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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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Messaging Pitfalls with Jimmy Bogard

Thursday, June 20, 2019

How do you use messaging? Carl and Richard talk to Jimmy Bogard about his work developing messaging architecture for applications. Jimmy talks about the mistakes he's made along the way, starting with not using formal messaging systems - yes, you can use a text file or a database table as a queue, but should you? And when you do embrace messaging, there is an overhead of code and effort to work with queues properly. Is it worth it? The answer is always, it depends!

Home Automation Geek Out with Mads Kristensen

Thursday, June 13, 2019

It's 2019, how smart is your home? Time for a Geek Out! Carl and Richard chat with Mads Kristensen about how he's adding automation to his home - and in a way that is tolerable for his significant other and young children. Mads talks about his kids being small enough that they can't reach the light switch - so automation to turn lights on is hugely empowering for them! But how do you make your home automation not so annoying? That's a bit trickier, and a great conversation!

Building Websites using Gatsby with Jason Lengstorf

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Why should you build your website with Gatsby? Carl and Richard chat with Jason Lengstorf about the Javascript library built on top of ReactJS to automate the generation of static web pages from a variety of data sources with a focus on blogs and CMS sites. The conversation dives into this idea of higher layer abstractions making building multi-format web pages easier and highly performant by generating to static content. This lets you push your content closer to the customer on a CDN - the web development world continues to evolve!

Migrating to Containers using Istio and Kubernetes with Rob Richardson

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Ready to move your applications into containers? Carl and Richard chat with Rob Richardson about his work migrating existing applications running in virtual machines over to containers using Kubernetes as the orchestration engine and Istio as the traffic manager. Why add Istio to the mix? It makes it easier to have a mixture of containers, services running in VMs and more. The conversation digs into the expanding tribe of services that work in containers together to give you great options for analytics, security and more!

Rockstar with Dylan Beattie

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Have you heard of Rockstar? Carl and Richard talk to Dylan Beattie about a joke that may have gone too far - or perhaps not far enough? Dylan talks about the origins of Rockstar, the idea that recruiters like to use the term rockstar to identify a certain class of developer that is far from realistic. But what if rockstar was a language? Then anyone who programmed in it would be a rockstar developer... right? What started as a gag specification is now a language - the code looks like 80s rock lyrics, but it compiles!

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Israeli election redo kicks off with a former prime minister looking to topple Netanyahu - The Washington Post

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Israeli election redo kicks off with a former prime minister looking to topple Netanyahu  The Washington Post

JERUSALEM — Israel's general election “take 2” appeared to finally kick off Wednesday with former prime minister Ehud Barak announcing that he was ...

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Live updates: Wayfair employee walkout - CNN

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

  1. Live updates: Wayfair employee walkout  CNN
  2. Democratic Candidates' Homes, Wayfair Employees Protest, Richest Person In Each State  Forbes
  3. Wayfair workers plan walkout in protest of company's bed sales to migrant camps  CNN
  4. Here’s what people are saying about the Wayfair walkout  The Boston Globe
  5. What if the Wayfair walkout actually hurts migrant children?  Washington Examiner
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DisplayPort 2.0 supports 8K monitors - Engadget

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

  1. DisplayPort 2.0 supports 8K monitors  Engadget
  2. VESA Announces DisplayPort 2.0 Standard: Bandwidth For 8K Monitors & Beyond  AnandTech
  3. DisplayPort 2.0 Supports Up to Two 8K Displays or One 16K Display, Rollout Expected to Begin in Late 2020  MacRumors
  4. VESA publishes DisplayPort 2 standard as 8K future nears  CNET
  5. DisplayPort 2.0 has enough bandwidth for a 16K resolution display  PC Gamer
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Verizon's Visible Is Offering Truly Unlimited Cell Data Right Now and Honestly, Damn - Gizmodo

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

  1. Verizon's Visible Is Offering Truly Unlimited Cell Data Right Now and Honestly, Damn  Gizmodo
  2. Visible is removing its 5Mbps speed cap, still just $40/mo for unlimited data  Android Police
  3. Verizon's Visible removes data speed caps, keeps $40 price  CNET
  4. Verizon’s Visible picks up uncapped speed and Google Pixel 3a support  9to5Google
  5. Verizon's Visible Drops Speed Cap, Stays at $40  Droid Life
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New HPV vaccine recommendation for people through age 45 - The Washington Post

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

New HPV vaccine recommendation for people through age 45  The Washington Post

A federal public health advisory panel said Wednesday that people through age 45 could benefit from getting an HPV vaccine and should discuss the possibility ...