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Chocolatey Now has Package Moderation
Well just after three years of having https://chocolatey.org, we’ve finally implemented package moderation. It’s actually quite a huge step forward. This means that when packages are submitted, they will be reviewed and signed off by a moderator before they are allowed to show up and be used by the general public. What This Means for You Package Consumers Higher quality packages - we are working to ensure by the time a package is live, moderators have given feedback to maintainers and fixes have ......

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2014 12:30 AM

Chocolatey featured on LifeHacker!
Chocolatey was just featured on LifeHacker! http://lifehacker.com/59424... I was ecstatic to hear about this, of course now I need to write an actual comparison between chocolatey and other windows package managers. Comments on Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/com... ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 12, 2012 9:30 AM

PuppetConf 2013
I recently attended PuppetConf 2013 (the 3rd annual event) and all I can say coming away from that is wow. It was an amazing event with quite a few amazing speakers and sessions out there. There were over 100 speakers and more than 1200 attendees. And we had live streaming for quite a few sessions and keynotes that had a huge attendance (I don’t remember the number off the top of my head). With seven tracks going at a time, not including demos or hands on labs, it was quite an event. Disclaimer: ......

Posted On Monday, August 26, 2013 11:40 AM

Career-Defining Moments
Fear holds us back from many things. A little fear is healthy, but don’t let it overwhelm you into missing opportunities. In every career there is a moment when you can either step forward and define yourself, or sit down and regret it later. Why do we hold back: is it fear, constraints, family concerns, or that we simply can't do it? I think in many cases it comes to the unknown, and we are good at fearing the unknown. Some people hold back because they are fearful of what they don’t know. Some ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 25, 2013 4:49 PM

Remote Work: Placeshift and Stay Highly Collaborative Part 2–Focus on YOU
Companies want to hire the type of person that is cut out to be a remote worker. The type of person that can be a remote worker is the type of person that excels at their work and that is what companies are always looking for. In the first part of this series we talked about what remote work is and how a business benefits from remote workers. In this article we are going to focus on you. What does it take to be a remote worker? Is remote work possible in your job? How do you work from home when there ......

Posted On Saturday, July 28, 2012 6:41 AM

Software Release Management - Why You Can’t And Shouldn’t Force People to Use the Latest Version
As software creators we don't get to decide what version of our tools / libraries that people use. If we try to force them, our users will go somewhere else. Update: What Type of Software This Applies To This post talks of tools, applications and libraries. Things that end up in the users hands. This does not apply to SaaS or websites. These do not end up in the hands of the users in the same sense. For those of you who immediately think of Chrome or Firefox, which are applications that end up in ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2012 10:28 AM

Iowa Code Camp Presentations
Last weekend I went up to Iowa Code Camp in Cedar Rapids and had the opportunity to do two presentations, one on NuGet and one known as the Automation Tools Roundup. ICC is one of my favorite conferences every year. It is twice a year and I try to make it to at least one of them. The people that attend this conference really make it worth the money you spend in travel expenses. Definitely recommended. Automation Tools Roundup This is my favorite session to give because it requires crowd participation ......

Posted On Friday, May 6, 2011 12:03 AM

MVP Renewal and News
It appears that my work in the community and the nominations received from others has secured my status as an MVP for a second year. Thank you all for the award and thank you everyone (including Microsoft) for valuing my contributions to the community. I noticed last year I did quite a bit of travelling and talks. I’m going to need to work hard to keep that up this year. I’m also hoping to gear up for the v1 release of RoundhousE and DropkicK as well as something new I’ve been working on known as ......

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2011 12:11 AM

The Evolution of Package Management for .NET
The thing to realize is that the destination is never the most important part of the journey. It’s the journey itself. When you start a journey, you are never fully sure where it is going to end up. We started the journey down package management for .NET three times with Nu[bular] (we in this context means the nu team, not me in particular, I was only involved in the last reboot) before we decided to try an existing infrastructure with Ruby Gems. I have always said that I would use the best tool ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 6, 2010 1:03 PM

Heartland Developer Conference 2010
Recently I was able to attend and speak at Heartland Developer Conference (HDC). This was my first time at the conference and it went smoothly for me. I was able to attend most of the sessions and had a great time! I had a session on Database Change Management w/RoundhousE! It went really well, I was very relaxed although I only had 45 minutes to talk. One item of feedback I got was that I didn’t seem interested in what I was talking about. It was just that I was very relaxed having practiced and ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 14, 2010 5:04 PM

Kansas City Developers Conference (KCDC)
Yesterday I attended KCDC in Kansas City. It was a great time and I had the opportunity to spend time with people much smarter than me. Even with all of the people I already know, I met quite a few new people during the day long conference. I gave a talk on RoundhousE. If you attended that presentation, the slide deck is here: RoundhousE presentation (right click and save target as...and download or rename the extension to .PPTX). The presentation went really well despite starting off a little slow. ......

