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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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Embedding Power BI with Peter Myers

Thursday, October 11, 2018

What can PowerBI do for you? While at NDC in Sydney, Carl and Richard talked to Peter Myers about Microsoft's modern data analytics tool. The conversation starts out exploring the history of data analytics at Microsoft and how it has landed at PowerBI. Peter talks about how PowerBI is both a Software-as-a-Service tool and Platform-as-a-Service component. You can embed PowerBI in your applications to do dashboards and dynamic reporting. It consumes virtually any data source and has great programmatic extensibility - add it to your application!

Coding in Q# with John Azariah

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Start programming quantum today! While at NDC in Sydney, Carl and Richard talked with John Azariah about Q# and the Quantum Development Kit that he has helped create. The conversation starts out with a refresher on quantum computing in general, including exploring a number of the myths and fallacies - John brings up the really important problems that quantum can tackle, including (no kidding!) world hunger and climate change. John dives into what Q# is all about, being able to abstract away from the quantum hardware and various emulators so that you can explore quantum functions. You may not have the hardware today, but some day you will!

Reading Other People's Code with Patricia Aas

Thursday, October 04, 2018

How do you read other people's code? While at NDC Sydney, Carl and Richard talked to Patricia Aas about the fine art of studying code you haven't written - and even more challenging, understanding it! Code doesn't read like a novel, there really is no beginning or end, it's always an exploration. The conversation also turns to being respectful of existing code, recognizing that it is as good as it could be at the time and that there are always ways to make it better. And when you're writing code, the challenge is to write it so that it can be read and understood by others!

Making Bots with Adam Stephensen

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

You need a bot for that! While at NDC in Sydney, Carl and Richard talked to Adam Stephensen about his experiences building bots. The bot craze has died down a bit these days, but that means that more serious work is being done. Adam talks about what it takes to build a good bot, looking beyond the FaqBot and into more context-sensitive and service-oriented bots. In the end, a bot is just another front-end over your well-organized services layer that can handle web and mobile front-end services as well. But what does it do that is unique? How does it help people? Are bots just a fad, or are they here to stay? Adam has thoughts!

Neural Net from Scratch using LINQPad with Joe Albahari

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Can you build a neural net from scratch? While at NDC in Sydney, Carl and Richard talked to Joe Albahari about using LINQPad to create neural nets from scratch. LINQPad is an interactive development environment for .NET - originally focused on helping you build LINQ expressions. But as Joe explains, it can be used for all sorts of interactive coding experiences - including learning to build neural networks. Joe talks through the fundamentals of neural nets and what it's like to build neural nets yourself. Even if you move on to more advanced machine learning tooling, learning the fundamentals are useful!

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dead at 65 from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - USA TODAY

Monday, October 15, 2018


Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dead at 65 from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
SAN FRANCISCO – Paul Allen, a technology pioneer who helped launch the personal computer revolution as co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, has died, according to his company, Vulcan Inc. The cause was complications from non-Hodgkin's ...
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dead at 65The Verge
Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen dies at 65 after battle with cancerBusiness Insider
Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen dies at 65CNET
Washington Post -New York Times -TechCrunch -CBS News
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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - Kotaku

Monday, October 15, 2018


Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
The Specialists, Ruin, Battery, Prophet, Seraph, and Nomad return from Black Ops 3, both returning characters and new talents. Each Specialist comes paired with a unique weapon and special equipment, giving you options depending on whether you want ...
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - Zombies ReviewIGN
'Black Ops 4' is the first truly new Call of Duty game since 2007. It's refreshing.Mashable
Black Ops 4 Zombies: How to Complete Voyage of Despair Easter EggGame Rant
PlayStation LifeStyle -Twinfinite -GearNuke
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Race car or daily driver? Choose either with the 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS - Digital Trends

Monday, October 15, 2018

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Race car or daily driver? Choose either with the 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS
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The Porsche Panamera lineup has gained a midrange, GTS-badged model. It's the driver-oriented variant we've been waiting for since the second-generation Panamera made its global debut in 2017. And judging by the specifications sheet, it looks like it ...
Porsche Panamera GTS Returns with Driver-Focused Goodies, Twin-Turbo V-8Car and Driver
Porsche's Panamera and Sport Turismo get GTS'ed and we want them badlyCNET
New GTS models: two athletes join the Porsche Panamera familyBenzinga
PR Newswire (press release) -Jalopnik -AutoExpress -Evo
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Red Dead Redemption 2 Boss Shares Some Shocking Stats About The Game [Update] - GameSpot

Monday, October 15, 2018


Red Dead Redemption 2 Boss Shares Some Shocking Stats About The Game [Update]
Author Harold Goldberg sat down with Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser recently for a chat about Red Dead Redemption 2, and there are a number of notable takeaways. [Update: Houser and Rockstar have now clarified some of these comments, ...
'We Were Working 100-Hour Weeks,' Red Dead Redemption 2 Head Writer Says, Then ClarifiesKotaku
Rockstar says senior staff chose to work excessive hours on Red Dead Redemption 2The Verge
'Red Dead Redemption 2' Has A 60-Hour Story Produced By 100-Hour Work Weeks At Rockstar [Update]Forbes
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