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I live with my family in the rolling hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania. I'm a web developer by trade, but have broad experience in various business areas. Want to know more about me?

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Samsung Unpacked Event for S20 Fan Edition

In one week, Samsung will be unleashing their latest Samsung Galaxy, the S20 Fan Edition. This 5G phone is targeting a lower price point than previous devices. Several news outlets have reported seeing glimpses of the device appear on the Verizon Wireless website. The device is supposed to include many of the S20 specs that you’re familiar with, such as the Snapdragon 865 processor, but downgrade the camera and resolution. This event also comes at a time where Apple has chosen to delay their iPhone 12 device for a bit longer.

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PlayStation 5 Showcase Tomorrow

On the heals of Microsoft’s Xbox pricing and release date announcement, Sony is holding a special 40-minute digital showcase for PlayStation 5 which will likely include updates from Sony game studios and third-party partners. Expect pricing and a release date from the event, which kicks off at 4pm EDT, 1pm PDT. There’s been lots of discussion on social media that the PS5 will cost more than the Xbox. Hopefully we find out more details tomorrow.

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Review Project Bicep, an Azure ARM DSL

While not quite ready for production use, Project Bicep is an interesting take on replacing standard ARM templates. Bicep boasts a simpler syntax, better copy/past experience, and automatic dependency management. Check out a great getting started article by Chris Pietschmann at Build5Nines.

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Apple Event Tomorrow

With the headline “Time Flies” expect the next Apple Watch from the Apple event that takes place tomorrow. However, don’t expect the iPhone 12 as that has been rumored to be delayed several weeks if not a month or two. We can speculate, but be sure to watch the event tomorrow for full details:

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GitHub Now Integrates With Microsoft Teams

Announced last Thursday, GitHub now integrates with Microsoft Teams (currently in public beta). You can install directly by clicking here. This integration is long overdue as GitHub has had Slack integration for several years. Much like the Slack integration, you can subscribe to activity using a command such as @github subscribe [organization]/[repository]. This will allow you to subscribe to issues, pulls, commits, and comments. You can also turn any conversation into a new issue or reopen existing issues. I’m interested in seeing what additional work they do on the integration as time passes.

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XBox Series X|S Pricing, Pre-Order Announced

On November 10th, Microsoft is releasing their latest Xbox gaming consoles. Both devices feature Xbox Velocity Architecture, Smart Delivery game delivery capabilities, and backward compatibility from the previous four generations of Xbox.

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Use GitHub Codespaces Not Visual Studio Codespaces

Back in November 2019, Microsoft announced Visual Studio Online. In May, this was renamed to Visual Studio Codespaces. Visual Studio Codespaces allows fully-managed on-demand development environments in Azure. They are still available and other than a blog post last Friday, you may not be aware they are going away. The current offering will be officially retired in February 2021. What its being replaced with is GitHub Codespaces.

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Remembering 9/11 19 Years Later

It’s not the first time I’ve reflected back to 9/11/01. Usually I’m posting messages on Social Media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook. Given everything going on in the world and the US this year, I felt that it was time to blog about it again.

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Developer Openings for biBERK

I’m hiring! I continue to have new openings for developers on my team. I’m looking for developers that are proficient in at least two of the following areas:

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Settings Sync for Visual Studio Code

For the longest time, if you wanted to sync settings across Visual Studio Code instances, you’d need to use Shan Khan’s extension Settings Sync. That was essentially your only option. In fact, that extension has had nearly 2 million installs to date! There’s still a great benefit to using the extension. For one, you could backup the settings to GitHub and compare versions of the settings. However, if you’re looking for a native implementation, the Visual Studio Code team now has one.

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