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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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Windows Sets with Raymond Chen and Jason Watson

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tabs for Windows apps? While at Build in Seattle, Carl and Richard talked to legend Raymond Chen and Jason Watson about the upcoming Sets capabilities in Windows 10. The conversation dives into the virtual desktop, Windows 10 timeline and other tech to get you back to a productive state quickly, from one device to another. Jason and Raymond talk about how developers can add functionality to their applications to take advantage of Sets to further increase productivity. Windows continues to evolve!

Writing High Performance .NET Core Code with Ben Watson

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

.NET Core is fast, but does how you write code in .NET Core help with performance? Carl and Richard talk to Ben Watson about the 2nd Edition of his HIgh Performance .NET Code book. The original edition came out in 2014 when .NET Core was just beginning (ASync/Await were brand new too!) and so an update is welcome. Ben explains that there is no one right way to write high performing code, every implementation is on a case-by-case basis. You need to benchmark and instrument to understand where bottlenecks are, then measure performance carefully before you start trying to improve. But there are a bunch of options available to improve performance!

MFractor Update with Matthew Robbins

Thursday, May 10, 2018

MFractor grows up! Carl and Richard talk to Matthew Robbins about the progress he's made over the past 18 months (since his last show) on MFractor - now an extension for Visual Studio for the Mac to make building mobile applications with Xamarin easier. Matt talks about improving the mobile development cycle - the time it takes from writing code on your PC to it running on your smartphone, and recognizing that it's not just about compile and transfer times. It's also image sizing and copying, catching errors early and more - things that can be done while writing code!

Announcing .NET Core 3 with Scott Hunter

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Fresh from Build (actually recorded before Build) - a new version of .NET Core! Carl and Richard talk to Scott Hunter about the announcement of .NET Core 3. Scott leads off with a conversation around .NET Core 2.1, now a release candidate at Build. And then the big news, the next version of Core bringing love to the desktop side, at least for Windows. Versions of WinForms and WPF run against Core. It's a separate package because it's not cross-platform, but it certainly brings new Windows desktop development to Core! Check out the site for video on Core 3!

Constraints Liberate with Mark Seemann

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Do constraints liberate? Carl and Richard talk to Mark Seemann about the very constraints that developers often argue against - pointing out how those constraints can actually make us more productive. Mark talks about memory management, such as garbage collection in .NET, while a constraint (you can't do what you want with memory) actually liberates you from thinking about memory. The same with static typing - decide on a type once, and stop worrying about it. The question is, are you surrounding yourself with the constraints that liberate you?

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VR developers: Stop shipping glitchy, half-baked games - VentureBeat

Sunday, May 20, 2018


VR developers: Stop shipping glitchy, half-baked games
On the 1-10 spectrum of “game developers should be able to sell completely broken demos” to “every game should be thoroughly vetted before release to earn the Nintendo seal of quality,” I'm somewhere in the middle. For years, I've hated how app stores ...
DF Retro: Revisiting E3 2004 - PlayStation Portable vs Nintendo

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5 Reasons To Buy The OnePlus 6 Over Samsung's Galaxy S9 - Forbes

Sunday, May 20, 2018


5 Reasons To Buy The OnePlus 6 Over Samsung's Galaxy S9
Chinese manufacturer OnePlus has launched its latest effort to dethrone Android's top handsets: the OnePlus 6. But how does it actually fare in the head-to-head stakes? And, more importantly, is it worth your money over Samsung's Galaxy S9? Not ...
Samsung ad pokes fun at throttled iPhone to get customers to move on to GalaxyUSA TODAY
Samsung will debut Bixby 2.0 with the next Galaxy NoteEngadget
Android Oreo Update Rollout To Galaxy S7, S7 Edge ResumesAndroid Headlines
Tech Times -Phone Arena -Hot Hardware
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Small group of iOS devs form “Developers Union” to request App Store changes - Ars Technica

Sunday, May 20, 2018

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Small group of iOS devs form “Developers Union” to request App Store changes
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A small group of developers for Apple platforms has banded together to request new features and policies from Apple, and its members say they have ideas for ways to make it easier to make a living on the platform, Wired reports. They're calling it "The ...
Apple pulls CallKit apps from Chinese App Store following new lawSlashGear
Apple cracking down on CallKit apps in China App Store due to government regulation9to5Mac
Apple Removes CallKit Apps From Chinese App Store, Citing New Cybersecurity LawsGizmodo
Mac Rumors -Engadget -Android Central -Phone Arena
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Google Duo brings screen sharing to Android - SlashGear

Sunday, May 20, 2018


Google Duo brings screen sharing to Android
Google's Duo app has become one of the most popular video calling app on Android since its debut in 2016, and now it's introducing a rare feature for mobile platforms: screen sharing. The latest version of Duo is rolling out with the ability to share ...
Google Duo can share your Android phone's screenEngadget
Google Duo 34 enables fast and easy screen sharing, preps message 'Reply' [APK Insight]9to5Google

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