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Productivity: Planner/Notebook – M by Staples Arc Custom Notebook System

June 17th, 2013 Comments off
Technical Architect

Architecting Better Solutions

Moving from the roles I’ve had around creation/supervision/support of widgets/services in an architectural organization to an architectural role across the corporation I find that some skills I’ve developed in self- and project management make for a smooth transition.  Some skills don’t translate as well and some necessary skills are growth opportunities for me.

Input, intellection and strategic, three of my primary strengths (report on CSF test’s alpha), help me in terms of collecting data, organizing it, considering the strategic implications, identifying patterns, producing frameworks and communicating concepts with other smart professionals who are similarly focused on adjusting architecture or who have to respond to architectural adjustments.


.NET Rocks Podcast on .NET 4.5 Changes Beyond Async

June 13th, 2013 Comments off

Who stays up-to-date on their podcast listening?  On my commute to the office this morning I caught Kathleen Dollard’s June 4th discussion of .NET 4.5 changes on .NET Rocks.  Kathleen covered some great material like Portable Class Libraries (PCL) and Event Tracing for Windows (ETW). 

.NET Rocks is a great podcast for .NET devs and IT pros in the MS stack in general.  It’s a great podcast with great material, well-done and delivered consistently. 

Neat takeaway is the Parallel.Invoke method

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ASP.NET MVC 4 Hosting

April 18th, 2013 Comments off

On the one hand I don’t like to shill for people too much; on the other I like to endorse people or services that make my life easier or better.  I’m a big fan of Samsung for their line of Galaxy products (S3, Note 2, Tab 10.1 and 7), Microsoft for Visual Studio and .NET and for their training material.


I used GoDaddy for years because I got some good deals with them.



Upgrading from HP Pavilion dv7-6c95dx 17.3″ to Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7380 17.3″

April 2nd, 2013 Comments off

I was recently at the intersection of a need and an opportunity to invest in another computer at home.  Having switched from a quad-core desktop to a quad-core laptop a year ago I decided to get a similar laptop.  Instead of purchasing a lower cost machine I wanted to purchase a newer, mid- to high-end laptop.*

Between coding with some Visual Studio add-ins and editing large images and video I opted for a high performance Intel Core i7 machine with 12Gb of RAM.  I’m a fan of the 17+” monitor and spacious keyboards on those laptops so the biggest issue was processor, RAM and upgadability.


Developer’s ADHD – Encryption

March 31st, 2013 Comments off

So I started by working on a blog post about reasonably secure passwords which led to me wanting to bang out some more AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption in C#.

Instead of opening some older code I have I decided to dig back in and see what’s new on the interwebs.  First stop was Microsoft’s MSDN to check the .NET 4.5 System.Security.Cryptography namespace.  I also stopped off at a discussion of the differences in Rijndael and AES standard.