Posted On Sunday, June 20, 2010 10:24 PM

Chicago Alt.NET Presentation Aftermath
Right now I’m on the train on my way back from Chicago. It’s interesting to be drinking a Corona and hanging out in the lounge while I’m watching the miles go by. Chicago was a nice time. I had never been so we decided to vacation in Chicago and see the sites – posts coming at the other blog. My presentation was on UppercuT. It was a small group that came to the presentation which makes for an more engaging audience. Overall it was a pretty good presentation and I enjoyed it. We got a little comfortable ......

Posted On Saturday, May 15, 2010 4:29 PM

Microsoft C# Most Valuable Professional
Recently I was awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Visual C#. For those that don’t know it’s an annual award based on nominations from peers and Microsoft. Although there are just over 4,000 MVPs worldwide from all kinds of specializations, there are less than 100 C# MVPs in the US. There is more information at the site: https://mvp.support.microso... The Microsoft MVP Award is an annual award that recognizes exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively ......

Posted On Thursday, April 8, 2010 10:10 PM

Happy Halloween...
Here is what kept me busy tonight. We are getting ready for tomorrow. My pumpkin is below. I don't know why I chose crosses, I just thought it might come out pretty cool. Designing your own pumpkin and then cutting it out takes a long time. The wife's pumpkin. She was done in 25 minutes. She watched me work on mine for another hour after she finished ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 30, 2007 11:15 PM

Rotate!
For the two of you who are subscribed to my RSS feeds, please update your feed to http://feeds.feedburner.com/robz.  That is all, thank you.

Posted On Monday, October 22, 2007 4:08 PM

Deciding On Features For Open Source
Open source feature selection is subjective. An interesting question was posed to me recently at a presentation - “How do you decide what features to include in the [open source] projects you manage?” Is It Objective? I’d like to say that it’s really objective and that we vote on features and look at what carries the most interest of the populace. Actually no I wouldn’t. I don’t think I would enjoy working on open source (OSS) as much if it someone else decided on what features I should include. ......

Posted On Saturday, May 15, 2010 6:14 PM

Coders For Charities
Last weekend I had the opportunity to give back to the community doing what I love. As geeks we don’t usually have this opportunity. The event is called Coders 4 Charities (C4C) and it’s a grueling weekend of coding for nearly 30 hours over the weekend. When you finish you get to present to the charity and all of the other groups what you have completed. From the site: Coders For Charities is a 3-day charity event that pairs charities and local software developers. Charities often do not have the ......

Posted On Friday, April 2, 2010 7:10 AM

Windows Mobile Phone Bug: Text/SMS messages coming in from 2016 – Need a fix?
If you are seeing text messages coming in from the year 2016 and thinking this is a total WTF (mate?!), put down the phone. There is no need to break the phone. It’s fine. Nearly all WM phones are experiencing this right now. I repeat, there is no need to break the phone! There is a fix for this that requires maybe five minutes of your time. DISCLAIMER: You do this on your own terms. I am in no way liable if you follow these instructions and damage or render useless anything at all including but ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 5, 2010 11:28 PM

Cheeseburgers at Tyson Fresh Meats (formerly IBP)??!

