Milwaukee Tech Community is Alive and Well

Have you heard? There are no shortages of opportunities to get out in the local tech community to learn, share and network. There are multiple annual events in and around the area that are worth mentioning: That Conference: usually held early August at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. Topics include web, cloud, mobile, agile, professional development, IoT, etc. plus this really cool concept called Open Spaces that allows conference attendees to host their own birds of a feather discussion. This three day event also offers something for the kids too ranging from block programming to robotics, including a…

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CAF Nose Art Exhibit on Loan to EAA

CAF Nose Art Exhibit on Loan to EAA

The EAA is hosting currently hosting a collection of World War II B-17 and B-24 bomber nose art, on loan from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). The collection is scheduled to be on display at the EAA Airventure Museum through 2016. It's impressive that the crews responsible for dismantling the bombers after the war had the foresight to preserve these pieces. They look to have been well taken care of since! More Information…

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Windows 10 Drivers and My Intel 4600 HD Integrated Graphics, Oh My!

Back in September I purchased a new Dell Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation. I was really excited about this machine because it has all the qualities to be a great developer workhorse: quad-core I7, 16GB Ram, 512GB SSD, NVidia GPU and 15.6" 4K touch LCD all in a nice looking form factor. I also purchased the recommended Dell (by DisplayLink) D3100 USB3 docking station so I could connect two external monitors, network, keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc.. The advantage to the USB dock is that instead of having to plug and un-plug a gazillion cords every time I wanted to take…

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And we're live!

By looking at the archives for this blog, it's pretty clear that I'm not a prolific writer.  I have a plan to change that starting this year.  The first step in that plan was to consolidate a couple different websites and platforms down to one.  In the process, I shed some content, changed the software platform as well as the provider. This site is now hosted on Azure using Orchard as the platform.  Content-wise, it's still a bit rough.  I have a few layout things to take care of, basic content, then on to the…

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Windows 8 App Store Experience

With the thought of putting my foot in the water to better understand the Windows 8 App Store App story (aka Metro), I published my first app to the store not too long ago.  It only took two submissions! Just an FYI, when you enter the URL for your website, the certification process actually validates that the site exists.  I don't have a site or even a dedicated page for the app yet, so I made a URL up.  It failed validation because the URL didn't really exist. So on the second pass, I referenced one of…

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