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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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Developer Tips and Design Patterns with Steve Smith

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

No anti-patterns this time - Steve is talking patterns! Carl and Richard chat with Steve Smith about various development patterns that can help you build software that is more reliable, scalable and robust. While Steve is famous for his anti-pattern calendars, this time around he's discussing a number of excellent patterns that are becoming more prevalent in the .NET development world, including the Builder pattern (which .NET Core relies on), Null Object Pattern, Strategy and Rules Patterns and more! If an hour isn't enough, check out Steve's books and Pluralsight videos!

Docker Tools for .NET Core with Kendra Havens

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ready to experiment with containers? Carl and Richard talk to Kendra Havens about the on-going integration of container technology into Windows, Visual Studio and .NET. Kendra talks about moving existing applications into Docker containers, and how even when the underlying operating system is large (say, Windows), you only need to download it once to use it across any number of container instances. There's great tooling for Docker support in Visual Studio and VS Code, so you can use Docker the way you want to. And Microsoft uses containers extensively internally as well, so the tooling just keeps getting better!

DevOps for Everyone with Donovan Brown and Damian Brady

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Can everyone benefit from DevOps practices? While at Ignite in Orlando, Carl and Richard sat down with Donovan Brown and Damian Brady to talk about the recently formed League of Extraordinary DevOps Advocates and the effort to get both developers and operations folks taking advantage of Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Instrumentation tooling and more. While the key to a good DevOps practice is the culture and process, having great tools makes everything easier, and today VSTS and TFS offer one-button delivery pipelines. It's never been easier for everyone to get onboard with a DevOps practice!

Building VSTS using VSTS with Dan Hellem and Rogan Ferguson

Monday, November 06, 2017

How does Microsoft make Visual Studio Team Services? With Visual Studio Team Services! While at Ignite in Orlando, Carl and Richard sat down with Dan Hellem and Rogan Ferguson to talk about their work in the VSTS team building and deploying features on a three-week cycle. The discussion dives into the agile practices that the different teams use and how they come together to get new versions out on a regular basis as part of the Software-as-a-Service offering of VSTS. Great conversation about keeping developers productive!

SQL Server DevOps with Kevin Cunnane and Eric Kang

Thursday, November 02, 2017

DevOps with SQL Server? Yes! While at Ignite in Orlando, Carl and Richard sat down with Kevin Cunnane and Eric Kang to talk about the latest set of tooling in SQL Server to facilitate incorporating SQL Server databases into your DevOps workflows. Databases seem to be the biggest obstacles in the continuous deployment process - how do you make them part of the process? Kevin and Eric talk about the SQL Server Data Tools as a mechanism to allow database schema to be part of your source code and to be able to build deltas for version changes. Lots more tools in the show links, check them out!

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Best Buy 'Black Friday' 2017 Ad Deals: How Good Are They? - Forbes

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Best Buy 'Black Friday' 2017 Ad Deals: How Good Are They?
's Black Friday 2017 sales are confirmed. We know big brands like iPhone, Galaxy, Xbox, PS4 and some premium HDTVs will all be subject to significant discounts as Best Buy goes head-to-head with the likes of Amazon (guide), Target (guide), Walmart ...
Black Friday 2017: All the best tech deals you can already shopThe Verge
Madden 18 Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Sales And Early DiscountsGameSpot
Why wait for Black Friday? These Xbox One deals rockCNET
Mashable -Polygon -Daily Star -Fortune
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iMac Pro to feature A10 Fusion coprocessor, possibly for always-on 'Hey Siri' - 9to5Mac

Saturday, November 18, 2017


iMac Pro to feature A10 Fusion coprocessor, possibly for always-on 'Hey Siri'
The HomePod may be delayed, but we have still have the launch of the iMac Pro to look forward to before the end of the year. This evening, a couple of tidbits regarding the iMac Pro have emerged thanks to some digging by developers Johnathan Levin and ...
Apple's iMac Pro may have hands-free Siri voice controlEngadget
The upcoming iMac Pro could support a "hey Siri" commandTechRadar
The iMac Pro to feature an A10 Fusion chip with 512 MB RAM, could be capable of always on "Hey Siri"Firstpost
BetaNews -iClarified -Newburgh Gazette -UltraGamerZ (blog)
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Giant 'Minecraft' graphics upgrade delayed to 2018 - Engadget

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Giant 'Minecraft' graphics upgrade delayed to 2018
The Minecraft team had a bunch of news at their MineCon Earth convention, but the biggest news may be what's not happening. Mojang and Microsoft have delayed the launches of both the Super Duper Graphics Pack and cross-platform Switch multiplayer to ...
Minecraft's Big Graphics Upgrade Will Be Delayed To 2018Ubergizmo
Dolphins that find treasure! Minecraft's big ocean
Minecraft's next update is going to be huge, taking the adventure underwaterWindows Central
Shacknews -The Spinoff -Dot Esports -MSPoweruser
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Assassin's Creed Origins Player Tries To Kill A War Elephant With His Bare Hands - Kotaku

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Assassin's Creed Origins Player Tries To Kill A War Elephant With His Bare Hands
The ancient Egypt of the latest Assassin's Creed game is a sprawling expanse of lush vegetation and vibrant wildlife. Some players apparently are satisfied with simply taking in the beauty though and instead keep hunting for bigger, and bigger ...
Assassin's Creed Origins Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Sales And Early DiscountsGameSpot
Assassin's Creed: Origins Review | Much-Needed RespiteOnly Single Player
Assassin's Creed Origins Game Review: Kill like an EgyptianMid-Day
Eastbourne Herald -ThyBlackMan -The New Indian Express
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