I have to agree that I am application-centric for some things and data-centric for other things.  That is not the point of this post, it's the analogy that Troy has brought forth from the article.

http://geekswithblogs.net/dsellers/archive/2007/09/06/115183.aspx#143132

Posted On Thursday, September 6, 2007 4:30 PM

A Team Room / War Room
Russell is ahead of me in posting the war room that I set up last night after work. Coming back from Military Leave in February, I was given some "gifts" from members of different teams. This team gave me some user stories including one to assemble the army guys daily with the army guys that they gave me. I waited for the appropriate moment to "declare war" and it was on. http://geekswithblogs.net/c... ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 5, 2007 1:20 PM

New ATV
I mentioned on Facebook that my wife was buying a 4 wheeler. I just want to mention that we had an awesome weekend after we picked it up! She bought a Honda TRX420FE, which is a Rancher ES. It is a utility type of ATV, but it can still get out there and go. When we got down to her parents house, they took theirs and hers and went to town. She has some cousins in town and they have 4 of them (ATVs). So there was plenty to go around and not many people had to sit on the back of a 4 wheeler. They took ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 5, 2007 7:47 AM

BlogSeries: What if You Could Define Your Work Environment?
Over the next month or two I will be blogging about a topic that is likely to make you think. If I were to ask you what your perfect work environment was, what would you say? I would like you to think about the people you work with. If you could work with anyone you wanted to and have your boss be anyone you wanted, who would it be (or you could be the boss)? I would like you to think about programming languages. Would you pick just one or would you like to leave the door open to whatever best fit ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 4, 2007 10:16 AM

DevConnections in Vegas
So here I find myself at DevConnections again. I came because I had such an enjoyable experience in Orlando last year. This year I am hoping for the same. This is my first time at the Vegas DevConnections and it looks like many more people come out here than go to Orlando. They also have more co-conferences at the same time. I am looking forward to the WCF presentations and the first one I will be headed to is a pre-conference workshop on SOA with Michele Leroux Bustamante. The post-conference session ......

Posted On Monday, November 5, 2007 11:56 AM

Overheard at a .NET UG meeting...
...you can even run it on your LEEnux machine.

Posted On Friday, November 2, 2007 3:59 PM

Impressions on ALT.Net
A little over a month ago, I drove down to Tulsa TechFest with Dru. I think the best part of the whole conference was not the presentations, not the speaking (although I learned new things), but the face time with some of the people. I would have to say that hanging out with the ALT.Net crowd was pretty awesome in and of itself (I didn't get to attend that conference down in Austin because I wasn't speedy enough). Having the chance to hang out and play pool with David Laribee (the Godfather of ALT.Net), ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 27, 2007 10:55 PM

Tulsa TechFest 2007
Last month I had the pleasure of going to Tulsa TechFest for the second time and I have to say that I am more impressed with it this time versus the last time I visited. The last time I went I was on military leave and I was at Ft. Sill during the time so I came over because my buddy Tim was talking and I hadn't yet seen him give any presentations. I went back this year to give a presentation on Interface based development, Inversion of Control, and Dependency Injection. My examples of this were ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 27, 2007 6:03 PM

I Need Bigger Guns
Last year at this time I was doing some pretty interesting things while I was away on military leave. One of the best things I got to do was try out the Mark 19, the .50 Caliber, the M240B (the M240 Bravo), and the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon. This was probably the highlight of the time I was away from home. I also was able to hang out with some friends that have some hand guns and fire the glock and the beretta, the weapon that the military calls the M9. This is me headed out to the range. You can ......

Posted On Sunday, November 25, 2007 12:15 AM

I Don't Have an Internet Addiction
Bill Ryan did a post on a test for Internet addiction. He scored a low 33. I scored a 57. That means: You are experiencing occasional or frequent problems because of the Internet. You should consider their full impact on your life. So the first step to getting over an addiction is knowing you have an addiction. I don't have an addiction. :D ......

Posted On Thursday, November 22, 2007 1:10 AM

Military Appreciation at Golden Corral...
...because if military appreciation isn't a whole bunch of veterans standing in line outside in the cold, then I don't know what is. :D Seriously, we went by and decided that we really didn't want to stand in line for free food. The line was down to another restaurant next door to Golden Corral. We went somewhere else and got right in. Being in the military for nine years, you would think that I would get used to standing in lines. Maybe I am starting to realize how my time is worth more than standing ......

Posted On Monday, November 12, 2007 7:20 PM

What I Hate About Flying
Don't you just love it when an airline loses your baggage? Last night I got in from Vegas and DevConnections about 3 AM. The flight landed and I went over to the carousel to wait on my stuff to come up while I watched everyone else's crap come up (George Carlin always asks how come your stuff is stuff and other people's s--t is s--t?!). Then I realized one of my bags didn't make it and went to talk to the people that help you with lost baggage. It only took one day to get my bags. That's better service ......

