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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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GitHub Beyond Your Browser with Phil Haack

Monday, November 20, 2017

Ready to use GitHub beyond your browser? Carl and Richard talk to Phil Haack about his latest work at GitHub, where they are focused on expanding the audience that can rely on GitHub for social coding of all types. The discussion starts out focused on the rewrite of GitHub Desktop to Electron and the impact that has had for maintainability of code, and then moves to the latest work done to support game development in GitHub, specifically for Unity developers. Game development involves large digital assets like 3D models, movies and music - not the usual fodder for a Git repository. But Phil's team has build stuff to make life easier - check it out!

Developer Tips and Design Patterns with Steve Smith

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

No anti-patterns this time - Steve is talking patterns! Carl and Richard chat with Steve Smith about various development patterns that can help you build software that is more reliable, scalable and robust. While Steve is famous for his anti-pattern calendars, this time around he's discussing a number of excellent patterns that are becoming more prevalent in the .NET development world, including the Builder pattern (which .NET Core relies on), Null Object Pattern, Strategy and Rules Patterns and more! If an hour isn't enough, check out Steve's books and Pluralsight videos!

Docker Tools for .NET Core with Kendra Havens

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ready to experiment with containers? Carl and Richard talk to Kendra Havens about the on-going integration of container technology into Windows, Visual Studio and .NET. Kendra talks about moving existing applications into Docker containers, and how even when the underlying operating system is large (say, Windows), you only need to download it once to use it across any number of container instances. There's great tooling for Docker support in Visual Studio and VS Code, so you can use Docker the way you want to. And Microsoft uses containers extensively internally as well, so the tooling just keeps getting better!

DevOps for Everyone with Donovan Brown and Damian Brady

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Can everyone benefit from DevOps practices? While at Ignite in Orlando, Carl and Richard sat down with Donovan Brown and Damian Brady to talk about the recently formed League of Extraordinary DevOps Advocates and the effort to get both developers and operations folks taking advantage of Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Instrumentation tooling and more. While the key to a good DevOps practice is the culture and process, having great tools makes everything easier, and today VSTS and TFS offer one-button delivery pipelines. It's never been easier for everyone to get onboard with a DevOps practice!

Building VSTS using VSTS with Dan Hellem and Rogan Ferguson

Monday, November 06, 2017

How does Microsoft make Visual Studio Team Services? With Visual Studio Team Services! While at Ignite in Orlando, Carl and Richard sat down with Dan Hellem and Rogan Ferguson to talk about their work in the VSTS team building and deploying features on a three-week cycle. The discussion dives into the agile practices that the different teams use and how they come together to get new versions out on a regular basis as part of the Software-as-a-Service offering of VSTS. Great conversation about keeping developers productive!

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What You Need to Know About HQ, the Hot New Trivia App - Fortune

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


What You Need to Know About HQ, the Hot New Trivia App
That could be what Rus Yusupov, CEO of the new HQ trivia app, is telling himself after his “off the rails” interview with a Daily Beast reporter this week thrust him into an unwanted spotlight. Of course, Yusupov's popular app was already earning a ...
HQ Trivia Is Idiot-ProofSlate Magazine
After Owner's Bizarre Meltdown, HQ Trivia Has A Wild NightKotaku
Is HQ Trivia holding its host hostage?The Outline
Daily Beast
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Welcome to 2018. There's No Net Neutrality. We Made Dystopia a Reality. - Futurism

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Welcome to 2018. There's No Net Neutrality. We Made Dystopia a Reality.
This week, FCC chairman Ajit Pai issued a proposal to dismantle the net neutrality regulations that are currently in effect in the United States. Not only would this stymie efforts to offer high-speed internet access throughout the country, it would ...
Text of FCC 'Proposal to Restore Internet Freedom' released, eradicates net neutrality rulesAppleInsider (press release) (blog)
Reddit unites against proposal to end net neutralityThe Daily Dot
It's not just net neutrality: The FCC also wants to relax one of broadcast media's biggest rulesWashington Post
Los Angeles Times -NPR -Fortune -Variety
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PC vendors scramble as Intel announces vulnerability in firmware [Updated] - Ars Technica

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ars Technica

PC vendors scramble as Intel announces vulnerability in firmware [Updated]
Ars Technica
Enlarge / All the Cores are affected by a major vulnerability in management firmware—as are Xeon servers and Atom, Celeron and Pentium devices. Intel · reader comments 164. Share this story. Intel has issued a security alert that management firmware ...
Intel CPUs Have Serious Security Flaws: What You Should KnowLaptop Mag
Intel Patches Major Flaws in the Intel Management EngineExtremeTech
Intel's latest Core processors have serious security flawsEngadget
Digital Trends -CNBC -TechRepublic -TechTarget
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Apple's latest AI research explores the problem of mapping systems for self-driving cars - The Verge

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Verge

Apple's latest AI research explores the problem of mapping systems for self-driving cars
The Verge
A sensor in the grille of self-driving car. Photo by Sean O'Kane / The Verge. Apple's ambitions to build a self-driving car have reportedly shifted gears over the years, but we know the company is focusing on the software side of the equation. This ...
Apple research paper details LiDAR-based 3D object recognition for autonomous vehicle navigationAppleInsider (press release) (blog)
Apple could use machine learning to shore up LiDAR limitations in self-drivingTechCrunch
Apple Shares Research into Self-Driving Car Software That Improves Obstacle DetectionMac Rumors
9to5Mac -Engadget -SlashGear -Patently Apple
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