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TekkGuy

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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"Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand."
-- Putt's Law
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My thoughts, feelings and ramblings. Just my personal soapbox to get out my point of view. 
 


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Integrating Accessibility with Elle Waters

Thursday, August 15, 2019

How do you integrate accessibility into your applications? Carl and Richard chat with Elle Waters about her on-going work helping educate developers and organizations to include accessibility features as part of their user experience design. Elle digs into how accessibility should become part of your workflow - it takes time to learn, but once understood, it doesn't cost much in terms of routine work. The same applies to client-side and mobile tech. In the end, accessibility *is* user experience - you gotta do it!

Rust and C# with Ashley Mannix

Thursday, August 08, 2019

What is Rust and why would you use it with C#? While at NDC in Oslo, Carl and Richard chatted with Ashley Mannix about he and the team at Datalust build Seq, a structured log server, using Rust on the back end and C# on the front. Rust looks a lot like C++, but with a great type safety system and a smart compiler that can help catch memory leaks before they happen. Rust is a modern language with modern capabilities and well worth the look!

Ethics and Bias in AI with Amber McKenzie

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Artificial Intelligence is happening - are we using it correctly? While at NDC in Oslo, Carl and Richard talked to Amber McKenzie about the challenges of building AI applications that are ethical and unbiased. Doc Am discusses how the AI term is over-used, and how often there are simpler technologies that can solve business problems. But where AI is applied, it comes with some ethical needs about how it is used, and an understanding that there is always bias in the data that trains AI - tread carefully!

Automated Text Summarization with Masa Nekic

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Can software summarize documents? While at NDC in Oslo, Carl and Richard talked to Masa Nekic about automated text summarization. Masa walks through a few cases where text summarization is valuable, such as search optimization. There are a variety of strategies to automate text summarization, and there are plenty of 'it depends' cases - but its a cool tech to explore!

Migrating from WCF with Mark Rendle

Thursday, July 18, 2019

WCF isn't coming to .NET Core 3 - what to do? While at NDC in Oslo, Carl and Richard chatted with Mark Rendle about his new project called Recode. Mark talks about how Microsoft came to the decision that they could not migrate WCF to the open-source, cross-platform .NET Core and what that means going forward. Mark's solution is a tool called Recode that can convert WCF code to gRPC - check it out!

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The Antonio Brown Helmet Saga Is Too Much Even for ‘Hard Knocks’ - The Ringer

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  1. The Antonio Brown Helmet Saga Is Too Much Even for ‘Hard Knocks’  The Ringer
  2. Gruden -- AB practiced in certified helmet, 'all-in'  ESPN
  3. 'Hard Knocks' Episode 3 Live Stream: How To Watch 'Hard Knocks' Online  Decider
  4. Oakland Raiders: 3 position groups with the most depth in 2019  Just Blog Baby
  5. NFL Star Antonio Brown Sued by Chef in Dispute Over a Fish Head  The Daily Beast
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Facebook loses Oculus executive who led its mobile VR efforts - Engadget

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  1. Facebook loses Oculus executive who led its mobile VR efforts  Engadget
  2. Oculus loses another key figure in VR effort  CNET
  3. Former Oculus Head of Mobile VR Max Cohen Leaves Facebook  Variety
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Permanent protest: Hundreds of demonstrators in Hong Kong are getting tattoos - CNN

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  1. Permanent protest: Hundreds of demonstrators in Hong Kong are getting tattoos  CNN
  2. A Guide To What's Happening In Hong Kong  NPR
  3. China steps up threats to Hong Kong protesters  Al Jazeera English
  4. Xi’s choice: Destroy Trump, or save him and weaken America  The Washington Post
  5. A Visit to China: How Its People View Hong Kong  The New York Times
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"You Prepare For War": How US Firm Tried Escaping Trump's China Tariffs - NDTV News

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  1. "You Prepare For War": How US Firm Tried Escaping Trump's China Tariffs  NDTV News
  2. US tariffs on China could cost American households $1,000 per year, JPMorgan says  CNN
  3. Trump defends China trade policy amid economic worries  PBS NewsHour
  4. Trump Is Losing the Trade War With China  The Wall Street Journal
  5. Op-Ed: Trump's tariffs against China aren't working. And there's no quick resolution in sight  Los Angeles Times
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Economy scares and ISIS resurgence cloud Trump's 2020 pitch - CNN

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  1. Economy scares and ISIS resurgence cloud Trump's 2020 pitch  CNN
  2. The Trump vs. Obama economy — in 15 charts  The Washington Post
  3. Trump touts economy but payroll tax discussion reveals recession fears  CNN
  4. Want to Prevent a Recession, Mr. Trump? Stop Hurting the Economy  The New York Times
  5. Trump admits his trade war could lead to recession, but says 'I have to do it'  lehighvalleylive.com
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