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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An Early Look at Winget

During Build 2020, Microsoft released a preview of Winget. At that same time, AppGet, which I was using along with Chocolatey, announced it was shutting down as a result. I haven’t spent much time looking at Winget, but since I have to transition off of AppGet and I needed to setup a new machine, I started looking at it more.

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Review: Microsoft Your Phone App v1.20051.93

The Microsoft Your Phone app is a great application to keep your Android phone linked with the PC. Generally speaking, it’s a fairly functional app. But, there are some bugs and features I’d like to call out that I’m hoping to see fixed:

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Review: Slipstick Rollerblade Casters

During the past few months working from home, my office chair mat and chair have taken a beating. Most residential setups are not meant for daily use of 8 or more hours. The latest casualty was one of the casters which had broken. We’re a hockey family so it was only fitting that my wife grabbed me a set of Slipstick Rollerblade Casters.

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Attaching ViewSonic VP2771 USB-C Monitors to a Surface Dock 2

As previously mentioned, I recently replaced my Surface Book 2 with a Surface Book 3. Along with the Surface Book 3, I ordered a Surface Dock 2. I had not realized when I ordered the Surface Dock 2 that the video ports on the dock are USB-C. The dock lacks any other video port connection. So, I ordered USB-C to Display Port cables in hopes that would work.

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Unpacking my new Surface Book 3

I ran into issues with my Surface Book 2 last week. Since I needed to get up and running very quickly, I ordered a new Surface Book 3 from the Microsoft Store. Generally speaking, the Surface Book 3’s price was similar to the Surface Book 2.

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TechBash 2020, TechBash 2021, and COVID-19

Yesterday we made an announcement regarding TechBash 2020 on the TechBash website:

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Dapr v0.8.0 Released

Dapr Runtime v0.8.0 has been released. You can obtain a copy by visiting https://jasong.us/2B1yT3F.

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Publishing a Jekyll Site to Azure Static Web Apps

Microsoft just posted a new tutorial outlining the process to publish a Jekyll site to an Azure Static Web App instance.

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Updating Your GitHub Password for Visual Studio Code on Windows

Over the weekend, Visual Studio Code (VS Code) was updated on my machine. After it was updated, I was prompted to log back into my GitHub account. The first thing I was prompted for was to authorize VS Code to have access to my GitHub account:

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Adding Azure Feature Flags to Your ASP.NET Razor Pages Application

Imagine this common developer scenario. You’re developing a new feature and using sprints. You cannot finish everything in a given sprint or your feature needs production testing before you feel comfortable with it. Feature flags help to solve this problem. For years, developers had to build their own structure to solve this. I’ve been involved with at least three separate projects where a SQL table was created that held the feature and a value was assigned to enable/disable a feature. If you use Azure, there’s a better way.

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