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When Docker and Win10 don’t mix

A quick note from something that I learned the hard way:  Windows 10 fast ring, specifically builds 14905 and 14915 do not work well with Docker 1.12.0.

In my experience, the Docker for Windows application would start and appear in the Task Manager but would not go to the system tray or appear on the task bar. My work-around to this is to install the latest beta of Docker 1.12.1 from

This is likely a point-in-time break with both the Windows 10 and Docker teams iterating quickly on their products.

Fritz’s 10 Minute Tips – Web Forms + Angular

After the feedback on my demo at DotNetConf 2016 briefly showing how to use Angular with Web Forms, I decided to dive a little deeper into the demo and share a very focused set of source code.  The result was a super-sized 25 minute screencast video that I shared on YouTube:


The source code can be found at:

Check the BeforeVideo1 and AfterVideo1 tags for the before and after source code for this demo.

I’ll be following up with extending this demo a bit further with more tricks over the next few weeks.

DotNetConf 2016 – My talks

This past week I presented two sessions at the dotNetConf 2016 virtual conference from the Channel 9 studios in Redmond.  The content of both sessions are below:

Modernize ASP.NET Web Forms with Visual Studio 2015

.NET Goes Open Source …and you can too!

Many thanks to my teammate Maria Naggaga for helping on the second talk.  She did a lot of the research and put together those awesome slides.

Everything about Docker I learned from Minecraft

A Minecraft ContainerI’ve been experimenting with Docker a LOT recently.  The container mechanisms and structure make a lot of sense to the DevOps side of me, and I wanted to put this knowledge to good use.  My daughter’s cyber-school wanted a Minecraft server and I offered to help.  With a little bit of work and my handy Azure subscription, we got a great Minecraft server running in the cloud that I can redeploy anywhere I need.  Here’s how I set it up. Continue reading

Security vs. Customer Service

Every day you see it: a new company that has been hacked… all of their customer accounts are sprayed across the dark side of the internet. Some account records contain passwords, some contain credit card numbers, and even a few will carry checking account numbers. Its a devastating event for any company, and one that will cost some organizations their business life.

With these high-profile incidents in the news, it has finally come to the attention of the suits in the C-suite that they need to make security a priority. Stop at nothing, do not let hackers get into their systems. No unauthorized access to ANYTHING! This is a great stance, in theory… but some directions can be taken too far, and policies set on things that really have no purpose in being protected with ‘federal government grade security’

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