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Podcasting Equipment: Audio-Technica 2020 microphone

January 20th, 2016 Comments off
Audio Technica AT2020

Audio Technica AT2020


I recently began podcasting after years of blogging and social media engagement via multiple Twitter (primarily @0bytes, @ADubiousDude), Instagram and other accounts.



This venture arose, like several of my information security peers, out of a desire to promote my career through social engagements.  A partner and I agreed to invest in this venture at professional information security strategists.  My decision to stand up a podcast about my faith followed as a way to re-purpose the equipment and practices into which I invest for podcasting, extending my stewardship of these tools and skills.



Presentation Device: Logitech R400

October 9th, 2014 Comments off
As noted, I have a Logitech R800 but my experience with that device was less than satisfactory.

I’ve often been able to use one of my company’s presentation devices but ran into a scheduling issue where their Logitech R400 device was assigned to someone for a presentation when I needed to use it.

I decided to double down on Logitech and purchase my own R400.

Logitech R400 and R800 Side-by-side

Logitech R400 and R800


I am very happy with the R400 I bought.  It works from > 35′ (~ 10 meters) away even working through walls.  The R800 I had wouldn’t even work from 5′ (< 2 meters).


Presentation device: Logitech R800

September 12th, 2014 Comments off

I present at some regional and local conferences and at my company.  Any regular presenter needs a presentation “clicker”

This Spring I invested in a presentation device by Logitech: the R800.


It comes with a USB, RF dongle; ostensibly for good range of motion while presenting.  Here you see it side-by-side with the USB dongle for a Logitech M570 Trackball, my favorite pointer device.  I’ve tried it in different configurations (with no other RF devices and even no other USB devices and on other laptops but always with similar results).



DevLink – Awesome Conference in Chattanooga

August 29th, 2014 Comments off

John Kellar started DevLink over in Nashville in 2006.  It’s a great conference.  I’ve seen presenters at DevLink in August only to catch the exact same presentations from them a few months later down at VSLive Orlando in December.  The difference in the price tag is $100-250 for DevLink and $1,500-3,000 (factoring in airfare, room and board) for VS Live.  That kind of difference is HAAARD to justify.

Thursday's Keynote



Professional Development - Convince Me


This year I’ve enjoyed a lot of AngularJS content and some architectural sessions, notably Mike Wood‘s Dependable Cloud Architecture and Rachel Appel‘s Web Runtime Architecture and Performance Deep Dive.


Video Editing on Android Using Samsung Note 2 – Summer 2014

July 18th, 2014 Comments off
I’m going to point out some FAILs but reach a satisfactory conclusion.  If you can’t read an evaluation where something that fails to meet an objective without labeling the evaluative process as “negative” then this probably won’t be worth your time.


I shoot a lot of photos.  I often use my phone, my underwater Pentax or one of my Canon DSLRs.  I use a mix of Adobe Lightroom and Paint.NET for my image workflow and individual pixel editing (when necessary).

For videos I long ago purchased a Lifetime license to the AVS suite of software and that’s paid off incredibly.