Posted On Sunday, November 11, 2007 12:58 AM

DevConnections - Find the Exhibitors, Get the Free Stuff
So it's not above me to go get free T-shirts and stuff at the conference. Two reasons. The first is that that I get to meet and interact with a lot of new people. I did hang out with JetBrains for a little while. The exhibitors always seem to put their best foot forward (i.e. very good looking ladies are there to assist in your vendor selection). The second reason is the free stuff. :D You can almost always find something that you will actually use after the conference. I got quite a few things, ......

Posted On Friday, November 9, 2007 8:16 PM

DevConnections - I've just been Haacked!
I was wondering around in the DevConnections exhibitor area and Phil Haack and his camera guy came by and interviewed me. He asked me a few questions about the conference. This is my second time at DevConnections and it keeps getting better every time I come. For instance, Phil asked what my favorite session was so far and without skipping a beat I said "MVC." In my last post I mentioned that I have been waiting to see a presentation on MVC and when I heard they were having one here, I made sure ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 7, 2007 4:46 PM

Las Vegas - George Wallace Show
George Wallace's "I Be Thinkin" is a great show. A friend took me out to it and I heard a Yodeling version of "Milkshake" sung by six guys who use their voices to do all of the instrumentation: Mosaic. They opened for George Wallace. George Wallace is as funny as I remember and it is a different show every night because he interacts so much with the audience and plays off of them. I highly recommend it to anyone that comes out to Vegas. It is a late show at 10PM, so if you are coming from the Midwest ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 7, 2007 2:58 PM

DevConnections - ASP.NET & VS Keynote - Scott Guthrie
Scott Guthrie gave a great keynote this morning. As is turns out VS 2008 is almost complete and we are not getting a copy here at the conference. We will get one mailed to us however after they release it. Which means we will not really be one of the first to get it. :( Visual Studio 2008 - Of course this is going to be able to be used immediately by us due to the fact that you can target .NET Framework 2.0. That means we can just install and continue developing the same applications with AJAX integration ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 12:21 PM

In response to: PsychoCoder's "Is There More to Life than Programming?"
http://geekswithblogs.net/P... Great post and a great question posed. Is there more to life than programming? I don't know, but I do know there are ways to "entertain" ourselves that actually make us better. Rather than answer the question directly, I would introduce my frame of reference. Everything in life to me goes back to creating things or destroying things. As coders, we create (hopefully) something beautiful to us and those ......

Posted On Monday, August 20, 2007 1:57 PM

Being Agile is Our Favourite Thing
Google recently had a contest for the best agile video. And the winner is... http://www.youtube.com/watc... ......

Posted On Monday, August 20, 2007 1:30 PM

GEN George Patton Speech

Iraq & modern world

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyUX6wV1lBQ  

This is awesome!!!!

Posted On Saturday, August 4, 2007 11:14 PM

Greetings
My name is Rob, and I am a programmer that has been out in the professional world for a few years. Up until recently, I have been maintaining a blog on my personal site at http://robz.webhop.org. I've been attempting to figure out if I am going to bring across my old material and publish it here or just make a clean break from everything. At this time I think I am going to keep the two separate, but I might move some of the old over if I feel it is still relevant. Well anyway, hello all, and hello ......

Posted On Saturday, July 21, 2007 3:55 PM

My End of Year Roadmap to Becoming a Better Person (and Developer)
Recently I was tagged by Russ on the Justice Gray challenge. Personal Something I have been attempting over the last few years is to be healthier. What does that mean? Well for my wife and I that means making healthier decisions when we eat. We find the good substitutes. Over the past two years we realize that is not enough. A healthy diet is a good step in the right direction, but you need that level of exercise to be the catalyst for a healthy lifestyle. -I think I want to run in something, probably ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 24, 2007 11:18 PM

Old lady surfing the web at 40Gbs

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/07/20/superfast.net.ap/index.html

 Now that is fast!

Posted On Sunday, July 22, 2007 11:19 PM

2010 and Forevah
Today marks the beginning of a new year. For many of us that means new resolutions like losing weight or quitting smoking. I tend not to focus on resolutions because I am horrible about keeping them. I usually set goals instead of making resolutions. And when I do set goals I intend for them to be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed). I’ve found that having goals that are measurable and realistic within a given time frame help me focus on how I want to get there from where I ......

