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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Google's Stadia Gaming Free for Two Months

Since video games allow socializing through the platform, Google has decided to offer their Stadia gaming platform free for the next two months across 14 different countries. Stadia is an online gaming platform that is competing with Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon. Stadia offers both mobile and browser play. You can also use any desktop, laptop, tablet, and Android smartphone. It also supports playing on your TV through a Chromecast Ultra.

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Technology Events in 2020

By now you’ve likely heard that there will be few, if any, in-person technology events between now and July 1, 2020. What you may not have heard is that many are cancelling the events altogether or moving all events in the next twelve months to an online only format. Below you’ll find a partial list of notable tech events in 2020 and their current status as of this post:

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Use Docking Station from Home and Add Home Projects

In today’s post, I’d like to talk about using a docking station to work from home and mimic your office experience. I’d also like to talk about adding home projects to your chores list to keep you busy.

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Free Technical Training and Welcome Spring

In today’s post, I’d like to highlight two key things:

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Resources, and Technology

I’ve been working remote for over 2 weeks now. I’m used to working remote, but not quite to the degree I am now. There are a bunch of new challenges as a result including having more people in the household. So, this has inspired me to start writing regular posts with some tips and tricks for working remote, using technology to help solve the challenges we’re facing in “the new norm”, and helpful links to help provide solutions to some common challenges.

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TechBash 2020 Call for Presenters

The TechBash 2020 Call for Presenters (CFP) is now open. Talk submissions can be submitted for standard sessions or full-day workshops through April 15th, 2020. TechBash 2020 will take place at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in the Pocono region in Pennsylvania October 13-16. We’ll kick off the week with an optional day of workshops on October 13th followed by three full days of sessions. There will be additional details forthcoming about our keynote presenter. For complete details about our CFP, read the TechBash post at https://techbash.com/blog/2020/03/05/announcing-the-techbash-2020-call-for-speakers. You may also submit your sessions right away at https://sessionize.com/techbash-2020/.

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Why the Dev Community is Important

DeveloperMedia posted my interview with Jeffrey Fritz from a couple of months ago at TechBash. You can read the full post at https://developermedia.com/developer-community/ and catch the full interview:

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Cancelled DirecTV after 15 Years

As time has passed, I’ve been considering “cord cutting” and cancelling our DirecTV service. There’s more and more compelling services available and we’ve been finding ourselves only watching locals, sports, weather, and, during Christmas, Hallmark. My last DirecTV bill was over $200 and included $46 in equipment services (DVR, protection plan, and receivers), $100 for the base plan, $27 for regional sports, and $49 for Sunday Ticket. Even if I no longer subscribe to the Sunday Ticket, I’m still at $176.91. In addition, I found out that our DirecTV service was increasing in cost.

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Amazon Announces Black Friday Deals Week 2019

Amazon released their annual press release earlier today detailing their Black Friday deals week. Sales will kick off this Friday, November 22nd, and will feature new deals every day. For example, you can save up to 40% on toys from LEGO, Barbie, Hot Wheels and more or up to 50% on Lands’ End clothing. Deals will also be found on KitchenAid and adidas. The sale wraps up on Black Friday, November 29th.

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