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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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Teaching Software Development with Maria Naggaga

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Modern software development is complex, how do you teach it to beginners? While at NDC in London, Carl and Richard sat down with Maria Naggaga to talk about her approaches to teaching software development, both to children and adults, from the very beginning. Maria talks about using more approachable cause-and-effect type tools at the beginning to learn about procedural programming, and how the latest bits actually allow you to take that code forward into more advanced tools. Interactive documentation and minimal installation requirements are also important - check out Try .NET!

Talking C# with Bill Wagner and Jon Skeet

Monday, February 19, 2018

C# continues to evolve - there's more to learn! While at NDC in London, Carl and Richard talk to Jon Skeet and Bill Wagner about their on-going work on C#. For Bill, he's now part of the docs team helping people understand C#, and for Jon, it's his contributions via GitHub to ideas and features for C#. Both write great books and talk about the challenge of how C# is evolving as open source and in public. What features matter, and where does it all lead to? Will C# ever be finished, or is this an endless process? Is it getting easier to develop with C# or more complex? Great thoughts from two of the nicest thinkers on C#!

Security for Non-Profits with Cameron Birge and Tarek Dawoud

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Whether you're a multi-national NGO or your local church group, every non-profit has cybersecurity issues! Carl and Richard talk to Cameron Birge and Tarek Dawoud about tools, techniques and mindset to protect data and resist hackers. While the practices are broadly applicable to any organization and applications, non-profits have specific challenges that make cybersecurity all the more challenges - how do you train volunteers that turn over steadily? How can you be sure that a volunteer software developer is doing the right thing security-wise? Lots of good thinking about how to prioritize your security needs, it's a journey, not a destination!

Amazon Machine Learning with Kesha Williams

Monday, February 12, 2018

How is machine learning different over in the land of Amazon? While at NDC in London, Carl and Richard talked to Kesha Williams about her work building machine learning solutions using various Amazon technologies. The conversation starts out talking about the challenges around bias being amplified by machine learning technology - there are no simple solutions. Kesha talks about building a crime risk evaluation system using image recognition and machine learning. Just a prototype, but it opens the door to a deep conversation about the moral obligations on developers today. And the tech is cool too!

Building Cloud Native Apps in Azure with Scott Guthrie

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

What does it mean to build a cloud-native application? While at NDC in London, Carl and Richard talked to Scott Guthrie about the latest features available in Azure. While there are always the Infrastructure-as-a-Service options of VMs and the like, you don't really get the power of the cloud until you move into more of the platform features. Scott describes how existing applications and be lifted-and-shifted into VMs in the cloud, and then broken apart to take advantage of various services. The ultimate manifestations use technologies that are cloud-specific, like CosmosDB and Logic App features so that you focuses solely on your code.

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Samsung Galaxy S9: Launch date, specs, price and everything else we know - CNET

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Samsung Galaxy S9: Launch date, specs, price and everything else we know
The big day is upon us. This Sunday, February 25, at 6:00 p.m. Barcelona time -- that's noon ET and 9:00 a.m. PT -- Samsung lifts the curtain on the next generation of its flagship smartphone. On the eve of Mobile World Congress, we'll finally get a ...
Android Circuit: Samsung Confirms Final Galaxy S9 Features, S9 Price Dropped, Available Early MarchForbes
New leak spills the most revealing photos yet of Samsung's Galaxy S9BGR
What to Watch From Samsung, Google and Others at the Mobile World
The Verge -TechSpot -Digital Trends -9to5Google
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Google Crushes Dreams of a Universal Dark Mode For Android, For Now - Gizmodo

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Google Crushes Dreams of a Universal Dark Mode For Android, For Now
Some Android users watching Google's Issue Tracker board got very excited this week when one of the company's engineers confirmed that a dedicated dark mode for night browsing would be “available in a future release,” but alas, this was not to be. Per ...
Android won't be getting system-wide 'dark mode'Digital Trends
The Morning After: Weekend EditionEngadget
Google Crushes Hopes For Dark Mode In Android PHot Hardware
Android Headlines -Business Insider -Phone Arena
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LG V30S ThinQ features hardware upgrades, Vision AI, and Voice AI - VentureBeat

Saturday, February 24, 2018


LG V30S ThinQ features hardware upgrades, Vision AI, and Voice AI
At Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona this weekend, LG will be unveiling the LG V30S ThinQ. We got a peek at the release a bit early — here is everything we know, minus pricing and release details. As the name implies, the new device does not ...
[Update x2: Leaked photo] LG reportedly working on updated V30 with more storage and AI-powered 'LG Lens'Android Police
LG V30S ThinQ appears in promotional image (UPDATE)Phone Arena
Behold the LG V30s in All its Familiar GloryMatridox (blog)
Sid Tech (press release) (blog)
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Facebook Comes Under Fire For Showing A VR Shooting Game Demo At CPAC -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Facebook Comes Under Fire For Showing A VR Shooting Game Demo At CPAC
Facebook pulled a violent virtual reality game from its stand at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference following a wave of criticism. The company had a demo of a VR shooting game at CPAC less than two weeks after a school shooting in ...
Facebook removes a virtual-reality shooting demo from its booth at CPACWashington Post
Facebook pulls violent virtual reality games from CPAC booth after ParklandUSA TODAY
Facebook says it 'failed' by presenting VR shooting demo at CPACCNET
Engadget -Mashable -Phys.Org -The Mercury News
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