How to get into the gaming industry: Build a digital portfolio

  A common question I receive is “How do I get into the gaming Industry?” In fact, I was just part of a panel at PAX covering this exact topic. I’m going to take what I’ve learned from those panelists, and put it into a series of videos. Here is the first one, how how to……


How I got started in technical evangelism, Pt. 1

This is a question that I get asked pretty often, so I thought I’d write it down to make it easier to share. I’ve also asked some of my peers for their story as well, since they all have unique backgrounds and this is definitely an interesting role with many paths to get to it.……


Microsoft Azure camp, hosted by Scott Guthrie in Philadelphia, Oct 13

Microsoft is hosting a free Azure tour across the United States this fall. The first stop will be in Philadelphia on Thuesday October 13th. Scott Guthrie, our Executive VP of Cloud  and Enterprise will be giving the keynote. Its a one-day technical training event, designed to help IT professionals and developers be more successful in the cloud. Choose……


Create a WordPress site on Azure using DreamSpark

Create a WordPress on Azure using DreamSpark from joescars   My colleague in Florida, Joe Raio, put together a great power point deck on how to create a WordPress site in Azure using DreamSpark. DreamSpark is MIcrosoft’s free iniative for students to take advantage of our software and platform, such as Azure. If your school……


Lifehack: How can I get the path to a file in Windows 10?

I frequently need to copy the file path of an object in Windows, so that I can paste it into a tool like the command line or Powershell. How can I quickly do this, without having to go to an object’s properties and copying the path from there? Here’s how to do it Pressing Shift……


Lifehack: Using the Win10 snipping tool to take a delayed screenshot

I frequently need to take screenshots of of a screen and share them with my team. The problem however, is that many of these screens require me to hover over an object on screen, or click on an item to have particular bit of text appear on screen. I work from a laptop, so the……


Sunsetting the XBLIG program for the Xbox 360

It’s a sad day for current and former XBLIG developers, but it is inevitable that all digital retail stores must come to an end. I’ll post my feelings on the XBLIG program, and share storied about all of the wonderful people I’ve met through the program at a later date, when I’ve had time to……


How to win a hackathon talk, Penn Apps 2015

Here is the slide deck that I used during my Penn Apps 2015 talk this weekend. During this talk, I illustrate how the teams I was on at two Fortune 50 companies, Comcast & Microsoft, both won hackathons, and some tools of the trade. I also point you towards a number of starter projects and……


A list of Chrome extensions that I use, and why

In my day-to-day browsing, I use Chrome Canary. I want to see the latest and greatest. It will occasionally have display / graphical issues, so I’ll have to revert to standard Chrome, but after a few weeks the issues seem to be resolved. My main development machine is a late-2013 MBP. I’m on the road……


Here are some of the YouTube channels I frequent (gaming / music)

I spent a lot of time watching YouTube. Actually, most of the time I’m just listening while it plays in the background, because so much of what I focus on is video game music. Here are just a few of the channels I subscribe to, and I plan on creating an additional list in the……