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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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The Modern Developer with Dan North

Thursday, April 18, 2019

What does it take to be a modern developer? While at NDC in London, Carl and Richard talked with Dan North about how being a developer has evolved. The conversation starts out discussing the transformation of Microsoft itself and how it has helped throw the definition of developer out the window - so what happens now? Dan digs into looking at developers as more than an array of technical skills, but also how they work in teams and in the organization. Great thinking!

Visual Studio Templates with Layla Porter

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Templates can make your life better! While at NDC in London, Carl and Richard chatted with Layla Porter about the power of Visual Studio Templates. Layla talks about trying to avoid repeating herself in code, and trying to document or remember best practices for the various projects she works on. The answer is templates - so that you can File-New a project with all that thinking already built in. And not just for new projects - you can template Visual Studio configurations as well!

Still an Impostor with Rob Conery

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Impostor Syndrome is real and pervasive in the development industry - what can you do about it? While at NDC London, Carl and Richard talk to Rob Conery about the second edition of The Impostor's Handbook. Rob talks about how most software developers don't actually have an education in computing science, but that doesn't mean you can't learn - he talks about key bits of education you can add to your repertoire to help resist feeling like an impostor - you can do it!

Azure Functions using Node with Simona Cotin

Thursday, March 28, 2019

What can Azure Functions do for you? While at NDC in London, Carl and Richard talked to Simona Cotin about Azure Functions. You can code Azure Functions in C#, Java, Python and JavaScript - but Simona prefers JavaScript. Use the language you're most comfortable with. Programming Azure Functions in JavaScript means using the NodeJS frameworks, building small chunks of code that do exactly what you want them to do without a lot of plumbing!

Instrumenting Software Features with Christine Yen

Thursday, March 21, 2019

How do you measure the success of a feature in your application? While at NDC in London, Carl and Richard talked to Christine Yen about her experiences building instrumentation systems for applications both to diagnose problems and to understand how to make software better. The conversation digs into the scientific method of hypothesizing a potential feature, exploring different ways to build it and deciding on measurements of success - know when something works!

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Supreme Court conservatives appear to lean toward allowing citizenship question on census - CNN

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

  1. Supreme Court conservatives appear to lean toward allowing citizenship question on census  CNN
  2. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Over 2020 Census Citizenship Question  NPR
  3. Trump sees his executive power tested in Supreme Court census case  Fox News
  4. What the Census Case Will Say About the Supreme Court  The New York Times
  5. The Supreme Court must see through the obvious sabotage behind Trump’s census question  The Washington Post
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Mueller report exposes diminishing power of Trump denials - Politico

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

  1. Mueller report exposes diminishing power of Trump denials  Politico
  2. Trump unleashes on the media in morning tweetstorm  POLITICO
  3. Trump goes on tear against media critics over coverage of economy, Russia case  Fox News
  4. Trump unloads on media in post-Mueller tweetstorm | TheHill  The Hill
  5. Trump repeatedly takes aim at the media, including a New York Times columnist critical of Republicans  The Washington Post
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Kyler, Bosa and D.K. Are Looking for Jobs on Career Day | Gridiron Heights Draft Special - Bleacher Report

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

  1. Kyler, Bosa and D.K. Are Looking for Jobs on Career Day | Gridiron Heights Draft Special  Bleacher Report
  2. Minnesota Vikings Top 5 Draft Needs: Tight End, #3  Daily Norseman
  3. 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Cardinals to draft Kyler Murray, Giants to select Josh Allen | Get Up!  ESPN
  4. 2019 NFL Draft: Playing for Buffalo Bills 'would be awesome,' says Alabama OT Jonah Williams  newyorkupstate.com
  5. Are The Cardinals Overthinking The First Pick? | Tiki + Tierney  CBS Sports
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Alphabet’s Wing drones get FAA approval to make deliveries in the US - The Verge

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

  1. Alphabet’s Wing drones get FAA approval to make deliveries in the US  The Verge
  2. Drone company Wing gets ‘air carrier’ approval from FAA, allowing deliveries that will launch in Virginia  The Washington Post
  3. FAA Certifies Google's Wing Drone Delivery Company To Operate As An Airline  NPR
  4. FAA Clears Alphabet's Wing for Home Drone Deliveries in Virginia  Gizmodo
  5. Google's Wing gets the green light from the FAA to begin drone deliveries in the US  Daily Mail
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The lure of computers means Americans are sitting more than before - The Verge

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

  1. The lure of computers means Americans are sitting more than before  The Verge
  2. Computers, not TV, are to blame for increase in US sitting time, study says  CNN
  3. Americans Are Sitting More and We Have Computers to Blame  The Wall Street Journal
  4. Americans getting more inactive, computers partly to blame  WTOP
  5. Americans Are Sitting at Record Rates. Here’s Why That’s So Dangerous  TIME
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