Posted On Friday, January 1, 2010 1:19 PM

Turning a New Leaf
public class DevliciousBlog { IBlogger _blogger; public Devlicious(IBlogger blogger) { _blogger = blogger; } } public class Program { private static void Main(string[] args) { IBlogger rob = new FerventCoder(); DevliciousBlog devlicious = new DevliciousBlog(rob); //awesome follows } } This is not goodbye by any means. Just another opening in my life. I was recently accepted to blog at Devlicio.us. Devlicio.us is a great community and is full of some top notch folks and I look forward to the opportunity ......

Posted On Saturday, November 21, 2009 10:57 PM

Blogging about Blogging: Most popular topic on GWB!
Right now my post on Sproc Executing Slow is the most popular topic on GWB ......

Posted On Thursday, November 12, 2009 11:42 PM

Afterthoughts From Iowa Code Camp and UppercuT Talk
Iowa Code Camp was a great time! I really enjoyed the conference itself. It was probably one of the best conferences I have ever been to. There are a lot of talented people surrounding Iowa and I had the pleasure of hanging out with some very intelligent people that are doing some really awesome things. The talk went well as well. Hopefully there were a few more people that got out there and tried UppercuT. Here are the slides from my talk ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 10, 2009 3:17 PM

Speaking At IowaCodeCamp
If you are in Des Moines, IA, tomorrow for Iowa Code Camp, I’m speaking on “Automated Builds: How to UppercuT your Code” at 3:45. If you are going to be there and we’ve only met on Twitter before, I’m looking forward to meeting you ......

Posted On Friday, November 6, 2009 11:25 AM

Topeka Dot Net User Group (DNUG) Meeting – September 24, 2009
Topeka DNUG is free for anyone to attend! Mark your calendars now! SPEAKER: Rob Reynolds has been programming in .NET since the early days of 1.0. He is a .NET Developer at FHLBank Topeka, a bank where the doors are always locked and there’s no money inside. He holds a bachelor’s degree in MIS from Kansas State University (don’t hate!) and enjoys spending time with his wife and kid when his wife hasn’t locked him in the basement to work on any of the OSS projects he manages. TOPIC: Automated Builds: ......

Posted On Monday, August 31, 2009 11:34 PM

Response to A Deleted Response to a TFS Blog Post
<rant> Recently a friend of mine wrote a post about having his comments deleted from a post. It has caused a bit of a controversy because both of them are MVPs. http://flux88.com/blog/a-de... Go ahead and read it, I’ll wait here. Seriously. Some people have said it was a bad thing that he wrote the post. I personally think he did a very good thing. At times it is very important to hold people accountable for something you believe in. While it’s not always the ......

Posted On Monday, August 3, 2009 7:11 PM

The Tools Do Make a Difference OR How to Justify a New Laptop to Your Wife!
It doesn’t matter how good you are, the tools do make a difference. That is not to discount the skill of the person that is using the tools. That is not to say that the tools are more important than the person. The most important thing is still the abilities of the person. I recently got a new laptop with SSD. I can say this is the nicest thing I have ever had for a laptop. I can also say that I am definitely enjoying what I like to call “instant” Visual Studio. It’s not really instant, but it loads ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 1, 2009 11:18 PM

Nothin But .NET Coming to KC End of August
I attended JP's Nothin But .NET last November in Philadelphia and it was the best course I have ever been to! Sooner than you know it will be in Kansas City this year. It starts Monday, August 31, 2009 at 8:00 AM and goes through Friday, September 04, 2009 at 10:00 PM. I can tell you from experience it will probably be over more like at 4AM on Saturday morning! If the price looks like a lot, keep in mind that this price is REALLY CHEAP for the amount of training and learning that you receive. This ......

Posted On Thursday, March 19, 2009 6:57 PM

Firefox Tip: Open A Closed Tab
I bet you didn't know that you can reopen a Firefox tab you have closed. Let's say for instance you closed a Firefox tab, but remembered you needed information from it immediately after closing it, or possibly you closed it by accident. 1. Click the Red "X" or type Ctrl+W to close this tab. 2. Right click on one of the other tabs and select [Undo Close Tab]. 3. And Yes! It's back ......

Posted On Monday, February 11, 2008 5:17 PM

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