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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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Handling Faults using Polly with Dylan Reisenberger

Thursday, June 21, 2018

How do you handle faults in your application? Carl and Richard talk to Dylan Reisenberger about Polly, the open source library (now part of the .NET Foundation) that helps organize fault recovery into a set of policies. Dylan talks about creating good fault solutions, not especially hard code, but it can get messy at times - creating policies makes your code more readable as well as easy to maintain when your approach to faults needs to change. And now Polly is a recommended tool for working with .NET Core 2.1!

The Evolution of the .NET Framework with Kathleen Dollard

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The .NET Framework continues to evolve! Carl and Richard talk to Kathleen Dollard about her work at Microsoft - helping to provide tooling and new features for maintaining existing applications and creating new ones. Kathleen is also responsible for Visual Basic .NET, and talks about how it's being maintained based on the needs of VB.NET developers - stability is a focus! The upcoming Core 3 offers some interesting opportunities for existing applications to get new features, and Kathleen talks about how the team will integrate the new features. The framework continues to evolve!

Antifragility in Software Architecture with Barry O'Reilly

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Everything fails eventually - how do you recover? Carl and Richard talk to Barry O'Reilly about building anti-fragile systems. Anti-fragility is the philosophy of accepting that things can break and you need to be able to detect and recover from that failure, whatever form it might take. Barry talks about the four aspects of anti-fragility: redundancy, diversity, modularity and loose-coupling. They're all common terms, but understanding how to do them well within your system is a challenge. How reliable do you need to be? What's an acceptable level of failure? This is what modern software systems are all about!

Microsoft Buys GitHub with Phil Haack

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Microsoft acquires GitHub! What does this mean? Carl and Richard talk to Phil Haack about what's going to change and what isn't - starting with, at least for the foreseeable future, Phil is not a Microsoft employee! GitHub is going to be a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft, operated independently. But having Microsoft resources available does open some interesting doors - Phil talks about the vast amount of resources that Microsoft has to move quickly on cool features and projects around the open source world!

Open Sourcing Uno with Francois Tanguay and Jerome Laban

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Where has Uno been all your life? Carl and Richard talk to Francois Tanguay and Jerome Laban about Uno - the open source cross-platform UX library based on the Microsoft Universal Windows Platform (UWP) - the other flavor of XAML! Francois and Jerome talk about using various versions of Uno the past four years to build cross-platform applications for Windows, Android and iOS - more than 200 of them! Now they have implemented a web assembly version as an experiment and are open sourcing the framework to broaden the community and explore more UX ideas - check it out!

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Microsoft and Razer are working on Xbox keyboard and mouse support - The Verge

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Verge

Microsoft and Razer are working on Xbox keyboard and mouse support
The Verge
Microsoft has been teasing keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One for years now, but it's finally becoming a reality soon. The software giant has partnered with Razer to enable its Chroma RGB lighting support in Xbox games. Chroma allows players ...
Xbox 2020 Rumors: What to Expect From Microsoft's Next ConsoleTom's Guide
Microsoft and Razer Partnering For Mouse And Keyboard Support On Xbox OneSegmentNext
Microsoft and Razer Are Reportedly Collaborating to Launch PC Peripherals for Xbox OneEconoTimes
Bleeding Cool News -KitGuru -Ubergizmo -Digit
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Qualcomm's leaked Snapdragon 1000 platform to challenge Intel-based PCs - Firstpost

Monday, June 25, 2018


Qualcomm's leaked Snapdragon 1000 platform to challenge Intel-based PCs
Qualcomm, which has more-or-less dominated the chipset industry in mobiles with its Snapdragon lineup, is set to take on the likes of Intel and AMD by making a new Snapdragon 1000 series chip exclusively for PCs. Image Credit: HMD Global, Nokia.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 details emergeHEXUS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 details leak, designed for Windows 10
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 is gunning for Intel's PC marketAlphr
India Today -Android Authority (blog) -Digit -The Indian Express
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The spec sheet of Samsung's first Android Go device has just appeared online - Phone Arena

Monday, June 25, 2018

Phone Arena

The spec sheet of Samsung's first Android Go device has just appeared online
Phone Arena
The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017). Just a few days ago it was revealed that Samsung was testing its first Android Go smartphone in a number of countries across the globe, although not much was known about the device at the time. Thanks to a newly-leaked ...
Galaxy Note 9 release date, specs and price: Upgraded S Pen tipped to feature Bluetooth connectivityThe INQUIRER
Samsung Android Go sighted: a slight change of heartAndroid Community
Samsung Galaxy S10 to Do Away With Iris Scanner, In-Display Fingerprint Sensor and 3D Face Unlock TippedNDTV
Deccan Chronicle -TechRadar -CNET -Forbes
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Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Announced With 4GB Of RAM, SD660 SoC & Oreo - Android Headlines

Monday, June 25, 2018

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Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Announced With 4GB Of RAM, SD660 SoC & Oreo
Android Headlines
Xiaomi has just announced its fourth-gen tablet, the Mi Pad 4. The company introduced this tablet in China, as per usual, and it's one of the very few new tablets that we've seen announced this year. The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is a mid-range tablet, as were ...
Wallet-friendly Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro and Mi Pad 4 are officialPhone Arena
Xiaomi announces Redmi 6 Pro with dual rear cameras, Mi Pad 4 with Snapdragon 660 SoCTechRadar
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 launched with Snapdragon 660: Specs, features, price and everything to knowIndia Today
Firstpost -International Business Times, India Edition -SlashGear
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