Help Me Destroy Open Offices

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What’s with the latest craze in the office organization of the service industry? Are we really going back to huge, open spaces with no sense of privacy at all? With companies like Facebook, Google, and even smaller companies like Valve praising the open office concept, it sure seems like it will be here to stay …

Completing Three Major Projects in One Year

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I think it’s important to brag about any project that you manage to take from idea to completion. Many people (myself included) have a ton of ideas, few of which become something, and even fewer of which are actually finished and out there. So you should take any opportunity you get to shout out anything …

Agile Development isn’t a Silver Bullet

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Buzzwords are the worst. The absolute worst. They seem to be something that some higher up read about and decided to preach to his or her employees. Inevitably the buzzwords will end up on job requirements (even if the job has nothing to do with that buzzword) or talked about endlessly during job proposals and …

Add New SSH Login to Azure Linux VM

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Some time ago, I created an Ubuntu virtual machine in Azure using a password-based login. Over time, I got annoyed with having to enter the password each time I logged in, so I decided to switch over to using SSH public keys. Unfortunately, the Azure documentation regarding such a scenario assumes only that you will …

Get Over Your Fear of Remote Work

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This article is aimed at both employers and employees alike. In some circles of the technology industry, there seems to be this pervasive anxiety when discussing the activities of remote workers. In fact, certain CEOs have gone so far as to reign in the egregious act of working remotely by effectively banning the practice altogether. …

Share a Generic XAML ListView, ItemsSource, and DataTemplate with UserControls in Windows Universal Apps

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This post applies to Windows Universal Apps specifically. These techniques probably won’t work with WPF or Windows 8/8.1 Apps because the XAML hierarchy and namespaces are different. The title is certainly a mouthful, but stick with me to understand where this scenario can be useful. Let’s say you want to re-use a ListView without copy …

Don’t Bother with WordPress on Windows/IIS

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I’ve written in the past about how to setup WordPress on an Azure App Service and about connecting that WordPress instance to MySQL in an Azure VM. While these articles do contain some useful information about setting up WordPress and its interaction with Azure services, I’ve come to the conclusion that WordPress simply doesn’t function …