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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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Life on Other Planets Geek Out

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Could there be life on other planets? Time for a Geek Out! Richard chats with Carl about Fermi's Paradox, Drake's Equation and all the latest science we've gathered around how common life is on other planetary bodies. This does lead to a discussion about what makes a planet a planet in the first place - that definition is changing and being heavily debated. And as for intelligent life... well, that's a whole other problem!

MSIX with Andrew Clinick

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Desktop installation needs to get better! While at Build in Seattle, Carl and Richard talked to Andrew Clinick about MSIX, the next generation installation technology from the Windows team. MSIX is open source and available at GitHub, and works to make your desktop application installation experience a bit less painful. Andrew discusses the various approaches that Microsoft has taken over the years around installation and some of the unintended consequences that have come along - all that learning has been merged into MSIX to make desktop installation better. Check it out!

Windows Sets with Raymond Chen and Jason Watson

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tabs for Windows apps? While at Build in Seattle, Carl and Richard talked to legend Raymond Chen and Jason Watson about the upcoming Sets capabilities in Windows 10. The conversation dives into the virtual desktop, Windows 10 timeline and other tech to get you back to a productive state quickly, from one device to another. Jason and Raymond talk about how developers can add functionality to their applications to take advantage of Sets to further increase productivity. Windows continues to evolve!

Writing High Performance .NET Core Code with Ben Watson

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

.NET Core is fast, but does how you write code in .NET Core help with performance? Carl and Richard talk to Ben Watson about the 2nd Edition of his HIgh Performance .NET Code book. The original edition came out in 2014 when .NET Core was just beginning (ASync/Await were brand new too!) and so an update is welcome. Ben explains that there is no one right way to write high performing code, every implementation is on a case-by-case basis. You need to benchmark and instrument to understand where bottlenecks are, then measure performance carefully before you start trying to improve. But there are a bunch of options available to improve performance!

MFractor Update with Matthew Robbins

Thursday, May 10, 2018

MFractor grows up! Carl and Richard talk to Matthew Robbins about the progress he's made over the past 18 months (since his last show) on MFractor - now an extension for Visual Studio for the Mac to make building mobile applications with Xamarin easier. Matt talks about improving the mobile development cycle - the time it takes from writing code on your PC to it running on your smartphone, and recognizing that it's not just about compile and transfer times. It's also image sizing and copying, catching errors early and more - things that can be done while writing code!

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Apple rejects Valve's Steam Link game streaming app over 'business conflicts' - The Verge

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Apple rejects Valve's Steam Link game streaming app over 'business conflicts'
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Valve's game streaming service Steam Link won't be coming to iOS today, despite a successful Android beta launch earlier this month. According to the official Steam Database Twitter account, Apple rejected the Steam Link app over apparent “business ...
Apple Rejects Valve's Steam Link App Due to 'Business Conflicts'Mac Rumors
Apple rejects Steam Link app from App Store, cites breach of guidelinesAppleInsider
Apple has rejected iOS version of Steam Link app, Valve saysArs Technica
9to5Mac -U.S. News & World Report -Macworld -VentureBeat
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Apple Warns iPhones Have A Serious Problem - Forbes

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Apple Warns iPhones Have A Serious Problem
Yes, Apple AAPL -0.11% · Apple · AAPL. $188.15$-0.21(-0.11%). As of 05/24/2018, 10:00pm EDT. may have big iPhone plans for 2018 (including one potential game changer) but first, the company has to sort out a new mess with its existing models.
Apple Knew About Bendgate and Touch Disease iPhone 6 Issues Months in Advance of Repair ProgramsMac Rumors
Apple knew in advance about iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus 'Bendgate' says court filingAppleInsider
Internal documents reveal Apple knew the iPhone 6 was more likely to bend than previous modelsThe Verge
ZDNet -Fortune -BGR -CNET
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'Rick and Morty' creator lives the joke, scalps Nintendo 3DS - Mashable

Thursday, May 24, 2018


'Rick and Morty' creator lives the joke, scalps Nintendo 3DS
Remember that one weirdly specific joke from Rick and Morty where Rick plots a money-making scheme of buying limited edition Nintendo 3DS consoles in order to flip them for a profit? Well, that joke is based on Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland's ...

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Game Critic Totalbiscuit Has Died - Kotaku

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Game Critic Totalbiscuit Has Died
After retiring from games criticism at the start of the month, YouTube personality John “Totalbiscuit” Bain has passed away. Bain's wife, Genna, posted about his passing on Twitter. Error loading player: No playable sources found. “Rest in Peace my ...
John 'TotalBiscuit' Bain: 5 Fast Facts You Need to
John "Totalbiscuit" Bain Dies Age 33IGN
Game critic TotalBiscuit dies at age 33PC Gamer
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