Jan
28
2012

HTML5 for the Real World

Here are the resources for the “HTML5 for the Real World” Presentation given at SoCalCodeCamp on Saturday January 28th, 2012.  Enjoy!

[HTML5 Demos]

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Jan
18
2012

Technical Level of Understanding

How often are you asked something like:

"How good are you at…"
"Have you used…"
"What is your experience with…"

With regard to technical competency in a given area, what should you say? After giving this some thought, I feel there are three major aspects that come into play:

  1. Academics

    Knowledge & Understanding

    This is a two-part aspect. Knowledge refers to the specifics, while understanding relates to conceptual comprehension. For example, in HTML5 new elements have appeared such as <section> and <article>. Knowledge is awareness of these things and the proper syntax to use them. Understanding is knowing why and when we would use one over the other.

  2. Experience

    Time

    If all you have is the first aspect, then you only have is academics. You would be "all theory, no practice" as the saying goes. How much time you put into actually using the technology is commensurate with your expertise. And I am sure you will agree that the more time you spend on any technology, the more likely through "trial and error" you learn more too.

  3. Context

    How

    How you apply the technology is also a factor. Using HTML5 to create a friend's personal website will (likely) not give me the same challenges as a Fortune 500 company needing a new internet site. The context of the technologies surrounding a technology also comes into play. For example, loading a web page with static data vs. loading a data from a service in the cloud – both end up the same, but the level of skill to complete one or the other is considerably different.  In this aspect the scale of use is also factored.  Creating something to please 10 people is far different from creating something to please 10,000,000 people.

Any of the above aspects deserve much more explanation.  This is just my rough-draft thinking.  Imagine an algorithm that would put these into numerical measurement.  Something like:
TL = (A+E2)C
Technical level equals context multiplied by the sum of academics and experience weighted twice important

If each aspect were given a scale of 1 to 5, what would your technical level be?

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Jan
12
2012

How to Start in Safe Mode using BitLocker

Here are the steps you need to take if you need to start your Windows OS in "Safe Mode" when the drive is protected with BitLocker.
  • First, be sure you have your BitLocker recovery key handy. This is NOT your PIN. This is a LONG series of numbers.
  • Before the screen appears prompting for the BitLocker PIN, press [F8] (maybe repeatedly).
  • If you pressed [F8] early enough, you will get a warning message as seen here:
  • After supplying the BitLocker recovery key, you will be prompted with booting options, including the various safe modes.
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Jan
5
2012

Top Blog Posts of 2011

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The year 2011 was my first full year as a Microsoft blue-badge.

In looking back on all my blog stats, I unraveled a humorous irony as to what became my number one blog post of the year.  Would the top blog of the year have something to do with HTML5?  Would it be regarding a technical article?  Would it be a blog post that stirred heated discussions?  Would the top spot be a post of free resources such as online videos?  Nope. Stay tuned… the number one blog post is revealed at the end. 

For now, please join me in a walk down memory lane as I reveal my five most popular blog posts in descending order:

 

5 Camtasia Recorder Error: “Failed to start recording: Temp Folder Uninitialized”

No surprises here.  Anytime I blog about a technical error with a product it usually ends up being found by the search engines. 

 

4 A .NET Love Story

For a post that was originally written in 2005, it still remains my most viewed blog post of all time. Doesn’t that make sense?  It is about love…

 

3 To MVP, or not to MVP…

This was a blog post in response to an ex-MVP who felt the MVP program at Microsoft had no value in his eyes.  It was not the most viewed blog post, but it claims the prize for the most comments.

 

2 HTML5 “Web Camp” Videos

Confession time.  I really was hoping this would post would land at number one.  Coming in at number two is not bad considering I posted it in the latter part of 2011.  Nonetheless, recording industry super-stars sharing secrets about HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript techniques still took a back seat to my number one blog post of the year…

 

1 How to Fix/Repair iPhone With Water Damage

Seriously?  In my first year at Microsoft, my number one blog post is about how I fixed my wife’s iPhone?  *sigh*

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