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One more alternative energy Geek Out - generating power with water! The conversation starts with hydroelectric power, but then moves to tidal and wave power. Some work, some don't, and it's not just about the technology either, how the business models are built matter a lot. But there's a lot of energy from wave and tides to be had, the trick is knowing how to capture it! From tidal barrages to underwater turbines, buoys, snakes and air turbines, there are a lot of approaches to capturing this massive power resource.

Carl Franklin has been a leader in the Microsoft developer community since the very early days when he wrote for Visual Basic Programmers Journal. He authored the Q&A column of that magazine as well as many feature articles for VBPJ and other magazines. He has authored two books for John Wiley & Sons on sockets programming in VB, and in 1994 he helped create the very first web site for VB developers, Carl & Gary's VB Home Page.

Carl is also the Microsoft Regional Director for Connecticut, an MVP for Kinect, co-host of .NET Rocks! and The Tablet Show, a .NET Rocks! spin-off dedicated to developing for tablets, phones and other mobile devices, as well as mobile web.

Carl is the creator of GesturePak ($99), the first gesture recognition library for Microsoft Kinect for Windows. GesturePak records your motion as you create gestures, then notifies your app when your user has performed one or more of your gestures.

Carl is also an accomplished musician and audio/video producer. He started Pwop in 1999 as a record label for his first album, a collaboration with his brother Jay: Strange Communication. Franklin Brothers released Lifeboat To Nowhere in 2011, which has met with rave reviews. In 2013, Carl released his first solo album, Been a While, which features a tune with John Scofield on guitar, as well as an incredible group of musicians local to New London, CT.

Pwop Studios is a full-service audio and video post production studio in New London, CT, where Carl records and produces the podcasts as well as music and video projects - both for himself, Franklin Brothers, and the public.

Richard Campbell has been involved with microcomputers and software since 1977. His career has spanned the industry both on the hardware and software sides, from manufacturing to sales, service, game development, line-of-business software and large scale systems. He's been deeply involved in creating new businesses around software, hardware, services and products in a huge range of roles, including technical, management and financing. During the halcyon days of the DotCom Boom he was a consultant to venture capital firms providing technical due diligence and architectural direction.

Today Richard consults with a number of clients on software architecture and future directions of technology. He is a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP. He's a partner in PWOP Productions, creating a variety of multimedia programs including ".NET Rocks!, the Internet Audio Talk Show for .NET Developers" (www.dotnetrocks.com) a podcast produced twice a week for more than 250,000 listeners in 120 countries and The Tablet Show (www.thetabletshow.com), a weekly podcast focused on tablet and mobile development. In addition he's the host of RunAs Radio (www.runasradio.com), a podcast for the IT Professional using Microsoft technologies. You'll find Richard at numerous conferences all over the world.

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Running Time 51 minutes      Date Thursday, January 22, 2015     Comments Comments


Duck punch your JavaScript lately? Todd Gardner talks to Carl and Richard about the practice of changing object behaviors in JavaScript for good or evil. After an explanation of how duck punching (or monkey patching, pick your favorite silly term) works, the discussion turns to the dark side of how hackers can intercept your Javascript library calls, capture keystrokes and otherwise subtly change your web pages. Could you tell? Then Todd dives into using your powers for good - strategies for testing, aspect-oriented programming and so on. Duck punching does have significant limitations, so use sparingly, but when it works, its amazing! (NOTE: no ducks were harmed in the making of this podcast)

Todd H Gardner is the president and co-founder of TrackJS, a JavaScript error reporting service for modern web applications. He's been building JavaScript web applications for many years for enterprises and startups, and knows too well how they break. He lives in Stillwater Minnesota, emails todd@trackjs.com, and tweets at @toddhgardner

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Running time 46 minutes      Date Wednesday, January 21, 2015     Comments Comments


Carl and Richard talk to Dominick Baier and Brock Allen about the new version of Thinktecture IdentityServer. As Dominick explains, as soon as you have more than one web application that needs authentication, you want to go to a centralized authentication and authorization scheme, and that's where IdentityServer comes into play. Working with oAuth2 and OpenID Connect, you can create identities for your users from Active Directory, other IMAP stores or just a plain old SQL Server. Take your authentication strategy to the next level!

Dominick works as an associate consultant for the Germany-based company thinktecture (http://www.thinktecture.com). His main area of focus is security in general and identity & access control in particular. He helps customers around the world implementing claims-based identity, single sign-on, authorization and federation in their web applications, services and APIs. Dominick is an international conference speaker and the author of “Developing more-secure ASP.NET Application” and co-author of the Microsoft Patterns & Practices “Guide to Claims-based Identity and Access Control”.

Besides his normal work, Dominick currently creates the new .NET 4.5 identity & access control curriculum for PluralSight to help the developers and IT pros to get started with claims-based identity and the whole ecosystem around it.

You can find Dominick’s blog at http://www.leastprivilege.com and his various open source projects (which includes the very popular security token service called thinktecture IdentityServer) at https://github.com /thinktecture.

Brock Allen is a consultant specializing in .NET, web development, and web-based security. He also is an instructor for the training company DevelopMentor, associate consultant for Thinktecture, a contributor to the Thinktecture IdentityModel and IdentityServer open source projects and a contributor to the ASP.NET platform.

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Running time 56 minutes      Date Tuesday, January 20, 2015     Comments Comments

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