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TekkGuy

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."
-- Putt's Law
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Programming situations that I have encountered and my resolutions
 
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My thoughts, feelings and ramblings. Just my personal soapbox to get out my point of view. 
 


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Integrating Accessibility with Elle Waters

Thursday, August 15, 2019

How do you integrate accessibility into your applications? Carl and Richard chat with Elle Waters about her on-going work helping educate developers and organizations to include accessibility features as part of their user experience design. Elle digs into how accessibility should become part of your workflow - it takes time to learn, but once understood, it doesn't cost much in terms of routine work. The same applies to client-side and mobile tech. In the end, accessibility *is* user experience - you gotta do it!

Rust and C# with Ashley Mannix

Thursday, August 08, 2019

What is Rust and why would you use it with C#? While at NDC in Oslo, Carl and Richard chatted with Ashley Mannix about he and the team at Datalust build Seq, a structured log server, using Rust on the back end and C# on the front. Rust looks a lot like C++, but with a great type safety system and a smart compiler that can help catch memory leaks before they happen. Rust is a modern language with modern capabilities and well worth the look!

Ethics and Bias in AI with Amber McKenzie

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Artificial Intelligence is happening - are we using it correctly? While at NDC in Oslo, Carl and Richard talked to Amber McKenzie about the challenges of building AI applications that are ethical and unbiased. Doc Am discusses how the AI term is over-used, and how often there are simpler technologies that can solve business problems. But where AI is applied, it comes with some ethical needs about how it is used, and an understanding that there is always bias in the data that trains AI - tread carefully!

Automated Text Summarization with Masa Nekic

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Can software summarize documents? While at NDC in Oslo, Carl and Richard talked to Masa Nekic about automated text summarization. Masa walks through a few cases where text summarization is valuable, such as search optimization. There are a variety of strategies to automate text summarization, and there are plenty of 'it depends' cases - but its a cool tech to explore!

Migrating from WCF with Mark Rendle

Thursday, July 18, 2019

WCF isn't coming to .NET Core 3 - what to do? While at NDC in Oslo, Carl and Richard chatted with Mark Rendle about his new project called Recode. Mark talks about how Microsoft came to the decision that they could not migrate WCF to the open-source, cross-platform .NET Core and what that means going forward. Mark's solution is a tool called Recode that can convert WCF code to gRPC - check it out!

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Proud Boys Declare Portland Rally a Success: 'Go Look at President Trump's Twitter' - The Daily Beast

Saturday, August 17, 2019

  1. Proud Boys Declare Portland Rally a Success: 'Go Look at President Trump's Twitter'  The Daily Beast
  2. Portland police declare 'civil disturbance' amid clashes after far-right, far-left rallies; at least 13 arr...  Fox News
  3. Trump says Antifa being considered a possible terror group as Portland, Oregon, braces for dueling protests  CNN
  4. As Portland braces for Proud Boys protests, here's what Trump doesn't get about antifa  NBC News
  5. Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson arrested on eve of Portland, Ore., protests  Fox News
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Viewing Tips for Peak of Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight - Big Island Now

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Viewing Tips for Peak of Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight  Big Island Now

The Perseid meteor shower is upon us. It is the most famous and active meteor shower of the year with up to 80 meteors an hour leaving long trails across the.

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Tlaib hits back at Bill Maher for comments on BDS, compares Israel to apartheid South Africa - Fox News

Saturday, August 17, 2019

  1. Tlaib hits back at Bill Maher for comments on BDS, compares Israel to apartheid South Africa  Fox News
  2. Daily News Quiz: This land is my land, this land is Greenland  Washington Post
  3. House Dems could retaliate against US and Israel ambassadors after banned visit: report  Fox News
  4. Once again, Israel fumbles its response to BDS | TheHill  The Hill
  5. 'I should be on a plane to see her': Tlaib emotional after decision not to visit grandmother in West Bank  CNN
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Why was Jeffrey Epstein allowed to purchase small women’s panties from the Palm Beach jail? - Miami Herald

Saturday, August 17, 2019

  1. Why was Jeffrey Epstein allowed to purchase small women’s panties from the Palm Beach jail?  Miami Herald
  2. Medical examiner rules Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide  CBS Evening News
  3. Jeffrey Epstein's death ruled a suicide by hanging  CBS News
  4. Inmate 76318-054: The Last Days of Jeffrey Epstein  The New York Times
  5. Epstein isn’t the only one. Too many people kill themselves in jail.  Washington Post
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Pa. Workers Forced To Choose Between Watching Trump, No Pay Or Using Paid Time Off - NPR

Saturday, August 17, 2019

  1. Pa. Workers Forced To Choose Between Watching Trump, No Pay Or Using Paid Time Off  NPR
  2. Union workers told to attend Trump speech or lose pay  CNN
  3. Trump’s Pittsburgh Speech Was a Paying Gig for Audience  The New York Times
  4. Trump’s speech at a Shell plant drew thousands of workers. They were paid overtime to be there.  The Washington Post
  5. Thousands of union workers given option to either attend Trump speech at Shell or lose out on wages: reports | TheHill  The Hill
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