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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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AI for Earth with Jennifer Marsman

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Can Artificial Intelligence help protect the Earth? Jennifer Marsman says yes! Carl and Richard talk to Jennifer about her new role working with Microsoft Research on implementing machine learning systems to support agriculture, environmental protection, biodiversity and more. Some of the projects originate within Microsoft, but there are a number of external projects supported by the team with Azure credits and funding. AI for good!

Building Hololens Apps using Unity with Jimmy Engstrom

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

How are applications being built for Hololens? While on the Modern Web Tour in Munich, Richard chatted with Jimmy Engstrom about his work building software for Hololens. The conversation starts out with the frustration over the lack of new hardware on the Hololens front - but with hope for something new soon! Jimmy runs down a variety of different programming methods for Hololens, the most popular of which is Unity - and not just for writing games!

MVVM Light with Laurent Bugnion

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Back at the beginning of WPF, before Silverlight, there was MVVM Light. While on the Modern Web Tour in Zurich, Richard sat down with Laurent Bugnion to talk about his work creating the open source toolkit that helped developers build cross-platform applications using the Model View View-Model pattern. Laurent's story crosses much of the story of XAML itself, from WPF to Silverlight to Windows Phone and Xamarin Forms!

Learning UX with Jessica Engstrom

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Ready to add UX to your skills? While in Berlin at the Telerik Modern Web Tour, Richard interviews Jessica Engstrom on how developers can add UX skills to their repertoire. Sure, it would be nice to have a dedicated UX person, but that's not always an option. So what do you need to know to get started? Jessica talks about the Tenets and Traps card deck that lists a variety of key tenets and the traps that you can fall into when it comes to making great UX experiences. Lots of great thinking!

Progressive Web Apps for Mobile Development with Matt Netkow

Thursday, August 02, 2018

So many ways to build mobile apps - what works best for you? Carl and Richard talk to Matt Netkow about the past, present and future of PhoneGap and how the Progressive Web App is playing in the mobile dev world. Matt talks about the many JavaScript-based solutions for mobile cross-platform development including PhoneGap, Cordova, NativeScript and Ionic. But with Progressive Web Apps being supported by browsers on mobile devices, could you just be writing native Javascript for your web app? Lots of good discussion!

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Overwatch Is Having Another Free-to-Play Weekend Soon -

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Overwatch Is Having Another Free-to-Play Weekend Soon
Blizzard is holding yet another free-to-play weekend for Overwatch soon with the game playable at no cost on all available platforms. Overwatch's free weekends are plentiful compared to other games with the hero shooter's roster of characters and ...
Blizzard wants you to try Overwatch for free again next
OVERWATCH Is Having Another Free WeekendGameTyrant (press release) (blog)

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Snapchat's much-needed Android overhaul is hiding in plain sight - Engadget

Sunday, August 19, 2018


Snapchat's much-needed Android overhaul is hiding in plain sight
Snap promised a sorely needed redesign for Snapchat's sluggish Android app back in November, and it's now clear what that tune-up will entail. Jane Manchun Wong has discovered (with additional detail from Kieron Quinn) that Snapchat's Android app ...
Snapchat's long-awaited redesign is smoother, can be enabled right now with rootAndroid Police
Faster, cleaner Snapchat for Android is on the way (VIDEO)Phone Arena
Snapchat's Android redesign shows up in alpha, but requires root to enableBrinkwire (press release)
Technobezz -XDA Developers (blog) -TalkAndroid (blog) -PhoneWorld Magazine (press release) (blog)
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Fabled 'Little Red' prototype Shelby Mustang discovered! - Yahoo News

Sunday, August 19, 2018

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Fabled 'Little Red' prototype Shelby Mustang discovered!
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Shelby's 'Little Red' prototype Mustang GT500 EXP has been found in Texas after years of searching – making for one of the most significant finds in American car collector history. The big-block Shelby notchback coupe was one of a pair of 'experimental ...
Near-mythical 1st Mustang Shelby GT 500 found; Experts crowd-sourcing its historyDetroit Free Press
'Little Red' 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 found after 50 years, could be worth millionsFox News
This Long Lost Experimental Mustang Shelby GT500 Was Just Found in a Texas FieldThe Drive
Yahoo Singapore News -The Siver Times -Ford Muscle (blog) -Motor Trend
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Forza Horizon 2 to be delisted from Xbox Store next month - Windows Central

Sunday, August 19, 2018

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Forza Horizon 2 to be delisted from Xbox Store next month
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Forza Horizon 2 is an open-world racing game for Xbox One and Xbox 360 which takes you all over Italy. The title launched in 2014 and garnered great reviews. However, as is often the case with racing games, music licenses expire and it's easier to stop ...
PSA: Forza Horizon 2 will be removed from Xbox marketplace after SeptemberPolygon
Games with Gold September 2018 UPDATE: Latest Xbox One free games
Forza Horizon 2 being pulled from Xbox store following Games With Gold dealSlashGear
Ubergizmo -Game Rant
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