Author Archives: Jeff

Live Streams from Microsoft Ignite 2018 and Ubuntober!

Hey friends, this post is a little late… but I hope you find it before Tuesday’s live streams from Microsoft Ignite.

Oh yea, Microsoft Ignite 2018 – we’re live streaming from there.  I’ve got at least 3 streams planned, a 4th under consideration, and more rogue streaming if I can figure it out.

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Deploying ASP.NET Core with .NET Framework using Docker

When working with Docker, most folks are very familiar with deploying and building Linux-based containers.  ASP.NET Core is a web framework that works great on both Windows and Linux, and can run on both the cross-platform .NET Core framework and the classic .NET Framework.  Last week, I was asked about how to package that ASP.NET Core application such that it runs on .NET Framework on a Windows-based container with IIS.  I took some time on my live-stream show and walked through the process.

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Fritz and Friends Software Architecture Virtual Workshop

Fritz and Friends present The Virtual Software Architecture Workshop

Wow… what a weekend. On this past Friday, I ran an eight-hour long virtual workshop on Twitch with 7 guests that covered a bunch of different software architecture projects.  Here’s a YouTube playlist of the entire event, minus the transitions between each guest when I was connecting them to the event:

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Save a Technical Speaker – Bring a Presenter Pack!

I’ve been a technical speaker for more than ten years and have had my share of successes, failures, and oh crap moments. Over the past few years, my job has moved me into a position where I help to plan the content for several major technical conferences and I support the folks presenting at my events.  This week, my friend Kendra asked me for advice regarding what to bring to support speakers at the first event she is managing and I thought it would be great to share those tips with everyone so that we all can have successful events. Continue reading

The finished look

Mechanical Keyboards, I Just Got One, and Why You Need One Too

Confession:  I use a laptop all the time.  I use my laptops a LOT.  If you watch my live stream on Twitch, you may know that I use three laptops to assemble and present that content.  It’s a lot of work, and my hands have been in laptop keyboards, and laptop keyboards only for the last 5-6 years.  I haven’t used a desktop machine as a daily-driver, or even an external keyboard on a regular basis in that time.

I’ve learned to deal with all of the nonsense with “Fn” keys and the function keys on laptops not immediately accessible.  As a programmer who is always using the function keys and the arrow keys, its really annoying to have to use an extra keystroke to access these keys that I use on a regular basis.  These are the keyboards that I was using regularly:

Lenovo Yoga 910

Macbook Air 13

SurfaceBook 2 15

… and they’re all flat and I have those stupid Fn keys in order to use the F1-F12 keys, which I use regularly as a developer.

Enter the Vortex Race 3

I stepped up to the plate, and got the Vortex Race 3 with Cherry Blue switches and a USB connection.  Yes, link to Amazon attached to the pic:

Ok, Cherry Blue is a nice full click sound and just feels like the right amount of pressure to type.  I love the extra colored keys and the size of the keyboard is just perfect for me.  I don’t need the numeric keypad and I love the location of the Page Up and Page Down buttons on the right.

Gratuitous Unboxing Pics

I was so happy when the Vortex Race 3 arrived, and took pictures of the entire process.

The unopened box

Sliding open, and peeking out

Sliding open, and peeking out

The standard keyboard in the box

The standard keyboard in the box

More keyboard parts under here

More keyboard parts under here

Spare Colored Keys

Spare Colored Keys

Minor surgery, swapping out keys

Minor surgery, swapping out keys

The finished look

The finished look

Summary

I’ve been using the Race 3 all the time, and absolutely love the feel and the sound as I type.  When I’m on the road and typing on the laptop keyboards, it just feels… non-responsive.  I feel like I’m typing on a dead fish.  I’ve also seen the communities out there that make custom key caps, and considered getting a few cool ones made.  I’m thinking of replacing my C key with a C# logo key and the A key with an Azure logo key.

Are  you using a mechanical keyboard?  What has been your experience?  What would you recommend for new folks looking to get something a little less ‘stock’?