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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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Node on Azure with John Papa

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Azure loves Node! Carl and Richard talk to John Papa about running JavaScript on the server side, in the cloud and otherwise. John talks about the tooling around doing web development in Azure, including the Azure CLI and more. The conversation also digs into the client side of development with VS Code and the huge array of extensions available that allow you to personalize and automate your development experience - the right tooling makes all the difference!

Leading C# with Mads Torgersen

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Time for a chat with the leader of C#! Carl and Richard talk to Mads Torgersen about where C# has been and where it's going. Mads discusses some of the ideas being explored for what will become C# 8, including the on-going experiments with nullable reference types. The conversation dives into how language features are developed, the challenge of dealing with a huge diversity of developers in C# of varying skill levels and community engagement. Mads loves his role, and C# is better for it!

Software Extensibility using Serverless Tech with Glenn Block

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Serverless technology can extend your applications! Carl and Richard talk to Glenn Block about his work at Auth0 and building out WebHooks. Glenn talks about taking WebHooks to the next level with Extend, providing a SaaS offering for extensibility into other SaaS applications. This leads to a conversation about the architecture of extensibility in the cloud - rather than building a ton of features, let your customers extend your software the way they want!

Writing Visual Studio Extensions with Mads Kristensen

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Want to extend Visual Studio? Carl and Richard talk to Mads Kristensen about what its like to build Visual Studio extensions - and how he's now responsible for helping others build extensions too! Mads is the person behind Web Essentials, which used to be a big stand-alone download. Today it's a bunch of Visual Studio extensions. Today Mads is a program manager for Visual Studio extensions, and wants to help YOU be successful at building them too!

.NET Core in Action with Dustin Metzgar

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

.NET Core in Action! Carl and Richard talk to Dustin Metzgar about his new Manning book, .NET Core in Action. Dustin talks about the challenge of writing faster than the .NET team can ship code - how do you get a book done? The conversation also digs into effective strategies for working with .NET Core, the kind of tooling you care about, approaches to debugging, internationalization and more!

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

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How the most durable smartphone glass is made and why it's coming to the next iPhone - BGR

Thursday, July 19, 2018


How the most durable smartphone glass is made and why it's coming to the next iPhone
If you own a smartphone or tablet, the chances are that Corning Gorilla Glass protects the display. If its a flagship device that sports a glass-sandwich design, you probably get Gorilla Glass on the back of it too. The newer your phone, the better ...
Corning's new Gorilla Glass 6 will let your phone survive multiple dropsCNET
Glass phones are about to get really, really coolMashable
Corning's Gorilla Glass 6 will help your phone survive up to 15 drops before it shattersDigital Trends
PCMag -TechCrunch -Engadget -9to5Mac
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Get 3 Months Of Xbox Game Pass Very Cheap Right Now - GameSpot

Thursday, July 19, 2018


Get 3 Months Of Xbox Game Pass Very Cheap Right Now
Microsoft is offering a pretty nice deal on the Xbox Game Pass subscription service right now. For the next two weeks, you can get a 3-month subscription to the program for only US $10 / £8 / AU $11. That is a very good deal, as that's usually the ...
Microsoft Teases 'All-New Xbox Hardware' Announcement Next Month [Update: Microsoft Changes Wording]Forbes
Microsoft teases 'all-new Xbox hardware' announcement for next monthThe Verge
Microsoft promises 'all-new Xbox hardware' next month (update: no)Engadget
PlayStation LifeStyle -Digital Trends -IGN -PCMag
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Android phones might become much more expensive thanks to Google's $5 billion fine from the EU - Business Insider

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Android phones might become much more expensive thanks to Google's $5 billion fine from the EU
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There's a strong chance that Android phones are about to become more expensive. That's because Google was fined $5 billion by the EU and told to stop bundling its search and Chrome apps on Android. Google offers Android for free and predominantly ...
Apple Deserves an EU Fine, TooBloomberg
Googe Vs. EU. Misleading Rebuttal That Google Did Not Need To MakeForbes
EU ruling against Google opens 'opportunity,' rival saysWashington Post -The Week Magazine -Seeking Alpha -Phone Arena
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'I want to look like Tom Cruise': How free game Fortnite makes so much money - USA TODAY

Thursday, July 19, 2018


'I want to look like Tom Cruise': How free game Fortnite makes so much money
For Brendan Hickey, purchasing custom features for his character in the online game "Fortnite" was about standing out. He can now do the electro shuffle. Eat popcorn, dribble a basketball or swing a "plunja" pickaxe. Does any of this help the 22-year ...
Fortnite Servers Down For Maintenance [Update: Complete]GameSpot
Fortnite's first Summer Skirmish event was bad, but Epic can fix itPolygon
Week 2 Challenges - Search Between an Oasis, Rock Archway, and Dinosaurs Map, Hoop Locations - Season 5IGN
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