Blog Profile / Computer Zen

Filed Under:Technology / Programming
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Archived Since:June 30, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Major build speed improvements - Try .NET Core 2.1 Preview 1 today

Head over to the main.NET Core download page and pick up.NET Core 2.1 - Preview 1. The SDK contains the tools you need to build and run apps with.NET Core and supports Mac, Windows, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, CentOS/Oracle, openSUSE, and we even have Docker images for Stretch, Alpine, and more. Show More Summary

A multi-player server-side GameBoy Emulator written in .NET Core and Angular

One of the great joys of sharing and discovering code online is when you stumble upon something so truly epic, so amazing, that you have to dig in. Head over to and ask yourself why this GitHub project...Show More Summary

Running ASP.NET Core on GoDaddy's cheapest shared Linux Hosting - Don't Try This At Home

First, a disclaimer. Don't do this. I did this to test a theory and to prove a point. ASP.NET Core and the.NET Core that it runs on are open source and run pretty much anywhere. I wanted to see if I could run an ASP.NET Core site on GoDaddy's cheapest hosting ($3, although it scales to $8) that basically supports only PHP. Show More Summary

Upgrading a 10 year old site to ASP.NET Core's Razor Pages using the URL Rewriting Middleware

My podcast has over 600 episodes (Every week for many years, you do the math! And subscribe!) website was written in ASP.NET Web Pages many years ago. "Web Pages" (horrible name) was it's own thing. It wasn't ASP.NET Web Forms, nor was it ASP.NET MVC. Show More Summary

az webapp new - Azure CLI extension to create and deploy a .NET Core or nodejs site in one command

The Azure CLI 2.0 (Command line interface) is a clean little command line tool to query the Azure back-end APIs (which are JSON). It's easy to install and cross-platform: Install on Windows Install on macOS Install on Linux or Windows...Show More Summary

The Squishy Side of Open Source

A few months back my friend Keeley Hammond and I did a workshop for Women Who Code Portland called The Squishy Side of Open Source. We'd done a number of workshops before on how to use Git and the Command Line, and I've done a documentary...Show More Summary

One Email Rule - Have a separate Inbox and an Inbox CC to reduce email stress. Guaranteed.

I've mentioned this tip before but once more for the folks in the back. This email productivity tip is a game-changer for most information workers. We all struggled with email. Some of us just declare Email Bankruptcy every few months. Show More Summary

Why should I care about Kubernetes, Docker, and Container Orchestration?

A person at work chatted me, commenting on my recent blog posts on the Raspberry Pi Kubernetes Clusters that are being built, and wondered "why should I care about Kubernetes or Docker or any of that stuff?" Great question, and I'm figuring it out myself. Show More Summary

Surface Book 2 Developer Impressions and the Magic of USB-C

I recently got a updated laptop for work, a 15" Surface Book 2. It's quickly become my go-to machine, and I'm often finding myself using it more than my main desktop machine. I considered myself reasonably familiar with the Surface product...Show More Summary

Why should I care about Kubernetes, Docker, and Container Orchestration?

A person at work chatted me, commenting on my recent blog posts on the Raspberry Pi Kuberentes Clusters that are being built, and wondered "why should I care about Kubernetes or Docker or any of that stuff?" Great question, and I'm figuring it out myself. Show More Summary

Everyone should get a Dashcam

I've put Dashcams in both my car and my wife's car. It's already captured two accidents: one where I was rear-ended and one where someone fell asleep as they were driving a few cars ahead of me on the freeway. After these two experiences, I will never drive a car without a dashcam again. Show More Summary

How to set up Kubernetes on Windows 10 with Docker for Windows and run ASP.NET Core

Docker for Windows is really coming along nicely. They have both a Stable and Edge channel and the Edge (beta, experimental) one just included a lovely new feature - Kubernetes support. Per their docs, Kubernetes is only available in Docker for Windows 18.02 CE Edge. Show More Summary

Building a Raspberry Pi Car Robot with WiFi and Video

Last year I found a company called SunFounder that makes great Raspberry Pi-related kits and stuff. I got their Raspberry Pi 10" Touchscreen LCD and enjoyed it very much. This month I picked up the SunFounder PiCar 2.0 kit and built it with the kids. Show More Summary

You got this! You know the fundamentals. You are a learner. Plus The Imposter's Handbook

Sometimes we all get overwhelmed. There's a million (no irony there) reasons to be overwhelmed today, to be sure. I got an email from a community member who was feeling like they hadn't kept up on the latest tech. Of course, anything...Show More Summary

Running BBS Door Games on Windows 10 with GameSrv, DOSBox, plus telnet fun with WSL

I continue to enjoy seeing what can be done with WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) but even more fun is combining CMD.exe (the Windows console), Ubuntu on Windows (WSL), and DOSBox (an x86 emulator that lets you run OLD programs in original DOS that no longer run natively on Windows). Show More Summary

Building 0verkill on Windows 10 Subsystem for Linux - 2D ASCII art deathmatch game

I'm a big fan of the Windows Subsystem for Linux. It's real Linux that runs real user-mode ELF binaries but it's all on Windows 10. It's not running in a Virtual Machine. I talk about it and some of the things you should be aware of when sharing files between files systems in this YouTube video. Show More Summary

Exploring the Azure IoT Arduino Cloud DevKit

Someone gave me an Azure IoT DevKit, and it was lovely timing as I'm continuing to learn about IoT. As you may know, I've done a number of Arduino and Raspberry Pi projects, and plugged them into various and sundry clouds, including AWS, Azure, as well as higher-level hobbyist systems like AdaFruit IO (which is super fun, BTW. Show More Summary

ASP.NET Single Page Applications Angular Release Candidate

I was doing some Angular then remembered that the ASP.NET "Angular Project Template" has a release candidate and is scheduled to release sometime soon in 2018. Starting with just a.NET Core 2.0 install plus Node v6 or later, I installed the updated angular template. Show More Summary

How to set up a 10" Touchscreen LCD for Raspberry Pi

I'm a big fan of the SunFounder tech kits (, and my kids and I have built several Raspberry Pi projects with their module/sensor kits. This holiday vacation we have two project we're doing, that coincidentally use SunFounder parts. Show More Summary

Visualizing your real-time blood sugar values AND a Git Prompt on Windows PowerShell and Linux Bash

My buddy Nate become a Type 1 Diabetic a few weeks back. It sucks...I've been one for 25 years. Nate is like me - an engineer - and the one constant with all engineers that become diabetic, we try to engineer our ways out of it. ;) I use an open source artificial pancreas system with an insulin pump and continuous glucose system. Show More Summary

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