with it before shipping it off to our phone reviewer. The company ...
RED Hydrogen One specs leak online with days to go before launchBGR
First look: RED Hydrogen One hopes holographic screen can lure people from Apple, SamsungUSA TODAY
RED Hydrogen One specs leak as launch approachesThe Verge
Droid Life -9to5Google -Android Headlines -Engadget
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