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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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"Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand."
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Messaging Pitfalls with Jimmy Bogard

Thursday, June 20, 2019

How do you use messaging? Carl and Richard talk to Jimmy Bogard about his work developing messaging architecture for applications. Jimmy talks about the mistakes he's made along the way, starting with not using formal messaging systems - yes, you can use a text file or a database table as a queue, but should you? And when you do embrace messaging, there is an overhead of code and effort to work with queues properly. Is it worth it? The answer is always, it depends!

Home Automation Geek Out with Mads Kristensen

Thursday, June 13, 2019

It's 2019, how smart is your home? Time for a Geek Out! Carl and Richard chat with Mads Kristensen about how he's adding automation to his home - and in a way that is tolerable for his significant other and young children. Mads talks about his kids being small enough that they can't reach the light switch - so automation to turn lights on is hugely empowering for them! But how do you make your home automation not so annoying? That's a bit trickier, and a great conversation!

Building Websites using Gatsby with Jason Lengstorf

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Why should you build your website with Gatsby? Carl and Richard chat with Jason Lengstorf about the Javascript library built on top of ReactJS to automate the generation of static web pages from a variety of data sources with a focus on blogs and CMS sites. The conversation dives into this idea of higher layer abstractions making building multi-format web pages easier and highly performant by generating to static content. This lets you push your content closer to the customer on a CDN - the web development world continues to evolve!

Migrating to Containers using Istio and Kubernetes with Rob Richardson

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Ready to move your applications into containers? Carl and Richard chat with Rob Richardson about his work migrating existing applications running in virtual machines over to containers using Kubernetes as the orchestration engine and Istio as the traffic manager. Why add Istio to the mix? It makes it easier to have a mixture of containers, services running in VMs and more. The conversation digs into the expanding tribe of services that work in containers together to give you great options for analytics, security and more!

Rockstar with Dylan Beattie

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Have you heard of Rockstar? Carl and Richard talk to Dylan Beattie about a joke that may have gone too far - or perhaps not far enough? Dylan talks about the origins of Rockstar, the idea that recruiters like to use the term rockstar to identify a certain class of developer that is far from realistic. But what if rockstar was a language? Then anyone who programmed in it would be a rockstar developer... right? What started as a gag specification is now a language - the code looks like 80s rock lyrics, but it compiles!

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LightSail 2 is Ready for Launch - The Planetary Society

Monday, June 24, 2019

  1. LightSail 2 is Ready for Launch  The Planetary Society
  2. SpaceX Falcon Heavy poised for dramatic night launch  CBS News
  3. Falcon Heavy rocket set to attempt SpaceX’s “most difficult launch ever”  Ars Technica
  4. NASA's New Salmon-Colored 'Green' Fuel Is a Much Safer Propellant
  5. Falcon Heavy L-1 Weather Forecast Launch for Monday, June 24: 70% Chance Favorable |
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Almost 300 migrant children removed from Texas facility described as 'appalling' - NBC News

Monday, June 24, 2019

  1. Almost 300 migrant children removed from Texas facility described as 'appalling'  NBC News
  2. Migrant children moved after reports of poor conditions at remote facility: report | TheHill  The Hill
  3. What You Need to Know About the Crisis at the Border  Slate Magazine
  4. Government moves migrant children after poor conditions exposed  The Boston Globe
  5. US moves migrant children after reports of poor conditions at Texas facility  The Guardian
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Truck driver in deadly motorcycle crash faces 7 counts of negligent homicide - CNN

Monday, June 24, 2019

  1. Truck driver in deadly motorcycle crash faces 7 counts of negligent homicide  CNN
  2. Pickup truck driver arrested following New Hampshire highway collision that left 7 motorcyclists dead  Fox News
  3. Massachusetts man arrested in deadly NH motorcycle crash
  4. The Latest: Truck driver's lawyer calls bike crash a tragedy  Yahoo News
  5. Westfield Transport, Massachusetts company involved in New Hampshire crash that killed 7, has history of violations, federal records show
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Warner Bros. hires first female CEO in studio history - The Verge

Monday, June 24, 2019

  1. Warner Bros. hires first female CEO in studio history  The Verge
  2. Ann Sarnoff Named Warner Bros. CEO in Surprise Pick  Hollywood Reporter
  3. Ann Sarnoff named chair and CEO of Warner Bros. She is the first woman to run the studio  CNN
  4. Warner Bros. Taps BBC Studios Americas Chief Ann Sarnoff as CEO (EXCLUSIVE)  Variety
  5. Warner Bros Names Ann Sarnoff As New CEO  Deadline
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Apple releases public betas of iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina - Engadget

Monday, June 24, 2019

  1. Apple releases public betas of iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina  Engadget
  2. iOS 13 hands-on: dark mode, Apple Maps, Reminders, and more  The Verge
  3. iOS 13 public beta: The best things to try now that it's live  CNET
  4. Apple releases iOS 13 public beta with dark mode, advanced photo and camera features and more  MSPoweruser
  5. iPadOS public beta: top 6 features  The Verge
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