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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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My thoughts, feelings and ramblings. Just my personal soapbox to get out my point of view. 
 


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Moving from Web Forms to Blazor with Jeff Fritz

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Blazor is coming on strong - should you migrate to it? Carl and Richard talk to Jeff Fritz about what's happening with Blazor and how server-side Blazor is going to ship with .NET Core 3. But what about moving existing web forms apps to Blazor? The developer ecosystem seems to be building controls for Blazor, so perhaps there are options there, but first, make sure your web forms apps are using the latest .NET bits - then you'll have a better grasp of what's possible and where to go!

gRPC with Shawn Wildermuth

Thursday, September 05, 2019

What is gRPC and why should you care? Carl and Richard talk to Shawn Wildermuth about the new hotness that is gRPC - or is it? Shawn talks about all the different approaches we've taken over the years to communicate over the wire, whether with SOAP, REST or all the other flavors in-between. What makes sense for your application? Shawn talks about how gRPC has a solid cross-platform solution for streaming connections and how that is probably the main reason you should consider gRPC at all - and if you aren't concerned about streaming, then there isn't much reason to move from where you are.

Performance is a Feature with JD Trask

Thursday, August 29, 2019

In the age of the cloud, does performance matter? Carl and Richard talk to JD Trask of Raygun software about his work making applications run fast - and knowing how to do it! JD talks about the various ways that you can measure the performance of different types of applications, especially in this modern day where you can instrument in production and actually see what your customers are experiencing. The trick is to not look at averages - individual experiences matter, and figuring out where and what to tune takes time and good tooling. A great geeky conversation on performance!

Building Applications using Server-Side Blazor with Shaun Walker

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Server-Side Blazor is poised to ship at the end of September 2019 - are you ready? Carl and Richard talk to Shaun Walker, formerly of DotNetNuke fame, about server-side Blazor - starting with, how does server-side Blazor even make sense? Blazor has been a client-side technology using web assembly since Steve Sanderson showed off the prototype in 2017. But as the product matured, a server-side model from the Razor world emerged as a hugely powerful way to build forms-over-data web applications - and the component vendors have jumped on-board! Shaun talks about his new open-source project called Oqtane which promises to make building Blazor apps even easier!

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!

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Saudi attacks send oil prices soaring: live updates - CNN

Monday, September 16, 2019

  1. Saudi attacks send oil prices soaring: live updates  CNN
  2. Trump: US 'locked and loaded depending on verification' of attack on Saudi oil field  CNN
  3. Defiant Iran blasts Pompeo’s Saudi-attack accusations as ‘blind and futile comments’  Fox News
  4. Behnam Ben Taleblu: Attack on Saudi oil facility shows Trump was right to pull out of Iran nuke deal  Fox News
  5. Does the World Have Enough Oil to Cope With Saudi Attacks?  Bloomberg
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Ric Ocasek, frontman of the Cars, found dead in his Manhattan apartment - The Washington Post

Monday, September 16, 2019

  1. Ric Ocasek, frontman of the Cars, found dead in his Manhattan apartment  The Washington Post
  2. `The Cars` lead singer Ric Ocasek found dead in Manhattan home at 75  PIX11 News
  3. The Cars' 15 Greatest Songs: Critic's Picks  Billboard
  4. Ric Ocasek, New Wave Rock Visionary and Cars Co-Founder, Is Dead  The New York Times
  5. Singer Ric Ocasek of The Cars has died at age 75  Yahoo Entertainment
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Brees, Roethlisberger Concerns Highlight Week 2 in the NFL | SI.com - Sports Illustrated

Monday, September 16, 2019

  1. Brees, Roethlisberger Concerns Highlight Week 2 in the NFL | SI.com  Sports Illustrated
  2. 'Concerned' Brees to see hand specialist in L.A.  NFL.com
  3. Ripple Effects of Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees Injuries in NFL Week 2  Bleacher Report NFL
  4. Brees questionable to return with a thumb injury  FOX 8 Live WVUE
  5. NFL 2019 Week 2 Recap: Brees, Roethlisberger out, Patriots 16-0? | NBC Sports  NBC Sports
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Kuo: iPhone 11 Order Demand Better Than Expected, New Colors Particularly Popular - Mac Rumors

Monday, September 16, 2019

  1. Kuo: iPhone 11 Order Demand Better Than Expected, New Colors Particularly Popular  Mac Rumors
  2. Apple's cheaper iPhone 11 appears to be the most popular model pre-ordered in China  CNBC
  3. Midnight green iPhone 11 Pro is proving popular, Apple analyst reports  CNET
  4. The Best iPad Drawing Apps for Every Kind of Artist (2019)  WIRED
  5. Forget the iPhone 11 - these are the best value iPhones to buy right now  Mirror Online
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NPR Shopping Cart Economics: How Prices Changed At A Walmart In 1 Year - NPR

Monday, September 16, 2019

NPR Shopping Cart Economics: How Prices Changed At A Walmart In 1 Year  NPR

NPR is tracking about 80 items sold at a Walmart in Georgia, since mid-2018 with an eye toward products caught in the trade war. On average, their prices ...