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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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Flutter with Tim Sneath and Adam Barth

Monday, January 22, 2018

Still exploring options for cross-platform mobile development? Carl and Richard talk to Tim Sneath and Adam Barth about Google's Flutter - using the Dart language to build mobile applications that compile to iOS and Android. Tim has only recently joined Google but has dived head-first into this new approach to mobile development. Adam as one of the originators of the project talks about his key focus - the architecture that allows you to build for both platforms from one code base, and a rapid code-compile-deploy-edit cycle called hot-reload that makes iterating on your mobile app development fun! With a choice of editors (including VSCode), Flutter might just be the approach you'll enjoy to cross-platform mobile development!

Storytelling with James Whittaker

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

How can storytelling advance your career? Carl and Richard talk to James Whittaker, who recently published The Storytellers Spellbook, about the power of stories to help people understand you and the things that are important to you. James tells his story about realizing how important storytelling was to his career and what it could do for him - and the additional challenge of teaching others how to tell stories. He breaks down three key aspects - the story you tell, how you tell it, and what you do while telling it. You don't have to be on stage, even your regular performance review at work is a type of storytelling, and it's in your best interest to get better at it!

OpenAPI.NET with Darrel Miller

Monday, January 15, 2018

How do you make sure your APIs can interop across languages and other complexities? Carl and Richard talk to Darrel Miller about OpenAPI, the open source specification for standard aspects of APIs like collections, security rules and more. The specification is now at version 3 and starting to really mature - all the big players are involved, and you can contribute as well! Darrel discusses how Microsoft has been implementing OpenAPI standards to their own APIs and what it takes for you to do it as well. There is an OpenAPI.NET implementation available at GitHub for you to work from and lots of great information in Microsoft docs. Check it out!

Finding a Job in Software Development with Chuck Wood

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

How do you get a job in software development that you love? Carl and Richard talk to Chuck Max Wood about his experiences teaching people to get jobs in software development. Chuck starts with finding a job you really want - there are lots of options in software development. He talks about LinkedIn as a great source of information about companies and the people that work at them. Making connections to people in companies, understanding what the company does and who is responsible for hiring is all part of the practice of getting the right job - you can do it!

Building Progressive Web Apps with Chris Love

Monday, January 08, 2018

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are here, and Chris Love has some thoughts! Carl and Richard talk to Chris about his view on PWAs and their impact on building great web applications. Chris talks about the power of service workers to increase the performance of a web application through pre-loading of caching, tolerating unreliable connections, even cool event features that allow web apps to light up when they are needed, especially in a mobile scenario. Graceful degradation of features means that you build to the ideal browser, but tolerate versions that don't have comprehensive support for all PWA features. And check out Chris' offer for a PWA Course, special to .NET Rocks listeners!

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Android Oreo Now Lets You Know Networks' Speeds Before You Connect With Wi-Fi Labels - Tech Times

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Android Oreo Now Lets You Know Networks' Speeds Before You Connect With Wi-Fi Labels
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The Android 8.1 Oreo update that Google is currently rolling out will include Wi-Fi Speed Labels. The new feature will allow users to see and check on the speed of available public wireless connection before they decide to connect. ( Spencer Platt ...
Android can now tell you how fast Wi-Fi networks are before you join themThe Verge
Google's Wi-Fi Speed Labels For Android 8.1 Now Rolling OutAndroid Headlines
Android Oreo now shows WiFi network speeds before you connectEngadget
TechCrunch -Droid Life -9to5Google -SlashGear
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World's first 512GB microSD: Monster .5TB storage comes to smartphones - ZDNet

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


World's first 512GB microSD: Monster .5TB storage comes to smartphones
Integral's 512GB card has the necessary 10MB/s write speeds to support Full HD video on smartphones and other devices. Image: Integral Memory. Integral Memory is releasing a microSD card that should mean you'll rarely have to offload photos and videos ...
World's First 512GB MicroSDXC Card Launches FebruaryPCMag
Integral Memory To Release A 512GB MicroSD Card Next MonthAndroid Headlines
512GB microSD card exists: here's when it's comingSlashGear
Ubergizmo -The Register -Android Community -Deccan Chronicle
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Lenovo introduces new Windows, Chromebook education laptops to classrooms - ZDNet

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Lenovo introduces new Windows, Chromebook education laptops to classrooms
Lenovo 500e Chromebook. As part of its educational announcement yesterday, Microsoft unveiled a new low-cost Lenovo laptop running Windows 10 and priced to compete with Chromebooks in the classroom market. But, ironically, Lenovo itself was busy ...
The Morning After: Microsoft's next gambit on educationEngadget
Google has conquered American classrooms — now Microsoft is striking back with cheap PCs and a Minecraft upgradeBusiness Insider
Why parents should worry about Office 365's Immersive Reader dictation feature for studentsPCWorld
The Verge -TechRadar -Android Community -The Indian Express
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Facebook invented the flick, a brilliant time unit you won't get to actually use - BGR

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Facebook invented the flick, a brilliant time unit you won't get to actually use
When I first heard about the “flick” being a new time unit invented by Facebook, I immediately started to think about what sort of Facebook activity it's intended to measure. And I linked to video consumption since we regularly use the same word to ...
Facebook Invents New Unit of TimePCMag
Facebook 'Flicks' last slightly longer than a nanosecondEngadget
A Facebook engineer invented a new unit of timeCNBC
Android Headlines -TechCrunch -Irish Examiner -TNW
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