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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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Storytelling with James Whittaker

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

How can storytelling advance your career? Carl and Richard talk to James Whittaker, who recently published The Storytellers Spellbook, about the power of stories to help people understand you and the things that are important to you. James tells his story about realizing how important storytelling was to his career and what it could do for him - and the additional challenge of teaching others how to tell stories. He breaks down three key aspects - the story you tell, how you tell it, and what you do while telling it. You don't have to be on stage, even your regular performance review at work is a type of storytelling, and it's in your best interest to get better at it!

OpenAPI.NET with Darrel Miller

Monday, January 15, 2018

How do you make sure your APIs can interop across languages and other complexities? Carl and Richard talk to Darrel Miller about OpenAPI, the open source specification for standard aspects of APIs like collections, security rules and more. The specification is now at version 3 and starting to really mature - all the big players are involved, and you can contribute as well! Darrel discusses how Microsoft has been implementing OpenAPI standards to their own APIs and what it takes for you to do it as well. There is an OpenAPI.NET implementation available at GitHub for you to work from and lots of great information in Microsoft docs. Check it out!

Finding a Job in Software Development with Chuck Wood

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

How do you get a job in software development that you love? Carl and Richard talk to Chuck Max Wood about his experiences teaching people to get jobs in software development. Chuck starts with finding a job you really want - there are lots of options in software development. He talks about LinkedIn as a great source of information about companies and the people that work at them. Making connections to people in companies, understanding what the company does and who is responsible for hiring is all part of the practice of getting the right job - you can do it!

Building Progressive Web Apps with Chris Love

Monday, January 08, 2018

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are here, and Chris Love has some thoughts! Carl and Richard talk to Chris about his view on PWAs and their impact on building great web applications. Chris talks about the power of service workers to increase the performance of a web application through pre-loading of caching, tolerating unreliable connections, even cool event features that allow web apps to light up when they are needed, especially in a mobile scenario. Graceful degradation of features means that you build to the ideal browser, but tolerate versions that don't have comprehensive support for all PWA features. And check out Chris' offer for a PWA Course, special to .NET Rocks listeners!

Vision, AI and More with Tim Huckaby

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Artificial Intelligence has transformed vision technology! Carl and Richard talk to Tim Huckaby about his latest work with vision systems for retail, security and more. Tim talks about how AI has fundamentally changed the way you implement vision systems, taking away many of the limitations on number of people tracked, object and face recognition and so on. The conversation digs into the demonstration done at the Build conference for using regular security cameras to implement a real-time safety tracking system on a construction site - aspirational, but coming soon! And of course, there's a long conversation about privacy. What is fair, reasonable and wise?

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

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A flaming superhero car and dieting trucks at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show - Ars Technica

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Ars Technica

A flaming superhero car and dieting trucks at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show
Ars Technica
The Ram 1500 was considered by many I talked to as one of the high points of the show. Is it the first 48v mild hybrid truck? Jonathan Gitlin. The 1500's chassis and powertrain. Jonathan Gitlin. By contrast, the new Chevrolet Silverado caused much less ...
5 cars at Detroit's Auto Show that I'd buy. And 4 I won't.MLive.com
We were promised smartphones on wheelsThe Verge
This Week's Top Photos: the 2018 Detroit auto show editionMotor Authority
The Detroit News -ExtremeTech -WOODTV.com -Jalopnik
all 137 news articles »

Amazon Alexa Is Now Available On Almost Any Android Smartphone, But Don't Get Excited Yet - Tech Times

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Tech Times

Amazon Alexa Is Now Available On Almost Any Android Smartphone, But Don't Get Excited Yet
Tech Times
Amazon is updating its Alexa app on Android to include voice commands, widening the reach of its smart virtual assistant. The update is also coming to iOS following the Android rollout. ( David Ryder | Getty Images ). Amazon is pretty serious about ...
How to delete all your voice data from Amazon Echo, Google Assistant, Cortana and SiriWired.co.uk
Virtual assistants still baffle some of their usersSFGate
How to use Amazon's Alexa app on your smartphoneDigital Trends
The Verge -Ubergizmo -TechRadar -Neowin
all 104 news articles »

There are problems with Apple's iPhone battery explanation — and the company might end up paying the price in court - Business Insider

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Business Insider

There are problems with Apple's iPhone battery explanation — and the company might end up paying the price in court
Business Insider
Apple is under fire for a software feature that slows down the speed of iPhone processors to prevent unexpected device shutdowns. Congress, attorneys, and customers are criticizing Apple for not being clearer when the feature was introduced in early ...
South Korean prosecutors probe Apple over iPhone slowdownsAppleInsider (press release) (blog)
Apple Loop: Three New iPhones Revealed, Awkward Problems In iOS Update, More iPhone Battery ProblemsForbes
Korean prosecutors launch formal investigation of Apple's iPhone slowdown 'feature'BGR
CNBC -ValueWalk -BetaNews -ZDNet
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Google Allo To Support GIF & Sticker Customization On Android - Android Headlines

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Android Headlines

Google Allo To Support GIF & Sticker Customization On Android
Android Headlines
The Google Allo Android app will soon support GIF and sticker customization, as suggested by a number of strings uncovered during a teardown of the latest version of the service conducted by 9to5Google. Google Allo build 26 references a feature called ...
Gboard just made it too easy to post insane GIF selfiesThe Verge
Google is adding a selfie GIF button right in Gboard's suggestion barPhandroid.com
Gboard goes big on GIF creation in the suggestion barPocketNow (press release) (blog)
Kaplan Herald
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