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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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Azure Event Grid with Dan Rosanova

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Event-driven architecture in Azure! Carl and Richard talk to Dan Rosanova about Azure Event Grid, built to power event-driven and serverless apps in Azure. Dan talks about how Event Grid picks up where WebHooks leave off, providing simpler connectivity between a variety of event streams and routing to different event consumers. The conversation also digs into the broader concepts of event-driven architecture, using queuing and subscription patterns to build loose-coupled, highly scalable and reliable applications. This is architecture perfect for the cloud!

Migrating to .NET Core 2 with Jeremy Likness

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

.NET Core 2 is out - are you ready to migrate? Carl and Richard talk to Jeremy Likness about his experiences migrating his own projects over to Core 2 from .NET Framework. The latest version of Core has the vast majority of the base class libraries from the original framework implemented. Jeremy talks about his open source project called Sterling that hails back from the Silverlight days as a NoSQL data store. And it migrated fine! The conversation dives into other aspects beyond being cross platform, including performance benefits and what new technologies are on the horizon that may be Core-only. It's a great time to kick the tires on Core!

Windows Template Studio with Clint Rutkas

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Struggling to get started with Universal Windows Platform applications? Carl and Richard talk to Clint Rutkas about the Windows Template Studio (WTS). WTS was first released into the Studio marketplace at Build in 2017 and has been updating every six weeks or so - with lots of community contributions. Clint talks about striking the right balance between generating code automatically that demonstrates best practices and getting in the way of you writing your own code - it's never simple, but when done right, hugely powerful. WTS is an open source project on GitHub, you can contribute to it as well!

New Razor Pages with Jess Chadwick

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New to ASP.NET Core 2 is Razor Pages - how is it different from Razor? Carl and Richard talk to Jess Chadwick about how Razor Pages takes Razor to the next level, getting away from traditional MVC (which is a funny thing to say) and into a more flexible model with a simpler code-behind approach. Jess talks about how this approach often ends up more closely coupled, but in a lot of cases, that's just fine. The different techniques are not mutually exclusive, you can mix-and-match as needed. This leads to a great conversation about state management, server-side rendering and more - web development continues to evolve!

Animations at Work with Rachel Nabors

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Do you have animation in your work? Carl and Richard chat with Rachel Nabors about her work putting animation into web applications. The conversation starts out with a bit of a history lesson around early animation on computers, especially around touch - Rachel argues that what made the iPhone great was the keyboard animation metaphor so good you forgot you were typing on glass. Animation when done right just makes your software easier and more enjoyable to use - but it shouldn't be too noticeable! Want to learn more? You can get 10% off of Rachel's books and courses with the code NETROCKS.

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5 things we just learned from the iPhone 8 teardown - CNET

Friday, September 22, 2017


5 things we just learned from the iPhone 8 teardown
After a giant leak, a huge reveal, and a full week with Apple's new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, you'd think we'd know everything about the company's latest phones. But new details keep trickling out. (Did you know you can charge faster with a USB-C ...
First look: Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular: stainless steel vs. aluminumAppleInsider (press release) (blog)
Behind-the-scenes video shows how Apple gets ready for iPhone dayBGR
Apple Watch Series 3 first look: So far, no LTE problemsEngadget
Forbes -Mac Rumors -Reuters -Mashable
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Apple iPhone 8 Plus Early Review: A Big Leap Forward With A Great Surprise - Forbes

Friday, September 22, 2017


Apple iPhone 8 Plus Early Review: A Big Leap Forward With A Great Surprise
I haven't had the iPhone 8 Plus for long, so I'm not fully reviewing it yet. I did, however, think it was worth looking at it from the perspective of someone who didn't attend the Apple launch and this year, for the first time in ages, didn't watch the ...
Inside iPhone 8: new 29 watt Fast Charging like iPad Pro, using USB-PDAppleInsider (press release) (blog)
Early Test Results: iPhone 8 and 8
iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7: Check Out The DifferenceValueWalk
ZDNet -Seattle Times -Digital Trends -SlashGear
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Uber app could be barred in 40 towns and cities - The Times

Friday, September 22, 2017

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Uber app could be barred in 40 towns and cities
The Times
A London taxi. A move to ban Uber from operating in the capital may have a knock-on effect elsewhere in the UKToby Melville/Reuters. Uber's future across the UK was thrown into doubt last night after councils confirmed that they would consider the ...
Uber will be banned from operating in London for deceptive practicesDigital Trends
Uber stripped of its license to operate in LondonTechJuice (press release) (blog)
Uber To Be Kicked Out Of London Over 'Lack Of Responsibility'Android Headlines
DailyTech -Mix 96 -Socpedia -New York Times
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Android's 'Check for Update' Button Now “Actually Works” - Android Headlines

Friday, September 22, 2017

Android Headlines

Android's 'Check for Update' Button Now “Actually Works”
Android Headlines
According to a recent Google+ post sent out by Googler Elliott Hughes, the 'Check for update' button now does more than it did before. To be clear, and as Hughes puts it – it now “actually works.” Android device owners who prefer to be first in line to ...
Android's 'Check for update' button will now actually pull the latest updatePhoneDog
Tapping the “Check for Update” button on Nexus/Pixel will actually be useful nowPhone Arena
In Oreo, the button to check for Android updates now actually checks for updatesAndroid Central
Know Your Mobile -XDA Developers (blog) -Wccftech -Gigjets
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Sorry, but the only Apple device that truly supports HDR video is the iPhone X - Mashable

Friday, September 22, 2017


Sorry, but the only Apple device that truly supports HDR video is the iPhone X
Smartphones like Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, LG's V30, and even Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X are finally getting HDR (High Dynamic Range) video support, which means any HDR content you play on them will look better. Like, noticeably better.
iOS 11 has a neat trick that makes setting up your iPhone 8 way easierBGR
Use Bluetooth and Wi-Fi in Control Center with iOS 11 - Apple SupportApple Support
Turning Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11's Control Center Doesn't Actually Turn Off Wi-Fi or BluetoothMotherboard en_us

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