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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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Testing the SPA with Dan Wahlin

Thursday, September 20, 2018

How do you test a single page application? Carl and Richard talk to Dan Wahlin about, Dan's favorite new open source library for testing anything in the browser, including SPAs like Angular, React and Vue. The conversation dives into the various challenges around testing for web apps, trying to get beyond unit testing and into more functional testing that will let you know if you broke the UI. Dan talks about taking over existing projects that have chunks of code that everyone fears - and how testing helps mitigate that fear. As usual with Dan, he also compares and contrasts various web stacks - lots of great links in the show notes too!

Azure DevOps with Donovan Brown

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Time to rub a little DevOps on it! Carl and Richard talk to Donovan Brown about the state of DevOps at Microsoft - including some important changes! The conversation starts out talking about the latest tooling making it easier than ever to get a great automated pipeline of continuous delivery. But that's not enough, there's a cultural shift that has to happen also. Donovan talks about how IT folks can resist the changes that come with rapid deployment, and Richard argues back about how IT roles struggle - the solution is to create common goals around value to the customer. Meantime, there's big news at Microsoft - Visual Studio Team Services is becoming Azure DevOps, and opening the door to a more diverse way to rub more DevOps on everything you do!

Node and IoT with Suz Hinton

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Internet of Things keeps evolving! Carl and Richard talk to Suz Hinton about her on-going work in the IoT space, including joining Microsoft! It's been five years since Suz created the MeowShoes, and the combination of Moore's Law and the Cloud has made IoT more powerful and less expensive at the same time. Suz talks about coding in JavaScript via NodeJS to deploy code to all sorts of devices, along the way mentioning that operating systems just don't matter much, these days you can program what you want with whatever you want. Security continues to be a key issue, but things are looking up with smart ecosystems like Azure Sphere on the way. More IoT FTW!

The Intelligent Edge with Kevin Scott

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

What's an Intelligent Edge? Carl and Richard talk to Microsoft EVP and CTO Kevin Scott about his work in software with Google, LinkedIn and Microsoft - and what he focuses on today. Kevin talks about the resurgence of interest in .NET and C#, and the expansion of .NET across all sorts of development areas including Internet of Things. This leads to a conversation around Intelligent Edge, recognizing that there is enough compute power in even the smallest of devices that they can do analysis of data, not just haul it up to the cloud. AI and ML tech is key here - and there's lots to explore!

Code Security with Gabriel Torok

Thursday, September 06, 2018

How do you protect the source code you ship in your applications? Carl and Richard talk to Gabriel Torok, who has led PreEmptive Software for years and has provided code obsfuscation for .NET since the very beginning - for free! Today it's not enough to conceal your code, as Gabe says, it's about tamper-proofing. Not just to keep your code from being stolen, but to stop hackers from stealing data and exploiting your applications. With GDPR and other regulations, your responsibilities to protect your applications are growing - so check it out!

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2019 Lincoln Nautilus first drive review: Something old, something new - CNET

Friday, September 21, 2018


2019 Lincoln Nautilus first drive review: Something old, something new
The Lincoln Motor Company is reinventing itself. After a generation of MK-thises and MK-thats that struggled to differentiate themselves from high-trim Fords, we got the one-two punch of Continental and redesigned Navigator. These aren't just a return ...
The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Improves on the Former MKXCar and Driver
First Drive: 2019 Lincoln Nautilus boosts fuel economy, safety featuresDetroit Free Press
Review: Lincoln Nautilus is comfort and beauty in a SUV packageThe Globe and Mail
Autoweek -Driving
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Amazon Echo Lineup Expands, With a New Focus on Audio Quality -

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Amazon Echo Lineup Expands, With a New Focus on Audio Quality
Amazon is expanding its lineup of Echo smart speakers, adding new products for the car and kitchen, and making Alexa a more versatile digital assistant. The company is smart speaker juggernaut—with legions of Echos in consumers' homes, and a long list ...
Amazon Launches New Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Auto: Alexa Will Be EverywhereForbes
Amazon Wants to Be In Every Room of Your HouseSlate Magazine
New Amazon Echo Alexa Devices Make Smart Houses Smart HomesGeek
Odessa American -Shacknews -groovyPost -Salon
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Google: Apps Can Scan And Share Your Gmail Data, With Consent - PCMag

Thursday, September 20, 2018


Google: Apps Can Scan And Share Your Gmail Data, With Consent
Don't expect Google to completely cut off marketing firms from your Gmail inbox. The company has told a group of US senators that Gmail add-ons that scan your inbox can choose to hand over your data to someone else — but only if they're upfront about it.
Google to Congress: We protect Gmail user data with automated scanning and catch the 'majority' of bad actorsBusiness Insider
Google says app developers can still scan Gmail with opt-inFast Company
Gmail smart replies may be creepy, but they're catching on like wildfireMashable
Engadget -Digital Trends -New York Post -Fortune
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PlayStation Now Is Making Its Games Downloadable - Kotaku

Thursday, September 20, 2018


PlayStation Now Is Making Its Games Downloadable
PlayStation Now, Sony's subscription service for streaming older games, is going to start letting you download games as well, putting it more in line with Xbox Game Pass and Nintendo's recently launched Switch Online NES library. A post over at the ...
PlayStation Now users can download certain PS4 and PS2 gamesEngadget
PlayStation Now offers downloading of PS4, PS2 gamesPolygon
PlayStation Now streaming service now offers game downloadsThe Verge
SlashGear -IGN -Shacknews -Destructoid
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