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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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Tekk News
A collection of news articles that I have come across in my travels in "The Grid"
 
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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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Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Acting 'Too Rich' for Their Own Good? - Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  1. Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Acting 'Too Rich' for Their Own Good?  Showbiz Cheat Sheet
  2. Harry and Meghan under fire for private jet use  CBC News
  3. The 2 things Meghan Markle won’t pack for Balmoral which the Queen ‘hates with a passion’  Express
  4. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s ‘detrimental’ behavior ‘might bother’ Prince William, claims royal expert  Fox News
  5. Royal woes  Majorca Daily Bulletin
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Sony Publicly Responds to Marvel Divorce over Spider-Man - Collider.com

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  1. Sony Publicly Responds to Marvel Divorce over Spider-Man  Collider.com
  2. Report: Spider-Man Will No Longer Be Shared by Marvel and Sony [UPDATED]  Gizmodo
  3. Why Spider-Man Fans Think Sony Is Worse Than Thanos  Showbiz Cheat Sheet
  4. How Will Marvel Universe Move on Without Spider-Man?  Hollywood Reporter
  5. Studio Wars: Why the Marvel Studios-Sony Dispute Over Spider-Man Is Bad for Everyone  Complex
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The Antonio Brown Helmet Saga Is Too Much Even for ‘Hard Knocks’ - The Ringer

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  1. The Antonio Brown Helmet Saga Is Too Much Even for ‘Hard Knocks’  The Ringer
  2. Antonio Brown actually shows up for Raiders' practice and it appears his crazy helmet saga could be over  CBS Sports
  3. Oakland Raiders: Keelan Doss had a special first NFL training camp  Just Blog Baby
  4. NFL Star Antonio Brown Sued by Chef in Dispute Over a Fish Head  The Daily Beast
  5. Hard Knocks apparently stops soft-pedaling the Antonio Brown situation  NBCSports.com
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Facebook loses Oculus executive who led its mobile VR efforts - Engadget

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  1. Facebook loses Oculus executive who led its mobile VR efforts  Engadget
  2. Oculus loses another key figure in VR effort  CNET
  3. Former Oculus Head of Mobile VR Max Cohen Leaves Facebook  Variety
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Two dead in Kashmir gunbattle, the first since revocation of status - Reuters

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  1. Two dead in Kashmir gunbattle, the first since revocation of status  Reuters
  2. Kashmir: Pakistan to seek International Court of Justice ruling  BBC News
  3. Kashmir tensions: 'War is not a solution' | Talk to Al Jazeera  Al Jazeera English
  4. Why Kashmir is a crisis for the world, not just India and Pakistan | TheHill  The Hill
  5. Indian PM raises Kashmir protests with British counterpart  Reuters
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