Jason N. Gaylord
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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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Keurig Review: Out with the old, In with the new

After 10 years, my Keurig Elite has finally kicked the bucket. My model looked very similar to the following:

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Microsoft Outlook View in Browser Needs Updating

Since the 2003 version, Microsoft Outlook has contained a “View in Browser” option for HTML emails. This would allow the browser to handle the emails in a more compliant way. However, Microsoft has not improved this option since 2007. As a result, you’ll notice when clicking the “View in Browser” option as depicted in Outlook 2019 for Office 365 below (notice the area inside the red box), the email will open in Internet Explorer as opposed to your default browser.

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Schedule Pull Request Merges in GitHub using a GitHub Action

I’m currently using GitHub Pages and Jekyll to serve up my website. I frequently write blog posts days if not weeks ahead of time. In fact, at the time of this post, if you checked my repository, you’ll probably see several pull requests that will be merged in at some point in the next week. Last weekend, I went camping and had to find an Internet connection every time I wanted to merge a pull request. All that did was keep me from enjoying the lack of connectivity. Finally, I don’t have to pause what I’m doing to merge in each day.

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Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge with Conversations

During Alexa Live 2020, Amazon announced a new Alexa Skills Challenge with conversations. There’s over $101,000 USD in prizes for the competition. The deadline to submit is at 5pm EDT on September 14, 2020 (47 days away). You can submit and find the full details by visiting https://alexaconversations.devpost.com/. Here are some items to get started with. If you miss place this post, this will be sent to you in email after you sign-up for the challenge:

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Microsoft Create Front End Event Takes Place Today; Static Web App Workshop

Microsoft is hosting a half-day event today filled with topics for frontend developers. This virtual event kicks off at 11:30am EDT (8:30am PDT) today, July 29, 2020. You can add this event to your calendar and see the schedule at https://createfrontenddevelopers.splashthat.com/.

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COVID-19 and Work From Home Update

Since mid-March, I’ve been working remote. That’s 136 calendar days and 94 working days. Right after the 4th of July, our place of business opened up for around 5-10% of our workforce. One week later, we pulled them back out to comply with the restrictions from the Pennsylvania governor. Schools have been talking about doing all in-person, all remote learn, and a hybrid solution for the better part of the summer thus far. Just yesterday, two Major League Baseball games were postponed due to concerns over COVID-19. Late summer fairs have been cancelled and Black Friday is changing. Google has asked it’s entire team to work remote until summer 2021. So, I’m curious, what is your place of employment doing to prepare for the rest of 2020? Are you working remote for the rest of the year? Are you already back in the office? How are you leveraging technology as time passes? Leave a comment below.

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GitHub Renaming Default Branch

GitHub had announced back on June 11th that they were working on a way to rename the default branch structure from master to main.

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Install the Angular Language Service extension for VS Code

If you are an Angular developer and you also use Visual Studio Code, you should be using the Angular Language Service extension for VS Code. This extension provides rich editing and Intellisense for both inline and external templates.

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Tip: Use FindTime to Schedule Across Companies or with Others

A problem that many businesses have had for years is working with other organizations to find a common time to meet. Microsoft has built a tool called FindTime that requires Microsoft 365 (formerly called Office 365) and makes it easy to find a common time to meet. In fact, I use this outside of my day to day. My personal email account is setup on a $5/mo Microsoft 365 account. I’ve enabled FindTime for my account. So, if I need to find a time to meet, for example scheduling a pizza party for one of my kid’s sports teams, I can simply send out a poll with a list of time slots and let the team vote. At the end of voting, if there is one clear “winning” time slot, the appointment will be auto-scheduled and the other temporary holds on your calendar will disappear. If there are multiple slots there are more options. You can even schedule a Microsoft Teams or Skype meeting this same way.

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Using the Milligram Minimalist CSS Framework

Every now and then a new minimalist CSS framework comes along for those looking to implement a framework for structure without carrying the weight of Bootstrap or Material. Milligram is one of these frameworks. At just 8.8KB for the minified style, Milligram offers a consistent look and feel for:

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